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I am just going through the application thing myself with DogAID. They send out an application form and all you need to do is complete it and return it, along with the relevant info re the disability.
Sox will have to undergo and assessment with her own vet to ensure she’s fit to carry out the duties expected of her and has the right temperament. I doubt having 3 chinchillas will be a problem. We have a Guinea Pig which Zane considers to be “lunch on legs”. I just have to keep ’em separate.
For the first level of training a very basic obedience class shoudl ensure sox can do most of those duties. Level 2 is harder and Level 3 is the highest. Assuming that Sox passes this level then she’ll be allowed to wear the relevant vest whilst working and will be allowed into areas that most dogs cannot go when out in public.
I also get the impression that a lot of people find house training extremely difficult. Personally, I find it quite easy but I’vre done it a lot over the years with a lot of dogs. Maybe that makes a difference.
Or maybe, housetraining is really the first thing you have to really work at with a new dog and the amount of effort required, particulalyl for first time dog owners, is more than what was expected at times.
I’ve usually been very lucky in that respect i nthat I’ve almost always had more than one dog at a time. So any new dogs, whether young puppies or older rescues, get to learn a lot form the other dogs.
Fabulous! My dogs aren’t that fast but then GSDs will never catch a Collie IMHO.
For me, Ihave to run Ellie from the centre of the ring as I can’t run but she’s still training.
The last part was definitely priceless! Agree compeltely!
Laura xxJune 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm in reply to: Attention all Dog Owners .New completely free servicefor Dog owners #89122
Same thread was posted on another dog forum.
Seems like more of an advert (or desperate plea) for business although this has been vehemently denied. :butt:
That’s absolutely disgusting behaviour. If that’s what he does to his dogs with people looking then what happens to them behind closed doors? ???
The ONLY good thing about the photos is that the police will be able to trace him as the registration number on his car is visible :yes: (although blanked out in the report).
Clearly the dog is suffering and the RSPCA should certainly prosecute. The report mentions they guy possibly thnking it was a game and the dog may have enjoyed it. WTF??!! :suspious: What dog enjoys being hauled about, off the ground by it’s collar? :nono:
It’s tims like this that I feel embarrassed to be human. I prefer dogs to people anyway, but this just reinforces how I feel!
Thanx. They’re always at the fromnt window. They’re just like nosey old women! 12 months ago Zane used to jump up at the window to look out and Ellie would sit on the window sill. She did this until she was too big and fell off!
I’m trying to get a picture of them altogether so I have have it as a portrait, but it’s almost impossible. Maybe one day (wishful thinking?!)
How old is the pup concerned?
As Woofums said, young dogs need short bursts of trianing. they’re the same as us in that they xan only learn so much at a certasin rate and then need a break. You wouldn’t want tooverload him too early.
When he’s older f you want to progress thenlookinto residential training then, But don’t ever leave him to be trained by someone else. After all, you need to know how to do whatever it is he’s being trained for – otherwise he won’t work for you.
I think residential training can be beneficial, but only if the owner is there with the dogs and does their research properly into what’s on offer. Aftercare woul dbe absolutly essential for me. The circumstances have to be right and the dog has to be ready for it. (So does the owner).
Are there no puppy/training classes near to where you live? You could start by going to a 30/60 minutes class once a week and building it up from there.
Where ever you decide to gofor training,make sure they use only positive methods or reward based methods. This will help to ensure a happy, healthy well trained dog.
My dogs’ training is very intensive at th emoment and I do it every day but I have the time and effort to do it. And they get lots of playtime inbetween too. Bear in mind that whatever training you dcide on, your dog will need breaks from the work and lots more playtime to make up for it.
Are you asking for yourself? How old is your pup? To be hnest, I think you and you alone should train your pup the basics up to AT LEAST 6 months old. I have no scientific basis for saying this – it’s just my opinionan dhow I do things with my dogs.
Also, what breed is your dog? I own GSDs and the oldest in incredibly clingy. Would never let anyone else train him so there are advantages to doing it yourself.
