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Old 10-14-2012, 11:27 AM   #301
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No... Kitty is still gone. I've pretty much just given up hope.
Oh no! (((hugs))) I hope he found some nice people, but gets tired of them soon and comes home.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #302
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Claire,
I think that for the sake of your dog and your training, you will need to keep the dog away from these people until you know for sure that the dog can "leave it". Then you can reintroduce them once again and the dog will not react and it might help you to train the men. So sad that the men can't just listen to you, and help with the training. Good luck. Can you tell I have also had this happen?!
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:09 PM   #303
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But now there are a couple of men who are great friends, but who cannot reisit teasing and prodding and otherwise getting the doggie I've worked my ass off to get trained so she won't snap at people, un-done. I need to know how to train my friends!
Have you tried biting these men?
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:09 PM   #304
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Have you tried biting these men?
I like that idea. It works on puppies.
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Old 10-14-2012, 04:25 PM   #305
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I like that idea. It works on puppies.
Worked on Teddy when he was a puppy.

You know how mother animals pick up their babies by the neck? The reason is because when you pick them up there, a nerve gets pinched and it paralyizes the baby animal. Try pinching the nerve in the back of their neck. Vets often will use a clip similar to a spring clothespin to keep an animal still when they are examing them.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:56 PM   #306
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Is there something wrong with people? Seriously, everyone I know knows I've been trying (and succeeding!) in training my dog not to be aggressive. Much as I love them, some visitors just cannot resist teasing her, poking her, etc. WhenI was around my own family, it was tough enough (different dogs, different location). But now there are a couple of men who are great friends, but who cannot reisit teasing and prodding and otherwise getting the doggie I've worked my ass off to get trained so she won't snap at people, un-done. I don't need to know how to train my dog at this point, I need to know how to train my friends! Somehow I think that if I had a mastiff, no one would bother him. By some men (I'm sorry, no women have done this) consider a small dog to be something to tease and terrorize.

Oh, by the way, I have, on occasion, been known to tell men teasing my dog to take it outside).
Maybe you can keep a rolled up newspaper for their behavior. Spray bottle, box of dog treats for good behavior...
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:53 PM   #307
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Maybe you can keep a rolled up newspaper for their behavior. Spray bottle, box of dog treats for good behavior...
I like the spray bottle idea. Annoying enough it might actually work!
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #308
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I did tell a friend who has this dog-teasing mentality to take her outside and play for awhile. He's a smoker, so was happy to go out for a cigarette, and he did have her run around and they wore each other out. I am learning to just tell these men (there are about 3 of them in my life) to go outside, that is not inside behaviour (as if they were children, and heaven knows, that's what they are exhibiting), and just go outside and wear my little doggie out.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:36 AM   #309
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I like the spray bottle because it makes me think of Mommy. When neighbors would not rein in their in-heat cats, she'd fill a water pistol with an ammonia solution. The cats would run, screaming, but it didn't harm them, but when they got home they really stank. The neighbors learned to keep their cats at home, inside, at night.
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:54 PM   #310
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skittle, i am so sad that you have lost your cat. when my two went missing for three days i was just in grief. they were found, actually thomas came to the back door. i just happened to open it for something else and their he was. charlie was under the house, i don't think all that time though. my granddaughter (who let them out in the first place) went under the house to rescue him. they have really been clingy since that. there is still hope for yours. hope it happens
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