07-28-2017, 04:48 PM
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I'm so sorry for taking so long to reply! This week has been extremely hectic.
Training update: He's gotten quite good at sitting! At least in places with no distractions. I've begun the proofing process by moving from the garage to the backyard and there have been mixed results. I find that he ignores me sometimes for a piece of fruit lying on the ground or a toy. I think I've also been using too many treats. Treats are used for training, but they should be gradually weaned off or the dogs won't perform if there aren't treats around. I still can't find a good substitute for them though. I've also bought a sort of rope/belt leash so I can train him to walk nicely on a leash.
We do wash him once every couple weeks. Recently we shaved him so he doesn't look really dirty. I also used to groom him every couple days when he had a lot of hair. My mum just has a serious phobia for dirty things, she started yelling at me once for bringing a bucket into the house from the backyard. I doubt she'll ever let him in, especially since she and my dad have an "agreement" that he gets to keep the dog only if Rickie stays outside.
My dad has also been unhelpful. My mom has been willing enough to participate in training, but he refuses to acknowledge that his way is wrong (basically yelling at Rickie to get him to obey). My dad has a history of literally beating up Rickie for an hour whenever he chews something up. He doesn't do it anymore, but old thought patterns die hard.
They don't want to shell money on a vet either. Rickie has never had many health problems, so they don't see the point on going for visits. Rickie wasn't even licensed until last week, and only with a lot of complaining. My dad was going to refuse to pay for the license, even.
I don't know. Rickie has always been able to come into the garage, as I've already mentioned, and it is well ventilated and stays quite cool. Even on the hottest days. I'd describe the temperature there as mildly warm.
I'll definitely check out the training links, thank you.