Not going to lie, it’s quite annoying to have all my hard work and love for this dog shot down every once in a while because he acts up and gets rowdy from time to time. Even more annoying when his training is compared to a coworkers 2-3 year old field-trained Lab.
If I wanted to train my dog to retrieve ducks from water, I’d have gotten a Lab. If I wanted an extremely biddable dog, I’d have gotten a Lab. A Lab is not a Rottweiler. If I wanted to e-collar my dog and perform some forced-fetches on him I could, but that’s not MY method of training and not what I want to do with MY dog.
I don’t care how you’ve “broken” your Lab, man.
Why are people like this? It’s always the people who never actually come out and work with my dog despite being invited time and time again.
I’ve told this person numerous times, “if you could teach a dog to do taxes, mine would have it down in 10 minutes”. He’s a very smart dog and despite me requesting this guy to come out and work with me (lay trails, etc) he never takes the offer up and instead talks about how so-and-sos duck-retrieving Lab is “broken”.
Anyone else ever get this? Especially those with less biddable dog breeds?
In other news, I’ve taught Floyd the “stand” command!
In my earlier blog I talked about how intelligent this breed is and I promised to show a video of “Cujo” shutting the door so here it is! I am currently teaching him how to open the door and how to put his toys away and as soon as he does it without help I will also post those too. Now some of you might be wondering why would I teach him this or how did I teach him this so let me explain my logic. I taught him this for a couple of reasons. Number one is he already knows how to open the door when he’s outside so when he comes in he can turn around and shut the door and number two is to keep the bugs out of the house. Now on to the question of how I trained “Cujo” to do this trick. Honestly it was very easy to train him and if you have a smart dog it will be a sin-ch so here are the steps:
1. BRIBERY is key to this trick so pull out the treats!
2. When your dog either opens the door or you let the dog in put a treat on the door and say “(dog’s name) shut the door”
3. Encourage the dog to push the door with his paw or nose. Your dog will automatically want to shut the door to get to the treat.
4. The second the dog starts pushing on the door to get the treat.
5. Let he/she have the treat while saying “good shut the door (dog’s name)”
6. Another KEY for this to work is repetition! Don’t just stop when you think the dog knows the trick do it EVERYTIME he goes out and comes back in! Start using positive reinforcement with the fluxuation in your voice instead of treats(dog’s love both of them just as much if you talk to them right!)
7. After your dog understands the trick you can start to back away from the door a little bit at a time until you can say “(dog’s name) Shut the door” without even being by the door.
This is how any breed of dog should act. What people don’t realize is that animals are like children in a lot of ways. For example consistency, repetition, punishing, and respect are just as valuable for children as for animals. If your animal doesn’t respect you then he/she won’t listen to you. If you don’t have consistency or repetition with your animal they will try to get away with not listening to you or not following through with the trick you taught them. If you don’t punish them for being bad or not listening to you they will not respect you and will stop listening to you. There is a technique that you can use to see if you your dog respects you and there is a different techinque to show your dog a sign of dominance if he/she gets out of hand. The first sign of respect your dog will show you is listening to a command. The second sign is when your dog watches your eyes and doesn’t stop looking at you until you say “OK” or “YES”. The video above shows a great example of this even with distractions in the background. Now the technique you could use to show your dog who’s boss is have your dog lay down, roll your dog gently on his/her back, put his/her two front paws in your two hands and have the top on your body over him/her. Your going to look like you are giving CPR but your hands will be holding both paws. If your dog doesn’t respect you or thinks he/she is dominant over you he/she will struggle to get up. This is when you keep him/her in the position but make sure he/she doesn’t hurt there back. One way of doing that is lay your arm over there body and hold them tight. PLEASE PLEASE be careful when doing this exercise. YOUR DOG WILL NOT GET HURT IF DONE PROPERLY. I will post a video of this exercise to show you how to do it without anybody getting hurt!