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August 13th, 2001
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From:liralen
Date:August 14th, 2001 08:33 am (UTC)
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When doing obedience with Fezzik, I sometimes found that the bad days at class made for a really excellent amount of training at home for the next few weeks. Incentive, I think. Sounds like you did a really great job sticking to it, and definitely sounds like the next time'll be better. I'm impressed you've gotten where you have with Sable. From what I remember, obedience in a dog is pretty much directly proportional to the amount of effort the owner takes. It's fun to hear about your classes and efforts. Good reminder for me about how much time and work and attention a dog really does take before I leap into getting another one.
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From:ambar
Date:August 14th, 2001 09:13 am (UTC)
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The truth is, someone did a lot of work with this dog before I got her. I haven't so much taught her anything new as reminded her of what she already knew (and demanded things in tougher circumstances -- for instance, part of the dinner ritual is that she has to do a recall *past* her full dinner dish, to me, before she can eat.)

Asking her to stand is a new thing, but we're still at the lure-and-reward stage there. Playing hide and go seek at home is also a new thing, but that's less a command and more "for fun".

In your shoes, I would probably wait on another dog until you have Jet out of diapers. :)
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