i see lots of us are looking for help/suggestions on training our dogs. i found this web site, called k 9 deb. ive been poking around it, and it seems to have a bunch of useful info. http://www.k9deb.com/nilif.htm we have been trying the NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) training and it has worked wonders, in just a few days. you have to get everyone in the house to go along with it or it will confuse the pup; we had to wait till my bf daughter was away to start so we could train the dog, then her :) but it has definately made our dog more responsive, calmer, and more attentive to us, as well as it seems as though she is more comfortable spending time by herself with us instead if constantly needing to be sitting on top of us. overall it has made her realize we are in charge all the time and that has seemes to calm her. except when you say 'go for a ride' then all bets are off- she's a maniac! just wondering if anyone else has heard of this, or tried it or similar methods, and your success/failures... btw this lady's website has a bunch of other training things that seem helpful- like getting your dog not to beg and stalk you when you are preparing dinner---that's next in our house...
I used it. our positive trainer suggested it since Henry was having some growling issues. It was really great. I don't use it now to quite the extent I was, because he has been wonderful but if he started up growling again I would definitely go back to using it full time.
i think it's fabulous, and i am amazed at the difference it has made in just a few days. i can see how, once its learned, you can back off of it some. but she has responded really well, we are all happy- incl. the pup!
yeah, I still do that with Henry. I used to follow NILIF to the letter when he had his "issues". I think it's recommended to keep the dog on NILIF for life, not totally sure, but now I just pick and choose aspects of NILIF. Henry will ALWAYS have to sit for his food and any treats, for example, but I do keep his toys down now and he has free access to them.
i started the nilif program from day one with scout. having a breed that tends toward dominant behaviors i thought it would be best to start right away. i have laxed off a bit now that she is a bit older but i have set the foundation so if she ever starts any undesirable behaviors the ground work is set so it won't be such a problem to work with her. my son though is not allowed to be lax about it. h is always asking me if he can give scout a bone for free, at this point the answer is still no. she has never tried anything with him and i will try to keep it that way.
thank you eshanna. i got her from a breeder in florida. it was aliitle over a thousand miles each way. i mad the trip into 4 days. i mad it down to florida in 1 day but then divided the trip back so as not to be too stressful on us.