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  • Steve Kessler

    Member
    June 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

    So true Mike. The bull terriers are everywhere here in the UK. Great dogs, super drive!! But most have not ever tugged as some information here is, may I say “rubbish”.
    Dave the bull terrier I’m training is a year old and never tugged. Lives on ten acres yet has restless spirit issues. After some supervised tug sessions the owners are amazed at how much Dave has calmed down. As I like to explain it. Imagine a fine artisit with paint canvas and easel in front of them, tied in a straight jacket. Dave took to tugging like a fish to water. And boy will he work for it too! Also he holds his sit stay til I free him upindefinitely now. Just finishing phase 1. Keep you updated. As for me. The training has really helped get me back on my feet. My restless spirit is also improving.
    Best,
    Steve

  • Steve Kessler

    Member
    June 25, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Hi Mike,
    I just wanted to add that after I have gone still and brought the tug to my body, I keep my fingers closed and actually go very soft in my hands. Just a reminder for people not to tug back at all, just calmly end the game, repeating the word out. I had a 100 lb. woman amazed yesterday because she tried to tug all week, but became frustrated because her technique was off and her 80 pound Bull Terrier was “controlling the game” not good. Five minutes into the lesson, voila! No tension, almost instant release.

    Steve

  • Steve Kessler

    Member
    June 25, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Hi all,
    I’m walking to my car and as I approach I notice an off leash Pit approaching along the sidewalk. No ID tag, brindle, well fed with taill high in the air and hackles rising. I calmly put my red nose Chica in a sit stay. Like Eastwood in Unforgiven, we remain calm. I reach in my pocket and pull out my ever present Spray Shield. Wait for the dog to close to about four feet, and give it a nice spurt on the nose. The dog circles, comes back so I calmly spray him again. His tail drops, and he trots off. Props to Chica for keeping her cool. I open the car and Chica hops in. A sure dogfight became nothing more than a satisfying moment.

    Steve

  • Steve Kessler

    Member
    June 25, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Hi Mike and Linda,
    I am in the UK and because I was unable to get Agility delivered here I am using a joint supplement called Lupo San from Germany. It too has Glucosamine derived from green lip sea mussels. It comes in powder, and dissolvable tablet form, with the tablet cointaining 40% sea mussel and the powder 30%. I’ll keep all up to date on the results as I have two dogs with joint problems currently on the supplement.

    Hope all works out for you.

    Best,
    Steven Kessler
    CFDT

  • Steve Kessler

    Member
    February 12, 2009 at 4:35 am

    I’m sure Mike could answer you directly, but what phase of the training are you up to? Are you in phase two, using the pinch collar? If so, are you following the command structure? Giving command, warning, correction and then correction with help. If you tell me what lesson you recently completed I may be able to help you troubleshoot.