Posted: Sep 9, 2009 12:43 pm
I can't help much with the clipping issue -- Mingo had similar issues, but the women at PetCo on Pop/Highland were great with him.
but here's my two cents on basic dog training:
I got a new rescue shortly after you got Roo, and training him is definitely a work in progress. a friend gave me one of the Dog Whisperer's DVDs, and it really, really helped me. with Beulah, my last dog, I would wait until a situation escalated and then I would yell to fix it. this time around, I anticipate what's going to happen and then I take control of the situation by asking Cassius for the behavior I want -- i.e. setting him up for success. I also don't yell -- instead I talk very quietly, and wait for him to behave, and don't let anything else progress (the walk, the person coming in the front door, dinner, whatever) until he's done what I've asked. I also make those silly shhht correction noises when he starts to veer off track. so far, it works great and only fails when I fail to address a situation before it gets to the breaking point (i.e. when he jumps on company while they're sitting on the couch etc).
like when other people come around, tell them to stop and turn their back on Roo as soon as she starts to get excited. when she can sit or lie down, they can acknowledge her, but as soon as she gets wriggly again, they quit talking, turn their back, and you correct her back into place. it takes a lot of repetition, and it can be annoying at first, but your visitors shouldn't mind helping and in the long run you, Roo and Ryan will be happier for it!