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    As some of you may have seen in another thread about bonding started by...I think it was Taraboombara ?... that I commented on the fact that I hadn't yet 'bonded' with Inca in the way I usually do with GSD's.

    Pleased to say that since my youngest son returned to school on Monday, and eldest returned yesterday, the bond is now developing at an extroadinary rate. I was hoping that when I had private one-on-one time with her where I could really focus without the kid's distracting me with their bickering etc, things would fall into place - and they have.

    I have been training outside with her on and off each day for small 5-10 minute periods each time, and training-wise I am finding her a bloody dream! She is soo responsive to just the slightest tone of voice it's not funny.
    There is no battling on the lead wanting to be somewhere else, no fighting against the training collar, nothing. Just pure desire to do whatever I ask of her. Magic.
    Together with the fact that her appetite has picked up dramatically and she is eating like a ruddy horse, I think all these things have allowed that bonding process to finally take place.

    (Don't feel like bonding at this precise moment though as she's been running in and out of the rain, and wishes to make me wet like her! )

    Taraboombara, or whoever it was, how are you going with your bonding with Jade?

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    When I got the Setter the skids were in my life and I really found training hard with them about. It certainly delayed the bond.

    Like you I also changed from working dogs (I think you said you'd had GSD's??), I was expecting training to be very difficult and with the Setter it was but with the Whippets I have found them to be completely compliant, they are not trying to think ahead of me, they just go with the flow.

    I think it's made me a better trainer by having different breeds (even though I did in-house training with boarding dogs, I wasn't living with them) and having the skids has made me understand the difficulty families may go thru to.

    Hats off to all those mums with kids and young dogs.

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    It does make it hard, MAC. Because on one hand you're trying to train the dog, but with the other you're trying to train the kids! Lol.

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    i was 10 when we got bella our black lab and mum got me the RSPCA dog training book and said read it and then its up to you.

    if i have kids and a puppy thats what il do give them supervised control of the training.
    (by the way (sorry gyps) bella is the best dog in the entire world) (oh and it was her birthday last week HAPPY 11th bday belly!!)

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    Happy birthday to bella, laura!!!

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    Hey DA!

    Glad to hear that bonding with Inca is going so well

    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bella
    Only a twinkle in his daddys eye ♥♡
    (IM)patiently waiting for my long awaited newfie pup ♥♡

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    Thanks Ferrero,

    It sounds odd, I know, to say that my bonding with her is happening so damned rapidly now that it's just me and her at home during the day - but it is!

    Husband and boys were just laughing last night that she sat outside the bathroom door while I was having my shower, and no amount of calling or coaxing could get her to leave her position. Lol.

    Yeah, we're bonding, and the difference is immense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Thanks Ferrero,

    It sounds odd, I know, to say that my bonding with her is happening so damned rapidly now that it's just me and her at home during the day - but it is!

    Husband and boys were just laughing last night that she sat outside the bathroom door while I was having my shower, and no amount of calling or coaxing could get her to leave her position. Lol.


    Yeah, we're bonding, and the difference is immense.
    This sounds like my house! I can't go anywhere in the house without my small fluffy shadow (aka Bella) being right behind me. She's currently laying on her back asleep on my stomach/chest like a bloody baby.

    So glad the bonding is going well for you DA!

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    Thanks C&B. I can imagine Bella being your shadow! Awful when you wish to go to the toilet/bathroom though. Lol.

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    Yes it can be quite, er, awkward! She doesn't seem to care if I'm not home though.
    Lol she pisses OH off no end though - if i'm not home she is quite affectionate with him, but as soon as "mummy" comes home she drops him like a hot potato and ignores him!

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