It's hard to chat with you here, with so many digs being made at me. So Rude.
However, I am in awe that you have 8 Staffs! How do they get along? Do they fight? How do you manage so many in the same house? Do you use crates? What about eating time? And food aggression?
My - so many questions. If you can make your house work, believe me when I say that I have full respect for that. I know what it is like to have a house full. You need to find your stride or you really have a bad fall.
Also, do all of your dogs get along? Do you ever worry about your poodle?
Lord, I need to stop these questions.
I should send you a copy of my training video (free of course), I am seen in it working with some Staffs. Very cool stuff.
In my training video all the outwardly aggressive dogs that I used were all powder puffs, and the Staffs were all well behaved (for the most part). I did this because I wanted the public to SEE, that bully breeds can be awsome, while dogs that most people think of as great can be a real problem. I never really say this in the video, it is more of a hidden message. But when it is pointed out, you can't miss it.
I was one of the receptionists who fielded the calls for the vet, and I can say that I did not injure one pet. I did, however, save hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on behalf of the owners.
Puppywishes, you are simply looking to rile people up. I've watched your posts on the forum for a while, and they all seem to be focused around one thing - stir up as much trouble as possible. I hope you're being fulfilled in that regard.
Right now, I only have one "real" dog. What does real mean? It means a dog that I went out and paid for. The other dogs are my "good company". These are dogs that find there way here for a vast number of reasons. And they stay with me until I can find them a new home.
In my mind, in order to keep my wits about me, I cannot call these dogs my "real" pets, if I do, I spend days crying when they leave. I am gettng old and the pain of saying goodbye is more than I can handle anymore. You know how it is.
With me now I have One Whippet, A Pit-Bull, A GSD, a litter of Pug-a-Poo puppies (saved from a puppymill) a Yorki, and a host of mix breed dogs that could be a little bit of anything. And I have a Dalmation on the way, another rescue.
All of the dogs live in my house and all of the dogs are allowed to interact with each other. I start my training with very clear boundary work so that the dogs never feel that they are owners of 'my' territory. I feel that if you can keep a dogs sence of territoy under control, they are far less apt to break out into fights.
I feed a natural raw food called Pets-4-Life, you can look them up on the web. Great food. And if I am low on cash, which is always the case when you save other peoples pets, I feed GO Natural or Wellness.
I live in a no punishemnt house. Dogs that are bad are asked to leave the pack. This is a form of punishment I know. I do not use words like NO, or BAD, I say "Leave", and the offending dog removes itself from the group. I then wait for the dog to allow itself back in, when it does so it had better present good social respect, or it is simply asked to "leave" again.
I use no obedience, I have no time for it. In my view obedience is far too often used as a way to control unwanted behaviours that should not be happening in the first place. Some people say "sit" when a dog jumps up. I don't think the jumping should ever take place. I try to create great social grace so that I don't need to be barking commands all the time.
I see obedience more as a sport, a fun sport, but a sport that I have no time for.
Oh... well... look at this, a little bio. I would love to learn more about your systems of life. You must have a good one in place to look after so many dogs.
(sorry about my spelling and stuff - my fingers move faster than my ability to think most of the time)
"Puppywishes, you are simply looking to rile people up. I've watched your posts on the forum for a while, and they all seem to be focused around one thing - stir up as much trouble as possible. I hope you're being fulfilled in that regard."
Please. It is not my fault that people become diagreeable. I simply spoke my mind. That is all.
Now Puppywishes, let me try to be nice here, so as to not hurt your feelings (despite the fact that you've had no regard for anyone else's). You say that medical advice should not be given over the net. And I can respect and understand that...as a principal. I even agree with it, as a principal. You believe that to an extreme. I think I can safely say that none of us disagree with you in that we should not diagnose an animal over the internet. IT IS a vets job to do that. However, I have not seen a case on here where someone has diagnosed a dog. No one has said "Your dog has cancer" or "That is definitely hip displaysia." I see the TP Forum as an awesome community...we all share the love of my life--animals. Every one here has something unique to bring to this community; whether that be experience, advice or support. Read just about any other thread on here, and you will see that we rarely all agree on anything. Strangely, it seems that we all agree that we don't agree with you. But I don't think there is a person on here that can say that they haven't learned anything new, or a new way to look at things, or embraced somebody elses point of view. We're all here to learn, not just to speak and force our opinions on others.
