The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Talking about about an itty bitty baby puppy here - let's give the dog and owner a bit of leeway.
And I used to be of the same mindset - dog should just listen to me because. Period.
Until I got Keeta, and everything with her was a battle of wills. It was exhausting, and i was NOT having fun. So I decided to humble myself, admit that there was a lot about dogs I didn't know, and enrolled in positive, reward based obedience classes - WOW! What a mind changer! I learned so much, it completely turned Keeta's mindset around, instead of fighting me, she because my partner, and our relationship changed to what I wanted it to be.
Rewards are for training - you phase them out as the dog matures, but by then, their brain has made the connection that listening and obeying is fun and rewarding!
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015