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Is my home the right home for duke

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duke

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Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 11:39pm PST 
I have a very much well loved 26 month old mastiff who is a great family dog have two young children who just love goin on adventures with duke off lead very confident boy fantastic off leaf but duke is sadly a very nervous and anxious dog in lead tried every harness I get dragged if z tree blows a car door locks anything he will bolt in the house if people comes in he will bolt around the house he stratches at doors I worried my home isn't the right home I worry he needs loads of land to roam and a family with no kids only cause of size and his behaviour can be dangerous when he bolts advice needed pls x
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duke

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Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 11:46pm PST 
16 month old not 26 month old x
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Fritz

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 3:45am PST 
Duke needs training and a lot of exercise and attention. If you are willing to train him, get a trainer and take him for walks, your home is fine.

If you decide not to keep Duke, what would you do with him? Did he come from a legitimate breeder? If so, they should be willing to help you with any problems and if you really can't keep him, take him back.

If not, you at the very least, own it to Duke to find him a good home. Ultimately, you took on a responsibility when you got Duke. Would you re-home one of your children if they had a problem or became inconvenient?
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ARCHMX Asher RL1X RL2X RL3X RL

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 5:40am PST 
There certainly ARE things you can do to help Duke. Are you committed to keeping and helping him?

First, vet check. be sure to have a CBC, SNAP and Thyroid test done.

Second, there are some resources you can access right now to start to understand what is happening with Duke.

Former Dogster Debbie Jacobs has a site here:

www.fearfuldogs.com

Lots of information there and she has an e-book

www.reactivedogs.com

is also a good starting point. Scaredy Dog is one of my dog training go-to books and the latest DVD, On the Road to Reality is full of exercises. I know I am more of a visual and tactile learner myself.

You may want to look into a no-pull harness like the Freedom or the SENSE-ation. Neither of these will teach Duke to walk nicely on a leash, but they will manage the behavior and give you the control you need while you are teaching him to walk nicely on a leash.
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duke

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 11:39am PST 
duke

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 11:37am PST[edit your post]

Wow I am completely committed to my dog he is my world I have had behaviourist in I take him out daily where i live is fantastic i have beaches woods everything he has been socialised puppy classes he has focus training daily people come in my house they ignore him and then they throw a treat on floor I put everything into my dog doubt was put in my head by vet he as had loads of tests done he is currently under leahurst vets university at the mo thanks for criticism not help and advice I have always had mastiffs my whole
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Kolbe

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 11:42am PST 
...?? I didn't see any criticism...if you weren't looking for pointers or advice (which were given) not sure why you posted?? Confused. You also didn't say anything about any training or exercise routines you were currently doing in your original post so I'm not sure how people could magically deduce that. Good luck!
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duke

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 11:44am PST 
Ok thanks will have a look into that he walks great on leads then unexpected something will scare him and he bolts I was told if for example hd was scared of a bin in street to carry on but throw a treat as walk by bin do he gets a positive experience not a bad one... Really an trying really am when I said right home I literally mean in a family home worried it makes him more anxious
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duke

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Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 11:49am PST 
Sorry I thought u thought I was just willy nilly going to rehome him he really is my world just nothing is helping me I have tried his breeder I can't get in contact with I worried duke isn't having the home he wants I really don't know what else to do he has severe allergies also from practically everything :-( can u tell I fed up lol I would never want to rehome duke and as I said to vet any home I feel he goes to will have the same prob as he is in a fantastic loving home where he has everything he needs but he still anxious x
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ARCHMX Asher RL1X RL2X RL3X RL

we will dance in- the ring without- words
 
 
Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 4:52pm PST 
Duke, I was asking if you are committed. And it is a question you really need to ask yourself.

As for me, I would NEVER give up one of my dogs. I would move heaven and earth to solve problems and behavior. But that is me. Some people give uo when the work gets too hard.

I am very glad to hear that you are NOT that type of person. I would expect to be doing a LOT of work with Duke in the future, but it can be an enjoyable, bonding experience and I can promise that the journey will be worth it.
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Fritz

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Barked: Wed Jan 23, '13 4:14pm PST 
Duke, sorry if you were offended but from your post, see below,I did indeed think you were considering rehoming your dog, perhaps looking for validation for your choice.

(snip) I worried my home isn't the right home I worry he needs loads of land to roam and a family with no kids only cause of size and his behaviour can be dangerous when he bolts advice needed pls x(snip)
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