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  1. Thanks for the story on Sophie, sounds so much like Hoku, especially the unpredictability of his reactivity. We have been working on it for most of his life (he started grumping on leash in puppy class...) and he has gotten alot better in some situations (agility class, walking on leash in town or at the park) and not much better in others (tight spaces, leashed, small yappy out of control hyper dogs... just what we will be dealing with ) I will definitely get his thyroid checked before we go, would love to find a pill that would 'fix' his reactivity bc4pack, I think of the exact same t
  2. Laura, no, never thought we had a reason to check his thyroid.... maybe we should pursue that. What were Sophie's symptoms? Our old boy, Spencer (RIP) had thyroid issues late in life, but he was just acting super tired, slept all the time. The meds changed his life, gave him 5 more peppy years. If he got along with other dogs, he would be the absolute perfect dog, he is so well mannered (except with other dogs), gentle (EWOD), sweet (EWOD), respects boundaries (EWOD), plays well with others (EWOD)... ahhh well, nobody can be perfect, I guess
  3. Well, you all have confirmed my gut feelings about the muzzle idea. I'm afraid it will just intensify his reactivity. I was not crazy about the idea, and now it's OUT. The other dog owner is bringing a crate (she is trying with the pups, but they are pretty out of control), and Hoku is crate trained, so I think we will try the rotation thing as Julie and Kristine suggested. We (the dog owners) could go with the baby gate idea, which would be great, but there is one very grumpy old man involved that will just make it all very miserable... We will stay overnight at least one night, so I thi
  4. Greetings all. Lately I've just been in lurking mode, but need some input on the upcoming holiday stuff. We take Hoku to the family gathering every year, and he is a perfect gentleman, he loves all people, everyone loves him. Other dogs, another story. This past year he has gotten into scuffs, and has hurt 2 dogs now, one he knew very well. I have figured out that it's a space issue for him, when another dog gets in 'his' space (what ever he perceives that to be at the moment, it fluctuates, but I really think he will view grandma's house as his) he gets very grumpy. Bottom line is that I can'
  5. Oh Ruth, I'm so sorry.... our thoughts are with you.... Run free, Buzz boy
  6. This is great, glad we're not the only ones.... Hoku= puppy-boy, puppy-pants, boy-toy, Mr. MaGoo, puppy-pie, puppy-pie-pants,Hokie-polkie, Bub, and the #1 nick name is Hoku-Pie.
  7. Hoku is only allowed on the furniture by invitation, and he seems uncomfortable on the couch. But he LOVES his Costco dog beds (we have two). Gussy is allowed on the furniture as she is TheQueen. But, being TheQueen, she often wants the bed that Hoku has..... so they often share Gussy is always happier with this arrangement the Hoku is... Mooooommmmmm, she's on my bed again...... Hoku will go back and forth between the bed and the hardwood, more on the wood in the summer, more on the bed in the winter. And of course he follows us from room to room. He has a crate pad in his crate
  8. Will be interested in this thread, as we have the same issues. What we are doing is similar to what Reddii describes. We work on him looking to us when he is nervous or tense. We are also working on calm leash greeting with dogs he has gotten familiar with in agility class. We let him approach a dog on loose leash (very important), sniff and greet for a second or two, and we click for the greeting, he turns away for his treat, we call him a few steps away, treat, and then sometimes let him go back for another sniff and greeting, click, call away, treat. It seems to be helping alot, but have no
  9. I will just chime in on the CU and CC as great resources, and give a small antidote. Hoku has been reactive with other dogs for most of his life, and we have been working positively using the above methods. We did the county fair agility demo this weekend, and it is a high stress situation, where his triggers are all in his face. We are sooooo proud of him. A couple of out of control dogs rushed him, and he just looked to us (as we have worked so hard with him to do) and was fine. On our practice night before the fair opened, I had him tied off to a big tent on one side of the course (I was wi
  10. Sending lots of good JuuJuu to the BuzzBoy, both of you, and the rest of the BC3 gang. Hang in there, it's good that your vet is being so careful. Thanks for the update, I was thinking of you guys.....
  11. You could also teach 'shake', then 'high 5' (one paw to your vertical palm), 'high 10' (both paws to both your palms), 'Wave' (same as 'high 5' but without the your hand). All of these will help develop your pups strength that is needed for 'sit pretty'. It took Hoku almost till he was two for him to be able to hold and balance in 'sit pretty'. Once he had that, we taught him to stand up on his hind legs from there. We are now working on his walking on two legs ....
  12. That is really a silver lining, I bet it makes all the heartache with Buzz just a bit easier. Continued good mojo for you all. Thanks for sharing such a deeply personal story, it's a great reminder to fully live each moment we have.
