09-15-2012, 10:41 AM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Tacoma, WA
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It is always a challenge when there are different training styles in the house. I had my mom's dogs trained to sit quietly when we came in the door, and when I came back from school, they were hyper and jumping again! I asked my mom about it, and she said she wanted happy, hyper dogs when she go home and dogs who sit quietly just weren't as satisfying for her. So obviously, her dogs will always go crazy when she gets home, no matter what training I or anyone else may do with them. At least she can calm them down within a couple minutes
Try not to pester the others who don't agree with you though, as it often makes them more resistant to changing. And creating a "us" versus "them" mentality is a sure-fire way to enable more fighting in the house. It's easier in the long run to get an idea of what everyone actually wants and expects of your dog and how much time and effort they are willing to get there.
Like my mom wanting dogs who show what she defines as "happy to see you" signals when she walks in the door - I had thought she simply didn't want to take the time to train them to sit quietly, so I did it for her, only to have her admit that wasn't what she wanted at all. Since I knew I was moving out in a few years and they were staying with her, I just shrugged and resigned myself to having her dogs to go crazy for a few minutes when I visit (although they still don't jump on me, rather from a foot away, they jump straight in the air).