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    HI everyone

    Could you help me with some advice please

    1. Toffee seems to have a problem with her well.....back end......There is no nice way to say so im just going to say it.....she stinks. She clears to room in a minute???? She eats a ekunuba(I cant spell it sorry) mixed with raw human mince and chicken necks as a treat. Can I do anything to help her problem????

    2. Im having a problem with training her to come when she is called. So far I have tried using treats and moving a little way in front of her and calling her, if she comes I give her the treat and tell her how wonderful she is and start it all over again moving further away each time etc but no luck. Am i doing it wrong????
    thanks, I look forward to your advice

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    My dog was a wind machine when I got her. I changed her to pet mince with Phuds (and the occasional chicken neck too) and it is much better now. Though she still gets some dry food, but barely touches it most days. Has Toffee been on this diet for long? Apparently there is a transition period where the problem becomes worse before it gets better...

    Recall training: the most important thing of all is that you must always set them up for success. At first I only called my dog when she was already heading towards me. I posted an article on recall recently. Will try to find it again when I'm home. It mentions that you should never call your dog unless you are willing to bet $100 on her coming. If food isn't enough of a motivation, maybe try a tug toy or something else that she gets excited about?

    And I also just thought of asking what you say when you want her to come. I would advise against just calling her name. I use my dog's name to get her attention, but all she is required to do is look at me. If I want her to come, I say "Banjo, come" - though some people advise not to use their name at all.
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    Thanks beloz
    She has been on dry food from when i got her, i added the mince cause she doesnt really like the dry kibble that much

    I just call her name and put the treat in front of her nose and get her to walk a few steps and then say come(say the command as she is doing it so to speak) as I give her the treat. She loves her treats.

    Also I was told she is getting top old to go to puppy school, she is 18 weeks. She was late with her needles(when I got her) and she is due for her last on next week. When I took her to the vet I was told she couldnt go to puppy school then because she didnt have all her needles.........Is she too old for puppy school???
    I have taken her around everywhere I can with me so she is use to meeting other dogs and kids(she has 5 kids at home anyway)

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    When you say she stinks, is it an odour coming from her rear end or does she fart a lot?

    If it is farting then look to your dogs diet. Try changing to another dry food, change your mince - try chicken/kangaroo/premium steak/ whatever. Just change one at a time and try for a few days to see if that helpos. She may have a grain intolerance so also loopk for some grain free dry.

    If it is a body odour, then maybe the anal gland is blocked and needs to be cleaned. Your vet will do it for you but you can do it yourself. Not a pleasant job and I would rather pay someone to do it.

    On the recall I always teach my dogs their name first until every time, from wherever you call, she looks at you. Then the recall. Start on lead. Leave her sitting and step away. As you get to the end of the leash start to run and call her exitedly slapping your leg closest to her. Reward her when she gets to you. Repeat repeat repeat and then gradually extend the distance you walk away. Always have a high value reward and give it to her as soon as she gets to you.

    The trick is for you to be more rewarding than going off with the fairies.
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    There are some great videos on puppy recalls. Here is kikopup's (yes Hya, I've finally become a fan too!): Puppy Recalls- Teaching come clicker dog training - YouTube She has loads of great videos, quite a few specifically for puppy training, so you might want to check out her channel.

    She does use a clicker, not sure if you are familiar with that method. Kikopup probably has an introductory video on that too. You can replace the clicker with a marker word, though I personally enjoyed using the clicker because I get bored of my own voice.

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    Thanks everyone. Last night everytime she looked at me when i called her name I rewarded her like you suggested Nev and she looked at me everytime, thank you. The kids were playing hide and seek last night and one of them called her name and she looked up and tried to find them......my training session finished cause she had a better offer

    Thanks for the link I will have a look as soon as I can

    Any thoughts on her being too old for puppy school??? She was born on the 5/2/12

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    Probably not too old but will be bigger than all the others there and if you have done no puppy socialising you may have a problem with over exuberance.

    I would try and find a club or training group that do basic obedience work and join them.
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    She has had some play days with other dogs and people but I have been doing the basic sit, stay etc at home. Thanks for the tips

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    I would skip puppy school too and go straight to the training classes.

    Hide and seek is a great game to play with your pup! The first few months when I walked my dog off leash (she was 8mo), I used to randomly hide from her behind trees or bushes and just let her find me. It taught her to pay attention to where I'm going and it's good for recall too.

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    our vet does puppy pre-school to about four months old, and then they can do puppy school at our obedience club. Once they're 6 months old - they go into grade 1...

    It's more about training the owners, and the high distraction environment of a dog club is good practice...

    You need to wait two weeks after the last needle before you take her to dog club. That's how long it takes for the vaccine to be effective. You can go without your dog - the week before to see if you like what they do, and then do the organising, and paperwork.

    I didn't know you could mince humans for dog food, though there's a few I wouldn't mind volunteering for it, even though I'm against capital punishment. (there's a mind twister for you). If you change dog food - do it in quarters eg 1/4 new food to 3/4 old food for the first day, then the next day - half and half, then the day after that - 3/4 new food to 1/4 old food then after that - 100% new food. Stick with one change for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference. You need to be consistent eg if you drop the chicken - you need to use a dry food without it, and no raw or cooked chicken either. And beware of dog products that say "meat meal" because that could include any meat.

    I found swapping from Advance puppy food to Nutro natural choice (chicken and rice) - stopped my dog from getting the runs. Farts weren't much of a problem. They're only bad if she eats bits of dead sea creature at the beach or other unsanctioned food - like horse poo. And never feed your dog onions (eg dinner left over spag bol). Too much raw onion can kill a dog (like three whole brown onions), but a little bit makes the WORST farts ever. Eggs and cabbage (high in sulphur) can also make for stinky farts.

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