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  1. I'm so happy for you that you've had some success, and do hope it continues. I am quite leery of any fix that happens "instantly", especially when dealing with fear or trauma. Best wishes to you both.
  2. There's an app called click stats that will both make the clicker sound and take data on your training session. You can also use a marker word or clicky pen.
  3. I usually teach stay by giving the dog a series of treats, and using a release word. It's typically 5 treats. Dog sits in front of handler, handler puts up hand like a stop sign, says "stay"(once), and then feeds the dog a series of 5 small treats (or half treats), and finishes with a release word like "take a break" and encouraging the dog to move/break the stay after the release word. Repeat a few times. Then, start spacing out time between treats (adding duration). When dog has success with that a few times, begin by doing a little rock step back and coming back in to treat the dog (sti
  4. Gabe is pretty similar in this way. With people he knows, he's incredibly affectionate, snuggly even. With new people, he starts out aggressively barking, and eventually gets curious and goes up to people in this kind of conflicted wants to meet them/is terrified of them way. I work with him a lot on staying calm away from people, and not doing things that invite pets/attention/things I know make him uncomfortable. As he gets more comfortable, we work on people throwing treats to him, or throwing a ball for him that he brings back to me and I pass along to the new person to throw.
  5. I really like teaching a nose target (touch), and when Gabe's getting a little nutty, he'll have to play the "touch game" and follow my hand on one side, other side, behind me, under leg, etc etc. We also like trick training! We've done "raise your paw", "roll over", "what does a cat do?"( weaves in between my legs), "where's gabe?" (comes up in between my legs and sits looking up at me), and started some work on paws crossing and general paw targets. It's both fun, and gives him stuff to do with me when meeting new people that he's not happy about.
  6. We both work full time and adopted gabe, our presumably border collie/Australian shepherd mix (but maybe all border collie) at 2.5 years old. We think we are a good home for him, but he's definitely not for the "casual" dog owner. I wake up almost 3 hours before I leave for work to walk him (approx 1 hour and we work on leash skills and reactivity), sometimes a little training session in the morning too. My husband and I have staggered work schedules so he's home earlier than I am, takes gabe for another long walk, and they often run in the yard or do some work out there. We do a lot of t
  7. Gabe's been learning to roll over for a while now, but has seemed to still need a lot of physical cuing in order to be successful. Last night, for the first time, I was able to stand up and give just a verbal "roll over", and he did it! And then moved right along to not needing the "down" cue first, could be told to "roll over" and he would put himself down and do it. My husband came into the room and saw him do it and asked "wow, when did he learn to do it without help?" "About 2 minutes ago". He learns a lot of stuff, and this isn't the first trick he's learned, but he had a tough
  8. Even if the daycare staff are alerting you to this behavior, and interrupting it as often as possible, you don't know for sure that they're interrupting immediately, every time, and I'd guess that the staff:dog ratio isn't conducive to them being able to do that. You need to be working through this with your dog. She doesn't have 1:1 attention at daycare to interrupt her when she's starting to get overstimulated before she's nipping at other dogs. Even if they're interrupting her, what are they doing next? How are they encouraging her to calm herself down? Or are they just interrupting and the
  9. I'm so happy to read this thread. Our labradoodle got bathed regularly, and groomed every other month or something. Gabe gets bathed when he stays at my friend's farm, and she does a hose and shampoo when she returns him. I'd be okay with him coming home with no bath, but she bathes all dogs before she sends them home. He hasn't been there in a while, and I was just feeling like a neglectful dog mom for not bathing him, but he doesn't look or smell dirty! So now I'll give myself a break, and be grateful for his Teflon border collie fur.
  10. Yes, thanks for mentioning this. A young dog in our former neighborhood passed away this way.
  11. I don't mean to keep beating a dead horse here, but I think it's pretty risky to be continuing to put him in situations that might end in a fight or attack. By continuing to go to the beach with tourist dogs around, which has been an issue and caused problems in the past, you are leaving the door open to another fight, another attack, another issue which sets you back a great deal in helping Elwood feel safe. Were these "big American staffys" dogs you knew and knew were completely bomb-proof with other dogs? So you knew without a shadow of a doubt that if your dog started acting negatively
  12. Oh what a cutie. If only I thought Gabe would allow another male in the house...
  13. In "How Dogs Love Us" Gregory Berns talks a lot about how he trained the dogs to lie still in the MRI machine. It was one of my favorite parts of the book!
  14. The dog I raised from puppy-hood was my labradoodle puppy, and he never developed any real issues as he got older. Went through typical bratty adolescence, but was in general a well-balanced, social, well behaved dog. Except for that time I discovered he loved chasing deer more than ANYTHING and he took off in the woods. We had proofed recalls against a lot of distractions, but not that one, and clearly it was too much. He was social enough that he found a person walking their dog in the woods and walked back to the field with them, and went home with our neighbor. I read a book once call
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