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  1. Beautiful pictures -- all of them. Thank you for posting. We are so lucky when we get so many wonderful years from our dogs.
  2. Just brainstorming here -- not sure if this would be what you were after....how about getting something like a ball on a rope, and attaching a longer rope to it. Then throw that over a tree limb. Then you can leverage the ball up and down in height. Next, maybe smear some peanut butter on the ball and lower it to allow him access to it. Then gradually raise it so he has to jump to get to the ball/peanut butter. Reward would be to allow him to pull the ball down and play with it or eat the peanut butter. Once again, never tried this, so I can't vouch for it.
  3. No hijack at all since it's all about the MUD!!! lol. I, too, am curious if anyone has used this. I am also going to try to think of a way to make my own. I have had to resort to paw wiping, however, two 7 month puppies are hard to corral and hold still after running amuck in the yard. Wiping their paws is like hitting a moving target. In addition, I now have a long line of scatter rug runners that lead from the door, through the hall, to the kitchen. They are getting the mud that I missed, and I just have to toss them into the washing machine each week.
  4. I had posted a question previously in another post regarding the difficulty of cutting my puppies toenails. I had done them weekly since I had gotten them at 9 weeks. However, one week, all of a sudden, they had a fit about doing it. I tried dremmel, de-sensitizing, treats, etc. etc. I was beside myself over this. My first BC was from a rescue. I got her at 1 1/2 yrs. She was horrible about having nails done -- and at 13, still is. The vet's office had to totally put her out to do them - she fought through the sedation when they tried weak sedation. They believed she probably had a very bad grooming experience; I'm not so sure about that. I knew I didn't want to go through this again with the puppies. I had German Shepherd Dogs for over 25 years and did countless toenails, both clipped and dremmeled, never a problem. I never took any of my dogs to a groomer -- did it all myself, including scaling teeth! THEN, I read this post. You know, sometimes the easiest solution is the hardest to see. I read it and thought -- why not??? So two weeks ago, the pups went to a groomer (individual appointments/individual days). And it went well! So we are doing nail appts. every two weeks for now. I told her I'm not concerned if the nails are not long and she just takes the tips off or just snips some hair on the paws. I just want them to get used to having their paws handled and the clipping. Eventually they will not need to go so often. She knows I want them to have the best experience possible. In fact, I am thinking that eventually I will have them totally groomed maybe 3 or 4 times a year! So thanks, Cressa! I seriously never thought of a groomer -- but now I'm sure glad I read this and I'm sure glad I took them! P.S. I'm guessing you're happy with all this snow we just got!! I'm blaming you for it!!
  5. So I wanted to update what we finally did. With a forecast of rain, rain, and rain, we had to do something quickly. We filled in the trough-like border around the fence (which used to have mulch prior to having puppies that eat EVERYTHING) with river rock. It was quicker than laying patio stones/pavers (which we may still do later on.) That took are of the mud and of them traveling through it by running the fence border. For the rest of the yard/grass/mud, we used play sand (actually the only sand we had since we use it to fill a sandbox for the grandkids when they visit.) Still a little messy, but way better than they mud. In addition, my carpeting now scatter rugs/runner over it abundantly, and I am making much more effort of wiping paws before coming in. So over all, we are managing.
  6. haha. You're in Erie, right? You should have plenty of snow!! We looked at the wood shavings on-line and decided that the puppies would just gulp them up. Maybe if I had adult dogs....but not with these two. We are contemplating sand. Yep, we know we will have sand in the house. But it may be easier to knock off their paws instead of the mud. The mud is just killing my carpeting. We shampooed the carpets today. Couldn't believe the caked in mud. As for the "trench" that runs along the fence line (which they LOVE to travel), we are also going to look into narrow patio stones (like border stones) as another option to the smooth river rocks. If anyone has any other ideas, I'd love to hear them. I can't be the only one with mud!
  7. I'm loving these mild winters we've been having here in Western PA, but not so much the mud! The dog's potty yard has turned into large patches of mud. We've gotten mats to cover the area just coming off the porch, but we can't mat the entire yard. I googled it, and one fix was to put cedar or pine shavings down. Does anyone know if this would be toxic to the puppies -- who eat everything and anything they get their mouths on. We had to take out all the mulch from around the fence border because they were so intent on eating it -- so even more mud there. Will probably be putting river rocks around it. Don't want to use pea gravel because of the size, and don't want to pea gravel the entire pen as one you tuber suggested. I could do straw, but they love to eat that and holes and mud seem to bleed through that rather quickly. So my main questions are: 1. Are cedar chips toxic if eaten? (One google answer said no and another said yes) Are pine shavings toxic? 2. Has anyone found any other solutions to this problem? Thanks in advance! Bonnie
  8. Sort of glad to hear these stories. I have been soooo careful with very low (8 inch) jumping in agility and not doing too much of it; no a-frame, dog walk or teeter. Picking him up in and out of the hatch back. And then my super dog clears the baby gate the other night (literally sailed over it), jumped up over the back of the La-Z-Boy Loveseat when he was younger (until I corrected that one), and early-on, did two stints of jumping up and walking on the kitchen table. It is a nightmare just trying to keep him from killing himself.
