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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a way to make your dog only respond to you ? I know this might be a dumb question but I'm just curious
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Commander used to only listen to me but now that my husband has stepped up and is working more with him he'll listen to him too. I believe it has a lot to do with who trains with them. Commander won't listen to strangers worth a bit.

Hopefully more opinions will post though to help you out!
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yes there is, and it's a really bad idea.
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yes there is, and it's a really bad idea.
Why is it a bad idea ?
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Why is it a bad idea ?
What if you need to go away?
What if there were an emergency and someone needed to get her out of harms way, or get to you past her?
What if she needed to be rehomed?
What if she got lost?

Most dogs will happily respond to their owners over a stranger, although I have had dogs who preferred other people, so it should never be an issue.

Without any 'training' for it, I had to call daily if I was away. If I didn't Sabi wouldn't eat. And when I had to be separated from her for a month, even with my calls she eventually just refused to get off her bed necessitating an emergency drive across the prairies mid winter.
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Because Commander doesn't like to listen to strangers, friendly or not, I sometimes worry about what would happen if he were to ever get lost, he most likely would not come to anyone. Hopefully we'll never have to find out if he would or not though!
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Honestly, it isn't fun. Leia will listen to others if they can catch her before she gets to me.

But she also listens when they call their dogs. When I call other dogs. When I'm trying to help call other dogs. Only so many times my shins and knees can handle her 65 lbs slamming into them to happily show how she came when she wasn't actually called before it gets old lol. >>
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It is a terrible idea for a whole host of reasons
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I was just wondering if it was possible and how it was done I just can't picture a dog not listening to people that's just weird to me
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 07:40 AM
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I was just wondering if it was possible and how it was done I just can't picture a dog not listening to people that's just weird to me
It was weird to me too at first, I've grown up with large breed dogs my whole life and we never had one that wouldn't listen to other people. Our boy's problem is a confidence issue and we're working with a trainer so he'll probably start to listen, fingers crossed.
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