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  1. That is actually really good advice. I think I'm going to do that. Thanks! Yeah I think I'm going to take a bit more time with the leash. I was just dead set on getting the collar on him because sometimes my roommates leave the front door open and MOST of the time I'm there to shut it, but Dexter has gotten into the front yard twice already. I have no gating in the front so I'm just scared he's going to run off. It was more of a safety thing. Sucks that he doesn't understand haha.
  2. Glad I could help So I'm starting to introduce the leash again and he's deathly afraid of it; even more than his collar. I brought it out about an hour ago and he's been hiding in my shower for the past half hour. I think I'm going to try to pile a bunch of his toys around it and see if he'll come up to it and grab a few. I just want him to be comfortable with it around him on the floor first, which currently he is not. Hopefully he'll get over this fear quickly so we can go explore the streets of Riverside! On a good note, we've put a couple new tricks in the bag. I've gotten him to
  3. ^Thanks for the advice! I was going to give that a try if what we were doing didn't work, but today I was able to get the collar on him. He definitely didn't want to, but there was little resistance. He didn't snap at me or anything either. Once I got it on, I tried to give him lots of praise and lots of treats, but he wouldn't take them. I think he was too freaked out. Soon after I had my buddy come over with his dogs to play and that pulled him out of the gutter. Since the collar is on now, I'm going to start working with the leash. I think I'm going to just clip it on and let him drag it ar
  4. Collar update: So just right now, I called Dexter over and picked up his collar right in front of him. He didn't move! Then I kind of put it towards his neck, and there was a small reaction. Just a little backing up, but no sudden movements. While this was happening, his ears were still up and front and no whale eyes. I only did this for a brief moment, but gave him big praise after this. I have yet to try to put it around his neck though, but it does seem like he's getting used to the presence of the collar. Once I get it on him, I'm going to do the same for his harness and leash. Hopefully i
  5. You guys know what? Coincidentally, I was playing catch with him inside the house last night and I got a bit tired so I hid the ball. As he was staring and waiting for me to throw it again, he sat down! I had to throw the ball for that. I tried it again, and he did it again! He got really good at it actually started doing it almost instantly he gave the ball back to me. He learned it within 5 minutes too. I try not to give free throws. He's got to give me SOMETHING before he gets a throw. I think that's why he prefers to play with my roommates over me haha. But nonetheless, he had it down last
  6. Haven't updated in quite a while, so here's a little progress report on Dexter. Haven't had any accidents inside the house in quite a while. Actually haven't had any since the last time I posted on here. We got a pretty good schedule down. Still working on the collar very very slowly, but he's getting used to it. Once in a while I'll clip it to one of my belt loops on my pants and he'll come up and sniff it a couple times. I've gotten him to give me his attention when we're playing with the ball as well. That's a big big big distraction for him, so even getting eye contact is pretty tough. Som
  7. So I've been keeping an eye on him the last couple days and he's doing well with the potty. Like you guys said, taking him out relatively often to do his business. I'm also happy to say that all of the fetch inside the house paid off. He's learned how to properly fetch outside now as well. He brings it back almost every time. It's going to be a lot easier to get in some running now. I'm still working on introducing the collar though, and I'm having a bit of trouble. He knows what the collar is and if he sees me pick it up, he'll go into scared mode right away. I left the collar on the ground o
  8. I don't give him any unsupervised time in the yard. I'm always out there with him just watching him. I do praise him when he does do it outside and I'm even with him 95% of the day. Just that 5% of the time when he's by himself, like when I go to class or go out to get groceries, I come back and it happens. His poop from previous times are still sitting in the grass in the yard and once in a while he'll go by it and sniff it, making think he'll do it, but a lot of times he doesn't. His poop schedule is pretty random though. I noticed that he only goes when no ones looking, so I can never catch
  9. Hopefully it's because he's getting more comfortable. I believe he's also due for a vet check up for his 1 year some time next month. I'm going to have to start introducing the collar and leash by then. Hopefully I can get that done in time. The weird thing is that the spot doesn't seem to bug him the least bit. My dad always said if it doesn't bother him, there's probably nothing wrong. Not too sure how much he knows about dogs though haha. Anyways, I'm going to keep an eye on it. I'm happy to say that he's getting the high five down outside of training sessions! I can put my hand up and
