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I adopted a 18 month old goldendoodle from an ad online.  He is beautiful and sweet BUT he has bad seperation anxiety and he easily gets out of control.  He does not recognise me as alpha.  I have had dogs, goldens and poodles all my life and have never had one that is this out of control.  Can anyone help? 

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Comment by Leslie E Reis on October 24, 2011 at 9:31am
Thank you Brian.  The vet had suggested that and I am so overwhelmed I forgot....I will look for one at petco....Thanks for the support,Leslie
Comment by bryan doherty on October 23, 2011 at 4:55pm
Hi why not try The Canny Coller  or The Gentle Leader  available online  .Our boy Dudley is very strong and could pull you off your feet chasing leaves etc .  We purchased a Canny Coller and the difference is amazing going for a walk is a pleasure and there is no discomfort to the Dog.Use a shorter lead and try reward training ie small pieces of cocktail sausage as you go along telling him to stay close and it is repitition all the time and it will come good .Hold the lead in the right hand and reward with the left at all times  he will soon get the hang of it  .The key word is repitition. Good luck
Comment by Leslie E Reis on October 23, 2011 at 12:09pm

I will get in touch with Petco today. What is the right way to use the leash? Leslie 

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on October 22, 2011 at 10:10pm

Leslie...the collar you use is also quite important.  A regular cloth collar is really difficult for a training collar.  the dog can pull easily with that with no effects on him.  Altho old school, I prefer the chain choke collar (a misnomer...its not a choke)  I saw on Dog Whisperer once, too, that Caesar uses the loop end of a leash for a "slip knot" on difficult cases.  The choke collar, available at most pet stores, and even at some WalMarts, slips easily on and is loose when the dog walks quietly.  It will tighten as he pulls and thus "chokes"...and gives a clear indication of wrongdoing.

A quick jerk of the leash with a choke collar makes a noise, gives a feeling around the dog's neck, and gets his attention.  No need to really PULL.... I've found this action has little effect on normal cloth collars.  let me emphasize, tho...if you've never used one before, find someone to tell you and show you how to properly use it.

There are some...maybe even many...who don't like this collar and will disagree with me.  Trust me...I would NEVER intentionaly hurt my dog.  I found this to be effective in training to walk well behaved.

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 22, 2011 at 3:56pm
PetCo is the number 1 recommended basic training  that I have seen in the community.   I think you have written that you are going to be in the city through the winter.  More than enough time for you to get the basics and stop your dog from pulling you off your feet.   I can not stress more emphatically on a computer that you do need help..   Example being you are not using the 5 foot leash correctly.  Do not, do not put your hands through those loops.
Comment by Leslie E Reis on October 22, 2011 at 10:33am

 

thank you all for your help.  I am following suggestions as I can.  We only have petco where I am now.  Does anyone have experience there?  As he sits already I am working on down.  Of course he wants to please. My internet service is by a web stick and is too slow to watch the videos, but I am looking to find a wifi connection.  I am stuck on walking him.  Shiloh can pull so hard I fall down.  He did this yesterday when he saw another dog.  Any suggestions??  I was holding him on a 1foot leash at the time! [ I got a 5 foot leash that has two loops for your hands, one is vewry short.]  THANK you Lois, Jan, Bruce et all. 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on October 21, 2011 at 2:49pm
Have you checked with your local PetSmart for a basic obedience training class?  They are pretty cheap.  It's done in the store with lots of distractions, which is actually a good thing - the dog learns to respond to you no matter what else is going on around him/her.
Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 21, 2011 at 10:43am

http://goldendoodles-labradoodles.ning.com/profiles/blogs/professio...  lots of doodle comments here also..  http://www.youtube.com/user/shelbylinstrom#p/u         Shelby is very helpful, but I notice now you have to 'sign' in.   I don't know if she charges a fee.

Lots of good wishes to you as I'm sure all of us want to see you succeed.  

Comment by Lois - Izzi on October 21, 2011 at 10:33am

you have a great Vet.  You really don't want to put your puppy on any unnecessary drug. 

There is a slight difference between children and dogs.  1st is know that he will always be a two yr old that needs watching.  Don't worry about off lead at this point.  Just take him for long walks.  (the shorter the leash the more control you have...  5 foot)  look into your local community for help.  Call local SPCA and ask for a recommendation...  There are people out there who would be willing to help you. Although not enough, there are many rescue groups who might be willing to teach you how to rehab your dog.  Even a neighbor who walks their dog might be will to show you some pointers..  At the very least you have your computer..    Somewhere within this site is training tips  Videos that you can repeat for yourself... I'll look up the link you for and post shortly.

Comment by Leslie E Reis on October 20, 2011 at 8:49pm

 

thank you both foe al;l the info...I was at the vets today hoping to get proscac, but He thinks I need to try training, individual as he does not believe it will be effective for my Shiloh unless it is individual.  This goes against all I have learned about kids and dogs...they learn from each other better than from 'us'.  Anyway he also suggested an electroic collar to teach hime to come.  This is a big problem now as I have moved back to big city for winter. this is another change for Shiloh.  He does have some commands, sit, paw, potty, and that's about all.  No stay, no come.  He is very anxious to please, and he has been through many changes in the last three months, former owners to me in the country for 8 weeks, then 8 hour car trip to city with 1/3 acre to roam....I sympathise, I feel the same!  I don't think I can afford the individual training so please keep your tips coming.  He is a sweetheart and I want to do well by him.  THANKS

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