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03-30-2020 10:59 PM
Cressrb Great to hear from you again, Louise&Aaron. Axel looks marvelous. I like what you did with your yard - quite a difference, and to think no more mowing!
03-30-2020 08:04 PM
LadyDi Oh those muddy Pics of Axel are great!
I do not think he could get any dirtier than that !!
Yeah glad you are staying busy. Sorry about your accident.
Me, I bought a beach cruiser and its a trike! Teaching Hoss to run along with me. So far Hoss respects my wheels but I have not taken him out on the road yet. Plus room for a case of beer on the back end ! Ba ha ha ha !
We have a thread going regarding the virus....feel free to bop in and say a word or two...all of us Try to keep each other up to date on articles of truth happening in our own residential areas.
Would love to hear your perspective.
Anyway ....give Axel a great big hug for me...man what a bear he is !!!!Love it !
03-30-2020 04:26 PM
melbrod Pretty sure you have yourself an Airedale there:
03-30-2020 03:21 PM
Louise&Aaron Oooohhhhhh I have some dirty Dobe pics [emoji23] this is the day he ruined my car [emoji85]


Our pleasure re the test kits, just wish they would/could test so much more. The death rate figures are so grossly inaccurate due to the low testing levels!
Anyway, I was out of work for 8 weeks - broke my arm badly snowboarding - so coming back to work last week has been like getting hit by a bus! Workload is insane!!


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03-30-2020 03:10 PM
LadyDi So good to hear from you today.
Axel is so big.....I think next months calendar is "Dirty Dobes" so if you have any muddy pics send those in for sure.
Hoss is a Euro. and his prey drive was extremely high.........he is 4 years now ( will be 5 in december) and I must say over the last year he has really matured.
He had a cat run from him when he was just over 1 year and boy oh boy what a job it has been to keep our neighborhood kittys safe.
Even when on a lead it was quite a chore to take him for a walk.
But now ......he walks by them......and yes he wants them......but I tell him to leave it.....and he does leave it...or else he has figured out my azz is bigger than his and he WILL NOT get that cat. He tried to take me surfing a few times but I always won .....thank goodness.
Hoss also began Nosework classes ...that has really made a big difference .....being around other dogs alot yet having to remain in down stays as he waits for his turn to do a search. Anyway...what a beautiful boy !!! And thanks for all of those test kits......
03-30-2020 02:58 PM
Louise&Aaron Hey everyone LadyDi pinged me a message asking for an update!
How are you all?
Axels reactivity seemed to get worst so we are back to basics at home training calmness, and focus. We will slowly work our way back to walks but to be honest heís getting more exercise playing the games the trainer has given us to help him with impulse control.
Anyway, weíve had our garden redone after lots of rain Axel had totally destroyed the grass so we took the plunge and went for artificial grass and he loves it!
Here are some pics as updates with before and afters of the garden and one of Axel enjoying the sun during lockdown!
I hope everyone is healthy and bearing up during lockdown? I am still working as I work for Roche Diagnostics so you can imagine we got busy!!!!





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12-31-2019 07:47 PM
melbrod
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Captured this shot of my husband, daughter and Axel while we were hiking today....
Any chance we could have a ďhiking with our DobesĒ calendar entry?! [emoji13]



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Our May category is "Outdoor Dobes" It should fit right in there.
12-31-2019 02:22 PM
LadyDi Yup...thats a great pic to work with.
12-31-2019 02:00 PM
Louise&Aaron
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Wow.....great timing and great shot.........you need to do something with that shot.

Etched in glass....blow up photo.....Somethin.........its great and so many colors.

Way to go Mama!


Thanks! I was thinking about getting it printed and framed [emoji1303]


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12-31-2019 01:34 PM
LadyDi Wow.....great timing and great shot.........you need to do something with that shot.
Etched in glass....blow up photo.....Somethin.........its great and so many colors.
Way to go Mama!
12-31-2019 10:34 AM
Louise&Aaron
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Where was this? Absolutely beautiful!


