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  1. That's awesome! Congratulations! I think the energy level at National events can do amazing things. I know the energy level at our last NADAC Champs turned my dogs into rock stars and they all impressed me with how great they ran. Obviously it's largely how WE handle that energy/stress, I'm sure. Seeing as this was your third National, you probably felt more settled and harnessed that energy in a good way. Others are probably more like I was at my first Champs where I totally crashed and burned. lol Experience is a good thing! Your dogs looked great -- congrats on those nice pla
  2. Our shelter is always full of those stupid doodle and other "designer" mixes. I just love it when someone comes in to reclaim a stray and gets upset because we incorrectly identified the "breed" of their Yorkie, Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, Shih Tzu mix. In my experience, the people who purchase these designer mutts on purpose are idiots. They tend to be the "useless" kind of dog owners who simply want the dog around for decoration. Quite a few fail to comprehend the grooming needs of these animals and they show up in our shelter with coats full of mats. And without fail, they tend to be so
  3. The difference between dogs and humans is that dogs can't feed themselves. If a dog is fat, there is nobody to blame but the human. Not to mention that the average dog is far more into exercise than most of us. The problem is the lazy human who doesn't want to take them for a walk.
  4. Maybe video will help? Here are a few of the agility pugs that I know:
  5. I just love that excuse -- the breed is supposed to be that way! My brother used it for their grossly obese basset hound, too. Funny, it seems that the people who claim that the breed is just "supposed to be fat" also tend to own breeds that are awash with health issues due to carrying that extra weight. I know pugs in agility. They are NOT fat, so obviously it can be done. The problem is entirely with owners who look at their chocolate brown eyes and ugly squished faces and just can't say no. My aunt and uncle have a pug who is probably at MINIMUM three times over his healthy body we
  6. Thanks for sharing the video. It always helps. What I see in the video is stress behavior. In this case, it started at the weaves -- which I assumed it would, when I saw how well you guys started. She missed her weaves, you brought her back to re-do them and then all hell broke loose. You are the person who makes her do stressful things, so she is looking for outlets in the people around her to relieve this stress. This was only confirmed (in her mind) when you brought her back to the same place to make her re-do an obstacle. Dogs like this do best with receiving *no correction
  7. I have chew things in the house, but no toys. Playing with toys is something the dogs do with me -- OUTDOORS. No playing in the house. This was something I started when I was attempting to build Secret's toy drive, which was pretty much non-existent when she was younger. It put more value into the toys if they weren't always available to her. Then once she did start liking toys, the last thing I needed was for them to be in the house. Prior to Secret coming along I always had toys in the house -- well, never frisbees or balls because then Luke would be obnoxious, but everything els
  8. My dogs get an actual bath once in a blue moon -- Basically only when they've rolled in something dead. Occasionally I'll take them to the local do-it-yourself dog wash in the middle of winter when they get really muddy and I don't want it in my tub. In the summer they swim LOTS and get hosed off in the yard nearly daily to cool them off after playing fetch or frisbee. It amazes me how white and sparkly Secret stays with zero effort.
  9. Thanks all. I've had MANY people tell me I need to chill. I definitely am trying to keep it light around Secret. Lots of play, etc. Last night I put the baby gate up across the hallway where she likes to hide, keeping her in the living room with me. She did get up to try to go that direction a couple of times but would then return to the couch and was fine. I put her in her Thundershirt for bed and used a mouth guard I purchased yesterday in case I am grinding my teeth and freaking her out. She stayed in bed a lot longer last night and wasn't up and down as much (only a time or
  10. Poor Secret. Secret has always been a super sensitive dog. She's sound sensitive and has a pretty soft personality. Mostly, though, she's always been a very happy dog and has been a joy to live with for all of her nearly three years. I have been going through a lot of changes over the last few months following the announcement that our family company would be closing. The end is drawing near (next week) and as a result the overall stress level has been growing, especially considering that my job search has been unsuccessful. Now I've started to (finally!!) get some interviews an
  11. Being such a small dog, it could be that given separately she would have no problem with either vaccination. It's possible that her system was just overloaded by receiving DHPP and rabies at the same time. We rarely vaccinate my small dog with more than one thing at a time. It's a lot for their bodies to handle. Going forward, though, because there has been a reaction I'd likely do the titers and, as Mark suggested above, change brands.
  12. Huh. None of mine have ever carried on with such dramatics. I just have lots of chew toys around the house for them. Various textures/hardness so that they can choose what feels best. You are already doing the frozen washcloths, which would have been my other suggestion. It's really not that big of a deal. Don't baby her and give her lots of stuff to chew on. Bully sticks or rawhides (supervise closely!) tend to go over well during this time.
  13. From the Midwest Border Collie Rescue link above: http://www.mwbcr.org/ourfosterdogspages/fosterdogdollys.html I've had my eye on Dolly for a while now. She tugs at my heartstrings because she has Addison's Disease. My eldest, Luke, was diagnosed with Addison's in 2009. So far as diseases go, it's a very easy one to treat/live with, but it's also not terribly common or well known. I worry that's why she doesn't seem to be getting much interest -- I wish there was a way to explain to people that it's not a death sentence or anything. Someone needs to give Dolly a chance! I'd be
  14. I would really love to see you go five days with a raging UTI. Or really, more than that since it's possible the puppy has been suffering this for some time. Wow. Just wow. I hope you enjoy your vacation.
  15. Most dogs WANT structure. Very few dogs actually want to be the ones in charge and settle quickly once a routine is established. He's young enough that he should quickly fall into line once you set clear rules and boundaries. Just be very firm and consistent -- That rude, bullying behavior would not fly for one second in my house. It's just not fair to the other dogs and it's not creating a good citizen in the puppy. I know a lot of agility handlers don't want to squash their puppy's "drive & enthusiasm," but they still need to behave like decent animals and not beat up on the r
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