Saturday, 18 March 2017

Training

After much thought, we have decided to take Betty to training classes.  In many ways she is the perfect dog/puppy - she sleeps all through the night and has done since a few days after we got her, she's completely house trained, ever since Week 2, she's not fussy about food and is happy to eat whatever we give her, be it commercial or homemade.  She's really good in the car, goes happily in her crate and we don't get a peep out of her on the journey, she doesn't mind being left alone in the car for short periods either (in fact she's usually still dozing when we get back).  She sits on command, because she's been treat trained.  Her nipping has drastically reduced and it's now just gentle mouthing, she's learnt that using her teeth is a No no.  She's teething so is going through a chewing phase, but will stop chewing anything inappropriate when we tell her.  She's not at all aggressive - rather the opposite, she's exceptionally friendly, with everyone and every dog.  Totally fearless, she's not intimidated by bigger dogs....even snarly aggressive ones (there's one living next door!) she's more puzzled than intimidated by. 

And therein lies part of the problem - she thinks every person and dog is her new best friend and just wants to play with them.  She tries to jump up at people, because she gets so much fuss made of her by most people we meet, and all other dogs she really wants to play with.  She just doesn't understand that not all people want a dog jumping at them, however friendly it is, and not all dogs want to play.

On walks now, we keep her on a short tight leash when we see other people and dogs, but she still strains at the lead and yelps and yelps until they've gone past.  She then whines and looks totally forlorn for a minute or two, as if we've spoilt her whole day!

And she constantly pulls at the lead - well, I say constantly, very occasionally she will walk nicely beside us, but that only lasts a couple of minutes, then she's back to yanking our arms off and practically choking herself.  We've watched loads of training videos by several different trainers and have tried all their suggestions, to no avail.  So training classes it is, as I'm fed up with having an aching shoulder and neck!  The first class will be the week after next, I hope it does the trick.


7 comments:

  1. My grand dogs are3, 5 and 7 and they are good at not pulling but DS says they are trained on every walk at everything.

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  2. She seems a smart one, it shouldn't take long in classes to learn what she needs. Have fun.

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  3. Our neighbour has just "inherited" a little terrier after the death of a relative Bertie has spent all afternoon barking at the lawn mower motor every time it is stopped and started again. Not sure how it can be trained to accept a lawn mower is not a threat!

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  4. A well trained sociable dog is a joy, you are doing everything right and I think training classes are a great idea, Sol gets excited when he sees other people he is a people junkie and bounds towards them, he behaves more like this with hubby than me as I distract him and get him to sit until he has calmed down Tess doesn't jump up is very friendly training is ongoing with her very difficult at her age being deaf and virtualy blind but she can now sit, look forward to hearing how Betty gets on :-)

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  5. You have done well with her training so far, classes are alway a good idea. She will soon learn her manners and loose lead walking and be even more delightful. Good luck.

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  6. We did classes with Bruno for a year! He loved doing agility too! It was more about training us and we learned how to control him..very necessary with a 45kg dog! We can take him out to public parked with no worry. All dogs here have to be on a lead. He is interested in other people and dogs but sits quietly whe they pass us. Training is well worth the effort.

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  7. Lovely post to read, I am so glad Betty is doing so well, and pleased to hear you say lead training is happening, as a non dog owner, who walks each lunch time, I don't like dogs bounding up to me and jumping up, OK they are people friendly, but I'm not a full on dog person. I do love to see nice dogs with their owners enjoying their walk and me being able to walk by.

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