Crazy Dog Lady: How do you train 13 dogs?

This one comes from a FB private message,  and it has an easy answer:  We don’t.

It is physically impossible for 2 mere humans to work full time jobs, maintain a home, care for 2 special needs horses and 13 dogs, some of them special needs, AND have time to train said dogs!

And yet…  Of the people who borrow our kids on a regular basis, this is the feedback we get:

One finds our dogs more loving and sociable than her own  dog.

Another wants a dog, but wants one ‘just like’ ours, and by “ours”, she means ANY of the kids she borrows.

Yet another found Morty to be better behaved than her own, similarly sized Idiot.

Feedback from previously placed fosters was similar.

Believe it or not, the only reason Franky, Emmi, Gracie, Angus, Vito and Sarah can’t be certified as therapy dogs is because they live in a house where if food falls on the floor, it’s theirs.  Therapy dogs are supposed to be polite and leave it.

Well behaved (at least at other people’s homes), easy to walk, very sociable, mostly gentle, cuddly to anyone without being overbearing, and lest we forget, a blast to be around.

What is our “Amazing Method” that can bring so many misfits from such varied backgrounds, thrown together in a single heap, and have every last one of them be considered so well-mannered in public?

I have no clue what to tell you.  Honestly.    Bet you never saw that coming, did you?

My most favorite picture in the world, Christmas day, 2011.  If you count all the dogs, you will find 11.  Once has since passed, and 3 more have joined the family.  A family that plays together often, stays together, without leashes.  It doesn't hurt that we live in an area with plenty of open space to do this.  I think a walk with 13 is in order for Christmas 2013!
My most favorite picture in the world, Christmas day, 2011. If you count all the dogs, you will find 11. One has since passed, and 3 more have joined the family. A family that plays together often, stays together, without leashes. It doesn’t hurt that we live in an area with plenty of open space to do this. I think a picture of a walk with 13 is in order for Christmas 2013!

 

 

 

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16 thoughts on “Crazy Dog Lady: How do you train 13 dogs?

  1. Well, yes, I can understand some of that – if it falls off the table – it’s ours, if it falls whilst you are preparing food, it’s ours, if you trip and your dinner slides off the plate falls on the floor – thank you, you are most kind. Yes we also have wide open spaces and the end of the road is the end of the road – but I would be most reluctant to let them go wandering off without a lead. If I could put up with Chienne’s screaming in my ear for an hour in either direction, I would drive them to where I could let them off, but me poor ears would not take it.

    1. We are incredibly lucky to have wide open space relatively close to be able to take all the kids out off leash on a regular basis. If we could only do it occasionally, I don’t think they would be as good. As it is, there is no novelty in being ‘free’, ergo they are controllable.

  2. I know why: LOVE! You’ve given them all they need to survive, and that includes loving them unconditially. That’s why.

    Now, about that they behave always with others … my niece-in-law said about her two children that so long as they behave well with others and in public, her job as a mom is a success. Sounds to me like you’re a success too!

    1. Actually, we are too tired to expect anything, so we are pretty much accepters.

      Hmm… seeing that written out makes me think a little… Training is telling a dog what to do. We let them do without interfering and only intervene when they are doing something they shouldn’t. Even then, correct, acknowledge and move on.

      Generally speaking, they seem to make the right choices all on their own. And yet, and yet… people threw 9 of them away??? (of the other 4, 1 complete feral, 2 raised by us, 1 adopted from a war zone, so not in the count – but still, even they make right choices).

      Philosophically speaking, either we got darned lucky, or all dogs will make right choices if given the opportunity.

      Make no mistake though! If we’re in one room and the majority of the kids are in another (or outside) and it gets too quiet, one of us yells for them to stop whatever it is they are doing. Chances are, one of them is up to no good 🙂

    1. The Dog Whisperer can get tricks. Remember, I took Slugger in front of the judges at his beauty contest and told them he had no talent and probably wouldn’t do anything of measureable value his entire life. He won anyway, but still, not a trick in him…

    1. Now, if we could just get all of them to remain stationary for a few seconds, and if someone else happened to be around, we could get the first ever picture of all of us together!

    1. I think where we got lucky is that the ‘foundation’ kids, those that came before Maude and Angus, but have passed away, set the tone. Maude and Angus picked it up, and with each foster, back in the day, it was passed. Then when the current misfits started assembling, they too followed the law of the land as set down by their ancestors.

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