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    Beloz, i'll put my home up for location if ever you want to go with that plan! lol I can also entice some nasty nieces as 2 participants, im sure mummy and daddy would pay the earth for their darlings to be raised/trained by another, as when you ask the mum to interject, comes back with "im over it". Lovely

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    Exactly, dog training is both a science and an art. Sorry to say but the guy in the park sounds like he shouldn't own a dog if he's not willing to try absolutely everything to train it. Giving up is not an option.

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    I have found also that taking the dog and getting it to listen to YOU so proving to the owner that their dog can do it with the right guidance can assist in helping them get over the whole 'I've tried everything and my dog will never get any better' attitude. Obviously you need to do this with the owners consent. But if you ask kindly if you can have a go then perhaps the light-bulb moment will occur.
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    Kaz Targa: you are right. And reading your post, i was reminded of a session i was doing with my dog at the train station, i had gone there for the crowd hussle to desensitize my pup, and discovered, it couldnt walk up stairs (we didnt have any in our home), and so once the crowd had moved on, i was enticing my pup up the stairs, when an old fella came up and said "would you mind if i showed you something?" i said sure go ahead. He picked my rottie pup up and walked up the stairs, put pup on ground, and taught him to walk "DOWN" the stairs first. Piece of cake! 3 trips down, and then did first successful trip up. Because some guy had taken the time to show me how.
    So yeah, steal the dog for 10 mins and show someone how.

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    Some people really have Tried to Try and sometimes they don't really know what else it out there to help them. There are so many charlatan dog trainers out there, that watch too many dog whisperer episodes, have let people down and they think that if a 'professional dog whisperer' that they paid hundreds of dollars to help them, how would a somebody offering free advice help them any better?

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    Generally, I offer advice and chat to people. If I have time and it is possible I will take their dog and work with it for a few minutes to show them what can be done very quickly and they tend to perk up a bit.

    It's easier to convince someone they can do it if you show them a glimmer of hope first.

    Obviously, if they are giving up then it's always good to throw a little something into the convo about rescue groups and how good they are with rehoming dogs. That way of they decide to give up they will think of rescue groups over a shelter.

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    I know myself, being new to this training thing it is really hard. I have no idea what im doing. I was lucky and found this forum but not everybody goes to the internet. I feel very overwhelmed with toffee somedays, cause she just doesnt get it anzd neither do i................I get to a stage when i dont know what to do next..........so i can relate to how this man must be feeling

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