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Old 12-18-2006, 16:32   #226
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hey i hear you and the dog whisperer (i like that show) talk about about negative and positive energy? can you explain that to me? are we talking about tone in voice? or something else
Positive and negative energy is what you are feeling when you pick up the leash. If it's been a long day at the office and you come home to the wife screaming at you for something or another, you are not going to be in a very good mood. Whatever you feel, think, travels directly down the leash into the dog. So if you are not confident, then neither will the dog. So hold your head up high, always have a direction of travel and a destination and KNOW you will get there.

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Old 12-19-2006, 06:23   #227
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Um a Maltese goes thru the "teenages" stage from 8months till maybe 14-15 months. So you have plenty of time, and the chewing stage should be about over for you.
I certainly hope so. It actually seems like it just started. I mean, he has always chewed on his toys, bones, etc. but all of a sudden in the past month he has started chewing stuff that he shouldn't. Hopefully you are right and he will stop soon!
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Old 12-22-2006, 22:27   #228
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thanks for this thread, been learning alot.

anyways have a 2ish year old pointer? mix from the local pound.he seems to be a very smart dog, but is very energetic and it seems somewhat stubborn, or more like he pretends not to listen to me.

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he has 2 main problems I would like to fix
1. he does not always come when called, he will look at me, i am positive he understand then he will run off, and around the neighborhood we will go. Sometimes he'll give up, othertimes i 'll go in and let him come home.

should i do the 30-50 foot leash method described earlier?

2. we keep him in a crate when we are not home, and he will scratch at the floor, and bark incessintantly. you described correcting him, and staring him down but a can was mentioned and i do not know what that was for? He also has the same problem when in the car ( when we first got him he pooped all over my car) will this be remedied along with leaving home?

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Old 12-23-2006, 11:11   #229
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thanks for this thread, been learning alot.

anyways have a 2ish year old pointer? mix from the local pound.he seems to be a very smart dog, but is very energetic and it seems somewhat stubborn, or more like he pretends not to listen to me.

guess i have to post a pic:
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he has 2 main problems I would like to fix
1. he does not always come when called, he will look at me, i am positive he understand then he will run off, and around the neighborhood we will go. Sometimes he'll give up, othertimes i 'll go in and let him come home.

should i do the 30-50 foot leash method described earlier?

2. we keep him in a crate when we are not home, and he will scratch at the floor, and bark incessintantly. you described correcting him, and staring him down but a can was mentioned and i do not know what that was for? He also has the same problem when in the car ( when we first got him he pooped all over my car) will this be remedied along with leaving home?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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#1 is on the money, do not let him out without being on leash for the next couple of weeks. Also, use treats to make him come to you. It MUST be a positive experience for him to come back to you.
In other words, don't call him to you for something he did "wrong".

#2 The can is nothing more that a noise maker. I like to use Fosters oil can beers (+ its a good excuse to have a beer ). Rinse can thoroughly, put about 15-20 pennies in it and tape the top shut, when he gets to barking, whinning, or protesting in any way, use it like a hand grenade. If he keeps barking, do it again, and again until you win.
DO NOT EVER LET HIM OUT OF THE CAGE WHILE HE IS PROTESTING!
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Old 12-23-2006, 21:55   #230
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Hey Mike,
I just wanted to give you a quick update on Princess' progress. She's doing very well I can't claim she has stopped biting, but it's definitely slowing. She's learning not to bite me. She just licks, which is fine by me. My boyfriend hasn't gotten the tongue technique, so she still goes after him.

I have also taught her the command "gentle" for when taking treats. She's been very snappy about taking her treats, which as you can imagine can be painful when she misses. Today I was able to tell her "gentle" without holding her, and she did it for me! She's stubborn, but smart. Just gotta be more stubborn than her.

Thanks again for all your help. I'll be contributing to the fund-raiser tonight
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thanks for the help, i'll update after a few weeks
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Old 12-26-2006, 06:19   #232
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Is there a book on standardized commands? We will be getting a puppy in about 8 months and I want to read up and get familiar with the correct terms. The breed will most likely be a Springer Spaniel or similar.

