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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 06:35 PM
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You don't need to rehome. It's never too late to train. Trust me, I have retrained rescues for years, of all ages and temperaments.

You recognize you messed up. That more than most people do. I mess up all the time. Dogs are amazing forgivers.

Just set aside time each day to train certain things. Make a list/schedule of what you want to accomplish with each session. After each session, write what worked and what didn't.

Shepherds are smart. You will have her in the right path in no time.

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post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by rriddell View Post
Telling me to rehome my dog is so so horrible. I'm in tears and just going to delte this post.
IMHO it was a horrible thing to say. Please know that there will be some harsh responses to threads. Some people just don't express the empathy and compassion most of here have. Most of the members here really do want to help and offer constructive advise/opinions.

Please, please, ignore the obviously cold hearted comments and know most of us have been where you are at some point in our pet ownership days.
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post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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She gets 30 min in the morning and an hour after work. I'm gone for no more than six hours during the day.
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Well I've been in tears since finding the replies on here. She listens to basic commands and so on and she passed the training course I haven't been abusing her. She's been worse since partner went away and I think she misses him but realise my training has been lacking aswel. But god the comments on here I'm heartbroken I feel like I've been made to to feel like I've abusing her.
Even the 'ugh a lot of work to do here' is really dismissive I didn't realise people would be so cold hearted.
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post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 06:54 PM
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She gets 30 minutes of what? leash walking?

Just ignore the rude people. Some people give the same advice to everyone, without looking at the situation case-by-case.

Others are being encouraging. What kind of advice are you looking for so we can help you?


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post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah we leash walk around my village for 30 min in the morning then on a nighttime after work we go out for an hour abit further afield. Later on in the night well have a playtime which varies in length and then I'd make her do sits, downs throughout the night now and again. I haven't set time aside for it but have set some aside today and will do in future.
If I'm ever at work for more than 6 hours my mum comes round and takes lana out for a walk halfway through the day.
She knows commands but does ignore them some of the time. The nipping and destructive behaviour has ramped up since my partner went away and he is alpha.

Ideally I'd like advice about leash walking and whether nilif is the right course of action to take and whether I need the isolation period. I'm just in the middle of watching the video previously posted. Any help about the things I've mentioned would be a great help.
But please don't tell me to get rid of her. I couldn't be more upset about that. I would go to **** and back before I gave her away.
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post #17 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 07:15 PM
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Computer just ate my first response.

I think your plan for more classes/lessons will work really well for you. You did well with the first class but it seems that you forgot the little 5 minute random refreshers. I've done that a time or two over the years.

I've had dogs for some 40 years or more. I still screw up occassionally and my current pup could be getting more attention.

Dogs do notice and react to changes and your partner's change has been noted.

One thing I would suggest is short training sessions - not insisting that an entire walk be at heel. That would be stretching it for the dog or really shortening the walk. I keep my sessions quite short and try to keep them happy.

Look forward to your next series of lessons with your dog. You did well the first time out, you'll do even better this next time. Just try to remember to keep throwing in some of the excersizes on a daily basis after the class is over.
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post #18 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-09-2014, 07:18 PM
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Man even I'm a bad guy??? Ok, I'll publicly apologize . I'm sorry rridell, I did not mean to belittle you, I was only trying to help.

Now...we all know and perhaps no more snide comments till she at least 200 post?

Next anybody???
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Remember that training doesn't always have to be regimented and structured. Mix in fun training such as tricks like the Bang! trick or crawling under a chair, weaving through your legs, etc. Training never stops at a certain age, like 6 months and then you're done, it's a continuous process to add in new and brush up on old ones. Find things that you enjoy doing and try and include the dog and also find things that the dog likes to do as well. They more you enjoy spending time together they greater the bond will be, happiness is contagious, that's for sure

Find her favourite toy and her favourite treats and reserve them for training only, that will help keep her interested. Also keep sessions short and always end on a good note, even if it's just a simple sit. If you find yourself getting frustrated or the dog loosing focus for too much time then cut it short and try again later then continue.

You're not alone, there's no such thing as a perfect trainer or a perfect dog. We all make mistakes, we learn from them and move on. Dogs are very forgiving and don't hold onto the past and we need to remember to do the same.


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Chip18 - I don't think she was referring to you. Post 16 mentioned the video you posted I think it was all Mr. Taggert and his well thought out usual.

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