The English-speaking woman has been unable to train her rescue greyhound because he simply doesn’t understand her accent – she has to use a fake one just to get him to respond to her
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Rescuing a dog is rewarding – especially when you know you’re changing their life for the better.
One new owner was frustrated when she had to rehome an ex-racing greyhound.
The English-speaking lady claims that her rescue dog can’t understand her accent which makes training difficult.
Admitting to putting on a fake Ozzy accent in front of her dog, she joked she can’t keep ‘living this lie’.
The woman spoke to Reddit and said that he doesn’t seem to understand her accent. For the first couple of days, he didn’t come to me when I called his number. But he would reply to my Australian friends when they called him.
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” The main problem I have is teaching him how to lie down. Although he may know the words and can understand them, he doesn’t seem to be able to comprehend me. I feel as though I have to start from scratch.
He isn’t hungry or hasn’t yet found the right food for him. Because I was raised beagles, it’s very confusing. The whole situation is stressing me because, despite him being the gentlest and most well-behaved dog that I have ever owned, many people fear him in public places, particularly children.
” It is very important for me to get this information as quickly as possible. “
She suspects her rescue dog is picking up on the stress she’s feeling and has taken to Reddit for advice.
She said: “I don’t want to give him a fake accent all my life.” I hope that doesn’t sound insane – some of my dogs will not respond to any commands from me if my accent is bad. ” While most people laughed at her situation, some suggested that she use hand signals to ease back into her natural accent. One user stated: “You’re not crazy but you seem to be too involved with accents. While I understand this could be a fun thing for your friend’s dog, it is not something you should get too involved with with your own dog. You can treat it like you just adopted a dog who was taught different commands than you are. I’ve heard good arguments to change your dog’s name.
” It’s not necessary to start from scratch, as the dog already knows what they want. “
Another user said: “There’s nothing wrong with starting at the beginning. Use hand signals to start, rather than verbal cues. Once he’s consistent, you can transfer them to a verbal cue. ” A third user shared a similar experience: “We’re native English speakers, and we bought our dog in Spain while living there.
” She still loves it when I speak Spanish to her at home, or on TV. It is hard to believe she can tell the difference. “
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