It does prove difficult when the significant other in the house doesn't take training seriously, but feels the dog should respond at their first command. And when the dog doesn't, they look at you and say, "...and you paid all that money for training, and he didn't learn a thing?"
Your dog will figure it out. It'll just take longer for him to get it. If hubby and I are out in the fields with Hondo, hubby can say, "Hondo! Get over here!" and Hondo totally ignores him. I don't say a word. I give it a minute or two then I'll say, "Hondo, Here!" And as Hondo runs towards me, I'll stop and say, "Puppy! Puppy! Puppy! Good Boy!" It is all in the tone - as well as using only one word. At least for Hondo it is. I don't say anything to Hubby, but the next time he calls Hondo, he'll change his tone and Hondo will come bounding. But I don't correct Hubby - as then I have to listen to the, " in my days, when you trained a dog.." I just let hubby learn by trial and error. And be more patient with Hondo.
Just like our dogs, we have to train our significant others. I suppose you can use your treat of choice.
Last edited by Lilie; 05-05-2010 at 03:11 PM.