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A few tips please....

Postby toby+rebecca » Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:32 pm

We bought Sophie the spoodle pup about 4 months, we have had a couple of minor training issues and any tips would be much appreciated....
the most disturbing issue is that she does poos and then eats it. The cat does poos and she runs stright in there and eats it... surely this is not normal?? although its nice as we never have to pick it up, she stinks after....  :-?

The other one is that she goes nuts around any other dogs. We have tried introducing her on her lead but she stil goes nuts. the other dog gets annoyed and starts nipping back at her but she is so excited she just keeeps jumping on them. Same issue with the cat, everytime the cat moves she jumps on her back and just sniffs her, we introduced them properly and they were fine, but the dog just keeps chasing her.

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Re: A few tips please....

Postby amymac » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:31 pm

I'm wondering how long you have Sophie for?
I would suggest making sure she is on a premium dog food diet so she is getting all her nutritional needs met, also worm her and then remove all poo as soon as you can so she doesn't get the chance to eat it.

She sounds like she needs more dog socialisation to learn some manners. Perhaps pups her own age will not get so annoyed with her? Otherwise, even though she isn't greeting other dogs properly she just needs to meet more and more and more. I had a friend with 3 dogs and she bought along her alpha female who definitely taught Riley some polite behaviour in a gentle way.

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Re: A few tips please....

Postby Teddy » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:14 am

Actually cat poo is very normal for dogs to eat... they grow out of this usually, when you bring your dog to another dog make sure they arn't facing each other looking directly at each other as this is a sign of a challenge. You nned to introduce dogs side to side so they are both seen as equal. have the introduced dog side on to begin with, have your dog next to you and make sure you are inbetween them. just hold this for a while and any aggression your dog does you need to stop it straight away. I usually use a tap from my hand and a shhht sound. You need to introduce your dog into another dogs space at there own pace. If it attacks it is to close. Make sure you never finish this exercise with you pulling your dog away and your dog still barking and trying to attack. it has to finish with your dog happy and relaxed.

- Make sure you arn't introducing your dog to a high energy dog. This dog needs to be a relaxed dog and well trained. A high energy dog will only make the exercise impossible. The overall idea of this exercise is to relax the mood so there is no tension.  You need to be quick in correcting your dog if it does raise its energy and attempt to attack or bark. Remeber you are the dominant person in your pack and therefore you control the situation - at the moment your dog controls the situation.

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Re: A few tips please....

Postby Teddy » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:28 am

with regards to the cat its all the same. You need to teach your dog the right energy you want for that situation. If you don't want your dog attacking and jumping on the cat you need to teach it to be calm around the cat. You do this by introducing your cat and dog in a no energy situation. If you dog is calm you can reward it with treats. Its all about reienforcing the low energy and correcting the high energy. Somewhere along the way your dog has picked up to chase the cat or get excited when the cat is around... this is something it has learnt, it's not a definite that this has been built into dogs - to chase cats....

So a good rule is when you want something changed like high energy situations like chasing the cat then you reward the low energy when around the cat. Alot has to do with role playing aswell... creating the situations they react to and teaching them with the correct energy.... so many times we actually create this high energy for them, by hyping dogs up when we see them or reacting to people coming into our homes... So the training also needs to be done with how you react to situations, when your dog chases the cat do you Yell and scream... this quite often can be a reinforcement to your dog that it should have the high energy .... you also need to watch how you react say when the cat walks into the room. Quite often as humans we are great at getting ourselves prepared to stop a possible future event like the dog chasing the cat. So we might react by getting up and attempting to get to the cat first and place it on a bench or somthing like that. Most of the time the dog will react to this by going after the cat first and then all hell breaks lose - it was all started because you shifted your energy from say watching the tv to now focusing on the cat - dogs pick up on this very well.

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Re: A few tips please....

Postby sl_simpson » Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:12 pm

Hi
I agree with all above. Definately make sure its a low energy dog for training this, to keep it positive. Your pup does not always have to meet another dog close up. Its on your terms that she will get to meet them not hers. First thing is to address it before she gets excited.
When approaching other dogs keep your distance as soon as you see your pup has any interest in the other dog (watch the body lanuage,is she overlly focusing on them, and or starting to make noises, pulling on lead) walk in the opposite direction away from them and refocus her on you (use the word watch, show her the treat by having a treat closed in your hand infront of her nose, then hold the treat up by your face get her to look at your eyes and treat for doing so) use praise with good girl as well, but calmly. When she has focus on you turn back towards the other dog and handler, keep her focus on you when you move towards them, use the word watch again to focus on you and when she does and treat and prasie. You may find you may still be along way away from the other dog and you may not make much progress at first. But don't rush it. Cross the other side of the street if needed for awhile to ensure you get her focus on you as her energy level drops progress closer and closer.

Even get her to sit and watch another dog and handler in the distance walking around. When she remains calm get them to slowly come closer and walk by all the while treat for watch and focus on you, and praise.

Same with cats work at a distance and when she remains calm progress towards them. Also can use a firm leave command and walk in the other direction, refocus her and then turn and move towards the cat again.

With the cat poo and her poo. Diffinately clean it up as soon as possible. You can also try putting her on lead. Walking past it use the word leave in a strong firm voice and correct with a leash tug , ask for watch and treat when she focuses on you. Can use a longer lead as well and let her some more freedom past the poo, if she looks to move toward it a strong firm leave and correction with the lead. Praise and treat when she does.

With the treats find a food product that she never has at any other time. Something that she will basically drule for (dried liver small treat size or smacko strips small peices, a dryish dog roll (like supreme chunky or possyum). Keep this as a treat only for all high engery situations. Carry treats with you every where for praise and gradually using the treat less and less and more verbel praise.

Be consistant with your corrections and commands including all family members.

Hope that might be of some help.


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