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by Aidan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Public humiliation
Replies: 17
Views: 5060

Park it

Hi Ocelot, I just wanted to say I really like the "park-it" plan. Dogs sometimes react when they are excited, stressed, frightened or otherwise overly aroused. This can manifest as 'handler aggression' or 're-directed aggression' (or whatever other name we invent for it). The absolute worst thing to...
by Aidan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: anti social
Replies: 3
Views: 1752

It could just be on-leash excitability. Many dogs react when on leash and are fine when off-leash, but if he is inadequately socialised and you're not sure then take it slow. Arrange for him to meet normal, stable, friendly dogs one at a time. See how he goes with that. He definitely needs to learn ...
by Aidan
Tue Dec 04, 2007 5:38 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Treatless training
Replies: 6
Views: 2266

Just use the canned food. 99% of my training is done with normal food.
by Aidan
Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Getting really nasty!
Replies: 3
Views: 1905

Controlled Attention

You have two dogs of breeds who are likely to fight, which means you need to be an expert trainer and use management extensively. Either that or you almost certainly will have to rehome one of the dogs given the frequency and increasing severity of this problem. Matt has already given you some great...
by Aidan
Mon Nov 26, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Similar Dog Training in Aus?
Replies: 2
Views: 1481

Which state?

Hi Drac, which state are you in?

I'm in Tassie, but I can put you in touch with others around the country.
by Aidan
Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:46 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: HELP! - My JRT Attacks Bigger Dogs!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 2769

Hi Lauren, sounds pretty reasonable! I strongly recommend this article:
http://www.flyingdogpress.com/sayhi.html
by Aidan
Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:49 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: PLEASE HELP - MY GSD HAS REVERTED!
Replies: 5
Views: 3478

>>I think the best point I pick up on is the rewarding the growling with treats - that makes sense. She is doing a good job and letting us know so she should be rewarded and esp when she's quiet after DOING her job! << Have you heard of "shaping"? That's where you reinforce responses that approximat...
by Aidan
Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: My dog has attacked my cat...please HELP!
Replies: 6
Views: 3669

Hi Tasha, a couple of extra resources for you: http://www.clickertraining.com/node/727 - how to teach "give" using the game of tug, especially good for dogs who are difficult to train "give" using other methods. http://www.ezinearticles.com/?id=251555 - Do Dogs and Puppies Know When They've Done Som...
by Aidan
Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:18 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Help - my dog has become aggressive!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2596

Em's advice is "world's best practice" as usual, but I disagree with "best practice" on one point - which I have found to be critical: -- if he starts to lunge and scream at them just ignore him, stay calm and quietly remove him from the scene. -- If a dog is lunging and screaming or otherwise showi...
by Aidan
Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:50 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Fearful cesky terrier
Replies: 8
Views: 3606

I found this excellent article by Dee Ganley which might help:
http://www.clickertraining.com/node/546
"How the Upper Valley Humane Society Uses Targetting to Help Shy Dogs Blossom"
by Aidan
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:11 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Resource guarding - me!
Replies: 11
Views: 10208

Yes, it can be a bit confusing! Don't worry too much about the different theories. People like a lot of different ways to explain the same thing, so I just stick to what is tested and verified over and over again, namely Classical and Operant Conditioning. I have a reactive dog, and I can't tell you...
by Aidan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Barking In the Night
Replies: 3
Views: 2200

If a behaviour is being maintained or increased it has been reinforced. My guess is that letting them out is reinforcing the barking. The good news is that by not letting them out, the barking will eventually stop. The bad news is that it will get worse before it gets better. But be strong, if they ...
by Aidan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:28 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Resource guarding - me!
Replies: 11
Views: 10208

Having your children drop a treat works at the level of associations (aka Classical Conditioning), it builds a 'good' association and sets her at ease. Each time they approach, they 'give' and not 'take away'. --I am still uncertain as to why she takes this strategy with them - I do feel that their ...
by Aidan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:55 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Resource guarding - me!
Replies: 11
Views: 10208

P.S When you drag a dog away on a long-line in this situation you are stopping them from using "what works", hence, the escalation in aggressive behaviours. The same applies for yelling at your dog. Effective punishment means the behaviour reduces - if it increases you are not using effective punish...
by Aidan
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:50 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Resource guarding - me!
Replies: 11
Views: 10208

Hmmm, this sort of thing worries me. On the positive side, resource guarding issues have a very good prognosis. OK, stealing things to get a treat is EXCELLENT. When we reinforce a behaviour we get MORE OF IT (sorry to shout, it's a happy shout though). That is how it works. Never mind that it's onl...