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by thepennywhistle
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: my dog has to leave
Replies: 7
Views: 1375

Re: my dog has to leave

Hi Belu, I am so sorry to hear about the problem with your collie. That is such strange behavior for a collie. I have been working with collies for 15 years now, and I am so sad to hear of yours acting out in that way. I have had 2 rescue biter collies over the years. One was intimidated by people, ...
by thepennywhistle
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Training techniques not repeated on show
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Re: Training techniques not repeated on show

Thanks for answering. That's what I suspected, and I'm glad to hear that confirmed. Not that I necessarily saw anything WRONG with using those now obsolete techniques, but they didn't quite seem to mesh with what Victoria is showing us now. Personally, I will stop considering using the scare mat to ...
by thepennywhistle
Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Training techniques not repeated on show
Replies: 9
Views: 3373

Training techniques not repeated on show

Hi all, I have noted that some techniques or tools that Victoria used on some shows have not been repeated on later shows; for example spraying compressed air near the dog as a distraction and the screechy alarm mats. I've been wondering if this is because she is trying to showcase as many different...
by thepennywhistle
Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:02 pm
Forum: Episode Discussions
Topic: Shock Collar
Replies: 45
Views: 22428

Re: Shock Collar

Amazing thread. I don't like shock collars, and once got in a very ugly argument with a demonstrator in a pet store trying to convince me it was the way to go. Very few people have been able to make me as angry as this man did. I'm sure it is effective; I've touched an electric wire on livestock fen...
by thepennywhistle
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Episode Discussions
Topic: What happened to Peanut Butter, the dog?
Replies: 18
Views: 11107

Re: What happened to Peanut Butter, the dog?

It must be so frustrating to know how to help a dog, have people who say they will do 'whatever it takes for ___', but then won't make the effort to do it. There are times that I am growling at the people on the screen during her shows, and I'm only a spectator. it must take tremendous self control ...
by thepennywhistle
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:25 pm
Forum: Episode Discussions
Topic: January 30th US Episode--disappointed in her strategies
Replies: 8
Views: 3321

Re: January 30th US Episode--disappointed in her strategies

I, too, was intrigued with Victoria's means of dealing with Buddy, the JRT. The time out/isolation response is an old technique, and I tried it on my JRT some 20 years ago -- and had about as much success with it as they had with Buddy. Isolation brought peace for as long as she was in the bathroom ...
by thepennywhistle
Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:45 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: Victoria - CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES ON THE US SHOWS!!
Replies: 30
Views: 23002

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

Mattie has a good point about the consistency in presentation. Even further, when working with shy creatures who are new to me I make certain never to change shampoo or soaps as well. We present as a total package, especially to creatures who rely on establishing identity with scents instead of a ha...
by thepennywhistle
Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:37 pm
Forum: The TV Show
Topic: I am confused, shouldn't your dog protect you?
Replies: 3
Views: 1800

Re: I am confused, shouldn't your dog protect you?

I have had dogs that protected me incorrectly, and I think maybe that is what Victoria is trying to avoid. Those dogs decided what they perceived as a threat to me, and they were not always accurate in their judgment. I do not view squirrels, bicycles, the mailman, etc. as a danger, but they did. Th...
by thepennywhistle
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Finally identified the source of the problem!
Replies: 1
Views: 1283

Finally identified the source of the problem!

Hi all, Things are improving for us, and I'm so excited I just have to share it with someone! I have 4 collies. My neighbor has pit bulls. There has been warfare between them for nearly 3 years. They used to get along, but there was an ugly incident that resulted in my dogs charging the fence scream...