This is why people get fed up with the dog forum. Because frequent posters in here get sick and tired of dealing with lazy, know it all posters who think they are somehow inherently unique. People think raising a puppy or a kid is some experience that will self right itself if left long enough. You have an open book with blank pages (a puppy). How it gets filled in is up to you.
I myself, would never take on a project being as naive to think that I could complete it as well by myself than with someone else with more knowledge than me helping.
Do most new dog owners that come here read stickies?
Have they had prior dog training experience?
Have they taken ANY time to watch a youtube video, read a dog behavior book, read a training book?
I'm not talking about getting a dog to run triple blind 500 yds. I'm talking about teaching a dog to sit, teaching a dog to get house broken, teaching a dog to be quiet. The most basic things that every dog should know without question. The things that if left unlearned will leave you with a dog that you end up leaving in a kennel all day rather than bother with it. A dog that jumps on people when they come over, develops behavioral issues down the road, a dog that you wish you never had.
"Gave him some bully sticks"
"Tried the muzzle trick"
"Moved the kennel to the living room"
Oh these didn't work after you tried them for 5 minutes! Astounding! That puppy must be an idiot in capable of learning. How stupid of him. This type of post makes me believe the OP has spent 0 time with the dog.
Did you know not to touch a hot stove when you were an infant? No, you were taught, either by someone else or by experience. You are teaching the dog through repetition, and judicious and consistent correction. There are at least 3 different "correct" methods to teach the dog to be quiet in this thread. You have to realize how your dog learns, and adapt and adjust the methods until you find one that works. Expecting a 12 week old dog to know more than a few basic commands is asking a lot. Y
People are more than willing to help in this forum, but get sick of repeating the same basic stuff ad nauseam.
ScaupHunter wrote:I would have to agree here. I don't ask for much advice here or in other dog forums simply because someone would always come along and start criticizing instead of providing productive input.
I have recieved some great advice when I have asked and some I simply ignored since it was not helpful.
You have to be careful calling things useful or not useful when you don't know much to begin with. Many prefer to hear what they want to hear, mainly because it fits their belief system based on not much fact.
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
George Bernard Shaw
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