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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2015, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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A very important exercise to train especially in conjunction with recall training
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Just one variation we have taught, and that's a "scruff grab" rather than a collar grab. In an emergency, there's no way to dig down to a collar on my dogs quickly. We grab a BIG chunk of hair (so it's not "ouchy" like a small piece would be) and load on the cookies. They will both willingly allow us to grab them this way now.
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yes , good point Karen , and as Sophia Yin said " Dogs need to learn to calmly accept someone grabbing their collars or even their skin. People frequently get bitten when they suddenly grab their dogs to keep them from darting out the door or otherwise getting into trouble. One of the most common bite scenarios occurs during a dog fight when someone grabs one of the fighting dogs by the collar. When the aroused dog feels his collar being grabbed, he automatically turns and bites. We can decrease the chances of dogs being startled in this manner by desensitizing and
counterconditioning puppies to collar grabs. Of course, all of these techniques work with adult dogs, too."
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I appreciate getting all these tips. Thanks for the video, Dave, and thanks to Karen for the tip about "scruff" grabbing. This is all good to be aware of and practice.



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Nice video and good advice. Thanks.
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