Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Yes, regardless of the circumstances, my dog will listen to me or something is wrong. I say dog because Frag is the only one with that level of training right now.
For example, Frag hates the vet and is muzzle and usually growls through any procedure they put him through. That's fine, it's getting better, but the growling isn't going to go away over night. HOWEVER, he is NOT allowed to disobey me just because he's mad, upset, whatever. He still sits, downs, stays, stands, comes, etc. at the vet regardless of what they're doing when I tell him to.
As for off-leash recall, he has virtually none, but he will stop on command, so he's off leash a lot on parts of our hikes where there aren't people around. Two nights ago we saw a buck and doe in a clearing at our favorite place, and we've seen them before. As long as I can notice within the first 10 seconds of Frag noticing (his thinking is usually stop and get anxious for the first 5 and start to run after in the next 5) I can call him off. So he saw this deer as I did, and I just made him sit and stay as the deer ran away. He barks at them to high heaven, and he can bark until he's blue in the face, but no chasing. I know he wouldn't come back! Same thing goes for cats, rabbits, and squirrels... all of which we have come through our *unfenced* yard quite frequently.
Another good example is the vacuum cleaner. He doesn't mind it at all, but I have to tell him where to move while I'm vacuuming so that I can get to all of the floor. I'll usually vacuum a spot then make him go lie there and stay. The vacuum will come near him and usually touch him while I'm vacuuming the surrounding areas and without a stay he'd get up and move, but then he'd lay in another dirty spot and have to move AGAIN, so I make him stay, and he does.
It's completely different IMO than expecting them to lay or down, do whatever, through a DANGEROUS situation. That's the owner's fault for downing two dogs where a forklift would be. If I did something like that with Frag but out of the WAY of the forklift entirely, I would expect him to lay right there and not budge if it wasn't going to hurt him.
Danielle, owner of...
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