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Heather Rae

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  1. Been a little while, but things with Tuesday are great. She's a wonderful dogs, excitement pees but that's about her only obnoxious trait. My question though.... Tues is about nine months old now, still a pup, but I'm not sure if that has something to do with it or if I'm overestimating a dog's abilities. My goal is to train her to search out rubber grenades that people frequently losing on our airsoft field, maybe this is lofty, lemme know, but its going fairly well, she's definitely got the concept of the game down. I am, however, concerned that she always searches in the same p
  2. I'm interested in purchasing the puppy version but I can't seem to find it (I think, or is this the one) can anyone give me a link so I can purchase it?
  3. Thank you, I never really considered this, but I could see how it would come in handy. Is there anything special to it or do I just say, "Okay" after I receive the behavior I want for the duration I want and then treat? Her focus never ceases to amaze me, she actually learned everything but "wait" and "leave it" with him near by. Nick can be a bit of a punk from time to time, but for the most part if I give him a kong or something for him to work on he stays out of the way. With Tuesday I pick things I think she can handle even with the distraction, while, with Nick everything must be
  4. Actually this was sort of a big deal to me, I noticed that small break when I saw the recording. Breaking the wait (which is the term I use for stay, I know not really standard) is the one I really don't approve of. I'll have to be careful to make sure I don't allow this or allow myself to set her up for failing. I think the phasing out the hand jesters will help remove this issue because I tend to use verbal as an emphasis, even though I really want the hand jester to be an emphasis. So something for me so sort out, thank you. And yes, I completely agree, it's very interesting to see the
  5. Yes, I noticed that too, I occasionally fall into the habit, but I have to ask, if she doesn't give me behavior I want, what should I do?
  6. I just realized this would probably have been better suited for the training board.
  7. EDITS: Corrected my many mistakes in italics Alright, my Tuesday is now... 18 weeks I believe. Let me tell you, she is so vastly different from her playmate Nick, it's hard for me to believe I'm not dreaming. I'm so far from being perfect, and watching the recording I see a lot of my errors, bad timing and some letting things slide. Letting her slide doesn't bother me too much, I'm looking mostly for the effort and a decent approximation of what I'm asking and hope to refine her from there. I dunno if this is a bad idea, but please feel free to critique errors you see, I'm trying to get be
  8. Interesting, I never thought of "it's yer choice" as a game or ever knew it had a name, it's very close to what's mandatory for my dogs to get their food. I hate when dogs maul you for their food and it's their job to sit and wait patiently until I cue them that it's okay to eat (I put the food bowl down and stand up and say 'Eat') it's taught exactly like the video. It took Tuesday a while to understand that she has to wait for /her/ food bowl and not just any food bowl. The video did make me think it's time for more impulse control work though.
  9. Oh my, that just made my day, very funny.
  10. Wow, car space was definitely never something I really considered, vacationing either, although we tend to camp when we vacation, which is fine for one or two dogs, but when I start thinking about more than two there's no way with the current family/ vehicle situation, someone would need to be babysat. (Glad I only have the two currently.)
  11. I'm not planning on adding another dog for a long time, most likely not until Tuesday begins to grows out of her puppy stage, but I have noticed that many people have several dogs. I've often thought that some day I'd like to have a small pack (when I have the time and money... might not be until I'm retired!) but, I've also wondered what considerations go into this. It's nothing technical, I'm just wondering about personal considerations. How much space would you deem physically necessary for each dog? How do you determine if you have enough time for another dog? When you have 4
  12. To be completely honest I'm not sure if I understand the difference.
  13. Hmm. I'm still not a 100% on what I'm going to do about the stand. I do want a dog where I can touch her body during a stand... like the stands you see in conformation... not the long outstretched legs necessarily but where the dog remains still while being handled. Of course the dog knowing what "stand" means would be helpful. The "300 Pigeon Peck" I think will be helpful, but I don't think she actually understands the stand command... maybe just a little more patience with the hand targeting/luring and she'll get it. We'll see.
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