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4/23/18 12:14 A

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Hi Tina,
Well my advice for your Onyx sort of turned into a more general blog
'My Two Cents: Advice on Dog Training'
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Hope something there can help. emoticon

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4/20/18 10:31 A

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Thanks for the tips. My baby is Onyx. I got her form the animal shelter. They said that her mom was a blue tick but not sure her dad. We think he was a chocolate lab by her coloring and her tail. We are also having trouble with her chewing on things that she should not. We have a kennel and when we see her doing something wrong we say no or bad girl. We then put her in the kennel. She has a bucket of chew toys but she will still have problems.

We also have an English bulldog(Norick is 8) and my Mom that lives with us has a shihtzu(Roarke is 7). Roarke barks at every noise and Onyx has started joining him. Norick just lays around and sleeps. Norick is more my hubby's dog. Norick is not a good walking dog and he is not much for playing but loves to love on you. Roarke barks at everything when he goes walking with my mom.

I have been working on sitting and pulling when we walk. I have also been trying to teacher her to fetch the ball or toy. She does it sometime.

Thanks again for the tips.

By the way my name is Tina

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I noticed a Team member recently asked for advice from anyone with experience handling a dog that pulls. She has a 7 month old high drive walker that pulls her along instead of walking nicely.

I don't know what breed her enthusiastic puller is but I have quite a lot of experience with dog training and with high drive German Shepherd Dogs. I've titled two with obedience titles and certified/handled one for K9 Search and Rescue. I've also brushed up the manners for countless dogs that have come thru my Save Our Shepherds Rescue over the years. (Heavens just thinking about it exhausts me! LOL Thankfully I am no longer involved with the day to day but there always seems to be an unending stream of dogs in need coming thru here.)



First step. You are the pack leader. What you say goes - ALWAYS- no exceptions.
A basic obedience class is absolutely invaluable in this regard...A group class is better than a private instruction and it does not have to be a big expense...even from petco. Its well worth the meager amount spent.

Get in the habit of spending 10 minutes quality one on one time with the dog. The bond you form will be unbreakable and the puppy will soon live and breathe to make you happy...hearing the happy voice you use when she pleases you. And immediately stopping whatever does not please you and brings out your unhappy noise. (I never tell a dog "NO"...its used too much in normal conversation. EHHHH EHHHH or TSSSST (they hear this & it gets their attention even at a low volume.)

I recommend you try two techniques with no distractions to start. Once he has the hang of what you expect, you can add other family members & various distractions.

1. Put a good lead on the dog. (I like leather as it doesn't hurt my hands like nylon ones do with a puller.) place the dog on your left side and walk. When he's with you, give him a constant stream of happy encouragement in your happiest voice (Good Boy what a good dog...such a good baby....good walker....etc) If he pulls ahead, you reverse directions with a disapproving "TSSST". Over and over. I know this feels (and looks) ridiculous but the dog will get it quickly. If he wants to get anywhere he needs to not pull.

2. This one is more fun but requires that your dog knows the SIT command.
Get a long mixing spoon and a jar of peanut butter. Put a small amount of peanut butter on the spoon. (No globs that could fall off.)
Walk with the dog on your left (in heal position) and the peanut butter spoon just out of reach. Stop. Say SIT (Always give commands only once.) When he complies,let him have a good boy lick and happy voice (Good Boy what a good dog...such a good baby....good walker....etc)

If your dog jumps up on you to get the spoon, step back and say in your unhappy voice "OFF". I never let a dog jump up on me. With 120 pound plus dogs, I'd get injured. Also, if you allow it sometimes, you can't very well get angry when he's got muddy paws and you're in your Sunday best.

Hope this helps. Please keep me posted on your furbaby's progress. And I'd love a pic! (Sorry this is so long.)

Edited by: JUSTFURKIDS at: 4/19/2018 (15:42)
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