Only 2 more days with the 4-footers

Their people come home Saturday morning. I expect much chaos.

I’ve done well with the two larger dogs, they’ve learned a lot and broken some bad habits. They’ll need proper reinforcement thou after I leave.

The little dog.. arghghgh. I don’t know if the little dog is stupid or just doesn’t give a damn, I suspect the latter. After almost 3 weeks of working with this dog he still just stares at me when I give him a command. No amount of positive reinforcement makes a difference, no amount of firm commands.

To illustrate what works best here’s a typical run through of 3 minutes of commands when someone walks past the house.
Belmont: starts harrumphing, preparatory to baying
Me: leave it Belmont, no bark. Good boy Belmont, good leave it. That’s a good no bark.
Me: Pepper, leave it, you’re such a good girl for not barking Pepper.
Belmont: spinning in circles with the desire to bark his head off, whimpering
Me: you’re such a good dog Belmont! Good leave it. Gooooood boy!
Me: Spanky, shut up.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  May 24, 2012

    You crack me up Rachel!! Lol

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  2. Alyce, you should meet this little mutt! All would become hilariously clear. That’s the only thing that saves him you know… that he’s SO outrageous I end up laughing at him instead of getting angry.

    Seriously, I don’t even bother to raise my voice with him, sort of an aside actually.. “Spanky.. Shut up.”

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