May 18 2003
What you do is when the dog starts to pull make him sit. You have to say it with conviction. Then when you are ready to go again tell your dog to walk on. Continue this process each time your dog pulls. It will add ages to your walk, but your dog will eventually get fed up as walks on the lead are no longer fun and learn you are infact in controll NOT him. It took me about 3 months with a very stuborn 18 month boy but it did work.
May 19 2003
I like the instand solutions:roundnround: I have found the Gentle leader is an instant cure once you get passed the "freak out" they do when you first put it on themLOL
I now use a harness which was pretty quick results too.
I may play around abit with what you have suggested too, even though they walk usually just fine on their harnesses.
Jun 8 2003
Jun 8 2003
This is pearlp (having problems logging in)
As regards to the suggestion above you must be joking.
I use a Halti on Bella when we are on the roads or places where she must be under total control.
When we are somewhere with no distractions, I take the Halti off and use the method as discribed by Jacquie, yes it takes alot of time, progress is slow, but i`d rather do it that way than frighten the life out of her.
And yes she is improving slowley
Jun 10 2003
Jun 10 2003
Jun 27 2004
I am shocked to see people in here upset about using this method.
Until you have a dog with severe problems, please do not judge the method of which is used.
The vet wants to put him on medication, he approved the collar short term first, then we will be forced to use medication. Just to name a few problems:
Excessive Barking Due to Separation Anxiety
Excessive barking when anyone comes to house, including us.
will not come when called
rescue - over a yr old, got him at 4 months
bassett/golden lab mix
Extreme Separation Anxiety
jealous of everything.
I have worked with him extensively..... too much money spent for no results.
Please do not tell me to use treats/clicker I have done it all.
The sound collar is the only thing that has worked thus far, still in the beginning stages. But I will use the shock
if need be.
Now do any of you that are so against this have any better ideas?
Jun 27 2004
Cooper is an exception to the rule.
So to say we shouldn't have pets is uncalled for.
Jun 28 2004
Time, tenderness, patience, more time, more patience. Praise, loving and more time. Yes I have had a dog as you described it also was a rescue. The only way round it is I have said. There are NO quick fixes.
As for the Seperation Anxiety. We would leave the house for 5 mins and it would be trashed. Move all breakable objects. Buckets plants ect. Dont lock the dog in a room. Leave the house for 2 mins come back. Leave for 5 mins come back slowley add it up to a longer time. As I have said and will keep saying it takes time and patience.
I'm sure I speek for all here we will help you all we can from experiance and sugestions. I would never resort to hurting an animal inorder to make it do as you wish.
Jun 28 2004
Just a thought break it down. What do you have the most problem with. Take it a stage at a time. Trying to do too much at once can be soul destroying and too much for your four legged friend!
Let us know I'm sure you can work through it. It does get better!!!
Jun 30 2004
Thanks for your advice, it is greatly appreciated. Oh and the electric fence,,, he goes right thru it. Doesn't phase him.
Jun 30 2004
To be honest I dont totally agree with paying for somone to tell me whats wrong with an animal unless it's a vet. LOl
You normally find out by watching what's going on.
Does he freek at anything in particular? Does something trigger his "moments"? It could be noise,darkness,even a program tune?
Please tell us more. I'm sure we can help.
Just a thought instead of going for medication have you tryed Bachs Rescue? I have used this before on Boxers and other dogs! Give it a try you may even be pleased with the results!! It takes a few days to get into the system and you can get it at most chemists.
What are you feeding him? Are there any additives that could be effecting him?
Try James Wellbeloved. It's kibble it has no additives and is kind to tummy's.
Please give a bit more info.
Jul 2 2004
Here is my email addy.... email me, so I can email you what the on going problems are.
You mention Bachs, I live in the US, never heard of that, but will research it further.
My vet is the one that recommended a specialist aka Behavoirist for our loving sweet 'unruly' , precious pup. lol.
Then he said a low dose of doggy valium, need to get the name of the medication he suggested for aniexty.
Cooper is like a child with severe ADD, Hyperactive. this is what the vet equated him too. I told him I really dont want to put him on antidepressents, but I would consider a short term low dose, anti aniexty pill. (for me LOL jk).
Again thank you so much!!! And FYI.... I used the shock part on him,,,, I will never do that again.... I did not like the way it affected him. He is too loveing to do that to him. And way to sensitive in terms of getting his feelings hurt.
Jul 3 2004
Jul 12 2004
I Just Wanted to let you know that there is HOPE!
My Whiteboy Jake (AKA Snow King) is in his 3rd home with us. We have had him for just over two years now.
Jake is loving and Gentle - Until he meets other dogs!!!:shocked:
We struggled on trying all sorts of techniques to cope with him, and eventually heard about a specialist trainer who specialises with 'problem' dogs (Aggressive and submissive). People travel up to 3 hours every week to go to her classes. They cost just £5 for 2 hours and involve working in close proximity with about 4 other dogs per session.
We have been attending classes for 10 months now and love every minute of them. They are mainly clicker based, but are a lot more involved than simple 'clicker training'
It has taken time, hard work and perseverance, but it is worth every penny.
I now have a lovely, happy dog who loves going to training (He has just learn't to skateboard!!!)
Different things work for different dogs, but don't give up - It does get better
PS. Glad you are not using 'Shock tactics'- There are kinder, more effective ways.
Jul 13 2004
That's uplifting!! Glad things are working out for you
I have always found that "problem" dogs have come from problem owners! As you say there is no quick fix but I think Love, understanding and patience does pay off in the end.
There really is light at the end of the tunnel
Jul 13 2004
Jul 14 2004
I agree with the problem owner theory 100%!
Some people get a boxer and just dont understand them - they are such a special breed. I love the fact that they are just so devoted to you, although the flip side of that is the seperation anxiety! We take Sasha most places and try never to leave her for more than an hour if possible. She now knows we are coming back so hasnt chewed the house up to punish us!
Reading the bit about shock therapies - the trainer I used showed me a collar that sprayed citronella when they barked/jumped up etc, but I felt even that was too cruel! My ultimate weapon is a plastic bottle filled with gravel that gets shaken if she is doing something naughty like drinking from the canal or digging my garden! It works a treat and I havent had to shout at her for 3 months now!
Who says boxers are untrainable!