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Old 04-30-2013, 02:42 AM
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Default What do you do "wrong"?

I was talking to a few people about dog forums and such and the common thing I get is "'s so intimidating. Like everyone is like the perfect dog owner"
well.. so what are some things that you do "wrong"/that isn't part of the perfect dog owner handbook

-what the rules say to do: "Do not say no, interrupt and redirect the behavior"
-what actually happens..
*Merlin picks up shoe*

-what the rules say to do: "Always gradually change a dogs food, first 10% of new food, than 25, then 50, .."
- What actually happens
"Aw **** we are almost out of food." *buys new food, pours the 12 kibbles and the dust of old food into bowl, add the rest of new food*

- what the rules say to do..."Do not use the crate as punishment, it is their den, their safe space"
-What actually happens...
*Merlin starts licking his man parts in front of company* "MERLIN! TO YOUR PENALTY BOX!!"

- "Do not repeat cues more than once"
- What actually happens..
"Merlin down, dooooowwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. WHILE IM STILL YOUNG MERLIN!!"

-"Do not encourage problem behaviors"
- *sees geese at park* "MERLIN GET EM!! GET EM!! KILL EM!! RUUUNNNNNN!!"

share yours not-so-perfect dog owners lol

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:34 AM
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Not so much on this forum but on the other one I see people saying they never leave their dogs longer than 4-5 hours a day. Uh yeah no... We don't do dog daycare either. My two would hate it and they're fine during the day.

I don't walk the dogs every day let alone for hours every day. That's another not so much this forum but the other one. I have high energy dogs, I must walk them 2 hours a day plus do 2 hours of training and an hour of ball playing. Where do you have the time?! I will be honest in that there are days we only get in a 30 minute ball playing session...

Those are the big two that make me feel inadequate sometimes.

I don't rotate out food. My dogs never have a problem with it.

I feed kibble and raw on the same day sometimes.

I do use mild corrections in day to day life. (Ack I'm still almost afraid to admit it)

I let my dogs beg and encourage it too much.

Oh there are plenty of others too, I'm sure.

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Old 04-30-2013, 07:48 AM
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Kobe gets left home alone up to 12 hours a day, some days.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:10 AM
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When Rider licks the couch, he gets a "Noooo. You are weird, dog."

I don't gradually switch kibble, or feed at the same times.

My dogs are crated 8 hours regularly.. Only one would do well in a daycare situation, but honestly, it's not worth it to me. They do just fine.

Like Laurelin, I don't walk them for hours everyday either. They all play with each other, and we will play tug and stuff, but if it is nasty out, I mainly just sit inside and let them burn off energy themselves.

I let them drink out of the lake. I know one of these times, they will get sick. I do it anyways.

Rider is terrible in the car. TERRIBLE. Cries, paces, always wants to stand on the console. "RIDERRRR. IN THE BACK. NOW SIT DOWN. UGH! SIT DOWN! IN THE BACK!: " *shoves back with elbow* (I'm gonna get in trouble for that one..)

I don't practice in between classes.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:33 AM
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We do lots of things wrong like encouraging begging, he gets on the coffee table, drags his blanket around the house & chews on it, we feed 1 kibble, don't walk everyday, etc

But probably the biggest no-no -- we have a dog door. And it's the best thing we've EVER done.

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Old 04-30-2013, 08:41 AM
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I say no a lot

I used to not use mild leash pop corrections with my dogs, but Omg Joey.

I use a prong collar on Cricket sometimes

I use a starmark collar on Joey for walks and actually like it because he behaves on it.

When I switch foods I don't do the 90-10 split to start off with. Usually it is just half of old kibble plus half new kibble for a couple days and then straight new kibble.

My dogs are crated pretty much 8 hours and I WORK at a dog daycare. They get to play in daycare on slow days though provided the dogs that are there are dogs I trust for the most part.

We don't do long walks every day. I try to take them hiking or to a dog park on a day off, but I'm guilty of taking them out for maybe 5 minutes just so they can do their business.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:05 AM
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I also feed kibble and my dogs are spayed.

Oh and I use potty pads.

Hank CA - (approx. 1 1/2 year old Spotty Dog)
Mia CGC - (6 1/2 year old Papillon)
Summer TG3 TIAD - (11 year old Papillon)
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:14 AM
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I frequently reward attention getting behavior. They're all just so adorable. But then later it's annoying when I'm trying to get something done and a polar bear is pawing my head.

Sometimes if they're in the yard and don't recall, I either bribe the crap out of them or just give up. "Fine, I'll be back later." Also, I leave them outside unsupervised except for checking on them periodically.

I'm somewhat inconsistent with house rules, and they know it. Oh well.

And sometimes they have some pretty long days home alone or have some exercise dry spells.

And sometimes I just need to get the h*ll away from them for awhile. I love them dearly but there is such a thing as too much togetherness.

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Old 04-30-2013, 09:14 AM
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I let Backup pace and spin unless during a training session, in theory I should downstay or redirect. I also put it on command (the spins) which reinforces the behavior.

Sloan is allowed to jump and punch us, we also laugh when she steals because she's so dang clever.

Basically we laugh a lot and it allows my dogs to continue being naughty.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:16 AM
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Use NILIF to instill impulse control in your dogs. HAHAHAHHAHA

More like get everyone super excited to go outside, open the door as they are all catapulting off of each other, me and the door. Close your eyes and pray that nobody runs into each other or slips and falls on their way out.

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