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  1. CptJack

    Potty training vs marking

    My intact boy is a few months shy of 2. He has inappropriately marked TWICE - once on an agility tunnel and once inside. I screamed in horror both times and that was very much the end o that (It was more than a year ago).
  2. CptJack

    Look Ma, No Crate.

    Probably referencing the 'my puppy is going nuts and losing their mind from over tired but won't/can't settle' questions. To which the answer actually often IS put them in a crate with something to chew so they'll take a nap. Because it's *good advice*. I suppose an alternative would be 'put them on a leash' or otherwise restrict their ability to be wild until tired catches up and they pass out', but I think most people know that.
  3. CptJack

    Potty training vs marking

    Agreed with what everyone else has said. I will also add that I have found having 'go pee' as a command enormously useful, too, in limiting marking behavior. Seems like he quickly, when combined with being watched/stopped, realized that a-) I would give the command and he could pee o things sometimes and b-) took some of the fun out of it for him. Bonus: It works for actually peeing too, which means I can make sure he's 'empty' before going in places he needs to not pee in.
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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    This is how I treat the *cat* that my former neighbors left behind - and while not feral it's only after a few years that she's become willing to let us pet her (she became willing to run into the house after about a year, though, for safety/food/warmth in nasty weather). As an approach to a very skittish adult animal that it's been on its own, it makes sense that this would build trust and relationship. I mean, ignoring the practical issues with it, which are awfully hard to ignore for a dog. ...It has absolutely no bearing on a puppy who is a-) vulnerable and b-) hardwired to trust and bond to start with. In fact I would imagine that while allowing access to home/people to happen on the dog's terms during trust building would gradually create a dog who wants more and more to do with people as it finds them more and more relevant and useful (and good, and trustworthy), doing this with a puppy who already wants to learn, be taught, and be around people it would simply do the opposite - make human interaction and relationship LESS relevant to the dog than its start point. That's ... not exactly what you want from a pet.
  5. CptJack

    Look Ma, No Crate.

    By 6 months old most of my dogs have been out of crates except for: A-) Meals. There are 5 of them. I COULD feed them all at bowls in a line and ask them to stay out of one another's food and on rare occasions I have, but frankly this is more stress from them and supervision from me than simply putting food in the crate and closing the door. Also associating crates with meal times and special treats keeps them liking their crates. B-) When I'm not home. Since I work from home this is pretty rare. C-) When at a trial (disc or agility). Most of their crating is there, frankly, and is often about 6 out of 8 total hours crated. D-) All that emergency/unforeseen stuff like traveling or the vet. I do have a dog door into a fenced yard. It's a small yard, in a rural area. They're welcome to take themselves out there to watch the world and to go to the bathroom - if I am home. I can see into the yard from where I work and certainly I can easily hear anything going on out there. If barking happens, they're called in - they learn fast to stay quiet out there. My dogs learn how to chill out and self entertain. Right now 3 are asleep in the room I'm in, one is on the couch watching Animal Planet and the youngest is sitting outside in he yard watching the world go by. The youngest is also nearly 2 years old. When they are 8 wees old, it is eyes on all the time. They know nothing. They pee frequently. They chew things. They bark at things. They're learning all the time what is and isn't acceptable and if I'm not there to teach them they will come to their own conclusions. By probably 12 weeks they're able to spend some time on a bed with a chew for a while - in the room with me - and so it does until they've learned enough not to be heathens and have free run of the house.
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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    You know those remarks about 'removing cords from puppy mouths' in this thread? How long do you think it would take a puppy to chomp through the protective barrier, unsupervised? Electrocuted puppy, anyone? How long does it take a puppy to swallow the stuffing from a toy - or a bone from the kitchen trash, or a part of a stick. Muti-pet home? How long does it take for an accident to happen with a puppy there, leading to injury or worse? No. Thank you. Never mind the risk to property, which is not entirely irrelevant. I have had puppies who had almost unlimited freedom, fast, because they were well behaved naturally (and had little drive and were fairly low energy). That is the exception, not the norm. (And no my dogs are NEVER outside unsupervised and never will be, frankly. Digging under, going under, birds of prey, things tossed in, theft - No. I take risks with my dogs, but I do it with me there to mitigate. I'm no leaving it to CHANCE)
  7. CptJack

    Look Ma, No Crate.

