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Old 03-29-2013, 12:57 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Dominance theory has been widely discredited as a method of dog training by the veterinary behavioral scientists:Position Statements & Handouts (for the public) | AVSAB

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Old 03-29-2013, 01:32 PM   #22 (permalink)
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And please be aware that products like Rescue Remedy are not a solution for behavioral problems. It is for very limited use during stressful situations that are short lived. When someone has an anxiety prone dog, drugging it isn't a solution. Training with positive reinforcement methods, patience, love and consistency is the solution. There just isn't an easy button or pill to fix this problem.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Crap, I just downloaded a couple of Cesar Millan's book... Oh well, they are entertaining if nothing else. I've noticed he talks only about very large dogs...never addresses the smaller lapdogs very much.
I am so happy that it was said that the Ceaser Miilan books are crap..I too have them all..they make me feel like a failure..like it is all up to me to keep all my emotions in check 100% of the time or my puppy will imitate. Well if I could get my emotions in check and be the absolute best human..I would...I try..everyday. I think with more experience comes more knowledge and then we make better decisions.
I decided after Kirby came home to put the books down and be present and do my best with what is right in front of me. If I know I did my best I cannot feel guilty for not being the perfect pack leader. Still working on it!
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Sounds like good thinking to me...that is all we can ever do..our best! I am sure you will figure it out!


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Do you leave TV or radio on for him? I think no matter the age of the dog it is good to get them out in public. Comfort him but carry on with ride in cart at dog store, Lowes etc. Let folks pet hold him, ones you feel you can trust. Don' act scared yourself and he will sense the confidence you have. Never give up and love that baby!!!!
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Great news! I just walked him and he did great! I think because my husband came with me and he was just so happy to have both of us. Just like a family. Walked for a good 30 minutes around the neighborhood. Now the weather is getting nicer, all three of us will do it every weekend. I just can't believe the difference from yesterday. Wouldn't even leave the front of the house.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Hi, just thought id jump in on this one, because my lil rocky
Has at times severe separation anxiety, but only to my husband, if my husband goes outside to work in the garage rocky will run from front door to back door over and over and literally cry sometimes the entire time his daddy is out there, but it doesn't stop there, he truly becomes what seems to me nurologically problemed, don't know how else to say it, he just isn't himself, he's nervous, jerky, and seems to have just tunnel vision, he doesn't want to know anyone, when he gets like this,
His only interest is pacing and waiting . So separation anxiety is a problem for my lil guy

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I add my own exhortation that you PLEASE don't take any notice of the Caesar Milan books!

I agree with the above comments that more socialisation and a personal one-to-one behaviourist (not a trainer!) would really help you both.

Good luck. He is adorable!!
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MiMi barks to initiate play, to get my attention, to get the attention of anybody who comes to visit. For a while it was cute. It is a yap that can make your ears bleed. Lately she has been doing it every time she wants a cookie. Three days ago she started arfing at me to my wits end. Finally, I lost it at screamed at her to shut up. I screamed louder than her arfing. Well, my poor baby looked like she had been totally stricken. But, guess what? The horrible high pitched arfing stopped. Three days and no beasty arfing. I felt so bad, because she looked like I had smacked her in the face. But it worked. That ear splitting arfing is in the past.

LOLOLOL this post cracked me up so hard.
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Could be worse, I guess. My Maltese is also 10 months and he seems almost too confident. His body stands erect any time he hears a noise, sees a person, dog, etc and if they get too close he barks like a maniac and even tried to bite at this sweet lab mix that just sat there, not provoking him. I worked with my Maltese a ton on his confidence when he was young and could find no options to work with him on socialization due to vaccinations and trainers advising me not to take him to dog parks. Now I regret it because before he was OK with dogs and went up to them when he was 4mo-8mo, let them sniff him, but now he seems to hate them, or wants to awkwardly play/fight or something.

Work with your boy on positive reinforcement training if he's not too scared to take treats and start a little bit at a time. Reward him for walking near the stairs if that scares him, for walking near the door, down the steps, out in the grass, etc. Stay calm and give him lots of praise. My boy used to be so scared of the steps and hated going outside because of the noises but I just kept praising and giving treats and now he loves it! If you can tell he's feeling overwhelmed, stay calm, call him a good boy, go back inside, and keep trying.

He'll get better it may take more time because he's a bit older but just stay persistent.
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