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Sakari

Divas can get- dirty too !
 
 
Barked: Sat Oct 29, '11 8:35am PST 
Sage Sakari has a wonderful recall and does fine off leash. She lives on a farm with chickens rabbits goats cattle and horses. She is fine off leash BUT I don't let her off leash unless she is in a fenced in area and that isn't just because she is a Sibe, I am that way with all of my dogs.
Keep in mind that dogs are ANIMALS and no matter how much you train them they are still ANIMALS you can not train that out of them.
What happens when they take off after something one day and you never see them again because they were perfectly trained so you didn't take any precautions?
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Ember FDX

Go Go Devil- Bunnies!
 
 
Barked: Sun Oct 30, '11 2:26pm PST 
Dogs are not wolves, and the information you have on wolves is incorrect anyway. Wild wolves live in family units. The the "alphas" are nothing more than the parents. The old studies of wolves you are referencing are based on captive packs - which is akin to basing normal human behavior on what you see in refugee camps.

The major changes in domesticating dogs came about because dogs do NOT hunt in packs. They can and sometimes will cooperate to make a kill, but primarily they are scavengers and hunters of small prey (mice, rabbits, etc).

Dog training is science, and classes and titles earned 20 years ago mean squat. I find long-time trainers who don't keep up on research to be some of the worst, quite honestly. I was training 13 years ago too. Almost nothing is the same. That's why reputable organizations like the CPDT require re-certification every 5 years.

But, if these things are terribly are important to you, I have been working with dogs for 13 years. I have three Huskies of my own. Ember is one of 29 registered Flyball Huskies in the Nation (compared to over 5000 Border Collies). Prior to that I had a dangerous Beagle mix. I have left home and lived full time for two years in a house for rescue dogs, all with serious behavioral problems, to help with rehab and hopefully placement (breeds included Mastiffs, Rotties, Huskies, Malamutes, Aussies, Malinois, Pit Bulls, Corgis, Carin Terrier). I have been pet sitting professionally for over 3 years, living with everything from puppies to working dogs to special needs dogs. I have worked in daycare for over 12 years (dogs are all out together, all day). I have been working under an aggression specialist for the past 7 or so years. I began with a top trainer in the area who taught me the ins and outs of choke chains and alpha rolls (I can flip an Irish Wolfhound like nobody's business) and I have currently given all that up to click/treat dogs out of major reactivity/aggression issues. There's a reason for that.
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Neptune

1223371
 
 
Barked: Mon Jan 2, '12 8:12pm PST 
All of this training controversy has me biting my nails! Can anyone recommend a great book or DVD? I have quite a few here I bought on Amazon that had great reviews from Sibe owners.

Wondering if Sage's owner just got lucky? IDK. I would never let my dog off of a leash just simply because we live near too many roads, people, and other animals. And I would hate to lose either of my dogs too! Suburbia here, but I still think the animals around here should be leashed. (One of these days I'm going to run over my neighbors Dashchunds that fly up and down the street unsupervised chasing cars.)

I'm all for the positive reinforcement of good behavior and the click/treat method. smile
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Ember FDX

Go Go Devil- Bunnies!
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 5, '12 6:05pm PST 
There are hundreds of good positive training books on all different subjects out there. Some of the big name authors are Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, Patricia McConnell, and Turid Rugaas.

Karen Pryor in particular has some good books specifically on getting started with clicker training.
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