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  1. Yes, hard to say based on Internet description but sounds like he is just overloaded with stimuli, which makes it pretty hard to focus and learn. Can you use the class to work on him focusing on you and practicing calm behaviors? You might even need to work in the parking lot for a while so he learns he needs to earn the fun and excitement, not just crash headlong into it. Susan Garrett has a book called Shaping Success that I found very helpful raising Quinn. She had an over the top dog and had to really break down tasks so he could be successful. I forget how long it took them to get
  2. Quinn was still pretty wild at that age. What approach to training does the instructor use? I did lots of fun, short training sessions with Quinn, mostly clicker based. He was always learning, especially foundation skills but it was all a game to him. That remained his attitude his whole life and he was always keen to do anything I asked. At 6 months, he decided I was important to him and that was a game changer as far as wanting too please me and building an attention span. We started more formal obedience training at 6 months as well, but I still kept things light for him.
  3. I had a super shy dog and day care would have been a disaster. It was a delicate balance of following my guy's lead, not pushing him too fast, being patient, positive and persistent to encourage him out of his comfort zone. Learn her cues for when she is intimidated or intrigued. For instance, my guy got way more nervous if people approached him slowly. Ignoring him worked best tho he was still aloof with people he didn't know well. Things like that can be very helpful navigating with a shy or fearful dog. Look for activities she loves that build her confidence. My dog didn't enjoy o
  4. I had a dog with hard core car sickness and Cerenia did the trick consistently, while nothing else I tried did. This was a dog who sometimes threw up before she got in the car, so she was a pretty severe case.
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    Deb Meier

    I am so sorry to hear this. My sympathy to her family and friends.
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    Lad sounds like such a wonderful partner and companion. Truly a special dog. I am so sorry for your loss.
  7. My condolences on losing your beautiful, sweet girl. It is so hard that such wonderful animals are with us for such a short time.
  8. Katz isn't interested in learning. I'd say money and admiration drive him. He'll write whatever version of reality suits his purpose, not caring that he completely contradicts himself a couple chapters or books later. The way he treats his animals is terrible. The lazy, dishonest and careless way he treats the craft of writing is also abysmal.
  9. It must be tricky for vets to discuss such a difficult subject with loving owners. My vet has never broached the issue with me. Though he is always supportive of my decisions, I am definitely the one driving that bus. I find this a rather agonizing decision because generally the dog's decline is by inches and I dont know that I always get the full picture because I am so close to the situation. So I do what you do. Go by quality of life and monitor things. Sounds like your Kit is still enjoying life which is so fantastic. With my Sheltie in her last year, I looked at whether she was still
  10. >>I use "rescue", because these days everyone understands what that means, and it is simple. But I like to point out to people that not all rescue animals come from a bad place or have been abused.<< Exactly. It is shorthand that even non dog people vaguely understand. Neither Kit or the other dog available for adoption when I went to see them had been abused. Just neglected. They both adored new people on sight and if Kit hadn't been there, I would have happily taken home the other dog. But without the person who I consider a rescuer, Kit likely would have been put down at the
  11. After spending her first year apparently being neglected, my current dog Kit was surrendered to a shelter covered in over 100 ticks, her fur matted with diarrhea. The shelter in turn contacted the woman I got Kit from. The staff knew she rescued Border Collies and could see Kit was a total sweetheart. The shelter does not have the funding to keep animals for very long before they need to euthanize. I am thankful for that shelter’s staff networking to save a lovely dog from being put down for want of a home and lack of funds. Of all the dogs I have owned, Kit has by far the best temper
  12. From Web MD, "Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) is a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care, such as a child, an elderly adult, or a person who has a disability."
  13. I am so sorry to hear this and will miss Mum24dogs thoughts, suggestions and opinions and being a part of this community. No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own Or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
  14. Ah,the Old Dog Rollercoaster. It is quite the ride.
  15. Our time with them goes so fast. Cherish and hug your wonderful Gibbs. I'm crazy about my young, foolish Kit but boy, do I miss my wise, steady Quinn.
  16. I understand your concerns. I had a dog with a serious spinal injury that paralyzed his back legs for a few days. While he did not have surgery, he had a long recovery period, eventually returning to all his normal activities. It was very nerve-wracking at times. Could you make an appointment to consult with Lorenzo for more details in what Max can do? That way you can explain his activities (not all dogs run and play the same) and have a clearer plan to keep Max as healthy and comfortable as possible. Plus you could relax a little as you settle into this new normal with your pal. I suggest ta
  17. She looks wonderful! My Kit sends your Kit Happy Belated Birthday wishes.
  18. Compulsive surface licking can be a symptom of GI issues. A vet gave me an article on this some years ago when my dog was licking the carpet and making me crazy. She (the dog, not the vet) had chronic pancreatitis and a wonky gall bladder.
  19. >>If anyone has recommendations for other styles/brands, I would love to hear them. After buying 5 kinds, my wallet says I have to quit looking.<< It has been many years, since I ordered from dogbooties.com but they had an amazing choice of materials and fasteners for their boots. Despite the cutesy name, they sell to dog sledders I believe. Mine have been great. One got ripped after many years, but otherwise they have held up. You ordered individually rather than by sets.
  20. Basil is adorable! Welcome. I use dog boots from dogbooties.com when there is salt on the streets where we walk. My dogs don't like the boots until we start walking. Then they seem to forget about them. The boots also help protect the paws when it is especially cold and there is snow on the ground. I always figure, if my dog seems cold, she probably is and a coat may be appropriate. Now all that said, my rescue girl has only been with me four months. She was left to her own devices before getting into rescue so I have no idea how she will respond to the boots. We haven't been on a wa
  21. Kit is my first rescue dog in over 20 years. I think she had her decompression with the rescuer. She had been neglected and then surrendered at a little over a year to a shelter who contacted the rescue. By the time I met hera few months later, she had learned the basics about indoor living and niceties such as leash walking. Other than not allowing her on the furniture (she is currently dozing on the other end of the sofa) or putting my face next to hers, I didn't follow any of those rules. We went for a hour long walk our first morning and each morning after that. During the first week,
  22. As much as you would rather have him with you, it is a great comfort to know he gets such high quality care. Wonderful.
  23. Congratulations! Scotch is very handsome and sounds like such a nice fellow. While he will not "replace" Lewie, he should fill up some of the empty places with his own brand of companionship and fun. I am so happy for you.
  24. Sorry about Lewie! I lost my Quinn with no warning in July which left me bereft. Like you, I decided to get a Border Collie rescue. There were two young females available, both of whom seemed very nice. I spent a couple of hours observing and interacting with them, asking questions and compiling pros/cons for each dog. It was rather agonizing because they were both such nice girls. Kit's overwhelming sweetness and gentleness were the biggest deciding factors. I think the other dog would have been wonderful, too but I was pulled to Kit. A coworker recently told me about a dog she adopted
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