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I'm currently working with five horrible behaved poodles, two adults, and three 4.5 month old pups. I've noticed something a bit funny the past few days, and I was wondering if it was just a coincidence or not. Of the five dogs, I have my favorite. I know that's horrid to say, but it's true. Blaze is one of the female pups, and although I live with all five dogs, she's the one that's legally mine. So naturally, she gets a bit more TLC then the other dogs. She sits on my lap more, sleeps in my bed more often, things like that. But when it comes to training, I tend to work more with her sister, Angel. But over the past few days, I've noticed that of all the dogs, Blaze is the best behaved. She's the only one that doesn't try to jump on the couch if someone's eating, the first one to go lay down instead of begging, the best house trained of the pups, the only one that will sit on command when the other dogs are in the room, etc. I find this hilarious since I've probably worked with her the least of all the dogs, except one of the adults. Is it just a coincidence that she's better behaved? Or do you think it has something to do with the extra TLC she gets?
 

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I'm not a professional dog trainer, but I firmly believe (and have seen it in all my dogs throughout my life) that there's a direct relationship between amount of TLC and success in training. My husband calls it "loving them into submission." Give them enough love and they will WANT to do what you want them to.
 

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I've kinda noticed this in reverse - Wally's been wanting to get in my lap and lay near me or sleep under my legs on the floor instead of half way across the room (not that it's THAT far away from me) on his comfy bed.

This is not like him, he's usually not a cuddly dog but he's been coming to me "asking" to get in my lap whenever I sit in my "tv chair" instead of the computer chair (he can't get up there on his own).

So it seems the training has made him want to be near me - sort of the reverse of the situation above. So now, I wonder if the cycle will go back the other way, the TLC he requests, I give it to him a lot of times, and then will he get even better in his training and responsiveness?
 
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