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Old 10-13-2012, 11:28 PM
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I always had plans for the dogs as puppies, to start right away with clicker training, agility foundations, etc. Yeah... not even close. lol
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Flyinsbt View Post
The most important thing to remember, I think, is that we and our dogs are all individuals. So you can't look at what someone else did with their dogs in a certain period of time, and feel like you've failed because you didn't accomplish the same. Maybe that wasn't right for your dog, maybe it wasn't right for you. Maybe you just didn't have the same amount of time to put into it that they did. Just enjoy the dog you have, and the next one will be a whole new learning experience.
This kills me but its so right on. I *must* not compare Backup to other dogs, no no no. Also, so many people have all the answers for him until they work him and then many of them have scratched their heads and said, hmmm... Let me get back to you...

It's really essential to remember, even when it's hard, that its all about the two of us and our journey, not theirs.

(Even when he won't hold a stay on the dock or even when he speeds off barking and slamming into everything on the course like a blind bull who's just been branded)
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Arnold CGC TDI FD 6/29/04 - 07/05/13
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Southpaw View Post
Is she perfect? Heck no. But what dog is.
Her name is Daisy.

In reference to the initial question, I wish I'd done a lot more differently with Rage. I wish that every day, because I still get so frustrated with her and have to give myself a "time out". Ditto to Liz - she's sosososo handler soft... if I so much as raise my voice, say "no" too sharply or stamp my foot, we're done for the day. She acts like her world has imploded. I feel AWFUL because she only does it with me, and I really wish I'd had a clue when she was originally purchased for me.

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UKC GRCH 'PR' Hannas Creek Liz
GRCH FCH CCH CA 'PR' Jebb's Bayou Rage
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Midnight Brindle Bombshell - "Pink"
UKC GRCH CCH 'PR' Skyplott Teddy Bearhug (5/2004 - 3/2014)

And the "off-colored" hounds:
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:53 PM
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I am very pleased with what Pepper and Victor taught me as I taught them. TO me it isn't about how I raised them, but how we progressed together. Our learning with our difficult issues caused me to think outside the box, and to seek out new people with new approaches that helped me help them and made us all more accomplished at everything we tried to do. i don't think of it as raising my dog. I don't think it works that way at least for us. IT is a communication skill that we just keep working on for the duration of our time together. I always figured if we were stuck, it was because I wasn't communicating what I needed from them and wasn't listening to what they needed from me. Specially with Pepper. I have a lot of people to thank for Victor, from CT here, when I first brought him home and he was such a basket case, to Pets for LIfe for giving us such a hard raised bar to set as our goal, to our ttouch teacher Patn2paws for helping me calm his nerves. Everyone played a part in building their confidence and I followed through with the daily practice. Mary my old lab had her share in raising them both as well by setting a stellar example and always having such a happy demeanor in everything we did. THe KC Clay Guild as well for allowing me to bring VIctor so he could learn how to be a good shop and there for public dog. I am very happy with how they both developed, I just know it took a whole lot more than me by myself.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:25 AM
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Nope. I made a lot of messes by focussing ont he wrong things.
Start training at day 1... sure. Ended up with a dog that was incredibly toy driven that I didn't recognise till she had become very movement reactive.
We're still stumbling through that issue. Should have spent more time playing in more places.

Did socialise her early, but not enough. She was always going to be timid and for the most part I'm proud of how far we've got concerning that.

Now I'm trying to sort out her resource guarding, guarding food (increasingly so) and me from Buster in the loungeroom and the bedroom. Now the family has banned food treat training in the house... because this will fix it? And arn't allowing me to do any training, taking her priveleges is mean and today they looked at me like I'd beat her when I took her to time out for posturing at Buster.

I don't know, I love that dog but the last week has made me feel like I've made a huge mess of her.

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Old 10-14-2012, 01:56 AM
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For the most part, yes. There are a few things I would change (for example when I was younger I lost my temper easier and was too hard on her probably) but Maddie is such an amazingly perfect dog for me, I wouldn't change anything. We got into clicker training and shaping pretty early on and that was perfect for us. She knows a ton of tricks and is generally well behaved. I agree with Yoko on the leash training part but it wasnt a high level of importance to me and that's why.
So, my next dog who I raise from a pup, I will do very much the same things; but I truly hope to get into sports much much much early.

With Bailey, I got her as an adult but she's coming along sooo nicely. So far, I am satisfied with where we are going. Life changed for me quite a bit this year and we arent as active with RallyO comps like I'd like to be, but we're good with where we're at

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Old 10-14-2012, 02:16 AM
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Absolutely. If she wasn't raised the way she was, she wouldn't be the dog she is today -- and she's perfect.
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Old 10-14-2012, 02:43 AM
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Both my dogs I got around 1 year old Gavroche I trained from scratch, Logan had been started (and very heavily socialized) by his breeder.

I'm satisfied with both of them. If ever I feel down about their performance on a given day or something, I only need to look back at where we started to realize how far we've come. Logan was an amazing dog when I got him, and we passed the CGC two weeks after he came home (obviously that means he already had the skills when I got him), but to look at where he is now and where he was then amazes me. Probably even moreso BECAUSE he was already so good, I didn't believe at the time there was much place to go.

Gavroche is just a completely different dog from Logan. No, he's not as competitive, or as outgoing, and I can't take him everywhere, but he's a spectacular little dog and he's my heart dog, and I love him to bits. Even though he's not "wired" for competition, he's done a fine job teaching me how to compete. And how to work through behavior issues.

Of course there are things I could have done differently with both dogs, but the important thing is they turned out well and they have taught me along the way. And that's how every dog I ever have will be - there is no such thing as raising a dog "perfectly." Just do the best you can with the dog you have, and take any little stumbles along the way as learning experiences.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:20 AM
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I wish I hadn't said yes when people asked to pet her. I wish we'd gone EVEN MORE places. I wish I'd been less up-tight about stuff.

Mostly, though, I love the dog she's becoming, and I'm super pleased with her.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:25 AM
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I love how Chevelle has turned out. I trained her well from day one and she's just an easily trainable dog. Listens and responds well and not a lot of shaping involved. The only thing I wish is that she were a little more driven, and a little less fearful. That's not something I can fix with training, though.

Baloo, I wish I would have worked with him more when he was younger and I wish I had the patience to work with him more now. He's a pretty difficult dog.

Malyk I wish I would have had when he was a puppy. He wasn't brought up right and has a few issues because of it.

And Penny is perfect. She doesn't know sit or lay down or any of the conventional tricks, but she had manners, knows our routine, and knows what is expected of her. She's a great dog.
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