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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, compa
  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 th
  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-le
  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
  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
  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 ne
  15. By the sound of your post, it doesn't really sound like true separation anxiety. Just destructive behaviour because she's alone. I had a foster dog with SA (and possibly not quite all there upstairs) and she WILL eat through a wall to get out of confinement. She used to wake up in the night and start heavily panting and crying if she wasn't sure where I was. She wasn't quite right, but the sweetest dog none the less. Anyway, I don't have a lot of time to type, but why doesn't your dog like her crate? And why don't you like using it? And why did you stop using it? Just because a dog isn't a pup
  16. Glad to hear the coupler worked! I had a hard time with Cash and the leash. It was a pretty rough go for us, for a while. Walking him with Daisy was out of the question because she's got some reactivity issues and I did not need that rubbing off on him, so we had to do it the hard way. One thing that I did with Cash (that I would not recommend for every dog) was actually, slightly flood him. I was against it at first, but I really had to do something to get over the hump I hit with him. We had a trainer working with us too. She quickly realized that he rebounded very, very fast from stress
  17. Typically, I use the Natural Balance food roll, simply because you can buy a lot of it and freeze what you aren't using right away. It keeps for quite a while in the fridge too. OR I purchase liver (chicken or beef) or chicken hearts, bake in the oven and chop up in tiny bits. Totally cheap, but if your not using them right away, should be frozen and liver stinks when it cooks, that bothers some people. Sometimes for extra temptation, when I am training a difficult task or in a difficult situation, I sprinkle parm on the liver. I haven't met a dog who wouldn't sell his soul for Parmesa
  18. I'm also very glad to hear this news! Keep going!
  19. Pammyd has given you some excellent advice. I have a similar situation that really, really caught me off guard. My oldest dog, Daisy, is a bc mix who is both dog and human reactive. Prior to adopting Riley, he came to visit a couple of times (and one wasn't' very good!) and I took them to a trainer so she could watch them interact together and get a decent prognosis on what their lives would be like together. He seemed to really respect her 'calming signals' and knew how to read her really well. He is incredibly friendly and super dog savvy and the prognosis was good. Everything went fine
  20. I agree with the hand feeding. I used Cash's daily meals to get him used to my hands near him. That was a tough one for him. I had little bits of kibble in one hand and basically had to start with my other hand a little bit lower and further away from him, just so he'd get used to an out stretched hand. I also had to sit low on the ground (hunching) and turn my face away or keep my eyes down for the first little while. Over the span of a few months I was able to make touch an enjoyable experience, but mainly focused on collar handling as that was a huge issue for him. At first, I also had
  21. Last fall I had a semi-feral foster dog and it was a rather interesting experience. It was unfortunate that he was so emaciated they almost didn't neuter him, but fortunate for me because he would eat anything I offered. At first, he'd start salivating (from stress) if I even entered the room he was in. After about a week of being the 'magic treat lady' he would venture out of my office and hide behind a piece of furniture to watch us, especially if we were playing with Daisy. Within a week of that, he had learned how to sit and lay down while remaining 6 ft away from me. It took a couple of m
  22. Black dogs have faces that are hard to see and that makes it harder for other dogs to read their expressions and facial cues, so if those two labs are not that great at their 'canine communication', your dog just might be put off by something they are doing (or not doing). Generally speaking, my reactive dog is more reactive towards those happy, love life labs and goldens. She just doesn't appreciate them jumping and running right up into her face. She is super sensitive to direct eye contact and she is terrible towards intact males. With on-leash meetings like this the dogs are not given
  23. So, I can't really add anything that is more relevant than what's already here. "Control Unleashed" would likely be very useful for you. Good luck and keep us posted.
  24. I've had the best luck with cold water fish oil opposed to salmon oil. Only because the salmon oil made my dogs super gassy. But if you want to try and entice him to eat, I'd second the canned mackerel. In addition to walking into the house for exercise can you get him doing stuff in the house, like practicing something like a puppy push-up (sit/down/sit) for a few reps each day. That will help with his muscle tone and cardio.
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