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    I never meant to say kennels were bad, Nev. Though it depends very much on the kennel and I remember when I checked the local ones, I was not at all impressed with the services they offered. I remember things like having to pay extra for your dog to get an hour of play in the exercise yard totally put me off from sending my dog there. (And they are already very expensive down here) I am sure that most sociable dogs would love a good kennel where they are allowed to socialise a lot. But imagine leaving your dog in a kennel for 3 weeks and coming back to discover he had been miserable there for that long? If they wanted to use a kennel, they should've trialled it for a weekend before the big trip of course. And now I've said that, I might actually do that with Banjo next time we go away for the weekend. Though the closest one that I liked from their description and comments from others is an hour drive from here.

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    The kennels I take Frosty to are both an hour from my place. In fact one is close to an hour and half - if I don't get lost in the hills on the way. It's worth it for the peace of mind. I had two different friends offer to take Frosty on one of my longer holidays and neither of them could cope with her. She can be a bit demanding - especially with people who think - if I give you a treat will you leave me alone. Never could understand how anyone would think a dog would come up with any idea but the opposite on that one.

    Ie Frosty thinks if you give me a treat when I "ask" - then you will give me more if I ask LOUDER...

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    It is lots of fun to reward an older dog who has never been rewarded with treats before, I discovered. The moments I like him most is when he comes running at me full pelt when I call and looks so happy when he gets his treat. I can imagine that for a dog who has always been supposed to do these things 'for free', it seems like he won the jackpot to suddenly get rewards for it. But I need to motivate him because I want to be able to walk him off lead and would not trust on his previous training. I still don't call him with any serious distraction though. His major distraction appears to be smells. Doesn't notice anything around him if he's smelling bushes/trees/grass. He'll come no problem when there's other dogs around and isn't interested in birds, not even when Banjo chases them.

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    This is probably for a separate thread....

    Have you tried giving him permission to go sniff... eg get him to focus for a bit, and then tell him to "go sniff" or "go play" and let him do what he likes... Then "sniffing" becomes a reward from you for doing what you want, something he gets to do with permission - so he knows when he's doing it "right". A bit like teaching a dog to bark on cue. Or spin on cue.

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    Ok, so I discovered that this dog has some social issues. Yesterday I'm on my neighbour's driveway having a chat, with both dogs on the lead, when the BC from across the park (adjacent to the neighbour's house) walks over to say hello. He's a lovely, placid dog and Banjo loves playing with him. When the 2 dogs see him, they rush forward and I decided to let go of their leads as I didn't want them to yank my back out of joint and thinking they were running over for a play. The JRT chased this poor dog all around the park biting his hind legs! I was NOT impressed.

    So this morning, when the cutest little staffy pup ran up to the dogs on the oval, I put the JRT on the lead when he growled at it - though I wasn't entirely sure if it was play or real growl then. Then the puppy decided to come jump all over him and the JRT is trying to get away from it, wrapping the lead around my legs and growling and struggling something ferocious and to my embarrassment I did what I often see clueless small dog owners do. I pulled the lead up too much in an effort to get him out of harm's way (for the protection of the pup) and nearly strangled him. I really am not a good small dog owner and decided I will never get any dog for keeps that I cannot easily grab by the collar from a standing position!

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    Instead of reaching for the collar - just step on the lead. I have many strategically placed knots in my dog's lead. She's well tall enough to grab by the collar when I'm standing up - if she wouldn't spend so much time crawling and rolling upside down. Which is fine until she decides the other dog is up for a game of chasey. This is a sneaky way she has of asking me to let her off so she can go foraging. She can't go foraging when she has an upset tummy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    Ok, so I discovered that this dog has some social issues. Yesterday I'm on my neighbour's driveway having a chat, with both dogs on the lead, when the BC from across the park (adjacent to the neighbour's house) walks over to say hello. He's a lovely, placid dog and Banjo loves playing with him. When the 2 dogs see him, they rush forward and I decided to let go of their leads as I didn't want them to yank my back out of joint and thinking they were running over for a play. The JRT chased this poor dog all around the park biting his hind legs! I was NOT impressed.

