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Thu Apr 10, 2014, 08:47 AM

 

Ever been given some advice that you laughed at

then tried later and it worked. As some of you know I have been having trouble with my German Shepherd puppy biting. I've tried all the training and vet tips etcetera. Well this 90 year old Dutch lady in my writer's group said you should try speaking to her in German since she is a German Shepherd.

I'm thinking "okay" but this isn't an imported dog it was born here and I doubt the breeder taught it German commands especially since she was only six weeks old when we got her.

Today in desperation I said "nein", excuse my German spelling, and I'll be damned if Marnie didn't stop biting me. I've done it four times now and every time Marnie gave me that head tilt and stopped. It's probably a fluke and I'll jinx myself by saying it worked but hey so far so good.

It sounded silly at the time but hey who knows?

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Reply Ever been given some advice that you laughed at (Original post)
Liberalynn Apr 2014 OP
Sanity Claws Apr 2014 #1
Liberalynn Apr 2014 #2
magical thyme Apr 2014 #3
raccoon Apr 2014 #4
Ron Obvious Apr 2014 #5
pipi_k Apr 2014 #6
Ron Obvious Apr 2014 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2014 #8
LynneSin Apr 2014 #9

Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 09:04 AM

1. Haha

Try some other basic German and see how she reacts.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 09:32 AM

2. I will do that.

 

It was just so funny watching her reaction.

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Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 10:12 AM

3. maybe just saying a "new" word caught her attention.

 

If she's decided to tune out "No," it may be time to broaden her language skills

Or maybe it's just her ancestral collective unconscious at work

Whatever the underlying mechanism was, I'm glad it worked!

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Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 12:34 PM

4. Anyone got a Pomeranian? Should you speak to it in Pomeranian?


Or if you have a Belgian draft horse, speak to it in French.


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Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 01:41 PM

5. All dogs respond to German

It's such a great language to bark commands in.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 03:16 PM

6. Except for...

"Ausfahrt" (exit).

My two German Shepherds laugh at that one...




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Response to pipi_k (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 04:16 PM

7. Ausfahrt!

I'm having difficulty imagining an occasion where I'd have to employ that particular word when talking to my dogs, though.

I imagine myself at the door, pointing:

"Ausfahrt, Fifi! Ausfahrt! Oh no, not that! Dammit!"

I'd try "Raus!" if I wanted them to go outside. I bet that would work.

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Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 04:27 PM

8. One of my cats is part Siamese and part Persian.

Should I address her in Thai or Farsi?

Not that a command in any language would make a difference to a cat...

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Response to Liberalynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 10, 2014, 04:33 PM

9. Vote for Republicans

It takes alot to keep a straight face when someone says taht to me

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