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ellway:

Does anyone have any experience with the gentle leader? Koda gets so amped up when we take walks and she reacts to everything she sees and hears. It’s to the point where I cringe when I hear a dog barking.

She pulls, she barks, and she lunges like crazy when she sees another dog.

Is it a positive tool for walking? I don’t want to order it off Amazon for nothing.

I like the Holt ones because you can clip them to the collar in case they get the head piece off. With the Gentle Leader, there’s no attachment and if they get it off, there’s no back-up.

Holt

Gentle Leader

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I need advice on dealing with a very very active dog

One of my students owns an Australian Cattle Dog that she was told was a Beagle when she adopted him (I have no idea how they could mess up the breed that bad.) She is a self-described couch potato and obviously an ACD is not.

Her parents are threatening that she will need to rehome the dog. He is ~8 months old, super intelligent, but has recently started barking at everything and has issues focusing in class. I think he’s just not getting enough exercise and stimulation. I recommended doggie day camp and a lot of fetch to tire him out but it doesn’t seem to be enough. The family is not willing to shell out more money for any dog sports or more training after this class. (He’s done 6 weeks of puppy class and has done 2 weeks of intermediate with 4 more weeks to go.)

Now, I’m not opposed to helping them find the dog a more active home if that’s what’s best for everyone but I’d prefer teaching them how to manage his energy needs. I need fun games that will help tire him out mentally and physically. And if there are any good websites or books that I can recommend to the owner. 

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doggydayjob:

jocks-on-4-paws:

todogornottodog:

simply-canine:

panzerspank:

animalobservationist:

Force free dog training - no choke, no prong, no pain!

Okay listen. My dog’s mother was a Timberwolf mixed with a fuckin’ akita. Her father was a German Shepherd. She is strong willed to say the least and so strong that I couldn’t take her on walks. We were kicked out of 3 different puppy preschools and obedience training places and told she was untrainable. 
This was until we got a prong collar for her. It mimics what a mother dog does to her puppies when they are doing something wrong (bites the scruff) and she began walking on a leash perfectly and not overpowering me. We walked her with it for A WEEK and after that she does not pull at all and listens to commands. 
Also, anyone with a headstrong breed dog knows that you have to flip them over to assert dominance if they show any sort of aggression or negative behavior that you deem totally unacceptable. It’s the only way they know “oh I fucked up” because it’s what dogs do to each other. My pup is not abused. 
FORCED BASED TRAINERS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE’S DOG, but for people that have strong willed and independent dogs, it’s the only thing that works when training a dog or breaking aggression.

It’s completely false that forced-based training is the only thing that works for “strong-willed” dogs or for “breaking aggression.”
Here’s just a couple of links on using positive reinforcement/force free training to curb aggressive behaviors and train high drive dogs:
(x) (x) (x) (x) (x) 
Importantly,  using force-based methods actually increases the risk for aggression and bites, compared to non-aversive methods.
Plus, there are a number of other downfalls to force-based training as well that need to be considered. 
Finally, the whole “asserting dominance” crap is completely bunk.  I have a whole tag on it, actually. It’s not founded in science, unlike operant conditioning, and it puts people at a higher risk for being bitten.

Not to mention 75% of wolfdogs are not actually wolfdogs, so there’s a good chance it’s just a husky/malamute mixed with akita.

"My dog was so dominant we got kicked out of class"
Oh hey! I’ve played this game before as the person kicking them out of class. I know this script. 
Dude comes in with their “x% wolf”/whatever/Big Tough Snowflake of a Dog*. 
First thing the instructor hears is how big tough impossible the dog is.
Instructor explains the concept of R+ and they get the “Maybe for most dogs, but not Big Tough Snowflake dogs” speech
Class goes on, and dude uses adversives. Instructor corrects handler and is ignored. 
Dude doesn’t reinforce with treats because “they don’t believe in it - it makes Big Tough snowflake Dog even more dominant”.
Dude doesn’t reinforce with tug/play because Big Tough snowflake dog will become aggressive. 
Dude does however reinforce with “pets” that are just gentler versions of their corrective swats.
Dude complains that this R+ doesn’t work for Special Snowflake Dog. Trainer points out what dude is doing wrong. Dude ignores trainer again. 
Dude’s corrections/bitching start to really bother other dogs and handlers. Trainer kicks dude out with a mental note of “Great dog, shame about the handler”
Long story short: trainers don’t train dogs, they train handlers. It’s not your dog getting kicked out. It’s YOU. 

This has been my exact experience. I’ve yet to meet an “untrainable” dog, but I’ve met plenty of untrainable handlers.

doggydayjob:

jocks-on-4-paws:

todogornottodog:

simply-canine:

panzerspank:

animalobservationist:

Force free dog training - no choke, no prong, no pain!

Okay listen. My dog’s mother was a Timberwolf mixed with a fuckin’ akita. Her father was a German Shepherd. She is strong willed to say the least and so strong that I couldn’t take her on walks. We were kicked out of 3 different puppy preschools and obedience training places and told she was untrainable. 

This was until we got a prong collar for her. It mimics what a mother dog does to her puppies when they are doing something wrong (bites the scruff) and she began walking on a leash perfectly and not overpowering me. We walked her with it for A WEEK and after that she does not pull at all and listens to commands. 

