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  1. Lauri. Where would I find Salmon oil? My BC, Freeman, sheds a lot and has a dull coat. I can't keep any weight on him; He is bone-thin, even though he eats double of what my two larger dogs eat. He's currently on Purina One, lamb and rice for puppies.
  2. >Well I certainly don't leave them out while I'm >not home. I don't trust them THAT much. You probably don't live in a high traffic area like I do. I fear that if my bc was left alone in the IF he would choose the shock and go after cars.
  3. I think the method that I used to teach my SP to retrieve was similar to your method. Did you use back chaining (before teaching him to pick up an object I first got a good solid hold)? I've taught him to retrieve dropped objects and then bring them to me, I can give him towels or other objects and tell him to take them to my son, he can hold doors open, and can carry objects including grocery bags. Here's a picture showing a few things he does to help out around the house- see Matthew and Monty's page: A Pawsitive Puppy Solution
  4. >Do you know if they train the underground fence >starting at the lowest level possible then work >up to higher levels as needed? When I tried a no->bark collar with my sheltie, that was what was >recommended and even with a shaved neck, I still >needed to go to a very high level. I don't have a lot of experience with underground fencing, but I do have rudimentary knowledge of how punishment based training methods work. Starting with low-level corrections and slowly increasing the intensity level can desensitize the dog to the correction. (I've witnessed this first hand with the bark collars). Pam Reid discussed this in her book "EXCEL-ERATED LEARNING, Explaining in plain English how dogs learn and how best to teach them." Here is the quote from her book regarding effectiveness of the intensity of an aversive stimulus: "Generally, the more intense the aversive is, the more the response will be suppressed. Low-intensity punishment produces only moderate suppression and the behavior often recovers despite continued punishment. High-intensity punishment, on the other hand, can produce complete and long-lasting suppression. Animals are able to adapt to punishment. In one study, it was found that rats trained to run down an alley for food would continue running even when severe shocks were given in the goal box, provided the rats had been exposed to a series of shocks of gradually increasing intensity. Other rats that received the intense shock from the outset stopped running completely." So anyway, she summed up saying that it's better to start out strong and then back off. FYI: she wasn't recommending punishment-based methods; however, if one chooses to use bark collars or underground electric barriers her remarks are worth keeping in mind.
  5. Liz, Do you mean that the dog had a collar on for the electric underground fencing? Or did you mean the dog had an e-collar on that was activate by the owner? What a sad thing to witness.
  6. >Should I try and get my scaredy girl to realize >that with me she is safe, or should I bring my >other, who is not afraid of any dogs (loves them >a LOT)?? Hi Julie. How did your girl respond in this situation? My pup is not afraid of dogs but is very people shy. I've been working with this for 5 months, and it is getting much better, but I think it is always going to be an issue with him. Are you exposing her to other dogs at a distance (while she's still comfortable) and hand feeding her yummy treats? There was an older trainer who talked a lot about how our reactions contribute to our dog?s reactions. I think this was William Campbell. He advised using happy, silly talk when your dog's triggers appear. I?ve also noticed that my pup is not afraid of people that my other 2 dogs are happily greeting. So maybe your other dog?s presence could assist with this? In the presence of other dogs can you get her to do obedience skills? Will she heel and make right and left turns while remaining focused on you? If so, this can help to keep her focus on you instead of on her triggers.
  7. Hi. I'm the referred to "lurker". I've met Repo numerous times and I think he is a normal, well behaved pup. What has impressed me about him is despite his puppy mill background, he appears very social to both people and dogs. The Lurker
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