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by whitesam
Wed May 27, 2009 3:48 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Dried beet pulp
Replies: 11
Views: 9618

Corn & soy products are highly indigestible for dogs. Fundog might consider looking for a new brand of dog food. I usually look for rice since it is the least allergenic. A book called "Pet Food Nation" is very informative about breaking down what goes into commercial pet foods. The main ingredient ...
by whitesam
Wed May 27, 2009 3:09 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Distracting my dog with a Stopet!
Replies: 34
Views: 13950

What's a Stopet?

What's a Stopet? In the States, some trainers use "shake cans", empty soda cans with a few pennies in them to make noise. I have found it's uses limited. When used as a "quick fix" deterrent to scare or intimidate a younger or sensitive dog, the results are short term & unsatisfying. The only real u...
by whitesam
Wed May 27, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Professional/Dogshow Grooming Supplies
Replies: 5
Views: 2841

hairdresser scissors

A vendor at a dog show tipped me off to the hairdresser scissors too when I mentioned $75.00 was a little more than I wanted to spend just to trim my dog feet. I ended up getting a pair of thinning shears as well as regular 6in trimming scissors. His feet no longer look choppy & it is much easier to...
by whitesam
Tue May 19, 2009 3:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insecure/timid behavior
Replies: 5
Views: 2298

Confidence Building

Do things with your dog that will build it's confidence. For some reason physical activities make a big impact. With my dog I used modified agility type exercises. I would go through short tunnels together with him then have him do it on his own, walk across the tops of benches, up & down bleachers,...
by whitesam
Tue May 19, 2009 2:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Insecure/timid behavior
Replies: 5
Views: 2298

A great book w/ lots of Techniques for Timid Dogs

I didn't find this book until after my dog had improved but I wished I had. It does a great job of explaining things that I had to figure out on my own. THE CAUTIOUS CANINE, How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears by Patricia Mc Connell. This is more in the form of a booklet and alot of it was taken fr...
by whitesam
Tue May 19, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Fox on a stick
Replies: 17
Views: 10934

lunge whip

Yeah, the lunge whip works great. I tie a 3 foot light cotton rope lead on the end next to the toy so that when my dog shakes it (to subdue it & render immobile!) the backlash of the whip dosen't hit him in the face and eyes.
by whitesam
Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:57 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dog Trainer/Behaviorist in the Bay Area/San Francisco, CA?
Replies: 2
Views: 1469

Trainers in the S.F. area

San Francisco covers a large area, but you might try siriuspup.com (they are all trained using Ian Dunbar's positive techniques), SFASPCA has many notable trainers (Jean Donaldson came from there), and Laurafordogs.com (Laura is experienced & also trains using positive techniques). I personally have...
by whitesam
Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:30 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Professional/Dogshow Grooming Supplies
Replies: 5
Views: 2841

grooming supplies

Thanks for the interest. I actually found some internet sites when looking @ some listings for dog shows. For US, Cherrybrook has a nice selection of high quality items far superior to what I've seen in any pet store. It cost me 2-3 times more but the results and increase comfort for my dog was defi...
by whitesam
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:35 am
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Why are they all just EXTREME cases? What about preventative
Replies: 3
Views: 2388

I'm sure most of the people who submit postings on the methods forum have read books & worked w/ instructors (which not everybody can afford) but they still have problems. You will also find that training is an on going process that continues for the life of your dog.
by whitesam
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Why are they all just EXTREME cases? What about preventative
Replies: 3
Views: 2388

prevention

Yes, I agree that the show wouldn't be nearly as interesting if it was just the basics, but I think it would be nice if it included some prevention instruction. A lot of people don't bother to read books or interpret them wrong as evidenced by the number of poorly trained dogs around and she wouldn'...
by whitesam
Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:40 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: exercising inside
Replies: 24
Views: 7570

I believe the episode w/ the stairs in the backyard was "Hollywood Hounds" but I'm not positive. Correction they had 4 dogs. Of course, the exercise climbing the stairs wasn't the sole purpose of the recall drill she had them work on. Exercise was part of it though, that's why she had them go from t...
by whitesam
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: exercising inside
Replies: 24
Views: 7570

Thanks for the objective info Nettle

Nettle,I really appreciate your offering your expertise and the medical & physiological info you gave on the stair exercise. Actually, my dog no longer does it, but I can now see how numerous repetitions could be harmful and will be careful that my dogs don't take the stairs more than necessary. For...
by whitesam
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: exercising inside
Replies: 24
Views: 7570

Judgemental

I seem to remember in a very recent episode this season, a situation w/ 3 dogs w/ a hillside backyard that had 2 levels and lots of STAIRS. Victoria had the owners practice recalls using a whistle from the top of the yard to the bottom as a means of supplying them w/ more exercise. The dogs had to t...
by whitesam
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Messenger Dog
Replies: 2
Views: 1405

PS

Of course, remove the pouch as soon as he's done.

Had to add that for all the sticklers.
by whitesam
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:39 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: exercising inside
Replies: 24
Views: 7570

I don't know about your stairs, but ours are carpeted and everyone in the family runs up & down them sometime or other. Not at breakneck speed. C'mon folks! How about a little commonsense here. No one in the family is allowed to run up & down the stairs so wildly that they're going to break their ne...