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by Nettle
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2436
Views: 233795

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

It's more what people think they are like. Yes they tick lots of boxes as a family dog, but few realise they are also world champion chewers all their lives, they shed hair constantly, are fixated on food, and if not properly raised they tend to charge into other dogs. None of that is a problem if o...
by Nettle
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2436
Views: 233795

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

Love it!! I too have endless problems with people wanting to touch my dog. I say, "She doesn't like strangers touching her" so they gurn at her and slap their knees like I've said nothing :? Would they like a huge stranger to touch them? She won't bite- she'll bolt. I am so not risking her running i...
by Nettle
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What she loves about them
Replies: 32
Views: 156

Re: What she loves about them

Keep away from Akitas and Malemutes - they are not first dogs either.
by Nettle
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Are GSD a gaiting breed?
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Are GSD a gaiting breed?

Tend to, but it's pretty marginal these days. I wouldn't recommend working lines for a first-time dog owner. Temperament is just as important as conformation, and work drive is a nightmare in a pet..
by Nettle
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Are GSD a gaiting breed?
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Are GSD a gaiting breed?

That is a case of someone justifying a major conformational fault by giving it a woo-woo background and a special name. If you look at breeds that can run all day - Dalmatians, Huskies and their derivatives, working hounds, working collies, sighthounds, and gundogs of sporting not show lines, you wi...
by Nettle
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2436
Views: 233795

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

Assuming owner's name is Sue - you walk along calling sue sue sue sue until she turns and snaps Sue WHAT? Then you explain that is what she is doing to the dog. The next bit to get across, and boy is it hard - is that he doesn't care what she wants. He cares what HE wants. It's her job to bring the ...
by Nettle
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Introducing... Charley-Weasels!
Replies: 13
Views: 144

Re: Introducing... Charley-Weasels!

Oh yes - I remember The Perishers and Tatty Oldbitt :lol: and I've been to Ottery St. Mary too.

Most of all, I know those saluki yowly howly yawny grizzles.

Lovely!
by Nettle
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Introducing... Charley-Weasels!
Replies: 13
Views: 144

Re: Introducing... Charley-Weasels!

Aaaaah, saluki puppy!!!! I am in lerve.

Despite knowing exactly what they are like............ :wink:

Is that the name she arrived with, or the Chateau Emmabeth name?
by Nettle
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Cruciate Ligament Damage and Hydro Exercise
Replies: 19
Views: 165

Re: Cruciate Ligament Damage and Hydro Exercise

Surgery isn't 100% either. Best to avoid if you can. Dogs don't know they aren't 100%. They just get on with it. One of the purposes of pain IS to self-limit, which is why painkillers are not always a great idea. Unless the animal is in agony, it is often better, my vet agrees, to let the pain do it...
by Nettle
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 2436
Views: 233795

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

The gate fear may indicate that at some stage he has lived with an invisible electric fence. You can desensitise him but it will take time.

Enjoy your learning curve.
by Nettle
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Cruciate Ligament Damage and Hydro Exercise
Replies: 19
Views: 165

Re: Cruciate Ligament Damage and Hydro Exercise

I had a b itch with a severe cruciate ligament injury come almost right (never 100% but she was 7 at the time of the injury) without surgery and with a lot of paddling, so you and your vet are on the right lines. I would say with all my heart less is more so be very very careful not to overdo things...
by Nettle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Ready made raw feeds
Replies: 76
Views: 560

Re: Ready made raw feeds

Any open sores on a diabetic are a big red flag without adding a dog (cat, parrot...) Considering the other things dogs lick, raw food is not likely to add any dangers - your Dad should not be licked by anything (not kissed by babies either). I can understand his fears. But that doesn't mean a whole...
by Nettle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:50 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Last Tips on Barking
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: Last Tips on Barking

Well done both of you - nothing like capitalising on the unforeseen. :D

Watch out for upset stomach from lots of fries! He might benefit from extra greens.
by Nettle
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Seeking Advice - 15 week standard poodle puppy toilet training
Replies: 10
Views: 184

Re: Seeking Advice - 15 week standard poodle puppy toilet training

Erica is spot-on - just to emphasise YOUR routine: Out of the pen-out of the door- eliminate - reward - allow to sniff around for the second pee or poo - reward if so - go indoors - move freely outside pen - after half an hour, outside again - rinse and repeat. When you want him back in his pen, tak...
by Nettle
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Golden Retriever and cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Golden Retriever and cancer

If a breeder has old dogs past breeding and showing and kept just because, that is a good sign.