|Barked: Sun Apr 21, '13 9:18am PST |
|I can relate, at least partially.
My parents have a very barky dog. She barks at other dogs and anything she finds suspicious. She is scared but I think she also barks sometimes because she has always barked there. My father knows I like to train dogs but does not understand that if I train Pipsa not to bark, I fear, she might be in square one after a while because she I think that the person who lives with the dog should also teach it to get lasting results. I would be glad to teach my dad to train Pipsa if he wanted. My mother, I think, just lives with the problem. She either tells Pipsa to shut up, or avoids situations where she barks.
Also, Pipsa and Alva don't get well along. They do not fight or anything but it is clearly visible that Pipsa does not enjoy Alva's presence. I am not sure why their relationship is such but I suspect that their temperaments are just so different including Pipsa's sensitive nature and Alva's stubborness, a few clashes (Alva is a food guarder when it's about other dogs) and that I should have introduced them in a different way.
An I and my mother have totally different views why they are like they are and what should be done if they should share a home. Well, they don't have to but there was a time when I spent a lot of time at their place with Alva.
It is so frustrating when you cannot convince a family member to cooperate. They think that it is time consuming, doesn't work, is useless, is not their business, is too difficult, or is too laborious. But if you can turn them and get them to include your training procedures into their routines, after a while they do not even notice it and think it's easy. Maybe you could persuade them to see what perks your training program could produce (less bark, less yelling at the dog, more comfortable houselife) and that the training doesn't work if people are not consistent.
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