  10. Ohh okay I'll give that a shot. I'll let you know how it goes. One concern I'm having right now is this spot on one of his front paws. I noticed a little bald spot about a week or two ago and just looked at it right now and it seems to be getting bigger. The only thing different about his behavior/lifestyle is that he's not drinking as much water as he should be for some reason. He urinates multiple times a day, like usual, but he doesn't drink his water. His stew seems normal to me as well, not abnormally soft or hard. It doesn't seem to bug him since he doesn't bite, scratch, or excessiv
  11. Oh I see what you guys are saying. So it's actually not a bad thing that he's growling at unknown things. Could actually save the house from theft haha. I'll try to keep the clicker and treats on me more often. He actually gets super excited now when I bust out the tupperware of his treats. He doesn't seem to get bored of it either. And I actually tried what Sue and JVW said and kept everything calm on my end while giving him a neutral 'it's okay'. It worked a lot better than my firm 'no'. He didn't stop right away, but it also didn't intensify like he does sometimes. One question on train
  12. Hi TD Foster! My BC was in a very similar situation. I actually posted the thread that GVC recommended. If you have time, you can skim through it and see all the advice I was given. This is actually my first dog so all of this is new to me and I don't know how much advice I can give, but definitely, hands down, the most helpful advice that was given me was go at her pace. Give her plenty of time to get used to being in a new environment and new people, especially since she's a fearful one. It took me about 3 weeks to get Dexter, my pup, to let me touch him and about a month to let certain othe
  13. Haha you gotta taste every piece of food you give your dog right?? Haha just kidding. My friend ate a piece of kibble out of curiosity and let's just say he's not going to do it again, ever. Dexter and I are making some SERIOUS progress on clicker training. I was able to get him to 'paw' my hand instead of 'nosing' it and I started adding cues ('five' for the paw, as in "high five"). Also we're working on 'down' and 'stand'. I was scared this was going to be too much for him too soon, but to my surprise, he's getting it down! I'm not too sure he's getting the cues just yet since there are
  14. Just finished up another session and he's still got it! I even tested him by putting my hand high enough that he had to jump and, sure enough, he jumped to touch that hand! This is really awesome I can't explain how happy I am right now. I can finally get some mental stimulation going for him and it amazes me how fast he learns too. I'm really looking forward to getting to some more advanced things, but of course, small steps. My treat basket that I prepare before each training session always has a couple different treats. Since I ran out of the Zukes, I been putting cheese pieces and hot
  15. WAHOOO just did a short clicker session and we got the touch down! He was pretty interested in the clicker so we just started out with just looking at the hand with the clicker, to touching the hand with the clicker, to moving the clicker to the other hand and he was still touching the same hand! It was pretty awesome. At first I could tell he was fishing around to try and get me to click and when he got it down, he got it down. Going to try again in an hour or so and see if he still remembers it. Will update you guys. edit: Oh and I keep forgetting to mention that I do cut all my treats t
  16. Thanks for the kind words I picked up a bag of hot dogs yesterday and used them for our clicker session today along with some of that cheddar cheese. I tasted a hot dog and does anyone think that it could be too salty for the pups? Or is it just me? I mean he loved them, but I read somewhere too much salt is unhealthy for the dogs. During the clicker session he was making good progress though. I tried something super super simple for him and he had it down by the end of the session. I was gradually making him come close to me before clicking and treating. I'd toss a treat pretty far back
  17. http://youtu.be/FAb3KJyxq0o Is this video pretty accurate? Today I tried to get him to touch my hand, but all he would do is stare at it, then stare at me. I tried moving my fingers and he showed no interest in it. He sniffed it once, but I think that's because I had some treat scent on my hand. I even tried to use a bright frisbee, but same result. I held it there for a good minute or two before calling it quits. The main thing I got out of that video is not asking anything of the dog when first teaching the clicker, but rather waiting for a wanted behavior and clicking that instead.
