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Old 03-14-2016, 02:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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What is doggy day care?
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Old 03-14-2016, 04:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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What is doggy day care?
Think *kids*. That's what it is.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Re: 12 week old Mal nervousness stomach

Those that use the "doggie day care" are working people that don't have time to care for the pup/dog during the day so they send them to doggie day care.

Somewhat understandable but I personally don't like it.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:24 AM   #24 (permalink)
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there are as many varieties of doggy day care as there are dog parks
- no two are alike
- the reasons why people use them are vastly different
- totally dependent on the type of dogs that are there and the people who are with the dogs inside
- can change from one day to another
- if you trust your dog to be tossed into a group of other dogs without your control and trust the people managing them ... go for it

based on my definitions above, i see no reasons to use them
... but they can still be good places to train around for a variety of things you might want to train for, so i view them strictly as training aids

i doubt a PSA trainer would have much use for them since even though they would be great real world distractions for PPD training, i doubt the management would allow bite work to be done in the vicinity of either a dog park or a doggy day care center //rotflmao//
- too bad, since real world environments are not easy to find and there's a limit to how much you can do on a training field
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:30 AM   #25 (permalink)
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don't know about other places, but our local dog park won't allow kids inside unattended...only dogs
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Old 03-15-2016, 08:22 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Re: 12 week old Mal nervousness stomach

sounds like less nerves are = less runny stools. that's good to hear.
so more confidence building through pups learning, and working out how to play the games and get rewards will help a lot.

I provide doggy day care for my son's dog. He is an escape artist, and likes to worry sheep/cattle for a hobby. So he stays with me, and i try not to shoot him myself at times. Much less so, now he's no longer a pup!

You mention you would like to do IPO with this pup. But will wait till you have a recall that's solid.
Can i suggest, that going now, will assist you with obtaining that recall! a LOT quicker, and help out with everything you are trying to do alone right now. And a trainer loves a blank canvas! As opposed to some established training, intended and unintended (like bite child = you give it a reward (toy).
Far easier to be shown how, live in the moment the behaviour is occurring, than being told how on a dog forum in my opinion.
And will teach you how to grow the confidence in your pup, to settle those nerves.

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Old 03-15-2016, 11:56 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Re: 12 week old Mal nervousness stomach

my question is what type of service dog is this prospect supposed to end up as?

if a mal is this stressed over everything, I would return to breeder, or cut my losses with this particular dog, and get on to the next one.

that is IF you arent just looking for a dog to have, or a pet, and even then I might do whatever was necessary to move on.

But I have a high standard for dogs, even pets...I think anyhow...

think return to breeder.....return to breeder...
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Old 03-15-2016, 03:31 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I have not seen this mentioned but have you treated him for giardia? Or even tested for it?

You mentioned mucousy bowels and mucous is a sign of giardia. My current pup had it when I picked him up at 7 weeks old. After 2 weeks of loose stools, I figured out that it wasn't diet and it wouldn't hurt to put him on a course of metronidazole. Fixed him right up.

He also had cystitis too and a course of clavamox took care of that.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:25 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I'll ditto Joby on this!
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:43 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Re: 12 week old Mal nervousness stomach

re : " If she starts biting him, I get her attention and offer her her bully chew, a rawhide roll, or a toy. I praise her when she chew on the right thing and I redirect her when she chews on my kid or something inappropriate. We don't really do positive punishment."

therein lies the problem as i see it.
i doubt anyone will agree but i feel nervy dogs can be made less nervy with clear firm positive punishment. delivered in the right amount and at the right time and quickly followed by simple OB that gets short verbal/physical praise and not much more

in my opinion too much "purely positive, kind redirection" can confuse a dog because it is often delivered with a nagging kinda behavior on the part of the handler (i.e., too much talking to dog and/or kid while redirecting)

--- this is pretty much a rescue dog as i read the thread, so i don't think washing it or returning is being considered

as far as the kid and the dog interacting and "socializing"....
no idea how the kid is but it might be too early to train the kid to train the dog at ANY level. and when the kid is interacting the kid IS training the dog
- i would make it crystal clear they are mutually "hands off" at this point in time and as the owner attempts to get better control of the dog, let the kid watch from a distance
- toys for either should never be left laying around; especially dog toys

OP may have left the thread anyway .....
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