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Thursday, 1 October 2015

My Huskies Are Not Perfect...

My Huskies Are Not Perfect...

My Huskies are not perfect. I'm not trying to fool anyone. I can talk someone's ear off about how well my dogs do this, or how well my dogs do that, but that surely does not mean, my dogs are perfect.

So, I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other day, "My Rotten Dogs." Rebekah, who is the author of the blog, wrote about dog training, and basically the struggles and issues she has had with it. That post has inspired me for this one. Our dogs are not perfect, neither are we, as humans. That doesn't mean we love them any less, but at the same time, I think it's important for our readers to realize it's not all rainbows and butterflies here in the husky house!


I find most times when we read blogs, or websites, mostly what we see are the good things. Dog training successes, well behaved pups posing for photo shoots etc... but let me tell you, while the majority of the photos I post do show well posed huskies, it took a while to get that point, and the amount of blooper shots I have on my computer would blow your mind!

photo shoot bloopers

Take this photo above for instance. Aside from the fact that the quality didn't turn out as expected, Koda decided to have a yawning fit every time I took a photo, which made Mika tired of posing, so she laid down on the job. Lexus, well,she is my model, and will sit for as long as I need.

Not even just photo shoots, but dog training in general. Mostly, when I set a training goal, and stick to it, the huskies go with me, and we accomplish our goal. But every so often they just say no. Whether it's something they just do not care to learn, or maybe they are just having a bad day, sometimes the dogs just say no! And I don't push them. If they don't want to learn something, it's simply not going to happen. If they are not into it, I am not into it. Simple.

One thing I have never ever been able to teach them, is to roll over! I don't know why, but not one of my huskies will roll over for me! Heck, they will give high fives, both paws, sit, lay down, go to bed, shake paw, drink water straight from the tap on cue, and so much more, but roll over? Not a chance!

I suppose the whole point to this is, my huskies are not perfect, nobody is, and that's ok!
Of course my fur babies are all perfect in my eyes, but believe me when I say, there have been many a training mishaps, frustration, anger even! And to me, that is all a part of being a pet parent!




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36 comments:

  1. We all are far from perfect, we misbehave, we fight sometimes, Mom has her issues, but overall, we are all happy and that is what really matters.

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  2. I don't think any dog, or any person is perfect. I know I have my moments of being bad...we just don't usually show that side of me on the blog. BOL
    Oz

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    1. Exactly! And who wants to show all the negatives or struggles on a blog? Not me! But I think once and a while it's nice to let everyone know, there is no perfection here, we are who we are, and we love it that way!

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  3. No need for perfection when you are adorable :)

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  4. This is one of my all time FAVORITE posts EVER!! Thank you!!! I often read other blogs and hang my head in shame (and oftentimes it prevents me from blogging about Dakota! lol) because I feel sooooooooo inferior as a dog Mom!!!! While I ADORE Dakota he is FAR from a "perfect" dog! He is an obedience school drop out (he HATED it), but he is BRILLIANT and often learns things on his own without my training him! He knows all of the basic commands and is well-behaved in public places (but he isn't thrilled about other dogs), he LOATHES wearing outfits and using props for photo shoots, heck he hates having his photo taken (unless he has just been freshly groomed, then he is vain as heck).........but for me, he IS perfect! Your quote here sums it up! " but believe me when I say, there have been many a training mishaps, frustration, anger even! And to me, that is all a part of being a pet parent!" THANK YOU! xoxo

    DakotasDen

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    1. Caren, your comment means the world to me, thanks for that! I know exactly how you feel. When I see a lot of bloggers and how they have trained their dogs to do whatever it is they do, it kind of takes you back for a second or two. I wouldn't change a thing about my huskies, but there are things they just do not like doing, and it's just that simple. So I thought it would be important to share the fact that we are not perfect, no matter how our readers see us, behind the scenes, we are just us! And far from perfect at that!

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  5. I have to say that this is on of my favorite post I've read this week. Thank you for being honest, I know I frustrate my humans but only showcase the good on my blog. I would have to say the one thing that frustrates me and my humans the most is me pulling while on walks. We have tried and tried to work on it but I guess that is one thing that is just going to be my thing.

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    1. Oh boy! Don't get me started on pulling! I have lost count of the harnesses and different tools I have which I purchased to try and help with training my dogs not to pull. I simply cannot. I mean, they have got better.... my arm isn't always ripped out of my socket, but I just can't get to a loose leash for the life of me!!!

