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by mrpps
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: What commands does your dog know?
Replies: 47
Views: 983

Fletcher knows come, sit, down, stay, out, no bite, ouch, easy, slow, back, catch, go, off, get it, roll, up, inhechair, where's Scuby? (to point to snacks), get in, boom (point your finger at him and say boom, he drops on the floor and rolls on his back....for snacks only), no (used sparingly, but ...
by mrpps
Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:53 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: 2 of my dogs, males, both hate each other now. HELP PLEASE
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Nuff said. Doggy playtime is over.... if you want to keep em in one piece.
by mrpps
Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Good dog.
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Good dog.

A lot of people (about 35) came to my house last night. At the end of our meeting some people wanted to "see the dog". Lots of kids in the house. Lots of adults that don't understand canine behavior very well and what could happen if you take too many liberties with the wrong dog. Anyway, ...
by mrpps
Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Growling with lip curled
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Dogs should be taught to control their bite as puppies. The words "easy or ouch" when teaching them to mouth gently, "out" to release, and "no bite" to train them to keep their mouths to themselves all should be taught from a young age. You won't get spectacular results...
by mrpps
Fri Oct 31, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Treat Training, and who does it?
Replies: 48
Views: 1283

I don't use treats for basic obedience training, but for a plethora of other things I do. Dogs developing behavioral issues many times benefit from treat training whether for diversion or positive reinforcement.

And for training dogs to do "tricks", it's the only way to go:)
by mrpps
Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Need some opinions
Replies: 8
Views: 294

He is acting "normal" and it's not likely you're going to change the way he is. He is territorial and is responding by virtue of his age, size, nature, etc. Fletcher knocks our other dogs around like rag dolls, pushes them out of the way, steps on them.....all while wagging his tail. He's ...
by mrpps
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Counter Surfing
Replies: 11
Views: 537

You answered your own question, I'm afraid. What's reinforcing about counter surfing? Getting the stuff that's up there! Either move the items on the counter, or block the dog's access to the counter. Yep. I've caught my dogs in the act so many times and have responded so many ways, they know bette...
by mrpps
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Dog fight at the park yesterday :(
Replies: 88
Views: 3740

There is actually a simple equation that is easy to remember: Dog parks = dog fights. ALL kinds of dogs. Dalmations, Labs, Collies, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Schnauzers, Chitzus, Pitbulls, Boxers......... But it's the Pitbull that will stand out. Memorize the equation. Practice it. Keep your do...
by mrpps
Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:10 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Behaviorists and trainers -- quacks?
Replies: 57
Views: 2652

Whew! It's gotten hot in here. Getting past the blast furnace of passionate conflict, there is some great discussion here, primarily on the fact that training for one path of accomplishment doesn't necessarily solve problems or may even exacerbate unresolved issues in another area. Training Fido to ...
by mrpps
Mon Sep 15, 2008 3:25 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: She finally did it...I don't know what to do.
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Normal rules if it is possible for the dog. I go by the dog's general appearance and attitude. If the dog appears ok and calms down quickly, you should go on about your business. If she appears skittish or nervous and doesn't seem to be able to settle down, a little time out is in order. Back to nor...
by mrpps
Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: She finally did it...I don't know what to do.
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Your dog was on leash the other one wasn't. As to her inattention to you, that was not ignoring you. It was intense, unshakable focus on that critter running at her. Your dog responded the way most would under those circumstances. There are a lot of people on this forum that would give their right e...
by mrpps
Sat Sep 06, 2008 3:00 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: I don't get it...
Replies: 13
Views: 446

From what you have described, I'm betting that the toddler did something that hurt your dog. I've known dogs that were great in all situations until somebody did something that really smarted. Then they would snap or bite immediately at the source of the pain. I had a Doberman that was friendly with...
by mrpps
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Our Dogs as Protection
Replies: 29
Views: 1146

They don't have to be human aggressive, but they do have to be willing to bite a human. True. They have to obey what they are trained and commanded to do. But it does not necessarily change the basic good nature of many dogs. I have known precision trained police dogs that I could pet, play with, w...
by mrpps
Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Limp Tail Condition - New to Me
Replies: 8
Views: 572

I'll go with happy tail next time I tell somebody about it. :)
by mrpps
Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Limp Tail Condition - New to Me
Replies: 8
Views: 572

It's pretty disconcerting when your dog that has an insanely wagging tail all the time, all of a sudden can't wag it.

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