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Beamer not listening

So, I have enroller Beamer in a obidience class. Last Thursday was his 3rd class and he did not want to listen ro do anything for me!! for the whole entire hour long class! All he wanted to do was whine at the other dogs to play and whatnot.. He would not even eat treats to do anything. He would just spit them out,,lol.?!?! I've never seen him so weird befire at a class... it was an hour long of Beamer doing nothing... I had to step off to the sidelines for half the class as I was getting frustrated with him and did not want to look like a moron in front of the others.. hmmmmm

He is usually pretty good during classes and very good at home... I hope he is better this Thursday..

Any advice on how I can get him to listen and do what I say?

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Ryan, did you feed him before class? Our trainer asks that we not feed the dogs before class or feed them just a tiny bit. That way, the treats are more enticing for them.

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Ryan,
I would love to here some advice too. I had a terrible time with Pablo last Tuesday in puppy class too. He was pulling on the leash for the whole hour and would not listen to ANYTHING I said or any treats. He was so hot at the end and his eye balls were all red. I couldn't calm him down.

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Ditto to what Susan said, I also bring several different kinds of treats. My boys go absolutely crazy for chicken so I start class using something else and then if I start to loose them out comes the chicken, works every time.

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I really do feel for you! We had the very same experience last week at class! I wondered why I had bothered to even show up! I could'a saved myself the 20.00 and been nice and warm at home and done a better training without all the distractions! Rufus quickly lost interest in treats and wanted to play and several of these larger dogs kept barking and barking! I'll be listening in to hear any good words of advice you get. I need them too!
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Ryan, I am sorry to hear Beamer was distracted, but I am sure someone here will offer advice. Oreo also was naughty in his obedience classes, but in a way that hurt me. He would get all nippy and demanding for treats - and it would hurt, so I stopped with the treats because he started getting out of hand. He even resorted to jumping up on my 3 yr old and stealing her food! I said enough was enough, and for us its been the "no treat" training for us. I can't risk him doing that to my, or other peoples toddlers and children. With his nipping, he could be considered dangerous by some parents. So, the not behaving, I can relate to - just the opposite extreme. Sigh,

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Hi Susan,

Yeah, they tell us not to feed dinner before class and to wait till after... Prety weird actually..I was thinking about this.. Maybe thats why he was so pissy with me?? Maybe he was mad at not being given dinner? Acouple nights earlier, we were at my parents house and I had brought over some raw chicken necks to feed him, but my mom did'nt have anything for him to eat them on, so I just waited till we got home to feed him.. (acoupel hours later...) and Beamer was being the same.. all pissy and would not listen.. maybe its his way of saying, feed me NOW, or else??????

I have fed him half dinner before other classes and give him the other half when we get home, and he has never misbehaved... maybe i will try that again..
who knows..

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Hmmm, it almost like he wants to train you - silly boy!! They are smart, and if we aren't smarter they have us all wrapped around their fingers!! LOL

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I guess that's why my dogs are so good.....I've never tried to train them! hahahahaha
I do need to get them to a class but neither of them are really motivated by treats.....unless some other dog is getting one. Then Vinny will run to make sure the other one doesn't get one.
Ryan, I'm sure it's a passing fancy. Beamer will probably be perfect next week. (fingers crossed)
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I think it comes with age- what is a time to play v. what is a time to train. Also remember even with advance classes, the classes are there to train you not your dog, you train your dog at home with the least amount of distractions and then add in the distractions when your dog becomes stable.

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