Re: Dog training
I've always been surrounded by animals and grew up with many dogs, but I've never tried to teach them complicated tricks and actions. Just the basic stuff like not peeing in the house, not begging (too much) for food, not savaging my house guests. And I find the most important thing is to build a bond with your dog. If you spend enough time with him/her, you'll get to know her moods and signs of iminent catastrophe and she will get to know your tone of voice very well. Eventually your tone of voice will be enough to discourage her from doing what she shouldn't as well as knowing when you're happy with her. And I think it's far more important that she gets to know your "happy" voice, as this will make her trust you completely. Bottom line - get to know her well and get her to know you well. It's the most rewarding thing in the world.