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02-26-06, 04:46 PM
I have a question for you fellow dog handlers. My partner is 5 years old and acts like a 2 year old. All of his old habbits are from his former handlers. He bites boots, jumps for my hand and well just acts like a knucklehead sometimes. I correct him and he's fine but everyday it seems like we start over from day one. Does anyone have any suggestions or training that I can try? Thanks
02-26-06, 09:58 PM
Have I got suggestions. I will give you one,so others will have a chance.When you take him out in the morning have a ball ready . Either bounce it in front of him awhile or let him have it. If you can have more that one ball so if he starts on your boots you can bounce it at your feet to take his mind of you.Start a new habbit with the ball.Sometimes this will give him something to associate with you for having fun. The other handler may have just played with the dog that way and it is just fun for him. Give him something fun to do the moment you let him out.
You can always do obediance the moment he starts and call him a bad dog,but this can be unproductive for a working dog.You may break the bond you have with him this way.
02-27-06, 06:24 PM
His former handler trained him to so for boots....why I have no idea its so frustrating. I will try your suggestion. I have these KONG balls and we do ceterline drills everyday. He has a real high pain tolerence I have him on a pinch collar and when I have to correct him it gets the job done. Thanks for the imput.
03-21-06, 11:47 PM
Wow you just described my dog to a "T"....5 years old but acts 2....and is slammed packed full of energy. However I consider myself very lucky to have a dog with such a high drive.
The best advice I could give you is RUN THE HELL OUT OF HIM!! Run and play with him for as long as you can prior or just following shift. It seems, at least for my dog to "center" him he seems to focus much better. It's like if you took 5 energy pills and then could only pace back and forth in the back seat or sit in the kennel at the house wouldn’t you go nuts to the second you got cut loose.
Jerk a "KNOT", in his *** when he "Screws-Up", and let him know who's "BOSS". He's testing you. Be patient, consistent and firm and you will have fine MWD.... If the problems continue, let your supervisor or Kennelmaster know and see if they have a few tricks up there sleeve. Simple problems can easily be resolved. Always be firm, consistent and professional and should have a great MWD..... :D