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Hi Jill,
Thank you for taking time to answer this.
I have a 9 months mixed husky shepard female dog. She lives in house.  I wanted to get her an in house private dog trainer but was not possible. So now i have to put her at a training school for at least one month where she will be kept in a very small room all day and only taken out 3 times a day for half an hour. I want to know if dogs cope to any living condition and how this might be affecting her.
Thank you

NO!  NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT DO THIS!

YOU can train YOUR DOG at home.  DO NOT put your dog into a place where you have no idea what they will DO TO HER and, I promise, they WILL do SOMETHING to her.  NO NO NO.

Nine months?  Why have you waited so long to train your dog?  Have you socialized this dog? At all?  Is she house trained???  You do not need a "trainer", you can do this yourself using positive reinforcement training (that means: NO ABUSE, NO COERCION, NO CORRECTION: food based operant conditioning).

I want you to take a look at these links and think about it and then report back using FOLLOWUP: how to use followup?  Keep the email containing the link to this answer.  When you want to post a followup question, open the email, follow the link back to this answer, scroll down and you will see "Ask a Followup Question", click on that and report back.  

Here are links to HOW YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR DOG EASILY to follow cues (commands).  If your dog is not socialized, we have a bigger problem than just teaching her how to follow cues.

The first is a link to Dr. Ian Dunbar's free, online "obedience" course; the second is a link to Karen Pryor's site on how to use a clicker to train a dog ("click flicks" are on the site and they are free, also, and teach you how to use the clicker).  The third is a link to Dr. Ian Dunbar's set of DVDs (four).

IF you surrender your dog to neanderthals (and yes, that's what they are), she will come back to you with a broken spirit; if she has not been properly socialized, she may turn into a fear biter.  The hybrid you describe (Husky/GSD) is a difficult one and must be managed with intelligence, not force.  DO NOT put her into that "school".

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Jill Connor, Ph.D.


I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.


30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

Member, APDT (UK); Psychologists in Ethical Treatment with Animals

Harcourt Brace Learning Direct: "The Business of Dog Training" "The Fail Safe Dog: Brain Training, not Pain Training"

Ph.D., UC Berkeley

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Board of Directors: Northeast Dog Rescue Connection; The Dog Project; Sav-A-Dog Foundation; etc. Pro Bono counselor: Little Shelter Humane Society My practice is presently limited to forensics. I diagnose cause of dog bite, based upon testimony before the Court, for attorneys and insurance companies litigating dog bites, including fatal injuries. I also do pro bono work for bona fide rescue organizations, humane societies, et al, regarding such analysis in an effort to obtain release for dogs being held for death in municipal shelters in the US.

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