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George my Doggie

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About George my Doggie

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  • Birthday February 12

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    I am interesting in showing, training and eventually breeding GSDs.<br>I have a border collie cross blue heeler called George (hence my username) that I got from Animal Rights and Rescue Group (ARRG). I also have a cat called Pepe which I got from the Animal Welfare League (AWL). <br>I am also interesting in vet science/vet nursing.<br>
  1. 1 Year Ago Fergiebabylady Left Us

    Only 9 months... So young... :D
  2. Your Best Training Treats...

    How much off-lead time does he get? Maybe being off-lead is just so stimulating and exciting he doesn't want to come to you because he doesn't want his freedom taken away. Does he get off-lead time every day or every few days? or only for a little while on weekends?
  3. Pulling And Pulling

    so true. I think the original author is long gone.
  4. Puppy Wee Pads

    Ah...the joys of clicker training... Quite simply the most effective form of training I have ever used. I hope this helps. The first step is to actually get a clicker, or you can use a word like 'good girl' remember that this word/click must ALWAYS be followed by a reward (food, play etc) Next, you need to 'install' the clicker. Just click it and give the dog a treat without asking her to do anything. Reapeat this several times over a few days. Once you think your dog knows that click=reward, you can do a test. Wait till your dog looks away, then click. If she immediately looks back, expecting a treat, then indeed she knows the meaning of the click, if she doesn't look back at you, more work is needed. After that test, never use the clicker to get attention again, because you will be rewarding her for not paying attention to you. Now, ask some commands the dog already knows, and when the dog responds correctly, click and treat. make sure you click while the dog is in the correct position. it's no use clicking a sit after the dog has stood up again. then you can use the clicker to shape and teach commands or behaviours. When the dog does something good, click and treat. for example, if you are trying to get the dog to go on a puppy pad, out of 30 times she might go on the carpet 18 times and on the pad 12 times, it is important that you reward when she is going on the pad and eventually, that will become the new average. She will learn that having 4 paws on the pad=treat and will go on the pad more often. Clicker Don'ts Never use the clicker as a command never use the clicker to get attention never click incorrect behaviour clicker dos time your click always follow click with a reward click correct behaviour When you're teaching commands, you can click something that's kind of close to what you want the dog to do, the once the dog does that well you can raise the criteria and build up to the behaviour you want. remember there is no room for punishment (or even the word 'no') in clicker training. If your dog does something wrong, no click, no reward.
  5. Parvo Is Scary

    I agree. Although witht he possible-parvo case at the vet I work at, we gave the pup fluids sub-cut... But that was a mild case, is it different with severe parvo? My vet offered the owners the chance to take the pup home and he would show them how to give the treatments, and they were to bring it back for checkups and inter-muscular injections. The owner however, refused and preffered to pay the bill for hospitalisation, drugs and 24/7care. I certainly wouldn't want to treat a serious case at home by myself. That isn't even practical for most people. I mean, they have jobs, they can't spend time at home indeffinately to take care of a sick puppy. They need to work in order to get money to support the pup's treatment and of course feed themselves. I mean, if they couldn't have afforded vet treatment in the first place, imagine how much they'd be struggling. I say if you can't afford it, don't get a dog. I think it would be better for the dog to have its suffering ended by being put to sleep, rather than being treated by someone with no experience and without veterinary supervision.
  6. Pulling And Pulling

