I might try the food circuit exercise, even though Dora comes when asked (though not always when im not crouching down!) so she can get better
I have a digging zone in the garden - where Frosty can dig as much as she likes. Where I don't want her to dig, I put a brick or large rock in the hole. If it's the lawn, I put a tiny bit of her own poo and cover that over with dirt. She doesn't like the smell of her own poo. Not sure what you do if your dog does. Maybe a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the hole because they don't like sniffing that - but you'd have to keep doing it because the effect doesn't last very long. Or maybe a liberal shake of ground pepper.
Does anyone know how to teach a dog to shut up?
A good game to play is Treat Hide 'n' Seek, this is really good for dogs that get used for tracking or hunting, it teaches them to seek out smells when you take them walking etc. what you do is you get pellets or treats and hide them around a small area, some in plain view, some hidden under something that is easy for the dog or pup to move out of the way. (do all the hiding when the dog is not there watching you!)
Once they are all hidden walk to the first hidden treat, hover or wave your hand a little bit off the ground, from the dog towards the treat and say seek or smell or whatever command you use. the dog should start to learn to smell in the direction your alerting them to.
Sorry if my instructions are a little weird, its a bit hard to explain lol but its basically a little treasure hunt, and trust me dogs and pup's love playing it!
Katey & Charm
There is nothing quicker to shut a dog up than trying to teach it to "speak".
It does depend a bit on what it's barking at.
If it's at something like a horse on the beach - you can try blocking ie put you between the dog and the object of it's obsession... and treat it any time it shuts up and repeat and if it does a sustained bit of quiet you can try approaching and if the barking starts up - block again repeat...
If it's generally at nothing in particular in the back yard "uh uh" in normal speaking voice and back it up with pump action squirty bottle for distraction (not impact). If you yell at a dog that is barking - it thinks you're joining in with barking like another dog and it's all good, so never yell at dog for barking.
Anyone got any mentally stimulating games we can play? Would be great especially for those insane weather days when going outside is not an option!
Well, Batty and I went to his first ever puppy pre school session last night. It was very cute seeing some of the puppies playing, but the lady in charge didn't seem to take much notice of what was actually going on until it got to the point of puppies yelping and running away, that's my first annoyance.
I'm only going there for the socialisation aspect in all honesty but I got told off for stopping another dog from pinning down mine and biting his head (dangerously close to his eyes).
The feeding information annoyed me a bit, they kept pushing the highly processed 'premium' foods they stock at the vets (which I was expecting).
Batty got over-excited and started nipping at hands, so the vet nurse told everyone to make a high pitched yelping noise... That turned it into a game for him and he got worse. I corrected him when he bit me and he didn't bite another hand, I was taken aside after the class to be given a reprimand for treating my puppy like that.... The correction was simple, one hand around muzzle, a very firm no, then release.
I was also told that crating Batty at night is cruelty and he should have the run of the house. My response was "So you're telling me that having Batty safe in his crate with fresh water, his teddy that he sleeps with and a chew for his teeth is more cruel than allowing him the run of the house every night and waking up to toilets all over the house, items being chewed up, not to mention the dangers of him choking on something, breaking a limb or injuring himself in some way?"
Needless to say the vet nurse quickly back tracked.
My hint or tip for the night.... Don't believe everything your vet nurse tells you, do your own research and make decisions for yourself. You will know if you are being cruel or not.
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