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Old 12-03-2006, 15:14   #181
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oh ok. thanks for clearing that up for me.
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Old 12-03-2006, 15:57   #182
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10-4. He's definately made me a believer in getting "pound pups".

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Old 12-03-2006, 17:20   #183
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oh ok. thanks for clearing that up for me.
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10-4. He's definately made me a believer in getting "pound pups".

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Old 12-03-2006, 17:20   #184
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here is one for you G. I tied the lease to me, but i basically have to drag the dog everywhere I go. My first instinct is to pull it, but i dont want to hurt the pup. What should I do?
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Old 12-03-2006, 17:23   #185
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Gently encourage him, when that doesn't work, do what mom did to you in the toy store as a kid.

Get him used to the leash slowly and gently as possible, but the time will come when you have to enforce your Alpha status.

Ok, at 6 weeks old, cut him some slack, but dont be a push over either.
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Old 12-03-2006, 17:27   #186
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when that doesn't work, do what mom did to you in the toy store as a kid.

So buy it a new toy? j/k I understand. At what age should i begin enforcing the alpha status more sternly? oh and BTW. DUDE you are awesome for doing this.

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Old 12-03-2006, 17:31   #187
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12-16 weeks depending on the dog, some aren't ready till 20 weeks.

He will let you know when he is ready to "feel his oats".

Just remember praise has to equal correction, so if you come down on him really hard, you have to bring him back up with praise.

AND NO ROUGH HOUSING!!!!!
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Old 12-03-2006, 17:34   #188
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oh and BTW. DUDE you are awesome for doing this.
This is Eric's house dude, I'm just giving back a little.
Help Eric and we all win!
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Old 12-03-2006, 21:13   #189
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Good lookin' "pound pup"!

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Thanks Chris,
Thatís why I'm so familiar with the question "what kind of dog is that?"

I usually say itís between a chow and a pit and people give a wide berth.
If they only knew he was a sweetheart for a cookie.
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hey G20,

It is amazing how smart dogs are if you just know how to communicate with them. The can and pennies thing and the water bottle thing works great for the create. The house training is going amazing, I assume for 6 weeks old anyway. She is letting use know to let her out (80% of the time) and we open the door and she is gone does her stuff and comes right back in. Im very impressed so far.

I do have a question though. I have been cutting it some slack on some things because of her age like you said, but how do i discourage her from biting, especially human skin or electrical wires. And is that part of the reason you said no rough housing?
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It is amazing how smart dogs are if you just know how to communicate with them. The can and pennies thing and the water bottle thing works great for the create. The house training is going amazing, I assume for 6 weeks old anyway. She is letting use know to let her out (80% of the time) and we open the door and she is gone does her stuff and comes right back in. Im very impressed so far.

I do have a question though. I have been cutting it some slack on some things because of her age like you said, but how do i discourage her from biting, especially human skin or electrical wires. And is that part of the reason you said no rough housing?
Yep it sure is.
If the housebreaking is not at 100% it's because she isn't on the leash.

If she is on the leash, there will also be no biting. (Because you can immediately correct her with the leash)

Glad to hear about the positives and keep up the good work, it will pay off big time later!!!
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what would be the appropriate correction using the leash. A jerk?
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what would be the appropriate correction using the leash. A jerk?
A tug firm enough to get the point across without being harsh and a Verbal NO!
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here is a question that gives away that i am a first time dog owner, but how tight should the collar be? ANd where should the loop of the collar be on the back of the neck or under the head.
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Right now, we want it loose and low on his neck. We just want her to get used to it and "it" to be a positive thing.

Later on we can put a metal choker on her (4-8months old). Depending on how fast he grows up. Right now, just a buckle type collar (even a cat collar) and the lightest leash you can find.
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hey g20. my dog hasn't learn to bark yet, but what is your opinion on the no bark collars. And other "shock" collars for that matter. Oh and there is no need for any flaming from anyone, just asking a question.
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IMHO, the no bark collars are a huge waste of money and nothing that you can't control. They also teach your dog to bark in sequences so as not to set off the collar.

Remote correction collars or E-collars on the other hand are an excellent tool to be used for fine tuning total off-leash control once the basics have been mastered. By that I mean for instance, a down and stay command from 30ft with a hand signal only, then add off leash familiar dogs while your dog stays put.

However they can also ruin a dog in less than 2-3 days time with inappropriate timing of corrections or too harsh of a correction by an inexperienced owner.

Itís a very fine line to walk.
For what its worth, I used one on my dog between the ages of 4-5 to perfect his off leash obedience and he is a Pit-chow mix! He was a tough nut to crack, but definitely worth it.
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Old 12-08-2006, 14:21   #199
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Hey G20
I just wanted to thank you for this thread. It has been a big help to me the last couple of days. As I have told everyone over in GNG, Vin and I have rescued a 4 month Rott puppy that someone had abandoned alongside a freeway. We've been keeping her on the leash while she's inside, and I have to say it's been a big help in getting her house-trained.

Here's a picture of the little brat. I wish I could keep her. But at 30 pounds at 4 months (and that's undernourished for her size) she's just going to be too big, too expensive, and too much time for us to be able to handle. We named her Princess:
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The best part of having her is watching her learn. She learned how to go down and up stairs, how to walk on a leash (and that tugs on it do not mean she will be beaten!), and so much more. She was very scared when we first got her. We're guessing she was beaten. But she is breaking out of her shell and acting more like a mentally healthy pup.
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PrincessCelica,
I am glad to help out! Its great therapy for me too.

Don't be so quick to want to give her up, by that pic I would say she wonít be bigger than 80lbs if she is trim and a properly trained dog is no more time than 5-10 mins in the morning and 5-10mins at night and the rest is for lounging or throwing a ball.

Want to pay me back? Buy a fundraiser ticket for $10 and help keep GT up and running!

If you need specific help with something post away. Congrats and thank you for your rescue. Princess will love you forever!!!

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