waffletastics Posted May 31, 2021 Report Share Posted May 31, 2021 Hi Guys! Long time no read! Sadie and I are doing good. We had a health scare recently (acute diarrhea, but she is fine!) I need your help again. 1. Sadie has an immensely hard time to calm down outside. Not necessarily on a walk, but once I played with her or she plays with another dog, she won't calm down. Even after 20 minutes of just sitting, no dog running, no playing she is still panting a tornado. Now, this is all still outside! At home, she sometimes needs a little time, but has actually gotten quite good at setteling on her own. Sometimes she still needs help (house leash or crating), but that's ok. I am almost confident to rule out, that she is hot because at home she calms down much faster, and she has trouble settling outside no matter the weather. It cannot be thirst, for there is always water supplied when we have a play date, or if I play with her. So how do I help/teach her to settle outside? I am not joking when I say I am afraid she will die of a heartattack if she keeps this up 2. What are 'jobs' you give your BCs? I read somewhere, they need a job, and if they don't herd sheep, you need to give them one. I have no clue, what job I can give Sadie? 3. What do you give your dogs to occupy/engage them for a while? Everything beyond ... I don't know the word in englisch. In german it's 'Rinderkopfhaut'. A packaging translated it as 'beef scalp'. I haven't found bully sticks where I live, maybe I just didn't realize they were. Anyway, Sadie will chew a good while on a 30cm stick, whick is fine...but I don't always want to give her these sticks. What do you guys give your dogs to occupy them, any tips or ideas? 4. On a longer leash she is quite good (5m - about 10ft). She hardly pulls and walks nicely. But on the shorter leash she pulls almost constantly. I tried clicker training - didn't really work, I tried just stopping until she relaxes the leash - didn't work, I tried working with the voice command slow and a slight pull (only with the harness!) if she ignored the command - didn't work. Any ideas? Oh! And since a month or so she is a nightmare if we walk with another dog. She was ok before, but now she pulls non stop! 5. Sadie is a cuddle bug, I know that. Whenever friends or family come over she loves to be pet and cuddle on the floor or on the couch. I don't mean hugging! but snuggling. My best friend stayed with me for a week some time ago and they would have cuddle sessions lasting the whole afternoon. But with me she doesn't cuddle/snuggle. Whenever I attempt to, she starts panting shortly after and walk off, lying down somewhere else... And to be honest this hurts a bit. If she just wasn't cuddly then ok, but she cuddles with literally everyone else - except me (now she does come and collect/demand pets every now and again). When she was little - lets be honest, a few monts ago - she would cuddle, going as far as sleeping on me, sprawled out with but a care in the world. Am I doing something wrong? Am I petting her wrong? Help? Also, please let me compensate you spending your prescious time reading and answering my questions in the only real currency there is: Look at Those paws!!!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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