oldie moldy wrote:Perhaps the barking isn't too bad now but I'd for sure want to have trained so that it was controllable now and in the future.
I guess I have never thought about anything ever going "out of control," since I've always been proactive rather than reactive with training. But I can see how this type of situation may go out of hand if the owner were to leave it up to chance and not attempt any type of training.
oldie moldy wrote:You speak of all the advice; there is a reason for the expression "too many cooks spoil the stew". Everyone may be well intentioned (including me) but it's so easy to get conflicting advice.
Maybe it's from my experience in graduate school, but I've always tried to gather as much information as possible and then spend some time to digest all of it. And you're right, oftentimes that will include conflicting information. It's not that I will take all the advice and use it all at once and all together. I make a clear concise plan with training and stick with it to give it a chance, if it's proving to be ineffective then it's time to reexamine and make another plan. But that's just my style
oldie moldy wrote:Here's some more! Go on Amazon; read the reviews on dog training books, pick out three or four. Get them through inter-library loan and read them. Make your "pick of the litter" and buy it, digest it, use it. With one book you will get a field proven guide for your training. The writer/trainer will have ironed out inconsistencies and given you the polished result.
I love this idea! I turn to Amazon all the time for their great reviews--don't know why I didn't think to use it to pick out an effective training book.
oldie moldy wrote:The Nylabones: somewhere I read or heard about those things causing problems to the digestive tract, something about being plastic and not subject to digestive juices.
I'll keep this short since this isn't the appropriate thread to go into detail about this. There has been much discussion on DP about proper chews and in particular Nylabones. Nylabones happen to work for us and we've had zero issues with them
As for giant breed dogs and the skeletal problems related to them--I have thoroughly researched and addressed all those issues (anywhere from time of neuter to types of food). At his check-up exam and vaccine booster trip to the vet, we will double-check with his vet to see if he needs his bones x-ray'd to make sure they're developing properly.
Also... training update! \o/
Today was the first day working in a controlled and simulated situation! Periodically throughout the day I played the doorbell sound effect on my computer. The first time Douglas barked and started going for the front door (our office is located upstairs), I let him have two barks and called him back to me. After the next bark I used a firm "no," and put him in a sit+down. He did his usual "harumphs," but settled down. After he settled down he got a pat on the head and a calm "good boy."
Each following time it took him less and less time to settle down, and he voiced less "harumphs."
Now I'm just waiting for a delivery or visitor!