Teaching manners with toys
Posted 04 October 2005 - 10:06 AM
I think she knows cats are a no-no, but it is kind of like, "OK mom, I will quit chasing them, but I must keep an eye on them to make sure nothing goes wrong that needs my assistance". So she stares, and stares, and will even walk behind them slowly in a non-threatening way, just staring. So I will work on this too as well as her toy obsession.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 10:10 AM
I remember a quote from a clinic I went to "If everyone thinks that sheep are so stupid, why does it take the worlds smartest dog to work them?".....SO true
Posted 06 October 2005 - 08:25 AM
Cheap throw rugs (I go to IKEA and get them for $5) work like a champ. Put them everywhere that you want the dog to have a space. Teach them to go to that target space and you are set.
I specifically remember the poster talking about how to subdue your dogs at dinner. Each dog has a rug, and gets a marrow bone that must remain on the rug. Off the rug=lose the bone. Easy. It took me 3 days to teach the dog that the bone stayed on the rug.
Now if I am in the kitchen and look at the freezer, angel heads for the rug. The marrow bones are great too... let the dog eat them and then repack and freeze them again with Penut butter or whatever you want. Renuable source, and they keep the teeth really clean. My dog had horrible tartar whn I got her and the bones have really helped that.
Posted 06 October 2005 - 11:40 AM
Great idea about the rugs and bones. I'm considering feeding some "raw" bones, and the rug idea would be great for teaching the dogs they can't drag them all over the house. I don't have crates set up indoors (only in the car, plus folding crates for shows), and was wondering how I was going to keep all the blood off of the floor. That's good to know this is something that can be taught so quickly.
Posted 06 October 2005 - 05:07 PM
Thanks also to Keith about the rug idea. She already has several rugs so I will start arranging them in spots for her. .
Posted 06 October 2005 - 05:28 PM
Definitely, about the whining. Don't chatter at her when she does that - one command, then correct her by removing her to her crate. Give her about one minute, then let her out with the toy in sight. Play, then say, "That's enough!" or whatever your toy-goes-bye-bye cue will be. Make it disappear. If she whines, say, quiet, then take her to her crate. Rinse, repeat. If she stays quiet and lets you go sit down or something, tell her what a great dog she is and pop a toy out of your pocket. Play and then have her go to her rug. Release her and play again.
Variety is the spice of a Border collie's life - but with the thread of consistency running through it (how's that for a mixed metaphor?).
Cord, Ted, Gus, Sam - plus Maggie, Zhi, Lynn, Jetta, Lu, Min, and Tully
Posted 06 October 2005 - 06:31 PM
One of these?
Originally posted by RcknR:
Tonight I went to Petsmart, and got my dog a big orange ball with teeth grips, it has one single hole in it, for treats.
I think this particular ball is excellent, especially the way they designed the hole. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Posted 07 October 2005 - 09:29 AM
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