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by Erica
Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Touchy paws less touchy
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Re: Touchy paws less touchy

It is partially our fault...since we acquired him randomly and he didn't need much training, we didn't read up on how to raise puppies properly...didn't know we were supposed to play with his paws when he was young! Opal's pretty okay with me trimming her nails, at least, as long as I've got bribes....
by Erica
Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What kind of mutt is he?
Replies: 8
Views: 4417

Re: What kind of mutt is he?

It's funny - all the breeds we've ever guessed, and all the ones here, are typically high-energy and/or high drive...but he's lazier than a mastiff! :) He is a sweety...and looking at pictures of border collie crosses, some look a lot like him (and some look not at all like him...haha). Let's see - ...
by Erica
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What kind of mutt is he?
Replies: 8
Views: 4417

What kind of mutt is he?

Onyx is our 12 year old mutt. We got him in a happy sort of accident...our cousins were looking for a dog, and right before Thanksgiving, someone dumped a litter of mutts in our neighbor's yard. We grabbed one for our cousins, and were planning on having to keep him and our old German Shepherd, Mica...
by Erica
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Touchy paws less touchy
Replies: 2
Views: 1551

Touchy paws less touchy

I posted a while ago in the advice section about my Onyx ( the one in the middle, though he's not fat anymore ), since his nails were growing out and he did NOT like people touching his paws. Well, after some work, it got to the point where he's okay with me holding his paw for about a second (sound...
by Erica
Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: My dogs - Opal, Onyx, and Marble
Replies: 33
Views: 6422

Re: My dogs - GSD (videos in slow motion), mutt, and some others

Oh yes, that squeaky is one of Opal's favorites too. :) Her absolute favorite is her rope (not a short one, about 6' long and used like a flirtpole, also like in the second video), her next favorites are her food toys (not a normal kong, but a Wobbler and another brain-food toy), and then her purple...
by Erica
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: My dogs - Opal, Onyx, and Marble
Replies: 33
Views: 6422

Re: My dogs - GSD (videos in slow motion), mutt, and some others

Thank you! Only the first two are mine, but still. :)
by Erica
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog
Replies: 19
Views: 8925

Re: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog

Some of the suggestions have positively made my dog worse - used to take him to obedience and agility classes which he really liked despite the potential for reacting - in the main his behaviour was good so long as he was focussed on me or an activity. However he would get into trouble when we were...
by Erica
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: castration
Replies: 25
Views: 4028

Re: castration

As far as his biting when you take his collar - this is something that Amadeus, the malamute I helped raise, did. It could have been pretty dangerous, since some kids that came over to the house would try to lead him somewhere and he would snap at them. The trainer his family hired suggested getting...
by Erica
Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Fighting App is back (GRRRRR!)
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Re: Dog Fighting App is back (GRRRRR!)

It's been back for a while. I haven't been using Google services because of it. :/
by Erica
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Articles
Topic: Must-See Video: "It's Yer Choice" - impulse control games
Replies: 9
Views: 21133

Re: Must-See Video: "It's Yer Choice" - impulse control games

...I am saddened to realise that Rocky hasnt forgotten the aversive training he had some 8 years ago :( Yet another reason why aversives are SO dangerous to use, the scars they can leave are deeply embedded! (However as my visit to a friend a few months back shows.. he still chases feathered live s...
by Erica
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Re: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?

Alright, thanks for the advice! Luckily Onyx is very intelligent...he learned the normal sit/down/stay/speak/shake just by mimicing our old dog, and housetrained himself in about 12 hours. I'll start clicker-training him, then. :)
by Erica
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: I am at a loss
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: I am at a loss

It might just be the scheduling. While I'd still advise a vet visit, since it was a sudden change, I've noticed that my GSD doesn't want to eat in the morning in the summertime - instead, she'll wait until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon, eat, then eat her dinner at 7 or 8. The malamute I sit for does...
by Erica
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?
Replies: 2
Views: 852

Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?

So my old dog, Onyx, is very touchy about his paws - that is, he doesn't want you touching them. I've seen some counter-conditioning videos, and I like the concept behind it. I want to make sure I've got it down in theory before I start actually trying it, though. His reaction is to try to pull away...
by Erica
Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:59 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog
Replies: 19
Views: 8925

Re: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog

Sounds like your on the right track. keep it up. it takes time, but you can get there. What their trainer suggested was, upon seeing another dog or people walking or anything, pull out a cheese stick or hot dog and constantly feed him a little nibble. Sore hands were common, but what a change! If t...
by Erica
Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: My dog doesn't like any dog treats.
Replies: 12
Views: 46822

Re: My dog doesn't like any dog treats.

You can try Whole Life's treats - they are freeze-dried meat that my dogs love. I use them for "special" times, like grooming and nail-clipping, but if your dog is picky, they might help. Also, go for softer, smellier treats. If you can, take her to the pet store to see which treats she smells and w...