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  1. This is a REALLY common issue! Here is a great blog post by a friend of mine with several ideas. She's a service dog trainer and obedience competitor so she has a ton of experience with teaching a hold:
  2. That was adorable! He looks like he's having so much fun!
  3. My blind dog did a couple of nosework classes! I practiced at home with all three dogs and they all adored it! It's a lot of fun!
  4. C Crocker, check out the Pet Insurance University link in the first post which gives reviews, comparisons, and links to several different companies. They are not all the same--not even close. I think Embrace does have age limits to enroll, but others don't. Hopefully you can find something that works for you!
  5. My dog developed separation anxiety and started being destructive around the age of 3.5 to 4, but there was a medical cause for it. He has PRA and is now blind, and the anxiety started around the time his sight started to get really bad. He could previously be left loose in the house for any amount of time with no problems. Now I have to crate him. And for awhile he was even chewing up his plastic crate pans out of anxiety, but now that he is on Prozac that has stopped. He still has to be crated, and he barks out of anxiety and digs at his crate sometimes, but the destruction has stopped. He a
  6. He is quite the looker! Reminds me of my Lok. Congrats to both of you!
  7. What a pretty girl, and wonderful dog! Sorry for your loss!
  8. Rollzuki, My reactive dog never stares/stalks in any other context either. Unfortunately I cannot really use a verbal "leave it" with her as she is deaf, but I have been working on an attention cue that I can use when she's not looking at me (two taps on her butt with a finger). Like anything, it takes time and if she is over threshold she will not respond. It has to be built up in gradually more challenging situations. It sounds like you've only had this dog a few months? For some perspective, I've been working hard on these issues with Jun since January (I've had her for 3 years, but unf
  9. The book Control Unleashed has a lot of good impulse control games. I would probably work a "leave-it" in gradually more challenging situations. You might also think about teaching an auto-watch or doing some LAT in addition to doing BAT. I have a deaf border collie that is fear-aggressive with people and she would stare before reacting. It was very difficult to break her out of the stare, as anything I would do would set her off. We just had to keep it under threshold and teach her that looking to me anytime she saw a scary person got rewarded. We are still in the early stages, but her look-a
  10. Wow! I just read through this thread. I'm sorry for what you and Lacee have been through the past several days! I completely understand the rollercoaster emotions, having gone through something similar with my dog last week. Best wishes for continued healing and recovery for Lacee!
  11. This is a public service announcement . . . With three dogs, I had looked into pet health insurance before and it never seemed to be worth it. It seemed like it cost too much and covered too little. All the people I had talked to seemed to think the same. I figured my dogs were pretty healthy and I had some money saved, and the money I would pay in premiums for three dogs would be better off in my savings account. Then last week I almost lost my dog Lok after a (simple) obstruction surgery which led to a major infection, 4 nights in the ICU, a second surgery, a bunch of meds . . . nee
  12. I felt the same way before I added my second, and it truly does change your relationship with the first, though not necessarily in a bad way. I think my first dog would have been perfectly happy being an only dog for life, and is not necessarily thrilled to share with two other, but he has adjusted and is fine. I really liked having just one, and wasn't looking to add, but they came along and seemed meant to be part of my family. I have heard people talk about a "heart dog" but all three of mine are equally special to me. They are all so different and add to my life in different ways. I can't
  13. I would consider my dogs pretty obedient and I personally don't chatter to them much. Usually when I do, it is something relevant to them "ok dogs, we are going to do training first and then go to the park." I really don't know if it makes a difference or not. I do work on some type of training with them nearly every day, and I am guessing that makes more of a difference than anything in building a relationship and making them WANT to listen for things that pertain to them.
  14. I've never had an old dog. My oldest is currently 5. But I do have a blind dog, and I wouldn't let the visual impairment worry you. Most can never tell that my guy is blind, he gets around so well. He doesn't run into things unless I move things around on him. He learns a new environment the first time he is there and remembers it every time we go back. He does need a little extra patience in unfamiliar places and guiding around obstacles. I imagine with one functional eye, Sasha would need a lot less of that type of special treatment.
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