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  1. I've also got an unintended rescue (I was naieve, my first dog, got him off the classifieds and didn't recognize the signs that he was a rescue and not a "normal" dog) and live in the city. After going through numerous online forums and in person trainers and books I've settled in with a behaviorist that I love working with. So, maybe check in with a behaviorist for some insight and tweaks to your current routine and training plan? And, I think Hooper2 may be on to something. ☺️ It sounds like you're doing great work. If you are around to offer updates as time wears on, I'm excited
  2. Training Log 21 Aug 2018. Completed day 4 of Protocol for Relaxation and reviewed the instructions. Tuxedog worked well through the protocol. However, I think he might benefit from interspersing a few more "easy" tricks (touch, sit, stand, etc) throughout. He seems looser after a quick "touch" (body tension decrease, commisure & jaw loosen). I was already thinking these might help and was re-encouraged to try after reading the following excerpt from the instructions: ` I would like to do some nosework with TuxeDog, today. I also need to get some meal prep done for
  3. @GentleLake. Yep, the point of the "free" cue was to allow him to take a break if he wanted it. It was an observation (I found it interesting that he only took advantage of the "free" offer to break the down/stay once) not a judgement of his choice. Regarding sleep, I agree. TuxeDog has gone through periods of more whimpering and pacing vs less whimpering and pacing before. I normally circumvent it by giving him a food puzzle at bedtime and that is typically sufficient. Because I go to bed earlier than MrLoverMan, things are getting thrown off. I had suggested just ignoring the behavior
  4. Training Log. 29 July 2018. Relaxation Protocol. We completed Day 1 of Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol, first in the bedroom with the door closed and second in the kitchen. He performed much better than I expected when we were in the kitchen, which is a more difficult environment for him! I offered the “free” command in between each step of the protocol. (Question for trainer: Is that “okay”?) so that each step went “TuxeDog Down. TuxeDog Stay. [Protocol Step]. [Mark & Reward]. TuxeDog Free.” Almost every time he just stayed in the down position, waiting for the n
  5. @Sue R. Is this the book that you refer to? Thank you for the recommendation.
  6. @urge to herd @GentleLake. Thanks for the info. Particularly regarding the small batches. I tend to prepare most of my food in bulk and freeze in portions. While the freezing would help with what you refer to. Still, the reminder was good to hear. In regards to the importance of scent to palatability, while TuxeDog will eat just about anything no matter what, this appears to be especially important for TortieCat. I couldn't find a treat that TortieCat would work for until an employee at a boutique pet shop suggested that none of the treats I was using were smelly enough. She pointed me
  7. ROFLOL. I love it! Thanks for the update. lol. Glad to hear that the trip in town went well, too. Will you be working her around livestock, if she takes an interest to it? Or was the slowing down around the cattle more a matter of curiosity to see how she'd respond?
  8. @jami74. I am in awe of the sock trick! Thank you for sharing. My laundry is...chaos... at the moment. However, I'll check back in when things calm down around the house and we're all settle back in a little better. I wanna give this a shot.
  9. @BarkyBarkandtheFunkyBunch . Another BC newb here, I'm useless as far as ID goes. I just wanted to drop in to echo what everyone else is saying--beautiful dog! I love your photography, as well. Also, I laughed outloud when I read "I threw a stick today and she held onto it for 1/4 mile and brought it home." I shared that with MrLoverMan who happened to be in the room. He isn't too partial to dogs (100% cat man, he is) and even he thought that was pretty cute. To @GentleLake, @Bordercentrics, @CptJack, @gcv-border: Although I'm not the OP, I want to express appreciation for your inpu
  10. @urge to herd. Ooh, I've never thought of using my freezer to dehydrate, even though I (and my pets!) love those freeze-dried treats. I always imagined that it required some sort of fancy-dandy-super-specialized type of freezer to freeze dry things. Thanks for the tip!
