Arwen was my teacher. After Frodo, who needed that special pitch in my voice of anger and frustration before he could manage a simple command, Arwen WOULD not respond positively to that stiff barking of command words.
Bark SIT at Arwen and she would be likely to go to her crate and lie down. Tell Arwen "I need you to go out and go potty, get a drink of water, then we'll get your collar on, and she would do just that -- go out back through the doggy door, go potty, stop by the water bucket and drink, come back in and sit by the door so I could get her collar on. Boy, I miss that girl, she was awesome.
I was instructed to force her to stay down for 30 minutes. This was probably the worst training advice for this dog and would have ruined her. I am glad that I recognized that in time. Oh I could tell her to sit, and I could ask her to sit and she would. But she did not like stiff harsh barking commands -- she would shut down. This was the girl who could walk off lead at a heel all through town, and could weave in and out of drunk people outside the bar off lead, and would probably jump off a cliff if I asked her to. She LIKED to be talked to. And she would respond to conversations like she understood every word. I could be walking down the street and see a picnic table and tell her, go hupp on that picnic table and lie down. And she would trot down the street, go up on to it using the bench as a step and lie down on top of it, having never trained her to lie on picnic tables. She knew go hupp of course, I perhaps she understood the word table, and she knew what was meant by lie down. She just seemed to have an uncanny ability to put commands together in the order I wanted them. And, I am probably the worst person for using multiple words for the same command, HEEL, WITH ME, LET'S GO, NO PULL -- each of these can be used interchangeably.
But she taught me that force and dominating was all a bunch of huey when it came to dog training.
I am glad that your girl is also an awesome teacher.
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