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PS I have ordered the book on housebreaking you recomended on the first couple pages.
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at what point do you stop tying the dog to your waste and let him roam free in the house while your home?
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Old 12-26-2006, 16:05   #234
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Is there a book on standardized commands? We will be getting a puppy in about 8 months and I want to read up and get familiar with the correct terms. The breed will most likely be a Springer Spaniel or similar.

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PS I have ordered the book on housebreaking you recomended on the first couple pages.
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I am familiar with 2 authors. The Monks of New Skete, and Matthew Margolis. Read up on both and you will know what I know.

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at what point do you stop tying the dog to your waste and let him roam free in the house while your home?
When you forget she is there AND you would trust her on a $20K rug.

Seriously, she will let you know when she gets it. Usually around 4-5months old.
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Old 12-27-2006, 10:52   #236
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I have been lurking in this thread and read so many tidbits, I'm sure I've already forgotten 1/2 of what I've read, but I know where to do some research in the morning

My brother recent got a sheeba Inu pup, Maximus at 8 weeks old, and we've now had him about 8 weeks. He's quite happy in his crate and the bitter apple trick makes him forget about biting peoples hands pretty quickly. Every once in awhile he'll try that game again, but I'll go get that bottle in the other room, spritz my hands to come back and play and SUPRISE.. right after the bite I hold down for 10-15 seconds and he goes, sneezes about 20 times, drinks some water and stops biting.

However were having a few other problems with Max, when my brother or myself go for walks with him, he'll want to stop and smell the roses, trees, bushes, etc. I read about letting him do his thing, so I'll let him check stuff out on the leash around the house and once its time to go, I firmly drag him along till he's walking.

My few concerns are socializing him and his occasionally berserk behaviour. When we come across new dogs, or strangers, I'll reign him in and give him only about a foot of leash between my hand and his collar. When he can meet someone/somthing on his own he's always very friendly, just doing a nose to nose sniff with a dog or sniffing someones shoes if its a stranger. My parents walked him the other day and mom picked him up when some strangers came by and he didn't like it at all. What would you suggest for a small-medium sized dog tyhats not agrresive?

My second concern at this point is maybe 15-20 minutes into a walk, Max will start acting up. If I'm running with my bro he'll just start stopping in the middle of the sidewalk in front of someone, forcing you to stop or kick him or step on him. If your walking he'll just belly down in the grass.. or start to gnash the grass with his teeth and run in little circles, typing himself up in the leash.

If you straighten out his harness/leash and start walking again, he'll start jumping up on your legs, or jump and try and bite your pants/knees, or sometimes he'll just start running underneath you, like hes trying to trip you up. When he starts biting though, he's a little more aggressive, he'll go back to biting your hand, or chewing your shoe/foot. I'll shorten his leash and he'll be good for a minute, then go back and dive for my knees or my brothers. 'NO!' doesnt have any affect on him and an alpha rollover on his back works and he'll look away and slink off a foot or two, but then dive right back. I'm at a loss as to what to do.. With the biting mid walk or when hes tearing around the grass, or even just at a dead run he stops and bellies down. It doesnt seem to be in response to anything around us or other dogs, we can be in the middle of an open park/field by ourself and he'll do the same things.
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I have been lurking in this thread and read so many tidbits, I'm sure I've already forgotten 1/2 of what I've read, but I know where to do some research in the morning

My brother recent got a sheeba Inu pup, Maximus at 8 weeks old, and we've now had him about 8 weeks. He's quite happy in his crate and the bitter apple trick makes him forget about biting peoples hands pretty quickly. Every once in awhile he'll try that game again, but I'll go get that bottle in the other room, spritz my hands to come back and play and SUPRISE.. right after the bite I hold down for 10-15 seconds and he goes, sneezes about 20 times, drinks some water and stops biting.

However were having a few other problems with Max, when my brother or myself go for walks with him, he'll want to stop and smell the roses, trees, bushes, etc. I read about letting him do his thing, so I'll let him check stuff out on the leash around the house and once its time to go, I firmly drag him along till he's walking.

