1. Living Stressed – Your dog may not have the proper amount of energy to burn. In the wild, they would hunt in packs and be successful if there is an energy boost. Your dog may be feeling stressed from you yelling at him or from other barking dogs. You are allowing him to be in an environment where there is too much stress for him to handle.
2. No Reward System – They are not getting the positive attention they need. Your dog is always feeling negative attention. You need to establish an effective reward system.
3. Leash Switching – Your dog may switch to a leash and try to get away from you. The best time to try and reprimand your dog with a click and treat is when he is doing this. When he switches to a leash, say No. Do not allow him to get away with it and then use the click and treat to try and catch him. He is learning not to listen to you.
4. Tugging – Your dog may also be getting tired of your tugging. If he has done his business, he is exhausted and he lets you know. Take him outside or to another part of the yard to finish. Do not allow him to do this every day and then try and reprimand him with a click and treat. You must let him finish his business before giving him a treat.
The reward system is great for getting him to do things that you want him to do. Just keep in mind you need to use a reward system and stick to it. Remember your dog is more likely to listen if he is being rewarded for doing the right thing. Your dog will learn the correct thing quicker when he has a reward for doing it. You should get your dog to complete his business and then wait for him to finish it before rewarding him.
A leash will be needed for your dog but I do not use one for training purposes. I use the same method for both. There are dog training DVDs that cover the ground very well.
You should do a bit of research on your dog before deciding on your choice. This will ensure that you give him the best training possible. He will respond to positive attention when he listens to you and responds to negative attention when he doesn’t listen to you. This is the best method to getting him to respond to you when you instruct him.