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  • in reply to: Dog Photos #5428

    dan ramlose
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    Profile photos – I added profile photos for each of my dogs and they’re showing up upside-down!

    Suggestions?
    Thanks,
    Dan

    in reply to: amazed by the thinking process of my Labrador #5538

    dan ramlose
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    The best way to keep one of my dogs from pulling whether in her preferred direction or not is to drop her lead and tell her to “heel”.
    She knows what’s expected and vocal corrections work better in this situation than tugs and the same vocals to discourage pulling on the leash.

    Note – this is not for the faint of heart nor for the inexperienced owner. If you want to try it, use a long lead or at least a 6′ leash. Not the thing to try while walking a pumped up dog in your slippers on a dark morning. This was only attempted outdoors after a high level of proficiency was demonstrated indoors. I still just drop the leash as opposed to removing it.

    in reply to: Dog Trick Inspiration #5610

    dan ramlose
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    I’ve been working on “Left” and “Right”. This comes in handy when I walk my dogs and I get near a corner. Since they like to walk in front of me, barking a “Left!” or “Right!” at them just before the decision/tangling point prevents issues (sometimes). It also comes in handy when we need to double back down a dead end street as things are easier if we all circle in the same direction.

    In addition to basic obedience and getting them to stay put on a blanket for a time, I’ve got one to be quite proficient at “hide and seek”. This basic scent work involves parking the dog, allowing them to smell a treat, then hiding it and releasing the dog. Difficulty is increased or decreased by how you handle the treat (closed hand transport well above the floor – expert vs. dropping it and kicking it along – novice, how long you wander around after dropping the treat, how high off the ground you hide the treat etc. etc.).
    Great fun! You can really see them transition from “run to the spot you think they came from” to real nose work.

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