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Old 04-09-2009, 09:07 AM   #1
 
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Does anybody have any suggestions? I saw in Ninja's thread to stay away from C. Milan's methods, I almost picked up his books at the library the other day.

I have a 2 year old golden retreiver who is great, but really wild. The books I see are all geared towards puppies. Will these methods still work even though he is not a puppy? Right now, we just can't take him to a class, but I am hoping we can over the summer.
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patricia mcconnell is a great behaviorist. i can't think of any other books off the top of my head except for beginning family dog training, and family friendly dog training or something like that. but i used those when i was working with my newly adopted 6 y/o heeler, and the methods she described worked really well.

she has some other books for specific issues as well. the other end of the leash is a thicker read, but a really good book and a good intro to dog body language.

another one i've heard a lot about but haven't read myself is called the power of positive dog training by pat miller. ian dunbar is another person that has a lot of books that i've heard good things about, but again, have not read myself.

but they might be worth looking into.
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Thank you, I will look into those.
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I had a book called Smarter Than You Think, I believe it was. No idea who the author is... I loaned it out to someone who wanted a nice polite dog like mine, and I never got it back. I remember some of the things in it were kind of goofy and militant (how you should be allowed to bring your dog everywhere, why you should cook for your dog instead of buying dog food, etc.), but overall the training method was effective. It's where I learned about tethering vs crating.

Good luck with your beastie!
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This isn't a book, but if you have OnDemand through Comcast, there are dog training shows you can watch for free. I watched a couple of them and they were pretty helpful. Our dog was 2.5 years old when we got her and she had limited experience on a leash. One show gave me really good tips for leash training her.
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I have a labrador - she was very wild as a puppy & youth. She has energy like no other lab I have had before. I learned the hard way with her that a tired dog is a good dog. Sounds like your dog needs lots of exercise. In that respect, I think Cesar is correct. Roller blades, bicycle, etc. I take mine on the bicycle.
It was slow going at first. I had to go slow, bribe her good behavior with many treats, quite a few sessions, til she got it that she cannot go where she wants while we're out on the bike, but we got it down, and it does tire her out. The other thing we do is walk - 3-4 miles when she was young would barely faze her. And swimming would finally tire her out, too. Once, I took her for a 4 mile walk before our obedience class, and she still had energy to take off in class & run loops around the hysterical class & very embarrassed me.
But at 2, you should be able to take the edge off her energy & wildness, and then start in with frequent short obedience lessons. Some dogs are praise-reward oriented, retrievers tend to be food-reward oriented.
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I almost picked up his books at the library the other day.
Thank you for not doing it.



My suggestion:

- Adult Dog Training (dogstardaily.com)


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Have you ever seen the show "Its Me or the Dog"? I really like her training methods a lot. She often works with hyperactive dogs. A lot of her tips helped me to calm my overactive, ill mannered 3 year German Shepherd dog.
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i just found this on another message board. it looks really good. i'm actually going to work on the leave it command (here it's called "zen") with quigley using their technique right now.

http://www.dragonflyllama.com/%20DOG...el/1Level.html
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Have you ever seen the show "Its Me or the Dog"? I really like her training methods a lot. She often works with hyperactive dogs. A lot of her tips helped me to calm my overactive, ill mannered 3 year German Shepherd dog.
i LOVE her show! it's one thing i really miss about not having cable - no more animal planet.
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Have you ever seen the show "Its Me or the Dog"? I really like her training methods a lot. She often works with hyperactive dogs. A lot of her tips helped me to calm my overactive, ill mannered 3 year German Shepherd dog.
i LOVE her show! it's one thing i really miss about not having cable - no more animal planet.
I totally agree. I don't have cable anymore, either.

I loved "It's Me or the Dog". Maybe I will see if can can catch it on line.

Thanks everybody for the suggestions, I really appreciate it.
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