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  1. Just wanted to say I can so empathize with the fetching issues and it's exciting to hear how Gibbs is picking it up! I started flyball with Kieran in April and I thought, "No way, this isn't going to work" because he wouldn't even look at any ball. Well, he just did a full run last week - hurdles, box turn, ball, and all. Proved me wrong. I always felt like a bad dog owner because fetching came so naturally to everyone else's dogs.
  2. Wow, that's awful. It's not like the kid really knows any better and he loses his hand over it. It's so frustrating when people don't think about that kind of crap. He won't get hurt! That just happens to other people! Kieran barked up a storm the entire day. It was constant throughout the whole day, too. Who even lights fireworks during the day? I'm sure you can totally see those.
  3. I just wanted to say I got Kieran from a rescue when he was two and he was pretty much a blank slate. All he had was potty and some crate training. He didn't even have a reliable sit. Every command he knows, I taught it. Even "potty" as a command was something I taught him. And people are always shocked by all the things he knows now. I understand if you don't want a rescue dog, but there are a lot of overgeneralizations in your post that rule out fantastic rescue dogs. If anything, getting a puppy is way more of a crapshoot. Some of the most rascally dogs I know were raised from puppyhood (and by dog trainers, no less). There is nothing wrong with either route, though, and I hope you find what you're looking for.
  4. I tend to be obsessive once I start doing a task in that I need to finish it, so I combed through hundreds of Petfinder pages when I was looking to adopt. I'm talking so far in the search that the dogs were located way on the other side of the country and not really plausible for me to be looking at. I don't think I even really put in that many applications - I just spammed my friends with "what do you think of this dog?" At the time, I was looking for a small, mellow, older, and female dog. I happened to see Kieran at an adoption event. Talk about complete 180. He was bigger, hyper, younger, and male! I had the opportunity to adopt the dog I had originally been there to see (everything I had "wanted"), but something made me choose Kieran over her. To this day, I still don't even know why I did that. The first two weeks were horrible. I cried on the phone to my mom and contemplated returning him to the rescue in exchange for the other dog. While I was crying, he came up to me and started licking my face, then laid down next to me. I knew right away that the feeling would pass and I couldn't break the commitment I made to him when I adopted him. I feel very lucky to have him and I know that no matter how many dogs I may have in the future, he's always going to be that one dog to me.
  5. That's what Kieran does and I always thought he was a bit of an oddball for it. I used to leave his water dish with him when, but he'd just throw his toys or blanket into it. One time I actually caught him trying to pull the towel the bowl was set on when I had to come back in because I forgot something. He was so caught up in getting it into the bowl he didn't notice me enter the room. He never used it for actual drinking. Then when I came home he'd greet me and after that drink his water.
  6. Yea, don't sweat it! It's easy to feel upset or offended, but in the end he's just being a dog. The very first day I had to leave him for work, he got out of his collar when I took him out. I had to chase him and tackle him in these nasty bushes. Then, when I got home I took him out again. Guess what? He Houdini'd out of his harness (a different one). I had to tackle him again in the bushes. I hear this voice, "you got faster this time." Yup, some lady saw both times while sitting out on her balcony. Everything was more interesting to him back then, except me. He liked me, but if I let him choose, he'd probably go back to life on the street because it was all he knew. Nowadays, Kieran and I do agility and flyball. I don't have to worry that he'll just take off and never come back. It just took a little time to get that way. Same thing with Lucas getting more interested in life with you.
