Update on the giant farm dogs who wouldn't stay home...
So the hundred pound puppies are now nearly 3 years old and seem to have found a brain between them. You know, the ones the rescue told us would mature to around 70 lbs? and are now over 110 lbs? each? The Rottie?/boxer?/lab? corsses that look exactly like mastiffs?
These are the same dogs who have never been aggressive to any human, but have had several complaints phoned into the police when they ran down to the end of the driveway in an attempt to drown passersby in drool and wiggles. Who would not come back when called. Who proved that invisible fence doesn't work when rabbits are crossing the line. And for whom I was moaning a few months back- would they ever grow up?
We kept working on them diligently, the same training they've had since puppyhood and it has finally taken. We recently have been able to take them off leash to public parks and beaches and had them stick close even in the face of menacing shitzus and attractive labrador bitches.
They ALWAYS come when called now even if they are tempted to be extra friendly to folks on the path in front of our house.
And today the piéce de resistance- the garbage truck happened by while we were out feeding the horses- they of course, ran to protect me from the man in the orange coverall stealing our precious green bags of good smelly stuff, but immediately returned to me when called, obediently entering their kennel when asked, even though the garbage man was only 10 feet away.
All it takes is time. repetition. Consistency. And bags and bags of marrows bones.
(I have given up wondering why there are so many dog threads on this forum and joined the fray...)
"The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF
I was really confused at first. I read "So the hundred pound puppies are now nearly 3 years old..." and Im trying to figure out why/how you got 100 puppies from the pound.
Now that I understand, I want to see these 100lb dogs that you have trained so well. I had a good friend who had a really sweet mastiff that everyone was afraid off. The UPS guy would back down their driveway and put the package on top of the trashcan so he wouldnt have to get out of the truck. They told him many times that the dog wasnt aggressive, even with strangers, but he wouldnt risk it.