Have you ever taught your dog a trick, and regretted it?

@snowcat46 (2323)
United States
February 24, 2009 9:53am CST
I've done it many, many times. I taught my big dog to slide down a slide. Then had to fight him every time there were kids over using it! He kept splatting them! This time around, I taught my Snowball to shake hands and beg. Huge mistake!! The little bugger won't stay on 4 paws now!! He sits there, constantly on his butt, paws crossed, waiting for me to notice him. Grumbling at me if I don't right away. I can't get him to stop!! If I ignore him, he pats me with a paw, letting me know he's there. He does it all day long!! No matter how much I push him down, he's like a yo-yo! Hoist on my own petard all right!
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@Darkwing (21588)
25 Feb 09
Did you by any chance reward him when you were teaching him to shake paws? They're not stupid ya know... I reckon he's after some treats. As for sliding down the slide, he probably enjoyed that, either that or it saved him trying to scratch his butt! ha ha ha. Brightest Blessings.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Yes, as my family keeps reminding me. But it was only one day I worked with him! I think I'm the stupid one... I know he's after treats, but even after I give him one he takes into a different room, drops it, then comes back to bug me! He's taken to yelling at me when he's decided I've worked on the computer too long... I'm so dog-nagged!! Sigh.
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@Darkwing (21588)
27 Feb 09
Lol... it seems you have a great friend there!
• United States
24 Feb 09
LOL my boyfriend taught my 140 pound Chesapeake to "hug" ... he stands up on his hind legs like a bear and puts his paws up on your shoulders! Fine for my boyfriend who is 6 feet tall. Not ok for me, I am 5'3" and weigh less than my dog does!! LOL. If I put my arms up in the air he thinks I want HUGS and comes running. LOL. Luckily he is smart enough to only do it to us, not my grandma or small nieces and nephews. I taught my Boxer to say "mama" ... I thought it was so cute! Until now, every time he wants something, like attention, or a cookie, or a walk, or a toy ... mama! mama! mamamamamamamama! I might as well have kids! LOL
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• United States
24 Feb 09
P.S. What a cute dog you have!
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Thank you! He thanks you too. Really. When I read it off to him that you thought he was cute, he started winding around my legs all excited. Very funny! I'm glad I don't have that Chesapeake doing that to me! Plop on the ground I'd be. Guess I'd better not try teaching mine to talk. I did for a time, and now he mumbles at me all the time when he doesn't get his way. I think I could live without mamamamamam! I'll let you have all that fun!
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
27 Feb 09
That's so funny about your "snowball". When I was little, we had a dog that did the same thing. She was mostly interested in getting food for her efforts though. So it made dinner time a bit distracting. But that was my mom's favortie trick our little "peppermint" could do. And yes, if we ignored her, she could get quite vocal about things.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
2 Mar 09
It's very distracting!! He doesn't do it at dinner, thank heavens. But trying to work on the computer is getting harder and harder! Very frustrating!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Feb 09
LOL..hi snowcat! I would've done anything to see that dog of yours slide down a slide and splat some kids..LOL..I would've laughed til I was blue. I have taught mine how to stand and walk on his hind legs for a treat and now everytime I'm eating.he's walking around all over he place for a bit..it's funny but it does get kind of annoying.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
26 Feb 09
I'm sure it does. Especially if he's close to the table. Mine is a confirmed thief, so if he could reach the table, nothing would be safe!!
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
25 Feb 09
Haha. I remember I taught my dog "porky" who is a half Japanese Spitz to jump when he was small and guess what he mastered it until now. He can jump me almost on my face. He's only like 3 feet and I am 5 and 2 inches feet. He always do that jump me at the back and front, and If I have something in my had he automatically grab it. But I already discipline him a bit and he is obeying some times now.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
25 Feb 09
We had a cat who did that!! It was scary, he kept jumping at my face. Darn thing.
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Oh my! My little Ringo does the same thing with begging! I am worried about his rear end because he sits on it all day long with his head tilted to the side with that sad puppy look in his eyes...its so hard to say no to them when they do that! I definitely regret teaching him that one, no matter how cute he looks while he is doing it!
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Totally agree! My hubby says he's going to get a fat butt from doing it all the time. They sure do work those sad little eyes, don't they? They've got making us feel guilty down pat!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
25 Feb 09
i'm ashamed to say i have never taken the time to do that w/my dog. yours sounds like a cutie.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
25 Feb 09
He is a cutie, but he dog-nags me constantly. I'm so dog-whipped... He even tells me when I've been on the computer too long, in his opinion. He's very opinionated. I shouldn't have worked on him talking either...
@messageme (2821)
• United States
24 Feb 09
That is so funny sounds like you have really cute animals! You may think they get annoying at times, but I bet they love you very very much!
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
24 Feb 09
The feeling is mutual. Most of the time! Yeah, I'd want to die if something happened to my Snowy. We've bonded really tight.
@bunnybon7 (37157)
• Holiday, Florida
27 Feb 09
oh many times. i cant even remember all of the things now. i taught coco to dance for a treat and lucy to bark for one. well, sometimes its nerve wracking. when we had the big lab my son taught him to jump up on his chest and greet. then when my cousin came by and had just had surgery it was all we could do to keep him down.
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Isn't it amazing how those "cute" little tricks turn around and give us a big old chomp in the backside? You'd think I'd learn, but no, I just taught another trick... Sigh.