Also, anyone with a headstrong breed dog knows that you have to flip them over to assert dominance if they show any sort of aggression or negative behavior that you deem totally unacceptable. It’s the only way they know “oh I fucked up” because it’s what dogs do to each other. My pup is not abused. 

FORCED BASED TRAINERS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE’S DOG, but for people that have strong willed and independent dogs, it’s the only thing that works when training a dog or breaking aggression.

It’s completely false that forced-based training is the only thing that works for “strong-willed” dogs or for “breaking aggression.”

Here’s just a couple of links on using positive reinforcement/force free training to curb aggressive behaviors and train high drive dogs:

(x) (x) (x) (x) (x) 

Importantly,  using force-based methods actually increases the risk for aggression and bites, compared to non-aversive methods.

Plus, there are a number of other downfalls to force-based training as well that need to be considered. 

Finally, the whole “asserting dominance” crap is completely bunk.  I have a whole tag on it, actually. It’s not founded in science, unlike operant conditioning, and it puts people at a higher risk for being bitten.

Not to mention 75% of wolfdogs are not actually wolfdogs, so there’s a good chance it’s just a husky/malamute mixed with akita.

"My dog was so dominant we got kicked out of class"

Oh hey! I’ve played this game before as the person kicking them out of class. I know this script. 

Dude comes in with their “x% wolf”/whatever/Big Tough Snowflake of a Dog*. 

First thing the instructor hears is how big tough impossible the dog is.

Instructor explains the concept of R+ and they get the “Maybe for most dogs, but not Big Tough Snowflake dogs” speech

Class goes on, and dude uses adversives. Instructor corrects handler and is ignored. 

Dude doesn’t reinforce with treats because “they don’t believe in it - it makes Big Tough snowflake Dog even more dominant”.

Dude doesn’t reinforce with tug/play because Big Tough snowflake dog will become aggressive. 

Dude does however reinforce with “pets” that are just gentler versions of their corrective swats.

Dude complains that this R+ doesn’t work for Special Snowflake Dog. Trainer points out what dude is doing wrong. Dude ignores trainer again. 

Dude’s corrections/bitching start to really bother other dogs and handlers. Trainer kicks dude out with a mental note of “Great dog, shame about the handler”

Long story short: trainers don’t train dogs, they train handlers. It’s not your dog getting kicked out. It’s YOU. 

This has been my exact experience. I’ve yet to meet an “untrainable” dog, but I’ve met plenty of untrainable handlers.

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They came to get the doggie

He was so super happy to see them and that made me feel a lot better. I went over the fact that he’s in desperate need for a haircut and gave them the number to my groomer. They live in my neighborhood so I’m sure I’ll see the dog again on our walks.

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So I found the Shih Tzu’s owner

They lost him the day I found him. He’s matted and the inside of his ears are black and I’m nearly positive he’s being kept outdoors because of the smell.

I’m going to give them a very stern talking to but part of me doesn’t even want to give the dog back. I’ll make sure to get their address and let the spca know. I am sure this counts as animal neglect to let a dog get this bad.

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What they say:
My dog bites me out of nowhere.
What they mean:
I stress out my dog and then punish or ignore her stress signals so her only option to get me to stop is to bite me.

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fuckyeahballpythons:

snoots-and-boops:

snoots-and-boops:

Over the past week I’ve been getting anons saying things like “but it has sand in the name so you can keep it on sand!” or “the pet store people said it was okay so it’s okay”.
Sand is not okay, there are safe alternative, get over the fact you were wrong.

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u think this is a game

I basically had people asking the same damn a while back and it’s like when will you guys get that most reptiles are actually not living exclusively on sand dunes and that deserts are not all sandy. And like, wow, if a lizard or snake or whatever does happen to find itself in a very sandy environment in the wild, it can just move its ass to a not very sandy environment.

And like, those few species of reptiles that can and do live exclusively on loose sand their entire lives are SUPER DUPER SPECIALIZED to deal with living on such an inhospitable environment.

Look at the Sandfish. Nature basically decided to turn this jerk’s head into a fucking shovel so it can easily burrow through sand. The Sandfish also has tiny eyes and nostrils to help prevent sand from getting in them much as well as a sleek body to allow it to move effortlessly while it digs. Does your Bearded Dragon have a garden spade for a head? I don’t think so. Get away from me.

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And wow, look at the Arabian Sand Boa. Not only did it steal the shovel head idea from the Sandfish but its eye are also at the top of its stupid head so it can sleep under the sand all day with only its eyes exposed so when some idiot gecko walks by it can see it and grab it. And once again, notice how tiny its nostrils are. This guy is pretty good at living in sand, your Ball Python is not. Don’t touch me.

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Now we have the Web-footed Gecko, biggest moron of them all. This loser not only went out of its way to evolve umbrellas on its feet so it can easily walk across the surface of sand without sinking in but also so it can have shovels for feet to easily dig burrows in the sand during the day. Its nostrils are also raised to help shield them from inhaling sand. Does your Leopard Gecko have these adaptions? Nope, didn’t think so.

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Like, these are the only reptiles I can think of off the top of my head that could justifiably be housed with sand as substrate because LOOK HOW GODDAMN SPECIALIZED THEY ARE and the only reason why they evolved this way is because of how incredibly difficult it is to live on dune sand. Are you guys understanding now. Do you see all the effort nature puts into making a thing capable of living in sand. 

(via snoots-and-boops)

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