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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Bit of a dilemma?

My ex husband (over 20 yrs divorced) recently relocated to my son's just a few houses from me. He has a 5 year old male german shepard who is just adorable and very lovable. Bo tends to piddle when he gets excited (my black lab used to do the same) and I realize he has no control over this. The problem is "J" yells or smacks Bo when this happens which of course Bo just ends up piddling even more after being scolded. I have also witnessed him smack Bo in the head with the handle to his retractable leash when he didnt lay down immediately when told on a recent visit to my home. This behavior towards Bo just goes all over me and it's very hard to hold my tongue. I recently had to send my own lab over the rainbow bridge after him being part of our family for over 14 years and never once did anyone in my household ever scold him for an accident when he was excited and most of all ever hit him to enforce behavior. Should I keep my mouth shut or maybe a sutle way to say this is not the way to treat this beautiful dog? It just upsets me so much to witness this when he stops over or I have to go to my sons.
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That's a tough situation. When they are in your home you can politely tell them it won't be tolerated. When you are in their home... well there's not much you can do.
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Say something like "Instead of whacking him in the head with his leash, why don't you try positive reinforment with treats?" or something along those lines. Try saying it nicely so he doesn't get defensive. Also remind him that scolding a dog that pees when excited just makes it worse and that if he ignores the habit that it may eventually go away.


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