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  1. oh....the blanket that I used had never been peed on or even used by a dog. I did look at the Primo pad link and I am going to order one of those. thank you!
  2. Never heard of that, but I will look into it. I never even thought that the saturation was the problem. Also, sounds like a good option for the travel crate. thank you.
  3. hmmm....thought I'd answer this just for the fun of it. I was a closet Border Collie Obsessor! I had German Shepherd Dogs for over 25 years. My GSD friends are always surprised to learn that it was not my initial favorite dog. I had no favorite - I just loved all dogs. It was my husband who wanted German Shepherds. Then, after all my GSDs were gone, I owned a super-intelligent, once-in-a-lifetime dog. He was a mix that ended up in my home after being boarded with me. I was his 4th owner, and I will never know why anyone would have chosen to get rid of that dog. A few years af
  4. agreed. my problem, not hers. sometimes you just need to hear it from someone else I had thought of putting her in the crate with a bed for a short time and extending her time in it daily and praising her for a dry bed; but that just seemed like it would take a lot of time and effort for something not that important. thanks for your response.
  5. I am totally at a loss as to how to solve this problem, so I am hoping to get some ideas. Piper is 18 month. When she was a young puppy, I had to remove the dog bed from her crate because she would chew it. As she outgrew that habit, and I started putting a dog bed back in, she developed another bad habit. She will always urinate overnight in the crate when I put a dog bed in there. When I take it out, and she sleeps on the bare crate floor, there is no problem. Early on, when this developed, I did have her checked for a UTI -- many times -- and she was always negative. I would take the
  6. wow. amazing that I checked in on this thread today, cause I sure do need it!! Back at the beginning, I took gcv's advice and went back to working on turns (which he remembered and does well) and started incorporating them. We still had the problem sporadically in class. I imagine that we have done too much extension work, as that it what is done in the class I am in. When he would go off course, I could call him off and he would come back. I am positive it is not a problem with my getting commands out quick enough. He is not listening for the commands when he does this. He i
  7. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
  8. thanks. This has been very enlightening...."food for thought" so to speak!! This may change my whole outlook on feeding.
  9. Hi D'Elle So I am curious. I have always tried to keep my dogs on the same feed and hated when I had to switch -- I would do the gradual mixing of feeds so that we would have little or no intestinal upset from switching food. But if I am reading this correctly, you switch food periodically? And do you do it gradually? And if so, or even if not, do you have any stool issues when you switch? Maybe I've been worrying about changing foods too much. I've often thought of shelters, who rely on food donations and how they must switch foods a lot -- and wondered the same about them. Perhap
  10. Not sure if this is the cause, but it does sound like a way to fix the problem, as well as reinforce the turns. Different than what I was doing. Thank you!
  11. oh my, that is one adorable puppy!! Yep. We had the same thing! We also called it the witching hour!! Around 7 p.m. they were both totally NUTS -- we had litter mates. It amazed us that it always occurred at the same time. They did outgrow it.
  12. I would like to withdraw this post, but I can't seem to see how to do that. I finally did find a thread in Health and Genetics that is recent, so no need for this post. Thank you. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  13. I know many people on these boards feed raw. That is not an option for me. So who feeds dry/kibble dog food available from the store? I have changed food twice. First one, one of the pups would not eat it. Literally turned her nose up to it, even when I tried waiting her out. If she did eat it, she picked at it. Second one she gobbles up. Loves it. But I have soft stools. Not happy with it. I need a readily available food that I can get from a store or online delivery. Too many times over the years I have changed food to something that was "the style" at that time, only to hav
  14. Years ago, my male GSD laid down to eat -- always -- his whole life! His sons also laid down to eat -- but not his daughters. So I would say that with him, it was a genetic trait that he passed on to males. When I adopted Rusty (BC) from a shelter, he had been found running with another BC (blue merle) and a blue heeler. All three were puppies/young dogs, and were loose in Amish country. My guess is that they escaped from a puppy mill. When I brought him home, I noticed that he also laid down to eat. I told my husband - oh look, he has the lay-down-to-eat gene; lol. HOWEVER, af
  15. So Parker has been working agility since we got him at 9 weeks. Flat work for most of the time; when starting jumps everything was low -- and we are still low with everything. I decided from day one that this time we were not gonna rush training and we were gonna take things slow. I know this is not an unusual problem -- I had it with my old girl when I started her in agility. They get to a point where they know what the course is -- and they love it -- but they don't have the knowledge to check in for the next obstacle. He does not get the zoomies and run around the ring as I've seen so
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