I have always had large or giant breeds as house dogs so good manners were very important, like no counter or table surfing, no begging for food when people are eating, dogs are not allowed on furniture,do not take cookies away from the kids,etc. My present husband is sabotaging me.I started baking bread this morning to go with dinner[ caraway rye with beer in the dough]all was going well bread all baked cooling on rack on island. Puppies need to go outside, I came back in the house and noticed the bread was gone, walked around the island and caught two of the dogs munching away. Of course hubby isn't home so I haven't been able to share my joy with him yet. He is teaching my dogs and his dog all kinds of bad habits.
How is your DH teaching bad habits? Is he showing them how to get up on the island to search for food? Sounds to me like no one is teaching them good habits. Or is that what DH is supposed to be doing? And how can he do it when he isn't home, and you decide to bake bread? You need to do it at that point.
He will wait until I am busy outside and will give the dogs people food or call them up on the couch. Now adult dogs that were trusworthy to not take food off the counter or never begged for food when we were eating dinner are making pests of themselves. I am starting to crate dogs that are not usually crated except when we travel in the van. He seems to think that rules are to be broken . I have always taught the dogs that their food is in their dishes and to leave any thing else alone. I do this as a protection to prevent them from eating something toxic not because I am a control freak which is what he calls me. I had a seven month old puppy almost die from being fed poison at a dog show.
I would just explane that to him. Tell him how important it is to you and how easliy years of training can be ruined by doing those little things. Maybe that might work. I wouldn't like my dogs jumping on the counter to get food. We had a foster dog jump on the counter and eat are Thanksgiving turkey!
Sometimes temptation can be just too much for even the best trained dogs. Fresh baked bread emits a strong savory smell all through the house. Having to smell it probably drove them crazy, but then to have it within reach, well, they were just overcome ......
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I understand your frustration; my mom taught Harley to beg for table scraps. He was perfectly well behaved until she decided one bite couldn't hurt.
Your topic made me laugh. My aunt cleans houses and one of her elderly clients had some amusing advice on husband training. "If they get out of line, you should hit'em with a broom because it doesn't leave any marks."
I have to side with Dusty on this one. I bake bread, and the odor is wonderful, I put the loaves up on the counter in back and make sure the dog cannot get anywhere near it, or I just plain take the dog out with me.
It dosen't take bread long to cool to the point you can wrap it, do something else in the house while your wating.
Well after everyone getting so worked up over "backyardbreeder/troll" I thought I would lighten the atmosphere a little. Actually I am one of those people who bake bread and make cakes and pie crust from scratch. I am originally from West Virginia and "we hill folk" are slow to become modernized. I have patiently explained several times to my husband that being consistant is very important in training dogs. He has a very short attention span and sometimes I become a little frustrated. But so be it, I am in this for the duration and it will be 22 years in July. I just needed to vent a little.
When you figure out how to do it, please let me know... My wonderful hubby of 11 years will feed the dogs after he gets done eating (sometimes during) and then gets annoyed that they beg!?! I tell him constantly to stop feeding them like that, but he won't listen. He won't let them on the couches - thank goodness
"No matter how little money and how few possesions you own, having a dog makes you rich." - Louis Sabin
I know exactly what you mean. I will tell my husband, do not give them anything when we are eating. I always feed them before we eat anyway but he will give them a piece of this or that before I know it and he wonders why they are little chubbies.
I don't think making my husband do without would be effective. He would just try harder to make my life h**l.I am having enough difficulty as it is since he has retired. All he does is sleep on the couch, watch TV, smoke cigarettes, drink beer, raid the fridge, tell me all the things I do wrong,and teach the dogs bad habits.This has been the pattern for the last 3 years.
It doesn't sound like he simply has a blind spot about training dogs. It sounds like he is inconsiderate. Correct me if I'm wrong but that is what I think you are saying. If "doing without" and "pillow therapy" are out of the question you might try a shock collar-for the husband. Then set up a controlled training environment by placing out something you know he'll want to snack on immediately and when he does the dogs will be sure to beg....then zap him. For the couch potatoism you could suddenly decide that the furniture has a doggy odor (since he lets them on the furniture) and make a habit of using upholstery cleaner every other day so the couch is always a bit damp. That makes it very unpleasant to spend much time on the couch. If you just want him to get up and do things out of the house buy a set of tiny ear plugs and pretend you've suddenly developed a love for either rap, opera, square dance or yodeling music (everybody hates at least one of these) and play it loudly whenever he is indoors.