  18. Thanks for the advice. I'm actually still in the process of charging the clicker. He didn't seem to get it the first couple sessions, but I think he's coming around. I also didn't realize that my timing could very well be off. I need to get on that quickness from now on. I was hesitant on being quick (giving a treat RIGHT after the click) because sometimes he's not focusing on what we're doing and will walk away from me. I've done one session since I discovered the cheese, but he seemed to be way more interested. I think I just wasn't using high enough value treats. I'm going to go get a pack
  19. I took your guys' advice and kept the sessions real short and brief while trying to keep his attention on me and the clicker. At first, he wasn't really getting it. I felt like he was just thinking "Ooooo treats", but after a couple sessions, I think he started to actually pay attention to that *click*. It's still a bit iffy, but I think it's getting much better. I also looked into that favorite treats thread and went out and bought some sharp cheddar string cheese. Man does he love it. I opened up one stick of it and he was already at my heels. I think the more valuable treats helped out a lo
  20. I tried to charge the clicker on Monday, but he didn't really get it. I think either the environment was too distracting or my treats aren't rewarding enough. Or he may just need a few training sessions to understand it. I'm going to try again when I find a time where I can be more consistent with it. How long are typical training sessions? 10 to 15 minutes? Is it also good to use a variety of treats when rewarding? And that's good to hear about him getting dirty. I don't mind cleaning up after him, but I do mind if it affects his health. He actually seems to clean himself off pretty well.
  21. Today I had a little play date with a friend and his pups. They had a lot of fun. The first time I've ever seen him so happy. His tail was all the way up and wagging like crazy. I was hoping this would help him get better with people if he saw the other two dogs happily coming up to their owners and me and also me interacting with other people. It kind of worked, he was coming up to my buddies and sniffing them. My friend even tossed him a treat and he jumped up and caught it. First time I've seen him do that with food. Also I know it's always a good thing to have him around other dogs once in
  22. WOOOOO BIG BIG PROGRESS THESE LAST COUPLE DAYS! I believe it's just him getting more and more used to me, but he now lets me pet him under the chin, around the ears, and on the chest! As long as I can get him to sniff my hand, he's okay with the pet, even with two hands. I also found out that he really enjoys when I talk in a high pitch voice. It makes him go nuts. He absolutely loves it. His tail goes crazy and he starts jumping around. He even jumped on me once. The last two days, I had to leave for a couple hours to go to work so I had a friend that he's familiar with watch him for me a
  23. I actually got him to go number 1 and 2 outside just now! I gave him BIG BIG BIG praise and found out that if I use the right tone in my voice with the "good boy" he actually wags his tail. Before when I said "good boy" he would walk away from me, so just another sign he's warming up to me. So proud of him.
  24. I just skimmed through that article and it has A LOT of things that I've read about that many people look over and I often need to remind myself of. Thanks for that! I'll have to read it in more detail in a bit. I just wanted to let everyone know that he's actually stopped licking his anus out of nowhere. I think I did see some kind of liquid squirt out at one point though. Could that be his anal glands releasing on their own? It seems like since then, he's stopped. I also found out last night that he prefers when I hand feed him his meals. That is setting his food down in front of him. It
  25. So Dexter has recently been licking his anus a lot and every time he does, the room kind of fills with the scent of his urine. When he stops, the smell kind of goes away. I did a quick Google search and people were suggesting that his anal glands are full. Does anyone second this? He's been dewormed so we can rule that out. If they are, how do you suggest going about having a vet empty them for him? Since he still isn't a very open dog.
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