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No Such Thing as a Good Dog

People often tell me how lucky I am to have such a good dog but they’re wrong; there is no luck involved. My dog’s good temperament is the product of years of work. And if more people understood this, more people would have had ‘good’ dogs.conversing

I’ve put a lot of effort into exposing him to other dogs, kids, loud motorcycles, noisy power tools, popping fireworks, loud music, and many other disturbances when he was still a puppy; and took him for regular rides in my car. I allowed him to see, hear, smell and feel these influences at his own terms and it paid off. He is comfortable with such disturbances around him and he loves kids. dance

It is easy to train a puppy. He responds to his name, you give him a treat. He comes when you call him, you give him a treat. He sits when he’s told, you give them a treat. And after a few months, you have a dog that knows simple commands. But this is when many fall off the bus. You have to keep it up as your dog matures. You have to keep your dog stimulated and it also helps him to keep up with you as circumstances change. A dog's training never stops.dancing dog

A dog needs plenty of love and attention. When given enough of that, he will bend sideways trying to please you. He will protect you with his life… or lose it in an effort to do so.teddybear

Regular exercise is another must for your dog. A restless dog is often a sign of not enough exercising. When the weather allows it, I walk instead of driving the 2 km to the supermarket. He knows that he may not go into the shopping center but he also knows where to wait for me. That took a bit of training but eventually, he did learn to wait until I returned. He understands that the word ‘wait’ means that I’ll come back for him. cartwheel

So, a ‘good’ dog is not the result of some lucky genetic draw; a dog requires a good owner and a lot of work to make him a ‘good’ dog. pointing
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So have you taken your dog for his walky, walky today?wave

Comments (56)

mollybaby
My dogs get walked regularly.

There's nothing more satisfying than seeing happy tired dogs asleep after a good walk.
Catfoot
Hi Molly,
I see you use the plural. I wish I had the place for more than one dog. But then I sit with a cat, a polly and a goldfish.doh
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mollybaby
Two of the same animals is easier than four different oneslaugh
Catfoot
True, but four different ones don't compete for the same space. Just the effing cat that sees the polly and the fish as food!doh
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mollybaby
Our fun quizmaster pulled the blog moping


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Kalpataru
Hi Catfoot wave

Once my friend told my other friend that if she wanted her son to be a good son, she should treat him like she treats her "the-product-of-years-of-work" dog. When her dog was rebellious, she understood and still loved the dog. Even when the dog poo-ed on the carpet, she wasn't angry and still loved the dog. But when her son was rebellious, she got very upset and punished him.

Hmm... do you think so?
LucyMaud
It's much easier to train a dog when you get him as a puppy and you're the sole person in his life. It becomes more difficult when you get him when he's a bit older but still young and the two adults in the house don't agree on training (one sees the importance of a well trained dog and the other can't be bothered). Very hard on the dog receiving such mixed messages not to mention the person who'd like to see some discipline.
Kalpataru
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On one hand I agree with you but on the other I do believe luck is involved to some degree. When I rescue a dog they are not usually a puppy so training them from the foundation that you don't get a clue to why they are a rescue dog. Their owner died, abandoned, mistreated or sickly? You just don't know.

If you kept a litter of puppies, no matter how you trained them they would all differ from each other although they could all learn the same commands.

I didn't get a chance with either of my dogs as a puppy, one was 2 yrs. old and the other 8 when I got them. I got lucky with the 2 year old as she is very very sweet but she doesn't like other dogs. She is tolerant of a cat or dog but not fond of them and they better not bother her or she fusses at them. Lucy the one I inherited is dog and cat friendly most of the time however she is a barker and her barking makes me nuts. I'm working on fixing that problem but I need more time.

Lord how we love our pets!
mollybaby
Rescues definitely come with their own issues.

But it is so worth it to see them blossom from the frightened, abused, dog they were into happy cheeky little pets love
Catfoot
Molly,
Why would he have done that? Maybe he thought we were on the right track to solve his puzzle.laugh
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mollybaby
Cat, maybe we were innocently drawn into some espionage code ring hole
Catfoot
Hi Kal,
Yes, that is a bit of a moral dilemma (more about it on Friday) but one would expect a bit more understanding from a child, not so?laugh
Catfoot
Hi Lucy,
Indeed so, it is exactly the same as two people who don't agree on the discipline when raising a child.sigh
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Catfoot
Kal!!!!!
Don't laugh, this is SERIOUS.grin
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Catfoot
Hi Unfayzed.
Yes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.doh
Only twice I rescued grown dogs. The first was a stray dog but in a very good condition. I advertised but nobody claimed him. It was a long and patient job to get him anywhere near some state of obedience.

