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by JudyN
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2827
Views: 276455

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

If there's gunk in his ear, the drops might be making it swell a little and therefore feeling more uncomfortable?
by JudyN
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2827
Views: 276455

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

I'm feeling gutted for a friend :( She and her OH are devoted to their dogs. They always have lurchers, but the GSD x lurcher, L, they adopted a few years ago turned out to be more GSD than lurcher once she'd been on some decent food for a while. The female friend, C, had said that L was her 'heart ...
by JudyN
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

I do wonder - when something has to be done at the vets, could you get him to accept a muzzle (trained beforehand of course), then you and/or OH simply pick him up and hold him firmly while the vet does what needs to be done? It might get it over with quickly and actually involve less stress for him...
by JudyN
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

The poor lad, he must be so scared :( Sometimes it just takes one bad experience to mean they're terrified of the whole situation. A bit like OH and the dentist really, though it's easier to reason with him than a dog. Usually :wink: As I said, I washed out the ear drop bottle and, on walks (an easi...
by JudyN
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

Thank you Nettle :D
by JudyN
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

Jasper is MUCH more trusting and accepting of a lot of things now, but of course he's much older than Merlin. His problem is that when he does flip, he can turn very aggressive. When he needed ear drops a while back it was a nightmare. But after we'd somehow got through the course, I gave him a coup...
by JudyN
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

Actually the stroking did look more gentle on the programme last night, and it went in both directions. Even so... I thought about trying it today when a terrier insisted on sniffing J's bum in a small wooded area we hardly ever see other dogs in (J on lead, the other dog not) but we're so used to o...
by JudyN
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Re: Lead stroking

Yes, that looks like what they were doing, LoQ. Poor Merlin - he does seem to pick up a lot of illnesses :( Sarah Fisher is a Tellington Touch person and I'm sceptical about claims for TT - sure, massage has a lot of benefits, but when you have to massage in a certain direction through a certain num...
by JudyN
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Lead stroking
Replies: 15
Views: 95

Lead stroking

On 'Nightmare Pets SOS' this evening the dog trainer Sarah Fisher recommended 'lead stroking' for an anxious, overexcited, twirling, lunging terrier. It simply involved stroking up and down the lead, with the gentle vibration communicating down the lead to the dog and relaxing him. It certainly seem...
by JudyN
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Crisis
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: Crisis

Also - it doesn't do to get too evangelical about anything (training, raw feeding, breastfeeding... humans that is, not breastfeeding dogs :wink: ). Maybe, sometimes, with some dogs, methods that aren't strictly positive might work better and as long as you have enough knowledge to tell that they ar...
by JudyN
Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Crisis
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: Crisis

am i a hypocrite? No, of course not! Timeouts are fine , ignoring unwanted behaviour once we've eliminated all the causes we can think of is fine . Think of a child who whinges all day long for a chocolate bar - assuming the child isn't starving, bored, tired, or whatever (which could call for an a...
by JudyN
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2827
Views: 276455

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

Focus on the positives, LoQ :wink: He's hardly the first dog to get worked up by a cat. After the three dogs had a go at him and he reacted (and who can blame him?) he did calm down and focus on you. And after the cat in HIS garden, he found a great way of calming himself within minutes. This is all...
by JudyN
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Lethargy - Growing up or Vets?
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Lethargy - Growing up or Vets?

I'm so pleased you've found a good food at last! As for his lethargy... you could try cutting his morning walk to maybe an hour and see if he seemed perkier later in the day. Jasper's pre-walk routine is often to whine and pester, then lie flat on the floor till I'm practically out of the door. Whic...
by JudyN
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: sleep
Replies: 14
Views: 140

Re: sleep

What would he do if you blocked off under the bed and he needed to go out? If it increases at this time of year it could suggest that wildlife is involved, as JoanneF suggested. If you have a window open, shutting it might help. As you're happy to use puppy pads in the day, could you use them at nig...
by JudyN
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2827
Views: 276455

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

I took Monty the cat to the vet's yesterday for a check-up and booster. For a 20-year-old he's doing awesomely but let's face it, just being alive at that age counts as awesome, so I shall overlook his wobbly rear end and occasional incontinence... Jasper gets very anxious when I take M out of the h...