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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by slbrown2108, Mar 31, 2011.


  1. slbrown2108

    slbrown2108 PetForums Senior

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    Well

    as you mite or mite not know im getting a new pup on sunday (3rd april) and she is 7months old Doberman x Rottweiler. I seen her for the first time about two weeks ago and she was fine. Went to see her last nite and omg she will be hard work. We took her out for a walk and she is wild. She barks at every dog passing because she wants to play and she pulls like nothing on earth. Apart from the above she is great. Im just wondering do u think she will be easy to break in so to speak to stop her pulling and barking at every other dog she sees. I think this all hyped up energy seeing she cant get offlead yet to play. She isnt aggressive to other dogs as her tail is constantly wagging.


    She was found wandering the streets three months ago and therefore lacks a firm hand in training and also socialisation in the proper manner. She was rescued from the PDSA and adopted by the guy who im getting her from on Sunday. He adopted her 2 months ago. He is having to find her a new home because he just found out his fiance is expecting and is due in October.

    I said i wanted a challenge in my next dog and would love to rescue. Technically i am rescuing her in the fact that she has had a bad start in life before she went to the PDSA. The guy who has her at the moment doesnt want her to go back to the PDSA cause the living conditions she was kept in were awful.


    I am willing to work very hard with this teenage girl and help her build a steady future. Im hoping to get help from HRH Maisie lol. My OH will also be on hand to help with her training. Im guessing if i work hard on the recall when i get to that point she will be able to tear around the fields with other dogs quiet happily and release all her energy.


    I am looking for any advice in which u have in the above situation. I dont want her being shoved pillar to post with owners. If i need to i will bring in a dog behaviourist if i cannot iron out the problems to start with.


    Many Thanks

    War and Peace has now been written heehee
     
  2. slbrown2108

    slbrown2108 PetForums Senior

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    mean to add she is currently being fed bakers complete moist meaty chunks and i know this is bound to affect her energy levels. I will be changing her food when i get her. Was considering raw do u think this will help ?
     
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    slbrown2108 PetForums Senior

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    bumpty bump
     
  4. metaldog

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    How can the man have got a dog from the PDSA? The PDSA is the people's dispensary for sick animals, i.e. it is a charity providing veterinary care to people on low incomes and not a rescue organisation. If the man is saying he got her from PDSA I would take that with a huge pinch of salt, so please be cautious. Hard to do where doggies are concerned especially when we want to help.

    Good on you for taking her on though :)

    You should be able to work through her issues and her turn into a lovely dog. Bizkit and Pippi both came to me aged approx 7 months with behavioural issues, no training, terrible pulling on leads, no recall, not properly socialised, no manners etc and they are both like different dogs now.

    I would recommend you get enrolled into a training class with her ASAP as IMHO there is nothing as good for teaching controlled greetings and getting her to focus on you instead of other dogs.

    I advise you get her a lunge (long) line so she can burn off some energy on the park without the worry of losing her. Either that or take her to an enclosed park, but be warned if you don't leave a lead trailing it may take hours to catch her if she doesn't want to be caught.

    It's going to be very hard work but it's wonderfully rewarding. If you ever need to talk to someone about it you can give me a shout :)
     
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    Marley boy PetForums VIP

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    i was thinking the same thing PDSA dont rehome animals as far as i know. I would say the same get her in to some training classes. Cant wait to see pictures of her :D
     
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    Agree with the PDSA thing but really want to see some pics of her. Think as for training best to get her assessed professionally first then you'll know exactly what her needs are and your best way of dealing with her.

    Perhaps the guy meant the RSPCA but I would have thought they'd be good with their kennels.
     
  7. bigdogworld

    bigdogworld PetForums Member

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    Leaving aside the PDSA thing...

    Well done for rescuing and I hope it all goes well. The first things to do in my opinion would be to get her off the Bakers and change to either a raw diet or a high quality kibble with relatively low protein - something like Burns or Barking Heads - then work on controlled on-lead walking with the use of a head collar. Then work on recall with the use of a long training line and some healthy treats :)

    Sounds like she hasn't had much socialisation so get her used to being calm around other people and dogs ASAP. I think attending a good group training session on a regular basis could be really useful.

    I'm no behavior expert though and I'm sure there are far more qualified people on this forum to give you some great advice. Come on people!

    Neil :)
     
  8. PoisonGirl

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    I would get her a nice fitting harness with a clip on the chest... you probably don't want to be trying to introduce a halti/headcollar when she will be stressed at moving allready.
    I use the pets at home controll harness with a lively pully boxer and it works fab! Even tried it on my Dave who pulls even when he is wearing a headcollar (believe meI have tried everything to get him to heel) and it was much better, as when they pull they are turned towards you because the clip is on the front.


    I would also consider clicker training to try and encourage her to stay focused on you when it comes to other dogs, see if you can get a few people to help out by walking a wee distance away from you with there dog, so she is not jumping and gradually work closer, as well as giving her walks with them so she gets use to other dogs.

    I am looking forward to pics!! :)
     
  9. Milliepoochie

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    Definately get her off the BAkers, I got Millie at 10 Months and she was on Bakers and she was HYPER!

    We changed her initially to Eukaneba (Prol spelt wrong) and then to Wainwrights which she is so much better on.

    As for the walking its about going back to basics. I used a Halti Headcollar with Millie daily for 4-5 weeks when we first got her. It took a good 7-10 days of getting used to it before I actually walked her on it but the patience was worth it. She quickly picked up good lead manners and we moved onto a regular collar. (Although now she is chunkier I find a harness more comfortable for her as collars which fit her neck jus come straight over her head!).

    I have also today started trying to get our Akita boy used to a Halti. I walked him with it on but his lead was clipped to his collar, il prol do this for all of next week before trying to actually use the Halti. He tried to paw it off a couple of times but soon gave up (He has a very long nose hehe he cant paw it off :D)

    I have found it a very handy training aid, I would never rely on it daily indefinately but for those initial few weeks whilst instilling some of the basic rules / manners which your boy hasnt been taught. Especially with a larger dog you need to feel 110% in control.

    Good Luck and I cannot wait to see pictures!!
     
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