The second one belonged to a man who trained dogs for a living. When he died his children decided to have it put down. I could not bear to see such a delightful animal killed and I took him. This dog exposed me for the amateur trainer I was. What a glorious animal! He taught me to throw the ball in the pool so he can fetch it.laugh
wine hug
Catfoot
Molly,
If they're not after you then I'm in grave trouble. Both the CIA and the Illuminati is after my blood. I wonder how they traced me. Ah well, maybe they want you.grin
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mollybaby
I don't agree with last saying, Cat.
Old dogs can and do learn new tricks.
You just have to teach them a little differently maybe.
But like men, the promise of a treat for good behaviour works fabulously devil
Catfoot
Molly
Hmm, maybe old dogs, like old men, want different treats.laugh
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mollybaby
Top quality ones only wink
Catfoot
Now, will that be top quality old men, top quality old dogs or top quality treats?laugh
mollybaby
All of the above laugh
Catfoot
I burned to say something but I won't.laugh
wine hug
Hello Cat,

I know why men are called dogs.

I thought you were really talking about women and how they treat their man. laugh

cheers
Catfoot
Hi Johnny,
Nope, It is be-kind-to-animals-day.laugh But now you know why some men are immune to mad cow's disease. Because we're dogs. I suppose the same could be said about bìtches.laugh
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Catfoot
But Unfayzed,
Something I meant to say earlier but forgot:
I f you take an impoverished dog and give it a home, you have a friend for life. I think that is the most telling difference between man and dog. Man will kick you in the teeth as soon as he does not need you anymore.
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bigjb62
I believe you can make a good dog bad, but you can't make a bad dog good.
Catfoot
Hi Big
Hmm, but it is still the way he is handled by his owner. And I'd agree that it is much easier to make a good dog bad than to make a bad dog good. And the big problem is that once a bad dog had been made good, can you trust it?

You see, many years ago this fella had this 'good' dog. Well trained and well behaved but one day, for some inexplicable reason the dog bit me. Did not really bite, rather just torn my trousers. The municipal regulations of the town ruled that the dog be put away but I did not cause waves and the dog got a second chance which he spilled. About a year later he bit me again. Again not vicious but he did bite. To this day I wonder why this dog went for me for I never did him any harm.confused
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bigjb62
Animals have an inherent excuse when they are unpredictable. People on the other hand have no excuse for vicious behavior.
daniela777
I agree with all that Cat! thumbs up

Dogs need a lot of time and effort...and patience!

I've trained all my dogs and they were all admired.

The one I have now..a 4 year old cross Dalmatian Staffie..is a real softie but very obedient.

There are NO bad dogs..only bad people!
Catfoot
Hi, Big
Yes, we should expect them to misbehave from time to time. In 1948 - before I was born - my grandmother was killed by the cow she milked every day.doh
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Catfoot
I'd go along if you are willing to change 'people' to' dog owners' because a good hardworking man, husband, and father may turn out to be a bad dog owner.
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daniela777
Sorry Cat, yes, I meant "DOG OWNERS"!

I´ve been training dogs for many years (both in Germany and here in Spain) and it´s mainly the owners who need training and shown how to train their dogs.

The dog - or any other animal to that respect - will react according to the owner´s behaviour.

When working with a horse, for example, I can see that one particular horse that has some behavioral issue (usually from past experiences with previous owners) will behave differently with different people. Some people transmit peace and calm, while others can transmit some nervousness, anger, impatience etc and, consequently, the horse will behave accordingly to "reflect" those issues.
Catfoot
Hi Dani
Now you have touched another very important aspect that I left off the blog to keep it shorter. The owner's temperament is of cardinal importance. Animals sense that and act accordingly.
wine hug
CF. Years of work? Not at all. We simply drug and beat our beloved Bravo regularly.
Catfoot
Hi VK
But that does not count. It is brainwashing.grin
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daniela777
Cat..the owner's temperament doesn't only affect the pets we have but also..and mainly..the kids!

I see people here who are very excited..agitated..and very loud... their kids act in the same way!

As for their dogs..well..they end up with very excited Or nervous dogs that can also become aggressive.
Catfoot
Dani,
Raising puppies is not much different from raising your offspring. A notable exception perhaps is that we entrust our children to teachers for twelve years or so.grin
wine hug
On a good day, I'm hopefully merely and average Dad, and pet meister. But wish I had a buck for every dumb mistake I've made.
Bnaughty
My dog has just passed her A level exams so I bought her a car for being good

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