• Michael D’Abruzzo

    August 24, 2017 at 4:40 am

    I agree with Davis. It is generally something that can be explained if you trouble shoot it.  I am in the process of adopting out one of my dogs now to a new family and I told the father, who is coming to work with the dog, to not stress if the kids bark commads at the dog in a non-technical manner.

    It will not hurt how the dog responds to him because the dog, just like us, will learn with experience who reinforces what.

    Usually, when you see videos of a dog listening to a child, it is because an adult is hovering over like a guard and the dog believes consequences (good or bad) will be delivered by the adult, or the child has learned some basics on maintaining the reinforcement, OR the dog is basically humoring the child because the dog has a temperament that enjoys the child’s attention.

    Basically a lot of factors, but as a rule you can’t expect a dog to obey anyone unless the relationship is correct and the dog has motivation to respond to the command.