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04-17-2014 01:55 AM
Zeeva Smokey jumps through a hula hoop - YouTube
04-10-2014 08:26 AM
LaRen616 To me "training" is teaching your dog something, whether it's how to properly walk on a leash or basic commands like sit, shake, lay down, how to behave in public, etc.
04-10-2014 12:58 AM
llombardo I just watched the video and I think its awesome how they wait their turn and don't crowd each other during training
04-09-2014 11:15 PM
Originally Posted by Ellimaybel View Post
I don't think you should feel like a failure. It sounds as though you make an effort to control her weight and it is what it is. I'm lucky that I never had an overweight pet, even though I myself am overweight. My parents had a cat that was HUGE and that cat was one of the most active things I have ever seen. I think animals have their own issues like we have ours.
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04-09-2014 11:12 PM
Originally Posted by Nigel View Post
I agree with Winners on training. As far as exercise, didn't you bike with them before? That would slim them down fairly quick, helps keep the nails trim too if you mix in a little pavement on your rides.
Yay! We got our bike fixed after this post and have been riding for the last few days! Although it's getting warm here, I think it will help C:

04-05-2014 08:21 PM
wolfy dog training=teaching. To me there is no difference between tricks and obedience. The reason that dogs like tricks is that people are generally more upbeat while teaching tricks and as a result, dogs are too.
04-05-2014 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by boomer11 View Post
Man your dogs are umm big boned....

Training is about working as a team and having fun and bonding but with that said, I'd rather train stuff that is practical over commands that are useless. In what universe is shake going to come in handy?
I taught my older golden to shake/give paw because he had medical issues and had to have blood drawn regularly.....the vet could ask for his paw and take blood without any restraint. It sure came in handy ever single time he had blood drawn. Oh and he was 11 when he learn it.

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04-05-2014 06:24 PM
Originally Posted by Zeeva View Post
What do you think? Is training always meant to be serious and focused? My pups get mentally tired even after our circus tricks routines. And, isn't that one of the main points of training; to mentally challenge them and wear them out?
You're getting the dogs to do what you want them to do, when you want them to do it and at the same time, you're keeping them mentally stimulated. I'd call that training. Besides that you and the dogs are having fun...that's what owning a dog is about.
04-05-2014 04:32 PM
Sri So cute. Love how patient and attentive Zeeva is. (Frodo can't stand his human family giving attention to any other dog. )

Why not tricks? Its a fun way to ask the dogs for behaviors( I am sure it is bizarre for them - the things we ask - but not as bizarre as heeling), they are calm and obeying and obviously happy.
04-05-2014 01:34 PM
Cassidy's Mom
Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
I think you are having fun teaching your dogs stuff, and they are having fun too. I would certainly consider that training.
Absolutely! Often what seems like just a cute trick can actually turn out to have practical applications if you use your imagination. One of the first things I train a new puppy is the "touch" command (nose to my palm). What good could that possibly be? Well, hand targeting is a great foundation for tons of things, even if by itself it's not much. From hand targeting I taught Halo to target the end of a touch stick, which was instrumental in training her box turn in flyball. That's just one of many things you can do with it, but because she already knew "touch", she progressed very quickly to targeting anything, putting her ahead of other dogs in her class who did not already have that skill.

Also, any time you train your dog anything, you're not just teaching them a particular skill, you're teaching them to learn. The more skills they learn, useful or useless in someone else's opinion, the faster they'll pick up new skills and the more they'll stay engaged with you. And who could argue that that's a bad thing?
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