Vet meet & greet for Keiser - so much to learn
I took Keiser to visit our vet, hand over his records and get his bordetella vaccine (the rescue missed it). The vet liked everything she saw including the rear dew claws.
She did however recommend cutting him down from 3cups twice a day to 2 cups twice a day now that his boy bits have been adjusted.
The we got in to the behavior stuff:
First I've noticed he does guard his food. Not badly but I don't want him to growl at anybody b/c we get to close while he is eating. He also gets really excited when I get the leash and likes to bite at it. Finally, he doesn't really pay attention when there are distractions.
I've already signed up for a basic obedience class w/ PetSmart. My expectations are low, but if we can get sit and stay working with distractions I'll be satisfied.
Our vet doesn't like PetSmart and provided a list of local trainers she does like. I'll be checking them out tomorrow. From here things got interesting.
I have a pinch collar that appears to work. She does not like them. I don't either, but it appears to work. However, I'm willing to try something different. Today we walked using his harness instead and things were not really any different than with the pinch collar. He likes to stop and look back at where we came from and then look at me like 'I think we left the stove on so we should go back now'.
We'll see what comes up with the trainers we work with.
Next is this Dr. Sophia Yin. Our vet provided me with a ton of stuff and it all looks pretty good. One item basically says the whole Alpha dominance thing isn't supported by the science. And the overall message of everything is to use only positive reinforcement for training. I'm cool with that, but I'm curious to know other people's perspectives.
One of the cooler things in this was to stop feeding with a bowl. They recommend using puzzle feeders or feeding from the hand instead. If I understand correctly the hand feeding is done throughout the day whenever Kaiser does something I want to reinforce. Small problem: 2 boxers and 1 foster in the house too. I have not figured this out entirely.
I looked on amazon at some of the puzzle feeders. They look like fun. I fed Kaiser using a kong toy today (just a treat) and he seemed to have fun.
Anyway, so much stuff to learn.