amalie79 wrote:I'm not saying this wasn't handler error-- I DO understand how a correction collar works, but since Simon, I have never felt comfortable enough in my ability to give effective and humane correction to risk doing it badly. I also think that it depends on the baseline personality of a dog-- some can bounce right back and others can't. I don't want to find out which one I have AFTER I've done some correcting that will be hard to reverse. Robin lets me take most things from her, but last night she got the wrapper from a summer-sausage and growled a little. So I went into the kitchen, where her treats are, called her to come and asked her to drop it. Then she got a treat. I try to remove the treat from the immediate event of me trying to forcibly take something.
mnp13 wrote:The first thing that stood out to me honestly was that one dog is crated and the other two roam the house together when you're not home... Freaks me out.
But personally, I feel that crates are "private" space (from other dogs,not you) and if she doesn't want them in there then they shouldn't be.
And erin's advice is good- if everone has the same kongs you have less of a chance of them arguing over them.
TheRedQueen wrote:I don't crate all of my pack...Fig still gets crated as he's young and tears stuff up if he's unsupervised, and small boarding and/or foster dogs get crated upstairs in the same room as Fig. Larger fosters/boarding dogs crate downstairs. But the rest of the pack stays loose...and some boarding dogs do too. I don't personally have an issue with some crated, some not crated.
Here's a great idea for stuffing Kongs quickly.
http://hubpages.com/hub/A-Simple-Way-to ... y-for-Dogs
I'd have some frozen and ready to in the freezer, each morning, and have them ready at all times...just make up big batches at a time...have six Kongs so there are always fresh ones.
except for Daisy... but she's as old as Moses and doesn't get into anything.
TheRedQueen wrote:and it goes without saying that I don't advocate fighting aggression with aggression... Corrections for aggression equal suppressed behavior
mnp13 wrote:TheRedQueen wrote:and it goes without saying that I don't advocate fighting aggression with aggression... Corrections for aggression equal suppressed behavior
Meeting aggression with aggression can also get you escalation, as in 1+1=3. And the one with the fur and the teeth might come out ahead in that one.
It is not a good idea to meet aggression with aggression for a number of reasons. Suppression is one reason, escalation is another, flat out unpredictability is probably the most important reason of all.
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