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by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Hyper?
Replies: 1
Views: 21

Re: Hyper?

People don't always say what they mean, and many people have a poor vocabulary. So it's best to draw out the conversation to see what they mean when they say "hyper" as often the subtext is more like "are its exercise and training needs more than I am prepared to give?".
by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Question about Lara?
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: Question about Lara?

Comparisons are not really useful as it's all about the degree of illness each individual owner is prepared to manage. What some see as perfectly tolerable would be a deal-breaker for others.
by Nettle
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 77

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Very sensible advice.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 77

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Assuming they would take the dog to a vet whenever it became ill, yes they would be going to the vets. How often would depend on which illnesses the dog develops in what order, and whether the owners would want to prolong its life with treatment or euthanise to avoid further suffering.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3054
Views: 290173

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

Well done Ari-RR on your weight loss! And great news Erica on your apartment - wonderful to have your own territory at last. MPB, it's good to know that sometimes it goes well - makes up for all those other times dancing the Watusi to avoid other dogs and people. I love the way you and Jas are so on...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 77

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

Depends what you mean by "healthy". It might be possible to find some that are less unhealthy than others, but it would not be possible to find one with an average-for-a-dog lifespan and free from inheritable illnesses.
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 396

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

Lol, Shalista! :lol: I ws also thinking this morning that training is a bit like sculpture. A lump of marble and a lump of clay can both be sculpted into something beautiful, but if you try to use a chisel on soft clay or mould marble with your hands, you're not going to get great results :wink: Bea...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:05 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Saw this today
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Saw this today

Ludicrously inefficient "research" based I suspect on KC pedigree registrations not actual facts. The Show greyhound is a hideously exaggerated breed and not many, thank goodness, are bred, but as JudyN says, the country is lifting with strong healthy correctly-proportioned greyhounds that are regis...
by Nettle
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?
Replies: 10
Views: 77

Re: How unhealthy are Bernese mountain dogs?

A very unhealthy breed with a short lifespan in comparison to most other dogs, and plenty of information in the public domain. the Bernese is not a very unhealthy breed and the health issues are world wide not just in the UK Contradictory. Either it isn't unhealthy or there are worldwide health issu...
by Nettle
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 396

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

My understanding is that it's because a deer is work - or rather vocation - and far too important to go around behaving like a twerp. If on lead he will stand still, every nerve ending thrumming. I wait him out in the hope the deer will move away and eventually, when J moves, it's a little like wal...
by Nettle
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 396

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

Not usually to the muzzle. Yes to the deer. You just walk them places they won't see wildlife.

Some sighthounds can be trained not to chase wildlife - most can't. It's an individual thing. It takes one helluva lot of training though. And you have to be able to offer them a great deal in exchange.
by Nettle
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 396

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

Yes: right on the button JudyN. Like other sighthounds, they don't do things they think are pointless or unrewarding, and what rewards other breeds does not always cut the mustard with these types. Old-fashioned dominance training will see the owner reduced to the status of an earwig in their minds.
by Nettle
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Dog Training Articles
Topic: Previous Dog Syndrome
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Previous Dog Syndrome

A thought-provoking article. I disagree about the guarding issues - I suspect the author will have to come to terms with resource-guarding being a natural behaviour in all animals, including us. "Sharing" is not a natural behaviour, and we shouldn't think animals ought to. For the rest - I meet any ...
by Nettle
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: Let's talk sighthounds
Replies: 37
Views: 396

Re: Let's talk sighthounds

IME they are charming dogs, huge grooming commitment but that won't phase you, and given the opportunity much more athletic and prey-driven than people would have you believe.
by Nettle
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Sampson
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Sampson

Everything crossed for a speedy recovery.