• Michael D'Abruzzo

    June 28, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Andrew, welcome to the site!

    Right now you are just working on phase 1 obedience, so this would be normal.  The dog has no reason to obey a command if he would rather be doing something else because he only is taught that obedience will get him something better than what he has at the moment.  If the option of disobedience seems more favorable to him he is doing nothing wrong.  That is why there are 3 phases.

    Go to this chart here and click on all the phase 1 steps for the command “sit”.  See what you can maximize with variable reward schedule and Premack principle.  After, we should talk about phase 2 obedience.

    Have you read through the leadership section yet?