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  1. If you think it is the carpet, can you maybe put a blanket on the floor where Lucia will be when with you? That way she won't have to be on the carpet if on the floor. Also, do your parents use anything on the carpets that could be causing the problems, some kind of freshener or something? Have you tried giving plain old Benadryl? A dpg 20-30lbs can have 1- 25 mg tablet 3 times a day and 3-50 lb can have 1to2 tablets 3 times a day.. I normally link to a site that I have used in the past but it is no longer available. I did save the information as PDF so can still look back at it.
  2. You can try backchaining. I have copied a site that explains how.... http://flyballdogs.com/training.html#easy_retrieve
  3. Some dogs can go either way... a different exercise to try to figure out which way seek turns - instead of fetching the ball - clear out a corner and place the ball in the corner. Try to line Seek up exactly middle of the ball and send her to the ball. Do that 10 times and see what you get.... For the crate: I would probably get a plastic or metal one and not fabric. Until you know a dog will not try to get out of the crate you don't do the fabric ones. They do make some plastic crates that are collapsible which are great. To help a dog get used to a crate, I feed all meals in the crate plus the treat thing. Flyball is a ton of fun.
  4. A friend of mine has an aussie (12 at the time) with it. She decided to do the surgery but during surgery they actually found a cancerous lump on the larynx. That was removed and the vets only did a portion of the actual scheduled surgery. The owner did chemo for the cancer and 2 years later the dog is still in remission. The dog still has some issues breathing when she gets excited or plays too much though. Every couple months Tootie comes to flyball practice. We take out the jumps and send her to a person sitting on the box holding a ball. Tootie loves her flyball and this is enough to make her happy. She is also going blind. The surgery is worth it if it is a bad case. It is also worth checking for any lumps/tumors too.
  5. I really do think your friend should sign the orthodogs group. I did setup a yahoogroup for dogs competing in sports who had surgery or may need surgery, etc.... It is called dogsportsafterorthosurgery. It is a small list right now and is mainly for sport dogs but your friend could also join that one. It is not busy all the time but it is also a good resource but the mainl orthodogs list would get more/faster responses.
  6. Yep - my acd had her right one done and 2 years later the left (Both TPLO). She is back to playing flyball at 10.5 yrs of age. It is common to tear the 2nd one and it is worth fixing bit lordy it is expensive. At least my pocket book had some time to recover. It has been a year since Foster's last TPLO. Her long prognosis is good and the docs say now her knees are better than when she was born Tell your friend not to think of it as a giant setback. When Foster did hers I was actually a tad happy. I could stop worrying about when it would happen. Tell Abby's owner that there is an orthodogs Yahoogroup that she may want to join.
  7. Others having given some good advice but you may need to go a step further. With my dogs - if the simple - EH, NO, walking away or squeal does not work I will escalate to a correction of some sort. It will depend on the dog. For one dog I grabbed the muzzle and yelled at her - it took just a couple of these to make her stop. For another dog, I grabbed the lower job a couple times - yes I did get bit some but they realized how uncomfortable it was to have their jaw held and being yelled at. For another dog, I would just shove my hand in the mouth so they couldn't really bite down very hard and firmly told them NO... some may consider these harsh but they do not hurt the dog. I have other dogs that when they got out of control I would just put them in a quiet time out in their crate. I never used the crate if I yelled or carried on because I did not want the crate to be a bad place but quiet time outs made them realize when they bit, didn't settle when told, etc... they would be crated without toys, treats, etc... I would leave them in there 5 minutes and bring them back out if they did not fall asleep. If they started to get crazy again back to the crate them went.
