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by GoofyDog2
Mon May 10, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Victoria's Episode Chats
Topic: Episode 216 - Living on the Edge - May 8
Replies: 48
Views: 39172

Re: Episode 216 - Living on the Edge - May 8

I was wondering if there is a way to "read" a dog's intentions. And also if it is always best to turn around and ignore a dog as you did, or if that is only for ignoring playful behavior?
by GoofyDog2
Mon May 10, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Victoria's Episode Chats
Topic: Episode 216 - Living on the Edge - May 8
Replies: 48
Views: 39172

Re: Episode 216 - Living on the Edge - May 8

Victoria, I was as surprised as you were when Sammy snapped at you when you approached him as he was resource-guarding his bone, and then continued his attack when you turned your back. I know this is a good technique when a dog is only playing, but you said that he really meant to do harm, and of c...
by GoofyDog2
Sun May 09, 2010 2:52 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: my dog wont eat dog food
Replies: 8
Views: 2702

Re: my dog wont eat dog food

I found this website to be particularly informative about canine (and feline) nutrition and many other topics. The one article in particular that addresses the issues posed about what is good, bad, or just not as good in various foods is the following: http://www.thepetcenter.com/Article.aspx?id=341...
by GoofyDog2
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dogs correcting one another
Replies: 20
Views: 7310

Re: Dogs correcting one another

You are correct that the black dog willingly rolled into the submissive position when confronted by the other dogs. There is a third Inuit not shown who is described by the poster as being the "Alpha", but these dogs used canine body language and growls to impose the "correction". The black dog appe...
by GoofyDog2
Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:46 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dogs correcting one another
Replies: 20
Views: 7310

Re: Dogs correcting one another

I found a thread elsewhere that discusses an incident where the OP's dog was pinned by an "Alpha" female dog at a dog park, apparently as a correction for his being too possessive and aggressive about a ball. Apparently she "tested" him by going after the ball after he had become overly excited abou...
by GoofyDog2
Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worth a read:)
Replies: 11
Views: 3382

Re: Worth a read:)

These are very good articles, and I agree for the most part. But I think there is also a problem with how various people define the term "dominance". The article seems to indicate that people who use this term assume that a dog who is perceived to be dominant is planning ahead and doing things in or...
by GoofyDog2
Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Body Language
Replies: 18
Views: 3899

Re: Body Language

No, I'm just goofydog, with my old mellow yellow Lab Mahlee. Paul and Muttley are my friends and I met them when we all went to Woofstock last September. He's a nice guy and he was really surprised when he logged on last August and found that he was banned, with no official warning or explanation. H...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Body Language
Replies: 18
Views: 3899

Re: Body Language

I think the slack jaw and floppy tongue are signs of relaxation and calmness. She's a big, beautiful dog, and I should think one need not fear a dog with such a benign and happy expression. She should be happy, getting sprung from doggy jail! Thanks for the great pictures and example of a good sort ...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Calming dog after seizure
Replies: 6
Views: 2880

Re: Calming dog after seizure

A quick suggestion might be to get a security camera or webcam that can record what happens prior to and during the seizure. Then, maybe, you could simulate the event and train your dog to help in some way, or give him a treat or other reward if and when he seems to calm down. He might then associat...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Body Language
Replies: 18
Views: 3899

Re: Body Language

From a quick "dogpile" search of "Dog Smile" I came up with these: Although titled "submission", this describes a dog smile as having mouth open and teeth exposed: http://www.seefido.com/html/dog_submission.htm I think this page shows dogs actually smiling: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/smile4.htm The...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Body Language
Replies: 18
Views: 3899

Re: Body Language

I have found several good sources of information on canine body language, as well as general ideas about how dogs think, which is helpful. One of the most notable (mostly about calming signals) is Turid Rugaas: http://www.neholistic.com/articles/0099.htm , and http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/calmin...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:37 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: leash reactive dog making progress, but....
Replies: 16
Views: 6395

Re: leash reactive dog making progress, but....

Actually, sometimes it isn't about rewarding bad behavior, but simply changing the meaning of the situation. If new dogs become a predictor of good stuff - and food actually helps switch dog from reactive to thinking brain - you are classically conditioning a new emotional response. I worked with a...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: leash reactive dog making progress, but....
Replies: 16
Views: 6395

Re: leash reactive dog making progress, but....

I am a bit hesitant to reply, but I do want to explain what I meant to say, as I think it has been misunderstood. Emmabeth said: We dont live in that ideal world, so avoiding other dogs until stress levels are down, and then managing and working with other dogs beyond the dogs 'react' zone is the wa...
by GoofyDog2
Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: leash reactive dog making progress, but....
Replies: 16
Views: 6395

Re: leash reactive dog making progress, but....

I think dogs are less stressed if they are allowed to exchange normal greetings where they use calming signals and sniff each other to get a feeling for each other's temperament, stress levels, and intentions. I realize that not all owners welcome other dogs "saying hi", and some dogs may send the w...
by GoofyDog2
Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: browsing another forum
Replies: 21
Views: 6760

Re: browsing another forum

I am very happy with the methods I have used, and my dog is also happy and well-balanced. :D I had some problems but they were quickly solved, and mostly with positive reinforcement. :) However, I also had to provide boundaries and limitations (as Victoria also advises). My dog and I don't have any ...