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  1. That's what we're thinking Bailey might enjoy, and to just mix things up a bit I've seen it done with tennis balls too, so no special ball required as far as i can tell
  2. Hi all! I'm curious, has anyone else heard of/taught their dogs "Sheepballs"? Our trainer recommended it for Bailey to help him improve his focus, and i think he'd really enjoy it. Although he'll fetch his stuffed toys at home, he doesn't like to return/fetch a ball when out, but seems to prefer to just be a goalie and stop the ball then move on to another one! I've posted the link to the inventor below to anyone who is interested! https://www.learningaboutdogs.com/welcome-sheepballs/
  3. @Journeyit used to be daily with his 'pack' at the park, but he became increasingly demanding about wanting to always go there so that has been scaled back to 2 or 3 times a week only. With the pandemic we haven't been able to have other puppy interactions (at home/in the garden etc) how we would like to. @Rosaleeit is really hard and makes walks stressful. Walks used to be the best part of our day when he was a terror ay home, but now it's the opposite, he's wonderful at home but you never know what the walk will end up being which is stressful. We decided to get help from a professiona
  4. Hi D'Elle, Thank you for your advice on this, we've been looking into your suggestions and advice further over the last few weeks and have consulted a behaviourist for help. Bailey has always been a bit excitable as a pup, but now that he's hit adolescence it's got far worse which is apparently fairly common. He's what is known as a frustrated greeter, completely fine off lead but really struggles to stay calm when on lead. Unfortunately it's not possible to avoid dogs all the time as even in our street there are multiple dogs, but where possible we walk him in quiet areas and are wo
  5. @D'Elle oh definitely! We're going through plenty of other behaviour changes/issues as part of adolescence, so training is definitely still continuing! But this one issue for us has seemed to resolve itself at least! At this point I'll revel in the small victories!
  6. I'd suggest taking the time to sit with her in the garden on a short leash to desensitise her to the cars, and rewarding calm behaviour. We've had success with Bailey with this (he's 7 mo now) as he chased cars on the road. There's still a couple of busier roads he struggles with, but my regular calm exposure and making it boring we've seen vast improvements
  7. @MB25 we went through a very similar thing with Bailey, and like you tried so many different things but can admit we weren't consistent enough. Good news is that when his adult teeth came through at 5-6 months he just stopped! He is occasionally still a bit mouthy, or might give a little nip if he is overexcited, but now it's so rare if he does it's very easy to follow through on the consequences. We also toned down the excitement in our house that really helped!
  8. Completely understand, we sometimes feel the same. Luvkily Bailey now seems to have decided the sofa is the place to be and is quite happy to flop down on it after a walk for a good few hours of snoozing. We tidy up all his toys and other distractions and just leave him to it, although he will sometimes wake up amd get into mischeif. It probably helps that we both work from home full time so he's had to learn that during those times we're busy and boring, so he may as well just sleep! I notice working on mat work, she doesn’t really chill on the mat, not tense or stressed out or something
  9. Hi D'Elle, We can certainly work on building that up for him, and we can get a nice calm sit with no distractions, or with dogs that are a fair distance away and not walking towards or near us. So we cam definitely work on slowly decreasing that distance. Unfortunately i don't see how we would avoid him meeting/seeing dogs at all, for example on walks and even just round the block as there are plenty around. I've also heard that socialisation is really important at this age again. So would a combination of working on the calm sit while decreasing the distance threshold, and also when
  10. Hi again, I'd appreciate advice on another topic for Bailey, as we think he's enterred his adolescence/fear/sensitivity phase and we're not sure how to address it. He's started alert barking/growling at things over the last week. He seems fine out and about on walks, but it has been random points when he's at home. Some examples below: Catching his reflection in the tv/door Lawnmower Pigeon on a roof A dog on the TV Seemingly nothing, but i assume something he senses outside at night - or a ghost He goes all alert and goes to the back door, has a low gro
  11. Hi all, I'm hoping for some advice on Bailey's hyperarousal around other dogs while we're walking on leash. It's excitement not anxiety based, and is very much 'A DOG! Let me see them! I want to say hello NOW!!!' We try and watch the road in front and manage the situation, eg, cross over or take a different route (trying to get him back past his distance threshold), but that's not always possible. He'll lunge to the end of his leash, 2 front paws up in the air, and If he doesn't get to see them he gets barky. Absolutely nothing gets through to him, treats, squeaky toy, commands, clic
  12. Hi Rosalee! This sounds so similar to what we were experiencing with Bailey (now 6.5 mo), especially the evening madbess which exhausted us. I posted my routine on here a month or 2 ago and the advice i received have completely transformed Bailey so i hope i can share some of what we've changed to help you! I would suggest you are doing far too much interaction with your pup. We were the same, and when we added it up it was ~5 hours a day of interaction and he was in a near constant state of hyperarousal. We've now really cut things down to 2-3 hours max. Here's our very brief routin
  13. Hi, I followed your post witn interest as we sometimes have the exact same situation with our 6.5 month pup Bailey. We're working on his hyperarousal at the moment, and I completely agree, when they get to that point there really is nothing thay can get through to them, so it's about trying to control and manage the situation before it arises, like turning back if they are having too much exposure to exciting things early in the walk. We're still learning about Bailey as we go, and he's recently entered his sensitive/fear adolescence stage which has added a level of complexity. He
  14. That's very kind of you to say @D'Elle These forums have really helped us both with the actual training and mentally when we've been worried or stressed about what we should be doing due to lack of 'formal' dog training support at this time. That's also great to know we don't have to give up sofa cuddle time <3 We found without having that at the beginning we struggled to strengthen our bond with him as all his calm cuddly times he was crated, so I'm glad this is still ok! He will be crated/X-pened while we go out, so if we start incorporating that it's a double whammy! Thanks again
  15. Agreed, I think because we HAVE to be at home 24/7 these days with the pandemic, Bailey hasn't really been introduced to the concept of us not being around, and it's something we need to practice. Definitely something to practice at weekends though (and maybe a lunchbreak if we can give him half an hour of attention, then use the other half hour break we have to do something for us out the house [even if it's just running errands where he can't go). Thank you so much for sending me the calming/relaxation protocol! It's really helpful to me to have a structured training plan, and this looks
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