  9. Thank you, everyone for your input. Felt a little better with the comment about not worrying about why it is happening; just dealing with it. I had thought of eye problems, but ruled them out when witnessing he in low light and everyday behavior. I actually see improvement and changes in her behavior over the past week. And the nail trimming....well I know that is going to be a long term problem; I ordered a new dremel tool since mine is over 40 years old. lol
  10. well, I don't know about anyone else, but this sure made my day!! thank you! as for the stain - just think how stressful it would be to have a new carpet (or newly cleaned) and then worry about every little piece of dirt!!! lol
  11. The good news is there is a learning curve for everything, and regressing is a part of it. Never trained anything that did not regress at some time...so do not get discouraged. Sometimes it may not be regressing, however, it also may not be progressing. (That's like when your 4 foot stay is solid, but you just can't get that 6 foot stay to happen.) So it just levels out before progressing again. Also normal. Just stay calm, be patient, back up a little in training and work through it. Know that what he learned is not lost or forgotten. It will come back. Years ago I noticed that in my beginner dog classes, dogs would start regressing between the 4th and 5th week. It was amazing how consistent the regression was. That is, the dog would have been doing well up to those weeks, and then it would come to class and act like it never even heard of the words sit, down, stay or come. And the owners would just look totally confused because they had been doing their homework all along. Got past those couple weeks and then it was back to normal. It happened too often to be a fluke. It was then I realized how regression plays a part in learning.
  12. I decided to respond to your post because I, also, was asking that same question last summer. The fact that you have posed such thoughtful questions makes me believe that you will have a successful puppy experience no matter when you decide to get one. There probably never is a perfect time to get a puppy or have a baby or get married or any life-altering decision. However, you have thought this through and you have experience; you know the positives and negatives; you know how much work a puppy is. I am now remembering (because my puppies are teaching me - again) they are only puppies for a short period of time. My two old dogs are 11 and 13. They have adapted to the puppies quite well, and I totally can see how the puppies have breathed new life into them.
  13. Hi Everyone I would really like to collect some opinions on my little girl's behavior - and especially would like opinions on how you would react/handle/train in these situations. I realize that it is hard to diagnose anything with a dog when not witnessing it in person over an amount of time, so I've tried to give examples and be objective about what I am seeing when relating it to you. I've separated it into 3 situations I have observed in the past couple months. 6 months - female - BC Sees people - outgoing, friendly, loves people whether they come in the house or if she is in other places Other dogs - outgoing, friendly TUNNEL - Both puppies have been exposed to tunnels since they came home. I have a short, solid one in puppy play yard that they ran through while playing. Once I started some play training, I used 6 foot play tunnels. They have been at the agility building since about 4-5 months of age, and she goes through those regulation tunnels with no problem...loves them. Recently purchased 18 foot tunnel. She immediately balked at going through it and will still not go through it. I realize it is a lighter material and therefore different than the building tunnels. Now I simply put it up with the other equipment to get her used to it, but I ignore it and do not even attempt to make her go through it. Sort of trying to desensitize her to it. STAIRS/STEPS - We have 16 carpeted steps to the upstairs bedroom where we sleep. They have gone up and down them from a young age. However, she will not go down our basement stairs (which there are fewer steps and they also are carpeted. There are 16 wood, uncarpeted steps to the play yard and kennel. She had no trouble learning to go up them, but she is fearful to go down them. She will back up from them and refuse to move to go down them. Once again, have chose not to push this on her, as that seems to make it worse. TOENAILS - Started handling paws and cutting toe nails from the first week they came home (at 9 weeks old.) Would do this weekly. Then, one week, about 6 weeks ago, she (actually both of them) flipped out when trying to cut them. So I have tried to go slow and have started with handling paws and nails with her just at night when watching TV and her laying next to me. So last night, she was having nothing of it! She jumped off the couch, went under a chair, and remained there until I said "lets go out!" and she came bounding out from under the chair. NIGHT TIME - She sometimes appears to be weirder at night. She will act strange and act like a different dog at nighttime vs daytime. Not always, but many times. Could she be going through a fear stage? However, some new things she adapts quickly too and others not so much. Could this be hormonal? She has not come in season yet. Could this just be her personality? I already have one quirky BC and wondering if this might just be her personality. Once again, curious as to some opinions on what we might be going through and what you would do in handling these situations. Thanks in advance!!
  14. Sometimes we have one of those HUGE cargo planes fly over. Doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. They are scary to me; they look like you can touch them even though they are further up than they appear. I'm a little worried if they see that!!! Sort of like your hot air balloon.
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