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  6. My boys are not perfect, but they are perfect to me. Pierre is almost impossible to get a photo of outdoors. That is where the squirrels live! Bentley is pretty sure the camera will steal his soul if he looks at it so getting him to look is a major ordeal. Thanks for sharing your perfectly less than perfect Huskies. ♥

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    1. That's just it!! Our fur babies are perfect in our eyes, but I think it's their flaws that make them even more perfect! :)

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  7. Oh goodness we have lots! We post from time to time our challenges. Today for example we posted about Boo and her irritability with sharing space with 3 other cats. Ping is a sprayer and began only after we got Abby. He continues to this day but it is a lot less. It is still an issue though. Carpets have been ruined and I won't replace them because WHY he'd do it again. I have two carpeted rooms he is off limits too because he will spray in them. Carpet should never he allowed in homes with pets. I swear my next home will be carpet free! I still love them, and the joy they give me is worth "things" but it is frustrating at times.

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    1. It's funny you say that because I have had no choice but to have a carpet free home!!!!
      Thanks for sharing your story with us too!

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  8. BOL - who says we aren't perfect????? We beg to differ.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

    From Mom - LOL - of course THEY think they are perfect:) I have never been successful in keeping them in a down stay for the duration of our dinner:)

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    1. LOL you silly sibes!!

      And, yep! I have had to keep my huskies in the kitchen while we eat. Luckily I was able to train them to stay in their during dinner time, but oh boy, I know how you feel!

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  9. Love this post. I have a LONG ways to go as a dog trainer and my dogs are far from perfect, but I love them to pieces and I'm pretty sure they love me too!

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  10. I don't think there are any dogs out there that are perfect and we all have certain struggles or things that we wish were different. I have two dogs who want to hunt things, they have a hard time with loose leash walking, especially when there are critters or the scent of critters about. We work on it all the time, every single day. What I don't like is when people use their poor training skills or laziness as an excuse to use punishment based techniques or abusive training tools. That makes me sad. I have occasionally gotten frustrated with my dogs for whatever reason but when that happens I know that i just need to work extra hard with my training.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean!! All we can do is try, stay consistent, and stay positive. I hate those nasty tools you are referring to!

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  11. As long as they are perfect in your eyes, that's all that matters.

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  12. We have not been able to train Hailey off leash. That is our biggest failure. The reality is I love them for their imperfections as much as the good!

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    1. That's so true! Their imperfections makes them who they are, and that's a fact!

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  13. I love this, Jenna, and thank you. It is the truth of the matter....our dogs are not perfect but we love them completely anyway, even though we sometimes get frustrated with them. Roll over! I've tried that many times with Luke and gotten nowhere. The girls? Forget clicker training....they just don't want to get it!
    And didn't I just finish bragging about Luke getting to Day 10 on the Relaxation Protocol? Guess what....Day 10 was the end of it. We hit a wall and he would not go any further. So I appreciate how you said that sometimes your dogs just say no and you accept that. I tried a few times with Luke but then we decided to just put it aside. So we focus on the things they do well at....he loves his tricks, and he's my best model. The girls...well they just excel at looking cute, and sometimes standing still so I can capture that in a photo. :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Exactly Jan!!!! Sometimes it is just best to say, ok, this just isn't working. There is no need to carry on something where we are not making progress. Or it is even a good thing just to take a break at something you have been working toward if you find yourself at a stand still. Pick it back up in a couple months, and try again!

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  14. I loved that post over on My Rotten Dogs. I'll be writing a response this weekend. It's so nice to read when others share that they're not perfect, because I feel sometimes that I should be, because our dogs so aren't perfect. But I love them anyway.

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    1. I know, it can be a hard pill to swallow, and I also love when people share things like this. To me, it lets others know that hey, I am not perfect, my pets are not perfect, and that's OK!!!

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  15. Thanks for the mention and support.

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  16. Finally catching up. :) I post the good and the bad on my blog. Heck I have a blooper on it today. Especially with hunt test training, I try to be honest about strengths and weaknesses. Still, I think people do not realize how much time we put into it. I think that is the downside of just reading pet blogs or even some training manuals. They never really stress the time commitment involved.

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    1. I definitely agree. And it's not like I enjoy peoples stress, or hard times they have, it's just that it's nice to know, hey, our pets are not perfect, we do what we do, and love them anyways. So much hard work goes into training etc... but they are far from perfect, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! :)

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  17. as you know my gang isn't perfect, is there a perfect dog??? I love blooper shots and I take enough of them too.

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    1. I love blooper shots too, and I have my fair share!! LOL!

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