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Luke and I just got home from Luke's second obedience class.   I love the girl giving the class and she does a great job! Having had dogs (and babies) before the "counselor age" we seem to be in, listening to her today about what I need to do and say, having watched all of Cesar's DVD's, (and having listened to my daughter, after she's been in counseling for a couple years), I wonder if Luke will grow up and tell the other dogs he meets, the reason he does things wrong is really his mother's fault.  I remember when a dog was a dog, you were allowed to say "no" if he misbehaved, and everybody was happy.  Oh, for the good ol' days.... 

Luke and I talked about it on the drive home and he understands that I will just need more training than most.  And then he licked my nose to let me know he loves me anyway, and all was well!  

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Comment by Jo Bill on October 7, 2012 at 3:49pm

The way I see it is if he does what you want it's up to you to give the signals.  No one does it exactly the same way.  I think your trainer is a bit obsessive.  What difference does it make HOW you get him to do it just as long as he knows WHAT you want him to do?  Silly Trainer!

 

How are things going with Luke and your nephew?

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 4, 2012 at 5:44pm

Dianne, don't even try!!  It is actually not the way he looks because that is exactly the same.  It is the way he feels inside, knowing someone straightened out what I did wrong teaching him and now he can hold his head high when he sits with his friends...  :)

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on October 4, 2012 at 4:13pm

Lol, Barbara!  I'm trying to get a picture of him sitting "the wrong way" - just can't quite wrap my head around it . . ..

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 4, 2012 at 3:17pm

Just so you all will know what you missed (and how stupid I really am) .....   I had taught Luke to sit, just because I could.  He did it every time I asked him to and there was never a problem.  On Tuesday, it was "teach the dog to sit day", among other things.  When I showed her that he knew how, she insisted that I had taught him the wrong way.  She went ahead and taught him the "right way" and she was so pleased!  He looks exactly the same way sitting as he did before, but I am sure he sleeps better at night, knowing he was finally taught the right way...  Right up there with, what in the heck am I wasting my money on?! 

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on October 4, 2012 at 7:44am

No professional training for Sunny Ray, either. I kept saying I was going to, but it just didn't happen. That's probably why HE takes ME for a walk every day. Hahaha

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 3, 2012 at 9:07pm

Oh, he's happy alright.  He is the boss and runs us.  LOL

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 3, 2012 at 7:52pm
Be proud that you have taught him. It's only the insecure parents like me that need to get help from somebody else... Pemon looks pretty happy to me...
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on October 3, 2012 at 2:05pm

Oh that's great Barbara.  Hate to say it, but Pemon had absolutely no professional training.  I guess we too are old fashioned.  LOL

Comment by Barbara Holloway on October 3, 2012 at 11:06am

No matter what the direction manuals tell us, we are all pushovers and that's a good thing!!  :)

Comment by Mitzi, Sunny Ray and Justan on October 3, 2012 at 8:15am

sunny Ray is still trying to figure me out. But that's ok... I'm not sure about me either. HAHA! I'm a mushy alpha. I go sappy when he looks at me with those beuatiful, soulful eyes.

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