Bourbon neat here. In my house you do not ruin good whiskey with water, ice or lolly water!!!!
Bec's achievements with Daisy ARE awesome. Particularly since (and Bec I hope I'm not out of line here) Daisy began as a dog who just wanted to have her nose down scenting (beagle!!) and certainly presented Bec with challenges in the beginning. Those clips don't give enough insight into the bloody hard work and commitment of the handler- and when you know that, the level of amazement just skyrockets.
In terms of smacking- no I don't. I've found both my dogs hate being removed or isolated. Timeouts have been a staple in training. I've also used my e-collars to remotely intervened with some activities. It's usually a case of 1-2 reminders, problem fixed.
I have hit Villi once though. Can't remember exactly what he did- but it involved not looking where he was going and crashing in to me- he did knock me down. Once I was down, he tried to bounce on me 'hey! What happenin? Lemme help'... And I shoved him off- hard- with an open hand. Since that day he has been significantly more careful, so whilst I dont condone or like what I did, it was efficient.
LOL, I don't drink spirits or wine and girly drinks are just too sweet for me.....Now Sean, as long as you only own a couple of items, it's all good, just hope the wife doesn't come home one day to find you sashaying around in one of her frocks lol.
Gawd is that You, Bec? I didn't recognise the the Nic. Erm not that you'd guess mine on the Dark side, unless familiar with "Keeping up appearances".
So back on the "I'll do what I like with my dogs - it's not abuse"...
Isn't it wrong to punish without first teaching what you do want, and isn't it wrong to punish a dog that is doing nothing wrong right now? If the punishment (applied aversive) does not come during or with in a few seconds of the misdeed - the dog is not going to make the connection.
Imagine if it happend to you. You were sitting quietly at home and the council ranger suddenly barged in, grabbed you by the neck, dragged you to the toilet and shoved your nose in it. And for good measure growled and yelled at you in some language you didn't understand. What would you learn by that? Would you connect it to the dog poo you didn't pick up on the off lead oval? Wasn't even your dog's poo...
And it is wrong to say a dog thinks like a naughty teenager. The scientists have measured their thinking/emotional ability to be closer to a 2 year old human when it comes to understanding the consequences of their actions. So as I said before - if a 2 yo human wouldn't understand - the dog won't either. Not that a dog has the same motivations or concepts as a human.
Dogs' Intelligence On Par With Two-year-old Human, Canine Researcher Says
I don't punish unless i catch them in the act doing it. Having 6 animals in the house makes it hard to do any sort of guessing.
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