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    I really don't understand your comments at all.

    I have a dog who tracks. Virtually nothing can distract her once she gets going.

    And I have a male dog that I used to work in obedience classes. He had been unneutered until he was fully grown. Two of  his classmates for those several years were  females who went into season and still came to class.

    We were expected to train our dogs through all of life's distractions, not just the ones we picked and chose. My boy (a strong virile male) got flirty, but he worked through the bitch in heat distraction just fine.

    If I drop a piece of bacon or a freshly grilled steak on the floor, my dogs leave it. They've been trained to do so... And to ignore rabbits on the tracking field... And to down, wait, come, or walk somewhere else (like into the house) to avoid problems like skunks, feral cats, the grumpy dog next door.

    Sometimes they need coaching. Usually, though, I am not close enough to touch their collars. They are free to ignore me. But when I told my high prey drive dog to Wait, Leave it, Quiet when there was a skunk in our yard, he stopped barking, stood still and gave the skunk room to pass.

     And often, you can see the dogs stop and decide a different more appropriate (to humans)  behavior. We actually tell them "good decision!" when they do.

    A well trained dog is not an instinct-driven beast. Once they've been trained alternate behaviors, then they will choose alternate behaviors if the training has been done correctly (and not all training is done correctly).

    But it takes a lot of time and a ton of effort to train a dog properly. And training is a life-long venture.

    My dogs aren't so extraordinary. Most of my friends have well trained thinking dogs. They track, herd, do agility or another of the many dog sports, or simply are encouraged by their humans to work their brains every day in creative ways.  They're not perfect, for neither are we. But they're more than you seem to think they can be.

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:17:01 PM PST

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    •  Being a lover of dogs (1+ / 0-)
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      Does not make them human beings capable of human thought processing.  I own five dogs.  We have a therapy dog for my disabled son too that has been through the whole gamut of training.  She is very intelligent for a dog.   I have obtained obedience titles on dogs too.

      Here is just one study on dog sniffing failures across the board.  Link

      Dogs are great, but they are dogs.  They are not people and they do not possess your mind or your rational thought processses.  That is projection and science says something much different.

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