    I have actually seen situations in which young puppies were over-crated, IMO, and it did lead to issues for the puppy. However, that was pretty extreme and a situation where the puppy was effectively isolated from LIFE - even observing it because not only was pup crated, it was crated and covered, nearly constantly. That's not crate training, though, or using a crate to train a puppy. That was, IMO, flat out abuse ... particularly since it led to physical issues (like UTI and muscle wasting). In general, barring abuse situations, your best tool in a well behaved adult dog is to prevent behavior you don' want to occur. As most people can't watch a puppy 24/7, prevention means, yeah, restricting freedom and allowing the puppy to EARN more freedom as they gain maturity My puppies can't chew the furniture or pee on the floor when they're crated. That makes it very easy to instill 'chew these toys' and 'pee outside' to them as habits. Once those habits are ingrained, they earn more freedom. (And for other things too, like counter surfing, trash raiding, whatever).
  8. CptJack

    Look Ma, No Crate.

    I don't confine my dogs to crates often at home, but I absolutely freaking crate train and make danged sure they are happy and comfortable in them. This is a life skill. I've had emergency hospitalizations and death in the family while a dog was recovering from surgery. Crate and being comfortable in it? Saved them being stressed out and boarded at the vet (and in a crate while boarded at the vet, I might add!) I've had dogs be extremely ill and have to stay overnight at the vet for treatment or surgery - the vet keeps them in, you guessed it, a crate (not a large kennel but a cage big enough to lie down, turn around and maybe stand up in). I travel. Sometimes by car (wherein I want them crated so they don't become projectiles in an accident). I travel by plane (Where in, again, crate). I do dog sports, attend classes, seminar and trials where, once more, they need to be crated. There is nothing to be proud of in failing to teach your dog a basic life skill that not having will likely cause stress/anxiety to the dog. It's like being proud you never leash your dog. If you do nothing else and never use it for training management, at least make sure your dog is happy, comfortable, and content with a crate. Sooner or later, odds are, they're going to need to either spend the night at the vet (or even several hours during the day), go to a groomer, travel by plane or public transit, or attend a class that requires crating between turns. If your life will never include those, or you get lucky and they never need to spend any time at the vet, fantastic. But it isn't a bragging point. Most dogs benefit from not freaking the heck out at being asked to spend time in a crate. Because sooner or later, most dogs are going to need to, for one reason or another.
  9. CptJack

    My sweet Kit

    I am so sorry for your loss.
  10. 20 months old and, while not at all BC-ish, pretty nicely put together, if I say so myself.
  11. I've been pinned. Share sleeping/sleepy dog pictures with me?
  12. I so, so agree with this. I run into people talking about how their dogs could never train outdoors and boggle. Some of this is how environmentally driven they are, but man indoor facilities are almost always stressful. My dogs can all handle the livestock arena sort of venue my indoor agility trials are in but the 'dogs in one room, doing group training thing'? Even my most laid back and bombproof dog stresses there and ends up a bad kind of exhausted. They are ROUGH . And as a bonus, when doing things he really loves, he'll build POSITIVE associations rather than more of 'bored and kind of stressed' ones! Which will help his manners and behavior!
  13. Basically not doing well in group classes will not actually, on its own, indicate the dog won't be able to trial.
  14. I had a dog who initially found group training absolutely terrifying or over-stimulating in turns. Does that count? Specific advice? Don't bother. Seriously, just - don't. All that happened when I continued to insist on group classes to 'work on' the issues was that the behavior I didn't want got more and more ingrained. No, she wasn't a normal dog to start with (still isn't - would like to eat other dogs), but the bad behavior part doesn't get better for practicing. I trained via private lessons and club practices that were held outdoors and less structured. It's still how I train. Group classes are usually crowded, noisy, indoors and in not a big enough space creating conflict and pressure for the dog. Taking my training on the road - including to trials and those club practices - helped break the pattern of 'enclosed space with lots of other dogs and people = chaos" while still keeping other dogs and people around as *distractions* so she didn't lose the ability to work and focus around them. I hate group classes. I have no intention of doing them again, ever, and particularly not with her. She's 4.5 years old, now. This is her this past weekend. At a trial. With other dogs all over.
  15. CptJack

    Molly's agility thread.

    NGL: I cried. She got her open jumpers title today, too, and that was also a pretty run but this open chances one just straight up made me cry.