life savers

Share your experience and tell us how using positive reinforcement training methods has changed yours and your dogs' lives.

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xcombixgirlx
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life savers

Post by xcombixgirlx » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:14 am

noob alert here! :lol: first posts should always be good ones right...
im here like everyone to gloat :wink: and help give hope to lost pet owners with bald heads from tearing their hair out :lol:
where to start....i guess a bit of my background first. i have owned dogs all of my life.a few random dogs and then for about 20 +years mini/toy poodles. since i was always younger i never got the chance, joy, heartache of raising them.i have an 11 year old daughter pretty much the same as raising dogs in an almost scary way :lol:
anyways i just watched my father fight cancer, he's doing great and cancer free so far :). i lived in ohio with my daughter and my mom and dad. well after my dads battle he got scared as most people would and wanted us to move to west virginia to be closer to my mothers family (his are all dead) just in case something happened to him...well we found a house bought it paid for it all good but they still have to sell the one in ohio. so i moved down here by myself to take care of this house while they work on the other to sell. i literally live on the top of a mountain by myself gets a bit scary at times even having multiple loaded guns around at all times :) when i answer my door i have a gun so i wasnt so much worried about someone doing something to me but rather that they would do it while i was gone as the house had been broken into before and the detached garage being burnt down. anyways i have my 14 year old toy poodle mercedes with me. not much protection there :lol: her partner cinnamon is still in ohio with my parents poor thing is deaf and blind but otherwise prefect health to be 14. wow im draggin this out arent i. anyways i had been looking into getting some dogs who were a. bigger and b. more suited to the country. well due to some unwanted pregnancies i found bigby my boy pit/boxer mix and raven a black lab/boxer mix. mutts can be the best pets sometimes.i brought my babies home and all was good for a bit. i did notice that raven was timid right off the bat. i dont think she was abused but they had kids who i think just wooled her to much for her liking.
she just wouldn't listen to anything got into everything chewed my $70 headset up right off the bat which i was able to fix. i mean they are puppies so of course they wont be perfect but bigby started progressing and she only seemed to get worse. this dog was my worst nightmare, she brought me to tears on more than one occasion. i was completely alone for the first time in my life, depressed, she made the depression worse and it was just overwhelming for me. i hated to even look at her at one point which made me feel worse also as you shouldnt hate your animals but dang my chickens literally listened better. heck i found a baby robin and managed to raise it and even released it and it would come back to me from the trees when i called (try to let a $1500 parrot out of the house and see if it comes back :) ) it til she found a mate and left me as all kids do :lol: :lol: :lol:
I was at my breaking point this past year has played hell with my life in general. i knew i hated c.m.'s tactics so i went looking and found victoria. within less than 24 hours i was again brought to tears as somehow i had a completely different dog. she went from knowing no tricks what so ever and pooping/peeing everywhere even on her toys and in her bed and also when ever she was scared she would pee and poop. bigby was pretty good all around but didnt know much either.now less than a week later they both give paws, sit, lay, high five, and can leave treats in my hand or on the floor when i say leave it, they sit and wait for me to put their food and water down before inhaling it :) bigby can speak and raven is getting the hang of roll over and they either come up and sit by me or the door to go out! i now can leave them running loose at all times in the house and havent had a single pee/poop in the house at all.we all couldnt be happier. now i am going to be working on getting them to stop pulling the leashes and to stop eating chicken poop eeeewww and recall once i do that i should have my perfect big little babies (only 3 months old right now):) i honestly wouldnt have beileved it i had i not experienced it myself. for anyone out there reading this don't ever loose hope in your animals til you exhaust all possible routes. i love reading everyones stories they continue to give me even more hope for the future!!!!!
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bigby and raven
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and metro so named because i found her at the metroparks. she had fallen from a forty foot tree and we thought she was a wad of gum literally
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xcombixgirlx
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Re: life savers

Post by xcombixgirlx » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:09 am

small update: i read the topic on getting two puppies :roll: now i know better but they are not littermates and boy and girl so fingers crossed it will work out as long as i keep working with them. i never thought about it since we always had 2 dogs at once. i personally do believe that all animals should have another of the same species again my opinion but you have to be willing to invest the time. anyways i read that and thought while they are young and its easier to fix i will see how they do with sa. well bigby could care less and raven right on que started howling and jumped on my bed which their presence on the bed bothers my older dog so i dont let them sleep with me or anything. she knew she was bad since as soon as she saw me she ran off the bed to her rug :lol: so i thought ok fool lets do this. tried a few fast times only about 30 seconds to a minute i swear i think she was howling and clawing the door before i had it closed. so i have a small kong treat getting 2 bigger ones soon. i filled it with a few treats and some peanut butter put bigby on his leash then made her sit down on the rug and placed the kong treat at her feet. walked out the door and was gone for about 15 minutes with bigby cleaning dog and chicken poop up. didn';t hear a peep and came back in and she was still licking the kong and didnt even get up to greet us. small steps right. again as a firm believer of having 2 a of a given species i am willing to put in the work the only hard part for me is being by myself all the time lol other than that i dont have a job atm so iam infact able to devote all the time they need luckily and i would generalize for the most part the faster/sooner i catch it the easier it will be to correct before it becomes deeply ingrained. by being ABLE to separate them will make them learn faster as they dont have someone trying to play with them while i try to teach them thus making us all happier and healthier in the long run. besides im a 100 pounds over weight lol fatty. so now i will get twice the walking done haha and though they both pull the leash i noticed when walking one at a time they pull less so that is also good. remember dont give up hope and for godsakes dont get 2 puppies!!!!!! think of it as the difference between having twin babies or having them a few years apart haha

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Re: life savers

Post by JudyN » Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:58 pm

Welcome to the forum - your dogs look like butter wouldn't melt in their mouths :lol:

Isn't it wonderful how powerful positive training can be? It's like magic at times :D I'm sure you'll continue to make good progess, but there's always support and advice if you hit problems. Make sure you keep up with the SA training for if and when you do get a job so you don't have a problem when you need to leave your dogs.

BTW, do you use the choke chains for walking your dogs? It would be better to have a standard collar, or maybe walk them on harnesses, as choke chains aren't positive. The theory is that the dog will learn to stop pulling when he feels choked, but in reality most people just end up gasping for breath as they pull as hard as ever :wink:
Jasper, lurcher, born December 2009

xcombixgirlx
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Re: life savers

Post by xcombixgirlx » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:42 pm

that was one of my big mistakes but i am using the harness right now and have 2 head collars on the way so no more chokers :) thank you for the kind words :)
i will most certainly keep up with sa i dont want my puppies to miss me....well to much anyways:)
i love my babies more than most people i have met...to bad we cant put head collars and harnesses on humans :lol: :lol:
i will live by positivity training from now on and can't wait to show it to my cousin who has 5 crazy doggies!!!!
we now take life one paw at a time :)

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Re: life savers

Post by xcombixgirlx » Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:39 pm

quickie update raven is improving by the day but i also feel now that she may actually be a bit more jealous than have sa. it is still some sa but mostly only over bigby getting to go when she cant. my other dog going out doesn't seem to effect her. it does bother her when i leave but not as bad hence why i feel it is a bit of both so today i took her for a long walk all by herself and said good girl so many times she was probably annoyed with it lol at least til those treats hit her mouth she is now wore out and sleeping behind me with bigby :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: . i figured out the jealousy part also due to a drive by peeing!! :shock: just had her out she peed and pooped came back got bigby and just while he peed she managed to grow another bladder and let loose (thank god i have concrete floors) :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
again taking it one paw at a time one paw at a time.

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