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03-11-2014 06:01 PM
JakodaCD OA oh yeah, I may have forgotten to mention the blower will blow your house apart inside LOL...

I actually started using the vac cleaner,,my dogs were all used to the vac, and actually liked being vacuumed, just transitioned it to the blower
03-11-2014 02:38 PM
Lark I have to confess that I brush my dog's teeth too. I have done it since he was a puppy, and he seems to not mind. I don't do it every day, but a few times a week.
03-11-2014 02:06 PM
GRANBYsyztem Sunflower, So I actually read that post somewhere on here when I first started looking into HV dryers! I actually got it in the mail yesterday and start training with it already. Right now its in my bedroom plugged it (pointed up into the ceiling.. cuz geez, this thing was knocking down all my stuff!) So far what I've started doing is turning it on every time i walk into the room, every time i give him a snack, a bone, a toy, etc. I'm hoping he just starts to associate the sound with a good thing. Then from there i'll probably start following Freesteps post! Thanks for finding me the post!
03-10-2014 09:38 AM
Mishka&Milo http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum....php?p=4854201

Here is what my girl was doing.


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03-10-2014 07:07 AM
Dainerra what you aren't understanding is that, instead of being "clean" with frequent bathing, you are going to increase the chances that your dog will smell and have skin issues.
03-09-2014 03:17 AM
Chip18 Hey lucky me sometimes it's best to stay quite and let cooler heads prevail!
03-08-2014 10:24 PM
shepherdmom
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I think I OVERthought everything and started creating worries for myself. "oh no, what if this becomes a habit or it becomes harder to fix later if i let it continue" type of mindset. Wasnt quite sure of what his boundaries should be at his age. But it seems the general consensus is to focus more on just having fun and building the bond.
I've had dogs for 30 years up to 5 at a time. I currently have a puppy and I often have to stop take a deep breath and remind myself. (He's just a baby) When he gets extra bite-y or over excited. I will crate him and gee in less than 5 min he is asleep. I tend to forget he has to have naps and when he's cranky and over excited and stops listening it probably means its past his nap time. BTW my puppy just turned 16 weeks.
03-08-2014 09:36 PM
Sunflowers Ah-hah! Found it! Here you go:
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First thing you need to do is tie her to something sturdy so she can't run away. Don't let her get into the habit of bolting every time something scares her. Then, put cotton in her ears.

Then, turn the dryer on the lowest setting and let her get used to the sound of it. While the dryer is running, scratch her rump, right above the tail, this is a "magic spot" for dogs and should calm her down.

Once she's calm, replace the scratching hand with the dryer nozzle, making the same scratching motion with it. If she spooks, just go back to scratching her rump. But be persistent, and don't give up, no matter what she does, or she will learn that she can get her way by acting up. Eventually, she will begin to notice that the dryer doesn't hurt, and in fact feels good.

Once she calms down and allows you to blow air on her rump, give her lots of praise and encouragement, perhaps a high-value treat, and slowly, gradually, work your way down her rear legs, then up her back. Don't go anywhere near her head yet. Work your way around to her sides and underside, then that "magic spot" on her chest, between her front legs, where dogs love to be scratched. Slowly, gradually, work your way up toward the neck, avoiding the ears. You may be able to dry her head a little, or you may not for the first time. If at any point she starts to freak out, move the nozzle back to one of the "magic spots" on the rump or the chest. Keep going until she is at least 90% dry.

I have not yet met the dog that hasn't learned to tolerate the blow dryer when this method is used. In fact, most big dogs realize that the dryer feels good, like a massage, and many will lean into it. I have a lot of big dogs who LOVE to have their necks blowdried, right behind the ear, and will stretch out their neck for me. Most of my big dogs willingly jump on my drying table when it's time for the blow dryer, in fact sometimes when I want them to get into the tub, they'll keep trying to jump on the drying table.

When you're all done, give her a high-value treat and lots of praise. Eventually she will learn that grooming time is a rewarding experience and she will look forward to it.
03-08-2014 09:35 PM
ZoeD1217
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Thank you Selzer, a lot of great information in that post. I have definitely been repeating my commands.. will make sure to cut that out. It seems i gotta just relax and bond with the kid. I think I OVERthought everything and started creating worries for myself. "oh no, what if this becomes a habit or it becomes harder to fix later if i let it continue" type of mindset. Wasnt quite sure of what his boundaries should be at his age. But it seems the general consensus is to focus more on just having fun and building the bond.
I'm in the same boat as you and have Pretty efficiently stressed myself out. Obviously I have no advice but I definitely feel the pressure to give my Zoe every opportunity to succeed. It's hard to find the right balance at times.

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03-08-2014 09:34 PM
Sunflowers
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I think I OVERthought everything and started creating worries for myself. "oh no, what if this becomes a habit or it becomes harder to fix later if i let it continue" type of mindset.


That is a good mindset to have -- when the dog is older.
The time to get serious about training is about 5 months old. Until then, enjoy that fuzzygator. Be the best thing ever, in his eyes.
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