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Forum: Breed characteristics and traits July 3rd, 2012, 11:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,775
Posted By millitntanimist
This is an older thread, but I'm going to...

This is an older thread, but I'm going to tossthis in anyway.
I highly reccomend reading this book before you get your wolfdog.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1451634811

The author adopted a high...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior June 19th, 2012, 06:23 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 43,780
Posted By millitntanimist
Hrm, dominance/alpha bunk, 'treat' training...

Hrm, dominance/alpha bunk, 'treat' training misinformation, martingale collar. Sounds like a Brad Pattison trainer.
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 14th, 2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,195
Posted By millitntanimist
I would wait until the dog is at a healthy weight...

I would wait until the dog is at a healthy weight before you start doing work on the RG. At this point, when he's still starving, I think it's a little unrealistic to try to make significant...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 13th, 2012, 05:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
That's your perogative. I think you can (and...

That's your perogative. I think you can (and must) teach respect by giving respect, not by applying (positive) punishment. A child that behaves well because they are afraid of being punished is not a...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 13th, 2012, 04:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
I totally agree with this :)

I totally agree with this :)
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 12th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
I agree that we need to give our dogs rules and...

I agree that we need to give our dogs rules and boundaries, but I don't have a need to bring any kind of leadership into that dialogue. Will dogs behave "badly" if they learn it gets them something...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 12th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
You work sub-threshold around distractions to...

You work sub-threshold around distractions to build your dog's attention. You work on self-control exercises to give them emotional stability when they are presented with their triggers. You build...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 5th, 2012, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
There is no such field as animal psychology, we...

There is no such field as animal psychology, we have ethology and behaviorism.
Calling an animal dominant or submissive is subjective because it is assuming psychology. Saying that an animal...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 5th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
Sorry, the possibility of scientific bias does...

Sorry, the possibility of scientific bias does not somehow ameliorate personal bias. Are we even trying to ague this?
I respect that eliminating all bias is impossible, but I will take over 40...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 4th, 2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,708
Posted By millitntanimist
Here's my :2cents: The problem with...

Here's my :2cents:

The problem with forgetting what the academics say and going with personal observation is that personal observation is so easily biased. It's very simple to diagnose "dominant"...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 4th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By millitntanimist
Poor guy. If he was trained aversively for...

Poor guy.
If he was trained aversively for shutzhound, it may be that he has come to associate training sessions with punishment. I think the best thing you can do is stay the course. Pay attention...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior May 4th, 2012, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By millitntanimist
You cannot reward aggressive behavior, this is a...

You cannot reward aggressive behavior, this is a myth. Aggression is a distancing signal. The dog is trying to communicate that something in their environment is making them nervous or emotionally...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 28th, 2011, 02:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
Posted By millitntanimist
I can't get access to the original article but...

I can't get access to the original article but this is the summary of a 2009 study performed by the University of Bristol’s Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences...
Forum: Breed characteristics and traits December 14th, 2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,775
Posted By millitntanimist
I agree with most of the other posters. True wolf...

I agree with most of the other posters. True wolf dogs make terrible pets (at least, by the definition of what most people expect out of their pet).

On a slightly unrelated note, my understanding...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 14th, 2011, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By millitntanimist
I would just work on proofing her sit a little...

I would just work on proofing her sit a little more until you can get some distance between you. You can also work on an informal stay where you toss treats to her without her breaking position...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 13th, 2011, 09:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,714
Posted By millitntanimist
It's bunk. It along with many other dominance...

It's bunk.
It along with many other dominance reduction exercises (eating first, going through doors first etc. etc.) have been tested in scientific experiments and have been shown to produce no...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 13th, 2011, 02:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,267
Posted By millitntanimist
Your dog has fear issues and maybe some resource...

Your dog has fear issues and maybe some resource guarding. I would consult a certified animal behaviorist (be careful, many people call themselves 'behaviorists' without proper qualifications because...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 13th, 2011, 01:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By millitntanimist
Reward the sit. Or rather, mark, then reward the...

Reward the sit. Or rather, mark, then reward the sit. :)
Using a reward marker properly will make it clear to her what behavior you want - if she starts a jump-sit cycle just space your mark for a...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior December 10th, 2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By millitntanimist
One of the best exercises for general self...

One of the best exercises for general self control is a stay or leave-it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk4PPcE1CqY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNAOe1djDyc

As tenderfoot says start slow and...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 13th, 2011, 09:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,218
Posted By millitntanimist
I read an article a few months ago that talks...

I read an article a few months ago that talks about mounting as "play sex." If you think about it, most of the behavior we see in dogs is a ritualization of wild behavior. Chasing games are play...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 5th, 2011, 01:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Posted By millitntanimist
This isn't about respect, your pup just wants to...

This isn't about respect, your pup just wants to play with you :)
Nonetheless, you should work on the nipping.
Give your pup lots of play time with toys and plenty of good things to chew. Practice...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 5th, 2011, 01:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 460
Posted By millitntanimist
Hey, I'm curious as to why you don't want to...

Hey,
I'm curious as to why you don't want to use food rewards with training? Done right, you don't need them indefinitely and they can be used to condition other things – like toy rewards – which...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 5th, 2011, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 686
Posted By millitntanimist
Hey, I would go back to ignoring the behavior....

Hey,
I would go back to ignoring the behavior. Even negative attention is still attention.
If you want, you could try teaching an alternate behavior and asking for it when she is sitting up so...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 5th, 2011, 12:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,055
Posted By millitntanimist
Hi, Your pup's house training just needs a bit...

Hi,
Your pup's house training just needs a bit of work. :)
Until he is solid, he shouldn't be anywhere out of your sight. Period. Either limit his access to the house with doors or gates or keep...
Forum: Dog training - dog behavior October 5th, 2011, 12:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By millitntanimist
Hi, The behavior you are describing is resource...

Hi,
The behavior you are describing is resource guarding. It can be serious and I would recommend that you look into a certified animal behaviorist or veterinary animal behaviorist (be careful,...
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