Stubborn is used frequently to describe dogs that don't perform a task that is asked of them. Maybe the dog is pulling on his leash, maybe he doesn't lie down when cued, or maybe he lies down when you he was asked to "Sit". I think it is much easier to call a dog stubborn than to get at the root of the problem.
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I realized that I never taught my dogs what "Come on guys let's go for a walk" meant. That was many years ago, and since then I have taught them that, but it reminded me of the importance of consistent teaching and that . . . dogs don't understand synonyms!
Stubborn dog? This little word "stubborn" gets so many dogs in trouble. I hear this word used very frequently to describe a dogâ€™s behavior. It often is used to describe a dog that will not come when called or perform another behavior such as â€˜sitâ€™.