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02-11-2014 09:35 AM
blackshep That's great! She's still a young dog, you can certainly make up for things if you put in an honest effort going forward.

These are very intelligent dogs, she will catch on quickly. I think you'll be surprised at how a few changes to your routine will get things back on track.

Keep it up, 9 months old is a tough age too, remember.
02-10-2014 07:22 PM
rriddell Scouts mama: It's definitely all about the training and has nothing to do with little bits of cake either

Chip 18: Thanks
02-10-2014 07:11 PM
Originally Posted by rriddell View Post
Thank you I'll look into those videos. Im waiting for pat millers positive training book to arrive and I'll look at the other ones you've mentioned and the videos. I have been jogging with her when walking but only once she's walked nicely for a little while. Rather than keeping to the short leash walks do you think it would be more beneficial to short leash walk to the field nearby and play fetch off lead and then home rather than just a short leash walk?
Jumped in before I read new responses, sorry about that but if it were long as she can get from home to where you want to go no problem.

Minimizing or eliminating stress is the key. I have never dealt with a fearful dog but..pretend your a "good" doctor!

Do no harm should be your moto.
02-10-2014 07:02 PM
Scout's Mama That's great! The answer is always hotdo--- I mean more training ;-)

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02-10-2014 04:49 PM
rriddell Just an update, had a brilliant day today.

She was still abit shaky this morning with the walk and training however after work she was like a different dog, I'm guessing my attitude must be different so thank you for all the support both on here and in pm's .

On the walks I tried walking the other way when she pulled but it didn't seem to be working as aslong as she was pulling she didn't care what direction particularly. I adjusted it so when she pulled I just stopped, I've been doing this for some time but with no avail. Today I dug the old clicker out and started marking when the leash was loose and rewarding after marking it and she seems to really pick up on this. I took her out on the collar she has on at the moment which is a half check collar and just a flat leader and have never had her walk so well as she has today .
After the walk we went to pets at home and had a walk around. I put her gentle leader on her for this but she wasn't resisting it at all and was focused on me, by me I mean hotdogs in my pocket but nevermind! Got her a new toy and we've been playing/obedience for the rest of the evening.
Now looking back I feel like kicking myself for getting worked up last night, glad I did though , so far it seems to have brought about a really good change in me that seems to be helping lana a lot.
Thank you for all the help!
02-09-2014 09:52 PM
doggiedad with that attitude your problems are 3/4 solved.

Originally Posted by rriddell View Post

>>> Full steam ahead into training now! <<<
02-09-2014 09:01 PM
rriddell Nigel when SO was home during the day I think he probably did play a lot rougher and higher pace with her than I do. I'll be ramping up playtime a lot more for her and hopefully I'll see a difference. Just being alert during the day would have been more tiring for her whereas now she gets to sleep all day so has bags of energy come night time. With training there's a delicate balance that seems difficult to find at the moment because not tired enough and she is abit sassy whereas too tired and she withdraws, especially at training classes. The best mood for training class was when she'd been at my parents the night before, I tried to convince them to have her over every night before training class but it didn't go down so well .

Doggiedad, on the mornings we get up early for walks at the moment so will add morning training into our routine. Unfortunately I only have short breaks at work so can't come home in this job. My partner won't be working away after this trip so will be able to come home during the middle of his working day soon which should make things easier for her.
There is no chance I would rehome her i love her to the moon and back. I don't think there's anything that would make me consider giving her up. Full steam ahead into training now!
02-09-2014 08:48 PM
doggiedad take time out for training. get up early before you have to go
to work and train. if you can come home during lunch use
that time to train. before you go to bed conduct a few training
sessions. if you don't have a trainer maybe you should find one.
there's no need to rehome even if you don't train your dog.
start training and stick to it, be consistent and in time you're
going to see a change but you have to be consistent.

you haven't let your dog down. you simply didn't train
your dog up to this point. your dog doesn't feel let down.
now that you're going to train everything is going to

having a dog takes you out of your comfort zone but when
you have a trained, socialized dog they bring you comfort.
02-09-2014 08:45 PM
rriddell Thank you. I've always tried to make my commands sound the way they should but from the blank states I get some of the time obviously it needs abit of work! New start in the morning and positive thinking from here on in!

Thank you for all the positive and encouraging replies it means a lot
02-09-2014 08:41 PM
Nigel Don't be embarrassed about where you're at with training, that just brings on more stress, let that stuff go and focus on a few training goals and work toward them. I wonder if your SO played fun games, tug or maybe wrestled etc... and gave her a bit of an outlet for her energy? Might be why she nipping now. Playing fetch, tug or flirt pole with obedience incorporated in could help and are a great way to tire and train. When Zoe was at that age, I needed to tire her out a little (sometimes a lot) before training, made class/training much easier. From what you've posted, I don't see any mistakes, just sounds like a little frustration.
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