What you're doing with your guy is similar to the way I've trained (and retrained/refreshed) my guys, and think it works great.
I'm so glad you invested time, money, and effort into Barkley. Good job!! I'm even more glad to hear about the positive results. WOOT!
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Fitness Minutes: (130,162) Posts: 10,030 7/20/12 7:37 P
So the trick is to get a about an 1/8 inch braided cord and tie it with a slip knot loop around the dogs neck. Give them plenty of cord to make mistakes and when they do you give a warning sound and give a tug on the cord. As soon as they stop behavior you immediately say good dog and a pat on the head. This has been working wonders with Barkley. He is absolutely loving up the "Good Boy" stuff. In fact all I have to say is good boy and he comes a running. The idea is to train to just be able to correct behavior with giving warning sound only. All Five or my dogs have a problem with jumping up on me and others too. Trainer had me give warning sound and bop them on the nose. As soon as they got down I am to say "good dog" and pat on head. All the dogs got the message immediately. Now all I have to do is remind with my warning sound and they stay all fours on the floor.
That's fantastic! I've had small dogs that could get very aggressive and ferocious. I ended up putting a muzzle on my 10 lb. poodle after she bit me. My daughter got a German Shepherd puppy, and she got the dog trainer out right away when the dog was 10 weeks old so she could start out on the right foot. It's helped a lot. Bear is 5 months old now, full of himself, he's going to be a big boy, but she has trained him to go in his crate, and he is on a leash when he's in the house. If we let him run free in the house he ends up jumping on everyone, eating whatever he can grab off the table, and horsing around with the other dogs we have. Problem is that he's going to be so big he has to learn to control himself so he doesn't hurt anyone or another dog.
Fitness Minutes: (131,395) Posts: 8,305 7/20/12 11:30 A
Awesome solution to a miserable problem. An immature person might have parted ways with the dog but not you, you smart lady, you.
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I just had to share with all of you. I hired a dog trainer to help me with my Maltipoo/ Devil Dog.. Barkley. He is a Mini poodle/ Maltese Mix about 14 pounds. Looks and acts like a Poodle. Anyway he has always been hard to handle since I got him at 10 weeks. He has always growled and snapped if things aren't going his way. He finally bit me on the way to the dog park last week because he wanted to get in the car first before my 4 other dogs. That was the last straw so I made a call and got a trainer out to my house. Fast forward two days later....... Barkley is a totally different dog. Calmer, listens and comes when I call him. He used to bolt out the front door and take a couple of laps around the front yard and out into the street every chance he got but not he won't come out the door until I give him permission and he stays on the grass even if there is a dog or bike rider coming up the street. I would not have ever believed it if I am not seeing it for my self. And the best part is no more growling or snapping. All I can say is Wow. Lorraine
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