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Behavior & Training > Thoughts on using an e-collar?
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Barked: Thu Sep 7, '06 11:29am PST 
Thanks everyone for your opinions.
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Behavior & Training > Thoughts on using an e-collar?
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Barked: Wed Sep 6, '06 12:31pm PST 
We don't want to use it as punishment either - that's why I said the lowest setting or just the beep or vibrate. We want to use it as a correction to get her attention so she will then follow our command to drop, leave it, sit, or whatever.
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Behavior & Training > Thoughts on using an e-collar?

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Barked: Wed Sep 6, '06 12:30pm PST 
She's in training classes and does really well in those and any other time we are working on commands. It's the other hours of the day that we're not working on commands that we have problems. She's crated while we work full time and gets a long walk/jog every morning and evening, plus an hour at the dog park several times each week.

Bitter spray has no effect on her and neither does shaking a can full of coins. She thinks spray bottles are for playing. Clapping hands and snapping fingers don't do anything either.
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Behavior & Training > Thoughts on using an e-collar?

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Barked: Wed Sep 6, '06 12:12pm PST 
Has anyone used an electronic collar for training? If so, what are your thoughts for or against them? Asta is 8 months old and knows her commands - she just chooses to ignore them sometimes, mostly "uh uh" and "come".

We've tried just about everything else and we just can't get her to stop chewing on the couch, digging in the yard, etc. - while we are right there with her watching and trying to correct her! Is it crazy to consider using an electronic collar on the lowest setting or even just with the beep or vibrate to correct her?
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Behavior & Training > Separation Anxiety & Whining

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Barked: Thu Aug 17, '06 12:38pm PST 
Her crate does not need to be moved away from your bed. Sleeping with their pack (you) is extremely important to growing puppies so they can bond with you, so you can hear them if they need to go out to potty in the night, etc. There is no reason your pup can't learn to be ok on her own while in a crate in any location, whether that's next to your bed or in a stranger's house.

Also, don't start with 5 minutes in the crate. Start with letting her walk into the crate, get a treat, then come right back out. Don't even close the door the first few times. Then move up to a minute inside, then 2, then 3 - you get the idea. Do this as often as you want - no need to wait an hour between these little sessions.

Also, get a Kong, put a little peanut butter inside, then freeze it for an hour or more. Only give this to your pup when she goes into the crate - it should take her 5 or 10 minutes at least to get all the frozen peanut butter out, during which time she won't be paying attention to whether she's in the crate, where you are, etc. Let her out of the crate once she's finished at first, then starting leaving her in it for a few minutes after the peanut butter is gone and continue working up.

And don't worry, she will get used to her crate eventually! Asta began to like hers around 4 1/2 to 5 months old.
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Dog Health > Puppy might die because owners can't pay vet costs!!
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Barked: Thu Aug 17, '06 11:46am PST 
A friend of a friend has a 6 month old chocolate lab puppy who broke its leg last night. The vet costs are estimated at $2000, which this owner can't afford to pay and therefore might just put the pup to sleep. Does anyone know of a resource to save this pup's life? We don't have an extra $2k lying around to foot the bill for this person we don't really know, but is this something a shelter or rescue group might take on? I've emailed several shelters in our area to check but haven't heard back. There seem to be no lab rescue groups nearby (we're in Kansas City) either. Any ideas.....?
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Behavior & Training > Leaving home alone

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Barked: Thu Aug 17, '06 7:55am PST 
Asta is just over 7 months old and has always been well-behaved but still stays in her crate during the day and at night. We're starting to leave her out in one puppy-proofed level of the house for up to 2 hours and we've had no problems yet. We're definitely going slowly though. Right now, our method is to only leave her alone out of her crate when she's had plenty of exercise so she isn't restless. That has worked pretty well so far. I think it will still be several months before we're ready to even start thinking about leaving her out of her crate alone the entire day... hopefully by the time she's 1 year, but no worries if she needs to be crated longer than that.
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Behavior & Training > Snapping at Treats while Training

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Barked: Thu Aug 17, '06 7:41am PST 
An easy and very natural way to train a dog to take a treat gently is to always offer it on your very flat, outstretched palm. This way the dog has nothing to nip at - in order to get the treat in his mouth, he has to basically lick it out of your hand. It doesn't take long for them to learn that they need to use that method every time in order to get a hold of the treat.
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Behavior & Training > Keeping an adolescent off the furniture

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Barked: Mon Aug 14, '06 7:22am PST 
Asta has started to show some brattiness as she hit 7 months old, so we are trying to step up our use of NILIF a little. We'd like to be sure she stays off the furniture unless invited, particularly our bed. She is already fine about this with couches, etc. but will not listen at all when it comes to our bed. If she hops on it and we put her back down on the ground, she just jumps back up. A few rounds of this and she is really riled up and we are nowhere closer to keeping her off the bed. She sleeps in our room in her crate so we don't want to completely keep her out of the bedroom. Any ideas?
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Food & Nutrition > Caindae questions
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Barked: Mon Aug 7, '06 9:56am PST 
For which size bag?

We feed the All Life Stages formula, and there are 468 calories in a cup. There are 1875 calories in a pound of the All Life Stages. So, divide pounds by cups and you get roughly 4 cups per pound. That means there are 160 cups in the 40 lb. bag, 80 cups in the 20 lb. bag, and 20 cups in the 5 lb. bag. The other formulas (Chicken & Rice and Platinum) are about the same.

Asta gets 3 cups per day, so the 40 lb. bag lasts us 2 months.
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