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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.
  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 puppy anymore, doesn't mean they won't get into trouble! Riley is almost 2 and I have to still crate him any time he can't be watched. He gets into all kinds of trouble when he's bored, regardless of the fact that Daisy is out with him....
  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 and that he LOVED playing with other dogs. We were dealing with his car issues and leash issues at the same time. I just picked him up, put him in my car and drove him to daycare. For a couple of days it was pretty stressful for him, but he almost instantly bounced back as soon as he was playing with the other dogs. After day 3, he was excited to go, waiting for me at the front door. After two weeks, I could walk him on leash from my house to the car, from the car to the daycare. They were short distances, but it was a huge win for us. Shortly after this, everything started falling into place. In this case, life rewards and some flooding did a world of good. On the other hand, this is the only dog I've met that could handle it.
  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 Parmesan covered liver!
  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 for almost 8 months and then one day, he went after her. I'm not even sure what triggered it, but it was most likely food related. After that, he tried to stalk her and keep her cornered. I'm not totally sure why this happened all of a sudden, but now I keep a close eye on him. He is not allowed to stalk or go after her. Luckily, if he starts to stalk, he is easily called off verbally, then I distract him with a game or something. It seemed to me that he was getting aroused during feeding time and Daisy gets excited too and will whimper sometimes when she's really excited about supper. I think that's what triggered him. So now, I crate him when I'm getting their food ready. The dishwasher was another source of tension, so I work with them being calm when the dishwasher door is open. Both are placed in a sit/stay on either side of me and I reward them for calm behaviour. I believe that because Riley spent the large part of his first year roaming and having to forage and scavenge for his own food amongst competition with other dogs, he is a bit of a guarder, albeit over the weirdest things (dishwasher!). I am lucky that I know where he came from and what kind of life he would have lived before coming to me, which is not a luxury most people get when adopting a rescue. Otherwise the dogs actually get a long great and Riley is teaching Daisy how to play even. I just watch body posture and look for tension, distract and re-direct and if necessary, I crate the offender. It also helps if you understand the triggers and try to avoid them as much as possible.
  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 issues with Cash coming inside the house, which sucked because it was October and we had gotten a cold spell. I did actually have to prop the door open and go where he couldn't see me. I would make sure he got a great food reward when he came in to reinforce coming in the house. Again, he was about 10lbs under weight (should have been a 35-40lb dog) so all the extra food did him wonders.
  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 months before I could touch him without his skin flinching, but by the time he left my house, he trusted us 100%. He did hit a couple of road blocks along the way, like being in the car, going outside on a leash and going into new places, that comes with the territory. There will be good days and bad days, but always remember where he started out... that will keep you going! Good luck! I'm glad you're posting this story here!
  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 the chance to introduce themselves properly... they are likely forced to meet head-on, which is likely to set quite a few dogs off. Even my super friendly dog ALWAYS approaches every dog he meets in a wide arch. Leashed or un-leashed. You've been given great advice and I will second "Look at that" from Control Unleashed. I use it with both my dogs in various ways. Using aversives (grabbing, pulling, yelling, pinning) to 'teach' your dog not to react to something is only going to make it worse and/or confuse him.
  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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