I used the example of my dad a little earlier. His doctors diagnosed him and nearly amputated his foot. A guy who works for him, cleaning up demolition messes, is the one that turned him on to Sharko-Joint Syndrome. So, I ask you, should that man have listened to my dads story, and told him, "Hmm, you should probably listen only to your doctor and go ahead and have them cut your foot off just to be safe"? How is that right?
In the first post I read of yours, the one about using food for treats, you came off as your way is THE ONLY way. And every post I've read of yours since has come across the same way. If you feel strongly about something, then good for you...defend it to the end. But don't come into an established forum and demand that you are THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIGHT. Especially when I haven't seen one person agree with you. If your dog responds well to being trained however it is you train them, then so be it. My dog does great with treats, praise and a martingale collar. I am not an extremist by any means, I say do what works for you, as long as its humane. Just because you have a way of training your dog, does not mean that my way is wrong, and vice-versa (even though you still won't share yours).
I don't rush my dog to the vet over every little thing. If its serious, by all means, I'd be knocking down the vets door in the middle of the night, after stabilizing him myself if possible. If God forbid, he was hit by a car, or he was bleeding, or having seizures, you bet I'll be at the doggie ER lickity-split. But for a simple question about which flea treatment is best, I'm not going to get that answer out of my vet...I'll get it from the people that have used different flea treatments, and can tell me the pros and cons that THEY have experienced, as well as what they have heard from "experts". I would hope that you don't rush your dog to the vet for everything, and even moreso your children. Take it from me, its no fun living in a body that has become so dependent on antibiotics that you can no longer fight off an infection on your own, and all those antibiotics have caused you to be immune to just about every antibiotic out there.
You have made it very clear that you think very highly of yourself. You are proud that you are a trainer, been on tv, wrote a book, are a breeder, and met Cesar. But, thus far, I'm not impressed. You constantly contradict yourself. You seem to worship Cesar Millan, but then say no to negative reinforcement...but Cesar uses it all the time--a pop of the leash, a two-fingered poke in the neck, or even a kick in the side. Cesar is against humanely euthanizing aggressive dogs, yet you suggest euthanization upon the first episode. Then there's the pitbull issue. I personally don't care for pitbulls, but I'd much rather ban stupid people than ban a breed. Anyway, I'm not impressed, and based on your expert "solutions" offered here, you will never train a dog of mine.
So, I ask again, what is your righteous dog training technique(s)?
If you are an adult, you should know by now exactly what will rile people up, and I think you use it to your advantage. You talked earlier about people being "addicted" to this forum, and I think you're the proverbial pot calling the kettle black. I suspect the difference is that unlike most of us, you don't come here to help, but to get some much-needed excitement and conflict in your quiet country life. I think that with maturity, this need to constantly create arguments will pass, and I wish you luck in that aspect.
"So, I ask again, what is your righteous dog training technique(s)?"
Heather. Dear Heather.
I agree with you almost 100% However, it is clear to me that your do not want to stay on topic. You are out to get me because you FEEL that i think I am God.
I never, ever, ever, said that your training methods were wrong. Rather, I said that I do not believe in training dogs with treats. And that post was a long time ago. Yet, you are still hanging on to a topic that is dead and gone in my mind. If you want to bring it up again, start a new topic. I may jump in and speak.
I also agree - I am extream when it comes to the health and well being of dogs. And I am good with that. I don't need you to validate me. Nor should you become so upset because I don't validate you.
As for Cecar. I think he is a great dog trainer, but I do not agree with everything he does. How is this hard for you to understand. I also think Ian Dunbar has a fantastic doggy mind, but I hate the use of food treats.
