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Stubborn Dog? It May Be the Environment

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When you work with your dog, try to see a situation from his perspective. Instead of assuming your dog is being stubborn when you ask for, and don’t get, a sit, look at the environment.

Is the ground cold or uncomfortable? Do his hips hurt? Is he afraid, or distracted by someone or something? Empathy will not only help you teach your dog, it will improve your relationship as well.

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Shannon Coyner, RVT, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, has taught puppy socialization, agility, and other training classes since 1999. She focuses on dogs at any stage, age, or behavior threshold, including dogs that are shy or fearful. A registered veterinary technician, Shannon is working toward her specialty in behavior.