I did have a problem with my now older dog that I was TRYING to do AKC OB with. My BF would give him a command, and if the dog didn't comply, it was no big deal. He would do things like play ball with him and tell him to sit. If the dog didn't sit, BF would still throw the ball. He would say, "He (the dog) doesn't have to unless he wants to". I just had to give up. I bought a second dog with full intent to do SchH with her. She is trained in German for competition, and BF is not allowed under any circumstances to use those commands. He does not 'play' (ie. throw a ball) with her, but she is allowed to hang out with him all the time. I work nights, and the two of them spend a great deal of time together. My dog isn't crated. She is a companion dog unless it's work time. It has worked out GREAT! I was told when I started SchH, that you are going to mess up your first dog. I took my AKC OB dog as my 'mess up' dog. This one may or may not work out. But, go to training and learn everything you can. If it doesn't work out, you'll be way ahead of the game in knowledge, and you can get your OWN dog!
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