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Bandit and Bailey practicing their good manners

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Published on Jun 25, 2012

If you've been following along with the adventures of Bandit and Bailey over the last year, you'll understand what an accomplishment it is to have them sit nicely together, without snarling, snapping, fighting or bloodshed.

This is nine months of working slowly and deliberately to modify Bailey's reactivity problems - working first on calming her down, then on helping her focus, then on learning to control her impulses. For his part, Bandit has had to learn to be in the presence of a dog for whom he harbors a grudge - with good reason. She sent him to the vet's with puncture wounds twice.

Remember, a year ago at this time we also had Scout, who was terminally ill while Bailey was entering her "maniac, pain in the tail" phase. Jealousy, a dog with a serious illness, and two high strung dogs trying to occupy the same space led to some serious problems.

This is proof positive that patience, positive training methods, determination to meet the dogs' needs, and a plan with specific goals can really work. It takes time, but in the process not only do the dogs learn to be better behaved, so do the people. ;)

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