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    That was great to watch thanks for putting it up. The short ones at the end are worth watching as well, a good one about overcoming the fear only about 3.35
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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Probably stating the obvious here but if she's so unsure of kids, be very careful with their interactions, especially an 11 month old. I'm certainly not saying don't let them interact but most definately not without very close supervision.

    I like the suggestions of Hyacinth and Kalacreek, both are great, just make sure your kids are safe during this stage while she's adjusting to having kids around, just in case the very unlikely happens and she lashes out due to fear or whatever. Also worth reading up on doggy body language if you're not already somewhat familiar so you have a chance at detecting any warning signs early.
    Absolutely right. I am there at all interactions and watching Serena's body language. I try and keep the interaction to a bare minimum and try to have some nice treats on hand. But yes, this is an area that is concerning and certainly one that I take very seriously.
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    Thanks MMJ. Wonderful story with hope in what was a hopeless situation. Gives me hope too!

    cheers

    Adrian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ados View Post
    Thanks MMJ. Wonderful story with hope in what was a hopeless situation. Gives me hope too!

    cheers

    Adrian
    Yep, don't underestimate them from many different angles. If they decide they want to hurt someone/something they are very effective at doing so, but as a general rule, they love people and they especially love kids .... the excitement that kids offer is what I believe attracts them. And as that clip I posted shows, they can mostly recover from pretty much anything, so stay positive and keep at it and I have no doubt she will come around eventually ... just be a bit careful in the meantime I guess is what I was getting at.





    My two(the first deceased before I got my current one) have put up with nonsense from kids that you would expect a normal dog to react to, hopefully you'll be able to get her to this point ... actually I have almost no doubt that you will

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    My two(the first deceased before I got my current one) have put up with nonsense from kids that you would expect a normal dog to react to, hopefully you'll be able to get her to this point ... actually I have almost no doubt that you will
    I hope so too but realistically 6 years of a certain way of life is going to take a bit of time overcome. It is also in part going to do with the temperament the dog was born with. I have seen dogs rescued from terrible conditions that have gone on to thrive and others that have had a temperament that have been unable to totally overcome their beginnings.

    These are early days though and they are also very important days to get right as you move forward. Although I have to admit that staffys are not my favourite breed, the ones I know seem to love life and people with great enthusiasm.

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    I can see some minor improvements and I managed to get Serena to sit using liver cubes I cooked as treats. She did it again but then refused, at which point I didn't force the issue.

    Another small breakthrough occurred this morning at brekky chaos outside. Despite the noises of the kids, Serena kept popping her head out from the garage, taking some steps towards us and then retreating when it became too much. At one stage she was actually happy to come to me amongst the kids and noise. I used a very kind and encouraging voice and she seems to respond to this almost as much as fresh treats.

    So these are little victories and I allow her to retreat is she feels overwhelmed which I think is less so than a few weeks ago. So its little victories like this that keep me encouraged.

    Although I will honestly say that had I known ex-breeding dogs were so much work, I probably would have passed on buying Serena. But, here she is and I am totally committed to her now. Just have to fit it in with three boys to look after and studying part time at Uni!!

    thanks again

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    So these are little victories and I allow her to retreat is she feels overwhelmed which I think is less so than a few weeks ago. So its little victories like this that keep me encouraged.
    It's all about the little victories and small steps. As a computer programmer I have to resist the urge to ask my dog to repeat a small success - just to see if she really understood - when instead what I need to do is have a big happy party with her, and finish asking her to try new things.

    In dog training - it's also ok to end on a "fail" you don't have to keep trying until it goes right. Sometimes it's better to stop, have a rest, and think about how you can set things up a little bit differently next time.

    If you have a clear picture of where you're at now (eg dog wary of children) and where you want to be (dog comfortable around children), you know what to reward when you see it.

    And you will find that mixing up the rewards eg pats and praise can be great too. Dogs love attention possibly more than anything. Well maybe not attention from small children at this point... but you're working on it in the right way, I think.

    Really yummy food - is best when you're teaching a dog new things. In agility world we really like if a dog will fetch and tug - lots of herding dogs find that highly enjoyable and rewarding and it's a very convenient way to train ie you can chuck the toy to the place where the dog got the task right and then they fetch it and you play together. Bit easier than using food. But food is good for close up stuff and control eg "Mat" work.

    For some dogs - food is calming, for my dog it's exciting... so you have to pay attention to which rewards excite and wind your dog up, and which ones calm her down. Eg ear rubs, butt rubs and belly rubs are usually calming. tug and chase and fetch can be exciting... but not every dog is the same with this. So you use which reward based on what result you want and what you're trying to train.

    So if you starting out with mat work and being calm around children - you use stuff that calms your dog down.

    When your dog starts getting good at that - you can mix things up a bit and use more exciting rewards to see if your dog can maintain some self control on the mat despite being wound up and excited... this is really helpful if the door bell rings.

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    There is a VERY BIG problem with this thread!!!!!! Where are the photo's????????? Please!

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    Hi Ados, I've been popping in and out of the forum over the past few weeks, and have read your thread about Serena. Thank you so much for being so patient with her, goodness knows what may have happened if she ended up in a house where her new owners weren't so concerned about her welfare.

    I think it was meant to be with yourself and herself ...

    I do agree with MMJ though, and would love to see photos of this beautiful girl

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    Quote Originally Posted by findeb View Post
    Hi Ados, I've been popping in and out of the forum over the past few weeks, and have read your thread about Serena. Thank you so much for being so patient with her, goodness knows what may have happened if she ended up in a house where her new owners weren't so concerned about her welfare.

    I think it was meant to be with yourself and herself ...

    I do agree with MMJ though, and would love to see photos of this beautiful girl
    Absolutely, she was very lucky to find you as a lot of people would either straight up give up on her or wouldn't have a clue how to help her so with most people she would have either gotten the green dream or worse, she would have become a backyard ornament.

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