Have you ever trained a puppy or dog?

GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
Going through training a dog right now and it's exhausting! I was just curious how many others have done this?
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Yes
Peggi , Chelynn67 , Jenn (aka kissmykitty) , leanright69 , Isis29 , kaykay0427 , Trysexual , P'Gell , Alyona , XxFallenAngelxX , 783883877299373783 , Vanille , LoganAshlee. , LavenderSkies , PeaceToTheMiddleEast , MasqueVivi , Gone (LD29) , KinkyKatieJames , deltalima , gehuwd , rosythorn , jjis123 , apple4me , gloomybear , LexiKitten , charmedtomeetyou , Trixxxy , atryonix , Lildrummrgurl7 , Hazeleyes2012 , misterazor , Wicked Wahine , GONE! , Allstars316 , Living Doll , js250 , spiced , kurtster79
38  (75%)
No
SecondStory , ViVix , BlooJay , RedKyuubi , SMichelle , Mrs.Tee , Isola , ginnyluvspotter , Cindi025 , LauraE , rihanne , jennifur77 , rockblenny
13  (25%)
Other
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Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
The training I've done only extended so far as crate-training and house-breaking. Those two are exhausting enough, and have pretty much cured me of any desire for another dog. Good luck with yours!
03/12/2013
Isis29 Isis29
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Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Going through training a dog right now and it's exhausting! I was just curious how many others have done this?
My dog is almost 5, but Oh I remember the puppy days. He actually trained himself because we always took him out the back porch door to the same spot. Oh and we always rewarded him for going potty outside, positive reinforcement is key. So one day he just started going to that door and whining to let us know he wanted to go out.
03/12/2013
kaykay0427 kaykay0427
I trained my puppy when he was 4 months old. He's now 4 years old. and he is a stubborn little shit. He knows his commands but he gets overly excited and does what he wants.
03/12/2013
Trysexual Trysexual
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Originally posted by Isis29
My dog is almost 5, but Oh I remember the puppy days. He actually trained himself because we always took him out the back porch door to the same spot. Oh and we always rewarded him for going potty outside, positive reinforcement is key. So one day ... More
Yes, wish I knew this then. A bell hanging from the door is another trick my GF's dog uses.
03/12/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
We've had dogs (who all started out as puppies) for well over 20 years.

We use Pack Hierarchy Training, similar to what Cesar Milan uses. (We discovered this method years ago, when we started bringing Malamutes into our family. They are sweet, but stubborn and powerful animals.) It combines crate training with a clear idea of who the "Alpha" (and the "Alpha Bitch") is in the family, with the puppies lower on the heirarchy than the youngest child. It is a kind, well thought out form of training and works well with any dog.

The main tenants of the method are:
`Letting Puppy know where his food comes from (The Alpha Pair)

` NO dogs in the Alpha Pairs' bed. (It confuses mating hierarchy and just "who is" the Alpha.)

`Crate training. (Dogs are Denning animals and will LOVE their crates, as not only a place to sleep, but a quiet place to be by themselves when the world gets too loud or too confusing for them.)

`Affection, mixed with strong, loving non-violent discipline. An undisciplined dog feels they need to take on the role of "Alpha" and it is too much stress for them and leads to anxiety and behavior issues.

`Gentle understanding that puppies are baby dogs. It takes a while before they learn to control their bladder and bowel. Until then, keep lots of Nature's Miracle and paper towels around.

Yes, Training a puppy is a LOT of work. They need nearly constant care and watching, and Alphas need to realize they DO think like dogs, not like people. Dogs are happier in a well organized Pack, and I highly recommend this method of working a happy dog into your family.

Congrats on your new puppy. Make sure you have lots of Nature's Miracle around. Puppies pee and barf and shit a LOT! Make sure he has a nice warm, comfy crate he can call his own. Good luck.
03/12/2013
Alyona Alyona
Yes
03/12/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
I wanted to say one more thing:

Congrats on your new puppy. Make sure you have lots of Nature's Miracle around. (That's the enzyme stuff that you spray (or squirt) to clean up puppy mess.) Puppies pee and barf and shit a LOT!

Make sure he has a nice warm, comfy crate he can call his own. And a lot of safe things to chew on. (An other good thing about a crate is that after a few times, even puppies realize "You don't shit where you sleep." and it helps with potty training. That and taking the little guy out about every hour or so, with the same phrase. We always used, "Outside Potty?" If they start sniffing and going in a circle you may need to GRAB him and get him outside immediately. Also, dogs tend to pee in the same place over and over. Bring him to where he peed before and he'll get the idea.

Our daughter and her partner rescue and train pit bulls and boxers and these dogs especially need a LOT of safe chewing. It relieves tension and prevents them from being destructive.

I'd get a good book about puppy training. Anything by Cesar Milan is at the top of my list.

Good luck.
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783883877299373783 783883877299373783
Yes, it is hard but worth it
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LoganAshlee. LoganAshlee.
Yes, and it's so much fun! It's tough but so worth it. My dog can do such cute things now
03/12/2013
SecondStory SecondStory
I never have and I doubt I'd have the patience for it.
03/12/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Yes, I usually try to get puppy's when they are small. It is a pain in the butt but worth it in the end.
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MasqueVivi MasqueVivi
It's a lot of hard work but when you start when they're small you'll thank yourself for years to come.
03/12/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
Yes, we trained our dogs. Dogs are very smart, and they understand a lot more than what some people give them credit for.
03/12/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Going through training a dog right now and it's exhausting! I was just curious how many others have done this?
I have not and would not.
03/12/2013
BlooJay BlooJay
I haven't trained a dog.
03/12/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Definitely can be a lot of work, but it was rewarding each time.
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RedKyuubi RedKyuubi
I have not
03/12/2013
Taylor Taylor
I guess you could very loosely call it training. I'm not entirely sure he even knows his name after 13 years. he certainly doesn't come when he's called.
03/12/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Going through training a dog right now and it's exhausting! I was just curious how many others have done this?
I trained my dogs really quickly. I guess they were really smart since it took me a day to potty train them.
03/12/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
If we talking sit and stay and house breaking yea. Lots of treats and newspapers as punishments and rewards. They know sometimes when they are doing bad! And they know when they are being good. From what I can tell small dogs are more stubborn.
03/12/2013
jjis123 jjis123
Yes, but very little. I trained him to sit.
03/12/2013
apple4me apple4me
Only trained him to sit.
03/12/2013
gloomybear gloomybear
we took one of my old dogs to puppy lessons but our current dog was trained when we got him
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ginnyluvspotter ginnyluvspotter
I potty trained a cat once but never a dog
03/12/2013
LexiKitten LexiKitten
I have, it wasn't easy and he is super hyper. I've also trained rats
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Trixxxy Trixxxy
All my life lol had so many breeds of dogs since I was little
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atryonix atryonix
I have before no fun at all
03/12/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
I'm on dog number six! It's a bit of a pain but the love and companionship is worth it 1000 times over!
03/12/2013
misterazor misterazor
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Originally posted by GirlOnGirl
Going through training a dog right now and it's exhausting! I was just curious how many others have done this?
did the classes. the training is an ongoing process. he almost has me fully trianed by now.
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