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    I am wishing for her to stop growing - the way she stands now is what we wanted - a little bit more bigger we might buy a saddle so our boy can ride her like a horse lols JOKE
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    A little bit of update - I spent couple of weeks watching Cesar Milan videos :-) I picked up few of TOOLS from him that I applied to our 9 month old AST, since we rescued another pup from a friend. I am not saying I am an expert after watching his Videos but constant training pays off and we can see it to both puppies. we also have a regular obedience training since last time I posted here, which the training is going very well.

    I will keep learning about Dog Psychology (not being an expert here) but to learn how read body languages and different growls . Well obviously I will keep watching Cesar Millan videos

    I will post photos later both puppies and with the whole family playing at the park
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    Morning walk



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    The Wife, The Boy and the pups


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    Breakfast



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    I'm not a fan of Cesar Milan's methods myself, to be honest... Too much alpha male theory in there for my liking and I find his methods have the potential to scare and even scar some dogs if your timing is out.

    I prefer operant conditioning methods instead. Much more room for error, pretty idiot proof (and I would know), little risk of causing angst to your dog and a much more relaxed way of interacting with your dog. Also, I find it is much easier for kids and others that don't feel confident with the whole alpha male thing to participate, which was important to me too.

    I did clicker training with Banjo when I got her and I've never had any regrets choosing that method. She is now about 18 months old and she is super obedient when I take her on walks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I'm not a fan of Cesar Milan's methods myself, to be honest... Too much alpha male theory in there for my liking and I find his methods have the potential to scare and even scar some dogs if your timing is out.

    I prefer operant conditioning methods instead. Much more room for error, pretty idiot proof (and I would know), little risk of causing angst to your dog and a much more relaxed way of interacting with your dog. Also, I find it is much easier for kids and others that don't feel confident with the whole alpha male thing to participate, which was important to me too.

    I did clicker training with Banjo when I got her and I've never had any regrets choosing that method. She is now about 18 months old and she is super obedient when I take her on walks.
    I want to use a clicker to get their attentions and still apply Cesar's method
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    I don't know if it is better than just yelling "Oi" or similar to get their attention. You normally use the clicker to mark the exact moment when they have done what you asked them to, so they know exactly why they are then getting a reward. You can use a 'marker word' like "Yes!" for that too, but I found it less confusing to use a clicker at first and I think my timing was always better with the clicker. I found it worked especially well with more complicated stuff, like 'Look at that' for example. If I would've just given her treats without marking the exact moment she looked away from the distraction to look at me, I don't think she would've realised what she was supposed to do as fast.

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    "Oi" is a favourite word of mine, regardless of who I am talking to...including the dog LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I don't know if it is better than just yelling "Oi" or similar to get their attention. You normally use the clicker to mark the exact moment when they have done what you asked them to, so they know exactly why they are then getting a reward. You can use a 'marker word' like "Yes!" for that too, but I found it less confusing to use a clicker at first and I think my timing was always better with the clicker. I found it worked especially well with more complicated stuff, like 'Look at that' for example. If I would've just given her treats without marking the exact moment she looked away from the distraction to look at me, I don't think she would've realised what she was supposed to do as fast.
    I prefer the clicking sound, first it's not a word and second its an instant loud noise that gets attention and breaks unwanted focus. Cesar uses his fingers as the clicker, "ssshh" and quick touching. I see it as a natural way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oskar's mum View Post
    "Oi" is a favourite word of mine, regardless of who I am talking to...including the dog LOL
    I am trying to avoid common words but "Oi, Yes, No and Off" can be excluded
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    I don't really get it. Not sure what you mean by "natural way" at all. I have seen Cesar do it but cannot fit it in with anything I have learnt about dog training over the past year. And don't know what is natural about it either because wild dogs or wolves don't click or poke or shhh their doggy mates.

    How are you going to enforce that link between clicker and the dog paying attention?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I don't really get it. Not sure what you mean by "natural way" at all. I have seen Cesar do it but cannot fit it in with anything I have learnt about dog training over the past year. And don't know what is natural about it either because wild dogs or wolves don't click or poke or shhh their doggy mates.

    How are you going to enforce that link between clicker and the dog paying attention?
    Sounds like you are very expert with dog training, however, I cannot answer your question yet until I try it in my own training and see how my dogs progress. The only thing I can say to reinforce my plan is constant follow up and consistency of what I'm doing.
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