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The Internet Kitchen: Pack Leader!

by Nick

A month or so ago I started watching The Best of The Dog Whisperer on Netflix. It started as a joke, but then I began to slowly realize that our dog, Porter, could use some extra  training. He has zero ability to control himself around other people or dogs and just kind of goes nuts.

He’s not aggressive. He doesn’t bite or anything, but he just gets very excited and wants to be all over you. Which is possibly aggression… Anyway, since we are moving to a city in the next month, we’ve been trying to do some training that will help him be more calm around people and other dogs.

We are sort of using the Cesar method of becoming a pack leader and not letting him dominate the world. So far it seems to be working and he is responding to it reasonably well. We are also using positive re-enforcement when he does good things so hopefully these two methods will produce some calm dog results!

We have a long way to go though!

The Poll

The Links

 Best Dog Biscuits - Maybe if Porter really becomes a very good boy, I’ll make these for him. Just maybe. (@ White on Rice Couple)

10 Food Rules Worth Breaking – I think I agree with most of these except maybe the butter in the pan. I don’t dig the nonstick sprays. (@ Amateur Gourmet)

Microwaved Sweet Potato Chips – I’ve struggled with sweet potatoes for my entire cooking life. Making baked chips and fries is damn near impossible. This method looks like a quick fix though, although still not perfect as noted in the post. (@ The Bitten Word)

Mini Strawberry Napoleons – These look like a perfect dessert for spring and I have a huge crush on puff pastry right now so these were really speaking to me. (@ Ezra Pound Cake)

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12 comments on “The Internet Kitchen: Pack Leader!

  1. If I could just say one thing about dog training, it would be to do your own research first. Cesar Milan gets a lot of attention because he’s famous, but there are also a lot of criticisms of the harm that the traditional methods he uses can do to a dog. It’s a bit of a touchy subject for some people, so all I’m saying is… be mindful!

    1. Yea… I’m learning that! Definitely still learning… if you have any dog-training resources, send ‘em my way! :)

  2. Have you started clicker training? We’re had a lot of success using that method. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog will always *listen* to you, but it helps them understand and learn commands, and can be very fun and rewarding. I am reading a couple books right now, I can send you the titles when I get home. In my opinion though, I think clicker training and positive re-inforcement are good methods because they help teach your dog what you WANT them to do, rather than what you DON’T want them to do. We’re still working on it though, our dog is no angel, but she had learned a lot of commands since we’ve her.

  3. Hey Nick. I have a puppy that is rambunctious. I don’t really care for Caesar’s way because I;’m not a dog, nor do I want to be one. LOL.

    One that really worked for me with Hershey (the dog I have before my new addition) worked really well with the Sirius line. It’s super old school (I believe the DVDs were made from transfered VCR tapes..) but the results are short of amazing. There is no domination, nothing like that.

    Check it out… he has several videos here is the amazon page…
    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=Dr.%20Ian%20Dunbar&search-alias=dvd

    1. Looks like it might be similar to what we’ve worked on. Rewarding positive behaviors, ignoring bad behaviors, so they slowly learn what type of behavior brings rewards.

  4. aww he is such a cutie!!! I have been taking my dog to a local dog training club for classes and it has really helped! I want her to be a therapy dog eventually so we do have a long way to go still! I think the best thing is really just to spend time every day working with them! :-)

      1. Oh, and another great, GREAT resource for positive reinforcement training….Karen Pryor’s book, Don’t Shoot the Dog. I used to work at a zoo and the animal behavior staff highly recommended that book. I’ve used techniques in it ever since. Of particular note is “capturing” good behaviors. Well worth the few bucks it should take you to get a used copy.

  5. Forgot that I said I would send you this. The books I’ve been reading and would recommend, though not to imply that our dog is an angel yet, we’re still working with her!
    Good Dog 101 – Cristine Dahl – A humane approach to changing your dog’s behavior.
    How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves – Dr. Sophia Yin

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