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Old 01-22-2008, 09:28 PM   #111
 
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I got 3 great DVD's yesterday. One is for aggressive dog behaviour and how to correct it. It's called Cujo Meets Pavlov! It's great. It's a 6 hour DVD set. http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB903

Also, I got a DVD that shows you step by step how a dog behaviourist does a full assessment on the dogs at the shelters. It's called Am I Safe: The Art & Science of Canine Behavior Assessments. Awsome DVD. It's almost a full 4 hours. http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB876P

I also got The Dog Whisperer. http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB964 Great training DVD. And no, this one is NOT Cesar Milan. And this guy calls himself the first dog whisperer, and his techniques are completely the opposite of Cesars. Doesn't use any aggressive, hitting, putting down, shocking, etc. He only uses Praise, treats, and toys.
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Old 01-23-2008, 12:14 AM   #112
 
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She's really coming along well. Your hard work is definitely paying off :)

My newest dog Lisa is quite good and knows all the basic commands, she's never been taught any of the more advanced ones however. Bonnie does as she pleases due to my having spoiled her for so long.

I thought it may be interesting to compare results. Here are the commands I have learned, much thanks to the persistance (for that is all I can call it) of Bonnie, and my eagerness to learn:

Feed Bonnie - the signal is constant clattering of the dish and barking at me, often accompanied by scraping at my leg

Walk Bonnie - the signal is to scrape at my leg, bark and haul her lead around the place

Tickle Bonnie's belly - the signal is to lie on her back girning away for my attention

Pick Bonnie up onto the bed - the signal is to bark at the bed (this also works for being picked up onto other things by barking at them too)

Cuddle Bonnie - the signal is barking at me and scraping at my leg as always and differentiated when there seems to be nothing in particular to bark at

Put down the book/newspaper/dinner plate/whatever and pick Bonnie up onto my knee - the signal is constant nudging at the offending item often accompanied by barking

Wake up - barking at my face and scraping the pilow next to me

So I think a few more and I may be able to enter the competition along with Betty.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:24 PM   #113
 
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I really do not know if it would be right to call IPO a system... However, there are several approaches to dogs' training. A lot of things differ, like when you call your dog up it comes and sits in front of you whereas here it should sit down by your left side.

Wow, Falina you're perfectly trained!

My girl would never dare to try anything like that!
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:26 PM   #114
 
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I really do not know if it would be right to call IPO a system... However, there are several approaches to dogs' training. A lot of things differ, like when you call your dog up it comes and sits in front of you whereas here it should sit down by your left side.

Wow, Falina you're perfectly trained!

My girl would never dare to try anything like that!
Those are 2 different commands. Not 2 different things that people do. When you call Heel, the dog should come and sit at your left side. When you call Front or Come Front, the dog should come and sit in front of you. Both are used in Rally.
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Old 01-26-2008, 07:24 AM   #115
 
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So, we do not have the command Front. And I suspect, we do not have many more others. That's why its is especially interesting for me to read.
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:18 AM   #116
 
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If you look back at the Rally stuff I posted, here's some of them....

13. Call Front – Finish Right - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler’s right, around behind the handler and to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

14. Call Front – Finish Left - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler’s left and moving to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

15. Call Front – Finish Right - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the right, where the dog must return to heel position by moving around the right side of the handler. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

16. Call Front – Finish Left - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the left, where the dog must move to the handler’s left and sit in heel position. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise)

26. Call Front – 1, 2, 3 Steps Backward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. With the dog in the front position, the handler takes one step backward and halts. The dog moves with the handler and sits in the front position as the handler halts. This is followed by the handler taking two steps backward and a halt, and three steps backward and a halt. Each time, the dog moves with the handler to the front position and sits as the handler halts. The handler then commands the dog to resume heel position as the team moves forward toward the next station. (Stationary exercise)
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Old 01-27-2008, 03:58 PM   #117
 
