Post # 1
FH and I have our 10mo old Siberian Husky, Colby…. he is home all day cuz he’s currently on unemployment but he is looking to get a job really soon. so we talked before about getting another dog to stay home with Colby so she has a playmate while we are at work…..now that he’s thinking of getting a job i’m pushing for this even more, we both want another dog anyways and I really dont have anyone to pet sit everyday if we don’t get another dog…..
well, my brother currently lives with us and he has always wanted to get a dog of his own….FH thinks its better for him to get a dog so that way it would be his responsibility for all the costs of that dog and then we just have the expenses for Colby. I feel like my brother isn’t always gonna be living with us forever and when he does leave its gonna be hard on Colby cuz the dog would go with him….
but the real question i’m wondering here is say my brother does get a dog (its looking more like it’ll happen that way)….how do we make sure Colby still listens to us and the dog listens to my brother?? with 3 people under one roof I feel like Colby still has trouble learning who is her master (FH is with her all day but she listens to me more than him when I’m home) and i feel like if my brother is trying to train his dog a certain way or whatnot, well…..i could just see things getting confusing…..
Post # 4
*bump* again….cuz i really could use some advice. thanks!
Post # 5
@MamaHusky3: I don’t have too much experience with dogs, however after watching dozens of episodes of the Dog Whisperer (I’m obsessed!), I think that properly trained dogs will listen to anyone, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be his ‘master’. Even little kids can control large dogs, if they are well trained.
Perhaps it’s most important for you, your FH and your brother to all get on the same page about how to train your dogs (maybe take weekend classes together). That way you’ll all be using the same commands. But I think dogs are able to see all humans as their master, if they’re trained well.
Just my two cents!
Post # 6
@MsGolightly: thanks!! i actually think i like that suggestion…i’m gonna bring it up with the ‘boys’ at home…
Post # 7
My dog was already trained when I moved into a house with roommates. Everyone had different ways of treating Hayley. I didn’t let Hayley in the kitchen when eating, one of my roomies would let her eat tablescraps (when I wasn’t home) from the table. One of my roommates wouldn’t let Hayley near her at all & made her stay on her bed. Other roommates would have Hayley at her feet. As confusing as it sounds, Hayley would listen to everyone, no matter if it was the “opposite” of what a different roommate wanted.
EDIT: It may be a little confusing to you, but once your pup is trained, she should listen to anyone. However my dog is a little different, Hayley listens to me right away & to people she knows most of the time, but if a stranger said something, she listens 50% of the time.
Just let your bro know your “must not dos” for your pup. Like my “must nots” include not feeding Hayley anything other than her food or on the furniture. Whatever your bros dog is allowed & your dog isn’t, shouldn’t matter.