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Old 24-02-2012, 09:29 AM
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Re: Selective hearing

Bluebeagle... absolutely agree

I would be MORTIFIED if he was bothering on-lead dogs.
It's just out and out unfair- for whatever reason they're on a lead.

See here's my issue... right after he buggered off to see a choc lab (off lead) that lives 2 doors down (but met it in the park) they've never met off lead before.. he came right back...

I continued walking, played a bit of fetch, which he does beautifully... walked a bit, called him, sat him treated with chicken and praise... asked him to wait... released him.... off he went sniffing- turning back to check i'm coming or where i am (he sometimes snuffles in the ditches by the river)...

We came to where 2 paths cross before contiuing on ours... this bit I know is busy- bikes, walkers, joggers, dogs etc.
Called him, heeled him, threw the ball once over.

there were 2 dogs a black lab and a wee fluffy... black lab was on lead

He ignored them both!!!

I swear he's messing with my mind

We then met his black lab indy and he had a wee play before sitting around at my feet whilst I talked to her owner...


Sorry if this post is confusing- sometimes he gives me so much reason to trust him!!
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I always make my dogs sit and stay when I let them offlead. They have to sit whilst I take the lead off, stay sat whilst I go through the gate and then I might walk away from them, or I might release them straight away.. The reward is being allowed to play with other dogs or go and sniff that tree over there. But I have found it gages what mood they're in and how focused they are.

Some times I will make Louie heel past other dogs (onlead or off) or I'll make him sit, down and stand whilst the other dog goes past. And if it's a dog we know, he just has to lie down and stay whilst they approach.. we're still working on it and he is still young so his impulse control is a little lacking in some places.

Sounds like you are doing fine and if you say you haven't gotten complacent.. then he's probably pushing his boundaries to see what he can get away with.. so just go back and remind him of basics.
Thanks SLB and all posters!

yeah I do the exact same with the sit and wait before getting off and again on his recalls.. it's all impulse control since we got him!

I think me and the OH will have to have a wee chat too- I know I don't always do things perfectly with bruno but I have a feeling we're not reinforcing the same when out individually (we went a walk together yesterday- the dog pretty much ignored him, but when he called him would come back to me- even if he had the treat?) So easy to blame him , thank goodness he's not on here.

Just soooo frustrating when you think he's there.. then we mess up and set him back!!
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Bluebeagle... absolutely agree

I would be MORTIFIED if he was bothering on-lead dogs.
It's just out and out unfair- for whatever reason they're on a lead.

See here's my issue... right after he buggered off to see a choc lab (off lead) that lives 2 doors down (but met it in the park) they've never met off lead before.. he came right back...

I continued walking, played a bit of fetch, which he does beautifully... walked a bit, called him, sat him treated with chicken and praise... asked him to wait... released him.... off he went sniffing- turning back to check i'm coming or where i am (he sometimes snuffles in the ditches by the river)...

We came to where 2 paths cross before contiuing on ours... this bit I know is busy- bikes, walkers, joggers, dogs etc.
Called him, heeled him, threw the ball once over.

there were 2 dogs a black lab and a wee fluffy... black lab was on lead

He ignored them both!!!

I swear he's messing with my mind

We then met his black lab indy and he had a wee play before sitting around at my feet whilst I talked to her owner...


Sorry if this post is confusing- sometimes he gives me so much reason to trust him!!
Have you ever thought the dogs are telling him something we can't understand?

They do talk you know - body language is an excellent thing! And I do believe with dogs like ours (because they sound very similar) learning more about dog body language gives us the advantage.
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Re: Selective hearing

To me it sounds like normal dog behaviour and you are working on the training so I would relax a little. It sounds like it will get there and as somebody said training is lifelong.

I would be pleased with his progress so far and maybe a few days on lead will remind him of the basics etc.
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ha ha too true...

Relaxation alert..

Just so hard when you want to do them right but don't speak their lingo...
feel so responsible for his wee, stupidly carefree face.

Bless him.
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Thanks SLB and all posters!

yeah I do the exact same with the sit and wait before getting off and again on his recalls.. it's all impulse control since we got him!

I think me and the OH will have to have a wee chat too- I know I don't always do things perfectly with bruno but I have a feeling we're not reinforcing the same when out individually (we went a walk together yesterday- the dog pretty much ignored him, but when he called him would come back to me- even if he had the treat?) So easy to blame him , thank goodness he's not on here.

Just soooo frustrating when you think he's there.. then we mess up and set him back!!
As long as you are consistent in what you do and your OH in what he does, then Bruno will learn what he can do with each of you. Louie is different with me than with my OH, as is Benjie - and Sadie just goes with it.

Louie will behave for me, well sometimes, will do training with me etc, but for the OH, little things and only if he has food - if he has nothing then he does nothing because OH wasn't interested in training when he was little and isn't now, he pulls like a steam train with OH - because he's let him.. But because I haven't let him get away with things - he is different with me. Benjie on the other hand, doesn't react to other dogs so much with me - because I can't stand it, I've dealt with it and he's getting MUCH better, OH and in laws - a night mare with them, they haven't tried and just lived with it.

I learnt recently not to worry so much about what people do with them.. however that doesn't stretch to training - I refuse to let other people train them - they mess up commands etc.. So if this is what you're worried about - then definately - you need to be on the same page! It is a nightmare for me to walk the dogs with my OH - I don't like how he does things.. so we just don't walk the dogs together. We go on our own walks without them.. less stress.
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Re: Selective hearing

If I had a pound for every argument we've had at dog training class or walk together over how to do something, I'd be a very rich woman!

He has good points as well as his bad ones. He's so laid back sometimes he's horizontal... but to be fair most of the dog owners around here are to...

we get a lot of

'just let him off'
'what's recall?'
'dogs will sort it out themselves'
'ach he's just full of play- he'll grow out of that'

Lovely people.... but my goodness.
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p.s Twiggy... nice work.
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