Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Southeastern Indiana
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Re: OT Training a Dog
Andy cosmo was alot like that at about 9 months, When I moved home from college that all stopped. Patty spent 6 months trying to house break him, I did it in 2 movements. But no person here will agree with my methods. When I am home the dogs are always close, and behaving. They are never in another room or barking or doing anything stupid and it all came down to making them know that disobidence will not be tolerated (at all) but good behavior is rewarded with doing something the dog wants to do (play ball, go outside, treat, eat) I bought a Kong ball early on and teased him constantly with it. What most people would call abuse is how he and I played. Ya I got bit a few times but I always had it coming and never had to scold him for it cause he knew he screwed up. Ya I would hit him if he deserved it but I rewarded him heavily when he deserved it. It has paid off. He is the most loyal dog I have ever owned and behaves for the most part. Little problem when around a bunch of people (he wants all the attention). The only thing I did not intend to teach him was to be protective of the jeep. As anyone knows who attended the first two Bashes he is very protective of the jeep and the wife. I actualy kinda like it but would like for him to be threatining before he bites insted of just nailing people when they walk up to the jeep. If I am there it is ok, but nobody else can mess with it. Now Lilly on the other hand was a push over from day one. never had to teach her to go outside, stay in the yard, or anything she just did, but Cosmo rolled her the first time she had an accident in the house, So I kinda think he taught her.
Good luck. I love my labs, best dogs I have ever owned and probably the last!!!