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  • Birthday 04/11/1991

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    Hiking. Climbing. Knitting. Good movies. Better books. Dogs.
  1. Great ideas, thanks everyone! I cooked up some beef liver seasoned with garlic salt (HUGE hit) and I got some cheap tuna to whip up when the liver runs out. Unfortunately, I found 4 kidneys for about a dollar at my supermarket so I baked them with the liver and now our whole house smells like piss haha. She seems to like them though.
  2. Lucky! I live in the city with a hard-to-focus pup, so I'm looking for the nastiest, stankiest, fish-smellingest treat recipe to compete with the thousand distractions going on when we walk out the door. Right now I'm doing what waffles is doing, and cubing up a lot of chicken and turkey, but treats that Laika will go nuts over inside hardly merit a sniff when we're outside. Thanks everyone so far for the suggestions!
  3. I need to up my treat game! What is it that your dogs just can't resist? There are some great ideas in previous threads, but I'd love to hear some more!
  4. So sweet! It looks like she has a little heart on her head
  5. My pup is pretty scared of the bath as well, and while this is probably not the most graceful strategy what I do is prep everything first (like you), smear some peanut butter on the sides of the tub, lure in Laika, and work FAST while she licks her way crazily around the tub. It does make a huge mess of everything but the dog, and the bathroom smells like PB for a while, but it keeps both my hands free to wash, Laika is pretty oblivious to everything that isn't the peanut butter, and (bonus!) it forces me to clean my shower every 6 weeks or so. It's a silly scene, but it's worked rather w
  6. He is SO CUTE! Can't get over it. I love his little white chin wisps - it looks like he's been drinking milk
  7. Sounds like Laika. I would say "good luck", but I think I need it more than you :-p
  8. Ha ha no need! I appreciate all the help I can get! I like positive reinforcement for most aspects of training, but Laika obviously doesn't respond to gentle admonitions so I'm fine scruffing if that gets the point across. I'm stern with her when she's bad, but I haven't had a puppy before (and no kids), so like you said she might be picking up on a vibe that I don't know 100% what I'm doing and taking advantage of it. Thanks everyone so far for the input. I'll keep trying with her
  9. Awesome, thanks Sue R, that's very helpful advice. I feel for your friend with the shredded fingers, although I'm not sure I quite have her tolerance :-p I'll try scruffing tonight if she's nippy. Also, I know this probably sounds archaic, but what about spray bottles? Humane/not humane? Effective/not effective?
  10. Thanks for the responses! Donald McCaig - Any elaboration on HOW to mean what I say (without switching dog trainers?) I've been doing mostly positive reinforcement based training, but I'm not against (humane) corrections, so if you have any suggestions or resources I would be grateful! Gideon's girl - Whew, that's a relief! The few things I could find said that 5-6 months would be the start of teething. If I should avoid treating her for barking, should I ignore it? When I do this, it seems like she will just go on for-e-v-e-r, so I'm at a bit of a loss for how to proceed. I do treat he
  11. Hi all, I've been searching through old topics and couldn't find anything that specifically addresses our current problems, but my apologies in advance if this post is redundant. Laika is 4 months old now, and while she's made huge strides and we love her to death, this has been a pretty very frustrating week. Since I don't have any prior dog-training experience I keep making mistakes, and it has been two steps forward one step back the whole time we've had her (my fault, not hers). I'm pretty down, and any advice on the following issues would be really appreciated. 1) Laika does n
  12. This is helpful, thank you! I'm sorry to say that the parents in my neighborhood are like yours. We live in a busy area and NO ONE asks before petting Laika; it drives me completely nuts and it's teaching her to beg for attention from everyone we walk by. Most of the time when I politely tell people to stop, or that she's nervous around kids, they either ignore me or act as if I'm the one being rude (a grown man even called me a "bitch" a few weeks ago). Sadly, it's the same entitled people that see a puppy and immediately grab for it that necessitate less polite methods of getting them
  13. Update: our first class went GREAT! Loved Ahimsa, our trainer/instructor is Wynona and she seems really helpful, really good. The curriculum was engaging, fun, and (has to be said!) not at all religious. Laika loved playing with the other puppies and learned so much that she was totally sacked out for the rest of the day! We can't wait for our next class! Laika trying out the socialization theme of the week: dog clothes
  14. I apologize if I acted domineering - that was not at all my intention and I am truly sorry for any offense. Upon rereading my posts they seem a little aggressive, which was not how I intended them. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one. I will grant that the name "Ahimsa" could imply a Buddhist/Hindu connection, but upon reading further into the site it seemed clear to me that there was no real religious founding to their curriculum, but that these religions and Ahimsa's training philosophy are both based on nonviolence and compassion which, I think, could be said for al
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