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"Get back" only works if I scream it with lots of emotion. Frankly, it's hard on the voice and it tires me out. I usually just "let" him have his way. He is first through the door.

well, there ya go - he has no reason to cease the behavior - he has trained you well! A down stay is a wonderful thing.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Hah. Do dogs really understand manners? Think how they act. When they want something, they elbow to the front. They push past. I've never seen anything comparable to an "pardon me" from a dog, so isn't it just more appropriate to nudge them?

Nudge and get nudged back. I personally like to tell my dogs what I want, not make it a physical struggle or shoving contest. and wow - it works! Even little Alex (brilliant ~14 week old Golden) knows wait at doors (car, crate, house) without physical restraint, after just a few trips. And backs away from the door when I'm carrying things in, although it helps that the other 2 dogs have those manners already too.
I do step over him. It's a matter of expediency and I spoil him. He also has a little bit ... at times, but that might all be an act because he moves like the wind when he sees a squirrel.

Stop whining then, Indulge your dog all you want, but stop bitching when he behaves in a way you've reinforced.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Even little Alex (brilliant ~14 week old Golden) knows wait at doors (car, crate, house) without physical restraint, after just ... the door when I'm carrying things in, although it helps that the other 2 dogs have those manners already too.

I was just looking at your pictures of Alex: Not too bad for a yaller dawg! How long do you have him?
...and the Hunt Test grounds at the Specialty look fantastic. I wish I had been there! Did you meet Rip or Pinch (Puppy's mum & dad) while you were there?
Here's my favourite photo so far, taken a week ago when they were four days old. I'm going up tomorrow for pats and pictures!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/55641091@N00/17886568 /
Kate
and Storm and The Puppy to be Named Later, the FCR duo
I was just looking at your pictures of Alex: Not too bad for a yaller dawg! How long do you have him?

I need to take more pictures - he's growing like a weed. He probably goes to his permanent home (former students of mine w/3 yo Golden, wife home during day, no kids) ~6/25, so that will be a month I'll have had him. I so in love. So is Franklin. It's going to be rough on both of us.
...and the Hunt Test grounds at the Specialty look fantastic. I wish I had been there! Did you meet Rip or Pinch (Puppy's mum & dad) while you were there?

Just Pinch, who I've met before. I need to see if more pics are loaded on the photographer's site.
Here's my favourite photo so far, taken a week ago when they were four days old. I'm going up tomorrow for pats and pictures! /

AWW - And those are going to be amazing puppies.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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AWW - And those are going to be amazing puppies.

I'm so excited! I just put my #2 crate back in the car this weekend to carry a friend's dog to a training day, and think I just may keep it there -)

Kate
and Storm and The Puppy to be Named Later, the FCR duo
I'm so excited! I just put my #2 crate back in the car this weekend to carry a friend's dog to a training day, and think I just may keep it there :-)

-) I can't wait for cyber puppy breath and stories of brilliance! Boy or girl?

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I'm so excited! I just put my #2 crate back ... day, and think I just may keep it there :-)

:-) I can't wait for cyber puppy breath and stories of brilliance! :Boy or girl?

Probably boy. I'm also getting a lesson from the co-breeder in Conformation Handling 101 this weekend. I really want to put a Ch on this dog, and co-breeder keeps telling me that it isn't rocket science. I've offered to buy her dinners and flowers if she'll show the pup for me, but she insists that even a klutz like me can figure it out... so I'm going to take her Specials boy (Storm's sire) and learn to manage myself while in the care of a dog who knows what he's doing.
Wish us luck! Photos (of puppy) on flickr by Monday,

Kate
and Storm and The Puppy to be Named Later, the FCR duo
Hm. The trainer who is working with me to socialize the Pig makes a big point that the dog should never be stepped over or gone around. If the dog is in my path I'm to walk "through" him...

What does "walk 'through'," mean?
Nightbear (CHow Chow, R.I.P.) liked lying in doorways. It thrilled me that he felt so comfortable with me that he didn't scurry out of the way. Whenever he was asleep, I just stood there for a few seconds, so he'd know I was there. I wish I could have another seven years to step over that beautiful furball.
I'd have more faith in your dog trainer, if he had said, "We should never have to step over or go around a dog." I agree with that.
Whatever it takes.
You and your dogs are so perfect and wonderful. I can only dream of being like you.
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