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  1. Well, he may just need those kongs or chew toys. But you can teach him to settle by teaching him to hold a place on his bed, gradually increasing the duration until he learns to just take a nap when he is told to go to his bed.
  2. I’ve heard of cases where the dog slipped on the slippery kitchen floor and hurt or scared themselves, and are avoiding it because of that. Do you think that’s a possibility, especially if he was chasing/roughhousing with the pup in the kitchen and wiped out?
  3. I agree with her, 100% and usually do that with my dogs.
  4. If something scares him that is not dangerous(like music playing) and he comes up to me, I acknowledge him with a pat and “hi Fido” but then send him to go sit on his bed with a bone or something. Or play fetch, etc. to distract him, but not coddling and soothing.
  5. I don’t have access to a dog park, but I’ve read so many stories exactly like yours that I will never take my dog inside a dog park. When something really scary happens to my dogs, I do give them a little time of comfort and then continue on like nothing happened. I don’t think it’s fair to totally ignore them when they seek comfort from you, but you definitely don’t want to go overboard and make a huge fuss out of it. If after(and by after I don’t mean immediately after, but in the following days) the incident they are scared of the object/situation I don’t pay attention to that fear or coddle them. I will do counter conditioning, etc. but no coaxing or sweet talking, trying to convince the dog that he’s okay, because he’s not gonna buy it, and it may just make his fear worse. I’ve never had a dog get jumped by another dog, so I don’t have any specific advice for you... Good luck, and I’m sorry that this ever happened...
  6. As far as the inbreeding aspect and the ABCA go, it relates to what Smalahundur said: registries are closed gene pools anyway, so it would be hard for registries to pass anything about inbreeding when that's what breeds are in the first place.
  7. My personal thoughts are to not neuter at all, or do it around two years of age. I agree, it can be hard to find things on this forum through searching, but a google search will help a lot with information on age of neuter and new research.
  8. There is nothing wrong with inbreeding when the right dogs are bred together. That’s how you get consistent results in offspring, and how breeds are created.
  9. To address one of the earlier points you stated, not necessarily related to your question, well bred working dogs are not aggressive. Confidence and bite on stock does not translate to aggression towards humans. I have a very tough and aggressive female, and her breeder has a male so tough I actually saw him topple an adult cow one time, but both are as friendly and delighted to see people, any person, stranger or not, as a Golden Retriever. Second, the behaviors you’re seeing are not actually herding behaviors. All breeds of dogs does this to a certain extent. Something physical is the correct way to stop this. If he were mine, I’d start to break this immediately by having whoever he starts acting like this toward, pick him up by the scruff and shake him, saying “no!” in a growly tone. It’s a bit extreme, but it sounds like he’s being a bit extreme as well. Once he starts backing down, back down your punishment to the appropriate level for his level of attitude. His growl will shut off or turn to a whine very fast, and when it does, you’re at the right level, or can even back down a bit. Also, if you know that this starts at certains times/situations/when he’s tired, try to avoid it by crating him when you see it starting to come, until he calms down. But when it happens, don’t ignore it. You also need to get all the family members on board with training him, and get him to respect all of them. A simple start to this is 1. instead of just feeding him, train him using his kibble as treats, and 2. have the rest of the family take turns doing this as well.
  10. Probably not. They can claim you weren’t an “approved home.”
  11. Squeaky toys, and food puzzle toys are what works best for my dogs to entertain themselves with.
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