Examples of puppies and dogs who have not generalized their training:
- Your puppy always sits on cue at home but when you take him to the Vet he acts as if he has not clue what the word sit means
- Your dog only listens to one family member
- You ask a friend to work with your well trained dog and it's as if they have no training
- You've always trained your dog indoors and they're a rock star, when you take them outside things fall apart
I was recently out with one of my young dogs when someone approached and starting asking him to 'sit'.......over and over and over again. My dog just stood there staring at them. They then said, 'oh he doesn't know how to sit'......I replied....'no he doesn't know you' :)
Quite often people assume a puppy or dog is being difficult or is untrained, when in fact they're just unclear of what to do. A huge part of the training process is helping our puppies and dogs generalize their training, this takes time and exposure to a variety of environments and distractions. It's also important to have all family members work with the puppy/dog. When I'm raising a puppy I recruit friends to bring my puppy to class and be their handler, so that they can learn to work for someone other than just me.
So lets give our four legged friends a break and stop assuming they are lazy or disobedient, what they probably need is more practice.