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by connie
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 7581

Re: Cancer clinical trial

When will you be notified if he's in?
by connie
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Acupuncture expectations
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Acupuncture expectations

LOL! I hear that, Judy -- I don't bestow much credibility on members of the veterinary community, often. At least if you did want to explore that option, it's nearby.

I'm glad Benson's getting better. Soft tissue injuries heal slowly, esp in dogs that are of mature, dignified, wise years. :cool:
by connie
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cancer clinical trial
Replies: 67
Views: 7581

Re: Cancer clinical trial

Oh, I hope it works out that he can participate in the trial -- it sounds interesting and promising!
by connie
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Talk to me about skin/allergy problems
Replies: 28
Views: 3546

Re: Talk to me about skin/allergy problems

That's great news. Also, I think she will likely tolerate less novel proteins if they are fed unprocessed (i.e., raw). Hoping that turns out to be the case, it would solve a lot!
by connie
Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I read that article after a discussion with a dog-owning (and dog-training friend) about how the 'leave it' command has become what 'NO!' used to be, in dog training: an all-purpose, get-away-from-that, stop-doing-that bark of the owner, with no constructive request for action. Thirty years ago when...
by connie
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I started to read that and I will read it carefully later today when I have time -- last night at class I was working 'leave it' with Dee, and like Sherri, I don't want it to be a command in a voice that says 'you bad dog!' so I tried making it look differently to Dee. She will completely ignore a p...
by connie
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Replies: 13
Views: 1525

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Holy smokes, that's awesome! I'm trying to work my way through the Novice trick list, look at what you and Henry did! :wow: :wow:

Congratulations! :thumbup: :love:
by connie
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

Also, here's the article I found that made the lightbulb go on over my head: http://www.oakwood-canine-services.co.uk/blog/read_72141/why-does-my-dog-pee-on-my-bed.html And thought WDJ and some other sources say 'oh, let him mark on walks, that will get it out of his system' -- I think that's nonsen...
by connie
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

At 10 months, he may be the worst now that he will ever be, that's such a fraught age developmentally -- like being a teenager for a kid! You know how you hang around dog venues and you get told stuff by the 'older and wiser' dog people? I was told a year or more ago that Alex was marking because he...
by connie
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:13 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

I am also happy that my other Lapphund, who is coming to me this winter, is a girl. :thumbup:
by connie
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It
Replies: 19
Views: 2296

Re: June 2018 Training Challenge: Leave It

I am going to do this with Dee and Beau -- Alex and Rowley have good 'leave it' behavior. When Dee did her test for Rainbow AAT, she was *barely* held back from the three crappy bits of kibble on the floor, and at no time did she take her eyes off that kibble. LOL! Dee is all in when it comes to stu...
by connie
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

This has turned into an interesting topic, IMO, and I might do a blog post on it even if Alex's breeder would see it -- you know what dogs mark a lot? INSECURE dogs mark a lot. Not dogs that are quivering wrecks but dogs who just don't have the emotional maturity or assurance to feel comfortable in ...
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Slippery elm
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: Slippery elm

Oh, shoot. What about ancient grains, like quinoa and amaranth?
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

Oh Alex, it's such a rough life! LOL
Right?! Five rescue dogs in this house and he's got more emotional trauma than any of them, according to him.

I think I have created an Entitled Dog. Boy, it's a good thing I'm not a parent (of human kids)!
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Figment/Gidget is gone RIP
Replies: 15
Views: 2952

Re: Figment/Gidget is gone RIP

Oh, I'm so sorry to see this! The end of an era and the passing of a good dog ... :bawl:
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Slippery elm
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: Slippery elm

Glad his gut is better.

