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Dog training tips needed please

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
any ideas on how to make dog agility training equipment ?
or maybe kids toys that could be easily converted?

this is the sort of thing on ebay.

Youngest son has had some success training our dog to slalom around plant pots weighted with stones, sew-saw from old kitchen cupbd door on a large rock < clank, clank, wobble clank> and hoop propped on garden chairs.
any ideas appreciated :)

sorry if this is OT, not sure which would be most suitable forum


  • angchrisangchris Forumite
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    proper prior planning prevents p!$$ poor performance! :p
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  • susiebsusieb Forumite
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    We made our own stuff. For the weaving poles we used a length of white plastic waste pipe cut into lenghts and stuck in the ground. we made small wooden jump wings and then used more pipe as the bar, used a kids play tunnel, used an old motorbike tyre and built a frame that we then attached the tyre to for a tyre jump.
    There is a great book, called something like "agility training" I cant remember exacylt but its hard back and blue, it was full of ideas
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  • susiebsusieb Forumite
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    This is the book we used, it was very good, a bit detailed, but at least you can make sure you do them correctly and dont hurt the dog.
    Also the dog needs to be over 12 months old, or you can damage the growing bones.
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  • oops_a_daisyoops_a_daisy Forumite
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    Hi there, I hope somebody can offer some advice on my Pomeranian. When she was a puppy she was 'exposed' to young children and was absolutely fine however my friend came round to my house last week and she went for one of her little girls :eek: she growled and snapped ( thank goodness she didnt actually do any harm ) I really told her off and put her into her bed to let her know that what she did was wrong but since then it has happened again ( my Mum was looking after her and her friend came round with her grandson and the little so & so went for him too ). She is a very small pomeranian so when little kids see her they always want to stroke her when we are out walking and I am starting to get paranoid that she is going to bite a child and have to be put down. I need to train her to stop doing this so I was wondering if anybody can give me some advice :confused: we go camping in the summer and again I am worried about this as kids always come up to us wanting to stroke her. I really dont know what to do about this - should I put a muzzle on her in public :confused: I love her to bits but I can not have her doing this.
    thanks - OOPS :)
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  • hayleyc_2hayleyc_2 Forumite
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    Do you know the circumstances of the snaps? Did the children do anything to provoke this, i.e backing the dog into a corner, leaning over her, trying to pick her up etc etc? If possible you need to try and work out whether there were any triggers to the behaviour. Did the dog give warnings that were ignored such as trying to get away from the child, cowering away, hiding etc? Now that you know it is possible that the dog may snap at a child, you need to make sure that she is never left with a young child. If a child comes and asks to stroke her then you need to be firm and tell the child that the dog is scared of children and that they cannot stroke her. Ultimately, it is up to you to ensure you don't put the dog in a position where she may feel she has to snap or bite. I would recommend an appointment at the vet to make sure there is no underlying reason why her temperament has changed. For example, dogs in pain can often act out of character. Once this is ruled out, ask the vet to refer you to a behaviourist for one to one sessions.

    I just wanted to add that I would not recommend taking training advice regarding aggression from an internet forum. You really need a qualified behaviourist to see the dog and assess her behaviour first hand, otherwise you could end up doing more harm than good. Have a look here for behaviourists in your area

    Good Luck

  • JustieJustie Forumite
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    you need to know what the trigger factor is - and it's not the kind of thing that can be done very easily remotely. Firstly contact your vet and make sure there's no physical reason why her behaviour has suddenly changed. Then I would seriously suggest going to see a behaviourist or a good obedience trainer (your vet can recommend one). You may also need to police how anyone child or otherwise approaches your dog for the time being and if you're at all worried out and about then muzzling her is better than regretting it if she does bite. I don't have any experience of Poms but my impression is that they can be highly strung but even so no dog should be allowed to show aggression towards children and it not be taken seriously.
  • oops_a_daisyoops_a_daisy Forumite
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    Thankyou for your replies - the kids were just trying to play with her and yes they were probably being a bit insistent on her playing but it is still the dog that gets the blame if she bites and my responsibility to ensure that it never happens. They have played with her before and there have never been any problems ( they have a dog of their own so they are used to dogs ). Because she is so cute she attracts a lot of attention but untill I get something sorted I am going to take your advice and stop children from petting her - just to be on the safe side. I think it would be a good idea to see a behaviourist so I will make an appointment at the vets to get her checked out and get advice on a behaviourist. Once again thankyou for pointing me in the right direction ( love this forum :D )
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  • RakshaRaksha Forumite
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    Unfortunatly, socialisation isn't a 'once only' thing, it has to be continued. Added to this, by getting cross with her and telling her off, you've only compounded what she thought all along - kids are trouble :(

    I teach puppy classes, and I also go to schools to teach children how to meet and greet dogs and stay safe around them, and one of the things we teach is that you should a) ask your Mum and Dad if it's OK to stroke the dog, b) ask the owner of the dog if it's OK, and c) ask the dog by holding out your hand and letting the dog come to you, if it doesn't come, it doesn't want to play and at that point you walk away.

    If she's learnt that snapping can get children to go away, even if it does mean that Mum throws a wobbler, she'll keep doing it, so what you need to do (with the assistance of a behaviourist from referral by your vet) is slowly and carefully show her that children bring good things, but you are also there to protect her and manage the situation so she doesn't get to the stage where she feels she has to lash out.
    Please forgive me if my comments seem abrupt or my questions have obvious answers, I have a mental health condition which affects my ability to see things as others might.
  • eiraeira Forumite
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    Agree with this useful post-although there does seem to be a growing tendency not to teach children how to behave around dogs. Despite his cheery affability, I have trained my dog (who is a very large bear - like creature) to stay away from kids unless I am satisfied that parent/child and dog is happy. I have had parents let staggery two year olds go up to him and hit him, little 3/4 year olds run up to him - and he is large enough ,despite his affability ,to knock a child over just by wagging his tail. Hardly any parents get the child to ask if they can stroke the dog, approach it calmly and show them how to hold out a hand rather than lunge and hit it on the nose. I think petting zoos have a lot to answer for in terms of child/animal relations. The other day I had to go outside as a mother had encouraged her 8/9 year old to pick up our Siamese and squeeze hom because he 'made a cute noise'. She was quite affronted when I pointed out-as politely as I could muster-that the cat was not a soft toy!
  • arkonite_babearkonite_babe Forumite
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    Has anyone got any good links to sites that can help me with clicker training?

    My dog, Bruno has decided that I'm lower in the family pack than he is and Dogs Trust (who we got Bruno from) have advised me to clicker train him.

    I have a rough idea of what do do but I don't want to get it wrong and confuse Bruno any more!!

    This is my boy BTW

    He's a staffie springer cross as far as we can tell, so the staffie stubbornness is coming out in him. He's 2 years old and can get grumpy round his food and bedding area. We've been scatter feeding him and apparently the clicker training can be used to help him learn that being possessive isn't a good thing.

    Any advice gratefully received :)
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