1  3 4 5 6 7 8 11
She also has a tendency to crash into us when ... her paw. Sometimes I think we should rename her Lurch.

that sounds like elliott. he's a lummox, with absolutely no concept of personal space and seemingly no consciousness of where ... her to you and asking her to sit before going through doorways? then, after you're through, you can release her.

I do that with the door to the outside, which is a basic safety issue to me. (Also, I hate it when dogs charge the door every time you open it.) Unfortunately, she doesn't yet have a "come" command, so it would probably involve going and physically moving her anyway. (I ask you, why would somebody teach a golden to beg, but not to walk on a leash or come when called? Grrr..) But it's something I'll keep in mind for the future.
(I ask you, why would somebody teach a golden to beg, but not to walk on a leash or come when called? Grrr..)

because Goldens are supposed to spring from their fathers' foreheads fully formed and trained. didn't you get the memo?
But it's something I'll keep in mind for the future.

i'd work on the recall, as that's a potential life or death issue. you've got my condolences, though. it sounds like she's presenting some interesting challenges!

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

J is for James who took lye by mistake.
Edward Gorey, The Gashlycrumb Tinies
And there's no doubt in my mind that a reliable recall is the single hardest thing to achieve. SO much easier when you have a puppy's natural willingness to come when you make it inviting..
Someone used to say that Come is necessary everything else is a trick. I think they had a point.
And there's no doubt in my mind that a reliable recall is the single hardest thing to achieve.

on some dogs, absolutely! i had a hell of a time with elliott's recall. when he's focused on me, he'll work for me just because he wants to do what makes me happy. but, when he's distracted, he has no idea i exist. with his level of prey drive, getting a reliable recall on him was not easy.
Someone used to say that Come is necessary everything else is a trick. I think they had a point.

yep!
good luck with your Golden. it sounds like you're in for an adventure.

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. Edward Hopper
Why do dogs always plant themselves in the highest traffic spot in the house so that you have to step ... and he takes up the whole passage, isn't quick to move if he moves at all. Annoys me to hell.

Oppie (78 lb lab) does this in our kitchen, which isn't exactly spacious. He'll be lying across the gap between the stove and the table, I tell him to move, and he does so readily... to the front of the refrigerator, which is where I wanted to get to in the first place. He reads my mind.
He just wants to be near me... and any food I might drop. The problem is, there's no place in the kitchen for him to rest which isn't blocking a path. So I've trained him to "move," which means, "get up and block the place I want to go to next."

FurPaw

"Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o'clock in the morning."
- T. S. Eliot
To reply, unleash the dog
He just wants to be near me... and any food I might drop. The problem is, there's no place in ... So I've trained him to "move," which means, "get up and block the place I want to go to next."

that sounds familiar!

shelly
http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette>> http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com

Thought is made in the mouth.
Tristan Tzara
And I say "move PLEASE". No reason not to be polite!

I say the same.
No, I don't just nudge or push them out of the way. It's always a verbal request (which I would back up with physica if needed, but have not had to).

I back up my "Move please" with the standard Dog House Shuffle. That way, if they don't move, nothing gets accidently stepped on or kicked (in the case of the dogs) or sacked (in the case of dogs standing up at the wrong moment).

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
And there's no doubt in my mind that a reliable recall is the single hardest thing to achieve.

Heh, get a herding breed!
SO much easier when you have a puppy's natural willingness to come when you make it inviting..

Rescue Friday came to me at 7 months old, but he bonded immediately to 4 YO Rocky, so even though I'd changed his name, all I had to do was call for Rocky and Friday would follow in his wake.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Probably because it makes him feel like the alpha male to have you step over or around him. Once he's in charge, he won't do anything you want him to do.
Show more