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by Erica
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to tweak things or hopeless?
Replies: 6
Views: 1460

Re: How to tweak things or hopeless?

I read a pretty interesting part of Ian Dunbar's "after you get your puppy" book thing (free on the internet somewhere) where he suggests working on training every 25-30 yards on a walk. Walk 30 yards, ask for a sit-down-sit, walk 25 yards, ask for a sit-shake, etc. It might help reinforce the "list...
by Erica
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Completely different question about headcollars
Replies: 5
Views: 2730

Completely different question about headcollars

So I use a head collar when I walk the mastiff, Zeus. I use two leashes - one on the head halter, one on his collar, and make sure the head halter one has a good amount of slack at all times. He's really good, though, and I have a skin condition that basically means I'm allergic to touching things. ...
by Erica
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:38 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: border collie pup nipping
Replies: 3
Views: 26300

Re: border collie pup nipping

One, he's not being dominant. ;) That theory was based off of studies of captive wolves, which aren't like wild wolves, which are wildly different from domestic dogs. Dominance doesn't come into it. However, dogs do go through a period where they test their boundaries - sort of like human teenagers ...
by Erica
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:33 am
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Victoria - CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES ON THE US SHOWS!!
Replies: 30
Views: 21941

Re: Victoria - CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES ON THE US SHOWS!!

Secondly, the consistency in appearance also helps with immediate 'character identification' to viewers. Sorry to lump you into that group, Victoria, but if that's what is happening, it has a long history in writing for television. Yes, I know we are all clever enough to know which person on the sc...
by Erica
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Clumber Spaniel (working strain) Anyone else got one?
Replies: 11
Views: 5878

Re: Clumber Spaniel (working strain) Anyone else got one?

Well, to start with, I discovered very quickly how clever Annie's nose is, when she was just a three month old puppy! :D The little community park I took her to play fetch with her was littered with pine cones. I would throw some of those for her to retrieve, and the remarkable thing was, she could...
by Erica
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: gotta tell people who'll understand
Replies: 33
Views: 6038

Re: gotta tell people who'll understand

jacksdad wrote:who is Emma Watson?
She plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. :)
by Erica
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:28 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Super Grooming Week Pictures
Replies: 12
Views: 3437

Re: Super Grooming Week Pictures

Fundog - sounds great! Whenever I get a chance to thoroughly groom him, I'll send you a PM so we can work it out. There might be some guard hairs in there as well, but I'll try to separate them if I see them. :)
by Erica
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Leaving puppy for an hour...please help my dream come true!
Replies: 31
Views: 6177

Re: Leaving puppy for an hour...please help my dream come true!

My sister wants a Pomeranian when she gets her own place. She says "Captain will be the most spoiled dog ever, but you'll show me how to train him so he won't be an annoying brat." ;) I plan to do the same with my dogs! Give them the best life I can, while maintaining good behavior. :3
by Erica
Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: gotta tell people who'll understand
Replies: 33
Views: 6038

Re: gotta tell people who'll understand

Yay! Emma's such a better role model than shiny-tooth-man. :)
by Erica
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Stop running away from me!
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Re: Stop running away from me!

Several options come to my mind: -Keep a light-weight leash on her (on a harness, if you have one for her) at all times so you can catch her and it doesn't become a game. If she does try to start the "catch me", walk away and go make lots of treat noises - lightly shake the container they're kept in...
by Erica
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Water fountain
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: Water fountain

Our cats and dogs share a bowl of water, but the cats also have their own - a flower vase - up on the counter, away from the dogs. :) They seem to like the shape of the vase for drinking out of.
by Erica
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Out To Lunch
Replies: 8
Views: 1978

Re: Out To Lunch

He used to pick his own blackberries when he was younger - but now he gets room service :lol: he'll pick his own raspberries too. Once our vet was visiting and the dog came and sat by the fruit bowl, staring at it. "What's up with him?" asked our vet. "He wants a pear" I said, gave the dog a pear, ...
by Erica
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Listening to your dog...
Replies: 26
Views: 6104

Re: Listening to your dog...

I've not had this problem personally...I'd rather be soaking wet than have to clean up a doggy accident (ever had a puppy get bad diarrhea in his crate, then roll around in it? It was DISGUSTING and not even my dog ;-; ), but Opal is fairly blatant about when she needs to go outside. She walks up to...
by Erica
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Super Grooming Week Pictures
Replies: 12
Views: 3437

Re: Super Grooming Week Pictures

Of course, as soon as I say "I'm grooming Ami thoroughly this week!" stuff comes up...Monday, fine, that's the picture up there. Tuesday, I had less time, but still got a good amount of fur...need to add those pictures! Wednesday, I took the family's daughter to the dentist and ended up staying for ...
by Erica
Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Should I get the vet to trim his nails?
Replies: 12
Views: 2991

Re: Should I get the vet to trim his nails?

I've been trimming our other dog's nails for quite some time, or I wouldn't even consider doing Onyx's. She's never indicated that she was in pain (and she's a wimp), so I feel fairly confident...Onyx gets stressed going in the car (or he just gets carsick...either way, he throws up and it's no fun ...