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by connie
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend
Replies: 31
Views: 22038

Re: Not sure what to do - ailing best friend

Heartbreaking is what it is, no question. I'm so very sorry you're going through this with Caesar. All I have to add is another 'I've seen this' -- my mom's Old English Sheepdog, Buddy, at about the same age, had the same physical issues. It was very, very difficult to watch: he couldn't get up with...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

So weird! I wonder if it's entirely behavioral, or if there is some neurological thing going on too. Well, I hope he makes the right choices more often!
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?
Replies: 12
Views: 7306

Re: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?

Here's another aspect of some reactive dogs that I'd forgotten: Last night in agility training, Dee was not liking the curved tunnel at all, and after she made it out alive on one of our turns, she was excited (to see me again, I'm sure she thought she was going to her doom) and I was giving her tre...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Dream Vet clinic design
Replies: 4
Views: 5081

Re: Dream Vet clinic design

Good point about stress on the animals. My vet clinic made a big announcement last year that they are now on the 'Fear Free' program and all the techs and vets receive annual training -- my vet told me it had reduced barking in their kennel area by about 80%. Let's hope more clinics join the program...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Dream Vet clinic design
Replies: 4
Views: 5081

Re: Dream Vet clinic design

My dogs see their chiropractor in a vet clinic in the suburb of Glendale Heights; last year, that clinic got a major makeover and upgrade/remodel. It's a dream clinic now! TWO entrances, one for dogs and one for cats; a divided waiting room -- I don't use the other facilities of the clinic, but what...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: AKC Trick Dog title -- looks like fun!
Replies: 13
Views: 7536

Re: AKC Trick Dog title -- looks like fun!

In next week's class, Alex is going to do the routine for his Novice Tricks title. My instructor is an evaluator. I'll have her video it on her phone, so I can post it here. I made a routine that starts with Alex shaking hands ('how do you do!' is he verbal cue) and then he does three pushups; walks...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

Wondering what the status is of Moe and his issues?
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 7748

Re: How can I un-create the monster I created?

Just want to update this: My life and my home are SO pleasant now that dogs are not allowed in my bedroom AT ALL except at night when they sleep in there. I should have put this rule in place years ago. They get up in the morning, I move their dog beds out into the living and dining rooms and close ...
by connie
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Does Anyone Use Tick "preventative" like Nexgard (Afoxolaner)?
Replies: 5
Views: 4964

Re: Does Anyone Use Tick "preventative" like Nexgard (Afoxolaner)?

I'm with you on the EO, Nana. Rose geranium oil WILL repel ticks very effectively, but I cannot stand the smell of it, and even worse, my dogs hate it. Alex, my Nosework dog, acted like I'd lit his tail on fire when I put some on him last time (a couple of years ago). It does seem mean to do that to...
by connie
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Does Anyone Use Tick "preventative" like Nexgard (Afoxolaner)?
Replies: 5
Views: 4964

Re: Does Anyone Use Tick "preventative" like Nexgard (Afoxolaner)?

I do not use a (chemical) tick repellent and yep, I'm pulling ticks off my dogs -- well, not regularly, but not rarely, either. Beau tested positive for Lyme this year, Rowley for Lyme in 2016, Dee for ehrlichia in 2016, and in the past, Miss Pip was positive for anaplasmosis one year. Twenty-eight ...
by connie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Which heartworm preventative do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 5487

Re: Which heartworm preventative do you use?

I thought that was interesting, too, that the MDR1 mutation is not about a sensitivity to ivermectin per se, but is an indicator of a deficiency in the blood-brain barrier. I also read that the 'don't give ivermectin to herding breeds!' warning was due to the practice of using HIGH doses of ivermect...
by connie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Which heartworm preventative do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 5487

Re: Which heartworm preventative do you use?

I looked at Mary Strauss's comments that Nana mentioned -- I found this: "It’s best to give heartworm preventives year-round as well, not only for better protection against infection, but also to ensure that the manufacturer will pay for treatment should your dog become infected with heartworms." I ...
by connie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?
Replies: 12
Views: 7306

Re: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?

I was just coming to the conclusion that there are way more CLUELESS OWNERS now, and your post supports that, Nana! Dee's agility class has been uneventful. The young Boxer has moved to private lessons, the Airedale has settled in and is no longer hyper-aware of every little thing -- new class, new ...
by connie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Which heartworm preventative do you use?
Replies: 8
Views: 5487

Re: Which heartworm preventative do you use?

