Doodle Daze – A blog about a labradoodle


Hand feeding triumph!
April 18, 2012, 12:12 pm
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I thought I’d post one of our successes of hand feeding plus our latest hand feeding project we have going. As you know from hearing/reading about our pup, Barney can be an anxious dog…when we got him he was fearful of almost anything. Working with Dima, doing hand feeding and patience has helped him a lot.

One thing we wanted to be able to do with him was give him a blow dry when he was wet after a walk. He wouldn’t even come near the thing at first, even when it was off. I used hand feeding around it, then had him touch it to get food, then hand fed him when it was on, etc. now he begs to get a blow dry whenever I use the hair dryer on me!

My current project is to get him okay with the hair razor as we’d like to cut off some of his excess hair when it gets warmer. I’m using the same techniques and he now spontaneously touches the razor if it’s on the floor. He’s still scared of it when it’s on, but he’ll get there. I just wanted to put this out there to show that what Dima talk about really works. Barney is a changed boy from when we got him almost 3 yrs ago from the rescue.  Hand feeding and positive reinforcement works!

I’ll be certain to get a video of Barney doing this soon and post it in the Barney Youtube Channel!

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Hi Barney, I see that you again have LET your parents think they are controlling you. My parents also try to get me to do things by using food. However, we both know that WE CAN TRAIN THEM to feed us. When any dog is hungry, we pretend to do what they want and they give us what we always want. So who is the being trained!!! Of course those humans. Let them continue to think otherwise. That works for us – right Barney. Take care – your friend from across the pond. MAX

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