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Everything posted by Ms.DaisyDuke

  1. Maybe, that's why I suggested it, BUT and this is a big one... The OP also said "...and gets very anxious." and "...he gets super anxious and the teeth come out". The fact that the OP is picking up on heightened anxiety levels when this is occurring suggests to me that there is something more here that some one qualified should observe. Since there are two sides to this coin - a good behaviour and a potentially dangerous one, I wouldn't risk it. Getting bit in the face would suck.
  2. He could be smiling. Ever had a dog do that to you? Freaked me out the first time I saw it. More seriously though, I'd stop putting your face down there until you figure out what he's doing or why he's doing it. Maybe he's not comfortable with the 'up close and personal' attention with your face so close to his. If he's not comfortable, he's clearly telling you and you should stop before you get bit in the face. I'd see if I could get a good, qualified trainer to come over and check it out. We can't really tell what he's doing through a written explanation on the internet....
  3. The rescue I volunteer with has 52 dogs available for adoption, split between about 12-15 foster homes. Several of those dogs are either lab crosses or border collie crosses. 80% of our dogs are puppies.
  4. From what I read in your other post, she sounds like she is lacking in confidence and has some fear issues. Personally, I would not use my knee. You've had her for 4 weeks. Give her some time and be 100% consistent with whatever method you choose. I've had success with just turning away and ignoring the dog until it stops jumping, rewarding with food or praise for all 4 on the floor. I make my dogs sit instead of just having all 4 on the floor. If it's a huge issue, then maybe you could have her leashed with one person's foot on the leash so that she can not jump and then have a second person repeatedly approaching her and rewarding her for not jumping. Again, being 100% consistent with whatever method you choose. No jumping means no jumping always. I have one friend who encourages Riley to jump on her when they meet and it's been a chore. She knows better too. I cut her some slack since she's the one who rescued him, but it's made the training process a lot slower.
  5. At two, Riley will still chew on random things if he's bored. Rugs are one of them! He will migrate from a bone to the rug if not watched. I've had great success using Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper. He's hates spicy. Although, not ideal if you have light carpets.
  6. I second Leos, they are awesome! Daisy loved them, Riley ate them. So I wouldn't recommend them for a serious, 'must destroy everything', can only play with bones kinda dog. The Kong Wobbler is also pretty wicked. I have one and the dogs love it. They can't pick it up because it's too heavy/slippery and it's not too big, so you could put it in a crate with a dog.
  7. Poor kid. We're sending mojo too. Hopefully you can get him into a vet and figure out what's wrong with him.
  8. Welcome! It's been ages since I've had a pup of my own, but I'm around puppies all the time. What others have said about Dundee correcting her when it's time, I agree with. He likely will. Once she has all her shots, bringing her to a puppy play time, if there is one available in your area, would be an asset too. She'll get to play with puppies her own age and learn more acceptable play behaviour from them as well. Getting your self familiar with play might help too! I volunteer with a local rescue and I notice that some of the more novice foster homes get all up tight and nervous when the pups play and get rowdy because they think the dog is being aggressive. Play can often seem quite loud and aggressive. Especially if you have a vocal dog. I have one dog who especially likes to play with bully breeds and rotweilers, I'm assuming it's because they tend to be physical and can take a lot, frequently, when he's playing with a dog that has a similar play style, all you can see are teeth. It looks frightening, but they are having fun. There are quite a few dogs who growl and bark while others play quite silently. Watching their body language helps a lot. If their bodies are loose and facial expressions, ears and tail are fairly relaxed and they are offering a lot of play bows then you're good. If bodies start to stiffen and the tail wag becomes rigid and slow, then it's time to step in. I will second Dog Star Daily, lots of info there! Good Luck!
  9. It sounds like you're doing a fine job so far. Remember, you've only had him for a couple of months, so you're still kind of in the 'honeymoon' period. It may take him a bit longer to totally settle in and trust you 100%. Boosting his confidence and working with him in a positive manner now will help strengthen his bond to you and help him settle in. You may see that once he becomes more trusting of you, his behaviour will decrease faster with good counter conditioning. If there is a good behaviourist in your area, by all means, call them up! Extra help never hurts! One of my dogs (Daisy) is reactive and fear aggressive towards other dogs and strange people and it's been a lot of work. She trusts that I won't let anything bad happen to her and I was able to get to the point of fostering dogs for a rescue and then adopting a second dog. When I take her to the off leash park, she can control herself the majority of the time and I find that watching her body language when other dogs are around her helps a lot. I watch her tail and her ears mostly and if she's feeling uncomfortable with the situation, I just change my direction slightly and call her to me. She's more than happy to come over and walk with me. I give her treats and praise for walking away when she's in a situation like this. She has issues with dogs who stay to say 'hi' too long and dogs who are in her face. I find that stopping forward movement allows other dogs time to come and say 'hi', but if I continue walking she does too and it gives other dogs less time to congregate. Play might be an entirely different thing. Some dogs just don't play. With some of the rescues I've fostered, they didn't even know how to play with people, never-mind with another dog and would never attempt it. Others had no clue what toys were or how to play with people, but had no problems playing with other dogs. I think it really depends on the dog. My second dog (Riley) is 2 and will play from dawn until dusk if allowed. He tries SO HARD to get Daisy to play with him. She will give in once in a while and chase him and every so often she'll offer a play bow, but I'm convinced that she would just rather play with people over dogs. There is a good yahoo group for reactive dogs that would likely be useful to you, there is a ton of information in the files and some really, really helpful and knowledgeable people there. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Pos-4-ReactiveDogs/ Good luck.
