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8/29/12 2:11 P

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LOL, Whippetwalker, I had to laugh when I read your description of your 'little' guy wanting to jump on people's heads. And, I can just envision him sitting pretty now for treats.



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8/27/12 12:21 P

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Yeah, I'm working on looking more like a whippet, too, LOL, not sure how realistic that is but they are a constant reminder of what athleticism means for sure. emoticon

Birgit

You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.

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WHIPPETWALKER Posts: 12
8/27/12 11:48 A

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SUSAN134 ,
Thanks, I hope this works for you. I figured this out when I got a 3 1/2 year old Whippet that ran up to people ( at top speed ) and tried to jump on their heads. NOT GOOD. Now he runs up to everyone at the dog park and sits until he gets his treat. He knows how to work a crowd for the most treats. LOL

Briget,
Whippets ARE the best! I have had 8 so far. They are so much fun and sort of wacky too. Finding the dog that works for your life is great. Can't say no to exercise. I want to look like my dog. Working on it!


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8/27/12 9:01 A

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Whippetwalker, that is a great idea! Loki does sit well for me - unless he is excited and I like the idea of the other person ignoring him until he sits. Will try this.



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8/26/12 11:01 P

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Whippetwalker,
could there be another whippet owner hanging around here? I have 3 of them. Best dogs in the world. emoticon

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WHIPPETWALKER Posts: 12
8/26/12 11:15 A

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You can teach your pup to sit for a treat. Give the command "sit" ONCE and when he does it reward with a SMALL treat. Do this many times a day. When he is out walking have people ignore him until he calms down. Give the sit command and when he obeys have other person give the reward. Repeat many times throughout the day. Neighbour kids are usually good for this. Remember he is a puppy and will make mistakes. Be consistent. Soon your pup will be going up to everyone and sitting!

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8/26/12 10:11 A

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Thank you IMNAHA ...I am going to take him into the pet shop early this week and have him
fitted. Was just going to buy one last Thursday, but the pet store told me to bring him in.
(that should be fun LOL)

Beautiful weather here in Ontario...hoping everyone has a great day!

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8/25/12 5:42 P

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Easy walker harness works well. It puts pressore on his chest and encourages him
to behave.

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SUSAN134's Photo SUSAN134 Posts: 5,735
8/25/12 11:14 A

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Thank you for your replies and suggestions everyone, I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Mybulldogs, that is just too hilarious!

Gospark, we did take Loki to puppy pre-kindergarten class, however due to illness he only went to the first two, and missed the last two. He sits really well LOL

JoJo, I'm sure he will be fine, however I want to nip this right now because otherwise I won't be able to handle him due to his strength and size

Birgit, thank you so much for the collar/leash suggestions, etc. and also the suggestion for
personal training lessons. I think this is a great idea and just sent an email to the woman that ran the puppy class, who I really liked. I'm also looking into a couple of days of
puppy day care so he can socialize with other dogs and also run off some of that energy.

I did try the Halti with him, however one I got was too small and the next size up, I think
(actually I know) I didn't put it on correctly as he was able to get it off on our front lawn and
bolt across the street (thank goodness there were no cars driving by).

Well, think I will run him around the backyard for a bit as it is starting to get hot out there and his black coat soaks up that sun - hope I can beat the heat!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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8/25/12 1:15 A

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If you don't want to wait for the obedience class to start take a private lesson from a trainer. The price per lesson may be a lot more but you get the trainers full attention for the whole time and you and the dog will learn much faster.
I used to teach obedience classes but now only teach private lessons because my clients get a much better deal that way.
There are several things you can try to get more leverage when walking your dog: Use a collar that is more narrow (but not a choke or prong collar). Try a headhalter (like Gentle Leader or Halti brand but make sure to follow instructions on the package exactly or have a trainer help you fit it. Use a very short leash (2-3 feet) to give you more leverage. Grip the leash with both hands at the same time when the dog pulls.
You are doing the right thing to exercise your dog in the fenced-in yard. The walking should be done when the dog is already fairly tired.
Hope this helps, feel free to follow up with questions. emoticon

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8/24/12 11:44 P

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Hi Sue,
Sure sounds like a dilemma....I think you are doing the best you can (of course not ending up on the ground...), but getting Loki to "LET OUT THE LEAD" and excess energy. I totally think the obedience classes will be a huge help....He is young...just like kids....Keep us posted on his progress....I know he will be just fine!
XOXO,
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8/24/12 11:34 P

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That is one of the funniest things I've ever heard, mybulldogs. And they certainly would leave him alone if they think he's dead. emoticon

Dog training is your best bet now that your dog is too big to handle. I wouldn't suggest anything else. Next dog, try training before he gets too big to handle, but that won't help now. Training will work, though.

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8/24/12 9:07 P

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Ha, ha, that's funny Mybulldogs.

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8/24/12 8:45 P

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i put an electric fence to keep them in the yard. my pup is afaird of strange dogs. he lays down and plays dead. it's really funny to watch.

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8/24/12 7:08 P

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We have a 5 month old Standard Poodle/Old english sheepdog x - cute as anything, affectionate, relatively well behaved in the house, but....if anyone comes over, or he sees
people outside he goes absolutely bonkers. He thinks everyone is there just for him, and yelps excitedly, pulls (on the leash, if we are out), and basically jumps all over the person. He is not nearly full grown and I am having a tough time handling him now. The other day, the woman next door was coming in her driveway and I had Loki out to do his business. He was so excited to see her that I actually ended up on the ground from his pulling on the leash to get to her (and I'm far from a lightweight).

Since this happened, I've been afraid to take him for any walks, but have instead been
running him around our backyard (fenced) so he can work off excess energy. We will be starting obedience training classes, but not until the end of September and I'm hoping that some of you may have some experience and tips on just how to work on eliminating these problems now. Any suggestions will be really appreciated

Sue:)

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