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    Default Water Problem. Any Advice?

    Zed seems to have this issue with water.

    He is a true water-dog. Loves it, goes silly. Lol.

    He hasn't shown any interest in hoses etc around the place, but have discovered it's when you turn the darned things on!

    Breeder has explained that she found it easier to lock him up when she was hosing anywhere, as sooner or later when he lunges and snaps at the water coming out the nozzle he would accidentally get her...sigh.

    Geez I wish owners would deal with these things straight away when they crop up. But I guess when you've got a fair number of them running around it's easier to just lock the problem up. However, that is not my way of doing things, so I've got to re-train him with this.

    My immediate thought is to start doing the hosing when OH is home. So I (or OH) can put him on leash, tell him 'no' everytime he lunges, and try to teach him to sit quietly without lunging etc. If that works, slowly move him closer to the nozzle when hosing; then later let him off leash etc...

    Any other ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I think your on the right track already, the method your suggesting should work fine. Will you use the check chain?

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    I agree with mal. Shads also did this with hoses but to us it was fine as I only used it when watering pot plants on the veranda and he was on the lawn and we loved it as a game.

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    Hi Mal, I thought I'd use my nylon training check-chain with short thigh-length lead to keep his attention right beside me.

    Had a problem with check-chains (another story) and advocated against them many years ago in Qld. The surgery I worked at back then, we really started pushing (at that time) the nylon ones for specific training methods. Even the pet-shops came on board and started ordering them in instead of the actual chain ones.

    Alot of people don't advocate their usage at all, and I do understand that and where they are coming from. But I have experience with them and know how to use them carefully and correctly.

    It's not a big issue, (the water thing) I realise it's quite simple to just leave him in the house when I water, but really it's something that needs to be corrected IMO.

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    Hi Di Dee.
    Yeah, it's not a great issue, but as we've only recently moved, we're doing a full landscaping make-over, so I'll be doing a lot of watering over the next few months to get everything established. Hence, I think i'd just better deal with it.

    Ho hum, keeps me busy.

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    I understand the chain issue, I use both when training depending on the dog.

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    Hi DA

    Get a trigger nozzle so you can stop the water flow...

    Frosty LOVES chasing the hose with water. She does stop when I ask her to but we also make a game of it from time to time. If I'm being boring (not playing) watering stuff, I just shut off the water every time she comes near. Takes the fun out of it for her. And I try to give her other things to do. I also use the water jet in the opposite direction to move her where I want her, ie you can play with the water over here, on the lawn but not on the chilli plants I'm trying to water.

    Dunno what you're trying to establish but I use 2 or 3 litre milk cartons or 10 litre buckets and attach one or more drippers to them and fill those up. Get a much better directed flow of water than just hosing. I found that out by digging up where I had used drippers vs where I had hosed. Even if I stand there and count to 30 seconds for each plant (ie one bucket full), I still get a better result filling a dripper bucket...

    Then again, I should really install some proper dripper systems, but I haven't done my landscaping plan yet. How come your landscaping didn't include a dripper and or grey water system?

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    No can do unfortunately Hyacinth. (sighs dramatically.)

    Zed goes straight for the nozzle, and his teeth are kinda big, and strong, and pointy, and sharp...yes, well, you get the picture.

    The block is approx 2000 metres square, and we have landscaped from one end to the other. Bit job, but it is starting to look nice. Just watering to establish takes hours each go. Massive yard for a residential area (well, here it is) but I like it like that.
    No-one can see my undies on the line, or OH pee out the back if toilets are full and he's desperate, or hear me threaten to knock the boys skulls together!

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    Hi DA

    Block is still a good candidate for drippers. I just watched an old "greening australia" video that my (late) dad made - where they installed drippers and hundreds of trees around an outback station in SA. 2000sqm has nothing on that space.

    Anyway the idea is like the door shut in dogs face - ie as dog goes to bolt through door, you shut it, then you open it, then you shut it... ie you're supposed to shut the water off as he gets the idea he wants it and *before* he goes for it. And I usually hold the trigger gun by the handle - so if Frosty happens to get the bit where the water comes out, she misses me.

    For a completely different idea (depends a bit on your water pressure) get one of those metal sprinklers - the round ones that spray out a circle? And put that somewhere the dog can bite it his hearts content. I've got one quite well chewed. And I turn the water on/off from the tap - much safer. Tis a wonder Frosty has any teeth given some of the things she chomps on.

    Failing that, welding gloves might help. Just make sure you rub them with something that tastes bitter yuk first. Like crib stop.

    I think I used weapon of doggy discipline and "uh uh" to stop Frosty chewing hoses and the clothes line. I think I got lucky there. Every time she thought about doing it, I was there to tell her not to and give her something else to do. But she was little then.

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    Laughing silly at Hyacinth. Your ideas are brilliant!!!

    Welding glove, indeed. Hope it doesn't come to that, but I will if I have to.

    He chomped straight through a metal sprinkler I've had for over 15 years. Best I ever found, but nope, hole in seconds. grrr.

    Going to try the trigger gun, as you suggested. Got a couple in the shed.

    Actually, I'm thinking of combining the trigger gun with the welding glove.

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