I don’t agree with others training your pup for you. At the end of the day, why would you have a new pup then send it away to be trasined. PArt of the responsibility in my view includes training and as already stated, how would you know what techniques or methods to use.
Having said that, I don’t see what’s wrong with residntial courses forpups and owners, but are there goo dpoints about getting that much training done in such a short time? How much realistically can a young pup take in? After all, these courses aren’t cheap and have to be worth the money for people to attend.
I know of one in Cardiff – nowhere near you I know. I had considered it for my dogs. They run their courses in obedience, agility, security – basically anything you want your dog trainined in – they run a course to cover it. It’s usually over a weekend for about 6-8 weekends, depending on attendance etc. The one an dONLy reason Ichose NOT to go was because I’d have ahd to board my dog(s) at the insititution concerned. There was nowhere nearby that I could stay and take the dogs with me. OK so it would only be for 12 or 2 nights at a time, but with a clingy GSD, he wouldn’t have reaped the full benefit of the course.
As I recall, the course is approx £50 for the weekend.
There is also “Royvon” residential training who train dogs in all diferent areas (even if just boaridng your dog whilst on holiday) who run courses in South Wales and in Surrey. Is Surrey anywhere nar you? (Sorry – geography isn’t my strong point!)
It’s something I intend to look into again for my furries. Do you want me to send you the details anyway?
I was 2 of CM’s programmes today without the sound. It’s horrible. Why would anyone want to do that to dogs? It’s beyond me.
I used to watch his show until quite recently. There were occasions when a little of what he said made sense butthen he’d ruin it by hurting the dog concerned.
If he ever tied to reat my dogs like that (and beleive me, he’d never get anywhere near them with me about) I’d expect them to bite him AND I’d praise ’em for it.
A dog has every right to defend itself so to put it in a positino where it just has to give up because there’sno other option is disgusting.
My older GSD, Zane moved from the puppy class at training straight to the advanced class. Not because he was particularly great at it but because he worked very hard with me to achieve the right level of training to move up. The reason is that the guy who trains the intermediate group has adopted some of CM’s methods and to see them “in the flesh” so to speak is even worse than watching it on TV. There’s no way Zane was going into his group.
I’ve found that positive methods makes a happier dog, and therefore a happier, less stressed owner – although it can take a while sometimes. I’d rather takethe extr time and know I’ve treated my dogs with respect.
Laura xxMay 12, 2009 at 8:45 am in reply to: Leapdog.org puts walkers in touch with dogs needing exercise #89110
I can see in principal how it would work but the insurance for that must be extortionate. Or do they hope that should there be any claims (particularly if the dog causes an accident), it comes off the owner’s insurance (assuming they have their dog insured)?
I can see how if someone really can’t get out and about, maybe because of mobility problems r the elderly, it would make sense. But wouldn’t those people who can’t give their dogs what they need either try to rehome them or ask friends or family to walk them first before allowing strangers to take their dog?
Sounds like a good idea but also sounds very dodgy to me. There’s no way on earth anyone but me is allowed to walk my loonies. They are big strong dogs but walk well on a lead. If anything was to happen to them if I was silly enough to allow someone else to walk them, I’b be looking for blood! >:D
Thanks for the welcome. :happy:
Laura xxMay 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm in reply to: Clicker training for an already partially trained dog?? #78560
Thanx. Don’t mind making it sound as though I’m dumb. I am where it comes to swapping training methods as I’ve not done it before.
Zane i sgood 99% of the time but at 16 months he is still very puppyish in a lot of ways. I dn’t really mind if he has occasional times where he behaves like a complete muppet but when it cmes to training I expect (and usually get) him to behave himself and do as I ask.
It’s Zane who’s the clingy one and although he pickwed up sendaways very quickly I still can’t get him to do a down stay and with meleving the room. At least with sendaways he knows I’m not going to move and even when he lies down and waits to be told to move, although there is distance between us he knows he’s coming straight back to me.
