Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1859 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2010 times:
When I first knew the girl who became my wife some years ago, she told me that I shouldn't be worried about her parents. Instead, all our chances of a future together would depend on the opinion of Sebastian, her "son", who was 10 years old.... Well, I get the approval of Seba, and we get married some months ago.... Here's the guy who is the REAL boss in our home :
Here's Seba, Our best friend and partner..... We Love you buddy !!!
planeguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1166 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
No pets in the house at the moment, but I do volunteer with a rescue group fostering dogs - 28 so far. Here's an album with pics of some of them: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150740303900265.719476.698235264&type=1&l=86216a8592
WestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1661 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1733 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 12): Is that a poodle or a bichon frisé? I think they are the same thing but some people say they are different.
The Bichon family is descended from the Poodle family, hence why they look so similar (especially the coat). If you put enough of them side-by-side you'll notice that the average bichon frisé is smaller than the average poodle, and there are also some distinct differences in the shape of the face (shorter snout being the most prominent difference).
I'm personally not a fan of either. I have several friends and acquaintances with a bichon frisé (or two) and they just don't train well. My first dog was an Italian greyhound/poodle mix, but I don't see myself ever getting a purebred poodle.
WestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1661 posts, RR: 9 Reply 21, posted (5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
Quoting AR385 (Reply 20): We always thought that he was just stubborn.
Oh that can definitely be part of it too! My beagle, Copper, is fairly well-trained given that we got her at a year old, but anyone who owns a hound knows that those noses have a mind of their own. If she catches a scent of something in the backyard, it doesn't matter what we say or do, she's ignoring you until she finds the origin of that scent. We know she hears/sees us, but that nose is stubborn.
Of course this isn't to say there are "untrainable" dogs. Every dog can be trained (that includes pitbulls, rotties, dobermans, and other breeds people like to hate without knowing what they're talking about), but in my experience some smaller breeds are a little more touch-and-go as far as training goes unfortunately.
type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4731 posts, RR: 20 Reply 23, posted (5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1564 times:
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 21): Of course this isn't to say there are "untrainable" dogs. Every dog can be trained (that includes pitbulls, rotties, dobermans, and other breeds people like to hate without knowing what they're talking about), but in my experience some smaller breeds are a little more touch-and-go as far as training goes unfortunately.
As long as you use positive reinforcement training techniques this is correct. Some dogs are more stubborn than others but repetition usually gets them a breakthrough. Sometimes it is a question of who is going to give up first, the dog or the owner.
You know the old way of training a dog was just to beat him into submission. There still are people out there like that. But over time research has found that positive reinforcement results in a better all around dog and faster results. Fortunately the word is getting out to everyone that this is the way to go.
[Edited 2013-07-11 15:58:19]
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