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    Quote Originally Posted by maddogdodge View Post
    Cheers, I just watched that, clearly we have lots to do with this dog.

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    Yes, reward every time your dog even as much as looks at you when he knows there's a dog nearby. Google "look at that" training for more info. I have used this for various issues - from dogs being overly "friendly" to kids to dogs being fearful of strangers or barking at nearby dogs - with great success. Also look up behavioural adjustment training (BAT). The trick is to not want to get ahead of yourself and try and change the way the dog feels about whatever pushes his buttons. You teach him different ways to react and that will eventuality change his emotional responses.

    You want to use high value treats and you really don't want to be stingy with them at first. I can easily stuff 20 treats into a dog's mouth in a couple of minutes with this kind of training. I love to use microwaved beef liver cut into tiny bits. Sounds disgusting but it doesn't actually stick to your fingers.

    A fantastic professional trainer I did a workshop with uses those dog rolls. And weighs what she puts in her treat bag in the morning and then detracts that from what she feeds her dog for dinner. That's useful if you have a dog that easily stacks on weight.

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    You said that your pup is a re-home at 18 months old. Have you done any homework on what Blue Heelers are really like ?

    From my experience – Blueys are working dogs first – then – they are very protective pups with their human and animal families at home and out and about.

    So - With your training of him – it means you must find some sort of job for him to do.

    Because he wasn’t socialised properly when he was younger – This does not mean that you give up now. It just means it will take a little longer to achieve what you want.

    It is a shame that there are no ‘Dog Behaviourists’ near you – But it doesn’t mean you can’t check out different Web Sites.

    A couple of links for you:

    http://k9protraining.com.au/free-dog-training-help/

    https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup/videos

    What sort of training have you done with him since you got him ? Have you and your pup joined a ‘Dog School’ ? If not – then – Why not ?

    As far as the tone of your voice ? Use what works for you ! Some people believe that loud and abrasive works – With me – I use a very soft voice with my pups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    You said that your pup is a re-home at 18 months old. Have you done any homework on what Blue Heelers are really like ?
    We previously had a male blue heeler for 13 years, untrained and a bit of a rascal but a solid loyal dog, that dog we inherited from my brother who wanted to be a dog owner then got too busy for him. I definitely had no plans to have another blue heeler.

    This new dog is actually my sons girlfriends dog, we have already had a lot to do with him and has a high potential to mirror the scenario with the last blue heeler.

    We are very keen to help the dog, besides the fact that he is a lovely dog, we could well end up taking him on.

    The dog has been going to dog training (Iv'e not been involved) and it doesn't sound very productive, the previous owner took him to the same trainer.

    This is obviously not an ideal situation for us but we are keen to be proactive in helping him have a good life.

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    I will send you a PM about trainers. The one I will suggest has owned cattle dogs and they are one of her favourite breeds (as they are mine)so she understands them well.

    The business is a veterinary behaviourist and professional trainer combination and well priced in comparison to some.
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    cannot visit a Behaviour trainer there are many good books at Dogwise

    The BAT book is great and this one http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DTB1438

    I still find that often the basics get you past a lot of this.... That is why I push leadership, so many dogs are just floundering alongside their owner/handler and do not feel secure. For a dog to have good behaviour they also need to feel confident in you. If you are reactive , your dog can be reactive. If you are nervous it is the same.

    I like BAT training, but at the same time, some people feed at the wrong time and actually teach dogs to react... that is why it is good to have someone teach you
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    and this is actually an E book based on BAT, but a bit more holistic

    http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DTB1279EBK
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    and this is actually an E book based on BAT, but a bit more holistic

    http://www.dogwise.com/ItemDetails.cfm?ID=DTB1279EBK
    Many thanks for the info from you and everyone else. I will work at digesting the info provided.

    After reflecting on what you said " it sounds more like a young rude dog" It does appear that everything is on his terms.

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    I suppose the real decision you have to make now is whether or not - you are going to take on this pup – like the last one ?

    I am really pleased that you have some experience with this breed of pup.

    They are a very intelligent breed – but they need boundaries, guidance and training to be a good pup in suburbia.

    This is not unlike any other breed of pup – but the smarter ones seem to be more problematic. This is why a lot of these types of breeds and cross breeds of pups find themselves in the pound at an early age.

    Here are a few more links for you:

    Dog Star Daily:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/

    Includes free downloads of essential Ian Dunbar reading:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads

    Karen Pryor:

    http://www.clickertraining.com/

    Dr. Sophia Yin:

    http://drsophiayin.com/

    Patricia McConnell:

    http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/

    Heaps of Good Luck Wishes for you and this pup ! With time, patience, perseverance, love and training - anything is possible with this pup ! Having a well behaved and well mannered pup is a joy to have around.

    So - Spend the time, build up a really good relationship and bond built on trust with this pup. Then you can reap the rewards in the future !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    I suppose the real decision you have to make now is whether or not - you are going to take on this pup – like the last one ?

    I am really pleased that you have some experience with this breed of pup.

    They are a very intelligent breed – but they need boundaries, guidance and training to be a good pup in suburbia.

    This is not unlike any other breed of pup – but the smarter ones seem to be more problematic. This is why a lot of these types of breeds and cross breeds of pups find themselves in the pound at an early age.

    Here are a few more links for you:

    Dog Star Daily:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/

    Includes free downloads of essential Ian Dunbar reading:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads

    Karen Pryor:

    http://www.clickertraining.com/

    Dr. Sophia Yin:

    http://drsophiayin.com/

    Patricia McConnell:

    http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/

    Heaps of Good Luck Wishes for you and this pup ! With time, patience, perseverance, love and training - anything is possible with this pup ! Having a well behaved and well mannered pup is a joy to have around.

    So - Spend the time, build up a really good relationship and bond built on trust with this pup. Then you can reap the rewards in the future !
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