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Peanut behavior-update
« on: July 28, 2010, 09:57:41 AM »
So, as you may remember, I took Peanut to the Bark For Life event a few months ago, and she was growling and lunging at other dogs.

Well since then we have been attending "puppy kidergarten" at Petco (where she graduated) to get her socialized.   She is doing better but still growls and sometimes lunges (not that often...only 2 times yesterday), especially around little dogs.

Yesterday the trainer worked with her a bit and Peanut behaved perfectly in the midst of all the other dogs.  Her behavior is leading the trainer to think that her growling/lunging is Peanut's way of trying to protect me (why I need protection from a 17 week Frenchie is beyond me), so I need to keep Peanut know that I am in charge and don't need protection. 

Anyway...thought I would update
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 10:10:50 AM »
Good for you! And for Peanut too. Keep it up! :thumbsup:
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2010, 10:12:21 AM »
sounds good!!!
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2010, 10:12:41 AM »
Big bad Peanut protecting mommy
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2010, 10:13:41 AM »
 :thumbsup: Keep up the great work you guys!
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2010, 10:39:27 AM »
I had issues with Ajay similar to yours and his behavior reduced alot once I established a strong leadership role.  It was alot of work and a very long journey but he is so much better and a much more enjoyable dog.. There are still some situations he just won't fit in (like dog parks, playdates with unkown dogs etc) but he does very well meeting new dogs now as long as it as a proper intro. He does best with one on one intros, is overwhelmed meeting more than one dog at a time. I have noticed that some of his old behaviors returned a few weeks ago when I brought in a new little female foster. Ajay just loves her and wants to be the big brother/bad arse protecter so when we are all in the car he growls and snarls when any strange dog or person comes near..a behavior that had almost diminished completely. It sure reminded me of how far he has come as that used to be his everyday behavior.

Good luck with Peanut, it is sometimes one step forward and two back but eventually it all pays off.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 10:49:19 AM »
Good luck with Peanut
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 12:00:19 PM »
I know you will work this out with peanut...I bring chicklet to puppy day care and also the dog park..It helps her with all sizes of dogs..She does like the bigger dogs better...She is not afraid which sometimes I get worried...
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2010, 12:49:00 PM »
Sounds like she's making good progress with your help!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 02:48:30 PM »
You may want to try the NLIF (nothing in life is free) method to reinforce you postion in the pack. It is basically making them perform a task like sit or down before they get rewarded. Like when you feed. Put them in a sit and have them wait a few seconds before you give them their dinner. Or have them sit before you pet them.

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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2010, 02:50:30 PM »
You may want to try the NLIF (nothing in life is free) method to reinforce you postion in the pack. It is basically making them perform a task like sit or down before they get rewarded. Like when you feed. Put them in a sit and have them wait a few seconds before you give them their dinner. Or have them sit before you pet them.

I have done some NILF with her (with toys) but doing it with dinner is a problem because she dawdles.  Meaning most times she hangs back until Beas is done iwht his food before she eats hers (his bowl goes down first but her's is immediately put out afterwards)
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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2010, 03:21:40 PM »
Maybe put her in a down stay intill he is done eating, then put her food down.

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Re: Peanut behavior-update
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2010, 10:03:37 PM »
Also remember that there may be "Mommyitis" at play - because she's practiced the behavior with you, it's more automatic, plus you are more likely to be tense and ready for her to display the bad behavior... which travels right down the leash, creating a vicious circle.
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