Part of the Pack
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Southern California
training ideas needed
I love my little dog, I really do, but she won't listen to me! She's 2 1/2 years old, I've had her since she was 9 weeks, and we are still working on sit. I don't know what to do anymore. I have this image in my mind of a dog that listens to my every command. And then I look at Daphne, and its really getting frustrating. I can't expect her to be perfect, but I should still be able to expect her to behave, right? Before I even got her, I read several books, including Chihuahuas for Dummies, and the Little Dog's Training Guide. I had a plan as to how I was going to train her, and it just never worked.
First off, she doesn't care about treats. From day one, I tried offering them, and she just wasn't interested. People food is pretty much off limits, although she does get a bite of chicken breast every now and then, when she sits for it. Its pretty much the only people food that she'll eat. She never played with toys, the only way to reward her was to pet her or pick her up. The trainers I talked to said that this would work as a substitute for treats. so we tried it with sit, and it didn't work. Now when she wants to be picked up, she'll sit and stare at you, expecting it. But she only sits maybe 50% of the time when told.
I really don't have money for a training instructor, but that might be my only option. My mom says that I need to not be so dissapointed when Daphne misbehaves, and just to get used to it. That can't be the answer. There has to be a better way.
4 cats: Radar, Oscar, Mackintosh, Qwilleran
1 dog: Daphne
3 rabbits: Barbarella Bunny. DC's Lucy, Ricky
1 daddy-long leg spider: Spidey
8 assorted tarantulas
1 madagascar hissing cockroach: Lady
1 ball python: Eve
1 corn snake: Charisma
1 California kingsnake: Honey
1 tortoise: Charlie
2 Mali Uromastyx: Nick and Nora