Mam Tor in the Peak District [emoji3590]


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12-31-2019 10:30 AM
Cressrb Where was this? Absolutely beautiful!
12-31-2019 10:25 AM
Louise&Aaron Captured this shot of my husband, daughter and Axel while we were hiking today....
Any chance we could have a ďhiking with our DobesĒ calendar entry?! [emoji13]



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12-10-2019 08:01 PM
LadyDi Well he looks great!
Hoss tends to be reactive if he does not spend time around other dogs.
After many different attempts I found training classes to be the most controlled atmosphere for Hoss.
And during that process you still have to be so proactive to ensure your pup has great experiences (stupid people in training centers also).
But schools have rules that are followed, so that helps.
Hoss is turning 4 and I found he became more confident between 2.5 years and now.
With Hoss I always keep a close eye on targeting......after he gets the stare going things start happening.
12-10-2019 04:21 PM
melbrod
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My YouTube is playing up but this is a screenshot of the mud [emoji33]


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Ewwwwwww......and a very nice mom for letting her baby get filthy because he was having fun.

Here I always thought my picture of Capri was sorta impressive (I think she sat in a mud puddle) but it seems she was amateur and a tyro at that, compared to your professional mudder.



Maybe we need a "Dobes in the Mud", or "Dirty Dobes" (no innuendos intended) instead of "Water Dobes" as a calendar category next year.
12-10-2019 03:24 PM
Cressrb oh my oh my oh my!
12-10-2019 02:21 PM
Louise&Aaron

My YouTube is playing up but this is a screenshot of the mud [emoji33]


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12-10-2019 01:46 PM
Louise&Aaron
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I always heard that England has a lot of rain and can be a muddy place, but really!!! His coat looks like an airedale's! I do love the foam decorations over his nose...always a sign of much fun.



I hate, hate, hate those extendable leashes.


I should try and post a video and show you what he was running through!! You can assess his reaction to the lurcher too!! Will give it a go in a bit


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12-10-2019 01:33 PM
melbrod I always heard that England has a lot of rain and can be a muddy place, but really!!! His coat looks like an airedale's! I do love the foam decorations over his nose...always a sign of much fun.

I hate, hate, hate those extendable leashes.
12-10-2019 01:21 PM
Louise&Aaron Weíve done the classes.....he has diahorea for 3 days afterward so we just arenít doing it to him anymore. It doesnít seem fair. He cries the whole time and we spend the whole time correcting him whilst the other dogs run around together.

We are good with keeping axel at a good distance, we have even got him to a point where we can do the ďwatchĒ exercise to get him to focus on us and not the dog.....however itís other dog owners that arenít considerate. Extendable leads grind my gears so hard itís ridiculous......and then the other owner looks at us like Axel is some sort of danger to society. GRRRRRRRR

We will get there! He has come a long way....itís been a bad week but over all he is improving! We take him to a field to run and he made friends through the fence with a lurcher and they just raced and raced each other for ages! It was nice to see [emoji3590]
No heckles, no growling, no aggression from what I observed....just over excitement and the desire to play. He would bark everytime the lurcher stopped racing.....Axel beat him on stamina thatís for sure!

Ups and downs, but progress overall.

This was Axel after the lurcher game!



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12-10-2019 01:09 PM
melbrod It's tricky to try to diagnose anything online--so much depends on how he's reacting, when he's reacting, his body language--no one can see any of that when they're not there with their eyeballs staring at the dog and his behavior, seeing how you folks handle him when he reacts and watching how he responds.

With a really reactive dog, one place to start is to keep him far enough away (from another dog, if that is the trigger) that he never gets aroused, and then to work on attention exercises, until you can slowly get closer and still keep your dog focused on you. His reaction may be situational...maybe a class would help. But it would need a great deal of care, advanced warning to the class instructor as well as a lot of knowledge from that instructor, to make sure that the reactive dog isn't actually getting reinforced in his behavior. And of course, you have to think of the other students and whether you are interfering with THEIR learning experience.

