Re: Teach "snarl?"
Vaccuum cleaner, hadn't thought about that .. *L*
Jamie, I understand your concerns about what the public might think ... I have taught Khana to growl on command and afterwards I thought "is that really a smart thing to do?". To HER it's not a growl, though. It's her "speak" - she does a low GRRRR, because that's what I chose to reward. Chows have an amazing range of sounds that they make. It's hard to explain, but they communicate with more grunts, groans, grumbles and squeaks than any dog I've ever heard. But they're not noisy dogs overall - they just have interesting noises. So when I started "speak" with Khana, I chose the low GRRRR as the sound I would reward. Now she'll look at me with that sweet kind face and go GRRRR in a low voice, and it's a communication with me that has nothing to do with a true growl. But OTHERS would probably think she was growling.
Melanie and the gang
Positive 1ST! More reward, less correction makes a GREAT trainer.
Chows: Khana CD RE SD & Dora NA NAJ GSD: Tazer SDIT
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