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    Default Happy Day for Zed and I

    Well, haven't fixed the stranger aggression at our door or on our property yet...(waiting for January, Mags! ) but I'm on cloud nine ATM.

    It's daylight savings here, and last night it was so sunny there were quite a few people walking past our place, which isn't usual. I used it as an opportunity to train. If I'd see someone coming, I'd pop out to the side verandah and naturally, Zed would follow. He'd see the person, start to go off, and then I'd clap my hands and keep commanding 'that's enough' and ensure he obeyed my command to sit quietly. Once he had, he'd get lots of hugs, pats and praise.

    So that was cool.

    But this morning we had others at the bus-stop. He obeyed beautifully.
    We have only lived here for about 5 months, and I've heard some dogs going off barking and howling for ages further up the hill, but could never see them. This morning I saw them, 2 beautiful GSD's (gush) and of course Zed heard them.
    He started running around the yard barking. No probs. But it went on and he wasn't stopping. He was starting to get quite agro, barking increasing and all hackles up etc etc. Totally normal behaviour, but a great opportunity for me. Raced out, clapped my hands loudly and commanded him to be quiet, 'that's enough.'

    Ruddy hell - he shut up instantly. Hackles went down, he came racing over to me and sat. Hell, did he gets some serious cuddling after that!!!

    Sorry for the rant, but I am feeling sooo happy.

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    Wow! Looks like you won't be needing me...

    Exellent news! What a good boy! Sounds so much like my Lola.
    Great work DA, I know what it's like when you finally find what works, really happy for you

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    awww come make my gsd be good!!!

    if she starts barking i say "gyp get on your bed and lie down" and she races over and lies down but her hackles are still up and she barks as quietly as she can so it kinda sounds like a ooff rather a woof!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    awww come make my gsd be good!!!

    if she starts barking i say "gyp get on your bed and lie down" and she races over and lies down but her hackles are still up and she barks as quietly as she can so it kinda sounds like a ooff rather a woof!!
    Ha,ha! Lola does the same thing

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    Great news!

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    Thanks Mags and Occy.

    Ha ha Laura. At least Gyps has a bed. Zed thinks my feet are his bed.

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    Well done Zed, what a good boy. You must be really happy DA.

    Our back garden sides onto a footpath and we have a open metal fence (bit like a large pool fence) so Jenna can see everyone coming and going. When we got her she would bark like mad everytime a dog went past (she's ok with people) so we have been working on this either clapping hands loudly or shaking a water bottle with pebbles in and it is working, she is much better now and often just sits there and watches the dogs go past.

    It makes you feel really proud doesn't it when you know they're starting to listen to you
    The best things in life, aren't things

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    Congratulation!! Your hard work is paying off. Well done to both of you! Good boy Zed.

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    Thanks all. Yeah, I feel good.

    TKay, the clapping hands is excellent, isn't it? I worked with the 'fetch' for a while after hanging washing out earlier. There was one time he didn't make his way straight back to me with the ball and starts veering off, I clapped then called 'come' again. The clapping got his attention and he bolted back to me so fast he skidded. My poor lawn! Aw, well it'll all be dead soon once Summer comes, so what the heck. Lol.

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    Way to go DA and Zed.

    BTW I put my washing water on my kikuyu lawn. Lawn mower man asked if I'd been watering it. Nope. Well not with water straight from the mains. And there was one bit down the bottom I never water and it was still green too.

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