Ok, who is the alpha here, you or him? You make all the decisions here. Depending on the length of the walk he could just be tired.

My few concerns are socializing him and his occasionally berserk behaviour. When we come across new dogs, or strangers, I'll reign him in and give him only about a foot of leash between my hand and his collar. When he can meet someone/somthing on his own he's always very friendly, just doing a nose to nose sniff with a dog or sniffing someones shoes if its a stranger. My parents walked him the other day and mom picked him up when some strangers came by and he didn't like it at all. What would you suggest for a small-medium sized dog tyhats not agrresive?
Ok, I'm confused, when you meet another dog why do you reign him in? If you are relaxed, then he will be also. Tell Mom also, to NEVER pick him up unless its an off leash dog that means them both harm. In which case I hope you CCW.




My second concern at this point is maybe 15-20 minutes into a walk, Max will start acting up. If I'm running with my bro he'll just start stopping in the middle of the sidewalk in front of someone, forcing you to stop or kick him or step on him. If your walking he'll just belly down in the grass.. or start to gnash the grass with his teeth and run in little circles, typing himself up in the leash.

Sounds like he coud be tired, at 4months old, he could be.


If you straighten out his harness/leash and start walking again, he'll start jumping up on your legs, or jump and try and bite your pants/knees, or sometimes he'll just start running underneath you, like hes trying to trip you up. When he starts biting though, he's a little more aggressive, he'll go back to biting your hand, or chewing your shoe/foot. I'll shorten his leash and he'll be good for a minute, then go back and dive for my knees or my brothers. 'NO!' doesnt have any affect on him and an alpha rollover on his back works and he'll look away and slink off a foot or two, but then dive right back. I'm at a loss as to what to do.. With the biting mid walk or when hes tearing around the grass, or even just at a dead run he stops and bellies down. It doesnt seem to be in response to anything around us or other dogs, we can be in the middle of an open park/field by ourself and he'll do the same things.
Take the bitter stuff with you on your walks, when he starts acting a fool, spray him directly in the mouth.
Also, if you can find the above books I listed, those will help you learn to read your dog.
Good Luck and let me know how it goes.
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Old 12-27-2006, 13:06   #238
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Thanks for the suggestions. Everything makes sense and will be passed on except for the CCW part We live in the land of igloos and maple syrup to the north where we are not expected to need to defend ourselves
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to G20man32904 how to i make my boy aggressive, if im out in front yard and somebody comes to me, i want him to bark, n be aggressive until i tell him not to..i want to send him to some strict raining any ideas??



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Follow the link and talk with the trainers near you.
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Ok G20 I got one for you. My 9weeks old GSD is beginning to turn into a huge whine box when she is leashed around the house. She doesnt do it when we walk her of stuff like that, but if we are in the house with her tied to us and she wants to go somewhere she whines like crazy. Is there some sort of correction i need to do with every whine or do i cut her slack because she is still kinda young?

ALso when we go for walks on our city sidewalks she does great unless a car drives by, then she freezes for a few seconds. Any suggestions?
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Ok G20 I got one for you. My 9weeks old GSD is beginning to turn into a huge whine box when she is leashed around the house. She doesnt do it when we walk her of stuff like that, but if we are in the house with her tied to us and she wants to go somewhere she whines like crazy. Is there some sort of correction i need to do with every whine or do i cut her slack because she is still kinda young?

ALso when we go for walks on our city sidewalks she does great unless a car drives by, then she freezes for a few seconds. Any suggestions?
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You are the Alpha, if you give in to her, she wins, so there for SHE must be the Alpha. Tell her NO and use a water pistol, can, whatever, till you win.

