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Old 01-31-2011, 02:51 PM
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I hope she's not stupid...

Ok bear with me, because I'm all about the dramatics right now.

Have you ever thought "What if when I have a kid, it comes out really ugly??" ? Well I have. Don't judge me! Anyway, what if my dog grows up to be really stupid? Hell, I open the kennel door and will beckon her out to play on one side of the kennel, and she'll walk out and see me through the OPEN door and claw like she can't get out and walk around it. She's not gonna be ugly, but let's hope she's not stupid. Have you ever had this thought or worry? I see videos of dogs who can do all sorts of tricks, and we're have a tough enough time with "down." Yikes!
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The nicest dog I ever had also happened to be the least intelligent/trainable.
He was a sweet, sweet, big ole' English setter... 75 pounds of floppy, relaxed, happy love. He would climb up into anyone's lap and go to sleep. He never had a negative thought in is mind for his whole 12 years, and not an aggressive impulse either.

He was never going to win an obedience competition or a beauty contest, but I would not have changed a single thing about him.

Intelligence is over rated.
There are more important things.
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Trust me you do not want a smart dog. They are more challenging. Much more. I find the average and dur dogs are waaaay easier to train

Chickens and fish are considered stupid. And ive trained both. Like tess said, smarts are over rated and imo simpler creatures are easier

I pick "ugly" dogs on purpose. So i cant relate there lol
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I either like really cute dogs, or dogs so ugly that they're cute. I'm kind of a one extreme or the other in that department.

My roommate's doberman weighs more than me, and he is really really smart, and she has a hard time handling him sometimes because he's just so big and can outsmart her every now and then. Plus, he's stubborn as a mule.

But do you think even the not-so-smart dogs can learn the basic commands like sit, stay, come, and so on? How about heel? I hear that one's a little more difficult for the simple minded.
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If you can control access to som'thing the animals wants.. Anything is trainable

My pit bull is smart but hard to motivate. Howevers shes learning heelwork and other things

Have you done a youtube search on clicker training yet?
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If you can control access to som'thing the animals wants.. Anything is trainable

My pit bull is smart but hard to motivate. Howevers shes learning heelwork and other things

Have you done a youtube search on clicker training yet?
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I haven't actually searched for clicker training specifically, but I spent like an hour one day watching some girl's training videos (kikopup I think it was?). Anyway, she uses a clicker, and I thought it was a brilliant way to train. I looked them up on ebay, and you can get one for just a couple bucks! I haven't ordered it yet, because I'm not sure if I'd be disciplined enough to stick to that type of training. It's kind of a foreign concept to me. I don't know anyone personally who uses it, but it seems like all the experts use it.
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I haven't actually searched for clicker training specifically, but I spent like an hour one day watching some girl's training videos (kikopup I think it was?). Anyway, she uses a clicker, and I thought it was a brilliant way to train. I looked them up on ebay, and you can get one for just a couple bucks! I haven't ordered it yet, because I'm not sure if I'd be disciplined enough to stick to that type of training. It's kind of a foreign concept to me. I don't know anyone personally who uses it, but it seems like all the experts use it.

Yes, kikopup is a good channel

alot of the regs here are clicker trainers, myself included...if you don't want to fumble with a clicker, a "YES" or other marker works as well. The clicker is whats called a "bridge". Its like taking a photo of the moment the dog does what you like...then you have about 3 seconds or so to deliver your reward

The clicker actually works faster than the verbal marker, so its is quicker to teach with it...you can stop using it when behaviors are known. I use it only for new things, for the most part



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My female pug is dumb as dirt...but the sweetest little thing. My boy pug, on the other hand, is sharp as a tack and he's definitely more challenging to command. My rotti is somewhere in the middle. She is very smart but eager to please.
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My female pug is dumb as dirt...but the sweetest little thing. My boy pug, on the other hand, is sharp as a tack and he's definitely more challenging to command. My rotti is somewhere in the middle. She is very smart but eager to please.
hahaha this made me laugh quite hard. And pugs are so gosh darned cute, I bet she's just a big ole love bug, even if she's a simple minded gal Can your girl pug sit? My roommate has a miniature schnauzer who doesn't know how to do anything. Not even sit. I don't know if it's from lack of dedication to training, or lack of brains.
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hahaha this made me laugh quite hard. And pugs are so gosh darned cute, I bet she's just a big ole love bug, even if she's a simple minded gal Can your girl pug sit? My roommate has a miniature schnauzer who doesn't know how to do anything. Not even sit. I don't know if it's from lack of dedication to training, or lack of brains.
My little girl knows how to sit, but that's pretty much it. She has a limited vocabulary: Sit, Wait, PeePee Outside, Come here, Are you hungry?, Crate, and Cookie pretty much sums up her entire repertoire. lol

I love my dogs more than anything, but I'm comfortable saying my poor little Penelope is playing with a few cards short of a full deck.
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