difficult dog breeds to train

GAnthony

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hey @Injun i was checking a couple of websites regarding some breeds that are hard to train. one is a basenji...

don't you have one..??

i ask, cuz i thought the chihuahua was, but it was not mentioned in the sites i checked out.

i am also asking, cuz my neighbor has a pup chihuahua and an older toy yorkie, and she told my sister, she may give them away, as they "don't listen" .

however, they live in a home with kids, and friends of the kids, and the kids pretty much ignore the dogs.

these dogs come over to my house, and we give them "doggie treats", and the chihuahua can't stop jumping all over me and licking.

the yorkie loves to be petted.

soooo.....

if she was serious in her comment to my sister, i think i may just take them both, sis will get the yorkie, i will get the chihuahua.....

even though i have severe allergies......

but it will be the training of both.....that makes me wonder if i should make this move, if offered....
 

Duck

Quack
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Pit bulls. I've had several.

They're good playful dogs but they're dumb as a box of rocks.

I saw one of mine run full speed, get distracted by a squirrel and slam head first into the side of the barn once. :bonk:
 

Injun

Rabid Squaw
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I had a Basenji. He was awesome. They absolutely can be trained. Any dog can be trained. You just have to tell the dog what you want in a way they understand.

Some dogs were bred for instantaneous, mindless obedience. These dogs are rated as "more intelligent" or "easier to train" than others, in which independent thought and problem solving are more valued.

A Basenji is a problem solver. But he is also a very trainable dog. You just have to figure out what the animal values and use it to your advantage.

Same applies to Chihuahuas and Pomeranians. They most likely don't listen to the neighbor because she doesn't understand their value system and she's not consistent.
 

GAnthony

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I had a Basenji. He was awesome. They absolutely can be trained. Any dog can be trained. You just have to tell the dog what you want in a way they understand.

Some dogs were bred for instantaneous, mindless obedience. These dogs are rated as "more intelligent" or "easier to train" than others, in which independent thought and problem solving are more valued.

A Basenji is a problem solver. But he is also a very trainable dog. You just have to figure out what the animal values and use it to your advantage.

Same applies to Chihuahuas and Pomeranians. They most likely don't listen to the neighbor because she doesn't understand their value system and she's not consistent.
how would i (and sis) go about knowing thier value system??
 

mndriver

curmudgeon extraordinare
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They're bred to be independent thinkers and don't need constant supervision to do their job. Palace and temple guards, if my memory is correct.
Lap dog for the emperor. Considered a God.

Supposedly they were to be all killed before the palace was seized some years ago.

Only 5 survived and the breed decended from the..
 

GAnthony

Methuselah
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You have to be pack leader. If you are not the dog will assume they are.
thanks for the Cesar link. sometimes on the weekend, i might catch a part of his show. i think his son works with him now.


yes, that i was familiar with (being the leader of the pack). i was told if a dog disobeys or tries to be the leader, you can bite him on the ear.....not only will he cry, but he'll settle down really stupid quick....



j/k
 

Tazz

Infidel
Chihuahua's take a little more work, mostly because folks tend to let them run wild because "oh its a little dog who can it hurt?". Patience and remain calm. They read emotions well. Anger and frustration will just be mirrored back at you.

His shows are fine, but he has lessons on there for free that will work. I do not always agree with him, but he is good with dogs, and not expecting what I do out of mine.
 

Duck

Quack
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Chihuahua's take a little more work,
They make good footballs.

The fact they'll bite anything that moves makes them more fun to kick because you have to do it quickly. And that usually results in more distance.

Why on earth anyone would want to have one of those super aggressive little rats running loose in their house is a mystery to me.

Shi tzus can be almost as bad.

My dad's friend Rita has 4 or 5 of them that are friendly little things but about 15 years ago she had one named Sparky that was super aggressive. It used to run up and bite the ankles of anyone who didn't live in that house, including frequent visitors.

Except me. :cool:

I reached down and grabbed it by the fur on the back of it's neck right as it was approaching my ankle in attack mode. I picked it up and held it right in front of my face and growled at it, showing teeth and making direct eye contact. When I set it down it took off and hid. And it never so much as even barked at me from then on. It would still bite other people, just not me.
 

GAnthony

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They make good footballs.

The fact they'll bite anything that moves makes them more fun to kick because you have to do it quickly. And that usually results in more distance.

Why on earth anyone would want to have one of those super aggressive little rats running loose in their house is a mystery to me.

Shi tzus can be almost as bad.

My dad's friend Rita has 4 or 5 of them that are friendly little things but about 15 years ago she had one named Sparky that was super aggressive. It used to run up and bite the ankles of anyone who didn't live in that house, including frequent visitors.

Except me. :cool:

I reached down and grabbed it by the fur on the back of it's neck right as it was approaching my ankle in attack mode. I picked it up and held it right in front of my face and growled at it, showing teeth and making direct eye contact. When I set it down it took off and hid. And it never so much as even barked at me from then on. It would still bite other people, just not me.
actually, it all goes to the dog's owner. if the owner socializes the dog with other people, maybe even other dogs/cats, etc, they can be calm towards others.

the one that my neighbor has, does nothing but wag his tail, climbs all over me, or my sis or her daughter, and wants to play.

the only time he barks at someone, is if a person walks by my house. and i think that is common of any dog "protecting" his territory.

but yes, those tiny dogs can be nasty, but then, so can a pit bull, if not socialized...and how many people own pit bulls, that are as calm and friendly..>?????


goes to the owner for the faults of any dog.
 

ironpony

Professional Pot-Stirrer
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actually, it all goes to the dog's owner. if the owner socializes the dog with other people, maybe even other dogs/cats, etc, they can be calm towards others.

the one that my neighbor has, does nothing but wag his tail, climbs all over me, or my sis or her daughter, and wants to play.

the only time he barks at someone, is if a person walks by my house. and i think that is common of any dog "protecting" his territory.

but yes, those tiny dogs can be nasty, but then, so can a pit bull, if not socialized...and how many people own pit bulls, that are as calm and friendly..>?????


goes to the owner for the faults of any dog.
You want nasty? 130 pounds of German Shepherd guarding his territory. Try playing football with that.

:D
 

GAnthony

Methuselah
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You want nasty? 130 pounds of German Shepherd guarding his territory. Try playing football with that.

:D
i worked in a dealership, the only person that could cage the guard dogs was the body shop manager..they had rottweilers....i think they weigh a bit more than a German Shepard that's nasty.


 

GAnthony

Methuselah
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Good pic of a couple of rottweilers.

:D
yeah...big ain't they..?????

don't you mess with'em...or they will scalp you.....
 
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