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I live by myself but my BF at the time use to come over and get frustrated when the puppy didnt listen to him. At times I felt like I was training two of them...
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ps at our training school they say that the person who holds the most "power" at home should attend the classes and work with the dog.
Lol... then that would be me. My DH laughs (when he's no longer annoyed) and says "Bear knows who wears the pants in this family."

I guess, one might say, I rule with an Iron Spatula and a Gold calculator. My DH is happy to let me do "wifely" things as long as he gets to hit things with a sledgehammer. His family raised dogs with one handler, but the pup had to obey everyone in the family. I wonder if we're working into that dynamic. Which, to be honest, I'm ok with - as long as we have that clear line of communication and everyone is on the same page.

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Seriously funny. I do all of the training and trust me Sully has spent years in training. (And he never came to see any of her training.) She doesn't listen to daddy because daddy is only to sit on and take her weekly to St. Louis Bread Co. She has them trained as well. They keep treats or bacon for her arrival. Yes, even after five years, I say off and he says down. I correct him, and he ignores me. That's why they're called DH. Good luck and Bear will figure it out soon enough.

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Even though it might not be fun for you, I'd let your husband do lots of the handling at the training class. That way he learns the command etc. Be glad he's willing to go and be that involved. Agreeing the words to use has definitely been a challenge here. DH just refuses to accept the fact that the dogs don't know what "chill" means and that they don't understand full sentences. Having said that maybe I should teach Zoe "chill".


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Even though it might not be fun for you, I'd let your husband do lots of the handling at the training class. That way he learns the command etc. Be glad he's willing to go and be that involved.
Oh, I'm extremely grateful that he's even willing to go to class with me. I think I'll talk to my DH tonight (provided he's awake by the time I get home) and get a command list going, then try giving him the lead to handle at class. I can always train at home.

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DH just refuses to accept the fact that the dogs don't know what "chill" means and that they don't understand full sentences. Having said that maybe I should teach Zoe "chill".
I would like to see a video of this! LOL. "Dude.... just chill." I imagine the dog, looking sleepy and relaxed. Ha!

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Rick is an idiot when it comes to training. I love him and he is an incredible man, but can't remember hand signals, can't remember the one command one action rule and can't remember that "they don't want to" is not an acceptable reason to let them do something like go outside without sitting calmly at the door first. So I do all the training and he gets all the benefits.


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All I get from my husband is, when am I going to get done training her so he can take her hunting. He likes to play and wrestle with them, but never walk them. He will do a little field training, like toss dummies. But he won't go to class with me. He's a great guy, but he does call them my dogs. We do. Pretty much agree to training methods around the house though. What I want to know is why there are always a majority of women in classes? In my hunt group, it's all females too, even the trainer. What happened to all the guys?
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Rose was my birthday gift and thus I am doing the training but took all the commands from DH as I started training. Even though some words may have seemed easier for me I felt it was important for everyone in the house to be on the same page.
Most training book that I have read recommend one main trainer. I do however want her to listen to everyone in the family with ALL commands. If I am sick or on a biz trip away from home I do not want the call that Rose got lost because she somehow got loose and did not come when called by my daughter; I do not want to get the call that she is injured because she ran into the road because she did not whoa (stay) when given the command.


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I guess htere are a lot of cmeras going around in here! I also have the same thing!!! Includindg the "how will we ever raise kids"!

What annoys me the most is when he undo things I just did! Trying to teach Pixie not get out of the house without permition even if the door is open, and my boyfriend almost put a red carpet for her to run out of the house as fast as possible! gggrrrrrrr

But we talked about it and are trying to find a way everybody's happy :p

He also goies to class with us (and even though I am clearly "the person" for her), I let him do a lot in the classes, so Pixie also learns to listen to him and for him to know how to do things

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I know what you mean, Brave! My husband likes to say he has to be the one to train Buddy at class/walk him because "he's a strong dog and he'll pull you around too much". I let him think that, when in reality Buddy has a pretty good heel down and won't drag me. I've accepted that to my husband, he's protecting me and helping so I let it go.

It took Ryan about three months to get down the commands I use so there wasn't as much confusion over commands - my trick was I'd wait until he was coming home from work/out of the room and go "OMG RYAN YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!!!!" and show him Buddy doing a trick successfully. Once he saw Buddy do it right with my word he was all over trying to get the dog to do the trick with him.

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My husband and I attended classes together and alternated working with Ben both in class and at home. We both walk him twice a day - except right now when my husband is dealing with an injury that mostly prevents him from walking. Jim is the easy parent and I'm less so. He constantly gives Ben treats for nothing, while I try to make Ben do something to earn his treats. I worry about Ben's weight. Jim gives him huge milk bones every time they go outside. I try to work on the loose leash walking; Jim doesn't care since he's strong enough he doesn't have to worry about being dragged or jerked off his feet, and of course, since he's injured we're going so slowly that Ben is going to pull regardless because he gets frustrated at the slow pace. We've always been pretty much on the same page regarding commands, but he is much more lax than I am about enforcing them.
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