Two months ago, I adopted a 3-year-old German shepherd mix. I have taken her to obedience training class and taught her basic commands, but she does not pay attention to me when we go to new places. How can I get her to listen to me?
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Dogs are born party animals. Even well-trained dogs will show curiosity and interest in new people and places. Properly trained dogs, however, should not panic, bark, run away, show aggression or ignore the commands of their owners.
You've only had your dog for a few months, so I think you need to reinforce the basic commands. When walking your dog on its leash, your pet should not resist moving, pull back or attempt bolting. It should also be able to sit on command, stay in position, and accept unfamiliar dogs and people.
When at home, try dropping a book about 10 feet behind your dog. (Some experts use this as a simple test to determine how dogs react to sudden noises/happenings). Your dog should pay attention, as most of us would, but it shouldn't freak out and start to bark. If she does, that means she is reacting too much to distractions.
You can also try putting your dog through her training paces in public. Follow the skills you both learned in the obedience training classes, and be prepared to reward your dog verbally and with treats for good behavior. Set aside time to do this so that when you need to go out and focus on other activities, your dog will be ready for the outing too.