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    Just wondering how your progress with Koda and the walking is going Maddogdodge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkandz View Post
    Just wondering how your progress with Koda and the walking is going Maddogdodge?
    I haven't been walking as often as i'd like... I won't go into detail but a range of quite distressing situations have come up and made it difficult to get the chance to walk :/ On top of the stressful thing's that have been happening this last week it has also been exceptionally hot (40 degrees) and I haven't been keen on taking him out in that heat, otherwise i would have taken him out today.
    Perhaps i'll get the chance tomorrow as i think the weather is going to be cooler. I'll keep people posted.

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    Had an interesting walk today, Koda was really really well behaved he was walking loose leash the entire time except for when we met a Border Collie. After this experience one thing for sure is that i wouldn't dare walk Koda without his muzzle or by myself!! We were walking on the right side of the road when Mum said to me "There is a Border Collie at that house over the road". As i looked over, it got up and started walking over to us almost in a stalking manner like it was herding us, I kept focussed on Koda and kept walking (he hadn't seen the dog) and mum tried to deter the dog because to get to us it had to cross the road... the dog didn't check for cars and crossed just before a truck came roaring down the road With no owners in sight, i kept walking (at this point Koda was reacting quite badly) and Mum stood in front of the BC to block it from coming any nearer to Koda. Once i felt i was a safe distance and mum had blocked the BC from coming to us i stopped walking and focussed on calming Koda. Thankfully the BC gave up and walked away marking every tree/pole it passed. Every time it marked something Koda got upset, but we stayed put until he was totally calm and listening to us even though he could still see the BC. It was kinda stressful but a good training experience.

    I can't believe that the owners of the BC could be so careless about their dog! I've seen it sitting out the front of its house before with no owners in sight and no fences keeping it off the road at all. It terrifies me to think that that dog is fine with crossing the road... that road is very busy and we get a lot of log trucks coming on it!! Dodge is always loose at our property and we don't have fences blocking the road, but we trained Dodge from a young pup that under no circumstances is she allowed to go on the road, and she respects that, she never ever goes on the road!

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    Gawd the stupid BC owners...

    I think if BC ran across road I'd be ringing the ranger or RSPCA with my concerns for its safety.

    They're smart dogs but not that smart they can't get hit by a car. I saw one get run over by his owner when the owner was trying to exercise it by driving with the dog chasing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Gawd the stupid BC owners...

    I think if BC ran across road I'd be ringing the ranger or RSPCA with my concerns for its safety.

    They're smart dogs but not that smart they can't get hit by a car. I saw one get run over by his owner when the owner was trying to exercise it by driving with the dog chasing...
    This is the first time in a while that i've seen it out, so for now i'll just leave it, but if i see it out again i might contact authorities.
    Why on earth would you try to exercise a dog by getting it to chase a car?!?! Even dogs who are really smart around cars can still have accidents. When my Dad was younger he was driving around in a tractor on the farm, and his Border Collie which had previously been good around vehicles ran in front of the tractor and went under the wheel. Obviously my Dad freaked out and instantly ran to his dog to help him... the dog's injuries were too severe and he died in my Dad's arms. Very sad story, but its proof that accidents can happen. Dodge has generally been good with vehicles, but i still worry about her when visitors come and they're backing out of the driveway... if there are tractors or trucks around on the farm i lock her in the back yard with Koda, its just not worth the risk in my mind!!

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    A question for you 'maddogdodge' – playing ‘devil’s advocate’ here with your previous post to the one above !

    Why did you not use your special word with Koda and all of you keep on walking ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    A question for you 'maddogdodge' – playing ‘devil’s advocate’ here with your previous post to the one above !

    Why did you not use your special word with Koda and all of you keep on walking ?
    Sorry Riley i didn't see this post for some reason (confused)
    I was using the special sound to correct Koda. In terms of the fact i didn't keep walking... i guess i wanted to see Koda being calm while this dog was around, but thinking back i probably should have kept walking. We all make mistakes, and that was one of mine.

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    So in a couple of weeks i will be puppy-sitting a friends 5 month old Golden Retriever, Sadie. They brought her out today to see how she likes the place. Because I didn't know anything about this pup i decided to lock Dodge in Koda's yard which is attached to the back yard and I locked Koda in my Grooming shed which is almost out of sight from the back yard. When they arrived, I could see that Sadie seems to be a generally balanced pup, one thing for sure is she is not rude like Koda was as a pup! We let her run loose in the back yard, she met Dodge through the fence and they seemed fine so I let Dodge out and they were playing for ages, having loads of fun. At this point everyone could hear Koda making an awful racket in my grooming shed, he was screaming and knocking things over. Mum mentioned that IF Koda got along with Sadie, they would be great to play together, and the owner of Sadie suggested we let Koda meet Sadie through a fence. We agree'd (but i really regret that now). No one got hurt but gosh did Koda go insane. When i went to get him, he was standing on the washing machine watching through the shade-cloth. I took him out and let him look into the back yard (all while doing my usual training with him) as soon as Sadie approached the fence he just went insane, aggressive, barking, growling, screaming, and lunging!! I put him away and told Sadie's owner that there is no way he can play with Sadie, but she was okay with that. We are still going to have Sadie come here, Koda will be locked in his yard which he has no way of getting out of. He will be able to see Sadie from there, and at first he will be quite loud and excitable. But from experience i know he will calm down and accept that she is here. (I've had grooming clients stay in the backyard for a while and although Koda goes crazy at the start, he does calm down.

    It could be stressful, but i am going to use this as a training opportunity, i plan to take Koda on lead up and down the outside of the back yard and hopefully get him to the point where he is totally focussed on me and not Sadie. I'll also take him running through the paddocks on the farm to burn his energy before i do training sessions like that.

    One thing i found interesting was peoples lack of knowledge regarding aggressive dogs. When Koda lashed out at Sadie through the fence, to me there was no mistaking that as serious aggression, but Sadie's owner just thought he was excited to play!! No wonder people get bitten by dogs!!

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    Hey 'maddogdodge' - I was not having a go - just asking a question ! As far as making mistakes are concerned - well - you are not on your ‘Pat Malone’ with that ! My list – well ……….

    Probably too old for you - but !

    My Way - Frank Sinatra - YouTube

    Koda will be reading and feeding off you and your Mum – if you two are stressed – then so will Koda be. By the time you got Koda to sit – he was already over the threshold and that is why it took a long time to settle him.

    Next time you are walking – put Koda in the middle of you and your Mum – and keep on walking – in a happy and with ‘a couldn’t give a stuff’ attitude. Koda needs to get the idea – that you two will look after him – and it is not up to him to sort the situation out.

    This takes all time, patience, love and a lot of practice.

    So -

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    Good Luck !

    P.S. Aah - just saw your new post ! A typist - I ain't !

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    Good Luck with your puppy sitting ! Yep - I agree - treat it like a training session. You and Koda will be fine.

    I am a great believer of going for a walk when meeting new pups. So, maybe try that. Taking Koda for a run to burn off steam to start with - good idea !

    Having very high value treats will also help !
    Have fun ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

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