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by tiva
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...
Replies: 26
Views: 397

Re: Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...

Certainly plush dogs are good to have to teach and practice target behaviors but what one get in those situation can be very different from what happens with a real dog being present. They don't substitute for real dogs, but they've been enormously useful for us as a step in shaping enough calmness...
by tiva
Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: I feel like I've won the lottery!
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: I feel like I've won the lottery!

Yahh! Great work! :peace:
by tiva
Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:13 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...
Replies: 26
Views: 397

Re: Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...

We use a similar technique with dogs that have a really low threshold and can't yet handle a live dog in the distance. Yes! That would be Vanya! After a week of daily work around Plushy, Vanya was able to be much, much, much calmer yesterday when we encountered several actual live dogs (I was able ...
by tiva
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...
Replies: 26
Views: 397

Using a Stuffed Dog to teach greetings...

Jazzy asked if it's possible to use a stuffed dog to teaching a dog more appropriate greeting behavior. In Click to Calm, Emma Parsons suggests that those of us with reactive dogs can shape better greetings in our dogs, starting by teaching our dog to do a quick nose-target to the new dog and then r...
by tiva
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:11 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Suddenly DA/HA ?
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Suddenly DA/HA ?

Hi Jazzy,
I'll start a new thread so we don't completely thread-jack the OP's original question. Sorry, OP!
by tiva
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Low Protein food & Good 4 Skin?
Replies: 6
Views: 733

Re: Low Protein food & Good 4 Skin?

This website has good, but perhaps slightly confusing, information on healthy diets for dogs with kidney disease: http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html#non-prescription" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Of course, it's good to check with your vet as well. Ask her what level of protein, an...
by tiva
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:51 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: My drama queen
Replies: 21
Views: 367

Re: My drama queen

Ok, here's truly pathetic. When it became clear that one woman, one husband, and two pits weren't comfy on the queen, what did we do? Ahem. One pit and one husband both snore, so you all can guess what's coming. Let's just say that, at a certain age, a second bedroom is a lovely thing. I get the pit...
by tiva
Wed Feb 17, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Suddenly DA/HA ?
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Suddenly DA/HA ?

Jazzy, You could get Veronica some Melissa & Doug plush dogs for playmates. They don't mind bully play styles at all. Vanya has the sweet little King Cavalier spaniel coming tomorrow. He sure adores his Miss Plushy the Husky bitch. Yes, it may be pathetic, but friends are friends, even if they'r...
by tiva
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Off leash dogs and Mya
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Off leash dogs and Mya

I have a similar situation with a lake, a neighbor between us and the lake who has 2 big elkhounds that love to rush people walking their dogs , and no leash laws or AC. Luckily for me, the neighbor is essentially a good guy, even if he is very reactive about people criticizing his dogs. I asked him...
by tiva
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Whining, crying problem
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: Whining, crying problem

Shape quiet behavior. Start in a place where the trigger for his whining is far away, far enough so he notices it but can stay reasonably calm. Pick a simple marker word such as good! or yes!, or better yet, use a clicker. The marker will let you capture the exact moment he'd doing what you want him...
by tiva
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Off leash dogs and Mya
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Off leash dogs and Mya

If they're your neighbors and they're not going to change, you have a few options: -call animal control -walk in a different direction -carry sprayshield -or, if the dog is basically friendly and just being a bit territorial, do some counterconditioning to get him to chill a little when you go by. P...
by tiva
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Suddenly DA/HA ?
Replies: 14
Views: 342

Re: Suddenly DA/HA ?

As the others said, it's perfectly normal for dog-tolerance levels to decrease as a dog mature, and then tend to stabilize at about 3 years old. A bad experience can decrease an adult's tolerance levels, and counter-conditioning can increase a dog's tolerance of other dogs. But with a mature dog, if...
by tiva
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Vanya, Leash Reactivity, consult w/ Sarah Kaljnais, Blue Dog
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Vanya, Leash Reactivity, consult w/ Sarah Kaljnais, Blue Dog

I've come to the conclusion that if the dog has conflicting emotions, as I think dogs often do, then probably the salmon is the most certain reward (if the dog is sufficiently under threshold to take it). Luckily for us, Vanya is extremely food-motivated, and he can almost always take soft food, ev...
by tiva
Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Vanya, Leash Reactivity, consult w/ Sarah Kaljnais, Blue Dog
Replies: 12
Views: 250

Re: Vanya, Leash Reactivity, consult w/ Sarah Kaljnais, Blue Dog

And sorry to keep running on, but Jazzy, after I sent Sarah Kalnajs the link for Vanya's blog so she could see his homework, she was kind enough to call me and click! And tell her facebook friends about the blog, so now Vanya has lots of people laughing at his doomed love affair with a stuffed dog.

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