"You don't always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need and each dog teaches you the lesson you need the most" Cesar Milan
I have owned dogs, horses, cats, barnyard animals etc. all my life. While I do not think I am a "trainer" I did feel capable and able to control animals under my care. My family owned hunting breed dogs... Short Hairs, Labs etc. Over the years many unique and wonderful personalities have graced our lives.
I have wonderful memories of learning, working and also humorous moments from puppyhood forward with each pet. There are great family stories about our assorted pets and their respective escapades.
After my move to town and the passing of the most beautiful lab in the word "Roscoe" aka "Big Sexy", I thought to downsize even in pet choices was wise.
In training past puppies I would use a long leash during the sit, stay and come training. A little tough on the come command when loose in a field? No problem hide from them, worked every time. As I stated above NOT A TRAINER! These things always worked for me in the past. Never had a hard case and since our dogs were always family pets as well it always worked out for them and us.
Leeluu is a definite problem solver..her problems, not mine! Come? (sure when I want!). Where did she go? (who needs you look at this dirt to dig in)
After a year of growing, testing and learning we are getting this. Sit, stay, walking(sniffing) on a leash. Come...maybe:) if you are more interesting than dirt!
Now maybe my lesson is you never stop learning in life. But did I really need to learn to be more interesting than dirt to a terrier?
What I see!