  13. We struggle with this, too. We have been hiking with Hoku since he was a pup and our plan has always been that we carry the long (50') line with us. While hiking in a safe place (no roads near by) I'll engage Hoku in an ongoing game of stick (thrown only up or back on the trail, never off the trail) , which he loves, and I can keep his focus on me quite easily. Even just carrying the stick and throwing every couple of minutes keeps his attention. If he ever gets out of sight (on trail or off), he goes on the long line or leash for a while. I stay vigilant, and if I see something that I think
  14. Ekk! Sorry you are going through this. Glad the pups will be OK, remember to take care of yourself, too. I know how hard it is.... Keep us posted!
  15. Thanks again for the input. Maralynn, for me, the e-collar is a last resort, mainly because I don't trust myself to use it correctly.... operator error is one thing in agility .... with an e-collar it could have many unwanted repercussions. But if the other training ideas fail, we may consider it. I need to trust him here on our property. Rebecca, we are starting to work on the down/stay in play with a long line, similar to what you describe. He is like, Oh Man, not the puppy long line!!! But he will chase the ball with the line on, but not chase critters with it on, so at least I ha
  16. The idea of a down from motion is a really good one. I can get it on Hoku's return with the ball, but have not gotten it with the throw out (my laziness and lack of working on it ). That shouldn't be to hard with the help of a long line. He LOVES working together, so if I could make prey be a game that we play together......hummmm..... Great suggestion! Erin, is Maggie at all interested in chasing a ball or Frisbee? How about tossing a toy up for her to catch? We play a game with 4 or 5 balls, tossing one up about 6-8 feet high and a few feet away from Hoku. He jumps and catches it, we have
  17. I am always amazed at the great things that come up with this group. I have learned sooo much from this board...and continue to learn! Thanks for the great link, Pam. What he says makes alot of sense to me. He gave me a good understanding of the root of the chase, and his protocol seems really sound. I am going to try it. We are part way there, in that we have been working hard on not letting Hoku practicing the chase and reinforce the drive, plus he LOVES chuck-it and Frisbee and any other chase type games. We do training while playing all the time. We were somewhat worried that by playin
  18. Hi all, been awhile since I've been on the boards. Nice to be back. Here is some background. We are having an issue with Hoku (2.5 years old) chasing deer. We live on 5 partially fenced acres of prime deer habitat (we have water, green meadows, cover in the midst of dry dry dry). We have been working with Hoku on recall, and if we call him before the chase starts, he's been great. A few weeks ago he even stopped in mid chase, and came right back, Whoo Hoo!!!! Big big party ensued. We started giving him more freedom as he was doing soooo great. But now the fawns are here, and he blew us o
  19. Hey Ruth- So sorry to hear what your Buzz boy is going through.... been away from the boards for a while and just saw this, and want to add my good Mojo to you all. It's been tough just doing the normal stuff with the smoke and now this #%&*!@ heat, so hang in there, and know we are all pulling for you.
  20. For the jumping, try turning your back and ignoring her when ever she jumps on you. When she stops and has all four paws on the ground, or whatever you want as your greeting behavior, (even for a moment) praise and greet. If she jumps up again, repeat. Tell your guests and anyone who will interact with her to please do this. Don't say anything, just ignore. It does not take long for the pup to figure out that jumping up gets them no attention, which is what they want, they think even negative attention is better then none ;-). It also works great at the door. Enlist some friends to help in he
  21. I am so sorry for your loss of dear Missy, she sounds like a one in a million gal. My heart goes out to you and yours. Give Annie a big hug... when we had to put our old guy Spencer down, our vet came to the house. Our little muttley Gussy just adored her big brother, and she just sat a few feet from him, with her eyes closed (we have never seen her do that before or since) as the vet gave the shot.... as if she was giving him support and farewell as none of us humans could... she grieved for months and months. Hugs to you all.
  22. Welcome Andrea and Sky! What a beautiful girl Sky is, and oh so lucky to have found you. Your post really brought home what a great place this is, I, too, lurk a lot and have learned soooo much and gotten so much comfort in realizing that we are not alone in our 'dog issues'. So glad you found Sky, and these amazing boards. Hope to hear more from you, and of course, more pictures of that beautiful girl!
  23. Smoothie all the way. Our old guy Spencer (RIP you great old boy) was fluffy ruff, and a burr, foxtail, tick magnet. But he was beautiful. Hoku is teflon smooth, can walk, roll, play in mud, foxtails, burrs, and come up clean in a snap.... it's a mircle, and I LOVE his coat.
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