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    Thank you Chubb

    She really LOVES the dog park (I think she thinks she's runs the place) it's her favourite thing after lamb and geckos... she just doesn't seem to like other dogs wanting my attention
    It's not a constant problem when we are there, I usually go off to our own corner and throw a stick

    I'm happy to take your advice though, you guys got me this far!

    She is such a high energy breed she basically NEEDS the dog park every afternoon
    Can you suggest another activity we could do? Does frisbee in the backyard for an hour instead give her the mental stimuation/exercise she needs?
    We walk her most mornings so it's nice to give her a bit of an adventure and the dog park tires her out much more

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    Great news and well done

    Your dog park issues remind me of what Beloz has been going through, and make me think the same as Chubbsecurity - maybe too much too soon? I have no experience with dog parks but have read some horror stories on here and would strongly advise you listen to those who have experience. Wouldn't want to go backwards after you've made such good progress .

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    Lol Geckos. Yep they are a night time favourite here also.

    If your yard is big enough frisbees would be good.
    What about hide and seek ? - on rainy days we play this inside the house
    Snoopy is a bit retarded sometimes and will run around and around the
    couch (dads couch) until I get dizzy and need a nice lie down!
    What about making some hurdles or a mini slalom course?

    If you can handle the dog park then that is fine but maybe avoid "peak hour".

    btw - Beloz and Banjo. Banjo is a highly trained dog but if you look through the thread
    you will see how much damage a few bad Dog Park experiences can do.

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    'rubberlegs' - really pleased that things are going better with you and your pup. Also pleased that you are realising that different situations need different strategies when training our pups !

    So - please don't think you are bad owner - we all started off somehow - we all had to learn and with experience and mistakes - it eventually makes us all better in the long run !

    Here are some links for you - which I hope you will find useful:

    This first one goes through the different ages/stages of pups lives and the sort of things that they can go through. Have a look at what is said about the ~ 9 month mark - and see what you think !

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    Free downloads | Dog Star Daily

    Knowledge Base | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    Kikopup makes things look so easy ! Don't worry about the clicker if you don't want to use one – just use a word to mark instead.

    kikopup puppy tips - YouTube

    Just another couple of links - I saw 'Hyacinth' mention:

    Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed�: Home Page

    Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    There would be heaps of things that you could do with your pup to increase the bond between the 2 of you – without having to go to the park every day. Yeah – I am another one that doesn’t like/do dog parks !

    Doing an hour of Frisbee catching/chasing I think would be too long with such a young pup at this stage. You still have to be careful of growing joints/limbs.

    What you have to be careful of - is repetitious actions over a continuous set period of time – and then keep on repeating it on a daily basis.

    That is why it is usually suggested for pups until approx. 18 months old – not much jumping unless in play and no just thumping the pavement – use a variety of surfaces.

    So to tire this little dynamite of yours out - try things that she has to use her brain ! The links above should give you heaps of ideas – but here is another one:

    How to Teach The Basics of 'Treibball' or 'Push Ball': A Great New Game for Energetic Dogs! - YouTube

    Most important thing is that you enjoy interacting with your pup - training really is fun - so keep up your Good Work and Good Luck ! Attachment 12487

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Lol Geckos. Yep they are a night time favourite here also.
    Yes - same here ! Riley is now trying to move chairs and other stuff against the walls so he can climb up to get them !
    Forever hopeful - poor pup - the geckos are too smart for this little brown dog !

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    I don't doubt for one minute that a GSP will move furniture so as to gain a height advantage
    in the pursuit of prey!
    They are dedicated aren't they?

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    When we arrive at the park, being such a brat, she barks her snout off to let everyone know she is there, something I'm hoping she will grow out of or will die down when the new dog park isn't as exciting
    Some activities like barking - are their own fun and reward. Ie if you don't stop it, she will do it more and more because it's fun / rewarding. How to stop it?

    My dog - doesn't get off lead at the park until we get a nice calm sit. If she starts barking on the way to the park - I pull the car over and wait for her to stop. In fact before the barking - she'd stand up and then she'd put her paws onto the divder between the front seats - and this is when I'd pull over. Standing up is ok but starting to climb into the front was not (and if I didn't stop then, the barking would start too). I've only had to pull over three times, and she completely gets it.

