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    Quote Originally Posted by huanic View Post
    Frosty carries on a bit when people show up. She had a go at the lawn mower man this morning - but as best I can tell - it was bark a lot - not bite a lot. Ie we had the dog ranger around one time and she was off lead and barking at him, she could have bitten him, but she ran rings around him barking her head off instead. He was totally cool about it because he has a dog like her at his place. And I guess he's the dog ranger because he understands dogs, not because he hates them.

    Anyway to deal with the lawn mower man - who she has been introduced to - and licked to death, I kept her on lead but gave her a whole bunch of other things to do and treated her for doing them. The first one after "sit" was command to "speak". Which bizarrely almost instantly shuts her up and then she makes a very thoughtful effort to growly talk - just loud enough to get the treat. Which cracked the lawnmower man up. But after that we could have a conversation.

    I'm thinking the main things you need are distraction and other things for the dog to do. One of the Me or the dog episodes - included loading up visitors with lots of high value food treats, and getting them to toss them new york asian escorts near or behind new york asian escort the dog going new york escorts bonkers. Ie the bar new york escort open - visitors are good thing. You might want to have a command for this like "you've been introduced", or something that separates the welcome visitors (ok calm down now) from the unwelcome ones (go for it) for the dog.
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    Choppa chop

    Did you have to quote the damn post - complete with the links to prostitutes?

    I hope you edit those bits out.

    I just reported it using the triangle icon with the ! in the middle of it.

    Hopefully Morgan gets those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Choppa chop

    Did you have to quote the damn post - complete with the links to prostitutes?

    I hope you edit those bits out.

    I just reported it using the triangle icon with the ! in the middle of it.

    Hopefully Morgan gets those.

    Same here Hyacinth, i've also reported this member by using the triangle icon..

    Bloody hell we sure get some weirdos spamming the forum

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    Hey, that poster just had the same thing on the dangerous dogs thread. WTF?

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    Hyacinth I'm sure we are all able to look past the links yes ?
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    Bingo was like that! He would bark at anything and worse when he wanted something badly! No one could come into the house without being bitten or without having their shoelaces undone (he had a loathing for men in black lacey shoes!!!)! No one could touch him.. no one could pat him or get close to him.
    The more we told him to Shut up, the more he barked and the more frustrated we became. Ignoring his barking and him was one way but it never worked entirely. In his old age, at 17 1/2, he became deaf and almost blind so we were the ones to yell when we wanted him to do something. We used to stamp our feet hard on the wooden floor to grab his attention. We miss him so much! He behaved like a spoilt brat!! AND HE WAS!

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    Hey Devils Adv,
    My Lola had similar issues as your boy and Choppas girl. Lola also had an unkind past as a pup. I believe that alot of her problems were due to being bullied by adult dogs that she lived with as well as being bullied/hurt by guard dogs that were on duty when she was dumped over a fence as a tiny pup. I believe that Lolas aggression was/is 'fear aggression'

    What worked for me is creating a bond with Lola by spending more one on one time. Daily playing, training, and constant use of positive reinforcement, The more of a bond we created, the more she started to respect me, trust me, listen to me and do what she was told. I obviously can't stop her from barking her head off at strangers but I can now stop her from chasing after a stranger/dog by getting her to sit and stay. I've been working with her on these issues for 10 months now.

    With strangers coming to the house- she used to carry on like she wanted to kill anyone and anything coming to the front door. I soon found that she was not too bad once they were in, so i worked on her 'stay' command more. Over and over 100000000000000 times. Today she proved to me that all the hard work had payed off. I get the 'australia post parcel man' at the door at least once a week. In the past i would go outside and sign for my parcel there. Today however I saw the guy pull up outside and got Lola & Misi to get on the sofa. They're used to this command as that's what they have to do when I go out. Lola listened! I then told her to 'stay'. She did! she barked but stayed and I had the front door wide open (watching her the whole time). She did not move! I felt like throwing a party!!! Maybe you could try this with your boy but have him go in his crate....
    In earlier days when i knew that friends were coming. I'd get them to ring me when they were around the corner and I would take both girls outside and give them a nice meaty bone. Later i'd let them in and visitors would give treats.
    I also had her be aggressive towards dogs. I've only now in the last 2 months allowed her to socialize with other dogs properly. We started on leash, and now off. I watch her body language all the time and call her to come the minute the tail stops wagging. In this case the 'leave it!' command really works. Lola is 90% + there now. She's under constant supervision but only has the occassional hicup.
    I sympathise with you. I know how hard it is to deal with undesirable behaviours. Give it time DA, bond with your boy and gain his respect and experiment with what works. All the best!!!

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    Choppachop

    We might look past the links - but google does not. Google uses them to bump the ranking of the offending and undeserving site. So the links should be deleted or at least unlinked.

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    Thanks a bunch Magdalena!

    It was good to hear your story and how the work you've put in is paying off now for you both.

    I had the breeder tell me that there was an occasion when she literally dragged him down the hall by the scruff of his neck and had to throw him in his crate till he 'decided to behave properly.' Um, ok. Not.

    I am going to start by taking the advice to stand in front of the stranger. I've found the only treat so far that he's really interested in is those doggy choc chip cookies, so I'll make sure I've got a good stash of them in my pocket too! I've tried everything else I can think of (treat-wise) to no avail. (Sigh.) My washing machine is going to be full of crumbs. Lol.

    I did alot of work with him on and off all day today, and his demeanor has changed dramatically. He was like my shadow, and he still is, but is seeming much happier and is playing alot more, rather than just shadowing me like he's my personal bodyguard.
    Had a couple more occasions of him barking at people this afternoon, and I was successful in getting him to stop when commanded. Yippee! It's a start, at least.

    I wish you all the best with yours. Sounds like you are really starting to get the problem in check.

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    I still think Malinois should post.
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