  8. Your girlfriend needs to take responsibility for her dog whether that means contacting the rescue for help, contacting the vets about euthanizing, getting a behaviorist involved AND one thing that is a definite is a full medical workup. Has the thyroid been tested? Could the dog be in some kind of pain? I would start with the medical workup though. Does your girlfriend no what has preceded the fights? Could it be resource guarding of something? Maybe figuring out what starts it will help figure out a solution. Here is a story about how managing can work when done properly. In the meantime, research the best way to manage the house properly by rotating dogs. Many people have to do this. I have a friend who had a dog (rescue - all dogs were rescues actually and all problem dogs) that started off with fighting with an older dog in the house. She called a behaviorist who basically said the rescue had to be trained to a shock collar because of how bad she was which was done and it worked. From there the rescue was entered in flyball and this dog was fine with dogs as long as there was no food around. If there was food she could go off. In time it got to the point the rescue dog was attacking constantly except when on the flyball lanes. The owner still carried the shock collar to tourneys (kept in hotel) to keep the rescue in line. All the dog had to do was wear the collar and she was a different dog. In time, the rescue and the older dog started fighting again and nothing stopped it and serious injuries were had by the older dog. The owner finally decided to manage interactions. The rescue was not out with the other dogs period. She could play flyball but that was about it. The owner made it a point that all dogs got enough attention, play time, alone time, etc... yes it is more work but it was worth it. There is nothing wrong with rotating dogs. You just have to be sure not to screw up.
  9. I would leash the dog in the house and let him drag it around and get used to it. He may not be used to having anything around his neck of the pressure when he/you pull. He may just need more adjustment time and getting used to having a place to live instead of the streets.
  10. I would keep him on leash for awhile longer until you can work on the recall more. You have accomplished a lot in a short time it seems. For catching a dog that won't return - I will usually run the opposite way. Many times they will give chase and you can nab them. I hate to do it but you may also want to carry treats or toy as well. You just never know when they may slip out of the collar or you drop the leash. I know some folks train a recall 2 ways. One is a come command and is not as formal. The other is a front command and depending on who you are it can be used differently. This command for folks I know is the emergency recall command that the dog never disobeys. I have never taught 2 different recalls so not sure how to make the one 100% full proof. I try to teach just one recall.
  11. If there is not a medical reason for it, I would say Ivy has you guys trained. You could try soaking the food in some water to soften it up and with some foods it makes its own "gravy" so that may work. Otherwise, cut out all extra treats, scraps, wetfood etc... and just put down food. She will eat when she is hungry.
  12. How is the PH Balance? When Tempe was having issues we tried something called Uro-eeze. It basically makes the dog want to drink more water to flush the system out. It worked great. I know Tempe's issues were food based but she had 2 different kinds of crystals. There are other foods out there that don't have the things Lu is allergic too. I feed Merrick Before Grain - Buffalo with Chicken Meal. They have a chicken variety too. There is also Innova Evo... You may just end up having to pay more for food but it is worth a try. Recurring issues are a pain. Hopefully the other vet will have some options.
  13. I am not an agility expert. I don't even compete. I will explain how we played the bang it game though. I used treats some but I also acted like a happy idiot more often than not. We were able to play bang it just before class started so I could throw the treat bag, run around and play tug. I play flyball so I am used to acting like an idiot in public. Tempe was taught to tug from the day I got her. I played a lot of tug games - start tugging, drop it and run away being silly when she catches me with the tug we continued the tug game. Then we started the drop, runaway, continue tugging. I would clap and be real exciting to her because that is what she likes. I was able to do this with her with the bang it exercise. I have a treat bag that you can play tug with which she loves. So when she banged it, I got excited, I threw the treat pouch a couple feet, she chased it, I ran away a little bit being silly and she would come running to me. I would then play tug and just be really happy. Some dogs can't handle that kind of happiness but luckily she does and enjoys it. Tempe actually did better once I started this game instead of treats. Within a very short time, she was offering the bang it on her own. I was able to take this directly into the class. She was not happy with teeter but she would do it without much hesitation. Yes the instructor let be an idiot in class the first time or 2 with the full teeter. The other students understood what I was doing and were ok with it too. It was controlled but I was playing the happy idiot. Ask if there is a way you can use the teeter before class to play really silly/happy go lucky reward games if your dog can handle it. I always know if Tempe is too stressed out by her refusing to tug. When she gets to that point I would back off. I learned her threshold and backed off sooner before she started shutting down. I never made her keep repeating if she messed up with anything in agility. If she blew past a piece of equipment we kept going. Tempe has some temperament issues so I had to stay happy and not harp on mistakes. For her to even do the equipment at all with strangers that close to her (and other strangers moving around) I was amazed. She actually likes agility and one day I will get her signed up for some more classes. I don't think I will compete with her but some friends offered to do it for me. If she ever gets good enough I may let them.
