|Barked: Thu Nov 27, '08 3:10am PST |
|Sometimes things like that are due to dogs poor ability to generalize.
Take sit, for example: if one goes to a quiet place like, say, the closed garage. The dog learns to sit, no problem. But only in the garage, they don't realize they should respond to sit if they are anywhere else, or if anyone else tells them to, or if you are in the garage but you aren't wearing the coat you always worn before, or if you forget to give the little sideways move of your hand that you always gave and never realized you were doing it.
The other people might: take her to a different spot, or go to the same spot but not by the same route (maybe even have the dog walk right around them instead of left around them) or move instead of stand still while they wait or not move where you move, or not say the word you say, or not say the word you say with the same pitch or cadence that you say it.
If the dog really had to go, he would eventually go (although I've had a small, newly adopted dog not go for over 18 hours once waiting for something, I still don't know what... once she went in the new situation, she had no problem at all, until we went on a trip).
Since he doesn't have to go or at least doesn't have to go very badly, he waits until things are "right" to go.
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