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by PSnyder
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:47 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: HELP! Dogsitting - Dog Bit my Neighbour UNPROVOKED
Replies: 137
Views: 29577

There are 2 sacrosanct rules for training a dog. Don't hit, don't yell, EVER! No wonder the little thing is fearful, yet aggressive. What you described as 'punishment' is abuse. Dogs should never be punished, only corrected & trained; and where I live, even a light swat on the rump is considered abu...
by PSnyder
Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Seizures/fits
Replies: 22
Views: 7495

I had a Sheltie that had seizures for 7 of his 12 years of life. First, a veterinary evaluation is absolutely necessary. The first consideration is the dog's age. If a seizure disorder is going to be a health issue for a dog it usually shows up by age 5. After that other things are usually the cause...
by PSnyder
Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:24 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: What would you think of this trainer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2166

I used the 'short' leash method for training both of my Shelties and it worked well for them. First thing I considered was the dog's interest & behavior in our surroundings, whether it was responsive to my voice and body language while on loose lead. My first Sheltie did great on loose lead and only...
by PSnyder
Mon Dec 22, 2008 11:14 am
Forum: Dog Training Articles
Topic: Clicker Training - Heres How!
Replies: 83
Views: 71130

Fortunately, until now I've never had to use clicker training, but now I feel it's an option I have to try. We've adopted a 6 yr. old female Sheltie who is at the moment, very confused and unhappy because we aren't who we're supposed to be. To complicate matters we had a severe storm last week that ...
by PSnyder
Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Science diet
Replies: 54
Views: 23755

Wow! So many choices and none seem to be the right one! I've owned dogs for 24 years and all have been fed Science Diet. I had one dog with many health issues including reduced liver function resulting from long-term seizure meds. That meant low fat. Science Diet prescription foods were the best opt...
by PSnyder
Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Idea for Responsible Pet Ownership Promotion
Replies: 13
Views: 4460

I'm new here and just now going through various topics of interest. The idea of info pamphlets is a good one, but I agree that balance is a necessity in preparing and presenting them. Pros and cons on each subject addressed might be a good idea and it is essential to point out that each pet has its ...
by PSnyder
Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Credit Crunch Casualties
Replies: 22
Views: 6447

There are rescue agencies who will take animals that can't be cared for. More and more shelters are becoming 'no kill' with exception being for extreme age or serious illness. I personally own 2 pets that were strays, we took them in from the streets and the love and devotion we've gotten from them ...
by PSnyder
Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Phenobarbital makes dog urinate a lot
Replies: 6
Views: 7156

Emily: There's not much you can to do alleviate the excessive thirst that phenobarb causes. My Sheltie was on phenobarb for seizures and it seemed as if he was camped at his water bowl which also meant the need to go out more often. Timed outings are probably the best answer to that during the day, ...