|Barked: Tue Mar 19, '13 12:22pm PST |
|I feel like it would be similar to expecting a child who's good at science to be equally good at math. It just doesn't work like that. Everyone's brain is wired differently, including dogs.
Not to say they CAN'T learn how to have good manners, but it's not the same as teaching a fancy trick. The dog may have more fun and be able to focus more on learning fancy tricks than they are with learning how to walk nicely on a leash. Likewise, a dog who has excellent manners may suck at learning pointless tricks.
Nix heels beautifully OFF-leash, but only off-leash (he doesn't pull... He just doesn't heel.) I think he doesn't understand why he should heel on-leash, whereas off, he knows he's off, and he understands that sometimes I need him to walk close to me.
Ava knows dozens of tricks which she'll perform one after the other (as long as you have treats) She even has her trick dog title. But by around age 2 she randomly decided she was going to start pulling on the leash, and it's been a major struggle getting her to stop. She'll be 4 years old in two weeks, and her pulling is worse than ever, unless she's wearing her head halter. Baffling too, since she was so good at loose leash walking when she was younger.
Edited by author Tue Mar 19, '13 12:25pm PST
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