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  1. Does she always jump in when lured by a high value treat? If so, keep using it but slowly reduce the quantity. You should also try to switch to rewarding her for jumping in without showing the treat (i.e., no longer luring). The next step would be to to randomly (and I really mean randomly here) reward her for jumping in. Then, eventually, you can work on completely eliminating the reward. I'm still working on all of this with EQ, but I consider it a victory that I no longer have to lift him into the car. It should help if you're able to be super patient, which isn't always possible when you're trying to get a car trip going. So, set aside some times when you are able to wait things out. I found that if I waited long enough, EQ would almost always jump in on his own eventually. The usual training suggestions apply here: Don't give the command more than once (so you're not training her that the cue is you saying it over and over), give rewards for every step in the right direction, don't give attention for the wrong behavior, etc. If all this fails, you might consider putting a treat in the car ahead of time and just pointing it out to get her to jump in. Make the car a place where amazing treats might just happen on their own, and Bette might be motivated to check if the Treat Fairy has left any presents just in case.
  2. Why do you feel that muzzling will make him worse? I think you should try it. If he's kept from this chewing behavior, he might be calmer and happier. EDIT: He seems to have a wide range of chewing interests, but you might also consider spraying bitter apple or similar on his preferred targets. That's worked for me, but I feel like yours might just chew other things.
  3. Chewy appears to have the second one in stock.
  4. Definitely. He's really laid back about pretty much everything. Yes. EQ is his official name. It's short for Equuleus, a constellation name that means "Little Horse" in Latin. He doesn't know his name yet, but we're getting there.
  5. I just got my boy EQ Sunday. He's generally quirk free (and amazing in every way), so when a quirk popped up yesterday it stood out. My living room ceiling fan has been on continuously since EQ arrived. I turned it off last night as we were getting ready to leave. Not only did he notice the fan not moving right away, but he kept looking at the fan and then me and then the fan, 5 times or so. All the while, he had a not-previously-seen worried expression on his face. "I think the ceiling's broken," he seemed to be saying. I thanked him for noticing, and we headed out. This is a dog who barely reacts to new and weird noises, my comings and goings, etc., so I was happy to have a small glimpse of something that could fit in this part of the forum.
  6. Thanks for this info! Quick turnaround, too!
  7. Hi Dick, I just got Ww Machu Pichu a couple days ago and would love a style/performance summary. Thanks! -Steve
  8. I'll add: Make sure you're cleaning any accident spots with an enzyme-based cleaner. The first one could be an upset stomach, and the ones after that could be a "this appears to be a good spot to go" problem.
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