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DrewI am a thirty something married gay boy living in Sydney, almost on top of the gay scene but not in it! Why Sometimes blue?, because I love blue, but also I am sometimes blue :)
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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Beagle Whispering

The beagle whisperer, AKA Sarah the dog trainer came over to start the training process of us with Lucy.

The most important thing that we were taught is to ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. Now this might sound really simple but, when you have a beagle who has learnt to bark at you for ten minutes to get your attention, ignoring this can be a real trial!

The growling has been caused by a couple of things, mainly me raising my voice at her when she has growled rather than either not giving her reason to growl and staring her down.

We had been told by a different trainer to "rotate" toys in and out, IE take some toys away and put new ones in. Bad move on our behalf as this was teaching her we could not be trusted with her toys, so she was particularly possessive of her toys and food.

All in all the change so far has been quite dramatic, she has not growled once and we have quickly been able to stop her from barking badly which is excellent!
Obviously the tips and things we have been shown what to do are huge, not just the couple I have mentioned.
The real proof in all of this will be in a few weeks time when we have got fully into the groove ourselves and she no longer "demands" attention, or more importantly is she does start to demand it we just ignore it.



At Sun Feb 04, 06:51:00 PM EST, Blogger firstimpre55ion said...

Glad to hear about all the Lucy lovin'! Sounds like you are all on your way to getting chummier and chummier! hehe...imagine her barking on a 17 hour flight? hehe j/k! Hope you are having (or had) an awesome weekend Drew! :D



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