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by sickmonkey
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: scardy dog and people selective.
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: scardy dog and people selective.

It sounds to me like she's just a shy, spooky dog. There's not a ton you can do except start small, go slow, and reward her a ton whenever she handles something well.

And be careful with people petting her. Make sure you don't put her in a situation where she feels she has to defend herself.
by sickmonkey
Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:52 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: anthropomorphism and its consequences
Replies: 1
Views: 418

anthropomorphism and its consequences

I'm having an internet argument with some people about exactly why it's a bad idea to anthropomorphize animals. I'm explaining it as being a matter of the cognitive limitations of animals, and how it's unhealthy to ascribe complex motivations to them, but I think they got the impression that I'm say...
by sickmonkey
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: 11 Month Pup Who Jumps Up and Bites
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: 11 Month Pup Who Jumps Up and Bites

Because he's a puppy, he enjoys it, and it's good exercise. If I were you I would look for some regular playmates he can hang out with in a controlled environment. At a dog park you have no idea what kind of dogs are going to be there, if they're going to be friendly, or if they might have some kin...
by sickmonkey
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Hind end awareness - I'm just not getting it
Replies: 10
Views: 595

Re: Hind end awareness - I'm just not getting it

You might teach her a cue for picking up her feet, almost like a horse. Once you have some control of her picking up and putting down her feet, you can teach her to target them to objects more easily. Additionally, you might start using a big sheet of paper or something as the target she's supposed ...
by sickmonkey
Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: good excitement vs bad excitement
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: good excitement vs bad excitement

The only difference between clicker training and regular training is that the clicker presents a 100% clear cue that the dog has done the right thing. We have way too much nuance in our praising and petting, so it can be difficult for a dog to pick up that he's done the right thing (and exactly what...
by sickmonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: dog on dog agression advice needed asap
Replies: 11
Views: 606

Re: dog on dog agression advice needed asap

I wouldn't use shock collars, butt-slaps, nose-flicks, or any kind of punishment tbh. Punishment isn't as effective as simply training the right behaviors and it can heighten an already excited/aggressive emotional state. If it were me I would find a different vet. Additionally, crating as punishmen...
by sickmonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: 60lb Foster Pup!
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: 60lb Foster Pup!

imo a no-pull leash, halter, or harness is no substitute for training a dog to walk on a loose leash There are a number of guides you can find online and some good tutorials on youtube. I would make sure to use positive reinforcement (don't go for any prongs, choke chains, yanking, shock collars, et...
by sickmonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Shy personality = hard to train
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Shy personality = hard to train

My dog is naturally very shy. She's easily frightened by new things and new people. If I'm too loud or surprise her somehow she will spook. She still gets uncomfortable easily, avoids eye contact if you bend over her, and she doesn't like to be held too close or picked up. And she wasn't even a resc...
by sickmonkey
Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Healthy treats
Replies: 9
Views: 4812

Re: Healthy treats

Completely forgot about this thread whups What are you training your cats to do? I'm...intrigued. Right now we're just starting with the basics of clicker training, so, targeting. I'm teaching her to touch her nose to a pen. When she figures that out and understands that click = good job = treat, it...
by sickmonkey
Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Healthy treats
Replies: 9
Views: 4812

Healthy treats

I've been working on clicker training with my dog and cat, and so far both of them have been pretty happy with tuna, but I can't exactly carry a can of tuna around in my pocket for opportunistic training. I want to buy some actual treats, but I've heard way too many horror stories about other treats...
by sickmonkey
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Question about a shelter dog
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: Question about a shelter dog

My shelter doesn't really give us a lot of options for working with the dogs. We aren't supposed to hang out in the kennels and we're only allowed to give them two treats max. When I have them out in the backyard, tho, I make sure not to get them riled up, and mostly just sit around while they explo...
by sickmonkey
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Question about a shelter dog
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Question about a shelter dog

Today I volunteered at the shelter, walked dogs la dee da, all was fine, until the last dog I took out. I'd had him out twice before (in the backyard, which was closed today) and he was a big sweetheart, but the minute I took him outside to walk he started jumping on me and grabbing me with his mout...
by sickmonkey
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: New dog and a few problems PLEASE HELP!
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: New dog and a few problems PLEASE HELP!

One thing that might help is getting your kids involved in the training process. Once you've got him reliably sitting and staying and so on, you can have them give him commands, and do things like provide distractions to practice a good stay, etc. That way he learns a) to listen to them and b) that ...
by sickmonkey
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: HYPER ISSUE
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: HYPER ISSUE

Sounds to me like she's just excited to see you. :dunno: My mom's dog does exactly the same thing when she gets home. Sleeps all day and then turns into a maniac when my mom knocks. lol If it's a problem, you could probably get your wife to wear her out a bit before you get home, so she doesn't have...
by sickmonkey
Thu May 17, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: How to tell if your dog is calm
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: How to tell if your dog is calm

An option for exercising him might be swimming. I think that's how a lot of injured people and animals get a workout when they're recovering. Not 100% sure on that, though, so you should find someone else to confirm it. xD As far as getting him to calm down, I'm no trainer, but you can try putting h...

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