|Barked: Thu Oct 16, '08 7:52am PST |
|Thanks guys - and keep the advice coming! Rusty, if off lease, will run and attack people as if he were chasing a squirrel! On lease, he goes as far as he can on it before I stop him.
Somethings we do practice already: he has to sit to have his lease put on. He is ALWAYS the LAST to cross the threshold going in and out. Also, when we come back in to the condo, he has to wait at the bottom of the stairs for us humans to walk up into the main area first. He has no problem with any of these - he will wait at the bottom of the stairs until I am all the way at the top and then he knows he may follow. In the house, he has sit, stay, down, roll over, and "give paw/give other paw" all down pat. But, he is very resistent to commands outside of the house which I am working on now. Also, he thinks "come" is a loose suggestion. Which I am trying to work on as well.
Here is a big part of the problem, which I am aware of, but not sure how to handle. My husband and I work opposing schedules and are almost never together (whole 'nother story). But, that leaves Jeff with Rusty during the main part of the day, while I am at work 9-5. Jeff does NOT want a dog and does not want to put forth effort into much and constantly complains about the dog. Now, he plays with Rusty ALL the time (you'd think they were best friends) and he gives him treats and people food and walks him 2 times or so daily. But, at the same time, Jeff complains when I request him to practice training with Rusty, and Jeff has a hard time correcting Rusty when Rusty needs it. He'll say "No, Rusty, don't do that, that's not right," in a real non-assertive, almost girly tone. I tried to tell him how to properly correct and give an assertive "no" or proper tug on the lead but then Jeff just gets pissy with me and complains that he never wanted a dog and its my responsibility. Yada-yada. So, the idea of having Jeff walk Rusty with a treat bag and in proper heal position is an extreme fantasy that won't happen.
I am left to work doubly hard by myself, which I don't mind because I love my dog and want him to be healthy and well trained. I definitely think that he is trying to gaurd our property but I need more suggestions on how to show him its not his to gaurd.
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