  7. From my own experience and from what I've heard from others, it takes about three months for a rescue dog to get acclimated to a new home. It's a bit of a culture shock for them. It's like if you suddenly got pulled out of your home and had to live with complete strangers. Suddenly, there are all these different people and dogs to get used to. Some dogs can adjust right away, but I think most need some time. Does she have a crate or someplace cozy to stay that's her own spot? You shouldn't worry about her eating unless she does it for a long period of time. Most feeding guidelines are too high anyway and result in overweight dogs. According to Kieran's bag (Merrick), he should be getting at least 1.5 cups a day. I barely even give him one and he's thriving (he's ~24 lbs). Have you checked her out at the vet? As long as there aren't any underlying health issues, she should be fine. Just make sure she isn't getting too skinny. Kieran didn't like other dogs for a pretty long time. He'd just stand there when they would try to sniff him. Now he's really friendly with them. If she's uncomfortable, don't try to force her to interact. Is she doing a submissive grin or a snarl? I wish you all the best with your new family member. She looks like such a sweet girl and she's going to have a great life, even if she doesn't know it yet.
  8. Kieran did something like that to my sister, who didn't even close the door that hard on his tail. Although, what do I know, it probably really hurt. After that, he (understandably) wouldn't let anyone near his rear for a few days, but was completely fine and back to his happy-go-lucky self.
  9. This brought back memories of when I first picked up Kieran. When we got to the foster home, they let me take him to the store to get supplies, and then we went back to their house to return their collar and leash. At Petco, he was friendly, but aloof at the same time. When we got back to the foster home, he wouldn't go back in the house! I had to drag him in and even then he just waited by the door and stared outside. It's weird how he knew. One of the foster parents said, "You know something's up, don't you?" When we finally left, he said that that's the best they'd ever seen him walk on a leash. I was upset when I first adopted Kieran because he always wanted to go outside on my balcony. Then he'd just stand out there with his head through the slats staring at everything going on below. I know he was just adjusting, but it made me feel like I wasn't satisfying all his needs. I had originally planned to adopt a small dog, and while Kieran is still small, he had a lot more drive than the dog I was expecting to get. He's a velcro dog now, though
  10. It took about three months for Kieran to really come out of his shell. When I got him, he was friendly with everyone, didn't know how to play with toys, and quiet as a mouse. I remember one day it just changed. I was hanging out with him in my apartment and we made eye contact. Suddenly, he bounced up and then started zooming around like a nut. I completely freaked out lol. It's been two years. He's pretty reserved around strangers, loves to play with family and friends, and also isn't afraid to talk back to me (roo roos). I thought I would never be able to teach him "speak," but now it's more like I can't get him to be quiet. So I agree that it mostly takes time. Trick training has been a really good way for Kieran and I to bond. I'm the only one who practices things with him and gives him real mental stimulation. My dad is his best buddy, but he's the most connected to me. I'm sure with time you'll start to see a lot of changes in a good way.
  11. This has been working well for Kieran, at least the front nails. Although, it's a pain to get the back legs. I've heard you can shape a back leg kick and capture it against the board. So far, Kieran just steps onto the board instead of scratching. Luckily, Kieran is a particularly heavy sleeper so I've been doing them when he's snoring away. That isn't something I'd suggest to other people though.
  12. Is that the one on choosing an agility dog? I think I read it a couple months ago when Kieran and I started taking lessons. Most of the dog breeds in our classes aren't ones that you really see seriously competing. It's neat to see all the different styles. All of them are capable of learning the obstacles - the main issue is the communication between the dogs and their handlers. Although, some of them do have really short attention spans.
  13. Me, too. I laughed out loud and then remembered I'm at work in a cubicle.
  14. A little more extreme, but it's like the interaction between Kieran and my friend's dog. Her dog will constantly try to hump him - she spent the weekend with me once and the whole time he tried. He wouldn't even give it up for five minutes. At first, Kieran would tell him to stop by pushing him away or just flat out leaving. However, her dog clearly did not get the message, so Kieran resorted to growling and then to snapping at him. Even that did nothing, so eventually Kieran grabbed him by the neck and pinned him down. He didn't hurt him; he was just trying to give as clear a signal as he could that he didn't like it. Of course, that didn't work, so we just had to separate them. Some dogs, like people, are just dense and rude.
  15. The "must have been abused" conclusion is getting so cliche. Kieran has gotten that before. Like, maybe, he just doesn't like you looming over him like a rain cloud and rubbing him all over the place. I think his temperament is great - he hasn't once bitten a stranger who has invaded his personal space and calmly waits for them to stop.
