I am horrible at training, I'm lazy and I sort of don't care. I seem to get to the stage were they aren't total ass hats and then I drop it. But in spite of that they all seem fine. I tend to have conversations with them, rather then barking commands at them. I have had multitudes of other critters around them and it's been mostly ok. I routinely take food and toys away, and in some cases have actually reached in and pulled stuff from their mouths, and I promote playing with their food. I manage some behaviors and stop others but all in all every dog that has been in my house is stable and well behaved...
...Do we actually create problems?
I feel like I could've written this.
I've had dogs all my life, which is a considerable amount of time seeing that I turned 60 yesterday.
Herding dogs, working dogs, terriers, toys, hounds. While they have these hardwired traits particular to their breeds, I've noticed a similarity among the dogs that I have raised from puppies. They have all been bold, pushy, and funny. From Dobe to GSD to sheltie to IG to yorkie, they all have been more than a little sassy. I love that in a dog. I loved that Sage talked back. I love that Russell LOVES life so much that he might explode. I loved that my IG Zelda could outsmart me. Considering that these are all completely different breeds, I can only conclude that it's something I'm doing.
I absolutely feel like a major slacker when it comes to training my dogs. I get on here and everyone's puppy could practically get their CD when they are 3 months old. Russell is almost three and doesn't know the sit command, LOL. He's not unruly though. They all have manners. We have a calm household, and they just seem to follow suit.
My favorite line in this whole thread? ---> I seem to get to the stage were they aren't total ass hats and then I drop it.