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    Stouffville Ontario Canada
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    Art, critters, more critters, trees, fish, mixed skies, dog training
  1. "They use positive reinforcement, but have a very no-nonsense, stern tone of voice. I think Fern is alarmed by this. " I've been in classes like that, and agree with Fern. But seriously, the human half of the team is important too, fun is contagious, so are less comfortable emotions. Positive reinforcement training should be fun (honestly, I think all training should be fun). Hope you have some good choices available. I wonder if Fern is picking up on your discomfort with the trainer?
  2. Sounds like you two are a match. Lucky dog, lucky you!
  3. Hey welcome! Kenzie looks beautiful & sassy. I like 'em that way. I don't have advice, but I reading you've got some good dogging instincts going for you--ie. you are looking at the dog & relizing that even though technique x or y worked out well in the past, it's not right for Kenzie. So trust your instincts. You might find some very good stuff on youtube, by the sound of it, kikopup, donna hill, & kristen crejesto will have lots of helpful "how to's" for this dog. ps. she looks a little cattle doggish to me. I always ignore colour & coat when making guesses.
  4. Out of four dogs I've taken camping, all of them wait for walks to go potty, and keep a clean campsite in spite of the area being nothing but trees, sticks, leaves & dirt--good dogs! I wish I could say the same about humans... :-(
  5. I can see how having pets can be seen as a threat to an entrenched polital system--owning animals forces us to think of the other, and to see things from a radically different point of view & thereby change us in fundimental ways. To put it in a lighter note--I've lived with dogs long enough to feel the urge to chase at the sight of a leaping squirrel.
  6. They look awesome, you sound excited, Scoot sounds amazing. Life happens, and sometimes great stuff comes with it.
  7. I've been away for a while. Pretty much decided Sonic is not a border collie in the traditional pure-blooded, or even part blooded sense. Pretty much think he's a border-collie-ish dog from the Dominican Republic, so I'm saying he's a Dominican Street Collie for fun and accuracy. It's been more than a year. He's come a long way in some respects and same old same old in others. He still gets mysterious sudden onset hand-shy, which lately manifests at the nursing home we visit (counter conditioning with treats is VERY tricky for obvious reasons). He no longer growls/wakes up with nig
  8. Any shared activity that is fun for you and the dog and requires mutual input. Dog sports are obvious and usually expensive but you'll be guided through the process by a professional. For the free stuff, play, simple (or complex) tricks, hanging out in a new place as long as your dog wants to pay attention to you. What Donald said, there's nothing like nights away from home for bonding, sleeping in a tent, or on a hotel bed, walking through a strange city, hiking a trail. Since my guy is usually overstimulated on neighbourhood leashed walks, it is the opposite of bonding, as there is a com
  9. Just a thought, as I'm in agreement with the others. You're in a time of life when you don't know what will happen next, and want to leave doors open to travel, or cram yourself into a tiny downtown apartment, or work all hours or party all night or both, etc. etc. etc. You have amazing training background and experience. Why not 'borrow' dogs for awhile (which is what you have done so far). See if there are canine outreach folks you can hook up, and offer to help out with training programs for folks who can't afford proper dog training, or help out at rescue (a gsd rescue would love your ex
  10. sometimes a "balanced trainer" is one that considers the consequences of "management" vs a full range of options in training. If the car thing can be avoided with management without detriment to the dog's quality of life, further management and positive training is an excellent choice, but it sounds like this car thing is having a serious impact on everyone involved; those other options may be a kinder choice, but a complicated solution if done right. If you're going the e-collar route, work your butt off to learn to train in engagement, treats, toys, games. You can't just take away your do
  11. My guy has tons of prey drive, but had zero for toys. I just purchased a tug and treat frisbee (Clean run has them). It has a food pouch inside. He needs me to get the food out, so he brings it back. I switch things up & give him a treat from my pocket. He's recently generalized to fetch a ball. (I'd tried and given up on training that in the past). That said, maybe your dog is just not into running games. Maybe she is sore (those hips), and not feeling energetic.
  12. I love Show Sheen, for me and my dog. I have liquid (in a bottle, not spray) kind, but nearly killed my husband when I brushed it into Sonic's tail while he was lying on the kitchen floor. Great stuff--but the warning is worth repeating. I never thought of using it for snowballs, will try that tip this winter.
  13. Hi, you asked a specfic question (help with loose leash walking) but there are a lot of general things in there, and I've been through the same thing with my new/current dog, Sonic, so I'll just add in about teaching the play with toy thing... My guy did not play with toys, yet had/and has, a very high (crazy dog!) prey drive for squirrels, muscrats, canada geese, doves, rabbits, you get the picture. I used a tug and treat frisbee https://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm/product/3936/doggone-good-flying-treat-tug.htm to teach him to tug and fetch the easy way. He loves it now, and I finally (nin
  14. Sonic is greatly relieved to hear that regular bathing will not be necessary. He is terrified of all things bath, including the production of a bucket of water, people (including myself) holding anything that remotely looks like a shampoo bottle, and overly friendly people trying to coax him in. He was part of a canine outreach program and regular medicated baths (for parasites) would have been performed against his wishes. Lucky he, that I think he smells wonderfull and looks gorgeous. He once wandered into a trickle and came out looking like Gollum and smelling like dead frog
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