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    'candi9' - congratulations on your very pretty new family member ! See the right one always turns up - and in your case - nothing like what you first wanted ! It happens to all of us !

    Loki will get used to having Millie in his life !
    Just imagine what he is going to say to all his mates about this older Lady that has come into his life !

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    Well done Candi9!
    She is a beautiful girl.

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    Just checking in to let you all know how Millie is going. She's having a great time here with us and is getting along great with Loki. They've had a great time tearing a "very strong" dog bed to shreds. It looks like a sheep has been massacred out in the yard. Other than that and her early morning "conversations" with the big dog over the road everything is going really well.

    I'm struggling a bit on the training aspect as she's had ZERO training but I'm not giving up. I'm going to get very fit and strong taming this young lady

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    Labs like food.

    Use this fact to your advantage. Ask her to work for all her food.

    kikopup on youtube may help - especially her stuff on loose lead walking.

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    Thanks for the youtube tip, I'll check that out. Millie wasn't interested in the food out at training but when we got her she was on 4 big cups (more like 6 regular cups) plus veggies so we're reducing that down. She's very food-focused at home without the distractions of new place and new dogs.

    The trainer has suggested not feeding her on the night before training. Does that sound cruel or is that just a standard way to ensure the food works on training day the next day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi9 View Post
    ... The trainer has suggested not feeding her on the night before training. Does that sound cruel or is that just a standard way to ensure the food works on training day the next day?
    This is pretty standard especially if your dog didn't pay much attention to you or your food treats at training. Dogs can skip a meal occasionally (about one a week if you want to do that) with no ill effects on the dog. Your ugg boots may suffer instead.

    You can also encourage focus by using better treats. Your dog will have a preference for some rewards over others. I can tell my dog prefers food to toys because if there is any hint that food is on offer, she won't work for toys at all. And she prefers some toys over others - again - if I produce the toy with the rabbit fur on it, all other toys (including the one with food in it) are suddenly not worth working for.

    It's much harder to tell what food preferences she has, because given a choice, she starts with the nearest food and munches her way along until it's all gone. However roast chicken skin does get her very very excited. Minced (raw) beef is pretty good too. Both of these are pretty menky to work with. Metwurst (like salami) is easier, and so is cheddar cheese.

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    Cooked sausage causes Maggie to become highly attentive. Take the food into account as part of the food intake, labs being so notorious..lol

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    Thanks for the reassurance, I didn't want to be doing the wrong thing by her. I'm stuck at a conference until Thursday but once I'm back I'm very keen to try all these new things and see what works

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