She needs more exposure to moving vehicles while practicing easy commands and getting treats. All you are really doing is re-directing her train of thought.
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squirt gun is working great thanks. Just a update. At 9 weeks old she can sit, down, roll over, go to bed (crate), and bark on command. We are working on stay, but i know she will get it. Thanks for encouraging me to train her myself...its rewarding and fun. I know that the basic obedience stuff will come in handy big time, when she gets big. Her dad was 140lbs ...i know she wont get that big because I am watching her diet more than those people did, but regardless, she will be big. thanks a lot
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hey G20 got a question. when i walk my GSD he walks with his ears down, and likes to walk fast, not run but a fast paced walk, should i go with a fast paced walk, or should it be slower, and should he be on the right side of me next to me?..
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Hey G20. What the heck is "Heel". I mean what is the behavior you are looking for with heel. Im a little confused. Is it the same as sit? How do you teach heel?
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hey G20 got a question. when i walk my GSD he walks with his ears down, and likes to walk fast, not run but a fast paced walk, should i go with a fast paced walk, or should it be slower, and should he be on the right side of me next to me?..
I'm obviously not G20 but I can offer an answer for you. Walk at the pace you feel comfortable with, remember you need to dictate what is going on. You are the pack leader. When I walk, I like to switch it up, slow walk to fast walk back to slow to run etc. That is also good for teaching to dog that he needs to pay attention to you and not what is going on. When you transition don't announce it, just go the dog will follow and if he doesn't a quick leash correction will fix that. On a normal walk the dog should be next to you or just slightly behind you never in front of you, again you are the leader, not him. There should be just enough slack on the leash to let the dog walk comfortably next to you. Too much and the dog will try and lead and a quick correction becomes difficult.

The only time I will let a dog out in front of me is if he is pulling me on roller blades. This is different because you are giving the dog a job and that is all he is concentrating on. Off leash time or letting the dog stop and smell the roses should only be used as a reward. A proper walk is a tool for strengthening the Leader/follower relationship and more importantly burning off excess energy. If the dog is running around on his own sniffing what ever he wants all the time A. he is the leader and you have become the follower and B. It will take longer to burn off the energy because the dog isn't concentrating on just walking/running.

When you say his ears are down, that could mean a few things. Where is is tail? Look here to see what I mean. http://www.pawsacrossamerica.com/interpret.html. Either way during the walk he should have his head up and ears up looking straight forward. Keep the collar high on the neck, like you see with show dogs.


Another thing I will add is that you dictate the tone of walk before you step outside. Fist off make sure the dog come to you to put the leash on. But make sure he is calm while doing so, if he runs over and jumps on you that is a sign of dominance and should be corrected right there. Don't let the dog lead you out of the house, again who is the leader and who is the follower? I make my dog sit at the door. I will open it and and start walking. Again, don't announce what you're doing, just go. The dog will get the point that he needs to give you 100% attention.
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Hey G20. What the heck is "Heel". I mean what is the behavior you are looking for with heel. Im a little confused. Is it the same as sit? How do you teach heel?
Again, not G20 but I can help. The heel command is used while walking your dog. Read my other post about the positioning of your dog while you are walking. You want the dog to by or behind the heel of your foot. I personally never really use the heel command while walking since normally just a quick correction will do the job. But, try this, Go into the back yard and have the dog sit next to you. Once the dog is sitting take a few steps forward while saying "heel"(use the same tone of voice you use for al the other commands). IF the dog lags behind give him a quick tug, he will get the point. If the dog tries to rush out in front of you give him a correction with a loud "no" and do a 180 and start walking the other way(don't stop walking!). Start out slowly and with short distances. When you are ready to stop just slow down and come to a stop, again the dog will get the point if he doesn't a quick correction with a "no" will get the job done. If you want him to sit when you stop just start doing that command when you get him to stop next to you. Keep it up and he will become trained to sit every time you stop without the command. Most important is to make it fun! Don't forget the treats and praise! Just remember he has to work for them.
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Hey man, if you want to add anything to what I said feel free. This is your thread man, I'm just trying to help and say what has worked for me. I won't take offence if you want to offer another solution.
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thanks blinky, yah when he see's that leash he goes crazy, i work 12 hr days , so its hard for me to spend time with him, but he likes to go out n sniff everything..when i open the gate from my backyard to the front he darts out for the street to go everywhere...
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