Will carbs put weight on him? When Rowley needed to gain weight I gave him a side dish of cooked pasta at every meal, and that worked.
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge
Replies: 23
Views: 4828

Re: Got Stay? May 2018 Training Challenge

I missed May's challenge, with all the health crises going on here; but I will join in for June. I always want to work on 'leave it' in any way, shape or form that it's offered, and I could do it with two dogs at a time, maybe. Maybe.
by connie
Thu May 31, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

Change in a routine is good for everyone. :smirk: Before Alex got here, Rowley was the only dog who could jump up on the bed, and he rarely did; and his being on the bed was never a problem. (Rowley is a dog who is super-easy to live with, which is one of his many wonderful qualities.) Then Alex arr...
by connie
Wed May 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

Good point. He's not allowed in the bedroom any longer; only at night, when he and Rowley and Beau and Dee sleep in there. There's a gate in the bedroom doorway -- my house is so small that I've long ago removed most of the doors, but I love those spring-mounted gates and have several in various pla...
by connie
Wed May 30, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

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

To simplify this: I don't want Alex to get on my bed anymore. I've got a couple of collapsible agility tunnels that I will put up there, and if necessary I will get some kind of snapper thing, but I want this dog to have no more bed privileges, period. What's the best way to do that?
by connie
Wed May 30, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: How can I un-create the monster I created?
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

How can I un-create the monster I created?

Alex is driving me nuts and thank goodness for ODO, there is no way I am posting this on FB where his breeder can see it. I need help. Today I got home from my usual Wednesday client visit and he had peed on my bed. He pees -- maybe marks -- in my bedroom and I truly hate it. And I am starting to no...
by connie
Tue May 29, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Slippery elm
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: Slippery elm

How's he doing?
by connie
Sat May 26, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Thanks, Amanda, I will join those. Ten days post-shot, I am looking at having to exercise my other dogs without Rowley, so I do need to have a program for him that compensates for his absence from those outings.
by connie
Thu May 24, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Slippery elm
Replies: 11
Views: 1641

Re: Slippery elm

I have actually never used it, so I was curious and read a bit about it: https://draxe.com/slippery-elm-for-pets/ My go-to for intestinal upsets is probiotics or acidophilus capsules. I wonder if you gave those in addition to the slippery elm if they would help his gut bacteria return to normal at t...
by connie
Sun May 20, 2018 5:43 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

LOL! I went around and around, mentally, about that 'keep him quiet' admonition. The stuff on websites is very general, and it's directed at ALL dogs who have heartworm treatment, regardless of the dog's condition, the level of infestation, and a bunch of other variables. I do know, in rescue, a num...
by connie
Sat May 19, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Rowley update: he's doing really well. He has taken this in stride like he takes everything in stride, and I'm so relieved that it's going this well. I thought a lot about the instructions to rest him and take it easy and I read all the admonitions that a dog post-treatment should do nothing but go ...
by connie
Fri May 18, 2018 5:01 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Acupuncture expectations
Replies: 28
Views: 2806

Re: Acupuncture expectations

You can try looking in the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association listing to find a practitioner near you; unfortunately, there's only one listing in DE, though. http://animalchiropractic.org/avca-doctor-search-1.htm Some very good chiros aren't listed in here -- mine isn't -- but at least thi...
by connie
Wed May 16, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

And for anybody wondering: heartworm treatment runs about $1500 in my area. :wow: The SHOTS are $775. The rest of the charges are the bloodwork, tests (antigen and microfilarae and then antigen again), doxycycline, chest x-rays of the lungs, physical exam, Benadryl for pre-injection, and Carprofen f...
by connie
Wed May 16, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Replies: 13
Views: 1525

Re: Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

Henry will rock the test! :thumbup:
by connie
Wed May 16, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Heartworm treatment
Replies: 33
Views: 3842

Re: Heartworm treatment

Yay, the first Kill Shot is done! Now my dog has dead worms in his bloodstream, but that's better than live ones! (This whole thing is beyond gross, and worse than any horror movie, to me.) Of course he handled it like a trouper. He was really tired afterwards, and he had a good night's sleep after ...

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