Why Dog Training Will Not Work

Dog training will not work for many “problem plagued” owners for three specific reasons.

why dog training fails

Let’s take a look at these 3 reasons dog training fails,  so you’re prepared should you have a dog behavior problem of your own.

Reason #1 Why Dog Training Will Not Work

Unfortunately some owners ) are not quite stressed, frustrated or embarrassed enough to really want to try.
Sound familiar?

If you look closely you may see your dog is in control to various degrees.  This allows your dog to do what works for him. What works for your dog then begins to annoy you
This behavior could have just started or it may have been going on for a long time. In either case, whatever tension or frustration you are now feeling simply has not produced enough pain to motivate you to fix it.

Resolution: This is one of those sticky situations where dog training “fails before it begins.” Why? Because it’s easier to make up excuses like, “He’s just a puppy. He’ll grow out of it” or “He must have been abused in a previous home.”  Reality is, it’s always best to start a training program before it gets worse. Call a competent trainer now – not later.

Reason #2 Why Dog Training Falls Apart

Maybe you are not truly committed to keeping your dog and working the dog training program.
You may have placed a “conditional acceptance” on your dog. Something like “If he doesn’t stop soiling in my house, he’ll have to go!”

Your dog can read you like a book and knows by your energy how you feel about him.
Don’t say, “If this doesn’t get fixed, he’s out of here!”

If you think the problem lies only with your dog, please stop and think. Your dog’s problem can be traced back to his environment and/or his relationship with you.
It’s always something you “are” or “are not” doing.

It’s important for you to understand: your emotions influence your dog and how stress is created in his mind. When you get this, you will better appreciate the value of a good plan to fix your dog problem.

Resolution: Unconditionally commit to keeping your dog and working the program 100% to fix your dog problem.
You are more than half of the problem and certainly 100% of the solution.

Reason #3 The Failure in Dog Training

If you are not 100% committed to consistently working your dog training plan, it won’t work.

Here’s what I mean.

If you get busy, put it off to the last minute, your dog training won’t work.

If you take an “ala carte” approach; that is, pick and choose the easy parts and avoid the challenging and critical work, your dog training won’t work.

If you don’t put enough personal one-on-one exercise and obedience training in with your dog, your dog training plan won’t work.
Don’t leave your dog’s exercise needs to dog walkers and big back yards because of convenience sake. It’s your time with your dog that counts.

Resolution: Be true to yourself and fair to your dog.

Work the entire plan. Usually each part of the plan relies on the cumulative work done on all parts.
Consistency and repetition breed habit in dogs.
Consistently and repetitively work the plan – all of it. Give 100% to your dog and he will give you 100% back to you!

The Bottom Line in Your Dog Training Plan

The benefits of starting, committing to and consistently working this planned time together can keep your dog’s stress and anxiety down and eliminate behavior problems. More quality time with your dog means less stress and less behavior problems.
More is less.

Dog training and fixing your dog’s problems in no more or no less than anything else in life; your results are directly related to the amount of time, attention, and perseverance you put into it.
Be sure to put some love towards your dog into the mix also.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog


Jim Burwell, is Houston’s most respected dog trainer for 30 years, serving over 11,000 clients. Jim works with you and your entire family in helping your dog be the best dog ever.

7 replies
  1. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Catherine: thank you for stopping by to let me know that my tips help you. Always feels great to know that people take what I offer and work it with their dogs.

  2. Jim Burwell
    Jim Burwell says:

    Charley: It sounds like your golden doodle is pretty much making his own decisions. You need to teach him, using positive reinforcement that when you ask, he does. Teaching the come command outside in high distractions is a process. I’ve had goldens and labs my whole life and they simply have never run off from me like that.

  3. Charley Goddard
    Charley Goddard says:

    Jim, I’ve been following your petiquette dog for a couple of years. We’ve been to Pet Smart Puppy classes, and worked with two professional trainers. Our Golden Doodle is now 3 years old and obeys sit, down, wait, and side commands pretty well as long as he knows there is a treat available.

    The come command works indoors, but not outside. As a hunting breed he is always on the alert for squirrels and rabbits during our walks and, if we aren’t more observant of them than he, he might break free and run in the neighborhood for an hour. He does keep track of where we are behind. We are in our mid and upper 70s and can not run. We know how to teach that all important come command, but have failed to do so and will begin again immediately.

    My question is, how can we desensitize him from hunting. It’s a natural trait for him and he looks forward to his daily walks, we think for that purpose. Oh, he is very social with people and dogs when he is away from our property and has been going to open markets since he was 2 mos. old.

    Thanks for any comment you my have.

  4. Catherine Knapp
    Catherine Knapp says:

    Thanks for your great training tips Jim! I try to work our dog a few minutes a day, but always, she sits before she eats and sits before she can go out. We are also enrolled in a weekly dog class and try to do our homework at least three times per week.

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