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    But there is a difference between blaming the dog and acknowledging that some dog will develop behaviours that others won't even if they are treated exactly the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    But there is a difference between blaming the dog and acknowledging that some dog will develop behaviours that others won't even if they are treated exactly the same?
    I would say that yes, there is. I say this because whilst I don't believe that any 2 dogs are identical - although with purebreds they probably come pretty damn close, I don't think the dog is often to blame if they exhibit an undesirable behaviour. I have 2 dogs now, one who is very easy to contain - don't need proper fences or anything, he doesn't try to scale walls unless I'm on the other side asking him to do so, compared to the other that will do everything in her power to escape, even if it results in injury to herself. Now if Zoe - as an adult, escapes and then eats someone else's pet or whatever, she is not to blame, I am. I can hardly say, well I did enough to keep my other dog in so it's all her fault. Dogs are different but you can't really blame them for their behaviour. I have met very few dogs that I thought were actually evil and wanting to cause problems - the rest just had more energy than what their owners were used to in a dog, more drive etc and consequently, the owner might decide that there's something wrong or weird about the dog, when in actual fact it's just different from their previous dogs.

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    I was just saying that I didn't think anyuka blamed the dog. The fact that they came here for advice on what they could do to change the behaviour proves that.

    As opposed to some other people who come here whingeing about how their dog must be broken because it doesn't naturally behave the way they expect it too!

    Anyway, I believe I am getting into semantics now. I know your post was well meant, Nehkbet, I just thought it could have been phrased in a more diplomatic way. All good...

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    Beloz - thats why I said more often then not rather than its always handler error. I wasnt specifying at this particular person just stating we are doing ourselves and our dogs a disservice when we dont acknowledge it. But yes there are SOME dogs who can be predisposed to some issues.

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    I would recommend a back to basics obedience. Somehow, you have lost control over your dog. Control is when you ask, not when the dog feels like obeying.
    when you have obedience without distraction of visitors, and your reward system is well established for calm behaviour, or commanding 'quiet'.
    Then enlist your mates to visit, and train with a real visitor. Generate a hierarchy of visitors, working up to last but not least, the scared mate.

    I had a dog once that could diagnose schizophrenia. He would only ever bark at my clients with that diagnosis. They were sending odd messages (receiving some too i shouldnt wonder) and my dog was confused and fear barking in response. I think your scared mate is sending confused messages to your dog, and its a fear bark response.

    Also 14 months, around the right time for behavioural problems to kick in for dogs. If you havent sorted this yourself, stump up the animal behaviourist fee of roughly $250-300 for a program to follow. NOT a dog trainer, a animal behaviourist, big difference in skill set.

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    Just to update everyone - she is now behaving perfectly!

    I think for her it was more a teenage 'dominance' issue. Soon after posting my initial question I noticed she was becoming a little more dominant at the park. I nipped that in the bud straight away and now at home she's a golden child! I've had people come up to my gate and once I get there, she goes and lays in the corner leaving me to it

    So massive success!! Thank you all for all your advice and help

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    That's great news Annukwya!

    Well done on reigning him in. Shows a nice bond process is occurring as is learning/growth on both your parts. Fab!
    Gotta curb the GSD's gob, its loud, and very annoying when barking.

    Does your's talk? Bernie does, i love it. He says hello, and has different howls for different people he loves. Its cute that i know when my son is coming as a certain type of excited howling occurs for him, a different one for my OH, and i get a whimpering madly spinning on spot that lets my family im coming home.
    He can also say "hello" and "oh no" lol

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    Great outcome annukya, well done. Teenagers huh?

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    I've just doubled up on trouble ... one Malinois at 18 months old and I just got her full brother Boyan from a new litter, almost 17 weeks old ...

    come spend a day here LOL Boyan thinks he's a mountain goat this week and just looks at me when I call him off furniture like 'why, what I did is so cool!'

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    omg 2 x malinois, are you mad Nekhbet? lol

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