    So this morning, when the cutest little staffy pup ran up to the dogs on the oval, I put the JRT on the lead when he growled at it - though I wasn't entirely sure if it was play or real growl then. Then the puppy decided to come jump all over him and the JRT is trying to get away from it, wrapping the lead around my legs and growling and struggling something ferocious and to my embarrassment I did what I often see clueless small dog owners do. I pulled the lead up too much in an effort to get him out of harm's way (for the protection of the pup) and nearly strangled him. I really am not a good small dog owner and decided I will never get any dog for keeps that I cannot easily grab by the collar from a standing position!
    LOL I shouldnt laugh but I just have this heel nipping image.
    Not hard because when Pippi and Barey run round, she is constantly biting the back of his legs. Or if he greets me before she gets there, back legs LOL. She knows he turns to bite her back and as soon as he does she takes his spot for the "hi" LOL. And its the only part of him she can reach without getting pushed to the ground and held there by a big paw

    i use a harness with Pippi coz i am worried i rip he head roff otherwise

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    Ahhhh the friends monster dog from hell. I have one that visits from time to time. A boxer girl. A real handful. Before arriving I proof the house and yard against her. She is very tiring, even my dogs don't particularly like her.

    But like you I say yes because the owner is a very good friend who would be there for me in a flash. I also make exceptions for her as I've seen her in her own home and she's not as silly as when she comes to mine and I think just has sensory overload with lots to do and lots to get in trouble with.

    I do however give myself and my dogs a break from her for about an hour or so a day and put her in the dog run. If I didn't like you I'd go nuts. How this one dog can cause more trouble than all mine put together is beyond me but she does. Like Banjo sometimes mine join in with her destruction.

    Hope the time flys by for you.

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    He's not quite as bad as the boxer sounds, Mac. But he is higher maintenance than Banjo.

    We did discover the trick to make him switch off though. Let him crawl under the doona! I think for the first time ever, I really understand the value of a crate and his cave under the doona is like his crate, even though of course he can get out if he wants to, but he can even ignore meowing cats when he's under there.

    The weekend was a tad trying. The dogs ate a whole cake that I stupidly left on the bench when we went out. I worried quite a bit about the 250g of butter and sugar they ingested! And chocolate too... They ran off to the park (2 houses down from us) when the gate was left open and refused to leave when my daughter went to get them. Then they knocked over my brand new bike when they chased the cat into the garage and smashed the side mirror that I paid $35 for the day before.

    And yesterday the JRT met a dog that didn't like him and in the scuffle his collar broke. So we put a cat collar we had lying around on him. Which turned out to be elasticised, so he kept slipping his collar on our walk this morning. Fortunately he is pretty good on walks - except if he clashes with another dog. He comes most of the times I call him and he does a pretty good stay too.

    I'm passing him on to someone else this afternoon. I feel a bit sorry for him about having to adjust to another place and Banjo will miss playing with him very much. But how peaceful it will be at home without him!

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    So I dropped the JRT off at the other person's place last night.

    I got a bad feeling about leaving him there. She had a Spaniel who was barking at the JRT and getting really in his face. And the owner's reaction to the JRT trying to get away was: "Oh, does he not play with other dogs? Mine will play with all dogs." Woman, that's not play, that's harassment!

    She called me this morning at about 10 telling me that he dug his way out of her yard and is gone. Apparently a group of people chased him, trying to catch him so scared the bejeesus out him no doubt. I hopped on my bike - good thing I rode to work, I suppose - and went looking for him as it was close to work where he was last seen, but no luck. Then I reported him as lost with the pound and the RSPCA. And am about to call the local vets. I also called my neighbour to keep an eye out for him. I don't think he is quite smart enough to find his way back to my place - though it's not that very far, but unfortunately there's some busy roads to cross - but he might surprise me.

    Crossing everything that he'll turn up alive... And before dark.
    Last edited by Beloz; 08-14-2012 at 04:29 PM.

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