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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    Quote Originally Posted by abbey
    Saw that Be Bop and i wanna see the one on how to stop the dogs barking,
    My girl drives me crazy, she barks at everyone & everything
    There are some things you can try... how much exercise does your girl
    get? How many toys does she have? Up the levels of those 2 things and
    you might have a start towards fixing the problem! Really!

    Is this while she is in the house? Or outside? Or both? Sounds like you
    need to teach her a little "focus". Get some super yummy treats, ideally
    ones you save only for this, get a friend to help, and when the friend
    comes to the door (if your girl barks at such) have the friend TOTALLY
    ignore your girl, while you practice sit/stays or down/stays with your
    girl, and lots of treats. I have a "3 Bark" rule (or actually used to 'cause
    my girl no longer needs it!!) the dog is allowed to "intruder alert" and then
    let me take over with a "command". (Usually it's "Thank you, Tamsen")
    All this to start should be on leash. You can slowly wean her off as she
    improves. Outside, pretty much the same thing. YOU must be the most
    important thing in her universe, she should look to YOU for everything.
    If she has "ball drive" and starts barking at another dog, bounce a tennis
    ball right in front of her nose!

    Always with the praise. Name first (Tamsen) and then the command (Sit)
    Then the treat payoff and/or happy voice "Good girl". The only command
    you should use all by itself is NO. Don't want the dog associating her name
    with that!!

    Good luck!!

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    Quote Originally Posted by BabyRider
    Mmm...not sure the word you're looking for, Val. (???)
    But yes, I should have made that clear. You should be feeding the dogs after your regular mealtime, but if that's not an option, what Val reccomends is an excellent solution. The dogs should also be made to submit to some sort of commands, (ie: sit and stay, then release) before being allowed to their food.
    Finally got it... it's called "gesture feeding" and it's from a book called The
    Dog Listener by Jan Fennell.

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    Hey thanks BR - my cats are ages nearly three - the fat moody one bob hes spayed ,the middle one we call him scab is about 1 1/2 he has an under developed rib cage and seems to me a bit slow - he is not in any pain,and is such a happy friendly playful cat he is not spayed and very submissive. the last is a little girl kitty lucy she is about 14 weeks old she will be spayed as soon as its allowed (is it 5 months of age for a girl) the middle one and the kitty get on great eat together, play,sleep together. ive had them all since kittens they are indoor cats have lots of space toys and people to play with them .the fat cat bob is just really moody he desides if you pick him up and hates his belly being touched- i just think hes a bit of a loner with maybe some feral thrown in we have a rather large dog and other pets but no other problems i just hate to see the other two get bullied by the big one -also when i say wants to hurt the others i mean if the middle one walks past bob the fat one bob will attack him. they do some times sleep together well near each other but there is always distance.- hope you can make some sence of that thanks sarah janexx

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    We gave up trying to make our cats behave around each other. We put collars with bells on them so that one can be warned with the others are sneaking up on it. We have separate feeding areas. It's been working pretty well. Those pictures that show older cats snuggled up around each other? Those pictures LIE. I believe those cats have been tranquilized.

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    My oldest male cat is the dominant one around here. He bullies our other cat Georgie. Sometimes he'll attack her to ge the spot she's in. She will scream bloody murder and he still goes after her. He doesn't do this to Lucky YET she is only 3 months old. Thank god...he's 17lbs!!

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    Baby Rider, your information is excellent!! I have done a lot of reading on dog behavior and you are right on the money. How long did you train dogs professionally? When and why did you stop?

    I have a 1 1/2 year old chihuahua and I look forward to picking your brain in the future. That is . . . if you don't mind.

    You really do know your stuff! I find animal/pack behavior quite fascinating.
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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    Val and BR!

    I just wanted you to know that since I posted this, I changed the routine of who eats first so Annie (older one) eats and goes out first. Things have been wonderful around the house although she does get a little bossy with me and her daddy by barking at the back door when we have called her in for a while. Its like she is saying, ":Let me out now!"

    But thanks for the help!



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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    DesignerGal, two steps forward and one step back . . .

    . . . still gets you one step ahead!

    *makes note to bother BR and Val with Buster questions*

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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

    (Note to self: Prepare to be bothered with Buster questions)



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    Re: Pets Bullying Pets

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherandbuster
    Baby Rider, your information is excellent!! I have done a lot of reading on dog behavior and you are right on the money. How long did you train dogs professionally? When and why did you stop?

    I have a 1 1/2 year old chihuahua and I look forward to picking your brain in the future. That is . . . if you don't mind.

    You really do know your stuff! I find animal/pack behavior quite fascinating.
    Thanks Cher! Dogs are and have always been a major passion of mine. Ever since I could read, I soaked up every book I could get my hands on about dog training and behavior. I still train professionally, but only occassionally, because I have a full-time job. I was a vet tech and animal behaviorist for 5 years or so, but unfortunately, bartending pays about 3 times the amount that animal medicine does. If money wasn't an issue, I'd never do anything else but work with dogs.
    And you can pick my brain anytime you wish, I'll do my best to help. The "pack behavior" is always a surprise to clients in need of my help. When people hear "pack" they automatically think of wolves. Most folks don't realize that every single breed out there originated from wolves and the "pack" behavior is something they never evolved out of.
    You're more than welcome to ask anything, anytime, and Val or I will be happy to help as best we can!
    Are you having problems with your chihuahua now?
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