(Closed) Anyone done dog training with their dog? (sort of a vent)

posted 9 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I have no good advice… b/c that pretty much sounds like my dog without the fighting with other dogs. We’re just very careful with him. I try not to walk him too much b/c I’m 29 weeks pregnant and if he sees a cat or squirrel he could try to take off. We always hold on to him when the door is open b/c we’re terrified that he’ll run out. I know he’s not the most well behaved dog, but I love him and wouldn’t give him up for anything.

Post # 4
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would definiely sign up for obedience class ASAP.  When we adopted our dog, he was around three years old.  I knew he would probably be the oldest dog in the class, and I knew how to train him myself, but we took him for socialization around dogs and people, because of his history of abuse.  Older dogs CAN learn new tricks.  Especially because they tend to have longer attention spans than puppies. 

I’m curious as to how you have always had well-trained dogs if you’ve never done obedience classes?  Have you trained them yourself or just adopted already trained dogs or….?  Or maybe you’ve done classes, but only with a puppy?  I am not trying to be mean, I am just trying to figure out your training experience.  

Dogfights can happen, even with well-trained dogs.  The other dog had recently had surgery, so it sounds like he was in no mood to put up with your dog’s antics, even if she meant no harm.  If she is not well-socialized with other dogs, she may not have recognized the warning signs he was giving her, (or because of the sedation/pain, he may not have given any).  And I am sure you know your FI’s wrist getting broken was not malicious, but a fluke accident…the dog saw the stick and jumped over it and your man didn’t.  Really can’t blame that on the dog.  Although I don’t think I would rollerblade with her until she has better on-leash skills.

Door-dashing is a serious problem…you say you made her sit, but does she also know either “Wait” or “Stay”?  If not, she probably sees nothing wrong with what she did.  She DID sit when you told her to, she just didn’t realize she needed to STAY sitting.  A reliable recall is also a HUGE must-have for a dog, since these commands can save their life.  These are things you’ll learn at a basic obedience class, (as well as on-leash manners).  It will also increase the bond you have with your dog, and you get to meet other dogs and owners for socialization for you AND your dog.  A lot of people retake classes they have already taken just because it’s fun.  Also, it sounds like your dog has a lot of engergy, (and probably also needs more mental stimulation as well).  She would probably be a great candidate for agility training, but most places require you to pass a basic obedience class first.

Also, watching tv shows like “It’s Me or the Dog” will help you learn ideas to deal with common obedience problems.  I love that show.  We have done foster care for a variety of dogs, with a variety of training levels, and that show has really helped us deal with some of their issues, (there just isn’t time or money to take every foster to obedience classes, but taking our own dog as well as watching shows like this have given us great ideas).  It’s entertaining AND educational TV!  Some dogs really enjoy watching it, too.  Ours ignores it unless the dog on there is REALLY going nuts.


Post # 5
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Obedience classes. Like, yesterday.

You can’t rescue a dog and expect it to be trained without putting in some extra effort.

Post # 6
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ridgebacks are tough.   A friend of mine got one and was never able to give it the exercise it needed.  She wound up sending it to live with her mother, away from children and other dogs.

Very little of what I learned training my golden retriever applied to her ridgeback, so I think it’s totally plausible to have had well trained dogs before and not have things working smoothing with this one.  They are awesome dogs, but they have different needs from the average companion dog. 

I think it’s smart to get a trainer, but I’d work privately and I’d make sure the person worked with ridgebacks or at least highly motivated hunting dogs. 


Good luck! 

Post # 7
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

YUP…Obedience class.I think a group one would be good because then she will be learning with other dogs/distractions and will have to concentrate on you and block the others out.  We did Clicker training with our dogs aka positive reinforcement training and it worked like a charm.  They both learn new commands and tricks so quickly with the technique.

Also walks may not be enough for such a high energy dog….if she isnt good around other dogs yet maybe try to find a fenced in spot with out other dogs ( tennis Court, baseball field ) so that she doesnt dash and play some fetch or some hide and seek to exercise her hunting instinct. She is a smart breed of  dog and may be bored with just a walk around the block.

I wish I lived closer to you…our Newfie is High energy and gets along with every dog he has ever met and could tire your furkid out in no time…a tired dog is a good dog!! πŸ™‚

Good luck

Post # 8
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I took our new beagle to obedience classes – but not for your reasons. Ours is for potty training. Weirdly enough – the entire time she was in obedience training she never pottied in our house! It teaches them to respect that YOU are the leader – aka  PACK LEADER πŸ™‚ I was so surprised by what the trainer was telling me – simple stuff that owners do that sends the wrong impression to their dog.

