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Old 02-19-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I'm Monstermom, and I have a gorgeous Cane Corso I call Monster.

Monster and I ran into some trouble about a year ago when he started reacting badly to other dogs when on leash. I didn't know enough about positive reinforcement to realize that the trainer I initially turned to was not teaching me the right things. When it only made things worse, I instead turned to a dominance/correction-type trainer. This of course also eventually made things worse... However, I did figure things out and am now on the right track, and have found trainers who are actually good for something more than just taking my money.

My experiences with (several) different trainers have left me somewhat bitter but certainly wiser, and once I started blogging I found a way to let go of some of the anger too. (I used to roll my eyes at people feeling the need to basically make their diaries public, but now I get it.) It's unfortunate that Monster had to be put through this because I didn't know any better, but I try to focus on the positives, like how much I've learned.

I've had dogs in some form my whole life, but Monster is my dream dog. He has his problems, but I know I've caused most of them and there is nothing to change that now, just accept it and move forward. Things are getting better.

Currently I'm not really training for anything other than getting him to function well in society, but I have hopes for the future (would like to compete). I realize we may never get there, but I still want to aim for it.

I read a lot about dogs these days, and find something new to learn almost every day. I'm hoping there will be a few gold nuggets around here too!

English is not my first language, so I apologize for any mistakes I made/will make, they're not intentional.


This is my beautiful boy when he was still just a baby


And this is him today (almost):

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Welcome to the Forum! Did you get Monster as a pup? There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this forum.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:37 PM   #3
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Thank you!

Yes, Monster was about 3.5 months old when I got him, so I'd say he was still a puppy. (He was reserved by a buyer, but they decided against him so the breeder had to look for someone else, which turned out to be lucky me!)

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Welcome to the forum! Monster is one fine looking dog. Unfortunately there are still trainers out there that are old school. Positive reinforcement is the best training, in my opinion. We do have some excellent trainers on this forum, so don't be afraid to ask questions. Again, welcome.

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Monstermom How old is Monster now? Listen you had not a very good experience with a trainer so move on from this! And list the things that you may have caused problems with Monster and turn them around what ever the problem it can be fixed Depending on his age
things needn't stay as they are So find a good trainer (who only uses positive reinforcement techniques!) and achieve your goal(s) Lots of patience, love and praise when he gets things right will soon reap rewards!! Good luck and in a new thread (General Dog Discussions) give us a list of things that concern you and want to change and we will help you!
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Monster is 20 months old now, so he's still quite young I think.

All right, I'll head over to the other subforum and detail our problems and progress then...

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Where are you from Monstermom?

Also a thought, do basic obedience classes around other dogs.

Find a class where there is fewer dogs, where the trainer can space you out, that way he will also learn the command better and it will help to increase his self esteem. Also track/scent training is important as well as agility can help, balancing and jumping. That is also a good positive bond for you two to form with play that can help to restore some of his trust in you.
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Welcome!
Monster sure is a handsome guy!


I'm very glad that you've found a good trainer to help you out!
I have a very reactive dog (my male pekingese) as well. We have made tons of progress over the last year and he is finally able to function is a class setting. So keep at it! It is possible and I truely hope that you get there with Monster!

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Thank you!

I do train obedience with Monster, but we do it on our own because he's not yet at a stage where he can handle a class environment. We also do tracking work on our own, for the same reason. Monster is not yet x-rayed (I should have done it already, but I've been putting it off), so agility and the like will have to wait until I know what his joints look like.

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Welcome to the forum!! Monster is gorgeous and I love his name!!
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