  14. Julie, How did Twist come through the prolotherapy? Someone on another list is asking about prolotherapy. I am hoping all is well.
  15. With my border collie we did the Bang It. There was a lower teeter at class so we taught Tempe to bang it. When she would get excited about it we rewarded her. When she banged it she received a jackpot. She is not perfect on the teeter but she has learned to live with it.
  16. I am lucky in many ways. Our regular vets would probably give us sedatives in advance. They trust us more than they do most patients. I also have a holistic vet that would give us whatever we needed. She would probably come to the house even since she comes for the doggie chiro/acupuncture stuff it would be after that would be a problem. The holistic vet is actually an equine vet and does not have an office. I know more now than I did when Charlotte had to go through things. We have a very good relationship with our vets and I am thankful for that. They donated money to cancer research for canines in the name of Charlotte, they had an ornament made and sent to us along with some other things. They do these things for all patients. We have very caring vets and I wish everyone could be so lucky. I would highly recommend them to anyone and anyone who has listened agree. I have to take about 1/2 day off work to take my dogs if we have a week day appt because of where I work, live and where they are located. It is all worth it. Sorry for hijacking. Melanie - you will do what is best for Solo, Fly and Jett. It was good that you brought this up because it will help others. Drugs are good.
  17. If our experiences with Charlotte can help just one person not to have to deal with what we did my tears are more than worth it. For those that don't know Charlotte was only 4 yrs old. Planning ahead is something that should be done.
  18. When the time is closer I would ask the vet to give you a heavy sedative that you can give at home and then take whomever to the vet. I believe that with severe liver failure this may not work as well since they cannot process the drugs properly. I definitely think drugging in advance would be much better when you take them in. When we had to euthanize Charlotte it was extremely hard since she was in severe liver failure. I wish we would have made the decision a lot sooner than we did or at least known the liver failure would cause problems with the sedative they give before the real drug. Just thinking about it is making me cry and it has been more than 4 years. The drugs were actually extremely painful to her and were not taking effect. She was screaming bloody murder which made it horrible. When we learned she had cancer we had to decide what the trigger would be that it was time and that was if she stopped eating. In many instances this is a good trigger but for her it made things worse because of the liver failure. I really wish we could have given her heavy doses of oral sedatives before we go to the vets so it wouldn't have been such a horrible experience for everyone involved including the vets. They were crying just as hard as we were because of the screaming. We had called the vets earlier that day and they had a room reserved for us so we just had to go directly to that room and not worry about waiting around. They also made sure that around the time we were to arrive that at least one of OUR preference vets were available so we did not have to wait. Once everything was done we were escorted out and a bill was sent so we did not have to hang around to pay. Charlotte was my heart dog and I miss her dearly and the way her life ended was one of the most horrible experiences in my life. A relatively painless and quick procedure was painful and very drawn out. Now I need to go wipe the tears away and give all my dogs a hug.
  19. I would say PB treats are fine but I would toss them. I love PB and am going to trash what I bought recently since they just don't know. I am missing my PB and it really, really sucks.
  20. I recently had my holistic vet recommend Dasuquin with MSM for dogs (Cosequin ASU is the horse version). I have been hearing some rave results about it and will be buying some in the near future to try. I just want to go through the supply of stuff I already have on hand.
  21. My acd had separate anxiety as a pup. She chewed her crate door. She managed to break a front tooth that cracked into the gums and we had that removed. She also damaged a few other teeth, including the canines. One of the canines is broken to the pulp. The vets looked at, stuck a needle thing in it to see if she had a reaction. She had a very slight reaction to that but otherwise she was fine. 9 years later she still has that canine and we never did anything with it. If it ever bothers her we will remove it but until then, we leave it alone. The vets look at once a year and I look over the area too so we can catch anything that may be wrong. When she had to have 3 teeth removed a couple months back, again the canine was left. The vets feel it is fine. Depending on how bad the break is and if it does not cause any pain, I would talk to the vets about possibly leaving it alone for awhile. Sometimes they don't need to be fixed or removed even though some pulp is showing.
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