Well-Behaved or Well-Trained?
Posted 10 December 2010 - 01:25 PM
Posted 10 December 2010 - 04:20 PM
...I think Cody is really well trained because he knows the command when we are out for a run " wait for me, I'm old". And he is well behaved because he doesn't sigh because he has to wait for me a lot.
This is great! I can so relate... But Cody is much more polite than Sugarfoot. My dog has learned the meaning of the phrase, "Hang on, I'm getting it/there as fast as I can." This entreaty is usually issued when I have been sitting too long working in Photoshop, or am having difficulty getting around for whatever reason. Her usual response is universal for the young. She sits down with an impatient thump, and heaves a sigh of disgust.
This is different from the command "Wait," which means 'pause in whatever you are doing and await instructions to resume.' She responds to this with none of her contempt for my bad knees, but rather as an interesting variation on whatever activity she is performing
Posted 29 December 2010 - 01:46 AM
I exercise dogs for some spending cash on the side and when people email me about there dogs not being reliable off leash (dogs they have had for years mind you), I just kinda wonder how aren't they? And this isn't the reliable in the sense that they chase other dogs, or other things, those are issues I understand. This is the "it could take me hours to catch them if I let him off his leash" deal. Isn't your dog bonded enough to want to be with you? Don't you put any amount of trust in your dogs? I've had all sorts of breeds and they've ALL given the choice to run away or be with me, choose me.
I think too many people own dogs for the wrong reasons these days...
And like I never trained him to respond to "get off the bed", never praised him when he did. He just picked up that he needs to get off as soon as I say those words. I just expected it of him. He's allowed on the bed, but if I need him to get off so I can make it, what not, he's off. Same goes for the couch, if I want to sit where he is I say "off" no questions asked. Never trained him to it specifically. Mind you if it looks like I want to sit he's usually off before I say anything
Oh, Jude would certainly be well behaved (mostly ), sure I've trained him, but he learned more through living with me and his environment than formal stuff.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 08:44 AM
I love this. So true.
Posted 30 December 2010 - 07:52 PM
Cheyenne-My baby girl, RIP
Holly-She did the best she could, RIP
Sammy-Cat, extraordinaire, RIP
Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:02 PM
Sometimes, when a dog "just gets it," it needs to be made more difficult for it to actually stick. Otherwise, it's like dust in the wind the moment they see a butterfly, or whatever. It is just not enough to hold their attention. They fail when it's too easy, but succeed if it's more difficult.
Also, I agree with what Sue said above. People's brains are affected lack of stimulation. They actually shrink. If not sufficiently simulated, children don't develop language or social skills. I suspect this is true for dogs. Dogs exposed to an enriched, varied social environment develop better brains and more social intelligence than dogs that are left in a kennel, in my opinion. It's one of my frustrations with sport dog people who crate their dogs except when actively working. I think they make their dogs less than they can be.
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