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Brilliant …..Can you hear?!!!!!!

Smarty has such burst of brilliants that she really amazes me. The number of words she knows and how she relates is close to genius. Last night after 3 walks outside we had no pee pee. I told DH that if she did not go by morning she was going to the vet. Before going to bed last night I put newspaper down in the bath floor and told her pee pee. She smelled the papers and looked at me. Smarty has never been paper trained as she always goes outside. When we awoke this morning, she had peed on the papers. Brilliant!!!!!!

So we go outside, she takes off at full speed to where she had chased the deer yesterday, heads into the woods, and has yet to hear me calling her. Had she not reached a very large gulley she might still be going. Even after she stopped she would not turn around and look at me (if I can’t see you, you can’t see me). After a good five minutes of watching and calling her, in my gown, I was climbing over and under to reach this “DOG”. Smarty is a puppy with show, obedience and agility training. She excels at everything. She will not leave my side away from home. What is this thing about not hearing if she doesn’t want to? She does it to DH all the time. Do any of you have the same problem?

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The newspaper thing was genious! She is one super smart cookie!

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What is this thing about not hearing if she doesn’t want to? She does it to DH all the time. Do any of you have the same problem?
Uh yeah THAT! How old is she?? Rufus doesn't speak english lately unless I'm holding a treat!
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I was just lamenting this morning about how Bonnie "chooses" not to come when I call her. Grrr. I need to get more control over this very smart dog. See, with my kids I can give them the request and when they choose not to hear me, I can start counting to 3. Dog doesn't get the counting thing. Grrr. What to do?
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Absolutely - selective [email protected]!! I think my kids taught it to my dogs!!

When they are interested in something, they dont care who you are!!! Sometimes I just say - ok Mom cant stay out in this cold, I am going in, bye bye, and I go in. Usually the two little ones come to the door within 3 mintues. Lily will go around the house, the "Opposite" way that we went and take her time, and wait for me to come to the door to let her in, after 10 minutes of meandering out on the lawn.

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Smarty is 11 months. In training she comes running, at home is another story if her mind is else where.

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Sandi, I can totally relate to this. Benji will come if he knows I have treats in my hand. Lizzie will come after making sure I have "good" intentions to call her....meaning...I am not going to give her medicine, groom her...or wipe any of her dirty parts!

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After the last month, I can really relate! Dora (almost 3 years now) has always been my perfect dog, listening to everything, always wanting to work, heck I don't even usually train with a collar or a leash to be honest. The last 2 weeks she has blown me off. In fact, she down right wouldn't listen to me last week and ran thru the tunnel and then ran off the course sniffing. I called her and she didn't even turn around to look at me. Where is the dog that has the perfect recall?

I kind of fell on my face and didn't know what to do (everyone kept saying well you know your dog best and I was thinking this isn't my dog!) So I got inside Dora's head. I thought okay, Dora doesn't have to work, but she doesn't get to do what she wants. Tied her to the stake outdoors and did agility- Dora's favorite game but I didn't do it with Dora and I did it with Belle. Let's just say Dora didn't take her eyes off me and she was pulling on that stake like crazy. Belle played with me beautifully. So from now on, when Dora doesn't want to play, that is fine, but I am sure Belle will!

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In the obidience class I am taking Beamer to now, they say you should train your dog in all different areas so they know that the commands apply to anywhere they might be. (such as the woods).. So why not do some trianing sessions with Smarty out in the area where she was ignoring you? It just might work!

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These furballs are so smart. I can't believe what Kodi can understand.

Shelby is a different story. She got on the short brain line. But lately, she is getting "it". She has been using the pee pads consistently, and is very proud of herself. She has even rung the bells a few time.

The problem I have is, when I let her out at night, she will not come in until we play some kind of game. She wants me to chase her around the yard. Nuh-uh, no way Jose am I doing that at 10pm in the freezing cold. If I call her, she will come right up to the door and sit there. If I breathe hard, she is off an running. So, I have just been leaving her outside until she has had enough and comes in.

I don't have this problem with her in the morning. When she goes out in the a.m., she does her business and comes right in. This problem is at night. I am thinking it might be because when I come home from work in the afternoon, we go outside and play. I think I am going to try putting her leash on at night and see what happens. Any tips would be welcomed.


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Thanks, everyone it is nice to know I am not alone. She has been worked in all different situations. If I have a treat and working her she never, never makes a mistake. With treats she is a stick to me like glue dog. We have always been click and treat, but I am about to change to the old school of "do it because I said so." I thought of changing in the past now I am going to do it. My past obedience dogs (boxers) would stop on a dime any time, any where, but they were not as intelligent as Smarty and I never trained with treats, just praise.

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