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  1. I had similar troubles with my girl when I first brought her home. She would bound after the ball, frisbee, squeaky-whatevers, she might mouth it or pick it up, but if I called her to come to me she would promptly drop it and bound to me. What I found worked for me was a different command for 'come' vs 'fetch'. I changed my command to bring me the ball or whatever I through to 'bring me,' which you can't help but have a cheery voice for and it worked like a charm. The other thing I did to start was only tossing the object at very short distances when transitioning from inside to outside, beca
  2. So I have been evaluating my sitation that past few days, and doing a little work on some things. I am inclined to believe preventing access is the best method for now, I have gone back to crating her for the past week and have noticed when I get ready to leave she promptly walks over to her crate and lays down in it. I am hoping to interprit this voluntary and calm reaction to be that she does not mind her crate and is content to be there while I am gone. Do ya'll think this is the case? Even if I ask her 'go to your crate' she will calmly walk or jog to her crate and settle down promptly. Th
  3. Well as shown in this video the mat captured the behavior of sniffing at the trash can with clear intent to go further had it not shocked him. So to me I see that as ideal because it captured the intent to trash dig but stopped him while that was in his head. Because of that consequence he associated the zap with that thought this steered clear after a few attempts. I do see your point that if not set up properly of if the dog grazed it in passing through the doorway how he may be frightened of that area afterwards.
  4. So I looked into one of the products mentioned earlier more. The sssscat thing. Turns out this may be a good idea as long as the shock isn't horrible. That's one I found in action guarding the trash. By the third day the dog didn't even touch the trash. Has any one had experience with this? Know someone who does? There was also on their website a line of product that attaches to the dogs collar and a smaller wireless transmitter is placed where you don't want you dog like a couch of chair and if the dog gets to close it delivers a small shock. I mainly wish to know if this would have
  5. So there is no way to eliminate these behaviors? I really would rather not have to have a giant gate around or through my kitchen for the next 15 years. I understand that the baking sheets and pop cans could scare here, thats why I have not attempted them as I figured she would become reactive to any noise similar to that in the future. Does anyone have any knowledge of products like the 'sssscat' which sprays a puff of air when triggered through motion detector? Or the snappy trainer, which produces a pop type noise to scare off the dog?
  6. Ya I figured that wasn't the correct way to phrase it, but I just was to tired to think of something else. Yes I could confine her to my bedroom, but this would defeat the purpose of having moved out of an apartment into a house, I want her to have more space. As far as the excercise pen expanded across that area, yes I suppose I could, but at the moment I do not have one, nor the money readily available to go get one. I have a crate for her as well, but again leaving her in this all day I frown on, once in a while yes, but every day? Is that was some people do, crate their dogs for 9 hours a
  7. Hello again! I had a quick question on how to discourage a few behaviors I have noticed my girl is developing. Counter Surfing and Trash Digging. A little background. Since the day I got her I have had a strict policy about the kitchen being off limits. I included proofing this in play time as well as while we leisurely sit around the apartment. She knows she is not allowed off the carpet onto the tile that is the kitchen. I have 'accidentally' thrown her toys over this threshold to proof this idea once in a while when playing and each time she has stopped dead in her tracks instead of goi
  8. I came across the DogPacer after I built this carpet mill. It does look nice and sleek, but I can not afford it right now, I would rather attempt to better the one I have.
  9. @talksalot: I can not use it due to the weight is not meant for human support. There is also the harness rig in the center making it awdward for someone taller to use the mill. As far as it being stiff, no my engineer friend went over and beyond with the bearings, I can hand turn it and it will freely spin. However I am wondering about how well she can grip it to push against it and run. She is only about 43 pounds, so that does add some friction to the smooth turning, I had attempted to find the smoothest backing that I could on a carpet, as well as a slick surface for it to turn over, a whi
  10. I too had thought about walking on it myself to show her how fun it could be, but it is to small for a human, even someone as short as I am. My friend and I designed this specifically for her height, length and weight. Though I will try to involve fun times around it, fetch, hide and seek etc. Maybe if I leave it alone for a few weeks instead of days?
  11. Hello again. So after seeing all the rain I have been getting lately I decided to do a bit of research on an inexpensive way to keep my dog exercised when running outside, fetch and other activities outdoors were not an option. I came across a treadmill idea. Perfect, I thought, though looking at the prices of them were a bit daunting. So I contacted a friend of mine who happens to be an engineer and he and I brained stormed a bit till we came up with the materials to build a manual power carpet mill. I have had this fore a few weeks now, and have been trying to slowly get my girl to becom
  12. I stood and watched a 'training' class for intermidiate at Pets Mart, I was not impressed at all. From what the brouchure said, all dogs from beginners class should know how to sit, lay down and come when called. Half the dogs in this intermediate class couldn't sit or lay down on command let alone hold the position. I would look for a dog training school, not a pet store. I found three in my local area that are run by volunteers that have either judged or actually shown dogs, so they have a fairly knowledable array of minds that can help just about anyone. Most classes run about 10 weeks
  13. Lol I understand that, I suppose in my mind the music would be set to a reasonable volume, which means fairly low, because I agree being able to hear someone behind you are an engine roaring toward you from behind would be nice. I always walk against traffic so I can see what is going to hit me if someone decides to come at me. But anyways with the headphones that is why I suggested having no music in them at all, this way you can still hear the environment around you.
  14. You need to find a way to discipline without creating a negative association when that dog comes to visit. In this case I would not use a crate, as I think that would create a negative atmosphere, but perhaps if you could leave your dog leashed while in the house and if something happens, calmly take her to another room and shut the door. Even if she is barking, or scratching at the door I would wait till the noise stops and she calms herself down. Once she does reward her for the calm behavior by opening the door and walking her out via her leash, do not let her just burst out or she will no
  15. Headphones would definately work too if as Waffles said, or at the very least it gives you the excuse to ignore people even if you don't have any music playing.
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