Trained Dogs | Dallas Dog Photographer

January is dog training month. I think it is a great reminder of the importance of training your dog. Dogs like boundaries and many will work to please you. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a well trained and well behaved dog! I think at the very least all dogs should know “sit”, “down”, “come” and “stay”.  The “wait” command is very handy as is “leave it”.  And who can play fetch with their dog without the “drop it” command!

Some people  like to train their dogs with commands in other languages. My dog would lick my face when I said “beso”. Some people like to train their dogs to do more interesting things like open the refrigerator and get them a beer! My dogs have never been trained to do that. I know better. They would both open the beer and drink it on the way back! All I would get would be an empty bottle!

 I would love to hear in the comments below what unusual task you have trained your dog to do.

  • Jenn - January 11, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Absolutely! I’d like to comment also that training works both ways. In the last couple of years working as a dog trainer, I’ve observed that it’s typically not the dogs that require training, but the people. The dogs inherantly have the dispositions and willingness in place. In many situations, rather than training, what’s needed is clear communication and building a strong relationship through positive reinforcement, mutual trust and building confidence. We expect the dogs to understand Human, but at the same time, we should be learning to understand Doggish. How wonderful is it to not only be able to express clear intentions to our dogs, but also to have them be able to communicate to us what they want, beyond the obvious?

    That being said, Vignette’s collar jingles quite loudly at night, so it’s removed in the interest of a good night’s sleep. She doesn’t like to have the collar removed. Ergo, Vin’s self-created ensemble of distinctive behaviors includes balancing on her hind legs in the morning to make it easier for me to put her collar back on.

  • Margaret - January 11, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    I agree completely Jenn. It is about training the people.

    I think it is adorable that Vignette prefers her collar to be on!

  • Beth - January 25, 2012 - 9:25 am

    Hey! I know that puppy! 🙂 She’s got us trained now though . . . lol! Love my Stelly-bean! 🙂

  • Margaret - January 25, 2012 - 10:20 am

    I guess this photograph makes people think you trained her to get your beer for you. Or did you…..?

  • Beth - January 25, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    LOL! She LOVES to carry things around now, and smile & roo while doing so! She is such a sweet girl and I really need to bring her back in and do another set of pictures! Her best bud Remy needs to lose some weight first though *laugh* Your work is so amazing, and I smile every time I look at the pics you took of Shiner, Remy & Stella! 🙂