She does occasionally listen to him, but primarily me. We're both training her but she seems to more so respond and respect my commands over my husbands, which I found odd, because in my experience females usually attached more to the male owner, but it could've just been coincidence.....
^^^^ Just a coincidence IMO.
Dobes look up to and respect the person that consistently makes them listen.
The one who trains them more, not necessarily the one that feeds them the most often.
Afterall, they know someone is going to feed them anywhy and change their water.
The one who plays tug-of-war often, the one who holds a bone or toy, the FUN person that does the doggy games more frequently.
The family member that builds the best bond with their voice, body language and wants their canine expectations to be achieved, in house manners & overall training.
Yeah, He DOES try to train her the way our husky, Justice, was trained... she doesn't respond to treats the same way. she much more prefers the ohhhh good girl!!! praise rather than treats... he relies more on treat training rather than my method
, which primarily is much more consistent, and involves a lot more body language related praise rather than just handing her a treat.... definitely a thought!
^^^^ I think your answer is in this post...two different methods and two clearly different results...for your specific dobe.
I use treats only for potty training, any general commands or formal OB work is strictly happy time praise from me.
Giving a dog a cookie to sit on command may be easier (to start with), but I am left with the thought:
- "did I get the good sit because of the food bait or because it honestly wants to listen to me"
I want the latter, so I don't treat train (much), I don't have to wean the treats off and spend more time proofing commands.
For me, what I get from my dog just seems to work here.
My last dober girl (Amy) was a true daddy's girl and equally loved my wife.
She never took her eys off me or strayed far, and always waited till Dad went to bed before she would go.
Now we have baby Kelly, and she goes to bed when Mom goes, for now...but Mom hold her on her lap before hand.
The dynamics may change, once she is bigger and I start her private OB training...time will tell.