Hi all..I'm an oldy around here but I haven't been on in a long time. Kids, dogs, work, etc. don't leave much time to post. But today something happened & I thought this would be a good place to share.
I've had my Bs for about 3yrs now. With lots of advice & help from this forum I committed to training our dogs to ensure their happy & safe lives. Once we had our twins it became even more important that our Bs got enough exercise, discipline, & training. We went back to doggy school several times (I lost count after 8 :eek:)And it has really paid off in many ways like today.
Today during our usual morning walk for both exercise & potty there was a lose dog in the nabe running a muck! To say the least. The owner was very laid back about it. Just chasing the dog block after block. I spotted him a few blocks before w/his dog lunging at everyone/everything while on leash. I don't know how he got lose but he did. I quickly got my dogs to sit (I ALWAYS carry treats w/me for situations just like this) & watch me. The silly dog was in the street barking running all over. I kept close eye on my 2 and then focused on him.
He tried to pounce on us when I quickly turned around took a couple of steps towards him & yelled "HEY! SHHH!" The dog quickly stopped in tracks. I turned back to my dogs & gave more treats. I threw a few treats over to the strange dog until his owner could catch up to grab. Then the guy got the lecture of his life from me!
You see it's not enough to just decide to be a dog owner. It takes commitment to continue to train, exercise, & discipline your dog every single day the dog lives with you. Yes, it's hard. Don't get me wrong, most days I wonder how I can put them in a FEDEX box & send them express to nowhere. j/k But WE made the choice to have them live with us not them. I've taken countless classes & read piles of books to help understand them & improve our relationship. Some days are better then others. And after 3 yrs with our dogs I think we've come a looooong way.
So if you're new to this B-thing pretty please train your dog, teach your dog, discipline your dog, & exercise your dog. Listen to the advice of the veterans here, many of whom have been owners/breeders for decades. They KNOW from experience. And don't sell short any good positive training. It DOES work…eventually