So much just depends on the severity of the dog's reaction and how "set in stone" it is in terms of knowing what direction to take to work with the dog.

His age does mean that he may be still in that possible teenage fear stage, which I'm sure doesn't help in determining how he may develop from here. A tricky situation all around, which, like you said, ECIN, will in all likelihood take a lot of work, long term, and maybe always a little extra vigilance to deal with.

I don't think unfixable though, given that his behavior in other venues appears to be exemplary
12-10-2019 12:42 PM
ECIN Just my 2 cents here L - But if I'm thinking right here , Axel won't be a year old till ? What ? Feb ? He is just young and unsure of things . I know TN had some deals with Mocha and I sure have had some little issues with Mr. Business and other dogs - he get's all jacked up sometimes - most times they start talking smack with him first - but other times - he starts it - barking and carrying on , After a few minutes around the other dog - he well settle down . I took him to group OB classes and that helped a little - the problem is I need him around other dogs more - not less . I talked to Patty - the gal that is in charge of the Dog training in Anderson Indiana - said bring him on up - we are wanting to start Rally OB in Jan . She is the one that told me he needs to be in the show ring type environment = around other dogs , like I said more , so he can get use to it . From what I just read - Axel does good at everything else - that my friend is a big plus ! You only have one thing to work on really --- the same as me . Mr. B needs to be around strange dogs every day till I can get this worked out of him - and I truly believe that will work - but have to stay after it . Maybe you can talk to your trainer and see if he thinks getting Axel more evolved in class work - 2 or 3 time a week . Now this is just me thinking out loud here , But I have to really disagree with the lady that said Axel is terrified of other dogs - I don't believe that for a second ! He is unsure - not terrified . Like the idiot with the extended lead !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What was Axel thinking ? This other dog is running at him - I would say that Axel did a great job for not ripping off the other mutts head ! I may be totally wrong here - but with lots of work around other dogs - he will be ok


BTW Axel is sure a looker !!! Great looking Dog !

Double btw - Don't let this get you down ! Head up and full steam ahead !

Doc
12-10-2019 12:00 PM
melbrod
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On the plus side, Axel is amazing in all other ways....walks to heel, waits to be told he can eat, isnít food reactive, loves people, doesnít destroy the house, sleeps soundly in his crate at night, pees on demand etc etc
Well, that right there outweighs any problems you may be having. LOL
12-10-2019 10:48 AM
Louise&Aaron
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Such a handsome young man.



It sounds like you're having a tough time with his reactiveness? Dang it--I'm so sorry.



Do you have access to a canine behaviorist? It might be time to get an opinion/assessment from someone who has had formal training (or maybe your daycare kennel person does??) in Axel's familiar surroundings and set up a specific step-wise training program to help him deal with it.



If you haven't already. You're on here so LITTLE, , I don't know what you've done and what you haven't. Anyway, don't be such a stranger.



And hugs and kisses to Axel.


Well we have paid hundreds for a behaviourist who helped us initially but he seems to be going through a tougher period.
The kennel owner gave us details of another guy who charges £120 an hour so we are considering it but with doing the house up and Christmas we donít have the funds at the moment.
On the plus side, Axel is amazing in all other ways....walks to heel, waits to be told he can eat, isnít food reactive, loves people, doesnít destroy the house, sleeps soundly in his crate at night, pees on demand etc etc
I canít be down on him too much and tbh I donít NEED him to like other dogs, just not react!
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12-10-2019 10:40 AM
melbrod Such a handsome young man.

It sounds like you're having a tough time with his reactiveness? Dang it--I'm so sorry.

Do you have access to a canine behaviorist? It might be time to get an opinion/assessment from someone who has had formal training (or maybe your daycare kennel person does??) in Axel's familiar surroundings and set up a specific step-wise training program to help him deal with it.

If you haven't already. You're on here so LITTLE, , I don't know what you've done and what you haven't. Anyway, don't be such a stranger.

And hugs and kisses to Axel.
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