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PostSubject: hello! x   Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:39 pm

Hello!

For those of you who may not know me, I am Nikki, I am 24 and own two very gorgeous rescue staffords.

Rocco is a Dogs Trust dog, he is 3, stands 15.5" and 15.7kg. He is my little agility star and is in the Rescue Dogs Agility team.





Dixie is 5 years old and from sbtrescue. Initionally she came to us as a foster - but who couldn't fall in love with this face...




Dixie is DA and I have worked VERY had with her and she now mixes with most dogs.



Look forward to chatting to you all.

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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Sun Nov 08, 2009 3:47 pm

Gorgeous as ever Nikki - some lovely pictures - what have you done to help her Dog Aggression and how long has it taken.
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:36 am

Gr8 pics, I can see why you couldn't let her go!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:36 am

Hiya Nikki, Rocco n Dixie are looking good Smile
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:56 am

Hi Nikki & hello

Dixie & Rocco are looking as gorgeous as ever loving
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 4:34 am

Hi Nikki,Rocco n Dixie,Welcome aboard.
The pair looking gorguz as ever.
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 5:01 am

Hiya nikki, welcome to the forum, rocco and dixie are looking brilliant, gorgeous as ever Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:28 am

welcome Nikki & gang! Smile hello
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:31 am

Thank you all for the warm welcomes! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:37 am

Susan wrote:
Gorgeous as ever Nikki - some lovely pictures - what have you done to help her Dog Aggression and how long has it taken.

I have had Dixie almost 21 months now (how the time has flown by) it is still a work in progress, but she is 100% better than what she was.

I started off by just getting her to sit next to me with other dogs walking past (at a distance) and rewarding her when she ignored them.

I then slowly reduced the distance, so we got closer and closer to the moving dogs, again she would be sitting next to me and when she ignored, she was rewarded.

When she first saw a dog, she would go very stiff and puff herself out, tail high and stiff and she would fixate on the dog. Now her body language is much more relaxed, tail low, no body stiffness etc. On the odd occasion - she does puff herself up, but I think that is down to the individual dog giving off the wrong kind of signals etc.

My biggest achievment was getting her to intergrate with my dads three dogs, Taff, Holly & Buzz - it was always going to be a challenge as they are all collie / collie x's and black!

But after a few visits (bit hard to do it reguarly as they live in Dorset now) but this is what I achieved...My proudest moment yet...

My fav one of the lot...






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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Thu Nov 19, 2009 11:41 am

Well done nikki what brilliant pictures they are - so nice to see them all together - kasha hates any black dogs - expecially rotties - he was attacked by one as a pup and has never forgotten so if i see one in the street ive got to hold on tight as madam joins in too - not really sure what i can do to break this - milly is the same with akitas as she was attacked by one last year - i do try and distract them and praise them but they spot either of these dogs from so far away its better i walk the other way lol
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:16 pm

I did a lot of 1-2-1 with Dixie as I found if I had Rocco with me, she was worse and felt like she had to go into protect mode.

Maybe you could try working with one of them first, then the other - and then try walking them together again?

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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:46 am

Well done Nikki, love the pics, gorgeous dogs
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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:50 am

You'vew done a brilliant job with dixie nikki, the pics are great, really love the 1st one aswell, rocco looks so proud in that pic Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: hello! x   Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:17 pm

Welcome Nikki Very Happy
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