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by Calypso
Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Barriers are weird.
Replies: 0
Views: 5512

Barriers are weird.

Pixel does have some barrier frustration when he's on lead and meets another dog. We're working on "pressure = yay!" Pixel, being a guard dog/alert dog breed, also takes a touch of time to warm up to strangers at the house. I've had an electrician in my house for 4 hours. To make everyone's life eas...
by Calypso
Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: At my wits end... Gimpy Zeke now with stomach upset!
Replies: 133
Views: 18246

Re: At my wits end... Gimpy Zeke now with stomach upset!

Sounds like an awesome vet. I was wondering about just throwing Doxy at it, too. Glad I wasn't totally off base.

Hope Landis feels better soon!
by Calypso
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Re: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training

Thanks guys. Lots of good stuff to think about and work with! I mentioned something about Chai at the new house and Sprout says "Wait! What? Say that again!" and she and Bug both cheered that we may be able to keep Chai. Well, we'd keep Chai until the right home comes along regardless, but keep her ...
by Calypso
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Henry doesn't want to pee
Replies: 19
Views: 4741

Re: Henry doesn't want to pee

Can you go back to house training 101 and reward him for peeing in the yard? You can use a really high value treat, although to a food-obsessed beagle that could be pocket lint.

But if feeding him first works, go for it. Do what works!
by Calypso
Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Re: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training

Pixel goes crazy over all cats, but he stayed with a friend and her Maine Coon Cat. Even though the cat is bigger than Pixel, Pixel still went into shriek mode. My friend made good strides with him not chasing Peaches to the point that Pixel would stare a Peaches and then stare at my friend until sh...
by Calypso
Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Re: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training

That's good to know, Jean. The area Chai would have in the new house would be the "parlor" (the house was built in 1929 so I'm using parlor instead of living room) and my craft room, which may also be my office. These face the street and I planned on putting bird feeders out there anyway. The parlor...
by Calypso
Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training
Replies: 17
Views: 3888

Pixel vs Chai-Kitty Training

Brief background - when we brought Chai-Kitty home it was because she was totally unphased by dogs, people, or travel. She ruled this house, even Beamish with his high prey drive. For some reason, she can't deal with Pixel. Don't know if it's because she's older and creaky or because he's more her s...
by Calypso
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

There are a good number, so it's not like the breed will die out. Unfortunately there are only 4 or 5 breeders who will deal with Americans and one breeder over there who is not afraid to blacklist her former American DSF owners (had dual citizenship, went to retire to her first home). We're trying ...
by Calypso
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:32 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: At my wits end... Gimpy Zeke now with stomach upset!
Replies: 133
Views: 18246

Re: At my wits end... Gimpy Zeke now with stomach upset!

No more limping (or other stuff!) thoughts to Mr. Zeke.
by Calypso
Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:59 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

We lost a Danish Swedish Farmdog that was going to be bred next spring. :( He wasn't even 4 years old and contracted Lepto. He was doing better, but then pulmonary complications set in and he died at home in his mama's arms. This brings the total number of intact DSF males in the US down to less tha...
by Calypso
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: What season is your dog's least favorite?
Replies: 9
Views: 1821

What season is your dog's least favorite?

I thought a little bit of levity would be a good break from the serious things going on in ODOer's lives right now. So, what is your dog's LEAST favorite season and why? Pixel hates winter because he's naked, low to the ground, and it snows in WI. He loves spring because it's warm enough to lay outs...
by Calypso
Tue Oct 06, 2015 8:02 am
Forum: Activities, Training & Behavior
Topic: Ronan's turnaround. Houston? We have a happy dog again.
Replies: 6
Views: 2332

Re: Ronan's turnaround. Houston? We have a happy dog again.

So happy to hear he's showing signs of his old self!
by Calypso
Sat Oct 03, 2015 7:32 am
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: In Home Training...How Crazy Am I?
Replies: 27
Views: 5806

Re: In Home Training...How Crazy Am I?

Good point on the pricing page. I will re-work that. I can have links to what each service is and just the price on the page. Or have prices the top and descriptions at the bottom. I'm struggling with pricing. On the one hand it's in line with what I charged when I worked for my former employer. But...
by Calypso
Fri Oct 02, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: In Home Training...How Crazy Am I?
Replies: 27
Views: 5806

Re: In Home Training...How Crazy Am I?