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We went on a walk today, a place where I thought there would be no dogs, and off-leash. Because of the snow, not a lot of people ever go here. We were walking down by a part of the park where the ball fields are, and it's surrounded by chain link fence. We were going along a fence where there were some houses on the other side, and all was well. We kept walking til we got near the other end of the fields and turned around and came back. What I didn't know was at one of the houses, there was a male min pin. He came out barking, and Betty went up to the fence. The min pin seemed afraid at first, then came up to the fence as well. I tried calling Betty, but she did not listen. Then the dogs started sniffing through the chain link fence, and then the min pin started running along the fence and Betty followed. Normally by now, Betty would be wanting to attack, but her body posture showed no sign of fear or aggression at all. Looking at her ears, body, and tail, there was no fear at all. And instead of her tail wagging high and erradically, it was wagging down in the middle, and very calmly, and her body showed no signs of a stiff body at all. She did not bark at all, and was more than willing to sniff and play. Then the min pin started barking, and did the play bow, and started running back and forth up and down the 100 feet or so of fence line. And Betty played along with. It was great. The only time I saw any aggression was when I decided it was enough and we had to go and I walked up to her and got her collar to put her leash on, then she mildly tried to lunge at the other dog. So I'm more than convinced that she is fearful of other dogs, but it is only when on leash. But I do not feel comfortable of letting her loose with other dogs just yet unless there is a fence between, so she can get some used to other dogs in this way. She did very well, and I was really happy with her today. Now she is tuckered out and laying on the top of the sofa back and my shoulder, lol. She just lays there watches out the window, but she's now half asleep, lol. She had a good day....

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Also, just so you know, this lasted about 25-30 minutes. Also, the owner of the min pin was also standing outside, about 20 yards back from the fence, and I was standing about 15-20 yards from the fence as well. We were both watching, and the other owner had a smile on his face....

Oh, Betty is now snoring, lol. And loud, lol.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:56 PM   #118
 
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Well, today went pretty well. We went to where the min pin was yesterday, and didn't see the dog at all. But I got to let Betty run. We actually went 2 times, once in the morning, and once after her school. So right now she's sleeping, lol. As for her school, she did very well. We worked more on her heeling, and also jumping over the hurdles. Because it's a hard floor due to the back yard being knee-deep in snow, we are just having her jump the lowest setting, which I think is only 12 inches. Then once she get's good at jumping, and not going around, we will add a 2nd jump and begin training her to jump the one that I point at. So if I want her to jump over the left one, I'll point at the left one and she should jump over the left one.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:01 PM   #119
 
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It is really hard for me to imagine all the commands in action. They seem complicated even for a human being . However dogs may think otherwise, they may enjoy the variety. Our commands here are more monotonous. There is no such great variety.

I would love to see your commands in action. I also think Betty would not be aggressive with Mirta - my dalmatian. Mirta is very friendly and she loves to play. We also had a busy Sunday filled with emotion. Mirta played with her girlfriend - Great Dane and a Boxer boyfriend. It was not only them who had fun! It was such a pleasure to watch them and it gave us people an emotional charge for the coming week. The Boxer boy by the way cannot be mixed with boys due to a severe moral injury he had got in a puppy fight in dogs' school when some older boys attacked him. He also had physical injuries but those were cured, the personality changed forever and now he thinks he has to defend his owner and his gang to the last drop of blood. That is very sad, because we have to run away from all otherwise very pleasant male dogs.

Well, it's too bad you're so far away!
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:33 PM   #120
 
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I as talking to my trainer about commands, and she told me she knows an animal behaviorist over on the coast that has an Australian Shepherd that knows 126 different commands. Now that is one smart dog, lol. As for Betty's aggression, I think it's more on leash than off. She's had contact with a couple dogs this last week while off leash but with a fence between, and they were all good, no aggression at all. It's only when on the leash that she will not let any dog near her, no matter how nice they are. Not exactly sure why either. Still working on that.

As for the commands, they are all pretty much basic commands. The main ones are Sit, Stay, Wait, Down, Jump, Up, and Down. Then you got others like On and Off, and Back, and Walk Back, and Front and Come Front. There's a few others as well, but for the most part, anything added to these are commands that people use with their own dogs. I usually try to use the easiest commands for me to learn, and as for Betty, she's much smarter than I am, LOL. I also try to use different commands to distinguish between 2 different things as well, such as Stay and Wait. If I'm going to return to the dogs side, I'll use Stay. If I'm not, and going to issue another command, then I'll use Wait. I wish I had a video camera for this spring when we are able to train out in the back yard again at the trainers place. Right now we've been using the garage, as there's just too much snow outside.
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