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dog training advice needed

Discussion in 'Cats & Dogs' started by drew54, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

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    He is so cute!
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    Kept getting flashbacks of Psychology 1000 when I was reading this post. The trauma.
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    Well one of the keys with dogs that most don’t know about is they have two periods in adolescence where they are extremely impressionable. The first is 6-12weeks when they learn who their family is and about trust and love. This is why most weaned pups leave mom at 8w.

    The 2nd is at 4-6 months this is their toddler stage where they test everything to learn their boundaries.

    I’m a Vet student is this was one of the key subjects of my last class. As a personal example it shows very strongly with my lab/boxer. He is almost 7 and I’ve had him since he was 10weeks old. However before we rescued him he was part of a horrible dog hoarding situation. He was malnourished, beat, and kept in a tiny cage with his siblings. He was taken from there at 9w and we got him a week later. But even still since so much of that bad happened during his key impressionable stage he still has issues from it. If I reach to pet him he will flinch horribly back about a foot or two. So instead I just put my hand down to him to let him know I want to pet him and he comes to me.

    I say this because your pup is in the behavioral impression stage and it’s very hard to undo negative impressions. Not impossible though. IMG_3552.jpg

    Picture of me and my pups
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    Pastel Tortie Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure those aren't cats...?
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    I have 2 of those too...I am very well trained, and fairly obedient too!
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    But do you use a litter box?
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    No one should EVER have to empty their own litter box, so...no.
    I have however played on the cat trees.
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    @Tom So, she has decided to get a control collar. How do we get an appropriate collar and I guess how do we start using it until we find a trainer?
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    Maybe one day my kids will start to empty my litter box. Lol
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    What do you mean "control collar"? At five months old, you don't want to be doing a lot of corrections or control.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    Oh please don't use a control collar. He's still a baby.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member

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    What is a "control collar"? I've never heard of this.
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    ~ Probably referring to choker or pinch.
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    I meant correction collar sorry. I guess we are very confused on what to do in the meantime while we search for a reputable trainer near us. We try to work with him on basic commands, mouthing /biting, socializing, and potty training, but nothing seems to be very effective. He is getting more aggressive as he gets more excited. He wants to play but he bites anywhere on the body including the face and he is now jumping on everyone and scratching their faces and everything. We have kids and we're afraid he is going to get too excited and hurt one by accident. We are actively looking for a protection trainer as you suggested, but we don't know what to do in the meantime.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    I was thinking they were talking about those collars with the metal nubs that dig into the dog's neck:

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    In the mean time, don't allow him the opportunity to do the things you don't want him to do. Leash, crate or kennel. He can't jump on the kids if he's not running around loose. At five months old I don't allow the puppy to make the wrong decisions and learn bad habits. I prevent and avoid problems rather than correct them. I correct the problems later on when the pup is more mature and we've reached that point in our relationship and training history.

    A correction collar won't do you any good until you know how and when to use it. Most people use them incorrectly until they are shown, and how to use them is just one part of many elements in training the pup and managing his playfulness.

    How best to correct him and fix the problem is too variable for me to tell you over the internet without seeing the pup and his behavior. Get a trainer in there ASAP to show you guys what to do and how to manage this puppy playfulness.
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    Thank you and I understand And this is actually what I wanted to hear about the collar. I will update you as soon as we find a trainer.
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    ^ THIS!!! So much this!!

    I made a couple mistakes early on with my lab. Correcting the wrong way. Trying to train certain behaviors before he was ready. Overall I have an amazing dog now but it was a lot of hard work put in for that. With my pointer I was more experienced and had started my Vet training so I knew more what to do. Got her at 7 weeks and had her behaviorally trained by 5 months. But even still she needs reminders if we get lax.
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