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March 9th, 2009
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BARK!
Dammit, I need to find some way to get Mojo to bark. He is the quietest dog I have ever known. I know he *can* bark, cos I've heard him tell off some of the Daycare dogs before, and he can sound pretty darn mean when he wants to. :-P

We've been getting a lot more homeless people and druggies hanging around the ally way again, literally right outside of our back gate. It'll start getting worse now that the weather is getting nicer out. Homeless people in general don't really worry me. I don't mind if they dig through our recycling. It's the druggies that bother me. One night there were three guys huddled *right* on our back driveway doing something... and I had to squeeze by them to get through our back gate. O___o

We have two BEWARE OF DOG signs, on the gate and on the door to our suite, but somehow having a Chihuahua, and a happy-go-lucky, ADD-prone Husky/Greyhound mix doesn't exactly make me feel all that safe, especially when I have to go out at night. At times like this, I really miss my German Shepherd, and I miss having the Bullies. So maybe I like the idea of having a "tough" breed, but considering I'm a small female, why is it so bad to want to feel a little more secure? When you own Pit Bulls, people tend to not want to bother you.

So, I'm going to see if Christine can help me teach Mojo to bark on command, like the alarm training I did with Zena (the sound in this video is kind of horrible... not sure what happened to it, but the original video's sound is not this bad...).



I'm not sure how much success I'm going to get with him, just because Mojo is such a happy, excitable dog, and even at his most excited he barely makes a peep, but we'll see how things go. I'm going to be starting him in Agility this week, though, just for something fun to do.

On a side note, there is a *slight* chance that I may have the opportunity to personally train a new dog, in another two months or so. That Presa that came to me through Petcetera may need some extra work. I actually referred her to my boss, Christine, for training, just because I felt that Petcetera's methods wouldn't be enough for the dog and her owner. Christine's classes deal a little more with how to be a strong, assertive leader for your dog, and are all about reinforcing commands, rather than treat-training. And with a dog like a Presa Canario, which is a natural guarding and working breed like most Mastiffs are, you need to be able to be dominant and confident in your handling. Bella is a really sweet dog, but her owner just doesn't have the dominant personality to be able to properly handle her dog. Not to mention she's an older woman, with arthritis in her hands, and she has a hard enough time even walking her dog (I have no idea why she chose such a large, powerful breed...).

Hopefully everything goes well for them, and Bella's owner gets the confidence she needs out of taking Christine's class, to be a strong leader for her dog. But if she does need any extra work afterward, I'd be thrilled to have the chance to train that dog myself. :3 *wags*

In other news, Blue went back home yesterday. It was awesome having her over for the winter, and I'll miss her not being around. I look forward to when she comes back in October.

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From:beetlecat
Date:March 9th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
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I have a blue heeler that is very growly and very barky and will happily lunge at/nip people who 'threaten' him.

I have to take extra care with distracting him/keeping him on a head lead/teaching soft mouth but actually I'm quite glad I have him for the reasons you mention. I leave him in the car when shopping and have no worry anyone will try to steal it or we can go walking alone when it's dark. I've had more than a few people swear at me when we 'sneak' up on them because they're not paying attention to anything and then just as we pass them Ky turns his head and goes "BARK!!" and they jump and it's funny XD

Teaching my dog to 'speak' was almost incidental since he barks so readily already. But I grew up with a dog that did not bark (except at coyotes at night) and although I tried, I was just unable to find any way to trigger her to bark. No matter how much I pestered her, she just doesn't bark or even make any talking/whining noises I could have built off. Some dogs are just lost cases XD
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 16th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
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Blue Heelers are awesome. ^^ I like those short, stocky dogs. :-P Lotsa attitude! X3
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From:fiskblack
Date:March 9th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
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She went after him like he was made of ham.
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From:skookumpaws
Date:March 9th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Good luck in finding a breed that you can handle and give the reasurance that you may need....Nice vid...One Question: Why is the handler in the vid healing the dog on the right side?? ...*HUGS
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 10th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
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The handler is me a few years ago. :-P I had to walk Zena on the right, because I had some pretty bad nerve damage in my left arm at the time. I was actually wearing a brace for quite a while. I'm all better now though, and am walking my dogs on the left again! ;)
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From:skookumpaws
Date:March 11th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
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OH! ok...sorry..I did not know that...Good training for the dog anyway...*HUGS.....I see (Below)Sheppy is protecting ya...:-)
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:March 10th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
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Blue's come back? Cool. I guess I've been so ill lately I didn't notice the date. Glad to hear she'll be going back out west in October though(clearly she likes it out there lol).

I'm sorry to hear about the scary people in your ally. I'd be paranoid as hell if I were in that situation. D: I bet you're wishing loud-mouth Taffy was still around... pain in the ass that she is. She's really good at scaring creepy people away. X3

Getting Mojo to bark on command sounds like a really good idea. Good luck with that!!

*hugs* Miss ya.

Edited at 2009-03-10 12:38 am (UTC)
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 16th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
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Yep, mayhaps you'll run into Blue at the VEC in the not-too-distant future. She says she's taking the first month back off work, though, to stay at home and play video games. :-P

Yeah, I've been feeling that slight panic of "Gottamove!!!" thing, lately. My lease isn't up until August, tho. I'm not sure what's going to happen. Unless I find something super amazing beforehand, I think I'm going to start planning on moving into a better place by August 2010, instead of 2011 like I had originally planned.

Having a loudmouth Pit Bull would probably help me feel better about where I'm currently living, tho, definitely. :-P

Miss ya too!! Hope you're feeling better. *huggles*
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From:nitroshep
Date:March 10th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
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*bark, bark*
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From:wlfdog
Date:March 10th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
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Awwwww... what a good Sheppy!! You're my good protector. ^^ *snugs and fluffs you* <3 <3 <3
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From:nitroshep
Date:March 11th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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Super happy tail wagger murrr, woof-woof
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