Can you understand this? No... How about this.
I LOVE Tori Amos, but I don't like every song on her albums. Still, she is my #1 singer.
Heather, you have been making digs at me in more posts than I can remember. You do your level best to dig me apart. You have attacked my spelling, you have out and out called me a lire, and have even used "s^%$!" type "F U's" in your posts. This being the case, why on earth would I want to talk to you? I don't.
I will not talk to you about dog training. We will not see eye to eye, and you will start this "puppywishes" drama crap.
You make me dramatic by giving me so much attention.
How many times must I say. We do not agree, Leave it alone. I do not want to fight with you.
I don't think I have ever been on TV, but my little brothers girlfriend was on The 700 Club a few weeks ago, my friend Casey was in Can't Hardly Wait, I lived next door to the guy from MTV Sports, I have been to a party at the house where Deuce Bigalow was filmed, I know where Cher and Demi Moore live, the president of my last school is Arnold Schwarzneggar's advisor and he goes to my school all the time, I stood next to Dennis Rodman at my physical therapists office (but didn't recognize him--I know where he lives too) and I have seen Pamela Anderson and her kids at SavOn. So, by default, I think that officially makes me a celebrity!
I have not written a best seller book, but I do have a couple of papers that were published, one in a psychology journal (on hypochondriasis) and one in a teaching journal. In 7th grade I won a writing contest, for which I got $25 and a grey t-shirt. I won the spelling bee in 6th grade. Then my senior year of high school, my english teacher told me I'd never make it in college because my writing was so bad (I'd love to shove my MBA up her nose).
I am not a dog trainer, but I am proud of the progress I have made with Merphy, and the cool little tricks that he does. I am also working with my parents Yorkie and my brothers Golden Retriever to overcome some of their challenges.
I am not a vet or a vet tech, but the closest I have come is taking an autopsy class. That was cool!
And, so there you have it, I am obviously an expert! Just because I said!
Oh, no, I will never understand why anyone in their right mind likes Tori Amos!
And yes, I have referred to your theology as bull$hit, which I will stand by. But, please don't accuse me of saying "F U" in any post. I don't use that language, as I can think of better ways to express myself and my thoughts. Thats just low to even pull that card.
Maybe you should read through your posts, and see what you have actually said to people and how you have accused people on here. You come across as awfully full of yourself...and I'm not the only person to see that. Its in black and white, and I still don't believe that you don't feel that pits should be banned. You're kinda phony, say one thing then take it back..."Oh, no, that's not what I meant."
I thought you were gonna stop posting back on like page 3? This is just too much fun for me!
I am going to write TD and ask them to remove this topic. It's too much and has become way out of control.
Heather, what is up with you. Why are you so upset because I have talked about myself. Yes, I have done TV, and radio. So what? I did not talk about that to buff myself up. In fact, I think I said - "at the end of the day I still clearn up dog poo like everybody." My point was that being on tv and writing books does not make you a big shot. We are all just dog owners at the end of the day.
This is what I said... why are you blowing things way out of control?
Why are you trying to belittle my acomplihsmnets? Does it make you feel better to tear me down? I just don't get this. And you don't seem to be able to stop.
I love you too. But I am not going to talk about dog training on this group. No way. No how. It is just not going to happen. So you can call me all the names in the book and puff yourself up as much as you want.
You have gone way over the top and I have not even come close to being as rude as you are. You are well out of control at this point and I would like a moderator to stop this.
***Edited By: puppywishes on 6/3/2006 1:42:06 AM*** Reason: small
Heather is bashing me. It's clear. She may not like what I have to say. But I am not calling her names, or bashing her on line reputation. She is way off topic and she keeps on making this about "ME" - and this is not about me. It's about the pros and cons of giving on-line medical advice.
She has been posting message after message calling me all sorts of names... and the mods are not doing anything it about it. I have NOT singled out one person here. I just spoke my mind. Heather has singled me out and I will not stand for it. Nor will she end.