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by Ari_RR
Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

Re: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)

I agree.. Nothing to gain and a lot to loose in pressuring the dog into doing what he doesn't enjoy just because we think that it ought to be fun. But unfortunately sometimes this cannot be avoided. Like, for example, going to the vet. Under the best of circumstances, just a routine check up, Ari di...
by Ari_RR
Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

Re: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)

My job is to take the stress away, not add to it. True, indeed. Perhaps the job is also to teach the dog. To teach different things - how to listen, how to focus, how to interact with dogs and people... and how to handle unfamiliar environment and trust his/her humans. And like anything else, this ...
by Ari_RR
Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:19 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)
Replies: 19
Views: 3150

Re: Pandering (acknowledging needs) v staying put (desensitise)

Good example with steps to the ferry... Ari had trouble with crossing anything (a small stream, for example) over a narrow wooden bridge... And we have plenty of those around here. We never tried to force him in any way, but tried to encourage him on many occasions, and eventually he got over his fe...
by Ari_RR
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:35 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Urgent - need help!!!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 3111

Re: Urgent - need help!!!!!

Hello, there! Experts will be here shortly and will advise.. In the meantime - I would keep them separate until some sort of a plan is developed on how to move forward. Our dog once was attacked by a neighbor dog. We would have loved to somehow turn them into friends so they could play with each oth...
by Ari_RR
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What names will you use for future dogs?
Replies: 43
Views: 7699

Re: What names will you use for future dogs?

When it's time to get the second dog, we'll probably have have the name ready well in advance, as part of anticipation of a new puppy, along with the crate, food bowl, toys, etc.. We know exactly what the dog will be (a Rhodesian ridgeback girl), so it will be a fun family thing to do - picking the ...
by Ari_RR
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: How do I keep dog off the sofa!?!?
Replies: 6
Views: 1886

Re: How do I keep dog off the sofa!?!?

:lol: :lol: :lol: Flyby, great picture. Ari thinks that guarding the sofa is his honorable duty, him being on the sofa is like changing the guard at buckingham palace, this just simply cannot change :lol: So now we need to decide on the new sofa - perhaps leather surface is a better fit for a sofa u...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sweet Pea The Dog
Replies: 25
Views: 4330

Re: Sweet Pea The Dog

I watched those YouTube videos.. I have to say that a dog walking up the staircase on 2 hind legs, as if being a small hairy human, looked as disturbing as a person trying to run up the street on all four, as if being a dog.. This proves, I guess, that one can make or train a dog to do almost anythi...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Things seem to have gone from bad to worse.
Replies: 13
Views: 2477

Re: Things seem to have gone from bad to worse.

We noticed with Ari that he reacts when he is startled by a human. Perhaps sometimes he get too deep in thought or too deep in smells, doesn't notice someone until the last moment, which leaves him no time to assess the person, and then he puts on the show (barking, growling, snarling, lunging towar...
by Ari_RR
Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you discover which breed was for you?
Replies: 47
Views: 11291

Re: How did you discover which breed was for you?

We wanted something really big, from the working group.. Black Russian Terrier was the first choice, but there was only 1 breeder within driving distance, whom we weren't totally thrilled with once the time came to discuss legal aspects of getting a puppy... Then one day we saw a Ridgeback at a frie...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: I'm fuming!
Replies: 23
Views: 3738

Re: I'm fuming!

Ari was attacked a few weeks ago by an angry off leash Shar Pei.. It happened outside, so we couldn't unfortunately avoid the fight, best we could do was to pull them apart after 20 seconds or so. Ari ended up with cuts and bites on his legs, poor Shar Pei needed multiple visits to the vet before he...
by Ari_RR
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Difficult decisions
Replies: 20
Views: 4085

Re: Difficult decisions

Check with the B/F too, I would think he is as much a part of this as you and his parents :D . In the end, you are all in this together, dogs and humans of all kinds and ages. The decision that everyone agrees to or at least accepts may be beneficial for all involved.
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:11 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Remote controlled collar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3977

Re: Remote controlled collar ?

Hmm... Deaf dogs aside, my initial reaction was that this sounds like technology instead of good old fashion training.. But then, with vibration only kind of collar, which helps to get dog's attention, I can't find any solid reasons why this is bad or harmful if the dog doesn't get frightened by vib...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:03 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Remote controlled collar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3977

Remote controlled collar ?

By accident we ran into a gentleman who had some sort of an electric collar on his dog.. There is a remote control in the hand of the dog handler, and when a button is pressed on the remote - the collar vibrates (no shock, just vibration.. or so he said). The way I understood - with proper training ...
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:54 am
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Ari - African Lion Hound (ridgeback)
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

Re: Ari - African Lion Hound (ridgeback)

Thanks! He is 90 lbs... Will probably end up being around 100 lbs when he grows up.
by Ari_RR
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:08 am
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Odin and Pippen. - Rhod. Ridgeback & Border T.
Replies: 19
Views: 6046

Re: Odin and Pippen. - Rhod. Ridgeback & Border T.

Those are two cool dogs... :lol: