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I keep thinking I have something exciting to post here and then realise its all betta related😂 no joke bettas ARE my life (until school starts) its actually really sad 😅
It's all good. I mean that is what this site is actually for. Just not this particular section of it LOL.

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Well since it's our anniversary My wife and I are taking a little trip to Cleveland tomorrow to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Making it a day trip so it should be fun.
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Well since it's our anniversary My wife and I are taking a little trip to Cleveland tomorrow to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Making it a day trip so it should be fun.
That sounds awesome! I hope you two have a good time.

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Just got back from the Rock & Roll Hall of fame. I have to ask myself was it worth it? From the stand point it was different and I enjoyed the time spent walking threw the Hall. However I wasn't really impressed. I mean it was nice and there was a lot of memorabilia to see But the way it was laid out and put together was a little, Well off. It just didn't really showcase Rocks most talented as it should have.
All this being said My wife and I had a great day together and I am glad we went. Would I recommend it to anyone else? Yes I would but be forewarned It may not be anything like the hype.
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Well Takota and I took a trip to town and did some shopping and then went for a walk.
Found out something though unfortunately.
Takoda I'd super afraid of children. While we was out a group of children come up to see the puppy and he tried taking off down over a bank. Even with me sitting down and holding him trying to comfort him he was so afraid of the children.
I have been around other adults many times and some older children without this kind of response so I do not know what happened in his past to maybe cause this before I got him. But it's definitely something that we are going to have to work on and work on slowly.

On the positive side up until we met the children he was doing exceptional in his leash training and walking.

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I'm a retired canine behaviorist and dog trainer. I've seen Takoda's reaction any number of times and it is easily fixable.

Do not try to comfort Takoda. To dogs this is the equivalent of praise for whatever they are feeling at the moment. Instead, ignore the behavior and, in essence, tell him "Get over it, boy." If you are matter of fact he will take his cue from you.

And when you go out take some pieces of cheese or hot dogs. When anyone approaches, especially children, have them offer him the cheese/hot dog; children from the flat of their hand so he can lick the treat and not accidentally nip fingers . Of course, they must be old enough and parents who don't mind.

For some reason, Eb, my German shepherd, became leery of men...right before her Obedience debut where we had two male judges and a Stand for Examination. Yikes! So I took her to Vanderbilt, loaded with hot dogs, and when a student saw us I asked him or her to offer Eb a treat. Took about an hour before she was really happy to see men approach.

Got her CD that next weekend with perfect Stands for Examination. Heeling still needed work; but Stands were great!

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I'm a retired canine behaviorist and dog trainer. I've seen Takoda's reaction any number of times and it is easily fixable.



Do not try to comfort Takoda. To dogs this is the equivalent of praise for whatever they are feeling at the moment. Instead, ignore the behavior and, in essence, tell him "Get over it, boy." If you are matter of fact he will take his cue from you.



And when you go out take some pieces of cheese or hot dogs. When anyone approaches, especially children, have them offer him the cheese/hot dog; children from the flat of their hand so he can lick the treat and not accidentally nip fingers . Of course, they must be old enough and parents who don't mind.



For some reason, Eb, my German shepherd, became leery of men...right before her Obedience debut where we had two male judges and a Stand for Examination. Yikes! So I took her to Vanderbilt, loaded with hot dogs, and when a student saw us I asked him or her to offer Eb a treat. Took about an hour before she was really happy to see men approach.



Got her CD that next weekend with perfect Stands for Examination. Heeling still needed work; but Stands were great!



Hope this helps.
Thanks a lot. I appreciate the advice.
I did not know that they would take the attempted comforting like that but now that you mention it it does make sense. I will work on how I react in the moment also.

We have been doing some basic training. What we went out to do with some leash training and he was doing exceptional with that before the incident with the kids. We are also learning sit and stay. Stay so far has been interesting because as long as I look at him as I back off he will stay put but if I turn my back he automatically runs towards me. So we have backed up and started trying to give the treat if he stays if I just turn around.

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Try standing directly in front of him (on a leash, of course). Instead of walking away, step one step to the right and back while reminding him to stay; then one step to the left and back. Do this until you are able to go the entire length of the leash to the left and to the right. Then step one step back and one step to the right, etc. It won't be long before you can go to the end of the leash and to the left and right.

When you can do this, then you can turn and walk away. This keeps Takodah from making mistakes in the learning process and gives him confidence. And that is what training is all about, IMO: Giving our puppies confidence.

Puppies need eye contact for security. It is good that he wants to follow you when you turn to walk away. Shows a bond is forming.

I am a step-by-step trainer. That way, if something goes wrong I know exactly where and it's much easier to fix than when I would go to fast and have to start at the beginning.

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Try standing directly in front of him (on a leash, of course). Instead of walking away, step one step to the right and back while reminding him to stay; then one step to the left and back. Do this until you are able to go the entire length of the leash to the left and to the right. Then step one step back and one step to the right, etc. It won't be long before you can go to the end of the leash and to the left and right.



When you can do this, then you can turn and walk away. This keeps Takodah from making mistakes in the learning process and gives him confidence. And that is what training is all about, IMO: Giving our puppies confidence.



Puppies need eye contact for security. It is good that he wants to follow you when you turn to walk away. Shows a bond is forming.



I am a step-by-step trainer. That way, if something goes wrong I know exactly where and it's much easier to fix than when I would go to fast and have to start at the beginning.
I've been doing stay without a leash actually. And I can walk 10 to 12 feet away from him as long as I keep eye contact. He is doing really well. Though he will let me know when his attention span starts to come to an end. at that point I try for one more positive response and then we end it for a little while until he is rested and can try again later. So far I feel like I have gotten a pretty positive response to this.

Let me ask you and anybody else that sees his thread a another opinion. on housebreaking the puppy I have read and saw videos that both recommend using and can dims using pee pads in the house during training. What's your thoughts on this.

(By the way to anybody reading this I am open to any advice. I just encouraged any conflicting points of views in this thread to not escalate into anything aggressive.)

I want this place to stay a very positive place where someone can speak what is on their mind I am talk about their days.

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