Dogs and bitches



  • How many of you have dogs?

    Just got a puppy and wondering how you trained them? Positive reinforcement and no punishment is the modern way but that is pretty hard to do. A bit like attendance awards - show up, get a treat, bollocks.

    I love the little critter (asleep at my feet as I type) but want her to be well behaved, not winey like an Irish rugby fan, no separation anxiety, no jumping up, no running away. etc.

    This is as close as I have come to being responsible and adult. Jordan Peterson may be having an impact on me.

    Any tips?
    Discuss.



  • It's all about tone of voice, so the trick is some consistency and heaps of time with them in your company.

    I reared 2 Jack Russell's and they can be naughty bitey, fighty pricks so when they have really bad behaviour, then stomping around and swearing and actually scaring them under the couch for a bit was far better than any physical tap or such. I don't see the need to physically discipline a dog.

    Think like an alpha dog and take no shit and they love you heaps more than a (possibly) soft, lovey dovey treating approach.

    We couldn't have kids, so these dogs became pretty important to us but the principle of time spent with them applies well to everything we bring up.

    Pockets of little treats for reinforcement (come sit stay etc) while they're young is invaluable. Do it every time for the first year and it'll work out good.

    The best trained dogs look for hand signals, so that's a great habit alongside verbal commands



  • What sort of mutt have you got ? Some are more strong willed than others



  • @snowy that separation anxiety is fixed by never getting exited when you leave and return. No extravagant " did you miss me etc", just wander in and out ignoring them, easier said than done.

    Apparently the human is supposed to go through the door/gate first and you should insist they come back and you go first. Had a dog trainer once explain that every time you step over a dog ( usually on a door threshold), the dog thinks " pussy, go on step over pussy, I'm the boss I'm not moving for you". Trainer said shoo him out of the way everytime



  • @jegga said in Dogs and bitches:

    What sort of mutt have you got ? Some are more strong willed than others

    Yes a mutt. Cavalier spaniel / poodle. Some fancy name for them, but a mongrel.

    Wife chose it because she is a teddy bear (bitch, not wife - although wife has her moments).



  • @snowy you could train it to salute on command and then video it. Worked a treat in Scotland.
    Just a thought...



  • @siam Thanks. Absolutely what I have done WRT not getting excited when you see her. Wife hasn't done that so well and it shows in behaviour (dog, not wife, again).

    @Siam . I am training her to hate the Irish today. Unfortunately they don't have hand signal - so using "potato famine" as a hate thing.

    Any tips on training a wife would also be useful.



  • @siam said in Dogs and bitches:

    Apparently the human is supposed to go through the door/gate first and you should insist they come back and you go first. Had a dog trainer once explain that every time you step over a dog ( usually on a door threshold), the dog thinks " pussy, go on step over pussy, I'm the boss I'm not moving for you". Trainer said shoo him out of the way everytime

    That's the sort of info I need. Thanks.

    We had our second night of "school" on Thursday. Dogs are amazing. Humans don't give enough credit to the intelligence of animals.

    Now if I could just get the cat to behave...



  • @snowy from experience you absolutely MUST entice the dog to come at the slightest whistle or click or noise. Use heaps of treats and do this in secret from the wife.
    Then one evening, all is peaceful and dog is snuggled on a contented wife when all of a sudden you trigger the dog, it jumps up and immediately trots over to you, jumps in your lap and settles in.

    The foul look on the wife's face and the pure betrayal in her eyes gets you through a month of normal marital hardship....and all the while her beloved dog snoozes in your lap. It's fricken priceless!

    Last thing is, I have a theory that dogs love the human that takes them out and walking more than the human that feeds them



  • @siam I think that I am already there.

    Wife walks and feeds dog most of the time. Dog want s to be with me because I ignore it. Weird.



  • @snowy sweet. Yeah dogs seem to pick up and interpret vibes incredibly well.



  • good to socialise them with other people and dogs too, both at home and out.

    Our cat/dog is the wifes dog without a doubt, he sits and stares out the window for her when she goes out.



  • Oh and I do play with her more. Dog, not wife again.

    Wife is terrible at fetch. Quite good with a bone (I typed that out loud).

    Both of them pick up tone quite well but hard to know what is understanding and what is just naughty.



  • @taniwharugby said in Dogs and bitches:

    he sits and stares out the window for her when she goes out.

    That is the bit I am trying to avoid. Seems to be going O.K.but they really want to be a part of a pack and if an important person is missing they pine.



  • @snowy he will follow me about and play if I want to, but once I stop he goes back to the staring spot.



  • @taniwharugby Yeah, quite happy for the puppy to be wife's, just want her to listen to me (both of them).

    Dog is now eating my shoe.



  • @snowy good luck with that....there is only 1 in our household that does what I say, and it aint the wife or 2 kids!



  • @taniwharugby You have someone that listens to you? Well done.

    I can make the cat run away. Chickens ignore me -I'm no threat. The fuckers should know that I eat them several times a week.

    I would like to have one "being" that will respond, at some stage of my life. Hence the thread.

    WTF is this white male patriarchy shit? I'm a downtrodden minion and am determined to have one bitch under my control.

    She is eating my paperwork as I type, but it is O.K. I said she could and they are bills. Well I didn't say that she could, really. It is quite hard to argue with a puppy. I'd rather take on the Baron.



  • @snowy dont get me started on chickens!! 🐔



  • @taniwharugby said in Dogs and bitches:

    @snowy dont get me started on chickens!! 🐔

    Do you have a problem one? I have a completely loopy chook that I love. Mad as a hatter, runs around the garden chasing nothing. Very entertaining.


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