I learned that when you are out walking with your dog – do not let them stop and sniff on their own time. If you do – then they are leading YOU πŸ™‚ Not the other way around. She also taught me how to walk my dog – sounds crazy – but when you let them walk a million miles in front of you on the chain – they are in charge. So I got a new chain and now she walks right beside me – and I tell her when she can stop and sniff or have potty breaks. Made a world of difference in my dog – they just need to learn respect!! Good luck!

Post # 9
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I took my Kobe (a stubborn shih tzu) to puppy kindergarten but here we are 5 years later and hes as bad as ever but thats my fault because hes just so cute that  when he annoys me I pick him up and put him somewhere he cant (or rather) wont jump down from… like my bed (its too high for him to jump) or the kitchen chairs.

He doesnt mess in the house but when you yell at him he gets you back by taking your socks or underwear *sigh* you gotta love ’em!!

Anyhow the best think I can recommend to you is to take your dog for training… Pet Smart and Petco usually has a few classes or contact the shelter where you adopted her from they should be able to help. Remember the key with good training is to be consistent if you let them get off the hook once youre be in trouble like me but my dog is 10lbs so its okay in your case not so much. Also, maybe its a good idea to research a little on the breed so you have an idea of what they need as far as excercise, life style, etc etc This way you have an idea of what your working with

Post # 10
305 posts
Helper bee

Umm… I don’t mean to cast stones after the fact but quite frankly you scare me when you can type things like how difficult your dog is to walk (needing the gentle leader, doggie back pack, running away from the house and not responding to commands) and then you mention your husband taking her rollerblading.  If you already knew your dog was difficult to walk why would anyone in their right mind put themselves in a position where they couldn’t control the dog?  You need both feet firmly on the ground to stop a dog that big.  Putting yourself on wheels is just an accident waiting to happen.

Instead of blaming the dog for a silly action your husband’s part (and yours for not speaking up earlier) you should be thanking whatever deity you believe in that it was a stick in the road and not the dog trying to chase a cat/dog/squirrel/random object across the street that could have ended with your husband flying over a car windshield and not just with a fractured wrist.

Obedience classes would be good not only for the dog but for yourself and your husband because it will give you better expectations on the type of behavior to expect and how to prepare yourself to deal with it accordingly.

I hope your husband is okay now and that you both learned a valuable lesson from that experience.

Post # 11
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We used a private group class and it was great for our dog. the only thing is that YOU need to be responsible in following up on it. I think out here our class was $179 for 8 weeks and it did wonders for both us and our dog. We intended to take the next class as well, to refine our skills, but we ended up with some medical issues with our dog and couldn’t continue. Either way, taking the basic obedience class will help you both learn who’s who in your relationship, and establish tools you can continue to use even after the class is over. Also, we think that doing it in the group setting helped with distractions. It taught her that even though there were other dogs and people and noises around that we were still the ones she needed to be paying attention to.

btw, we have a Catahoula/Cattle dog mix, so she’s smart as all get out and has LOTS of energy, we find a tired dog is a way more well behaved dog! Also, have to tried looking into a raw food diet? We had our dog of raw for almost a year and we can totally tell the difference in her moods and energy levels, she was WAY more balanced on the raw diet!  

I’d definitely go to a private dog class- skip the petco one and check our your local SPCA or someone with a local business and a passion for teaching you and your dog πŸ™‚

Post # 14
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ridgebacks are truly amazing dogs, but their prey drive is absolutely incredible. I would suspect that those who haven’t met any might not understand them.  It’s an African hunting dog, folks.  It was used to hunt lions. 

Good luck!  She’s lucky to have you.  I imagine many people would have given up by now.


Post # 15
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am a huge fan of the SportDog Remote Collar.  A few little zaps and my dog was a brand new dog. 

We rarely have to zap her anymore, but she always wears it when we go out.  She comes when called!  

I highly recommend it. 

Post # 16
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Obedience classes for sure!

She needs socialization as well so I would take her to group classes!

Good Luck!

Also look up NILF (nothing in life is free) training. The dog has to do a trick for ANY environmental reward, going outside, getting fed, walking through a door, playing with you etc. It helps the dog understand you are the giver of all good things in life and will start listening to you better. Also you and your DH need to be on the same page and do the exact same training with her.

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