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Service & Therapy Dogs > New SDIT
Lucy

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Barked: Sat Jan 31, '15 10:23pm PST 
Most dogs are helped by being able to see out. Just like us, if what they see matches what they feel, they tend to not get motion sick. Being inside a car without being able to see out goofs up the inner ear perception. Ginger can help if given 30 minutes before. Tiring the pup out may helps as well so they are more relaxed.

Other dogs do better being covered in a crate.

Try these, drive short distances then get out for a walk. Get back in and drive home.
Many dogs outgrow it.
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Behavior & Training > Dog afraid of cell phones?
Lucy

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Barked: Mon Jan 26, '15 3:27pm PST 
Without knowing much about her past history, we can only guess. Some breed mixes tend to become sound sensitive. This in not uncommon in BC mixes.
Has she ever been on a e-fence? Many dogs that have been become afraid of sounds as they may be a warning of something that might scare or hurt the dog. Lucy developed a fear of our cell phone battery beep after we had her a couple of years. Initially, she also was afraid of the clicker (That was easily overcome)and our electronic air filter if if zapped.
I'd first rule out hearing issues at the vet, then start a program of counter conditioning to the specific issues is helpful. Having white noise in the background can often be helpful to cover some background or lower level sounds that scare her.
Lucy's thunderstorm phobia was helped by a visit to the chiropractic vet. Not 100% but much improved.
Avoid training that involves correction as sensitive dogs are more sensitive and you may unknowingly give a correction that is too harsh and causes fear instead of learning. Timing is very important in this.
Otherwise, if is helpful to learn dog body language so you can read the more subtle communication before she goes into fear mode. On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugass is a good place to start.

Good luck!
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Behavior & Training > Training Gone Wrong

Lucy

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Barked: Mon Jan 26, '15 3:12pm PST 
The best thing you can do is to regain her trust. You do that incrementally. Look into clicker training. While you teach her, you will learn the theory behind training dogs.
Key points are to manage unwanted behavior (don't put her into situations where she can practice the unwanted behavior).
Retrain more desired behaviors. (Give her something specific in a situation)
Then when you have taught the behaviors to a high enough distraction level, start reintroducing her to the trigger environment at a distance.
Look into approaches called systematic desensitization and counter conditioning.
Behavior Adjustment Training with Grisha Stewart is another good one to check out.
In your case since she shut down after punishment, I would highly recommend a trainer that has experience and success using positive reinforcement.

Kikopup has a great channel on youtube to show you what clicker training is about. Facebook also has many great groups for this.
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Behavior & Training > Hard to Predict Around Other Dogs

Lucy

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Barked: Mon Jan 26, '15 3:00pm PST 
Learning dog language is a great start. Check out Turid Rugaas little book "On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals" Most altercations start with much more subtle signs that the dogs use to prevent interactions such as head turns, lip licks, arc approaches etc. These all communicate that one dog may need more space. If the other dog ignores these, everything escalates until one dog will tell the other off.

Usually arousal level (excitement) plays a role in fights like this as well. It's all good until it's not. Kind of like kids playing until they get into a fight. Your job is to supervise and interrupt play periodically so the dogs never get to the level where it breaks into a fight. That will also help him learn how to keep focus on you and respond every time.

If you are on Facebook, you can check out a group called "Observation Skills for Training Dogs"

Good luck.
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Sports & Agility > Learning Body Awareness for sports

Lucy

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Barked: Mon Jan 26, '15 2:43pm PST 
Do you have a klutsy dog? Need to strengthen various parts of your dog's body? Want to learn those fancy heeling turns in formal obedience? Targeting is the best way to start a dog learning where her body is in space and how to best move it. Results in fast, precise movements. Learn all this and more with your dog in your own living room!
6 week course starts Feb 1, 2015

http://youtu.be/D_3DRIf3dIc
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What I Love About Dogster > Sharing sources of info
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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 4:48pm PST 
I love that Dogster allows us to share what we find with others and help others.
In that vein, I share my free 'how to' videos.
www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com

Subscribe if you like them!
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Sports & Agility > Job to do for pup when out on walks

Lucy

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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 4:42pm PST 
Many ideas can be incorporated on a walk. Drop your gloves and have her run back to find it. Throw or hide a glove deep into the forest and have her find it. Go with a friend and have her find them. Stop periodically to do some training or tricks. Practice distance cues: that is the dog is running ahead or behind and you cue her to do a behavior at that distance. Environmental agility-jumping over benches, sending around objects and people,
You can find out how to train these: www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com
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Sports & Agility > Getting frustrated with off leash work for rally

Lucy

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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 4:37pm PST 
Have a few treats in your pocket and a big payoff at the end of the course out of the ring. Choose where it is appropriate to reward (usually in a sit or down move.) Over the course of several training sessions, do a snakes and ladders approach to when you feed. When she's completed the entire sequence, then jackpot at the end.

Check out my Rally training videos.
www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com
Subscribe if you like what you see. it's all free!
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Raw Food Diet > Ideas on how you keep your floors clean for a PMR fed dog.

Lucy

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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 4:34pm PST 
Feed in crate and lay a towel down on the bedding. Wash the towel periodically.
Check out my list of 'how to' videos:
www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com
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Puppy Place > Free 'how to' puppy and dog training videos
Lucy

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Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 4:32pm PST 
If you have a puppy, check out the 'how to' videos. Every puppy has lots of potential.

www.dogvideoindex.blogspot.com
You can even start training the puppies while they are still with the litter and their mom!

Subscribe if you find the videos helpful!
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