  10. Poor Lilly. Hope she recovers and the damage isn't too bad.
  11. Mojo for Kat! Hope she recovers and you all find out what's wrong!
  12. Daisy has slept on my bed since she was about 2. First she was crated, then, while I was testing her 'free reign' worthiness, she slept in a gated off portion of the hall way. Then we had a whole bunch of break-ins in my neighbourhood, so Daisy started sleeping in my room with me, on the bed of course. My boyfriend works nights, so I felt safer with her in there with me and that's the way it continued on. For a little while Riley had to be crated at night because he was not adjusting to the change of routine when we adopted him. Now he also sleeps in my bed room, almost always on the bed for most of the night. He will otherwise sleep on the dog bed in the room or in front of the door. Not really sure what makes him get up and move through the night, but guaranteed he will come back up on the bed at 5:30 every morning.
  13. I am very glad to hear this news. We will continue sending our positive thoughts, mojo and good vibes to you and him. Good Luck Ollie!
  14. Wow. So glad to hear a good report. We're still going to send everything we have your way. All the way from Cowtown!
  15. I have mutt luks for when it's -40. I think they are great. But if its for snowballs in the toes, I second the Vaseline. There are products that you can get specifically for this and I don't think they'd stain as much as Vaseline could. One I know of that's pretty good is musher's secret.
  16. Is there a day care in your area that you can trust? Riley, my youngest is 2 and loves to play. Play is the greatest thing in the world to him, to the point that it's his 'high value' reward when we're training. Every few weeks I bring him to a doggy daycare that I utterly trust, to blow off some steam. They match him to dogs with similar play styles and energy levels (mostly bully breeds and greyhounds for some reason) and he has a blast. We do go to the dog park and he can be over bearing with softer dogs because he's such a physical player. So if he's doing that, I basically walk him down and leash him. We move away from the other dog and he soon finds something else to do. I never recall him when I think he'll fail. I've had him for less than a year and he's improving all the time. He was a stray for most of his life, so he can be a tiny bit aloof still. I've also found bringing one of his favorite toys to the park keeps him closer to me, because I'm more fun than the dogs. He want's to play with me most of all, but if I'm being boring and just walking around, he'll find someone else to pester.
  17. I think this is a wonderful idea. I was worried at the beginning with Cash, that I wasn't doing something right. We has a trainer come in who was experienced in dealing with fearful dogs. She watched how I was working with him, gave me pointers and confirmed for me that I was working in the right direction. Someone mentioned issues with the leash being part of the problem. For us this was a huge hurdle. He was absolutely terrified of the leash. Well, he was terrified of people and social pressure made him shut down completely. He had a 6ft rule for months, so I really had to work on him trusting me and allowing me to touch him before I even attempted the leash.
  18. I don't know any of the back story on your dog, but I do know that there is a yahoo group that did me a world of good when I had my semi-feral foster dog. A lot of the people there have mill dogs and there are also a variety of other fear issues etc. It could be an excellent resource for you. As would the website listed below. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/shy-k9s/ www.fearfuldogs.com If you do a search on the yahoo list, you'll find some info and great insight on my foster dog Cash.
  19. Just a comment as to the "why". My young male frequently steals things like shoes (well, mostly shoes) when he's bored. He's looking for attention and with this boy, any attention is good attention. He will also get into things... knocking stuff off shelves, counter surfing etc. when he's bored. If he's doing this stuff, it's usually my cue to either play with him a bit or do some bits of training. Even my 6 year old will find herself trouble if she want's to do something with us humans.
  20. I also cook liver... beef or chicken, whatever is on sale. Also chicken heart, they love heart! Steak also works, sprinkled with parm. It smells, but they like it. I only really use the 'high value' stuff if we're working in an environment that requires it. Daisy is so keen on learning, that I rarely have to break out high value anything. Riley on the other hand, well, he's young and right now he's flip-flopping between liver and tug toys as his high value reward.
  21. No, I think it might have been this one; http://www.cbc.ca/doczone/dogsbreakfast.html but not sure cause I couldn't find any video of it. I think it was CBC that I watched it on, so maybe I'm the only one that has seen it!
  22. The second part was actually a question, not a statement. I'm pretty sure I saw a show on TV about this very topic in the last year and was looking for clarification on that one...
  23. ^^ Many vets get paid by these manufacturers to push these foods, especially Science Diet. Wasn't there just a show or something on TV that exposed dog food and talked about how vet students aren't actually taught proper nutrition in school, just a manufacturer coming into the classes and pushing their 'healthy' balanced dog foods?
  24. I think many people on this list use Kirkland dog food. I don't know how to prove without a shadow of a doubt that Kirkland is a sub-brand of Diamond. Why don't you try emailing their customer relations? I feed my dogs the same stuff you feed and they are in excellent health. My vet has never worried. I think that possibly, there might be a stigma... you know... "Kirkland is a no-name product, therefore low quality". Which is not necessarily the case these days...
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