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Old 11-17-2011, 03:49 PM
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My dog is just too stupid

I hear it often said "my dog is too stupid to learn anything" or similar when dog owners are talking about the training of their dog. lol Why do people say that? The majority of dogs are very capable of learning tricks and everything (even into old age).

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:15 PM
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What they say: My dog is too stupid.
What they mean: I'm a lazy idiot and don't have the mental capacity to teach it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:31 PM
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The more I learn about training my dogs, the more I realize how stupid I am! Really... in retrospect, the only thing ever holding up their learning in the past, clearly has been my lack of skills!
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Training my first dog, I'm learning a lot. The more I learn (either by videos or books or online forums) the better I get at communicating what I want. The better I communicate that, the more quickly Lenny learns. The human error definitely plays a big part.

Even still, I wouldn't consider my dog 'brilliant'. He's not 'too stupid', but he isn't the brightest bulb on the tree. We manage though, and we've learned a lot in the past year.

I don't hold that statement against all dog owners who have uttered that at one point or another. I think some are just exasperated, at lost as far as what method or approach to use to teach there dog whatever it is they're trying to teach them. And I think some people are impatient, their dog may be right on track but their expectations are just too high. As long as people don't hide behind that as an excuse, I can't blame somebody for saying that statement. I've said it once or twice when I'm frustrated.
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What they say: My dog is too stupid.
What they mean: I'm a lazy idiot and don't have the mental capacity to teach it.
Hey! I resemble that remark!

Usually, it may often mean they're using methods that are very incompatible with the behavior they're trying to teach or with the motivations of their dog.

Translated: The owner/handler needs more training than the dog.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:56 AM
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Haha I remember my mum used to ALWAYS call Deedee dumb. Now she is always bragging about her "Yeah well my daughter trained our dog to roll over and all sorts of things! Little 11 year old mini foxy" and she usually tells cute old ladies, so after hearing this you hear this cute little "Ohhh how cute! And they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks! *talk about mini foxies and what a cute breed they are*. (everyone loves Deedees breed around here)

I don't mind when people jokingly call their dogs stupid. I do it sometimes. But when they try to use it as a serious excuse for their dog being untrained, that's just annoying
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I know one person who uses "my dog is too tapped to be trained" as in the dog is too hyper. I wonder did they ever stop to think the dog is so hyper because of the lack of training?
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Oh no, my young dog is stupid persay, bu not "book" stupid but "world" stupid. She can't think for herself.
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There are clearly some owners with no interest in training their dogs and others without ability to do so. However, I don't believe that most people who say their dog is too daft to cope with training are lazy and stupid. I think that's terribly harsh on people who often just don't know how.

Like Tess implied, the more we learn, the more we realise how much there is to learn. Some people are stupid (and that's hardly their fault) and some people don't care enough to train their dogs (and that is their fault.) There are plenty of others who think they're doing the right thing though and are just getting it wrong.

Training a dog is hard work. Nothing can really prepare you for the intensity of it - even after having 2 children I'm amazed at how much effort this is all taking and if I hadn't found some useful training stuff I'd have made all sorts of terrible mistakes by now by following bad advice.
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All I can say is this ... at least the dogs understand what humans say when humans give a command ... can humans understand what dogs when they bark?
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