Here is the website I've come up with. I stink at websites apparently .http://www.dogsandfamiliestraining.com/ I've proofread it a couple of times, but if you notice any grammatical errors, please let me know. Is the content clear and the website fairly easy to navigate? My next step is to go around...
by Calypso
Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:59 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: The Beelzepup turns 9!
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: The Beelzepup turns 9!

LOL! I wouldn't expect him to celebrate any other way! :)
by Calypso
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Our Dogs Online General Topics
Topic: Goodbye to Perry
Replies: 11
Views: 2286

Re: Goodbye to Perry

I'm very sorry. Knowing that you made the right decision must be some comfort, but you definitely didn't have enough time with him.
by Calypso
Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Polycystic kidney disease & liver trouble
Replies: 10
Views: 2140

Re: Polycystic kidney disease & liver trouble

I wish I had something to suggest, but your plan sounds like a good one.
by Calypso
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: MP had another seizure-y thing :(
Replies: 7
Views: 1217

Re: MP had another seizure-y thing :(

I have nothing to offer other than a "THESE EPISODES SUCK! GO AWAY!"
by Calypso
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cruel to withhold pain meds?
Replies: 35
Views: 5622

Re: Cruel to withhold pain meds?

So glad to hear this episode might be over. I hope it's your last one!!!
by Calypso
Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Allergies
Replies: 6
Views: 1907

Re: Allergies

Pixel goes on Claritin when he starts with allergies. He gets Benadryl once or twice a day if he's itchy. I try to keep him off the grass when it's wet with dew (the dew seems to trap the environmental allergies) and I wipe him down when he comes in from outside. When he's really bad I rinse him wit...
by Calypso
Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Please let it be a UTI.....
Replies: 13
Views: 2270

Re: Please let it be a UTI.....

Has it been freakishly hot and humid there, too? Maybe he's just drinking too much water.
by Calypso
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:37 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

We definitely do need an ODO meet up! With any luck, I may have some influence in bringing a seminar into a training facility, so maybe we could get some really cool trainer in to Madison to lure some ODOers here. If I don't have the kids that weekend, I'll have a dog friendly house and 3-4 spare be...
by Calypso
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

Whether I can breed him or not, he's still the most fun dog I've ever worked with. Cousteau needed a firecracker up his butt. Beamish was too anxious. Havana will work, but she's not afraid to tell me when I'm wrong (or she thinks I'm wrong). Pixel just runs along and says "What now? Oh? That sounds...
by Calypso
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

He has 8/15 points to his Certificate of Merit, which is the Foundation Stock Service equivalent of a champion. (Foundation Stock Service is the "lobby" of the AKC.) I think I'm going to hold off on this breeding. He's got a leg toward his Coursing Ability Title and I hope to get a leg or two toward...
by Calypso
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cruel to withhold pain meds?
Replies: 35
Views: 5622

Re: Cruel to withhold pain meds?

Ugh! So miserable for both of you. I'm sorry. I hope the other person you see will be able to help.
by Calypso
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

I may know of her. On the east coast? The person I'm thinking of bred her female at 15 months and I can't remember her feelings on xraying hips and elbows. It's a discussion we'll be having as a breed I'm sure - what are indeed best practices. I'm trying to find a nice way to ask the person with the...
by Calypso
Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Re: Breed dog with allergies?

He is unpredictable, which is the one thing that I don't like. Not dangerously unpredictable, but sometimes he loves a dog and others he doesn't. I'm starting to narrow it down to females are generally ok, little dogs are generally ok, large males probably aren't. And the leash makes it worse. The g...
by Calypso
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Breed dog with allergies?
Replies: 17
Views: 2731

Breed dog with allergies?

So there are less than 50 Danish Swedish Farmdogs in the US and Canada. Maybe 10-15 are owned by people interested in breeding. Bringing a dog or sperm over from Europe for breeding is an option, but pretty expensive. One of the reasons I brought Pixel over from Denmark was because if he is healthy ...
by Calypso
Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: Care, Health & Nutrition
Topic: Cruel to withhold pain meds?
Replies: 35
Views: 5622

Re: Cruel to withhold pain meds?

Ugh. I'm sorry you have to deal with this. It just sucks.
by Calypso
Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Photos & Videos
Topic: The Beast is a real show dog now!
Replies: 4
Views: 2648

Re: The Beast is a real show dog now!

Awesome!

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