Your dog can undergo a behavioral change due to a distressing or traumatic event. For instance, if your canine has been exposed to violence, that may prompt it to behave detached. Another possible reason is being abandoned by a caretaker or owner.
If your pet’s behavior has changed after going through any such experience, then you can be sure your pooch has taken the occasion to heart. Once again, it’s best to refer to your local vet or pet behaviorist to help your canine get over the trauma.
If your canine is in the best of health, has no injuries, and hasn’t gone through any traumatic experience, it may be ignoring you because of lack of training.
Dogs require early socialization, obedience education, and training practice to grow into well-adjusted adults. If your dog’s training is incomplete, this may lead to your pet becoming a little too headstrong.
That’s why introducing your puppy to command-based training early on can work wonders when it comes to bonding with your pet.
Unsuitable Discipline Methods
Canines are active creatures that love to explore. Sometimes, the love of exploration can get your furball into trouble – like when your pup overturns its food bowl or the trash bin.
You may have verbally chastised your doggo on such an occasion by calling out its name loudly. And, generally, that shouldn’t cause any issues. But if your canine starts associating his name (or any other way you call him) with your displeasure, he may ignore you to save himself from your wrath.
Not to mention, it’s never okay to train your dog via punishment or negative reinforcement. It’s always best to teach your pet to understand good behavior from bad through positive reinforcement.
Punishing your pet too often may result in your dog developing a fear of you, which will prompt your canine to avoid your presence. Remember, punishments are never a guarantee of stopping unacceptable behavior.