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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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What else should I do?

So, Sabo already knows "sit" and is pretty good with it, i'd say 90% (the other 10% he will sit and scratch, but that's not what I'm looking for in a perfect "sit"...LOL). We are working with recalls, right now we throw an interesting toy, and in a happy voice say "Come Sabo, Come Sabo" and he brings it back! I dont know if this is how you teach recall, but so far it works.

He is completely attached to me. If I get up and go to the bathroom, he wakes up and comes with me. If I get up to go to the kitchen, he comes with me. He is ok without me though, which is good because I"m a night shift worker so he doesn't try and get to me when I'm sleeping, he's perfectly happy playing with hubby and the kids when I sleep.

His "leave it" is decent around the cats, even though they taunt him and eventually he gives in. I get up, grab the harness, tell him "leave it" again, and bring him to his bed to lay down until the cat goes away. The ferrets are a different story. They are too fast and too enticing. When they need to be out of the cage, Sabo goes to play in the kids room and they get the peace they need. When we are in the house (2 weeks!!!!) then we will put up a play pen for them and slowly expand it until they can all live in harmony. (With Metro, he would just get up and move when they started playing with his tail...if they tried to get into his bowl while he ate, he would get up and move away...he was DOCILE and EASY!LOL!)

He is decently potty trained when we are watching. He will do the sniffing and looking, and then we say "OUTSIDE????" and do the grab and run! Tell him "Go Potty" and he does his business.

On the way back inside if there are two adults present, one adult will start running down the straightaway and calling him, the other will release him off his leash and he follows right up the stairs (Which thrills my husband, when Metro could run we would do the same thing).

He is great with the kids (though I think he thinks they are puppies?) but they wanna wrestle on the ground...is this bad?
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Sabo is doing great thanks to your training. If he turns out to be a like Metro then you may not have a problem with the kids wrestling on the ground. If not that may be a problem as Sabo gets bigger. My neighbors have a lovely boxer/Great Dane mix who is great with the grandkids except when the boys wrestle on the ground - then Mya wants to join in and she is bigger and stronger.

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