Nana, if the dog has been started on ivermectin, that doesn't mean you have to continue that. As you know :madgo: :cussing: I am a recent convert, and quite a fervent one, to giving preventive. Nothing like a case of heartworm to cause me to find religion! My dogs are getting Sentinel (milbemycin ox...
by connie
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?
Replies: 12
Views: 7306

Re: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?

Actually, I think Dee draws some of this behavior -- if those dogs looked at Rowley, he would deflect it and be very non-confrontational, but Dee meets all looks with a hard stare of her own. She won't START something, but she'll tell you that she'll finish it! So I think she's a reactive dog in the...
by connie
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 39270

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Glad you got in!
by connie
Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?
Replies: 12
Views: 7306

Are there more reactive dogs now, or am I just way more crabby?

I am doing a Beginner's Agility class with Miss Dee, to see if she likes it, and it's at the training center where Rowley has one of his weekly lessons. I've known this trainer for 25 years and I like her a lot. She's a FB friend and a friend, so I'm not about to put this on FB, it's got nothing to ...
by connie
Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 8623

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

Progress report for us: Dee has a 3-week AAT assignment at the high school where we did our Observations; we have done two of the three visits and will do the third next Tuesday. The students -- there are about 10-12 of them in the group, with 3 or 4 AAT teams -- are very taken with Dee and have tak...
by connie
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

I wish him all the best, and I hope your bruises and puncture wounds heal quickly, Sherri. Dogs like this are certainly a test for rescues. If the behavior can be identified and addressed, they can be adopted and have wonderful lives. My very first foster Sheltie, Bandit, was a fear-biter. Probably ...
by connie
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

Also Jane wants to know, was he guarding space when he had those episodes the other day, Sherri?
by connie
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

I think you have to make accurate notes of his behavior. That's just not something that can be ignored. Whoever told you to not mention it is doing a great disservice to rescue, and that's something I feel very strongly about. If rescue adopts Moe out to anyone the way he is now, they're not rescue,...
by connie
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

Okay, I asked Jane about this tonight. (Jane is this trainer: http://www.canissapiens.com/aboutus.html ) When I described the articles that Moe 'guards', she wasn't surprised at all, and said 'I've known a number of Beagles who guarded tissues, and several who guarded space, like a spot on the couch...
by connie
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

I think your progress will be slow and the more it can be depersonalized, the better. In the scenario you describe -- and I'm sorry you got bit, that's SO annoying on so many levels, not to mention painful -- it might have been more effective to lure Moe into the kitchen for a cookie and then close ...
by connie
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

It sounds like he has an issue with ANYTHING being removed from his vicinity, based on triggers I can't even conjecture. I have Manners class tomorrow -- the class with Lizzie and Biscuit, who have similar behavior -- and I'm going to ask Jane (our trainer) if that behavior is considered resource gu...
by connie
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

It's still very unpredictable, so I haven't had anything handy to try to distract him with. And, unfortunately, throwing food isn't an option since Henry will fight over food on the floor. Throwing chicken would be the start of a brawl :( OMG yes, you would have to stage set-ups with Henry safely o...
by connie
Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

Interesting question. It doesn't seem so much that he wants certain items, so much as he wants you NOT TO TAKE them when he is there, Sherri? In the scenario with the shawl, for instance, I wonder what he would have done if you'd suddenly started tossing bits of chicken several feet from him; would ...
by connie
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Resource Guarding
Replies: 36
Views: 26473

Re: Resource Guarding

I think the muzzle will allow you to work on the problem, but I agree, it would be best if a real solution could be reached. However, if a muzzle is going to keep someone from being bitten, I'm all for it!
by connie
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Dental Care
Replies: 3
Views: 4286

Re: Dental Care

I have Beau, a Sheltie with such hideous dentition that seasoned veterinarians have drawn back and said 'OMG!' on first looking in his mouth. So my two cents is: I have never seen a difference from anything I have put in the water bowl, be it fragaria vesca or an enzymatic cleaning solution. Save yo...
by connie
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 39270

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Oh cool, so it's meeting criteria rather than getting one of a limited number of slots? I'm sorry Max meets the criteria, but it would be cool to have him in the trial, could be informative at worst and helpful at best. Fingers crossed.

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