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    I cant wait for this to happen! Dora is so so picky about her dry food. Will start tomorow.

    ETA: What do I start off by feeding her? SOmething she prefers? Or something she usually refuses? (her dry food )

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    Better wait until Shar emails you the program! LOL

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    Just recieved it! Printed it out, read it carfully, all set to go!

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    Just do her normal food as you would normally prepare it for her at first. Then move on slowly to it being just the normal kibble if you want her eating that.

    Re-read before you start the program, it will help!

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    Hi Masha

    This is the Ian Dunbar video on dog training, that throws in some info about how to train family members too.

    YouTube - Ian Dunbar: Dog-friendly dog training

    Essentially - At any given time ask "is it good or bad" - if good then you praise it "That's really 'neat', thank you". If not, you correct or deflect gently and safely using a variety of methods that shouldn't hurt.

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    It is plain stupid (I'm sorry) that parents get a dog and leave it to an inexperienced child to train it, teach it and so on, but not participate and guide. You should find a reputable and knowledgeable dog trainer/beheviourist and ALL have a councelling regarding Dora's behaviour, issues and problems and ALL listen carefully instructions and follow without exception. I suggest someone who will come to you home and assess and monitor how all of you function around Dora and take it from there, rather than attending some puppy school. It all comes from us, from the family and its members. Always. Unless dog is mentally ill.
    This has nothing to do with Dora being a puppy.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    I was just thinking prehaps Masha parents are of the school of thought, ' a dog will teach her responsibility' ? that may be why they are leaving it up to her thinking they are doing right.?? just putting it out there.

    Masha I think your incredibly mature in your thoughts and appauled you for being honest about your situation especially on a forum, that took some guts

    I hope the advice/help offered really does help you and Dora greatly.

    (on a side note, how awesome is this forum, such great responses and help offered)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masha View Post
    I cant wait for this to happen! Dora is so so picky about her dry food. Will start tomorow.

    ETA: What do I start off by feeding her? SOmething she prefers? Or something she usually refuses? (her dry food )
    Advice and hear this from one who DEFINITELY knows...................

    There is no such thing as a "picky eater"...there is only owners who give in and MAKE their dogs "difficult" with their eating habits

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    I agree about the picky eater.

    Except I have seen one very skinny poodle who is happy to leave his food for a rather piggy kelpie cross. I don't know what one would do about that.

    But if Dora is not skinny and her spine is not sticking out, and she doesn't have hips like a dairy cow, it's unlikely she's starving and it wouldn't hurt to skip a meal.

    On the parents giving child too much responsibility - as best I can tell - Masha knows what needs doing mostly, tries do do it and is undermined by her parents over and over again. I don't know what to do about this much either, except try Ian Dunbar's method of praising the times they do good - with exaggerated enthusiasm and hopefully some change will happen eventually.

    Meantime, Masha be as consistent as she can and dogs like children generally know they can't get away with the same things at home as they can with the grandparents. Ie hopefully Dora will be perfectly behaved around Masha and a PITA around her parents who encourage that.

    And as for the "being suspicious/aggressive" a good thing - maybe if Masha could print out the relevant bit of the companion animals act about dogs that harrass people or other animals racking up huge fines, not to mention being like declared a dangerous dog - and cages are expensive, or being PTS, maybe that will bring the parents around ie educate them.

    And print the dog star daily digital dog training text book and leave it lying around in front of the TV or similar.

    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    COMPANION ANIMALS ACT 1998 - SECT 16 Offences where dog attacks person or animal
    note - trespassers are not the same as invited guests.

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    Alright - read it about five times, will start today.
    Im about to take her for a long walk to tire her out, because she doesn't like being in the yard and barks.
    It says to not go out to a whining dog, so if shes tired, she wont bark as much. Fingers crossed!

    ETA: Im worried about the barking, cos we live in a complex, so if she barks too much and irritates the neighbours, they have the power to get her taken away. Just thought Id mention that.
    Last edited by Masha; 03-22-2010 at 05:25 PM.

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