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by JudyN
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Free shaping and the less confident dog
Replies: 9
Views: 2225

Re: Free shaping and the less confident dog

That all makes sense, Nettle, apart from this bit... reward is not the be-all and end-all of their existence If reward = food, then this is pretty much the be-all and end-all for him! The only thing he'd prefer would be fields going off to the horizon with a group of deer just within sight. And mayb...
by JudyN
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Free shaping and the less confident dog
Replies: 9
Views: 2225

Re: Free shaping and the less confident dog

Thanks Sarah :D Where do you end up, then? Has Rupert developed any complex patterns, or does he still just lick his lips, move his head, etc.? What do you do if Rupert licks his lips again, and again, and again, and nothing develops....? What does Rupert actually get out of this in the long term? A...
by JudyN
Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Free shaping and the less confident dog
Replies: 9
Views: 2225

Free shaping and the less confident dog

I've been doing some free shaping with Jasper, including '101 uses for a box'. I'm wondering, though, if it's quite right for him as he keeps looking to me for direction and getting anxious when he doesn't get any. I'm not sure if the anxiety is because he really wants direction, or because he reall...
by JudyN
Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:03 am
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Improving every day!
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

Re: Improving every day!

That's really interesting, thanks :D Hopefully awareness of autism support dogs will grow - and I'm sure you'll make a great ambassador for them.
by JudyN
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Improving every day!
Replies: 5
Views: 2740

Re: Improving every day!

He's a cutie, too :D Can I ask what tasks you'll be training him to help you with? Or is the emotional bond you have with him - and the confidence you'll get from discovering your training skills - the main factor?

(Hope this isn't being too nosey - ignore me if it is :oops: )
by JudyN
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dog mouthing me, very annoying. How do I stop it?
Replies: 18
Views: 4764

Re: Dog mouthing me, very annoying. How do I stop it?

I feel like if I give in to his bad behavior (pawing me, whining, mouthing, etc) and get up and leave the room with him, he will never learn. Sorry, I should have been clearer - what I mean is you leave the church with him before he starts mouthing. So if he usually starts mouthing after 40 minutes...
by JudyN
Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dog mouthing me, very annoying. How do I stop it?
Replies: 18
Views: 4764

Re: Dog mouthing me, very annoying. How do I stop it?

Jasper, at 20 months, will still do this if he gets overexcited. I agree with all the advice above. In addition, you want to try to avoid the situations where he will do it, as far as possible. So if he can be good in a church service for 30 minutes, if at all possible, I would walk out then (you co...
by JudyN
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:10 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Puppy food aggression
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Re: Puppy food aggression

Depending on how the dog has been trained, I'm wondering if it's better to ask for a 'wait' before they eat their meal rather than a 'leave'. 'Leave' could mean 'You can't have it,' which could be confusing and upsetting because they know it's their food, whereas 'wait' means 'Hang on, you can have ...
by JudyN
Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Barking vs growling
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Re: Barking vs growling

That's why I didn't ask for advice, because I know you're right :wink: I'm just not very good at disciplining other people's children. Shouldn't be seeing them again for a loooooooong time, thank goodness!
by JudyN
Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Puppy food aggression
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Re: Puppy food aggression

I can't comment on dog-dog food aggression, but my dog was food aggressive against people at that age, and still is to some extent. Around his food bowl we fixed it by adding treats to the bowl as he ate (starting by throwing them from a safe distance). That's not so relevant to your problem, but I ...
by JudyN
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:58 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Bouncing border collie circling my wheelchair.
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Re: Bouncing border collie circling my wheelchair.

I'm pretty sure that as long as most times you recall him he gets praise and/or a treat and is let off again, then if sometimes you call him and he gets praise/treat and is put on his lead, his recall won't deteriorate in general. This is, after all, how most people get their dogs back to go on lead...
by JudyN
Sat Aug 20, 2011 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Barking vs growling
Replies: 2
Views: 997

Barking vs growling

I thought I'd post this in Chat as it's out of interest rather than seeking advice... We had some visitors round today with two children. Jasper is usually happy to greet visitors but is nervous of children so barked and actually gave a low growl when they came in, so I kept him out the way until ev...
by JudyN
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What is she??
Replies: 4
Views: 2459

Re: What is she??

She looks like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier to me - but I don't know how common they are in the US (we don't see Pit Bulls in England as they are banned - if they are anything like the Staffies I have met, unjustifiably so).

She's very sweet!
by JudyN
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from England :) Baby whippets anyone?
Replies: 7
Views: 2479

Re: Hi from England :) Baby whippets anyone?

Welcome :D It sounds like you're doing most things right - house training a puppy with four children to keep an eye on must be quite a challenge!
by JudyN
Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: Grooming
Topic: combing
Replies: 2
Views: 3143

Re: combing

If you comb her and she objects, then you treat at the end, she may think she's being rewarded for the bad behaviour. As far as possible, depending on her coat, I'd start off just treating her for being relaxed while having the comb next to her, then run the comb over a less sensitive area and treat...