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Old 10-05-2008, 01:10 PM
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Default What did your dog learn fast, and what took a while?

Just curious. It seems every dog has things that they pick up with almost no effort, like loose leash walking or certain commands or appropriate behaviours around the house

...and then there are other things that take forEVER to catch on to. For instance, my friend has been teaching her pitbull to drop the ball when he brings it back to her...FOR SEVEN YEARS and he still doesn't do it reliably. But some other dogs just naturally drop it without a moment's thought.

For myself...Nova was a dream in the car from day one. She lays down and goes to sleep right off the bat. We didn't have to do any of the exhaustive "little bits at a time" thing I know a lot of people have to do to have their dogs ride happily in the car.

HOWEVER, she has a huuuuge blind spot for using her mouth. The other puppies in puppy class were gentle will their mouths from like...3 months on, no one had any problems with it at all...not my little land shark though! She just doesn't put it together. Even our private trainer said she's WAY harder with her mouth than most other puppies and that she seems to be extremely orally fixated. So that it's going to be some work for us!

So what did your dog figure out in a heartbeat, and what does she really, really have a mental block for?
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:15 PM
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Ozzy picked up frisbee like he was born knowing how to do it. He will jump for it, occasionally do backflips for it, the works. He just understands what's going on with the frisbee.

On the other hand, he can't seem to grasp the concept that for me to throw the ball he has to drop it somewhere near me. He'll drop it just fine, it just that he's usually ten feet away from me. So I taught him to bring it to me. He understands that, but he still usually drops it too far away first, and then he'll bring it all the way.

I'm sure he does it on purpose, just to drive me to distraction.

He also understood the down on recall fairly quickly. The stay when I say stay or sit when I say sit while still walking gives him some trouble.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:43 PM
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Reggin drops the ball at my feet when I say "DROP IT". He is pretty good with that, but sometimes he getz the zoomies and race around the yard with the ball in his mouth instead of bringing it to me. Then I just wait it out. lol.

Potty training was very quick for him. Some dogs in my past struggled a bit. He was house broken completely by around 11 weeks. Pebbles kept peeing on my bed until 4 months.

Tricks and commands were quick as well. Such as sit, lay down, stay, shake hands, high five, speak, dance, and goober (my secret word for "attack Pebbles"). All in play of course.

What I have struggled with him is pulling on leash. No-pull harness was a failure, prong was a failure, and I refuse to use choke chains. The only thing that worked was a head halter. No more pulling, and its amazing. Teaching him to walk behind us, instead of in front of us also worked to an extent. Getting him used to a head halter was a whole nother deal in itself.

The thing that I need to work on him with is reacting to other dogs. Not aggression, but frantically trying to get over to them as soon as he spots one out. Usually its not a friendly encounter since most dogs do not like him.
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:56 PM
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Ollie learned within a minute of arriving where the cookie bowl was !!!
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:11 PM
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Sit and leave it were easy. He could do OOS down/stays with a raw steak laying across his paws by the time he was 3 months old.

Loose leash walking though.....it's a work in progress.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:21 PM
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Orson learned most of his commands pretty quick, probably within one or two times putting him into position. Potty training was a breeze. sit, stay, leave it, lay down, be dead, shake, back up, all of those were quick and easy.

Now, take ANY of those same commands and add distractions............forget it. It's all out the window. He knows any command 100% but I swear I can't get him to listen to a word I say with distractions, rewards mean nothing to him at that point

And loose lead walking.........ya, he still won't do that once we leave our own yard (again, a distraction issue) I am really at a loss when it comes to distractions.

Phoebe took a little longer to understand what I wanted..........but she is great with distractions. Once she has something, she knows and listens under any circumstance.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:37 PM
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Frodo learned to weave through my legs in less than 10 minutes. It took him weeks to learn the down command.

Izzy was born with an amazing recall. She can't learn to fetch for the life of her. :/
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Orson learned most of his commands pretty quick, probably within one or two times putting him into position. Potty training was a breeze. sit, stay, leave it, lay down, be dead, shake, back up, all of those were quick and easy.

Now, take ANY of those same commands and add distractions............forget it. It's all out the window. He knows any command 100% but I swear I can't get him to listen to a word I say with distractions, rewards mean nothing to him at that point

And loose lead walking.........ya, he still won't do that once we leave our own yard (again, a distraction issue) I am really at a loss when it comes to distractions.

Phoebe took a little longer to understand what I wanted..........but she is great with distractions. Once she has something, she knows and listens under any circumstance.
Distractions are a huge problem for Reggin as well. He has a one track mind when it comes to that.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:47 PM
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Ollie learned within a minute of arriving where the cookie bowl was !!!
hahaha!! mushroom too!

what he has taken for freaking ever to learn and still hasn't really mastered is stand. he makes me want to bang my head against a wall.

luce learned the dumbell retrieve very quickly i think, considering she's not a natural fetcher at all. my trainer dropped a dumbbell on the floor one night just to see what luce'd do and she picked it right up. i never had to teach her- she just did it.
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Max learned the word "Out", "Walk" and "Biscuit" VERY fast and never forgot what they meant. Then he learned "O-U-T" and we had a spelling dog!
He learned paw, come (although it was never really tested outside of training sessions (we never brought him anywhere for anything) as I did not learn about training or proper dog ownership until I came her three months before he died) and sit very quickly, actually I don't remember him having trouble learning anything, he was very smart, too bad I didn't find this place sooner, he had great potential, he would have loved to be brought to parks and such but he was too obnoxious at greeting people and dogs and pulled like a maniac, all things I could have probably fixed if I'd come here sooner.

Phoebe learned "Twirl" very fast, it is her favorite, she NEVER messes it up. For some reason "Sit" confuses her beyond all logic, she lays down or plays dead at least half the time I say it, this is one out of two commands her owners taught her (the other one was paw which I don't ask for very much, I do high five and wave more often) so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. She is also having trouble with "stand" we just started though. AND since I want to do rally-o with her I want her to do the commands at heel. Since I taught them all from in front I'm having trouble getting her to do anything but walk at heel. Even if I get her to sit at heel and then tell her to down she quickly scoots to the front and downs, silly girl!
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