Training is SO worth it!

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  1. Gempress

    Gempress Walks into Mordor

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    When we first got Voodoo, he was food aggressive--a common trait with catahoulas. Not towards us, but towards other dogs. He would get very possessive over his food if Zeus was nearby; and would actively guard his chew bones. He would also try to steal Zeus' food and treats, sometimes aggressively.

    We worked hard on it. Very hard.

    Today, I bought the boys each an enormous knucklebone. I casually handed Zeus his bone first. Voodoo sat next to me and waited politely for his. As I write this, both boys are stretched side-by-side on the rug in the living room. Both are contentedly chewing bones. Such a peaceful little scene.

    It struck me that a few months ago, I wouldn't have even considered giving them a high-value food item in such an uncontrolled setting. My little heathen is growing up, and we've really managed to teach him a lot.

    To me, it's these little victories that make training worthwhile. When something that was such a problem has been faded to such an extent that you don't even worry about it anymore.

    Hooray for Voodoo! And if you're facing a problem with your dogs...don't give up! Things turn around with time and patience.

    And yes, Voodoo is still on his good streak. :D Maybe someday I'll have two "perfect" dogs instead of just one.
     
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  2. jess2416

    jess2416 Who woulda thought

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    Hooray :D :D Good boy Voodoo :) and good for you gempress for not giving up :)
     
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    Gig 'Em Ags JP Cattle Co.

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    Here's a thumbs-up for both Voodoo and you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Huzzah for Voodoo!!!
     
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    Aww what a good boy, and you did a great job working against ingrained instincts. May I ask for some tips on how you got over food agression one of our dogs back home is really protective of her food. Of course its the smallest one of the bunch:rolleyes:
     
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    Carolyn ZooMaster!!

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    Good boy Voodoo and well done Gempress :) It's great seeing the fruits of your labours isn't it? :)
     
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    Rubylove Training the Trainer

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    Isn't that just wonderful? You must feel very relieved, satisfied and proud of yourself and your boy.

    It's similar with people, I think. Sometimes we should all take a leaf out of our dog's books and train our families the same way - such amazing successes we would have!!
     

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