|Barked: Sun Jul 21, '13 8:00am PST |
|We adopted Lilly in Feb of this year. She is 8 yrs old, and a retired dog from a kennel that trains and breeds hunting dogs. She holds a senior hunt title, and came to us with excellent manners and rock solid behavior.
While we don't hunt, we do make sure to regularly give her the opportunity to do water retrieves because she really loves it, and it's good exercise for her. We also regularly practice basic obedience.
The one thing she was not taught to do was a down or a down stay. Because she was trained to hunt, she needed to be up where she could see, and focus on what was going on, sometimes at a great distance. I would like to teach her a down command for her own comfort. When we have her out and about with us there are times when we stop to talk to people, or eat at an outdoor restaurant, and she will sit and wait politely, but NEVER lay down.
She does love her food and I've tried using treats as bait to get her into the down position. She wants no part of it and just sits there patiently looking at me. Should I just not worry about it at this point?
On another topic completely: In the whole time we've had her, we have never once heard her bark. Never. I suppose it goes back to her training. A noisy dog would not be a good hunting companion. I would just love to hear her bark...just once.
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