This is a funny one. Of the things she actually *learnt* eventually (not still a work in progress), it was staying off the carpet. When we got Nova from the pound, the first things we taught her were to stay off the furniture and off the carpets (big area rugs in my studio apartment). *BUT*, we let her lie on the corners of two of them. BIG MISTAKE. She learnt to stay off the main portions of the carpets in about a day, but after a year of being allowed on the corners, it took us another *full year* to get her to quit trying to sneak back. It was just persistence and a spray bottle, but boy was she stubborn! Poor thing must have really felt the sting of being 'demoted'. It's a good lesson, IMO, because with 'status' things like being on the furniture etc, it's much easier to train them when they haven't already experienced 'the good life'.
I am so glad you all can resort to a spray bottle for training.........I have labs and as you know they love water and they do not care where it comes from...........If I get a water bottle they think it is play time. Anyway "come" is the hardest for my male lab. He is a free spirit and hates to be told what to do.
definitely the come command. if she is on leash she listens well, if she is off leash but in a confined area she listens well, if my son leaves the front door open and she runs out doesn't come for a hill a beans. only saving grace on that one is she runs right next door to play with her best friend the golden.
The hardest thing we've had with our mixed breed dog is teaching him that visitors to our house aren't *his* visitors. He turns into a total fruitcake when people come over. Every other command he knows to a t, including Come, sit, lay down, roll over, get it, drop it, jump, etc.
For Lily, I am still trying to teach her that the food in the fridge does not belong to her, and that she is not allowed to open the fridge. For Coco-Bear, I am still having problems teaching him basic commands. (By the way, he is actually beginning to do good with sign language, thanks for all the help)