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by jessanddoc
Fri Oct 23, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: RG but guarding crate, or while in crate
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: RG but guarding crate, or while in crate

I tried bullysticks for the first time last week and he got his, in his crate since all the dogs were separated, and he didnt chew it, just licked it and when I went out to check on him, I could tell he was gaurding it. My boyfriend went to open the crate and take it away and he growled/snapped/bar...
by jessanddoc
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Easywalk harness....
Replies: 21
Views: 605

Re: Easywalk harness....

We've had a very good experience with the Easy Walk harness as well. My Pittie is medically prohibited from walking on a flat collar (neck) because of back issues so this has been our harness of choice. He can wriggle out of it, though, so I purchased a leash coupler and cut off one half of it. Befo...
by jessanddoc
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Think to eat
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: Think to eat

This is great! What's it called and where did you purchase it?

Doc eats out of a Buster Cube but this would be great to break up the monotony.

Jessica & Doc
by jessanddoc
Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Scared of Strangers Touching Him
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Scared of Strangers Touching Him

You'll have to instruct people on the approach , if you are allowing that to happen, and you might need to be firm about it. No point in having someone reaching out for him or put their hands in his face, since it is not productive and does nothing to help the dog.Inappropriate exposure to stimuli ...
by jessanddoc
Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Scared of Strangers Touching Him
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Re: Scared of Strangers Touching Him

Thanks, guys. I will read up on targeting. Some people who meet Doc for the first time have no problem just standing up straight, putting their hand out for him to lick, and generally ignoring him. That makes for a perfect house guest because I don't have to gate Doc and listen to him whine. Other p...
by jessanddoc
Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:48 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Scared of Strangers Touching Him
Replies: 7
Views: 406

Scared of Strangers Touching Him

First I will start by saying I know this is not normal for a Pit Bull. I've had my Pit Mix (?) Doc, for 3 years. He is now almost 8. He actually loves people in theory - goes running right up with a wagging tail - but freezes and growls if strangers bend over him, pet him on the head, or prolong eye...
by jessanddoc
Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Hi Nickdawg, Sorry it took me a while to respond. Thanks for your comments! Doc is not terribly stoic like most Pit Bulls. When he's in pain, he is one to carry on. My comprimise with him the past two mornings has been a 10 minute a.m. walk and then an hour-long evening walk. This morning he was ver...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:53 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Hi Tiva, Doc is not currently in pain - otherwise I would never force a walk on him. He has, in the past, slipped two discs - both of which were surgically repaired. He also had both ACL's repaired. Believe me - I am hyper-sensitive to every little change in the way he moves. His back problems can l...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:06 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Well thank you!

Doc is a big stinker but the smile keeps me from holding it against him ;)
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:44 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Erin, right? Thank you! Your Doc is SO CUTE! That is certainly something to watch for. Since I know my Doc so well I tend to attribute this to a long-standing "tradition" of trying to exert control on walks but yes - he has many, many ortho issues and I appreciate the heads-up. I'd never h...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

I say that all the time, Amie. The amount of time I spend in a day waging intellectual warfare with Doc is almost comical. Good call on the stroller! I'm already the freak of the neighborhood tyring to get my dog to walk like a normal canine. Now I'll be the freak pushing the empty stroller and tryi...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:45 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Love the harness idea. I have a gentle leader easy walk harness that's been in "retrirement" for a few months. Maybe that will come out for the "I mean business" walks. Doc is a smart dog so in theory he will catch on. Sometimes I think its his intelligence that also makes him so...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:50 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Very interesting way of summing things up, Amie. I guess our walks are the third kind, by default, since I can't seem to get him to do #2. I like the suggestion of driving somewhere new and indulging him in #3 on occasion, by design. I just wonder how to get him to differentiate between type 2 and t...
by jessanddoc
Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Positive Training Ideas for Leashed Walks?

Hi, A quick re-intro as I don't post much here. My name is Jessica and I live in Chicago with my 7-year-old N/M rescue Pit Bull, Doc. Doc has been with me for 3 years and is the canine love of my life. I am at my wits end with a training scenario and am hoping for some suggestions. The long-and-shor...
by jessanddoc
Tue May 26, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cephalexin....ASAP
Replies: 71
Views: 6304

Oh THANK GOODNESS! I am so relieved for all of you. When Doc experienced his symptoms the first time around they suspected either disc disease or spinal stroke, which I believe is the same as what Sonny was diagnosed with, right? I remember researching it and heard a lot of success stories about dog...

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