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BAH!

That's the key to it all.

We had a three-hour session with the local chap from BarkBusters. We talked about Bogey's behaviour, and learned a LOT about the way a dog looks at the world. A lot of Bogar's problems seem to stem from two issues:

1) He thinks he's the lead dog, and he's stressed out because he knows he's too young for the job;
2) massive separation anxiety.

The BarkBuster guy took us through some basic drills (no shock collar, no prods, nothing dangerous or damaging). The basic correction, when he's doing something, is to sharply growl BAH! at him, and if available, throw a small beanbag full of chain-link on the ground NEAR him, or slap the table sharply (not hit him). He interprets this as being snapped at, which is a sharp correction but not a fight. And then when he does something right, IMMEDIATELY praise him in a sing-song voice, which is an approval. Above all, let him know that he is going to start being submissive right the F NOW!

And it bloody well works. We got him to stop jumping on us. We got him to stop counter-surfing. Granted, it's only one night, and we have to keep on him every day all the time until he gets the idea firmly in his little flat head, but it's working.

We'll work on the separation anxiety a little at a time.

All hail BarkBusters. Kids, if you got a problem pooch, give them a call.

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torakiyoshi
Nov. 15th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
My mom learned to make Carnegie understand she was not the lead dog by holding her down on the floor when making corrections. It's a no-pain maneuver that makes it physical: "I'm bigger than you, so enough screwing around." Now that the Lab is too big to do so, she doesn't need to.

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
oceansedge
Nov. 15th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
feychildthe has several dog whispering gurus she likes to follow... she's extremely fond of the idea of teaching people to think like a dog, instead of people expecting that dogs think like us.

It does seem to be a very effective tool.
sleepyjohn00
Nov. 18th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
TheFeychild is right.
There's very little point to explaining your angle to someone who doesn't even know there are other angles. As usual, the burden of communication is on the more flexible party, namely us.

With both of *us* in control, Bogey seems to be more relaxed as well. I sure wouldn't *mind* handing off the head-of-household job, but he can't balance a checkbook worth a damn.
kelloggs2066
Nov. 15th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear things are working!

Good Luck!
carlfoxmarten
Nov. 15th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
My family has encountered several authors (and I can't remember any of them right now) that explain how a dog's mind works and how to ensure that they don't think they're high man on the totem pole.

One method includes feeding the dog(s) after everybody else has eaten (if you recall the time that
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My family has encountered several authors (and I can't remember any of them right now) that explain how a dog's mind works and how to ensure that they don't think they're high man on the totem pole.

One method includes feeding the dog(s) after everybody else has eaten (if you recall the time that <a target=_blank href="http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01078.htm>"Florence was having dinner with Winston...</a>).
In groups of animals with some sort of hierarchy, the head animals eat first, as so on down the chain.
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