Doberman “attack” - The “vicious” and “aggresive” doberman has an encounter with a chihuahua tribe. .
This is exactly why breed stereotypes and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is incorrect and outdated... As I ALWAYS SAY, a dog behaves based on how he/she has been raised and its unfair to judge based on breed. Yes you can have more reactive dogs as you can have more reactive people but then again we should judge OWNERS and PEOPLE instead of dogs. If I know my dog could react to the Chihuahua’s bark or approach then I, as a responsible owner, won’t let my dog off leash near them. Of course there are many irresponsible owners, and that’s the issue: dog breeds get blamed by irresponsible ownership that result in undesired dog reactions and issues. However, to misjudge a dog by its look is absolutely outdated because just as people, dogs have their own personalities and their breed won’t define them. .
What’s your thought?
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“Why do you have so much equipment on such a small dog?”
The question took me aback for a moment because as a trainer I think you get used to handling equipment, training different types of dogs and you don’t think about how it may look to the general public.
So I glanced down at Evie Grace and she did indeed look bedecked with tons of gear😂
But how many other dog trainers see this gear and go “oh yeah of course - Prong Collar for leash guidance with minimal force. Ecollar for clear consistent communication that creates reliability in behavior. Carabiner in case the prong collar comes undone. Flat collar for regular everyday use.” ?
However, this very nice lady who was just curious, I can see where her question would stem from. Especially if you met Evie in person she’s the SWEETEST little bean.
Most small dogs are given a lot of slack where bigger dogs are not. It’s much more common for a German Shepherd to be wearing a prong collar compared to a frenchie or in this case a small terrier mix.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that Evie is deserving of the same clear consistent communication a bigger dog would receive. She’s deserving on the least amount of force necessary with leash guidance by using a prong. She’s deserving of clear communication by using an e-collar. She’s deserving of using food with training and she’s also deserving of being held to the same standard of obedience a German Shepherd would be.
Evie also requires additional help with tools like an ecollar and prong because of her fear aggression. I want to be fair to her in being able to lift the responsibility of worry off of her shoulders when she sees another dog. I want to be able to, in the clearest and most gentle way, remove her focused in attention on another dog before she reaches explosive levels of reactivity and aggression.
Just because I CAN just drag her away on a leash or pick her up to remove her from situations doesn’t mean I should. I shouldn’t forgo training or not using equipment just because she’s small.
So while she may look quite decked out in equipment for such a tiny thing, she’s deserving and worthy of the same training and quality of life♥️
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Okay peeps here's a boring yet massively impactful exercise that every dog owner can do with their dog at home. Get your dog up on a chair or any small raised platform and put have them stay in a sit for at least 20 minutes. This is something that I haven't done in a very long time but I was inspired my Martha over at @cardonranchk9 and Becca of @almostheavenk9 to give this a go today with the crew. .
Although there are very few practical uses of this exercise besides getting good pictures this is more about what it does for your dogs mind. Even though it seems fairly simple it is extremely challenging for most dogs to stay in a sit position for long periods of time. It is even harder than the regular duration work we do such as place command because the dog must stay focused on not only staying on the chair but also staying in a sit as opposed to laying down and going to sleep. This challenge helps reinforce leadership and respect from your dog by reminding it that it must do as you say even when it is very difficult and not necessarily fun. .
Because of my little foot injury I got going on this is a fantastic way to mentally stimulate the dogs, challenge them, and practice some serious accountability. Try it out and share your pictures of your dog holding a sit stay (tag me and for sure tag @cardonranchk9 because it's her challenge) . Let's see how your dogs do!
This a common question for folks doing leash/prong training: “What do I do when I remove the leash and prong, and my dog’s behavior reverts?”
Contrary to popular dog trainer mythology, dogs who’ve been properly trained, don’t always magically continue to behave once the tools are removed. It depends very much on the individual dog. For some, learning what you want them to do is all they need to continue doing it. But for many other dogs—the ones with a bit more swagger, a devious twinkle in their eye, or a more serious behavior issue—understanding what’s desired and doing so, sans tools, is a far more complex affair.
In this clip, I share some strategies for transitioning off the tools, but still being able to enforce the rules.
P.S. One thing that’s critical, that I didn’t mention in the video, is how crucial a ton of patterning is to creating success. The more you pattern with the tools on, and don’t attempt to ask for commands or enforce rules with them off (the quickest way to create extremely tool-wise dogs), the more likely you’ll see success down the road without the tools. Maybe.
P.S.S. And yes, I’m suggesting the much maligned “bonker” as the transitional tool. Why? Because if you’ve trained your dog properly, having a simple, but effective tool to enforce the rules, without your dog having to wear anything, is the perfect way to transition to an off-tools (worn) lifestyle.
Throwback Thursday: our gorgeous member Wimbley, a Bernese Mt. Dog, modeled with us for this season’s Pajamagram catalog this summer when she was just a pup. Now she’s nine-months-old and looking very grown up!
Had a little fun in the rain with @ninathemalinois. This dog is so absurdly sweet and calm - ALL THE TIME - until it’s time to work. Then she’s a little piranha-mouthed demon baby. This was the very end of her session, the last bite, so she was tired but still did awesome.
@murdapolis & Zilla getting their reps in this morning. Keeping Zilla on his toes by chaining the commands in no specific order until she “breaks” (double clicks) him.
Looking like Ozzy & Zilla will be working together in no time soon haha.. 🤕
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‘Scuse me. Hate to do a bother, but could I trouble you for some cuddles?