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Topic # 64440 15-Jul-2010 15:52
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* Wont come, but you've been through obedience ? 
* Gets possessive over things, and growls when you try to take them away ? 
* Scared you'll get your hand bitten off if you try to take their dog bowl away ? 
* Barks/shows teeth at strangers ? 
* Aggressive towards other dogs ? 

Or any other behaviour you really don't think your dog should be doing, I'm keen to help  

Hey all, I've been around dogs all my life, I've often found a bond with almost all dogs that I've met and my love for dogs has caused me to really want to understand them. 

I've been studying dog behaviour/psychology for over a year, and am by nature a self-taught person. I've read most books on the subject and have taken a point of view of different approaches and it's really a dog-by-dog assessment on what's the best approach. 

I took on a very special case SPCA dog (Border Collie mix called Sassy) who has some very severe trust/anxiety issues and am progressing very well with her. 

What I'm keen on now, is to give myself experience with other dogs that are not through family contacts. 

Here's a summary of what I'll offer (usually will take 30min-1hr): 

* I will not hurt your dog, I will use little to no physical contact. 
* I can offer clicker training, but prefer an alternative method. It just depends how well you can control the emotion in your voice so we'll take it as it comes. 
* I will not offer help on person-aggressive and attacking dog cases, sorry (ask me in a few years). This is beyond my experience. 
* I will provide education to the owner(s) and a summary of the assessment in an email/pdf afterwards for you to take away and work with. 
* I am especially keen on working with Post-SPCA adoption dogs. 
* Your dogs confidence is paramount, if your dog is feeling uneasy, I will not push them. I don't work with suppression or flooding techniques, I work by modification of behavior. 

If you're interested, please email or reply here with the following details: 

Dogs Name: 
Dogs Breed: 
Dogs Age: 
Where you got the dog: 
If you're not the original owner, how long have you owned it: 
Describe the problem:

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  Reply # 351961 15-Jul-2010 16:08
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c71931f: Cost?

Well the subject does say free... so lets assume its free shall we? Or maybe you can make a donation of beer or pizza?

Very cool service btw, do you also offer it for partners? Tongue out

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  Reply # 351963 15-Jul-2010 16:10
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Free :)

I'm looking to expand my circle of experience. I'm planning on opening a Doggy Daycare with various services next year and I'm in the state of between the transfer of knowledge to practical and offering services professionally.


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  Reply # 351986 15-Jul-2010 16:48
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Where in NZ are you?

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  Reply # 351992 15-Jul-2010 17:00
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Apologies, I should have mentioned beyond the shortcut (04) as in the telephone area code.


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  Reply # 352035 15-Jul-2010 18:28
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How do I stop my two labs from barking at everything that moves?
They are about 8 years old.
We live up on a hill in a rural area and the dogs just sit and watch the road below.
Whenever they see someone coming, running, walking cycling, motorbike etc, they tear off down to the gate barking their heads off and keep barking until whatever was passing is out of site.
They don't bark at cars though except for when the neighbours go up or down their driveway, which they can see through the trees.
Drives us nuts! Every time they do it one of us will go down to the gate, or wherever they may be barking, tell them to shut up and chuck them in the garage for a while before they are let out again.

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  Reply # 352061 15-Jul-2010 19:25
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Hey CYaBro,

I've just fired you an email, we'll carry on things there :)


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  Reply # 352067 15-Jul-2010 19:37
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Great idea :)

YOu may hear from me even though Im in Auckland :)
Just got a 7 month old Dalmation X Lab......

XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ


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  Reply # 352070 15-Jul-2010 19:49
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Here's a really good e-book to read by Ian Dunbar about after you get your puppy:

Though this may be in context to young puppies, 7months is still an age that shows puppy characteristics. Unfortunately up until 3 months is when the dog builds its foundation of experiences and this is the age where it needs to be socialised the most.

One of the main things to do when bringing in a new dog of an age above the impressionable stage of its life, is that whoever/whatever the dog meets in the first few weeks is what it will associate it to being in its extended family. After this time, you are going to be finding socialising and settling harder with children/strangers/dogs. I HIGHLY recommend you bringing some children around (one at a time) and supervise them so the child doesn't do things unexpected (approach from behind and tug on tail).

It sounds really silly (you find yourself doing silly things in the best interest of the dog :P) is to organise a house party, almost a welcoming party for the dog. Make it a situation where the dog isn't overwhelmed, be aware of signs of stress (panting, licking lips, lowered ears), and make games like getting children to perform tricks with treats to reward the dog one person at a time, and the best trick wins. This will associate people/children to good things :)

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  Reply # 353487 19-Jul-2010 16:41
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We have a (mostly) beagle bitch that we picked up at around 1yrold. She is beautifully behaved around kids from babies to 10 year olds, and never shows any aggression towards people, or even our pet rabbit.

She does however get ridiculously excited / wound up when people come to the house, or if we go out into the yard and she can see us, or if we are out walking and she sees another dog.

She recognises basic commands (Sit, wait) etc and will pick up good habits like sitting before we cross roads, she won't get on the couch, (mostly) will not touch our sons toys etc.

The issue is only about people coming into the house and other dogs. Again, she's still not aggressive, doesnt bite or snap, just barks and runs around crazily.

If she is in a common area with another dog she will warm to them within about 10-15 minutes, whether they are bigger or smaller, male or female, so I don't think it's a fear issue.

We are located in upper hutt, would she be suitable for what you are trying to achieve?

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