I have been training my Pom to differentiate his items, I am sure all dogs can do this but he is a bright boy. Have you all had success with this? If I present him a stuffed toy and throw it and say get the ball he will NOT pick it up he goes, sniffs and walks back to me, then I throw something else again and call it by its name, so now there are two items on the ground, one is a stuffed shoe one is a chicken both at the same location. I say get the chicken, he brings me the chicken, then I say get the ball he looks and looks at me like are you nuts, there is NO ball there. I understand dogs are quick to differentiate items. He knows when I say time for boney, which is a meat bone with marrow I give to him, now I cant offer him an apple he will not budge, he wants his bone and knows full well what is coming. Same with carrot, I cant offer him a carrot and present an apple, he wants his carrot. He can differentiate what the items are and is very very intelligent. But Poms are noted for their high intelligence and quick learning and pleasing skills. I just wish I can teach him to EAT lol
Sure it is a team and the team work is respect, perseverence and patience. Any dog can learn it just takes dedication, some breeds are more intelligent than others that is a known. But also training only makes a dog a much happier animal and also a pleasure to take out. I dont have a nack for it, it just comes easily as I have own dogs my entire life and love them, they love you back if you do the right thing for them. Most people do not take time to train, it only takesa few minutes each day
The dog I grew up with, Buffy, a german shepherd/beagle mix, was really good at that. I take no credit whatsoever, as I was a child-- Buffy and my parents get the props! But she recognized quite a number of things. You could say, "Get your red bouncy toy!" and that's what she'd get. Or "get your newspaper!" It was funny, we would jokingly tell people that she understood english.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
That is what I mean, they can learn objects, when you are training them and you attribute the object in your hand with the word they know, but dont make it long sentences. He is a really sweet boy, a happy dog is a content dog. When he is in his moody state and wont mind, then I just walk away and say nothing, then he comes to me and sits with those big almond shaped eyes LOL, then I try again, if he still does not mind then I realized is tired or bored and I change the tone or give him somethig to entertain himself until he is bored with that and is ready for me again.
One thing I must thank God for, he has access to all our shoes, socks hand bags I leave them around deliberately in his reach he has NEVER touched our things. I have three beds for him in several parts of the house, then I have a huge pillow for his made from duck down. then I have a tent in my bedroom a doggie tent, the cutest little thing and in it has some items for his pleasure. so he has stuff of his own all over the place and he has never once touched my stuff or chewed on anything. Lord, I have all wooden furniture, could you imagine if he would chew my stuff? But he wont. Dogs who chew are bored and neglected and or dont have enough things to entertain and distract them.
"Dogs who chew are bored and neglected and or dont have enough things to entertain and distract them."
I think Genetics play a role. I play in IPO/ Sch, and one of my dogs who gets an emmence amount of work/training, cannot resist to chew. I think he just throughly enjoys using his mouth. He gets into chewing like we get into a good novel. None of my other dogs chew.
I do think that some dogs do chew/dig and other things out of boredom, but I do think some dogs just like doing it.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."