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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Gordykins, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Gordykins Experienced Member

    Hello!! We happily belong to an almost 2 year old yellow lab!! In recent months, we've also been co-owned by dogs we have fostered for our local shelter. I came across this forum while doing a web search, and while I haven't poked around too much, but, it seemed that there were some very friendly, helpful members here, so I thought what the hey and I joined!! I'm sure our little pack will learn a lot!! :)
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  2. Mutt Experienced Member

    Welcome to DTA!
    If you want to learn things about dogs and training in particular, you're at the right place!
  3. Dogster Honored Member

    Welcome!!!!:D We'd LOVE to see some pics of your dogs!!!:) If you need any help or ideas for tricks and other training, just ask!! We'll be happy to help!!!
  4. southerngirl Honored Member

    Welcome!! We really love pictures here. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
  5. bekah1001 Honored Member

    welcome! I love your pic, so cute!
  6. Gordykins Experienced Member

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome!! I've been browsing around, mostly in the tricks section... and I've gotta say... I'm overwhelmed with the talent here! I don't think Gordy and I will ever be that good! I'm so lucky to have a smart, extremely well tempered boy, I actually need training way more than he does... I'm pretty inexperienced!! We have an amazing trainer though, and our goal is for Gordy to be a therapy dog someday :)
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  7. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Hi and welcome! With lots of practice (and help and suggestions from lots of people, cuz sometimes it does indeed take a village :LOL:) , you and Gordy can be better than you ever imagined!(y):D Glad to hear you have an amazing trainer ... hopefully of the 'positive reinforcement' persuasion? We're positive reinforcement trainers on this forum, hope you are too. Being a therapy dog is a fabulous goal for Gordy, can't wait to witness his journey. And thanks for fostering too - it's always so great to give a paw up to dogs in need whenever you can. Have fun on the forum, just jump in anywhere, don't be shy. :D
  8. sara Moderator

    Welcome to the DTA!

    Yes, it does take some talent, but most people on here are/were like you, they have just learned as they went and were surprised at the result! (that would be me LOL)
  9. MaryK Honored Member

    Welcome:) So glad you foster dogs:) Jump in an ask questions, everyone here is very willing to help. You'll be amazed at how much you'll learn and just how smart Gordy will become (as if he isn't smart already:D(y)). Do post pics please.
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  10. Gordykins Experienced Member

    Here's a link to a small photobucket album, I didn't know if there was a section here just for picture posting or not, there is on another forum that I visit, so I thought to be safe I'd just stick this link here rather than posting a threadful of pictures where they don't belong! :)
    I guess Gordy has not been fully trained with positive reinforcement training... scratch that... he hasn't been. We used an e-collar in our obedience class for off leash training. He is pretty much completely reliable off leash without it, as I figured out last month when I damaged my transmitter at the beach and had to send it for repairs... but its kind of like a safety net for me I guess, I'm pretty sure I can get his attention without it, but I'm completely sure I can get his attention with it. If he's running towards a dangerous situation... I want to be more than pretty sure I can catch his attention to be able to stop him! So if it weren't for the ecollar, he'd live his life attached to a leash.
    Anything that's not life or death though, we use positive reinforcement training. Everything we do with foster dogs is also positive reinforcement training. Our goal with the dogs we foster is to first of all just teach them to be really good family members, and then once they get that down, we figure out what other things they might be really good at, and we teach them some things related to that. Not much so far though... our first foster dog was in our care for almost 2 months, and we taught her all the basics, then how to do some tricks, and then weave poles, because she was pretty much naturally rocking it! Our second learned basic obedience, then a few simple tricks, but we only had her for a few weeks, one of which she was hospitalized for complications after she was spayed.
    Petsmart offered a free positive reinforcement training class for foster dogs from the shelter we foster for, and we took our first foster dog there. So I guess we have "formal" experience with that too. They haven't had another class since that one though, so our next two foster dogs have been trained with clicker training, and it seems to work pretty well. It seems that they don't learn as quickly as Gordy and our first foster dog learned, but its not due to the type of training, its because in comparison, they have had pretty rough backgrounds. Our second foster dog was a stray who I would guess nobody ever took the time to work with, and our current foster dog lived outside "because of his bad manners" (said the owner who surrendered him... but in all honesty... for having to have spent part of his life outside... he is a pretty great dog. I'm surprised at his manners actually... they could be a lot worse!) and the poor little dude has some medical set backs as well.
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  11. Dogster Honored Member

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  12. Gordykins Experienced Member

    I did get "zapped" in the neck with it! I wouldn't use it on Gordy if I didn't use it on myself, so I know what it feels like. I guess some are maybe different than the ones that Gordy uses though. But I let anyone and everyone in the world feel it when we are out and about.
    The only thing I don't like about ecollars is that people think I hurt my dog.
    But I don't want to argue about it, and I'd never try to push one on anybody... I wouldn't even suggest it on this forum since the focus is on positive training.
    I can promise you though, that I do not hurt my boy. I love him more than anything, and I won't do anything to him that I won't test on myself.
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  13. sara Moderator

    Ok. We need to stop with the Shock collar thing, before it gets out of hand.

    Yes they do hurt, no matter what users say, or they wouldn't work, so no, we do not allow people to talk about using them on here. We do not want arguments about it on here.

    I will remove any posts that speak about Shock collars after this post, both for and against. We dont want to discourage the OP from learning on this forum, and we as members dont want to hear about e-collars... so the best thing to do, is just ignore it :)

    Pretty please for my sake, my sanity and piece of mind? LOL!
  14. MaryK Honored Member

    Thank You Sara(y)
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  15. Tâmara Vaz Experienced Member

    Welcome!! Loved the the profile and signature picture!;)
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  16. Dlilly Honored Member

    Welcome! ;)
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