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When puppy doesn't respond to first time command

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Hello, I am new here and have a quick question. I do have Ava enrolled into Puppy classes but it's a little too late to call her and I am curious now. Ava is amazingly smart and in my home, she listens to every command including: come, stay, sit, leave it, okay/done, hold, fetch and more. I can tell she just loves to learn. Although, when she gets distracted, it takes a bit more.

If my 10 week old Puppy does not respond to my first command, ie: "Sit", when she usually does, what should I do? I know that you are not supposed to repeat yourself, but I am unsure on what to do than. I do not want her to get away with not listening but I do not want to have to say, "Come. Ava, come. Come. Ava, come.".

Some of the things I have tried:

I have tried letting her see and sniff the treat by putting in by her nose and than raising it above her head to get her to sit. If that doesn't work, I try to push a bit on her bum but that makes me feel like I am going back to first base. If she doesn't want to, she will just get right back up. Stubborn girl =P

If she is out back and I ask her to "Come" she normally will. The odd time, like if she can see the neighbor's Dog, she wont. I rattle the treat cup and if that doesn't work, I pretend to leave her by shutting the door. I have a door where I can stand on my tippy toes and watch her but she can not see me. This doesn't seem to work either! I don't want to run after her so she thinks it's a game so normally, I just wait it out.

What in the world did you do and what worked?
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I think your main problem is you are introducing too many distractions before she fully knows the command. If she does it 100% in the living room then move to the bedroom, then the kitchen, then to the front porch or driveway, then to the yard, then the sidewalk, then maybe to the park. Going straight from the house with almost no distractions to a park with tons of distractions is just setting her up for failure. Just take it slow. Play attention games with her in the park if you want, just make it fun and realize to a puppy the world is an amazing new and interesting place.
Good luck and enjoy those crazy puppy antics :) They grow up too fast.
I don't think your dog has shown aggression from what you've described past playing too rough. Did she hurt the other dog in class at all?

Honestly, Cesar is one of the last people I would consult for dog advice but I don't want to turn this in't a bash on Cesar thread. Just realize there are many better trainers out there with their own books that would IMO have much better advice. May I suggest you try some books by Ian Dunbar, Karen Pryor or Pat Miller.

I agree with Nil that tug can be a great game for any dog as long as you teach them the rules that Nil already covered.
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