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by amalie79
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: D.A.P. collar- putting it to the test
Replies: 39
Views: 975

Re: D.A.P. collar- putting it to the test

Thought I would revive this thread, as I have some "data" to add. :) We recently brought home a stray (and when I say "we" I mean the dude in the house is not the one to feed, walk, train, etc. all the dogs we already have). He's a young intact male lab, appears to have been an o...
by amalie79
Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Blind Dogs?
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Blind Dogs?

I've only worked with deaf dogs (and this may be something your friend is working on already), but one of the first things worked on with the last dog was conditioning a tap on her flank as an attention getter. That got me thinking that for a blind dog, too, the first thing I'd probably do would be ...
by amalie79
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: puppy's schedule?
Replies: 11
Views: 287

Re: puppy's schedule?

kathak wrote:I dont like to crate her but we have to crate her because of the cat. I don't trust either of them to be alone during the night. 8)


This is why our bedroom door is almost always shut. :)
by amalie79
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:49 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Crate training advise needed
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Crate training advise needed

Most young puppies will need to potty after playtime, as well. If you let her go, then play with her and immediately re-crate her, she's worked up a need to potty again and has no other choice. Take her out, then play, then take her out again. And 9 hours is a long time for a puppy of that age to ho...
by amalie79
Fri Nov 09, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: puppy's schedule?
Replies: 11
Views: 287

Re: puppy's schedule?

Hopefully that works from now on! I'd be careful about letting her out when she's crying-- that can be a hard habit to break, a habit that they will use when they want out for other reasons. I take mine out for one last potty trip around 11 or so, but I don't ever restrict water. I also don't crate ...
by amalie79
Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:23 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Who trains for someone else? Who employs other trainers?
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: Who trains for someone else? Who employs other trainers

I have been basically apprenticing for a year now-- puppy, basic and beginning this week, private sessions. We don't have anything on paper yet, either, but have talked about doing so. One of the ideas we've thrown around is to eventually have me or the other assistant trainer teach our own classes,...
by amalie79
Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: My puppy is too smart
Replies: 20
Views: 461

Re: My puppy is too smart

The first clicker I bought years ago had instruction, and they were pretty terrible. I like this video as a quick primer on how to use it for very basic things.

http://youtu.be/FAb3KJyxq0o
by amalie79
Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: My puppy is too smart
Replies: 20
Views: 461

Re: My puppy is too smart

In all honesty, the people who have complaints about clicker training are doing it wrong. It works for every dog, but you have to do it right to see the proper effects. Even if you do it wrong, you're not hurting your dog. This. I certainly thought it was pointless before I understood it. Now, I co...
by amalie79
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:02 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: When does training turn to abuse?
Replies: 21
Views: 759

Re: When does training turn to abuse?

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. We recently stepped back into the ring after over 6 months out. Watching the excessive pronging, choking and screaming that goes on with some "teams" is just depressing. I mean, it's not beat-with-a-2X4 abuse, but in the wrong hands it most cer...
by amalie79
Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Allergies or Mange??
Replies: 6
Views: 3981

Re: Allergies or Mange??

I second the coconut oil-- Luna had terrible hair loss when we found her and is allergic to just about everything. I questioned the vet about it being mange, too. Every single flea bite turned into a staph infection that required antibiotics and lots of bathing. But we changed up her diet a lot, and...
by amalie79
Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: no bark collar
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: no bark collar

One of the problems with a bark collar is that you run the risk of the dog inadvertently associating the aversive (ie, the thing he doesn't like about the collar be it a shock, citronella or a hiss of air) with the strangers walking by the house rather than with the bark. Those strangers become a pr...
by amalie79
Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: ChloƩ earned her RN!
Replies: 7
Views: 242

Re: ChloƩ earned her RN!

Aw! Congrats!! And I'm so jealous that you get a rosette for rally... only one of the shows near us (at least that I know of) does rosettes for rally. I'm sadly considering delaying River's excellent titling so that she can get one... :oops:
by amalie79
Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:15 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Canine Solar Urticaria
Replies: 5
Views: 3359

Re: Canine Solar Urticaria

Well holy crap. I just went back to your original post, too, and Luna gets those. I assumed they were bug bites and the fact that she's the shortest furred dog I've ever had so I just assumed I could see them more readily on her. She's also allergic to almost anything and everything. Her improved di...
by amalie79
Sat May 26, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Please Help . . Is this just arthritis??
Replies: 13
Views: 4379

Re: Please Help . . Is this just arthritis??

My Simon, who was a lab/setter cross and lived to be 16, had terrible arthritis. But at some point he began having neurological difficulties, and spondylosis perhaps. He lost strength and coordination in his hindquarters, part of which I blame on feeding too low protein food and developing some musc...
by amalie79
Sun May 13, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Good News :)
Replies: 39
Views: 10265

Re: Good News :)

I think someone addressed in an earlier post how to transition a dog to set meal times. I transitioned my dog at 13years old and he'd been free fed his whole life. Plus, she'll have less to eat all at once.

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