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    Default I Can't Help Being Inconsitent

    My kelpie/heeler/who knows what rescue dog is smarter than me and has found a few very annoying behaviours I find hard to ignor consitently.

    Every time I pass the ute she barks at me to say lets go for a ride. Every time I can, I ignor her BUT sometimes I have to take her so she gets reinforced. Of course many times go without her but I am sure she thinks that I only take her as she has worn me down. I make her stop barking before I load her.

    the phone..now this one drives me crazy. She is an outside dog but when the phone rings in the house she runs to UNDER the house where the phone is and barks. I can't see her so she is being ignored. I can't reinforce not barking at the phone because she only does it when I can't see her. I am sure she is doing me a favour and in fact one phone bark would be good but she doesnt stop. I tried having the phone and her near me outside and trained her not to bark when the phone rings. This is OK but it was actully good that she barked at the phone outside because if I was using machinery she was telling me the phone was ringing. She hears the phone BEFORE it rings, With the mobile phone I change the ring and it takes her about 3 calls to recognise the new ring. Even on silent she barks if it vibrates in my pocket. If her reward is making me stop the ring well then of course she gets rewarded every time.

    If I am with her and the phone rings she will stay quite if its like a training session when she is getting my attention BUT this does not work if I am working.

    Please someone tell me how to solve this.

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    what would you like her to do instead - train that.

    So if you're going past the ute, get her to heel before you get there and reward that.

    Not sure what to do about the phone - since it seems to be useful that she lets you know if it goes off when you're outside. Has it got an answering machine - maybe that would help. I actually changed my (mobile) phone ring to a recording of my dog barking - and she ignores it - go figure.

    Maybe you could get her to do a sit stay before you answer the phone. You can train this by ringing your home phone from your mobile and hanging up so you don't incur any charges.

    I used to live with at cattle dog who got very excited when the phone rang, usually because one of us would leap to our feet and run to get the phone - ie fun for dog. Wasn't fun if he was being a lap dog when the phone rang. So you need to train the dog to do something constructive.

    My dog thinks I'm talking to her when I talk on the phone so she starts talking too. And I have to get her to do other things like a sit stay. She doesn't get too excited when it rings, because I don't. Ie I almost never manage to answer it before the machine gets it so I either pick up after the machine has got it - no connection to ring and talking on it, or I have to ring the person back - again - no connection for the dog to make - apart from me talking to her or myself.

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    Default Thanks Hyacinth

    That really helped me refocus. I seem to have lost my knack with this dog.I think because she had been badly abused I was too emotional to start. She was so passive and sad I was a woose so now I pay the price. My previous dogs all came to me as pups and taking a grown dog is very different.

    Her self appointed job is to opperate any machinery. She points at each item I need so if I get out the mulcher she points to the ear muffs, then the fuel and once its in position points to the start switch then the the pull cord.

    Recently a friend had a much loved cat disapear. My dog loves to chase a cat but knows she mustn't when visiting my friend. Just as my friend was saying I hope your dog can find my cat she raced into the shed and pointed in the dark to a beam where the injured cat was hiding.

    Thanks aagain

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    hi bluenanou

    That looks like an amazing dog you have. I hope focussing on asking her to do what you want her to when you want it, helps balance things up for you.

    All you gotta do now is persuade her to fetch the ear muffs...

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    i know what its like have a dog that is smart nugget my staffy knows how to open doors gates but she dos not run a way we have to keep the doors dead locked and the gate handel is tied to a tree

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