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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Doggy Boot Camp
August 19, 2009, 10:56 am
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Barney is in his first day of walking with Dima.  It is 1-1/2 hours of walking with a bunch of other dogs.  But as Dima is also a dog trainer, Barney is going to get a bit of extra help learning how to walk appropriately.  And I doubt he’ll like it at first, as we’re a bit wussy when it comes to him.  Dima has no pity for the fool of a dog who tries to push his boundries.  Dima is not mean – he’s one of the first people who used handfeeding and positive training…but he also believes that a correction is also necessary.  The correction may be a nudge on the hind leg, a slight jerk of the lead, etc.  It is not harsh, but it does get the attention of the dog and redirects him back to the good stuff…because Dima also hands out treats to dogs who do the right thing.  In my walk with Dima and the dogs on Monday, I saw how happy these dogs were…and learned that they progress from short lead, to long lead, to trailing long lead, to trailing short lead, to no lead walking.  And Dima is patient about it.  He won’t rush the progress.  After that walk with me doing all the work, Barney was exhausted.  And I think he’ll be more so today.

In addition, Barney is going to be going with Roy to Dima’s Dog School on Saturdays in Hendon.  I think it will be good for both of them.

So here’s to a better behaved and happier dog!