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Old 08-12-2008, 03:45 PM
Hollie Hollie is offline
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Question Restraining

What is your opinion on restraining your dog with a muzzle or similar nose binding leash?

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:02 PM
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Thumbs up re: Restraining

I actually own a muzzle and a Gentle Leader. The muzzle if for when I take my dog on the bus (as it's required) or to the vet. The Gentle Leader was something one of my trainers recommended when Lyra was a puppy ... it simulates a more dominant dog placing its mouth over the dog's muzzle - thus calming otherwise skiddish or temperamental dogs. I've seen the Gentle Leader do wonders and it worked quite well on Lyra, however she's trained well enough now that I don't use it anymore. As long as the muzzle allows for panting and is only kept on when under supervision, I'm okay with it. In fact, too many people automatically assume a muzzled dog is a dangerous dog when in fact, muzzles are smart ideas, especially when new dogs first meet each other. That's my opinion, at least. And in some cases, it's required.
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:50 PM
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Default Invisible Fences

My in-laws have a schnauzer that is just awful. If you call him he'll run the other way, if he gets out the front door he's G-O-N-E and if you chase him he'll stay gone longer. He attacks chickens when he gets out and one of the neighbors was apparently "distraught" (her word, not mine) about the chickens. What he needs is obedience school, but finances and time being what they are right now it's not something they are considering. My mother in law is thinking about a couple of options for an electric fence. One with a buried wire and the other that has some sort of sensors that let the dog get a certain distance from the censors before the collar starts beeping at the dog.

What is the general consensus on invisible dog fences and the like? I know I would like to see them explore other, more long term options, but since they're not going to--does anyone have experience with using these types of fences or boundaries?

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Old 01-28-2009, 04:01 PM
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I'm not a fan of electric fences. Only (1) because I think regular fences are much safer for people AND the dogs... and (2) I've seen a couple that just don't work. So (1) -- I mean that if you have an electric fence set up in your yard... yes, your DOG might stay in its boundry, but people might not know that it will / they might walk onto your property and agitate the dog, or try and call the dog over to pet it and not understand why it's staying away. I've seen situations like this... or where someone complains because they think you're letting your dog just wander around outside without supervision. My (2) is that I've known two friends who have the electric fence and BOTH their dogs figured out VERY quickly that if you just run full blast at the line and experience that unpleasent shock/buzz for a moment, the sensor stops working (thankfully, because you don't want continous stimulation to hurt your dog) once your dog passes the barrier, and then they're home free. I've seen this with my own eyes as my friend was shocked (and thought it was pretty amusing) that her dog figured out so quickly that he could just run through, steel himself to the unpleasent sensation, and then be FREE!

My suggestion is this: training doesn't need to cost any money. There are very simple obedience items that they can do on their dog without sending it to a class. One is leaving a leash on the dog for awhile. Let it drag around the leash, etc. (hopefully it's not bad enough that it chews it) -- this really helps quicker correction when you're training and is something many trainers tell you when you first get a rescue. So whenever the dog does something bad, you can quickly correct with a tug... or if it starts beelining for something, you have a leash at least that you can try to grab before it gets out of your reach.

A big training thing could also be teaching the dog "WAIT"... I use this for my dog at doors, etc. You can teach it inside... have it wait at any barrier. The best way to teach the dog WAIT is if you have a box it can stand on first, because then it's a PHYSICAL difference between the floor and the box. You can also teach it to wait using doorframes since those barriers are also easy to distinguish. Walk the dog towards the barrier, then say wait, and have the dog stop at the barrier, and then praise it and reward it. Have the dog wait in front of doors too, and once this gets imbued in its brain, I've been able to have my dog at a dog park, and seen her start galloping off somewhere, and I just yell out WAIT, and she stops suddenly, almost subconsciously ... and looks around for me. It can literally be a lifesaver if your dog is about to run across the street and there's a car coming, or if it's taking off if you drop the leash, or you're on a hike and it's about to go investigate a rattler or a prickly thornbush, etc.

Hope that helps!
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:13 PM
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Default Wait! That's excellent

Those are really good training tips, thank you! I don't have my dogs in social situations very much, so I've never thought outside the box about using a command like the WAIT command, but I think it could be really useful, even just around the house.

Their dog is hopelessly bad (yes, he'll eat the leash) and they don't seem to be interested in training it. I appreciate the input on the fences and will pass it along, they live on some land without close neighbors, so the teasing wouldn't be a problem but the beelining might be.

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Old 09-24-2009, 02:53 PM
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I think a training leash with 'choke' chain is the best for training.They don't choke if used correctly--the give a quick pull and release as you say 'No' and your dog will learn from this very quickly. Then you can use a regular collar for everyday walking etc.

I made a new group for dog training, check it out

http://yeepet.com/group/Dog-Training-pj77

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