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Town Hall Topics The purpose of this section is to compare, discuss, and educate each other in some of the common things we do with our Dobermans.

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post #51 of 58 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 10:18 AM
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We got Nero into a Herm Sprenger prong collar right from the start at the near demand of the shelter where we adopted him. So many people are against them because they look absolutely terrifying and I was in that camp until I did the same thing you did (and some research on how they actually work - knowledge is power).

His responses were spot on and it helped immensely for leash work, as he was about a year old when we adopted and had absolutely NO training. Seriously, who gets a Dobie and relies on luck to train a dog??

Now we're doing more off leash work and have transitioned to the much maligned e-collar. Again, he's learning so quickly to respond to low stim and pager functions, it's a pleasure for both of us to train. I don't need to broil him to get his attention unless he's really over excited. Even then, one quick shot a little higher than normal is all it takes.

He still gets distracted by kids and the ever famous "SQUIRREL!!!", but he also has learned to reverse course when I call him, keeping the local 8 year olds and woodchucks from becoming chew toys.
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This has been a challenge with me too. My boy Memphis pulls non-stop. I've tried the easy walk harness, the gentle leader (he HATED that one), and another no-pull harness but they don't really help stop the pulling. He still tries to pull every time. What I started doing is stopping and standing still when he pulls. I then tell him to heel and he must come back to my right hand side before we continue our walk. It was frustrating at first because we would only get a few steps before he'd pull again. But with consistency and practice he has gotten better. We can now walk around the neighborhood without the constant pulling and only occasional correction. I also carry treats on every walk so I can reward him and also get his attention and maintain it when he starts to get distracted/excited and may pull. I use a martingale collar and have found that as we continue our training he is more aware of the pressure of the collar and he will stay closer to me. His one weakness is squirrels, if he sees one all bets are off, so we are still a work in progress.
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I'm another dreaded e-collar user. But its only used once my dog understands the basics of obedience. The one key of having big powerful dogs of the same sex. Is not letting them correct each other when you are around them. You can stop most "fights" before they begin by knowing their body language. So I have "stop" as a command, it can stop them from chasing small animals and can stop them from getting into a fight.

Due to being rural and walking distance to the US/Canada border. My area despite being mostly very nice homes, does get some smuggling and drug dealing activity. I also used to drive a lot long distance. Rest areas late at night can be "dangerous". Since Canada has gun control, a good defensive hand gun is not an option. So my dogs are also somewhat personnel protection. I was at a rest area very late at night. I had my one girl Rottweiler Bailey with me on leash. A weird guy slowly started approaching me. One vibrate of the e-collar my Bailey not only paid attention, she focused on the guy and became the dog from heck. She kept him away by barking and growling between me and the guy. I wanted this response. I'm not into being a breed ambassador in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota at 2am!

Same dog started running towards the house across the street to their 2 year old kid playing in the front yard. A stop and vibrate got her attention and she stopped dead in her tracks. One come and she came to me.

Training can make people more comfortable with a mean looking dog. It can also make people think twice before they mess with my dogs!

All these incidences happened within a 5 mile radius of my house
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July 2013: Five UN gang members pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder the Bacon brothers, their archrivals in the drug trade in the Fraser Valley. The accused have been in custody since their arrests in April 2009.

June 2013: 25-year-old Harpreet Chahal, an associate of one of the accused killers of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon, was killed in a drive-by shooting at South Fraser Way and Emerson Street in Abbotsford.

February 2012: Police identified the man found dead in an Abbotsford field as 31-year-old Edmonton gangster Jimmy Chau.

February 2012: Notorious gangster Jarrod Bacon and his former father-in-law Wayne Scott were found guilty in B.C. Supreme Court of conspiring to traffic cocaine in 2009.

August 2009: Jessica Amber Illes and Bobby Leroy Digeorgio (linked to the Red Scorpions gang) were killed in Abbotsford.

June 2009: Jaswant (Billy) Rai, 36, was shot to death during a “targeted hit” on rural Spallin Avenue, off Mount Lehman Road in Abbotsford

May 2009: Dilsher Singh Gill, 17, and Joseph Randay, 18, were popular Abbotsford high school students when they were executed.

March 2009: Two young drug dealers working for the Red Scorpions gang were found killed in Abbotsford just nine hours apart — Sean (Smurph) Murphy, 21 and Ryan (Whitey) Richards, 19.

January 2009: Jamie Bacon (Red Scorpions) shot at in his vehicle at a busy Abbotsford intersection.

2006: Jonathan Bacon shot and injured in the driveway of the Bacon family residence in Abbotsford.
Having a cousin in the RCMP for the last 20 years and her husband is a 25 year veteran. You learn things that usually the person who robbed your house knows you in some way. It can be a neighborhood kid who tells a friend stuff about the people in the neighborhood. The associates of kids in your neighborhood are usually the culprits! Id rather the teenagers say oh that guy has bad a$$ trained Rottweiler(s), etc. VS other things that could make me a target.

pictured is my best trained dog thus far. Would you mess with her if she was growling and barking at you? Not likely........... I want at least the appearance of being well trained as that in itself is a huge deterrent.
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Loose leash walking.... what is that??

My 2 dobes have both been through basic obedience training (long ago). I am really tired of being dragged around (I only weigh 100 lbs and my dobes are much stronger than me). So, consequently, we don't go for many walks outside of our property and I hate having to take them to the vet for this reason. My dobes have drug me across my vet's waiting room floor many a time. So embarrassing. Cisar Milan is outstanding-- good grief, how does he manage to have a dog walking on a loose leash in less than 5 minutes??
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My 2 dobes have both been through basic obedience training (long ago). I am really tired of being dragged around (I only weigh 100 lbs and my dobes are much stronger than me). So, consequently, we don't go for many walks outside of our property and I hate having to take them to the vet for this reason. My dobes have drug me across my vet's waiting room floor many a time. So embarrassing. Cisar Milan is outstanding-- good grief, how does he manage to have a dog walking on a loose leash in less than 5 minutes??
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Q: What does a dog get when she finishes obedience school?

A: Her pet-degree!
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We have trained the loose leash walk with changing direction every time he pulls. It’s sort of annoying in the beginning as we humans is quite goal oriented when we are out walking and turning 90 or 180degrees when he starts pulling us sort of counterproductive for our goal (get to the store etc). The last 6 months we changed our approach to be that the goal was to make him walk nicely on his walks and that made it much easier to be consistent with turning when he pulls. If he pulls now and we change direction one time he remember how he is supposed to walk and assume the correct position for the rest of the walk.


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I adopted an abandoned female (spayed) at 3 1/2 yrs old. She knew nothing! I put a light show chain on her and slipped it up high. I made her sit, get calm and balanced, then stepped out. One or two quick snaps, and she never left my side again. After 4 days, she had a poly-flat collar and walked loose leash ever since.
She never got distracted, always looking at me, unless we were riding (yes, she went trail riding with my and my horse!) and she saw a pond - she would dive right in, and my horse would follow.
She spoiled me on the breed!
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