Mike's Memorial Ask a Trainer Thread

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by G20man32904, Sep 10, 2004.


  1. ya, but he has no ball drive what so ever....no fetch , nothing...
     

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  2. G20man32904

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    Then find some other way of exercising him. Swimming, treadmill, etc.
     

  3. I have several problems, and there is alot of info here to read. So I'll go ahead and ask the question that has stumped everyone else.

    My puppy is between 1-2 years old and he nurses on blankets pillows, his stuffed animals, ect. I correct his behavor with a sharp HEY, but even after the last year he still does it. How do I stop him from nursing.

    Next, he is very energetic and I would like to get him tired by playing frisbee. However he will have nothing to do with anything that flys through the air unless it's one of his stuffed animals. Even with his stuffed animals, it must be laying on the ground before he'll get it. I got him a frisbee that looks like a chicken (head, legs and wings) it has a soft mushy skin, it should be purfect. I have fed him in it for a week, stored hotdogs on it, rubbed his soft treates all over it and he will have nothing at all to do with it. How do I get him to catch a frisbe or even chase after a soccer ball?

    I am going to try an electric collar for his lack of attention outside. Is it just a quick jolt and repeat my command, or do I shock him first for the first few days and then give the command? For the most part in the house, he will listen right off. When he gets really excited though that's a different story, I give a command, he ignores me, I scold and then he follows through.

    Thanks,

    PS, we have been through Basic and advanced obedience. He's changed alot sence the pound.
     
  4. I am happy with our petsmart training, but he still has problems with distractions. It's mostly when is off leash though. On leash, he will listen pretty good.
     
  5. G20man32904

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    Hey Re,

    Let me try these in order.

    Ok, first up the nursing, what breed and at what age did you get him?
    Regardless, nursing shows that he is not confident about who he is and where he stands in the pack. If he was taken from his mom at too early of an age, this will attribute to nursing behavior. Give him ONE blanket that is his and only his and let him nurse on it all he wants. It will help him build confidence.

    Ball playing and Frisbee;
    Again breed has a lot to do with it, some dogs will chase a ball till your arm falls off, others, could care less. It’s called low ball drive. You can google that term and find lots of good info. If he won’t chase anything, get him a 30-50 foot long lead and let him explore and be a dog like that.


    On the E collar, first off I am a fan of them and have used them on my own dogs. But, judging from what you have told me so far, I would say your dog is not a candidate for an e-collar at this time. If I was your trainer, I would build the dogs confidence up first, then go on to off lead stuff. If you go with an E collar now you could do irreparable damage to his psyche. However it is your dog and your choice.

    This tells me you have much more work to do ON LEASH, before worrying about off leash. You should never HAVE to scold, he should listen to you even if it’s just above a whisper.

    PetSmart is a good start, but it is entry level stuff. Find a GOOD trainer in your area, and have him come to the house. You will learn 3-4 times what you learned in Petsmart.

    Good Luck and let me know how it goes.
     
  6. He's got a lot of Rott, and a fluffy tail like a shepherd. I got him from the pound last year and they thought he was 3 yo. I have talked to several vets, and think he's under 2. He's deffinately a young dog.
     
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    Ok, best bet then, is to get some help from a pro in your area to rebuild him.
     
  8. He has come a long way. When we play tug, I let him win alot, I give him different commands and he resonds instantly. The nursing has been curved heavily and he seems pretty self assured. I have him barking when people are outside, and he thinks he's pretty bad at times. Although, he clearly understands this is my home.

    Any susgestions I can work on to make him more secure in his role? Or for making him more protective?
     
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    Start here
     
  10. is there any significance to my GSD laying down while he s eating??
     
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    Yes, he is uncomfortable eating while standing.
    Try one of these.

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  12. ok , we talked earlier bout ball drive, how do you teach it??
     
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    You can start here
     
  14. Blinky

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    Do you want a guard dog or a family pet?

    If you're EXTREMELY serious about your commitment to your dog seek out a Schutzhund club in your area and talk to them. They will give you an idea if you and your dog are right for that kind of training. Just remember, Schutzhund is a lifetime commitment for you and your dog. It is only for the most dedicated owners. If they feel that you or your dog aren't fit for it, don't take it the wrong way either. I may just mean that you may have a bit more work to do. If that is the case, they should also be able to recommend some trainers in your area to see first. After that then you can pursue Schutzhund training.

    Also, I would ditch the games of tug and all "rough housing" in general. It is doing more to send your dog mixes messages about who is the pack leader then you might think. Making your dog feel "in control" does nothing to help their confidence. Mostly it will frustrate your dog because one minute has has the power and then you try to take power away from him. This becomes a constant struggle and will lead to more and more behavior issues. The best way to ensure that you dog has good "self-esteem" is to take the role of calm/assertive pack leader 24/7. Your dog will feel more at ease when they know they can count on you to lead.
     
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  16. ok question, i started recently buying my dog some bones, the ones that you can chew on for days, BIG ones... anyways i caugt him trying to bury it, he will chew on it for a day or so, thne try to bury it, any reason why, is it bad habit??...
     
  17. Blinky

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    It's not a "bad habit" necessarily . He's basically going back to his "wolf roots". In the wild when a wolf will get a kill it's not uncommon for them to hide what they can't finish. They do this to make sure that any other animals won't get to their food. It's really up to you if this is a bad habit or not. If it is, the easiest ways to deal with it are A. buy smaller bones that he can chew in one sitting or B. only let him chew on the bone inside. Their may be a few more options but I gotta run! take care!
     
  18. ok blinky i appreciate your time, well i just dont want them to go to waste, so he will eat them eventualy??
     
  19. Blinky

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    yeah, he should.
     
  20. G20man32904

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    Sup
    If you have a question for Blinky, do us a favor and pm it to him.
    I'm just trying to keep this thread on track cause there is lots of good info in here.

    Thanks
    Mike

    btw,
    There are no stupid questions. :supergrin: Ask whatever.
     

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