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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I still think Malinois should post.
    I do too as he said this is his area and I feel the more advice given with a problem by different people, widens the scope for the OP to hopefully find a solution that works for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    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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    It helps to know that you're not the only one sometimes...
    Poor little guy(maybe not so little) being treated like that by the breeder
    It sounds like you're making steps already. Like i said before, gaining Lolas trust and respect made most of the difference. I'm lucky too as she's a clever girl and your boy sounds clever too. Oh! For the first few months i couldn't leave the house without treats and a ball. Now the reward is cuddles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    I do too as he said this is his area and I feel the more advice given with a problem by different people, widens the scope for the OP to hopefully find a solution that works for them.
    Exactly!

    I don't think I've read any advice he's given on the forum so it'll be nice to see what way he approaches dogs.

    No sarcasm, seriously.
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    My boy is displaying SA. I've just gotta go out the front door and stand on the deck and he's all upset. Has even gone ballistic on occasions. Dealt with that over the past couple of days as well.

    I've totally ignored him. Only when I can see him through the window out of the corner of my eye, and see that he's calmed down and is sitting quietly at the window watching me, do I go back in and praise him. Seems to be working nicely so far. Fingers crossed!

    I agree Aussiemyf and DD - every bit of advice will be helpful right now, and I'm sure Malinois will assist.

    Magdalena, yes, (sounds terrible in some ways) but it is nice to know that others have been there and done that. This fellow is just wonderful in so many ways, so I will do all I can to solve this for us all. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Hi Malinois-72

    What did I mean that you didn't get. Um. Let me try to explain in more straight forward style.

    OP aka "Opening Post" by Devil's Advocate - asked for "Malinois Particularily", and I thought he meant owners of Malinois, and AussieMf7 suggested maybe he meant the person with the user id Malinois-72. So I wrote that I missed that idea - which I did - no reflection on you. And then I referred to you as "Spider Fan" which clearly distinguishes you from the dog breed/owners of the dog breed Malinois to avoid confusion. And I liked "Spider Fan" because it sounds like "Spider Man".

    A PM is a "Personal Message" which is a way of contacting someone directly without broadcasting the message to the entire forum and anyone else on the internet that cares to have a look or a search.

    And the comment that referred to you - meant - while I think my comments for helping dog behaviour might help a malinois, they probably wouldn't apply to you aka Malinois-72, because you're not a dog (I assume, I'm always open to the possibility I might be wrong).

    What I don't understand now - is why you think that it would be stupid of you to answer DA's question. You could always add a disclaimer along the lines of "I don't promise this techique will work for you or your dog". It's probably more stupid of me to answer it, with no formal qualifications in dog training and not much experience with that type of dog either.
    No worries, just asking....... I dont mean by you but I have been accused of bullshiting regarding my training experience so I am a bit reluctant to post on this subject in the public arena. I have been in touch with devilsadvocate through PM though. I also find it hard to translate real life training to online advice & I have not even seen the dog in the flesh. As I said though, I am in touch with D/A & will offer any help I can.
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    The whole point of a forum is so everyone can discuss the same topic and hear advice from everyone, we all want to learn. I seriously don't get why your so worried about someone with 'limited knowledge on dogs' to read your advice.

    That person with 'limited knowledge on dogs' being me.
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    Yes, what Malinois has stated is correct.
    Whatever advice he may give or has given me will be taken on board along with everything else.

    To make a point, all posters here offering their thoughts and advice or suggestions have been helpful. As I've already stated (sorry for repeating myself) this is a potentially dangerous situation which I need to deal with ASAP.

    I am new to this forum, and this thread is about my dog, not anything else. I am not interested in it turning into anything other than a request for assistance. I do not know any of you, and have found both Malinois and Aussiemyf to be nice and courteous people to me.

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    [QUOTE=Malinois-72;23762]No worries, just asking....... I dont mean by you but I have been accused of bullshiting regarding my training experience so I am a bit reluctant to post on this subject in the public arena. I have been in touch with devilsadvocate through PM though. I also find it hard to translate real life training to online advice & I have not even seen the dog in the flesh. As I said though, I am in touch with D/A & will offer any help I can.[/QUOTE

    Mal. Threads are not just of benefit to the person with the problem. Others in times to come will click on a thread that pertains to their problem and guests browse anonymously. I did, before I joined hoping to find some. If someone does have input in any areas that could be of some use I feel it is very valuable to post. I had a heated beginning on the board in a thread but I know myself and I have confidence in me and my opinions.

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    [QUOTE=Di_dee1;23769]
    Quote Originally Posted by Malinois-72 View Post
    No worries, just asking....... I dont mean by you but I have been accused of bullshiting regarding my training experience so I am a bit reluctant to post on this subject in the public arena. I have been in touch with devilsadvocate through PM though. I also find it hard to translate real life training to online advice & I have not even seen the dog in the flesh. As I said though, I am in touch with D/A & will offer any help I can.[/QUOTE

    Mal. Threads are not just of benefit to the person with the problem. Others in times to come will click on a thread that pertains to their problem and guests browse anonymously. I did, before I joined hoping to find some. If someone does have input in any areas that could be of some use I feel it is very valuable to post. I had a heated beginning on the board in a thread but I know myself and I have confidence in me and my opinions.
    Good post Di Dee. And yes, I do see your point.
    I think the problem could be that for those who are new (like me) I just don't understand how communication gets to the stage where people are slinging off at each other if they disagree. Everybody will disagree with someone all the time, it's how they deal with it that often becomes hurtful and unkind, therefore a problem.

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    [QUOTE=Devil's Advocate;23774]
    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post

    Good post Di Dee. And yes, I do see your point.
    I think the problem could be that for those who are new (like me) I just don't understand how communication gets to the stage where people are slinging off at each other if they disagree. Everybody will disagree with someone all the time, it's how they deal with it that often becomes hurtful and unkind, therefore a problem.

    And unfortunately when that happens, the only losers are the poster and the dog, which is sad.

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