    I used to live with a dog that got excited about pedestrians and cyclists out side the car, we thought it was funny and allowed or encouraged it, and then it started getting a bit tedious to the point I'd have to tie the dog up (before we had car harnesses) to talk to the nice (not) policeman who had pulled me over and the dog was going to eat. Not going to let loud dog in car happen again.

    But if another dog comes near me or even tries to nuzzle in for a pat or a sniff... Gracie comes running a million mile an hour to get between us or if she is already there she will bark and bark and bark until one of us walks away
    I don't mind Frosty coming in for a pat or treat, but if she or the other dog show any aggression (or barking or guarding), all the treats, toys and pats go away and so do I. Didn't take her very long to figure this one out. I got it wrong for a while ie kept feeding treats when she was chasing off the other dogs but as soon as I went back to how it was when she was a puppy, ie packed the treats up... she stopped "guarding" so much. I will sometimes get the double leaning - two dogs leaning on me for pats but no more guarding.

    More often now, she will go to the other dog's owner and try to cadge treats or belly rubs off them. Not ideal from my point of view but sometimes you have to pick your battles.

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    Thank you RileyJ for all those links! I've definitely got some homework tonight
    I had a quick look at the Puppy Development Calendar and it's very accurate... especially the gangly legs part

    I took G to the dog park after work yesterday for 'one more shot' and it was probably our worst experience yet. We won't be going back any time soon, certainly not when there is literally 40 dogs there. I may take her back to her old (much quieter but further away) dog park on quieter days. I think I feel bad if she doesn't get out of the house or get to run in a big paddock but I suppose that's another one of those human emotions that doesn't translate to dogs. Luckily we have quite a big backyard so I'll take advantage of that for the next little while. It's such a pity because she used to be SO good at the dog park and it was perfect for her!

    I look forward to trying Pushball. It looks awesome and she responds well to click training. She already plays football (aka soccer, if you're that way inclined) with her nose so we're not far off the basics already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Some activities like barking - are their own fun and reward. Ie if you don't stop it, she will do it more and more because it's fun / rewarding. How to stop it?

    My dog - doesn't get off lead at the park until we get a nice calm sit. If she starts barking on the way to the park - I pull the car over and wait for her to stop. In fact before the barking - she'd stand up and then she'd put her paws onto the divder between the front seats - and this is when I'd pull over. Standing up is ok but starting to climb into the front was not (and if I didn't stop then, the barking would start too). I've only had to pull over three times, and she completely gets it.
    This is the method I try and use but at the entry to the park, with all the action, smells and other dogs sniffing or barking through the fence my strike rate would be less than 5%
    She gets so worked up that I completely lose her. I know giving in perpetuates the problems but It creates such a scene that I'm too embarrassed to stand there for 5 to 10 minutes at the gate waiting for her to calm down

    Speaking of, I won't miss the dog park politics or the DPE (Dog Park Elite), that's for sure!

    Anyway, if that's her worst behaviour then I can deal with that for now!

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    Frisbees are great there we have one that is made of material that isn't hard on he mouth. i think I got it through the K9 online shop. We also have a $5 ball from KMart that she will endlessly play soccer with ( best with us ionvolved of course) Maggie at Gracies age loved killing plastic buckets and brooms, hours of fun. As she has got strong jaws and teeth now the buckets last less than a day so we stopped them, she still throws her brushes around the back yard though.
    It has been raining alot here lately so soccer and frisbee out the back have been the only way we could esxercise her between showers. The unpredictability of the frisbee taxes hert brain more than the ball i think.
    Also it is often stated here that any form of obedience/fun training will tire them by taxing their brain. Although a very bright dog we found Maggie holds one thought at a time which makes the recall interesting at times. We had many 'moments ' at the beach waiting for her with gritted teeth behind the smile when she finally arrived.
    This is improving as she matures and in the last 4 months maturity is arriving quite clearly.I think with Gracie you will find as she matures things will calm
    Last edited by farrview; 09-25-2013 at 10:24 AM.

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