can you help me with my dog?

@jhl930 (3605)
United States
July 27, 2008 8:12pm CST
ok he is about four years old i would say and he is a very smart dog, he really is you have no ideas the things that he does...like he will sit there and whine until you go and get his water or food and he knows how to play that game where you put something in your hands nad let him choose and usually he picks which hand it is in...hes just a smart dog all the way around but i have been trying to show him a few tricks and he just doesn't seem to pick them up like he use to honestly...i don't really know what the problem is either...do you ever try and show your dogs new tricks or do you just let them alone? if you do try and show them new tricks or have ever taught them tricks what did you do to teach them...thanks for taking the time to read my discussions and i hope that you all have a great day!
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@cambiste (1245)
• India
28 Jul 08
I've had my dog since i was in junior school. Boy, he's pretty old now, but as goodlooking as he used to be. Well, as a kid would teach, i and my father taught him the "One two three" for dinner time. The guy's not allowed to eat until he hears the word "three". Basically, all other tricks never worked well with him. "shake hand" would make him stare in utter amazement. And if you pick his paw, he would try and bite it. He's such a huge dog, with good strong teeth, that you'll forget about teaching him any more tricks for a while. "Sit" and "stand" were part of the breeze blowing, for he would look utterly unconcerned about these words. lol.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
I don't think he has a problem. He just may be picky with what he learns. And what's the space between the time of the new tricks? He may be still trying to get the old ones down, so maybe it's too much at once? I'm sure he'll catch on eventually. Right now 1 out of 3 of our dogs knows how to shake. We're still working on the other two.
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@snowy22315 (49071)
• United States
28 Jul 08
My dog went to obdedience school when he was a puppy (he never graduated it's a family shame)lol, anyway he does sit,stay and down. I can never get him to do anything fancy though and he doesn't come the way he should. My dog is pretty stubborn and basically listens when he feels like it. He's alot like people in that way. He's quite intelligent and could probably learn real tricks if he would cooperate.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
I have two dogs, one will do 'tricks' and the other will not. I have tried to teach him to go fetch a ball since he was a puppy, he just sits there and looks at me as if to say " Well are you going to go get it now?" He will try to 'stand up ' to get a goodie but he's a fat boy and he can't stand all the way up. He's a very happy and loving dog but not very good it the 'trick' department. Our other dog, on the other hand, she will go get the ball and bring it back , then likes to try to play tug 'o' war with it. She will also sit, and lay down, and will speak when told to. I don't know if it's because of what kind of dogs they are or what. What kind of dog do you have? The one that I have that's not good at tricks is a Blue Tick Beagle, and the one who does well is a lab mix.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, I guess. It's probably easier to ingrain it in them as puppies. Our dogs aren't good with tricks, but they're also stupid.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
29 Jul 08
I wouldn't be too concerned. Maybe he just isn't in the mood to learn any more tricks. I would leave him alone for awhile and be happy with the tricks he already knows. My cats are the same way. I have taught the some tricks and now they don't want to be bothered so I leave them alone. You can always try again.
@sarcos (201)
• New Zealand
28 Jul 08
Watch a few of the programs on TV like the dog whisperer and you would get a few ideas on what is going on and how to remedy it. I always found myself that a little food reward works wonders and don't let them get bored with the same trick over and over.
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
28 Jul 08
People have made some good suggestions like getting a book and using the techniques. I think the key to training a dog is repetition and patience. Some tricks are harder for dogs to learn than others. My dogs know many tricks and are smart, but a couple tricks I have tried showing them time and time again and they just didn't get it. It's not important for them to learn a bunch of tricks, so I will try to teach them one for a bit and if they don't pick up on the trick I leave it alone. You can also try watching shows on Animal Planet and such. Also try searching the internet for easy tricks and techniques, and also some advanced tips and tricks. Good luck!
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
28 Jul 08
Your dog may be smarter than you think. He may be trying to train you! If you give up the treat when he doesn't perform...he wins. But the others are right. The key is really repetition. So much that it gets on your nerves, but keep it up. And don't let him win....he will do whatever it takes to please you, but it takes more time with an older dog. Good luck
@sunshinecup (7881)
28 Jul 08
The trick is to be consistent with your training. Setting a time of day that you can work with him/her everyday is best. Use a firm commanding voice when giving out the orders. "Sit" should NOT be a plea or a whisper, but an order NOT yelled but spoken firmly...."SIT". Looking your dog in the eye. Next, the use of treats never fail. Show your dog the treat, let him know you have it, but do NOT give him/her the treat until they have completed the task you are attempting to teach them. This one is hard for many pet owners, cuz just like children it can be heart breaking to see their little wide eyes pleading with you, LOL. Always follow the completed trick with a treat and prays. Last Repeat, repeat and repeat until the trick becomes as natural to your dog as anything else. I have a four year old Beagle that we thought could not be trained. Then I started watching this show on Animal Planet called "It's me or the dog", where this lady comes in to pet owners homes and teaches them how to train their dogs. So I started using the tips I wrote out above on my own dog. It no time she was learning all sorts of new things. :o) Good luck and I hope this helps.