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Old 01-23-2007, 01:12 PM   #11
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Good News. Massive improvement in her behaviour since taking a bit of your advice and tweaking it a little to suit my situation.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:32 AM   #12
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Max is leading the way, in showing Koko how to "hang out" with Grandma, and she is doing better. Didn't bark at the door as much yesterday, and visited Grandma several times but didn't stay. Tomorrow, I volunteer again, so will be another test day for her.
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Old 01-25-2007, 09:44 AM   #13
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Would like to extend a big Thank You to Doberman for posting that! Have printed it off for my partner to read and hopefully follow to the letter!
It's hard training a dog (especially when my partner is a complete virgin and has never owned a dog and knows the bear minimum) when there are two people you have to make sure that you are both using the same commands and things.

That info is great though! Harley is not too bad but because he was a rescue and it's the first time he's been in a house he was very attatced very quickly and followed me everywhere. The first couple of nights he slept outside our door but has improved and now sleeps down stairs. He does have a tendancy to bark, howl or whimper if i leave to go to work! Sweet maybe but not for my partner that works lates!! oops x
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:46 PM   #14
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Koko had her first session of "hang-out with Grandma". She has a nice bed in Grandma's living room and went immediately to the bed to lay, as I talked with Mom. I exited the room and shut their door and went to the back of the house. As soon as the door shut, Koko got off the bed and went to the door and gave one bark. Mother talked to her, and then Koko started scratching at the door. She walked toward Mom but never got close enough to be petted. I left for 30 minutes, came back into the room and ignore Koko and talked with Mom. While we were talking Koko went back to the bed.

It was positive that she only barked once. Think I will have Mom use the treats tomorrow, and see if we can stop the scratching.

When we first got her, she spent three or four days in Mom's apartment, but now doesn't want to leave my side.
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Well, I thought I would recount some of the work I have been doing with Millie - who is this gorgeous mix in one of my training classes. This particular class is the one I am 'involved' in...we have three stages...being in the class, observing the class and then teaching a class. Since I was at school for the class I was in one of the women decided to bring in one of her other dogs for me to use.

Didnt take me long to figure out this dog had some pretty severe seperation anxiety...and it was really difficult for me to do in my first class with a dog...but things have gotten better and I wanted to relate the training I have been doing to improve Millie's problem.

What you can do is get a friend who knows a little about dogs to help you out. Go into an open area (large living room or a backyard...preferably not yours) that has a small area that is hidden from sight like a large box or a couch. Have your friend take the dog behind the wall thing and start working with him....treat alot. Make sure you are doing alot of the focus treating (every time they look at you/meet your eyes they get a treat). Its also important to have a treat that the dog really enjoys (with me it took me four different treats to finally settle on dry Liver treats...which made a big difference). Once you have him working well behind the wall (may take a few sessions as the dog may be under alot of stress...just remember to go slow and treat often) you can move him out from behind the wall.

What I ended up doing with Millie from here was working on loose leash walking...we were still a great distance from her owner, but her owner could be seen. As soon as she started to drag me towards her owner I would turn around and then when she was back at my side treat her then turn around again and shove a treat in her face so she would follow my hand rather than her eyes. I would treat every time she looked at me while at my side...more so when we were heading towards her owner and she looked at me. Another technique that works is to start walking away and then walking backward with the dog infront of you towards the owner. This way it is easier for them to focus on you and you can treat them for every time they meet your eye. This can eventually lead into walking on the side.

Another trick we have been doing with Millie is treating her when she is about ten feet from her owner and being relaxed and good....she gets petted and scratched and fed when she is good...but as soon as I hear a squeak out of her I move her back behind a platform so she can no longer see her owner...then I work with her for a couple of sits or a couple of focus exercises and then move her back to ten feet away from her owner...all the while treating her for focusing on me when walking.

She has grown so much in the past few weeks...and that is just working with her an hour once a week for six weeks. I can get her to follow me on a recall now...though its still a little iffy...and she can walk towards her owner without pulling me over which is also a serious improvement. The last exercise that I am probably going to do this week is I am going to start walking her from ten feet to her owner without being dragged.

Probably one of the most important things I have learned working with her is that what kind of treats you use is a biggie...and it also doesnt help to work with a dog who is under such severe stress they dont even want to eat...in those cases you need to move the dog away.

I hope this helps someone...I know there is one other article down at the bottom of the page on this but I thought sharing some of these experiences might help also.

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You can also use a DAP diffuser. This can help by placing it where the dog sleeps or is most of the time. It smells like, to a dog, a mother dog with puppies and helps calm them down. It works just like a Glade Plug In. It is a little costly to start, but it can really help the dog. And once you have the unit you only have to buy the refills. They are available on Amazon.com. There are two different ones. The only difference is the price. We have one on our home.
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What worked for Harley was giving her my duvet, instantly she was calm! She's been brilliant ever since.

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