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  1. I will check the Give Me a Break game out... that sounds like just what she needs! She CAN focus when she wants to, but she is so excited about the new poles that she is all over the place, and the distractions don't help any. I will also continue working on the weave poles -- it sounds like what I'm doing is exactly what you described. I think the biggest thing right now is getting her to figure out what I want her to do and staying on task.
  2. Yes! I need to work on my terminology I did watch a bunch of videos on youtube about the 2x2 method... the only problem I think I will run into with that is she only wants to play with a toy on her terms. She will play with a frisbee or ball only when she wants to, and if she doesn't want to, she ignores it (she's very picky!). And with her attention span, that might be difficult. Any ideas/suggestions for crossing that bridge?
  3. Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be making my first post in the agility section... ever since we had brought Bella home, I have wanted to try agility with her, and have not had the means to practice repetitively. We recently got a homemade set of weave poles -- they are not the training ones and are not adjustable (which is kind of making my life more difficult right now) but I am excited to start working nonetheless. This is just for fun, we will not be competing and I do not plan on having this meet professional requirements. I have spent several sessions a day of two to five minutes
  4. actually, now that I think of it, I read somewhere that lavender oil may be helpful in calming dogs down... haven't gotten around to picking some up yet to try, but it might be worth a shot if you're running out of options.
  5. waffles, I'm going through the exact same thing with my pit mix. He was perfectly fine with noises last year, and now he is terrified of fireworks, thunder, loud noises, not so loud noises, etc... and to make things worse, we traveled 3 hours over the weekend to see family, and he is now extremely anxious in car rides... which he used to love. I've also had a hard time getting him to go out to the bathroom recently with the fireworks - he's been holding it 12+ hours as well. I bought him a Thundershirt, but it doesn't seem to help. He breathes probably heavy enough to give himself a heart att
  6. Hi everyone, Thanks for your replies. A lot of you had some very good ideas, some of which I have tried, and I'll try to elaborate on what I've been working on. First off, those of you who were concerned about the muzzle... she CAN open her mouth enough to pant, drink or eat -- it's just to stop her from opening her mouth wide enough to rip apart things like my door and furniture. She actually destroyed my kitchen twice since I had made the first posting less than a week ago. I only put that on her (even though I mentioned she doesn't like it), because it is the most tolerable for her
  7. Ok, right now I'm about ready to pull my hair out.... I'm sure other people have inquired about separation anxiety, but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for and I figure this is a unique case, as each and every one is. I am in the process of trying to get Bella to have free-roam of the house while I am gone with my other dog, but we have so many failed attempts that I don't know where I should go from here and would like some friendly advice... (Please don't be too harsh... I didn't grow up with dogs and owning a dog is something relatively new to me within the past 4 or 5 years... an
  8. What you just described is EXACTLY what I just went through a month ago with my pit/lab mix. He was ok with noises last year; we have had him for about a year and a half now and he is more afraid than he was in the past by far (although he is a very anxious dog to begin with, but this new stress is extreme). So I did some research online, found some ideas to desensitize him by playing thunder in the background (which really only works if you have long periods beforehand to work on), some other ideas to try, and came across the thundershirt. I had then called my vet since we had a week of const
  9. Ok, so I'm not trying to be a slacker or anything like that, I'm reeeeeeally trying to get a video up... the weather just isn't cooperating with me! It has either been raining or snowing since I made my last post, and now my yard is mud, so we haven't gotten much backyard run-around time. Poor crazies
  10. I've never actually seen one of those, but it's good to know in case I ever do! Knowing her, I will probably need something at some point! She seems to be doing a lot less licking and nibbling since she's taken the medicine, and she's had 3 doses. I haven't recently gotten the 'evil eye' from seeing her nibbling on the spots and telling her to "leave it"... haha
  11. Good thinking... I'll keep that in mind if she continues to lick. The vet seemed to be more concerned about her licking at her leg, since the paw can be easily wrapped up. The spot on her leg is in such a spot that can't really be covered or taped up. I gave her the first dose of medicine a few hours ago, and so far she hasn't really touched either of the spots. Then again, she's also really knocked out from her big adventure... she's been extra mellow tonight! It's like having a completely different dog
  12. Turns out after a skin scrape (and a big vet bill!), they found out that it isn't mites and it isn't a build-up of yeast. Apparently she just has an extra amount of bacteria. The vet put her on Cefpodoxime and wants her to wear a cone (ha! she ate the last one) but I told her that would be an absolute last resort. She's not too happy with me right now after the skin scraping and people poking at her.
  13. Ok, I haven't had much luck with healing Bella's foot or leg, so we're making a trip to the vet today. She is going to LOVE me! I'm really starting to think that this will be a repeated winter theme... but we'll see what the vet says. I'm hoping I can get some prescription for her. I think she is mostly done bothering with the spot on her leg, but since dog fur grows in spurts, it's hard to tell if she's still picking at it or not. Here goes nothing!
  14. echoica, I'll see if I can get a video up in the next few days. I've been really busy this week and the times where they get out to play has been when the sun goes down! Plus I'll have to test my video-posting skills to the test... we'll see how long it takes me to figure out. pansmom, I know exactly what you're talking about with the whole teenager thing... I'm fairly new to owning dogs, and the dog we owned before Bella was just under 2 when we got her... boy did I see a change between that and when we lost her a few years later. I really can't wait until Bella gets over this teenager
  15. I definitely do agree that what we hear is a lot worse than it actually is... my concern, however, is that the other dog isn't vocalizing enough to let her know she's being too rough, and vice versa when he does nip at her. It's more of a play-growl sound before the biting begins. I actually don't think I've ever heard a yelp, but they do play pretty rough - grabbing the neck and throwing each other on the ground. I've worked with Bella as she's grown with bite inhibition (we had a roommate live here with us for a short time who "trained" her to be VERY mouthy ) and she has done very well wi
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