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johnsmith

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We have a training collar we use on our one year old. It can give him a shock, and the intensity is adjustable. It also has a vibrate mode.

there's another one like that but instead of a shock, it sprays citronella at the dogs face, which gets up their snout and they don't like at all.


I recall I had to once do a delivery to someone on some acreage. I got out of the car and was halfway up the long driveway before two huge German Shepard's came racing around the corner barking their heads off. I was caught unexpectedly because there was no fencing anywhere. It was to late to turn and run back to the car so I just froze. They raced up to a point about 3 meters (10 ft) in front of me and they just stopped and waited. The owner came out and when I asked him why they stopped, he told me that just in front of them, and about 30ft around the circumference of the house, was a buried wire, and if they approached to within a few feet of it their collars would first vibrate in warning and then give them a small shock if they crossed it. According to him they only ever crossed it once when they were pups ... never again.

It turned out they were great dogs and only wanted a pat. When went back after that, I would always made it a point to play with them a little.
 

HBS Guy

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I was sitting here after having done some shopping when I sat bolt upright! Did I lock the back gate? Nope! Rushed out and Madame was walking on the front lawn, moved onto the footpath and I followed calling out “Come! Come!” No way, taste of freedom in her nostrils she walked along to the drive of my Chinese neighbors. I followed slowly then when the bitch walked through the gate and down the drive rushed forward and closed the gates quickly! Phew!

The daughter of the house came out carrying her 16yo terrier. So chatted a while, the dogs got treats and I went and got the bitch’s lead. Silly puppy could easily get hurt or killed by a car—and someone could easily be tempted to steal such a lovely dog! Be more careful Monk!
 

johnsmith

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I found that the only way I could get him to come back once he got out was to either wait for him to get hungry, (which I normally didn't have time for) or run in the opposite direction. If I ran away he would chase me. Never failed.
 
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HBS Guy

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Demi was a dedicated Houdini. Just let her be, leave back gate and door open, she was soon back, knew where she got fed alright. Socks is a bit too young I think to just let her return.
 

HBS Guy

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Hmmmm Socks is off-color today. No interest in dog park, lying on her bed by the heater.

Eyes clear, the whites are white, not bloodshot. Heart, breathing OK.
 

Squire

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Must have been scary that first time!
I recall when I was around 11 years age I was chasing one of our cows out of a neighbor's property when a german shepherd came at me. The cow bolted in fright and I stood there and raised my arm in front of my face to protect myself and the dog stopped and slinked away.
 

HBS Guy

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Yeah—if she is like that for 2 days that could be a bad sign.

Will see if she wants to go to the dog park early tomorrow.
 

HBS Guy

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Yeah, sometimes it takes a few days for something to show. She has perked up a bit in the last hour or so. Let me know she wanted dinner :smirk:smirk:smirk so not at deaths door just yet.


flipping mutt!
 

HBS Guy

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Socks has calmed right down! The lead biting and loud aggressive barking—in our walk and at the obedience school she bit the lead only for a few seconds, no barking and she is learning the commands really well.

Later today will practice the technique the head instructor showed me just before class started—get her to do multiple drops using treats and hand commands then praising her when she has dropped “Good drop!”

Another thing—she does not always sit straight—will do some sitting right next to a wall—she will have to sit and drop straight then.

Real progress tho with her behavior. Still stuck in Grade 1, but not for much longer!
 

johnsmith

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then praising her when she has dropped “Good drop!”

always overdo the praise when training. Especially when she does something you've asked that is relatively new.

If those near you don't think you're an idiot, you haven't overdone it enough
 

HBS Guy

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No lesson today—long weekend so many instructors off trialling their dogs. Had to go to OfficeWorks—lots printing and copying. Drat—had to do it myself but it got done. I think the bank is just making excuses so it can hold onto Mum’s money for longer but I have included everything the bloody bank said it needs!

I hate frigging banks! I once had the cops called on me because I politely but insistently asked to withdraw a certain amount (to pay an employee on the Thursday before the Easter 4 day long weekend) that was well covered by cheques deposited into my account but not “cleared” yet (I would have one smallish cheque bounced on me every other year or so.) I remembered I had a small savings account at a credit union, closed that account and employee had 90% of her wage.

Fuck the bankers, then we start on the lawyers!
 
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