    I was just wondering if those of you that use the Koehler method use the original koehler or the 'modern' koehler. I have read the book Lazlo's Mum mentioned, and I do believe that some of his methods are too harsh, although I don't believe the entire thing is straight out cruelty, William Koehler constantly insults positive methods and even admits that some of his more extreme techniques should only be used when the alternative is the dog being put to sleep. I shall quote from his book: "And it must be remembered that the extreme procedures inluded herein are advised only is those cases where the alternative is as drastic as being 'put to sleep'" His solution for destructive chewing: "select a piece of the material he has chewed (and you don't need to catch him in the act) and place it well back crossways in his mouth. Use a strip of adhesive tape to wrap his muzzle securely infront of the chewed material, so that no amount of gagging or clawing can remove it from his mouth. Perhaps you are wondering if his frantic effortsto rid himself of the material will cause him to scratch himself painfyully. Yup. They surely will." Koehler's method of housetraining: "When you discover a mess, move in fast, take him to the place of his error and hold his head close enough so that he associates the error with the punishment. Punish him by spanking him with a strap or switch. Either one is better than a rolled newspaper." I can see how Lazlo's mum could be sickened by this book. I know people that only use the Koehler for lead walking and perhaps recall and a few other commands they have trouble with. I personally believe that punishment isn't necessary for puppies, as they haven't been shown what to do. Some people give their dogs problems that is impossible for a dog to solve without being shown, and then punish them for failing. I believe punishment should only be used for older dogs when all other avenues have failed. But that's just my opinion, so please don't pick on me for it. I do not believe that the Koehler method is necessarily cruel, I just think that in some cases it's over-kill. That is, more than what is necessary. (sorry if I'm getting a bit irrelevant, I haven't read the entire thread, just the last few pages)
  7. Parvo Is Scary

    yes As long as all the pups have had their first vaccination and it is in a place where unvaccinated dogs don't visit often.
  8. Puppy Wee Pads

    hmmm... It can be useful for toy breeds. if you have to be out for a long time you can just leave sheets of newspaper by the door and if it was paper trained it would know what they were there for. But you wouldn't want a medium, large or giant breed releaving itself inside! However, I still think straight outside is better.
  9. Puppy Wee Pads

    I just taught my pup to go straight outside and put newspaper down while I was out so he wouldn't go all over the floor. Took me a week to housetrain him. I think the whole train to go on newspaper, then less and less newspaper then outside is a waste of time and methinks it would just confuse the dog.
  10. Parvo Is Scary

    That could possible be it... It had a drawing of a happy, waggily tailed dog with a halo above it's head next to a snarling growly dog with devil horns on the cover. I think they were fox terriers... Very enlightening ;) I understand my dog a whole lot better after reading it.
  11. Parvo Is Scary

    That's very true. I've heard lots of horror stories about dogs with rescource guarding problems that were allowed to develop unchecked. One book I read called 'agression in dogs'...can't remember the author...(excellent book btw) written by a behaviourist, has several stories about his clients and how some decided to wait to begin behaviour mod. One ended in the dog biting a child and being put to sleep.
  12. Parvo Is Scary

    In my area we only get one parvo case in a year - if that. The possible-parvo was a free puppy from a farm somewhere out in lismore or casino. So yes, vaccinate and keep pups away from areas where unvaccinated dogs have been and there should be no problems ;)
  13. Parvo Is Scary

    I agree with you there haven. My vet advises owners not to take their dogs to puppy classes untill they've been fully vaccinated. But any good puppy class (like the one I help out with) is held in a place not often frequented by dogs. My dog was barely socialised at all before ten weeks, and he's very timid. I've had aggression and behavioural problems with him. Mainly recource guarding, he defends his food against other dogs, guards resting places against people and has a fear biting problem. other things include chasing the cat and cars, overly submissive with other dogs and intolerance of young puppies.
  14. Parvo Is Scary

    When I was working down at the vets we had a possible parvo puppy come in. Vommitted just outside the front door and was put in isolation for about a week. The pup was about 10-12 weeks old, was vommitting, had bloody diarrhea, very skinny, lethargic and dehydrated. It had to have anti vommitting drugs, an injectable antibiotic, Scourban, and fluids. It cried screamed an wriggled every time it had a needle stuck into it. After we got the pup in the isolation room we had to decontaminate the entire area the pup had come in contact with. The pup did get better though, although we never found out if it was a mild parvo or something else... It was horribkle just not knowing if he would pull through or just deteriorate...and listenening to him cry every treatment.
  15. Sending Molly To Rainbow Bridge

    Poor Molly... But you did the right thing ending her suffering. "You will be sad - I undersand Don't let your grief then stay your hand For this day more than all the rest your love and friendship stand the test" ~Author Unknown I'm sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Molly. ;)
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