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  1. When would you consider medicating a dog for anxiety? TL;DR - My house broken 2 year old pooch is stress-pooping after a big transition. She's always been an anxious thing. We've been asked if we want to medicate her before and declined in favor of modifying her behavior with positive reinforcement and training to improve her confidence. It's worked...until now. Help! Long version - Our Pandora is amazing - she's affectionate, intelligent, active, and sweet. She loves our two kids (toddlers) and deals with them well by alternating between playing nicely and finding a quiet spot to ge
  2. Cal likes to take my things and lay on or with them. Panda some something similar, but she just goes to where the things are. If I leave a worn shirt on the bed, Cal would take it and go to her favorite couch spot, but Panda would lay on it in its original place. I think it's sweet, especially since neither does it with my husband's items. Just mine and occasionally the kids' clothing. Nothing is ever damaged or chewed, just laid on or relocated.
  3. My condolences for your loss. Sending our love...
  4. Hi there! It's been a while since I've been on here. Just thought I'd give an update on my girls and see how y'all are doing. What's new? Who's got new pups? Who's pooches have done something impressive lately? Tell me about your adventures! Show off your pics! Calypso and Pandora have been awesome. Cal is newly four and doing great - we've discovered some hip soreness but a daily joint supplement has rapidly helped her get and stay better. We're going to be investigating some potential thyroid issues this summer, but it's bothering me more than it is her. Her attitude issues aren't
  5. I'm going to check our paperwork since we're renewing our insurance and certification next month and give United another call out of curiosity. Now I'm wondering if they're confused about allowing her!
  6. Waffles, I can't seem to reply directly to you on my phone! I've never flown with her but I'm told that she has the credentials (United confirmed, I was recently going to take her with me on the flight but canceled the trip). I always always always tell people she is a therapy dog and remind nervous employees (at stores and such) that they are not obligated to allow her. I don't know why but our official team color is red and her vest makes her look super official and very service dog like, so she has a pink PET ME leash sleeve and I like to show off her tricks and talk to people about the
  7. People in need of animal transport should contact groups like Highway Heros! <3
  8. This is exactly why my dogs will never fly in the cargo hold. Cal is a certified therapy dog so she's allowed to board a plane with me and sit between my legs/under the seat. And Panda will just never fly (because she's not capable of sitting still) because there's NO way I'm risking their lives.
  9. That's very disappointing. I'm usually quite unhappy with Petsmart's customer service and in-store presence. We love Chewy and use it almost exclusively...Their customer service has been AMAZING. This past winter they mailed us two commissioned portraits of our dogs and a handwritten note of appreciation for being customers. It was a total surprise, just arrived one day in the mail. They follow the dogs on instagram and borrowed two photos to paint off of. <3
  10. Can you help Dale get to his foster? Dale is a senior dog on his way to his foster where he'll get healthy and rest up while waiting for his FUREVER family to find him. If you're in Texas, Oklahoma, or Missouri with the ability to help, PLEASE reach out to Highway Heroes to pick up a leg of the drive. Dale is a Border Collie and he's being taken care of by Come Bye Border Collie Rescue! The CBBCR volunteers say Dale is just fantastic and who knows, maybe you know someone who needs a companion like this gentle and smiley boy! Or maybe YOU need him! ❤❤❤
  11. Awesome, I'll check these out. Is the warning against weave poles for the same reason as we warn folks not to run with pups, the growth plates need to close and mature?
  12. If you go this route, I personally suggest the SportDog collar. It has very, very adjustable settings so you can tweak the amount of stimulation for a sensitive dog. Ours has 7 settings plus a vibrate with three buttons so essentially 21 levels of stimulation. My very, very stubborn BC/Lab works at a 2 low typically, we've never hit above a 5 low/med for her, and in the last year or so she's actually been off collar much more than on so the dog wouldn't necessarily be stuck on a collar for the rest of her life, if that's one of your fears (as I've commonly heard in arguments against the collar
  13. Tandem leashes work well. Partner up your dogs so you have a reliable one with a not-so-reliable one so you're not being hauled in two directions and take several walks. Rotate which fifth hooligan gets a solo walk each day. Good luck!
  14. Hi! Does anyone have any recommendations on getting started with agility without the hefty cost? Panda is now about 8 months and we'd like to start some of the safe activities like weave poles, low jumps, and working on her tight turns. She's a natural already, zooming through the house. But we're not in a position financially to enroll her in some of the cool agility classes around. Can anyone suggest YouTube videos or books? Or even just tips in general? She's incredibly motivated by...well, everything. Treats, pets, just the existence of the universe and her ability to sniff it all.
  15. A service vest for a dog that is NOT a certified service dog is not a good idea and will receive a lot of backlash from the service dog community. A Service Dog performs a task of some sort for someone with a medical need or disability such as identifying seizures, being available to help a person up, to reach/fetch an item, or to indicate low blood sugar. It is NOT okay to put a service dog vest. There are plenty of alternatives such as "DO NOT PET", "ASK TO PET", "IN TRAINING" vests or leash labels (velcro things that hang off).
  16. I hardly doubt she'll look to rehome the dog because of one instance where the dog may not have even been fully to blame...What an alarmist thing to say! Also, I had the same issue with Cal with my first child and she's obsessed with him. She actually guarded him too and we worked on easing off that behavior slowly and carefully. Charlie could have been startled, feeling protective, or just feeling out of control because of how fast the woman approached and reacted just because. Obviously there's a need for some behavior modification and a behaviorist isn't a bad idea, but really, it'
  17. Cal is a total jerk when I'm pregnant. With my first, she'd snarl at anyone who even dared to approach me. Like, full on snarl with teeth, slobber/drooling, and crazy eyes. Now she just guards me - posture low and stiff, tail down, ears lowered, teeth ready to be bared but seems more at ease and actually allows people to approach as long as I remain relaxed and welcoming. It subsided as soon as kiddo was born and started back up when I was about 12ish weeks along with this next one. We're currently working on just controlling her response rather than her desire to protect me. She's go
  18. We definitely work on her guarding with people all the time. I suspect that's going to be a life time goal for us with Cal. I was specifically referring to her guarding her food against Panda.
  19. Clarification: Cal's aggression is no longer towards us (us being the humans), it's toward Panda both in "protecting" her own bowl and trying to steal Pan's bowl after she snarfs her own. We worked endlessly on stopping the guarding towards us and have had 98% success. If she's really stressed out, she will still guard occasionally but she's easily broken out of her "trace" and the crazy eyes with a reminder that when she's nice, good things fall out of our hands and right into her bowl. A little morsel of something tasty is enough to remind her that we're buddies. She also doesn't eve
  20. Yes, soon to have two under two...I'm not sure how to actively work on it if I was advised to make them eat separately. Should I be creeping them closer and closer and ensuring that they mind their own bowls? I'll take all the advice I can get! PA = Potential Adopter! Sorry, I get into acronyms easily because we used the same at the shelter and I work in IT for a living.
  21. Whoo! I'm officially a rescue volunteer and processing my first PA. It's an equally slow process on this end of things too, but nice to know that I can help a dog go to a great home. Our girl is settled in nicely. She's insane, hyperactive, and brings out the worst in Callie. And Cal ADORES her now. They constantly touch noses and they've started grooming each other. Panda even laid directly on top of Cal the other night and Cal didn't growl. She just gave her a look like "wtf are you doing, brat?" and laid back down. Cal also goes up and bites Panda's ears when she wants to pla
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