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  1. This dog came back as a Standard Poodle. He's the same height... but that's about it!
  2. TC I've ready this thread, fairly closely, but I could be wrong. Did you offer to get a letter from your vet regarding the sickness and your reason for not spaying her sooner? Was there any discussion as to why Tommy wasn't spayed yet? The rescue I volunteer with has a very similar policy. Our mission is to rescue stray and unwanted dogs and cats from First Nations and rural areas and place them in loving, permanent homes while providing programs to reduce pet over-population. And our Vision is to promote and encourage responsible pet ownership and to ensure humane treatment, compassion and respect for all dogs and cats. No animal is available for adoption until they are spayed/neutered and have a clean bill of health. We typically do not adopt out to homes with unaltered animals because it goes against our mission and vision. If there is a situation where the unaltered animal is not fixed due to illness or age related issues, this is something we are willing to openly discuss with potential adopters. You know the saying "A few bad apples spoil the bunch"? Well, it's true. There are good dog owners with unaltered pets at home for various reasons, but the majority that I've seen are lazy and don't care. Then their female, unaltered dog, gets out of the yard because they haven't bothered to train her or watch her while she's outside for 3 or 4 hours on her own and comes back knocked up. I'm not making this up, it was a friend of mine! I would never, ever let her adopt a dog from the rescue I'm with.
  3. Riley will steal someone's ball at the park, take it to an unsuspecting stranger on the other side and ask for it to be thrown. I have, on several occasions, hollered "Don't throw the ball! It's not his!" at complete strangers. He will also come stick his head in the bathroom every morning after I brush my teeth. I have no idea why. Daisy follows me absolutely everywhere.
  4. Daisy used to do this when she was a puppy, despite all the appropriate play toys in the world. One night however, I was standing at the sink doing dishes and she decided to attack my pant leg, also grabbing my Achilles tendon (with her razor sharp puppy teeth). I yelped so loud (out of surprise and pain) that I must have scared the daylights out of her... she never did it again. Normally, it never bothered me.
  5. You are all in our thoughts today as you go through this. I think you've made a wise decision, even though your heart says otherwise. Spend some quality time together and she will let you know when she's ready to go.
  6. There will always be set backs, for whatever reason. Don't get discouraged! You're doing him a world of good!
  7. Well, Daisy is the most obedient of the two. I've put a ton of work into her reactivity issues, so that's probably why. Riley and I are still working on a few things. He's a bit of a free spirit that one. Anyway, I talk to my dogs ALL the time. They are great listeners and I think they like being talked to (and the belly rubs/chest scratches that follow). They know the words and tones that are important to them... walk, car ride, park, dinner, etc., etc. Sometimes Daisy watches me as I talk to her as if she's hanging off every word... no doubt she's just waiting for me to say something that means she gets a treat or a toy or some other instruction to do something, not really because she's interested in what I'm saying. She has an automatic response (to look at me) when I say her name and I don't actually use her name that much, except when I want her attention for something. When I give them a command, it's not mid sentence and I only say it once. When we're training, I'm not having conversations with them, I'm teaching them and there really is minimal talking involved so that the commands are clear to them. None of this is for any particular reason, that's just the way things have evolved in our house. In our case random chatter has not ruined Daisy at least. Riley maybe... he's way more laid back than she is. Sometimes I think he was a surfer in a previous life.
  8. Wow. Fingers and paws crossed for a safe return for Tommy.
  9. Umm... Don't really understand how these comments would start an argument... Dogs shouldn't be encouraged to PLAY with prong collars on.
  10. Outlawed... wow. That's awesome! Sometimes I think I should say something to these people, but you never know how someone is going to react. I go to the park alone and have to walk through trails in the woods to get back to my house, so I don't really want to make someone mad at me. I've even seen someone with the collar flipped so the prongs are facing out. Beyond dangerous. Riley is very much like this too. He's taken some spectacular wipe-outs, but he's getting better.
  11. Riley and Daisy don't play. She'll chase him around the yard for a bit, but other than that, she can't be bothered. However, Riley loves to play. His favourites are bully breeds and rottweilers followed close by grey hounds. With the GH's I think it's because they are the only dog that can actually catch him/out run him. With the bully breeds and other thick muscular dogs, well, Riley loves to wrestle hard and they seem to have a similar play style. The only time I ever get worried about injury is when the other dog is wearing a prong collar. It really p*sses me off when I go to the off-leash park and there are dogs running around wearing these stupid collars. It is so dangerous. I will always make sure Riley does not play with these dogs for fear someone will get punctured by a prong or collars will get hooked on one or he'll get mouth injuries.
  12. I would suggest a veterinary behaviourist, someone that can work with you and prescribe meds as needed. He sounds like he's got some serious anxiety... For anxiety related issues, I would not recommend using any sort of punishment techniques, but positive reinforcement, counter conditioning and desensitization. The only reason I bring this up is that you mentioned the trainer down the road has been training police dogs and those training methods are usually punishment/correction based training, which would likely be worse for a dog with severe anxiety problems. Just my 2 cents. I hope something works out though.
  13. I would try to find a certified veterinarian behaviourist then. That way they can work with you on counter conditioning and if needed, prescribe meds. Personally, I think the muzzle is the worst idea. They are not meant to be used in this manner. Patricia McConnell has a great book called "I'll be home soon" that addresses separation anxiety. It's small, easy to read and cheap. I'd start with that. I'd also look at Jean Donaldson books "Mine" and "Fight" too if she's got guarding issues. If you're going to crate her, I would makes sure there are no other animals in the room that she's crated in, especially if she's a guarder. That's only going to make the whole stressful situation way worse.
  14. Well, digging on command works well. If you do have a spot in your yard that can afford a hole. When I adopted Riley, he was a massive digger, I think mostly out of boredom. He had a foot injury that kept him kennel bound for 3 months, so as soon as he was allowed outside on his own again, he started digging. When he came to my house, the vet told me he should likely dig... it would help his foot, so I found a suitable spot in my yard, under a tree, where nothing grew anyway. Every time he started to dig, I would redirect him there and praise. Now that's his diggin' hole and I fill it in as needed, but he rarely digs anymore... go figure. Perhaps if she's getting mental stimulation from other areas, she won't need to dig anymore. Maybe she was doing it to get attention (yelled at or whatever), negative attention is still attention after all. Not eating... well, there could be a ton of things. Maybe she doesn't like the dish they've provided for her. Some dogs are weird about dishes. My two prefer to drink water out of a plastic Tupperware container. So maybe try a couple different types, plastic, metal, ceramic etc. Maybe she doesn't like her food? And it seems like it might be better/different because it's coming from someones hand? Try different foods, try putting some toppings on it... canned food, hot water, warm broth, yogurt... you get the idea. As long as she's not sick, I'd just mess around with different food combinations until she started to eat. Although, hand feeding her at the beginning may help you two bond anyway.
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