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    Hello all, long time no visit. Life has been crazy these past few weeks!

    I just wanted to drop by and share Millie's success in training. As you may recall, we were given her by a family who had done zero training and couldn't keep her anymore at age 3. Training was really tough as she was overweight, very keen on pulling on lead, not food motivated and generally not interested in the concept of training.

    Well, she has come a LONG way! We've cut down her food to the amount she should be getting fed for her size and she's lost 3-4kgs. That change alone has meant that she is now interested in any treat we offer so it's no longer hell trying to find something to interest her at training. The trainers really backed off and allowed me to work with her without the negative feedback. She is on a stretchy harness now which combined with my training commands has almost entirely stopped her from pulling. She heels nicely now, even around obstacles. At the start of training I could not get her to sit by my side to save my life, now she'll sit there for long stretches. It's very clear that she's just keen to learn and to please me at training which I am just thrilled about.

    When I got her I was scared that I would never be able to walk her or have any control whatsoever, now she's even better behaved than Loki (who to be fair is still a puppy and is testing his training boundaries right now). We got a new kitten last weekend and she has been just perfect with him as well as our other cat Lucy.

    So there you have it, I am definitely going to be a rescue doggy advocate for life!

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    'candi9' - you have put a big smile on all 4 of my cheeks with this update !

    Now don't forget to pat yourself on the back - for a fantastic result !
    If you hadn't persevered - the result would have not been a positive one for Millie ! smiley-eatdrink004.gif

    Keep up the fantastic effort !
    Last edited by RileyJ; 07-12-2013 at 02:40 PM.

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    Well done Candi9

    I do love an update

    We've cut down her food to the amount she should be getting fed for her size and she's lost 3-4kgs. That change alone has meant that she is now interested in any treat we offer so it's no longer hell trying to find something to interest her at training.
    I wish I had a dollar for every person with a fat dog who says "my dog doesn't like food/treats". Hello? I even get owners who say my dog is really picky at dinner time... and it's a fat dog. Take the food away if they don't eat it.

    And my fave - "my dog will eat rocks if I don't let it eat all the dog food it wants". Her dog was so fat you could play cards on its back.

    If my evil hound started eating rocks - she'd get locked in a crate or on lead - all the time until she worked out that eating rocks (or anything else not approved) is not ok.

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    That must be so rewarding, well done.

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    Thanks! I'm definitely proud of myself for making the effort. I took her to a local footy match today and she was perfectly behaved. I even let her off lead in the adjoining park and she came right back when I called her. I never thought I'd be able to trust her off lead. I did feel pretty bad cutting her food down but now that she's so much healthier and better behaved I know I did the right thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi9 View Post
    Thanks! I'm definitely proud of myself for making the effort. I took her to a local footy match today and she was perfectly behaved. I even let her off lead in the adjoining park and she came right back when I called her. I never thought I'd be able to trust her off lead. I did feel pretty bad cutting her food down but now that she's so much healthier and better behaved I know I did the right thing.
    Well done! Oh and never feel bad about cutting food down. I am without mercy about keeping my dogs lean, it is just so much healthier for them.

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    Yes totally agree with Kalacreek, keeping health check on your pet is more important then feeling sorry for them. If by being strict you are able to improve her then so be it

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    That's a great story, Candi! You should be very proud of yourself for what you've achieved. And Millie is one lucky dog to have ended up with you.

    I am about to start fostering dogs so stories like these are really encouraging.

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    Good luck Beloz! In Millie's case I found that she was really keen to learn, which really helped. I think a lot of dogs are happy to put in the effort when they see that they're getting treats, cuddles and play time in return for their efforts

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