Sorry, folks, for the long delay.
My son is almost five now and at the age when you can communicate through words and ideas, and we don’t use dog-training tactics on him as much any more. That being said, I think I’m going to have to re-start.
Having given him a good start as a toddler, we had very little need for training in the past couple of years. He is cute, and thoughtful, and obedient. That being said, he’s getting older and he’s beginning to test boundaries. So far we have been able to handle misdemeanors with gentle talks (which never works on dogs!). However, he’s starting school in September and I’m expecting him to bring all kinds of tried-on naughtiness home that he has picked up from the other kids. I’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, we have a new
puppy baby, so I’ll be able to add more toddler-training as we go, on top of the five-year-old training if and when it becomes necessary.
Our newbie is too young for any kind of training yet, though – just three months old. The only kind of training I consider her ready for at this age is classical. But I’ll get into that later…