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by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Desensitizing a dog
Replies: 38
Views: 547

Re: Desensitizing a dog

:)) A very high percentage of my time in the past six months has been spent trying to figure out how to turn a fearful but sweet little lump into an actual dog. Earlier this week on a walk, my father said to me "Liberty's really turning into a dog now" so I think I've been fairly successfu...
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Starting Agility!
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Starting Agility!

God help me if I ever got mugged near an agility tunnel. Screw saving mom, Os would be running through that with his big ole bully smile.
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Desensitizing a dog
Replies: 38
Views: 547

Re: Desensitizing a dog

The first toy I used with Liberty was the Busy Buddy Twist-n-Treat . I like it for a lot of reasons, one is that it's the only toy I know of that you can adjust the difficulty very easily. Most others are sort of one set skill level but you can start this one super easy and gradually make it more ch...
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Clicker Training a carry...
Replies: 6
Views: 145

Re: Clicker Training a carry...

This might help, though it's for a retrieve: http://bmoredog.org/Clickretrieve.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Basically, you want to reward any tiny fraction of the end goal. So once the item is in their mouth, they have to hold it for one second before you click and treat. Then ...
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: Underground Fence: how well does it work with pitbulls?
Replies: 27
Views: 989

Re: Underground Fence: how well does it work with pitbulls?

I sure as heck wouldn't risk it. I don't trust them in general, since I've known plenty of non-bullies that have gone through the fence when the motivation was strong enough. Add to that a breed that people are looking for reasons to malign, and a breed that is known for generally high prey drive an...
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Liberty on the Homefront
Replies: 437
Views: 13511

Re: Liberty on the Homefront

Who's got two thumbs and is a proud momma? :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ME! As you (and the carpet in her room) know, I've been working on Separation Anxiety with Liberty. I have tried every protocol I have ever seen suggested, and a few I haven't. And it seemed like it was just going to keep being a probl...
by Amie
Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Desensitizing a dog
Replies: 38
Views: 547

Re: Desensitizing a dog

Did the trainer say what you should be desensitizing to? I can't speak highly enough of food dispensing toys - Liberty doesn't have a bowl at all, and never has under my care. Using various food dispensing toys (I have several and rotate them out so she doesn't get bored with them) she was able to l...
by Amie
Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Just as we were about to try agility tomorrow...
Replies: 13
Views: 1025

Re: Just as we were about to try agility tomorrow...

I didn't even think she'd probably lick at an ointment, but I'm sure her foot hurts A lot of "medical" ointments have olive oil (it's in neosporin, for example) and that smells and tastes good to them. Plus just having something there that doesn't belong may inspire her to lick. "hmm...
by Amie
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Just as we were about to try agility tomorrow...
Replies: 13
Views: 1025

Re: Just as we were about to try agility tomorrow...

Oh, poor thing.

Honestly, if she's not licking at them, I'd just keep them clean and not put anything on them. Any ointment you try will likely only get her to lick, and that would be worse.

Just keep them clean and keep us updated!
by Amie
Fri Nov 06, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Pup mouthing son and rebelling when corrected
Replies: 20
Views: 334

Re: Pup mouthing son and rebelling when corrected

In addition to what has been said above, try using "Be a tree" with your son. It's easy to remember and requires less effort on everyone's part - he just straightens up, puts his hands flat at his side and doesn't move - like he's imitating a tree.
by Amie
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Diet question
Replies: 9
Views: 775

Re: Diet question

:goodpost:

And you don't want to lose weight too fast, either. Try giving her 1 1/4 cup of food instead of 1 1/2 at each feeding.
by Amie
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:25 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cats susceptible to H1N1
Replies: 10
Views: 907

Re: Cats susceptible to H1N1

Is it odd that this is what just made up my mind to get the shot? I don't mind if I get it, but I won't risk passing it on to my cats.

Thanks for sharing that, MissKiwi!
by Amie
Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Going to be fostering a pregnet APBT Help!
Replies: 12
Views: 1043

Re: Going to be fostering a pregnet APBT Help!

Baltimore Humane Society is closer to her. I listed the number above.
by Amie
Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Starting Agility!
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Starting Agility!

I'd go for it now. There's a lot of foundation work you'll learn, getting both of you used to a course, and the kind of obedience she'll need, and it's certainly good exercise (for both of you) and stimulation. Just make sure she doesn't do any jumping or weaves until she's 12 - 18 months, maybe eve...
by Amie
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Starting Agility!
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Starting Agility!

Basically, I would suggest really familiarizing yourself with the rule differences, and being sure to practice them the way you're going to compete, even if it's different from what the teacher instructs (it shouldn't be an issue if you explain why you're ignoring her) Good luck! It's Oscar's favori...

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