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Old 05-18-2010, 02:36 PM
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how do you go about telling someone the way they're training their dog is totally wrong?
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:42 PM
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Well, personally I just tell it like it is
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:13 PM
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I don't go up to perfect strangers, but I cringe, wear my molars down and bite my tongue at some of the stuff I see. If someone is a friend and they complain about some behavior their dog does or asks "what do you do when....." then I will expound. LOL.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:18 PM
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I overheard on guyh giving another guy terrible advice. The first guys dog follows commands briskly, but I know he trained him with a shock collar, not the way he was suggesting, which was by getting a choke on this ten week pup and yanking him into position. So I said so.

I also demonstrated my dogs' recall, and how they sit to hand signals and recommended liver treats. I have no idea what he will do.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:34 PM
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I keep my mouth shut unless someone asks. My dogs don't have immaculate ob but they are way better than average and that is usually enough to have people ask me how I do things.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:53 PM
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I'm talking about friends or family. She's got an 11 week aussie pup who is quite mouthy and wild. Every time the puppy gets too riled up and started biting and pulling on clothing or body parts, she grabs her and holds her against her will until she calms down. I don't know if I should tell her one of these days the dog is going to bite her or learn to run away to avoid the punishment, or how to say it.

Plus, the best thing to do is ignore the puppy until she stops and then reward her with attention and playing for not biting, but those teeth are **** sharp and she yanks on you. Plus, if you wait til she tops and then reward her with praise and pets, she just gets excited and bites again as soon as you start praising her.
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how do you go about telling someone the way they're training their dog is totally wrong?
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A friend of mine on facebook recently posted about how much her lab puppy bites, and someone posted "Just squeeze his jaws tight when he does it, he'll eventually associate biting with pain and stop doing it." That one made me cringe enough that I just searched chaz for some articles about it and directed her there, and said something like, "This article is really good and will tell you how to teach your puppy not to bite without causing it discomfort. I think it's probably more effective too!"

I think the best way to get your point across is to make people not feel like idiots when you give them advice. Otherwise they might get defensive and think you're rude or something and completely discount your advice.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:29 PM
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Thanks Beth. If she asked or posted about it, it would be easier. Maybe I'll just email her a few articles on it and that's that.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:06 PM
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Do you have an opportunity to demonstrate for this particular person? Sometimes this can help and can be a bit of an ice breaker rather than just saying 'you are wrong, do it this way'. (Not saying that that is what you said or would say).

If they see how you would do it, they may go, 'right, ok... that's cool' and you have put someone on the right track.
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