Search found 1637 matches

by MPbandmom
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: When to take the next step
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

Re: When to take the next step

I hadn't thought about having her just sit and watch things. That sounds like a great idea! Thanks! For now we will return to the quieter location and then when we return to the historic district, we will sit and watch in a nice out of the way but with things to look at area I know of there.
by MPbandmom
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: When to take the next step
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

Re: When to take the next step

I have continued with Sky in the low distraction area working with focus more so than loose leash walking. Today I decided to move Sirius to a different location. Sirius tends to naturally fall into heel position after a few turns and the initial excitement of checking things out. (She checks things...
by MPbandmom
Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Every walk is a battle...
Replies: 23
Views: 3671

Re: Every walk is a battle...

Listen well to the advice here. I too have a high energy, walk at the end of the leash and keep on going dog. Mine is a husky lab mix. I have just recently started following the advice here. I am using a clicker and baby food stage 2 meat for the treat. I too get dizzy trying to keep ahead of my dog...
by MPbandmom
Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: When to take the next step
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

Re: When to take the next step

Okay, refocused on the basics of working on focus from the dogs. Sky had a nice walk tonight in the non dog yard area, and even sat politely for a couple of pedestrians to pass by un-acosted. :D As long as the people don't want to meet her, I can get her to sit before they walk past, and she behaves...
by MPbandmom
Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: When to take the next step
Replies: 6
Views: 1223

When to take the next step

As long as there aren't any distractions (people animals) around, the dogs are really coming along with their loose leash walking. Sky is actually acting like she is aware that there is a person at the other end of the leash. She is often self correcting slight tension before I have a chance to make...
by MPbandmom
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Focus at last!
Replies: 1
Views: 1278

Focus at last!

We are really only just beginning on our journey, but I have to thank the great advice I have receive here. I am taking each dog out individually for work on focus and loose leash walking. I feel much more relaxed and less worried about the dogs taking off with me in tow (on or off my feet.) :D Sky ...
by MPbandmom
Sat Feb 13, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Update new question
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Update new question

It seems like the only interacton I have had with the dogs lately is to shovel snow at them. (Sky thinks this game is just as good or better than playing fetch. If only I could get her to chase a frisbee, she would make a natural air dog.) I finally got out with Sky today to work a little on the loo...
by MPbandmom
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Update new question
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Update new question

Thanks for the input. So basically, I need to think in terms of working with each dog on its own unique issues by itself. No shortcuts, no feeling sorry for the dog left behind, no thinking I've got to hurry up and get the dogs back togther for more/better exercise. I guess that leaves me with two a...
by MPbandmom
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Update new question
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Update new question

Recruiting the husband hasn't worked out well yet, but upon further thought, I have decided that there are just way too many distractions around my home for that to be a good starting location. That means driving the dogs to someplace quieter. I have what I think will be the perfect place in mind. A...
by MPbandmom
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Update new question
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Re: Update new question

Gathering my resources and preparing myself mentally. I think the reason I have not managed to kick this one yet is that I probably rush the steps, due to the fact that walking in circles in the same spot repeatedly is kind of boring. Take one step past where the last circle was and the dog leaps fo...
by MPbandmom
Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:51 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Carting
Replies: 2
Views: 1027

Re: Carting

Thanks! It sounds like my burley trailer isn't a good candidate for a novice carting transformation. We have a child's wagon, but it is all plastic and quite noisy when rolling, so that doesn't seem like a good candidate either. I will keep my eyes out for something more suitable with 4 wheels. I ma...
by MPbandmom
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Update new question
Replies: 11
Views: 2401

Update new question

The weather finally broke enough for the dog group to get out for a walk Saturday. Sirius didn't show any aggression to any people and was easily distracted when her ears perked up at another barking dog and a group of horses. She did walk up to one person who came to stand by my car as I was gettin...
by MPbandmom
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Free Feeding
Replies: 27
Views: 4527

Re: Free Feeding

I feed my dogs twice a day, and very often they don't eat their morning meal. They would rather be outside watching the squirrels. They are more likely to eat the morning meal after a busy day the day before. I divide their food and give about 1/3 in the morning and 2/3 in the evening. They maintain...
by MPbandmom
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Carting
Replies: 2
Views: 1027

Carting

On various tv shows, I have seen a wide variety of obviously hand made carts for various breeds who traditionally have been pulling dogs. I am unable to find anything on the internet though about specifications on how to make one. I have contacted other organizations where there is evidence of carti...
by MPbandmom
Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: greeting agression
Replies: 6
Views: 1811

Re: greeting agression

Okay, we are focused, this is a new year and time for a new technique. We actually already have a pretty well established sit for people passing, as well as walking past people in situations where sitting isn't feasable. We started this routine to keep Sky from dragging me along/offending passersby ...