  11. I look forward to hearing more @Ildiko if you choose to go ahead with formal Nosework! My trainer has me doing an adapted version of nosework that is just for behavior modification purposes. I'm in the very early stages of it, and so there aren't any fancy scents involved yet, just treats. When we do get to scents, we will be using "scents he is unlikely to find in nature" as suggested by @CptJack. For folks looking to compete or otherwise learn formal nosework, she refers out to an NACSW certified trainer. I'm intrigued by the Barn Hunt suggestion. I've never heard of that sport befo
  12. Hello, again, everyone! I was trying to think of a place where I might be able to keep a digital training log of my daily (*cough*WhenI'mOnTopOfThings*cough) training with TuxeDog. Our training continues to be behavior focused, for now. I've teamed up with a wonderful trainer and my partner and I (we married, a week ago today!) have been able to find ways to squeak the finances of training into our budget on a semi-regular basis. As I started to search for a forum where I could log daily training sessions, I remembered about this thread here, and thought this would be a great place both ma
  13. My parents were in town from a thousand miles away. My father is a country boy, grew up on a farm. Animals belong outdoors, not very partial to pets. The only interactions I recall observing growing up between him and other folks' dogs involve him explaining, "if you ignore then, they'll leave you alone.". Given that background, it was particularly sweet to see him smiling and playing "soccer" with TuxeDog, as TuxeDog worked his Kong Genius Leo food puzzle. Dad didn't realize it was a food puzzle, and was just enjoying footsying around with the toy that TuxeDog was nosing around.
  14. @GentleLake . Thank you! I appreciate your kind words. @urge to herd, Ruth & Gibbs . Thank you for sharing your experiences with Shonie. It's reassuring to hear other's stories of similar dogs. And certainly reassuring to hear of further improvement as the years waxed on
  15. Thanks @D'Elle for sharing your experience. I'll be circling a lot of these inter-pet relationship questions soon and appreciate your insight.
  16. @mkdlin What are you thinking these days? Have you been able to identify what in particular you are looking for in a canine companion? If yes, in what ways is that idea similar and different from what you presented a month ago? As for the slew of thoughts and advice, here's mine: When I adopted TuxeDog, I had never previously owned a dog. Something that came to mind for me while reading through this thread is just how little I understood. I was explicitly looking for a dog that would be a companion, not a project. However, because I had so little dog experience, I missed and/or misin
  17. Back for an update: TuxeDog and I are doing much better. The second trainer was one of the only two behaviorists that live and work in my metro area. Makes sense, now, why she was so much more calm and helpful. Solliquin (a calming supplement by nutramax) made a *huge* difference for TuxeDog. After we ran out of the first month of medicine, I let some time lapse because I thought maybe I was imagining things and there was a placebo affect. No way. TuxeDog was back to climbing the walls and a whimpering mess within a week. I quickly remembered why I nearly became the next in a line of
  18. Today's successes: playing hide and go seek, continues progress on "pick up" and mat work Today's challenges: People getting out of a large passenger van about 300 feet away. Running down the stairwell. Dogs in the apt parking lot that I somehow missed.
  19. Some good news! Industrial and Office Parks at odd hours are pretty empty of everything, including dogs. Perhaps Tuxedo and I can take walks there until his training is further along? I am borrowing a car to try this out. Today was our first day and it went well. He was slightly reactive (stiff body posture, at alert, difficult to turn his attention) to the ducks and some folks out on a smoke break. That was only probably 5 minutes of the 90 or so total we spent across two outings, today. He was probably right at threshold for those two interactions. Other than that, all was calm! May t
  20. It's been a couple days. Any luck with "sit"? I love everyone's ideas!
  21. I'm curious to hear how the bowl with a rock that he has to work around goes. I don't know the consistency of the home cooked food you feed... For both dogs and cats I will sometimes feed baby food through an oral syringe as their food reward during training. On a larger scale for a full meal, perhaps a turkey baster would work? Won't work for anything chunky/needs to be chewed.... For chunks, perhaps tying them loosely in fabric? If I use old bedsheets, Tuxedo doesn't consume the fabric and the fabric holds up well. He seems to enjoy working out the knots to get to the food, and it
  22. Congratulations! What are your takeaways from foster experience #1? Will y'all be taking on another placement?
  23. So exciting! Can't wait to hear more! And I trust the kennel cough continues to clear up? Such an image, waking up to a floor covered in phlegm! *shudders*
  24. When he hides behind you, is he more calm? Does hiding behind your legs while you chase off the dogs appear to be preventing the dog fights?
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