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Thread: Obedience? Training anyhow. Brian n me begin.

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    Chuckling enough to provide Brian's 2013 annual leave trip? He's very flexi with dates.

    My husband bought me a new leash for Brian. Its so not a dog trainers leash. It resembles the handle you might find on a shovel. No leash part, just solid handle and a clip. Made of shock absorbing latex. Looks kinda industrial meets sporty.
    Tried it this morning....with check chain.
    dog leads are GONE for brian, this thing rocks! So easy on my hands and arms. Im lovin it. Poor wee bastard didnt know what hit him. (Yep, that's my left, and you cant go behind me, or on the right, coz there's no room, only there on my left. Cant zig zag in front, cant jump up, cant kill mum today, or tomorrow, oh yeah, now who's in control eh? albeit with a device.

    With him on that. bernie can once again take the lead and head up his fambly in front, where he's been for 6yrs till brian buggered things up!

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    Good on ya hubby

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    Ive changed my mind on the new leash. It has muscle tool written all over it. Too short to send 'chill' messages down it. Its too short.
    Back to lungeing reign and my fave cotton longer leashes, that im used to adjusting the length of mid stride now

    Obedience update.
    We've conquered sit. Almost had it with distractions, then he kept pushing his chest out for a rub. He loves the rubs! So i can use this as a reward now. its a rather highly valued reward too. Given option of me chest rubbing or food, he's chosing the rub.
    Im glad about that. i dont like the copious slobber issue when i have food on me. Id need overalls.

    so having found this out, im 'Brian-Sit', and he's doing it, Im chest rubbing rubbing and releasing him to go play; here, in the garden, with/without other dogs, in paddock no other dogs so far.
    brian will also travel distance to get that chest rub, so recall's he's doing, at home, and out when no distraction of strange dogs. Brian does most of his training with my other dogs around.
    Recalls: with other dogs around, not a chance. But once im nearby, he runs to me, as if to get me to join in with his new mates! He doesnt ever run off. But this is because im managing it. I dont call when i dont think i'll get a positive response.

    I can use the other dogs 99%, to get a more predictable result, as Brian is so afraid of missing out, that he runs to get back first. As they all do, and this is where it goes wrong....only 2 dogs stop when they get to me so far. But we are working on that lol
    Im covered in bruises permanently these days. But these i suspect, are my last large multi breed trio, as i realise, i am not strong enough to handle 3 overly enthusiastics.

    I remember thinking at the Vet, that for his 2nd visit, he walked in and onto the scales automatically. With just one guiding him through what to do experience prior.
    He remembers more than i give him credit for. Which leads me to believe that he's also stubborn, and choses when to be obedient. But he's a teenager, and that's fine, temporarily as we work on all this lovely learning, with other dogs around us that he doesnt live with. (or visit too regularly to count as strange dogs).

    Ive run out of dog mates. People keep their dogs away because of the mess he makes of them. He gets rather excited. so that's a reason to drool for Brian.
    Even sherlock and harleyquin are not coming over if they've just been bathed.

    Retrieves: will fetch a ball, not because he wants to, but because he knows, that if he doesnt grab it, i'll end the game and go indoors, or call another dog out to get it before he can get to it.
    But outside of that, he's spasmodic about ball interest.

    Send away: 3 paces so far! yeah

    Drop: nah not unless he was on his way down anyhow. So, luring into position from a sit, he ups his butt and moves backwards into a stand, not laying down. If i put gentle pressure onto the bum, he kneels down < odd double jointed thing he does, its ugly and looks very unhealthy, i dont do this for this reason.
    He is more likely to 'collapse' when i attempt to get him to lay down against his wishes. No matter how gently i lead him to it so far. So no go there.

    he's doing grand

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    Hi Bernie

    I admire your persistence.

    Will work for chest rubs - that's brilliant news.

    I'm still figuring out what my dog will and won't work for.

    The drop - may be he needs some "gym" work to assist with this ie building strength in the muscles needed to control the drop? And sometimes it's the ground. I asked Frosty to drop on the cold freshly rained on wet grass this morning and she looked at me like I was mental - stayed sitting. Game over. sigh. I ignored all her later attempts to re-engage. It needs to be me driving the bus.

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    The ground? Im asking for drop on a stone floor. I'll try in paddock tomorrow to see if the terrain makes a difference. Thanks for that.
    Some gym work. We have a nice steep bank, but its snake season, so perhaps not. I'll try the stairs at the station. But not sure what my knees will think of that.
    Maybe first thing in morning on the bank, before snakes wake up!

    Or station steps with a slinky? LOL

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    I got home from work today, and the GSD and rottie x were missing? Brian is happy to see me, but something is wrong with him. He's upset. ?
    Out onto the deck to discover, bernie and pohm have leapt the deck into the back garden, by a loose 2 panels in the deck fence. They've gotten through.
    Brian's head does fit through the gap, so he was stuck on the right side of the fence alone all day saved by that football of head.
    Glad it didnt get too hot, as neither GSD or rottie had access to water, and no fencing other than a single wire, but niether of them left. I think.

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    geez, glad they are both safe and well!

    they probably had a great day wondering the neighborhood saying hi to all their friends!

    i really do take my hat off to you bernie, your doing very well with brian, persistence pays off and your making progress!
    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" Author Unknown

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    our critters sure know how to scare us. especially after that post about snakes out there.

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    I sort of have to continue, im in love with him.
    ive been gotten at!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    I sort of have to continue, im in love with him.
    ive been gotten at!
    This ^^^^^^^^^ really touched the funny bone ! Brian is not so dumb at all !

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