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Everything posted by sandysfarm

  1. can you post a newer standing-up pic? Instead of pointing the camera down at him, get somebody to hold him when he's standing and then you sit down on the floor 10 ft away and take the shot pointing straight. Foreshortening makes it really hard to get a meaningful look. Then we'll all have a go for you...
  2. ??? omg, it's Friday and I must be exhausted because I'm falling off the sofa, laughing ))))
  3. it's referred to as joual - it's a mixture of old french from the pioneers and various bits of anglicized words and phrases, all jammed together and spoken very nasally. It's like the zillions of varying italian dialects in Italy - the difference being that in Italy they teach "standard italian" in school (so everyone speaks both). In Quebec it's the purity of the joual that's the issue....you can travel to Paris speaking high school french and be understood faster than you can in Quebec.
  4. I don't know of anyone who's culturally at war with France so don't have an opinion there. Most quebecois speak the provincial dialect, which a person in France would find difficult to understand and impossible to reproduce, there being no connection anymore between France and Quebec. Within Quebec there is an ongoing and pervasive quebec for the quebecois, french-not-english culture. There are extremely onerous language laws and so-called "language police" to back them up. If you're being waved at and befriended as an english-speaker, your new friend is more likely to be bilingual english still living in the province - the general population would prefer not to hear you.
  5. Glad I'm not the only one - I can't understand it either. lol
  6. mum24dog: "...teaching presentation skills and manages fine. The French, on the other hand - they like to make us sweat even if they speak English." this makes me laugh because I'm in Canada and we're bilingual english and french, yes. Unless we're breezing through Quebec, where suddenly it's more like "speak french or p--s off". lol
  7. English is a real "dive-in" language, free of gendered nouns (german uses masculine, feminine and a neutral). It's generally uncluttered to decline (I work, you work, he works) and you can bend the rules until you are proficient and still be understood. ("he work with me today"). Some of those germanic languages, whoa - part of my family is half Danish and there's no comparison - there's no such thing as pigeon-danish. )
  8. This is rushdoggie's beautifully put and enormously touching response to your very, you should excuse me judging, naive post. The amount of committment, raw skill and "heart" it is taking and will take to keep Logan alive is close to super-human. If the owner decides to euthanize, it will be a decision that she comes to from the same "heart" and many, many of us here would have her back.
  9. whoa - that's a lot of dog you have there. Please don't get pulled down again, even if maybe you need you stop going out with him - he looks very strong...
  10. I was basically raised in a horse barn too. The worst, most slovenly thing you could do was to shower or eat before your animals were cooled dry, comfortable and fed and I live my life with that in mind. Woe betide any child of mine who did otherwise -
  11. I second the capturing thing. Pour a beer, get comfortable, have the clicker in your hand, treats beside you - now wait him out. He's going to wonder what you're up to and you're not going to tell him - but stay connected with him while he wonders. You may see him scrolling through all his clicker learning to date, which you'll have to disregard for now. What should happen is that he'll sit down to ponder some more and like lightning you go click/treat. Then get up and walk around to get him moving, and then bore him again.
  12. She's probably taking it in but her internal timing is slower My greyhound will do a bunch of things on cue, and he learns what I want as long as I've lured it a few times, which he seems to find his most acceptable way of being taught. So he does: spin, known to greyhounds as "walk in a circle" lol touch, target place your paw in my lap, back up, speak, wait, stop, up, kennel up, etc., nothing earth-shattering. But here's the thing: when I ask him for something, there's a loooong silence between us while he considers how much of an effort is going to be needed, whether the request offends him right then, and how, exactly, he's going to execute, and then ta da he answers me back perfectly...usually...... So my theory is, different dog and breed, different processing speed. If you can figure out the OES's I'd be interested.
  13. it could be a good idea to take a quick look at the four pages of this thread... just so as to relieve the OP of feeling obligated to deal with any redundancy?
  14. I have a collie a golden and greyhounds too and I crate those most likely to offend. I'm not up to allowing any of my dogs to make choices when Im gone because I like my house and my dogs to look the same when I come back as they did when I left - disputes and blood are not good for the more sensitive souls here who just want everybody to snooze till I arrive
  15. Hey, Derek, it might just be fear of the actual unknown "thing" rather than any super-horrible association. Strip it of anything but the buckle and the D ring, work it a bit to soften it and then wear it for a week or so - stuffed under your shirt, wrapped and buckled around your forearm, in your bed, visible to him. You're going to share it with him...soon . Just normalize it until he ignores it - the vet'll wait. Myself, I'd buy a fresh cloth collar, put it thru a wash cycle and then make sure it smells like you. Sometimes with dogs the best thing to do for a while is ...nothing.
  16. I'll say 1 thing just quickly (Im supposed to be working). The guinea pigs. That's prey drive you're seeing. Keep them safe because if he grabs one it's game over before you can react, guaranteed. The pant/drool/stare is fixation and the nip is a precursor to grabbing the piggy by the back of its neck to snap it. At the very least it's terrifying to the piggies to be exposed. I have greyhounds and experience (bad), you should believe me . He's very handsome!
  17. wow - look at the size of that dog's pupils; it makes my stomach hurt to watch him trying.
  18. I'm just seconding alligande by saying that my collie and my greyhounds will all stand right up and growl at noises they don't understand and I say "thanks, dog-name" and look around me just long enough that they see me react. Then I say "it's fine, all done". Im alone alot and I want to know that they're on the job. Same with the door. I dont call any one of them off until I get up close enough to see who's there. If I decide Im not opening up, I just let them bark. The trick is that "it's fine, all done" is the cue to shut up as a "trick" that you can teach separately. Next time he alerts and growls, you can respond "what's that??" which will encourage him to bark. You can click the bark (fast) and treat it. Then just quietly wait out all the noise until the second he quiets right down out of boredom click/treat, saying "that's fine, all done" If you want to hurry up this one, you can have someone tiptoe to your door and knock a few times under an pre-agreed-upon number of noise repetitions. I'd limit it to 3 at a shot though, in case the smart little thing decides the point is to stop alerting altogether haha
  19. Ha! You don't need to have ANY experience to escape me; you just need to understand there's a difference - which clearly you do. I came here because I'm not breed-competent yet either! I totally respect you.
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