He will down stay and I can leave him, but not leave the room. As soon as he sees me move towards the door (whether at home or at training) he’s up and following me. Obviosuly this will take more work but is there a way I can incorporate clicker training into this exercise?
Are you referring to the 2 I defended myself over and because I defended myself got banned from BIGGSD? The 2 pups, supposedly from Spain even though I was in Spain at the time those posts were being put on the forum?
I accept that people will believe what is posted by people generally. But those posts didn’t even read as though I’d written them. And still I have 2 people on another forum STILL trying to cause problems for me.
My ex husband had remote access to my PC and was posting about pups from Spain that I had no knowledge of, nor do I have knowledge of to this day.
I have had up to 7 dogs to look after whether mine or someone else’s before now, but never those that have been imported.
My ex has done everything he can think of to cause problems for me and his attempts have worked.My being banned through no fault of my own when I hadn’t done anything wrong, I now do not have the opportunity of going on the BIGGSD walks or making new friends from people on that site.
This in itself is not that much of an issue. I’ve read a few posts on the BIGGSD site (and yes I still can get access) from BIGGSD members about some of my friends on other forums stating they don’t have “real” dogs and at least one of these people is someone I have walked with in the past.
So, with that in mind, my GSD/Akita bitch isn’t a real dog? I think Ellie would argue that point herself. The BCs that my dogs have made friends with over the past few months are not real dogs?
To be honest, I don’tfeel I have lost anything by not going onto the forum and posting anything. I know I have friends elsewhere who will help me and advise me as and when I ask for it.
Fortunately, I’m a member of 6 other doggy forums and so have made friends elsewhere.
As I have said many times before, at the moment I have Zane, Ellie, Yiannis and will soon to have Bonnie (hopefully). I was always going to have 4 dogs of my own – no more. I always wanted 4 GSDs or 2 GSDs and 2 Akitas. Now I’m about to have my 4th dog, my family will be complete.
I still don’t know anything about any imported pups and my ex husband has not given any reasons or even excuses for his behaviour.
The best part of this whole issue was that I have previouslyworked in legal practice – defending claims of slander and libel. Certain people on BIGGSD decided to tell me the differnece between the 2 and got them completely the wrong way round. Evev after I explained it to them in a PM so as not to embarrass them on the main forum (which was tempting by that time) they still tried to force what they clearly DIDN’T know down my throat.
Anyway, the point is I know nothing about imported pups and neer did. I am happy with the people I’m friends with on othe forums and those I waslk with twice weekly. There is only one person from BIGGSD I have anything to do with and that is purely a case of me buying something from that person every now and then.
Sorry for ranting. I know it’s not your fault and as I recall, you weren’t actually one of the people who continually attacked me without just cause, even after knowing I hadn’t submitted those particular posts.
I’m happy with the dogs I have now and hopefully when Bonnie comes, she’ll be happy too. She’ll be put through training just as the others have and I’ll see how she is at agility as we’ve just started it where I take the other 3.
My life with my Son and dogs is just as I’d always hoped it would be and if I never hear of those people from other forums who have cause problems for me (and I was a target from day 1 on the BIGGSD site) then I’ve lost nothing.
Laura xxMay 11, 2009 at 8:36 am in reply to: Clicker training for an already partially trained dog?? #78556
Thanx. All the training with my dogs is psotive reward based. Then gradually over time the rewards (if treats) are reduced but I tend to replace them with more praise (otherwise you wouldn’t believe the amount of liver cake I’d have to buy!).
For obedience so far before I had the clicker for my youngest it was a case of praise everything they did more or less, so long as it was acceptable, not naughty, destructive, dangerous etc.
The reason I ask also is that I have a friend who was in a similar position about 5 years ago. She changed completely from her reward based methods to clicker training (although if they get a reward what’s the diffrence?). She used it particularly for HTM and managed to get her 4 dogs doing the same thing at the same time – almost like synchronised doggy dancing. It was amazing to watch but I don’t know how she went about doing it and I’ve lost touch with her since moving house.
I’d like the dogs to get the most out of their training so I want to make sure I don’t mix them up.