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Old 11-29-2012, 04:49 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thyroid, inflammatory bowel issues in addition to the usual poodle concerns. He's a spoo right? Hips if that is so. Don't freak out, he's almost certainly 100% fine, but if the behavior problems persist then you want to look into physiological underlying causes to make sure he isn't trying to tell you he doesn't feel great.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thyroid, inflammatory bowel issues in addition to the usual poodle concerns. He's a spoo right? Hips if that is so. Don't freak out, he's almost certainly 100% fine, but if the behavior problems persist then you want to look into physiological underlying causes to make sure he isn't trying to tell you he doesn't feel great.
Thanks so much for giving me an idea of what to look out for! He's a mini and he seems fine otherwise - no limping, still loves chewing, playing and, of course, barking.
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Thankfully, we haven't yet had a repeat of the "what on EARTH are you talking about??" look. Mainly, I just have had Laszlo on a "refresher course" of basic obedience (sit, down, stand, touch - I haven't yet figured out how to teach a little dog how to "heel") and games (fetch, tug & give - I do them together), as well as training him to do new things and keeping a training journal. He seems to be doing a lot better. I think part of the problem is that Laszlo had gotten to be so reliable and easy to live with that I had slacked off with training - BIG MISTAKE! I need to remind myself to keep teaching him new stuff and keep reinforcing the old stuff, too!
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Yes, poodles are so smart it is easy to forget to refresh your work periodically. It is awesome that you keep a journal. Do you plan to do rally, obedience or agility with Lazlo? You sound very organized.
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Yes, poodles are so smart it is easy to forget to refresh your work periodically. It is awesome that you keep a journal. Do you plan to do rally, obedience or agility with Lazlo? You sound very organized.
I think you're the first person ever who's said I sound organized! Thanks!

I'd love to do some kind of more structured activity with Laszlo. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to yet, as there are very few training places near where I live, and the ones around charge an arm and a leg, like $250 for a four-session course in basic obedience, which seems excessive. I've found a place about 45 minutes away that has a puppy and small dog agility class, so *hopefully* I'll be able to start there with him next year. I figure that if I can commute 45 minutes to go to class in Manhattan, I can do the same for something I'll probably enjoy a lot more!
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Funny about you thinking you are disorganized, I know I am disorganized about many things, so maybe it isn't too meaningful a comment from me. Since I don't know where in NJ you are (I hope not the shore with problems from Sandy), I will suggest a couple of places for obedience classes. Up Front Farm in Allentown (Mercer county) is where the Poodle Obedience Training Club of Greater NY has their trial each spring. I believe they have classes and a fair amount of matches. Top Dog, I haven't been there but I know there are trials there. I think they have classes too.
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I don't know where in NJ you are (I hope not the shore with problems from Sandy), I will suggest a couple of places for obedience classes. Up Front Farm in Allentown (Mercer county) is where the Poodle Obedience Training Club of Greater NY has their trial each spring. I believe they have classes and a fair amount of matches. Top Dog, I haven't been there but I know there are trials there. I think they have classes too.
Been to Top Dog in Flanders (NJ) and I would recommend their training classes. Top Dog Obedience School And it's for certain that training and learning are lifelong pursuits for poodles--their minds are just too sharp to let go "dormant." I hit a training wall with Chagall at about 14 months. He seemed to develop amnesia overnight as to what the heck commands and hand signals meant. It turned out to "mean" I'd slacked off in reinforcing them. Baaad owner, great dog! He's three now and we having our ongoing education and training act fairly well together.
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Thanks for the recommendation, Chagall's Mom! It's a valuable lesson: to paraphrase the United Negro College Fund, a poodle's mind is a terrible thing to waste!

I'm actually about to start a new thread asking for people's experience at various NJ dog training schools. Maybe you can comment there about your experience at Top Dog?
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