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by aliwishus
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: Heated beds?
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll give some thought to which one will work for my pit "ball"!
by aliwishus
Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: Heated beds?
Replies: 3
Views: 348

Heated beds?

Hi everyone,

Anyone have a heated bed for their cold-hating bullie? I bought one but it was very stiff foam and I don't think Kazu would lie on it.

I searched for posts on this but didn't find anything.

Your thoughts much appreciated!

-ali
by aliwishus
Thu Jun 07, 2007 1:49 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: pit bulls have hard heads - like a rock
Replies: 50
Views: 5707

Oooh, good thread! Kazu has: - during a zoomie, busted the corner where two walls meet (he bent the metal part holding the sheetrock together, broke through the sheet rock) - taken me out (twice) with his long line (long line catches around foot, I try to get out of the way, fail, and end up horizon...
by aliwishus
Wed May 02, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: how does everyone feel about prong collars
Replies: 56
Views: 4394

Julie K wrote: Are you using the small link or the medium? The small links. I'll try with the looser first. Hellopitty wrote: I have two issues with the use of these methods: The first is that a good training relationship is based on trust, and harmful methods (whether used properly or not, they sti...
by aliwishus
Tue May 01, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: how does everyone feel about prong collars
Replies: 56
Views: 4394

sizing question

Is it better to have a prong that is too small (can hardly fit my finger under) or a little too big? If I add one link, it gets so it's super easy to fit a finger under the collar. If I don't add one link, it is tight and digging in a little bit. So I would think it is better to be a little too loos...
by aliwishus
Tue May 01, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: Has anyone else tried DAP?
Replies: 3
Views: 285

DAP had little or no effect on Kazu, but he did not have major SA, it was more an alone-time training issue for us.

-ali
by aliwishus
Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:12 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Clicker Training?
Replies: 9
Views: 718

I'll tell you my experience with clicker training. I used it for a few years (foster dogs and walking with shelter dogs) and for a few months with my own dog. It definitely works, but I found it was hard to get duration on behaviors and I got a lot of "throwing" of behaviors (the dog going...
by aliwishus
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:48 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Piper = nutjob
Replies: 13
Views: 1051

two lunkers!

So funny! roflmao

Here's a thought: two lunkers! Get her another and see what her brain makes of that! 40 minutes of zooming and a cranky Annika!

I've used two of Kazu's favorite toy to teach him drop-it, it might work for you too.

-ali
by aliwishus
Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:27 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Bridge and Target
Replies: 513
Views: 52557

body parts = easy, objects = hard

Kazu and I have been making progress on B&T. He's learned his nose, chin, left paw, right paw, and of course the general target. He's also beginning to learn conditioned relaxation (practiced when we play tug). It's been much harder teaching him object names. He seems too focused on 'doing' some...
by aliwishus
Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:15 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: how does everyone feel about prong collars
Replies: 56
Views: 4394

I agree that this is an interesting topic! I think mental fragility is a topic worth considering. I have heard about how prongs can exacerbate or even cause aggression (I found this story on a dog training studio's site: http://www.seattledogs.com/faqs.htm#prong). This type of reaction is usually fr...
by aliwishus
Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Question on "out"
Replies: 1
Views: 368

Question on "out"

I've been trying to use the two toy method to teach Kazu "drop it." (our word for "out"). This has been going allright, most of the time he immediatly drops one toy for me to throw the other. The problem is, about 20% of the time, (usually later in the session) he'd rather lay do...
by aliwishus
Sun Mar 25, 2007 10:23 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Bridge and Target
Replies: 513
Views: 52557

cool!

Julie, that's neat! :eek: I wish I could see all of this in person (the video was cool, but it's never like real life). A few questions, if you don't mind. :) She is asked if she minds if he gets closer, and we are now three squares away. How do you ask her? Meaning, what do you say? Finally, with a...
by aliwishus
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:54 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Bridge and Target
Replies: 513
Views: 52557

IamaDick, Thank you, very helpful! Massage the neck while your at home watching tv, when you start to feel your dog relax and the muscles losen, start bridging. Are you intermediate bridging, or just one regular bridge? I know the relaxation process can be a gradual, long one - are you occasionally ...
by aliwishus
Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Bridge and Target
Replies: 513
Views: 52557

Q-tips, watches, socks . . .

04100824, that is funny! Every object I present to Kazu, it's like "oh, I should mouth and play with this too?" I've done a sock, my watch, a ball (which is understandable). I'm not sure he's understanding the naming concept - I think he's focused on the behavior, and the good fun of playi...
by aliwishus
Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:34 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Bridge and Target
Replies: 513
Views: 52557

me too!

Annika, I'm having the same issue. I started Kazu on this whole thing last night (had been using a clicker), and he wanted to play with my hand too. It got a bit better as I did it around the house at random times (he was just sniffing my hand, not playing with it). If I train for a while, he starts...

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