|Barked: Mon Jan 28, '13 1:15pm PST |
|What I meant by stubborn is almost in a humorus way with Sophie. We will be walking and she knows what streets lead to where. If I try to walk past the favorite streets-that lead to the parks-she will freeze...in a way that will not be redirected...or pulled...or cajoled...or commanded...just "%#&* no, I will not be moved I want to go this way", so I will gently scoop up 60lbs of stubborn moose and haul her a block, if she still refuses to walk, another block, until she realizes we are going MY way.
I guess what I mean by the right mindset is deciding from day one that you feed them and love them and they will ultimately listen to you. You never ever want to use physical punishment with a dog who can in theory bite through sheet metal...but you also can't fear them, with any dog even a strange dog...if in the back of your mind you fear them even a tiny bit, they know that and can capitalize on it if they choose.
So you want a happy balanced mindset, not overly controlling and not milque toast, and allowing a bully to be a lapdog is a matter of personal comfort but if you can take the weight...there is nothing like a smiling bully snoozing safely in your arms, well the snoring and tooting take some getting used to, but they can be perfect lovers
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