  16. Living in SoCal, I never really understood this phenomenon of hugging either, lol. It's not that I wasn't raised in a loving family...I just don't really get it and it feels awkward to me when it's someone I don't know too well. I had friends who did it to barely even acquaintances and let's just say we aren't really friends anymore. It's not the hugs themselves, but more of what they represent - the superficiality - that drove us apart. People are always confused by the fact that Kieran is very reserved around strangers. Once he knows you well, he's your best friend, but if he's never seen you before and you come bumbling up to him to pet him, he doesn't want any part of it. I find it to be very genuine in that sense. I don't know why people expect him to be friendly to everyone he meets. I certainly don't.
  17. My mom and I were just talking about that randomly the other day, lol.
  18. Off-topic, but living in SoCal, there are sooooo many bougie dog food stores, it's ridiculous. I think we recently got a place that does these cooked meals for dogs and they're priced astronomically to the tune of being healthy and all-natural. Honestly, I could home cook the same food for way less .
  19. Protein! Lol. If by some miracle Kieran catches a fly, he'll try to eat it. I have a video of him picking it up and tasting it and then spitting it out over and over again. It took him ten more tries to realize he just didn't want to eat it, as if the flavor would change five seconds later (not one of his brightest moments) .
  20. Oh, flies, yea! How could I forget? That's probably Kieran's biggest fear. Any time a fly comes in the house, he does weird things. He'll jump on the couch when he's not allowed, hide in cramped corners, or just straight up jump into people's arms like a cartoon. Then he looks at you like, "what, you don't see that?!" Our first few outdoor agility lessons, he was so distracted because he kept staring at the bees and trying to snap at them. Not a good idea. They cut the grass recently so there aren't as many now, thank goodness.
  21. This is so sad to read. Someone I know had the same thing happen with his two boxer bitches and I think he ended up having to rehome one of them (I lost touch with him, so I don't know for sure). It started out seemingly innocuous, but then each scuffle got worse and worse until even he was getting huge gashes from trying to break them up. Please be careful, not just for your dogs' safety, but yours as well.
  22. Not really a fear, but one time I set the fire alarm off trying to bake some pepperoni. The alarm was one of those really obnoxious ones that besides just high-pitched beeping, also featured a woman's voice yelling "FIRE! FIRE!" in between the beeps. Kieran bolted straight to the front door and gave me this "Well, you heard her. Are you coming?" look. I thought it was funny that he thought he needed to get out and not go to his crate in the other room, which he would usually do.
  23. That's good that she's healthy. I wouldn't let her have free run of the place if she's not reliably potty-trained. When you clean it up, do you make sure to completely get rid of all traces of it? Dogs can still smell whatever is left behind, even if we can't, so when it's cleaned up it has to be very thorough (enzymatic cleaner?). As far as crate training, it takes time. Start with just a few minutes in the crate while you're with her. Then, move on to a few minutes without you in the same room, etc. Eventually you can build it up to however long you need to, within reason. It won't happen overnight though. Putting her in for a half hour before you leave won't train her to like the crate. Or you could try maybe getting an x-pen? Also, you can attach a command to when she goes potty. That way you can ask her if she needs to go potty and she'll respond. I ask Kieran if he has to go potty when he's sitting by the back door and he'll either get super excited to go outside or just look at me like, "Uh, no, I'm just watching the birds."
  24. I can empathize with you on the teeter issues. Kieran is the exact same way right now. I also think Kieran just doesn't understand what is being asked of him and that once he gets used to it, he won't have any problems. He was actually doing really well in our class a couple weeks ago, but then last week for some reason the trainer lowered the teeter, which confused him.
  25. Welcome! I'm puzzled about a few things. Have medical issues been ruled out (it sounds like she's fine when you're with her)? How did you go about crate training her? When you go out, do you just let her have free run of the house, since you don't crate her? Twenty-one questions, I know
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