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Consistent training helps pet

Updated: December 26, 2012 4:00PM



Q. My 5-year-old Dachshund has stuck to me like Velcro dog glue from the day I adopted her four years ago. She insists on lying on me anytime I sit or lay down. If she has access to the bedroom, I will find her settled-in on my pillow. (on my half of the bed.) During the day, I work from home, and when I’m out of town she stays at a local doggie inn (with no reported behavior issues). For many years, my partner and I have excluded her from the bedroom on weekends.

Two weeks ago, she revolted against this pattern with whining and barking. This little Dachshund has even vaulted the three-foot-high gate to gain access to the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom and on the bed (under the covers), she was fine. What has changed to cause the revolt? Our habits are unchanged. Her health is fine and all her other habits are routine as far as I can tell.

A. Give them an inch, they want a mile. Dogs have no sense of adult reason. You can’t expect your dog to know weekday behavior from weekend protocol. You cannot switch off her yen to take to your bed only on weekends. Dogs don’t work that way. If you want her out of your bed, you must train her constantly and patiently to stay behind the baby gate in her own bed at all times. Eventually, with persistence on your part — not to mention a few treat rewards for good behavior — your determined Dachshund may eventually reckon with the ban from your bed.

Q. I am the owner of nine-year-old sibling mutts. My dogs love to ride in the car, so I often take them for short road trips. If we will be gone for more than an hour, I bring a bowl of water so they can drink in the car. They always ignore the onboard water it. When we get home, they lunge at their water bowl to and drink huge quantities of it. I feel guilty because they are clearly thirsty water deprived. My question: Why do my dogs ignore their onboard water, making me feel like a really bad mommy?

A. Your dogs ignore their onboard water it to torture mommy, didn’t you know? Just when you think dogs are going to behave the way you want, they don’t. Oh, these creatures definitely have minds of their own.

Good for you to bring the water; bad for you to fret about why they’re not drinking it. After many years of hovering, Dog Lady has come to the inevitable conclusion that dogs hate to be smothered. If you fixate on getting your pet to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, good luck bending the canine will. Obviously your mutt-sibs are well-hydrated or they wouldn’t turn up their noses at the car water. Your guys like to drink at home.



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