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I have had an entire year with lots of pitbulls at the H.S. and only noticed one major difference between them and other dogs. They went kennel crazy a lot faster. They began cage fighting only a couple of days after being there. Not ALL of them, but many of them. But in temp testing, with PEOPLE they did amazing. I have been bitten by more labs and huskies than I can count, and heelers.

As an owner of a GSD, I understand the frustration, PB owners face. It is tough when you see people drag their kids to the side so Atlas can walk by... it's not fair. I have a book, which is really helpful, full of dog stats, it is called "fatal dog attacks" and it lists in detail every dog attack that has been fatal in the past 20 years. ALL of the ones I have read have been the owners fault, not the dog. One GSD killed a baby after the owner admittingly didnt feed it for 5 days, then she left her baby and dog home alone while she went shopping!! She came home and the baby was dead. HELLO!!!??? And this stat is put on websites and places without the slightest hint of what REALLY happened.

I personally LIKE owning a dog that people steer clear from, it not only gives me a chance to educate people and break the stereotype, but when needed, Atlas will protect my husband, and scare off people wanting to hurt him.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Barking
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:41:06 am »
Have you considered doggie daycare a couple of days a week? That will shave off some of the energy he seems to have. Barking can be a product of excess energy, pups can do it sometimes just to let off some steam. The barking to get a dog to play is really hard to fix, but at daycare he may be corrected for it by other dogs that are annoyed by it.

Inside barking for attention is a little easier to solve. You can teach him a quiet command. But when he barks dont give him attention, instead, say Kimball, QUIET, and when he hushes, say good quiet and treat. It will take lots of patience to do this, but he will learn soon that sitting quietly by your side = more attention rather than barking at you. Also, teaching him to speak on command will help too.

If you need a really quick fix to avoid the H.S. and A.C., try the spray commander by Premiere. It has a remote on it and when he barks and you want to correct him you can press a tone, then spray citranella. It doesnt shock or hurt him, just is an unpleasent smell and taste. Soon, just the tone will be enough, and if you incorporate that with the commands and treats I mentioned above, you will quiet him down significantly. GOOD LUCK!!!

FAQs about puppies / Re: Butter II:4 1/2 month Goldendoodle boy
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:32:35 am »
what a lucky handsome boy! WELCOME!!!

well they are also the most POPULAR breeds in america, so of course more are going to be aggressive, because they arent being raised right. The more there are, the more problems there are.  ::) It sucks because those stats ruin it for all the good owners who have sweet loving dogs.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: new Newfs to BPO
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:25:06 am »
Beautiful boys! Welcome, you'll be addicted in no time! ;D

see I deal with the same thing with Atlas already!! He is only 14 weeks old and people steer clear on the street. Its unfair. P.B's are even worse!

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: Introducing Pork Chop
« on: May 17, 2007, 09:16:40 am »
How cute! I cant wait to see what he looks like grown up!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Had to share!!!
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:47:20 am »
awwww how cute!!! Move over Kate Moss, lol.  :)

Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: We like our new spaces!
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:46:00 am »
the crates look great! I am glad they are so happy!

Akita Pictures / Re: Say hello tooo.......Zima!!
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:44:05 am »
how sad! Thats terrible! :'(

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: Appetite? please help
« on: May 15, 2007, 08:39:48 pm »
lol well hes back in the spurts now, he is gobbling down his food, lol, but next time he goes into a rut I'll know its okay, thanks  :)

German Shepherd Discussions / Re: Rocks and a Rant
« on: May 15, 2007, 08:37:58 pm »
yeah he gets ice all the time, i didnt use the shock collar, i jus couldnt do it. So for now we are avoiding rocks until his teething phase is over.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Need Help With My CC!!!
« on: May 15, 2007, 11:25:37 am »
I would definately check with the vet too! See if its a med problem first.

If you see her pee on the floor, dont punish her. This is called positive punishment. What she learns is not that going potty on the floor is bad, but going potty in front of YOU is bad. She will become confused. Therefore, she may become sneaky and pee places where you dont see her, or not pee when you are watching her (like when she is outside and you are with her). It may not have happened yet, but it could start. Negative punishment is like when a puppy bites you and you ignore it and leave the room, the puppy learns biting is bad. The punishment is directly linked to the behavior and is clear and direct. You are removing the stimulus that caused the behavior, where as with positive punishment you are adding an aversive stimulus, which can cause fear and confusion for dogs and not solve the behavior problem but actually make it worse or develop it to something different. I know it sounds confusing... sorry.

What I would do is the second you see her pee in front of you, pick her up(even midpee, they will sometimes stop and hold it) put a leash on her and take her out. Dont say anything, just do it. Take some treats and walk around with her, saying "go potty Reba" walk her till she goes. If you caught her mid pee, she should go again soon. When she does, YEY act like she just won the lottery. Treats and lots of praise. Then take her inside and keep her on the leash and close to you. If she tries to go again, repeat. But chances are, if she is leashed to you, she wont go. Keep up this routine and develop a command for going potty. Soon she will learn going outside is what she needs to be doing.  I hope this helps!!

I think once she completely understands you she will start responding better, but until she is going outside on command consistently, crate her or have her with you when she is in the house. I dont think it will take too long! Be patient, she's a smart girl and she'll figure it out!

Mixed Breed Discussion / Re: help please
« on: May 15, 2007, 11:03:42 am »
Oh i am so sorry to hear that.... :'(

how cute she is!!!

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