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by china_cat84
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: House/potty-training help
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: House/potty-training help

Oh, I forgot to say (just in case someone mentions it!) that there's nothing I can do about the ground being covered in ice - we had an ice storm yesterday morning and the ground is covered in a thick layer. We've tried ice melt (ice just melts partially and refreezes), chipping it away (too thick),...
by china_cat84
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: House/potty-training help
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: House/potty-training help

Thanks for the help! Ok - this is the progress so far: NOTHING. I have: 1) Gone outside with Otis. Waited 10 mins. Brought him inside. Waited until he showed signs of needing to go (sniffing and circling). Then brought him back outside to the potty spot. Then going back inside and waiting. I did thi...
by china_cat84
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: House/potty-training help
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: House/potty-training help

Thanks for the advice. I am MUCH calmer today. I'm wondering - is it possible that he just doesn't WANT to potty outside in the cold? It's about -2C/28F here at the moment. Just took him out at 7:45, brought him back in and he proceeded to poo on the floor. We stood outside for 15 minutes. I think I...
by china_cat84
Mon Jan 18, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: House/potty-training help
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

House/potty-training help

Okay, I've decided to fully dedicate myself to house training this dog. I've got a schedule set up and I'm even rescheduling my normal behavior so that I can train Otis to go outside. He will go out first thing in the morning at 8 am because I've noticed that he goes potty on my floor about 15 mins ...
by china_cat84
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: New puppy need help!
Replies: 17
Views: 3761

Re: New puppy need help!

So sorry you've had this happen to you! It sounds like such an awful mess - and the breeders themselves sound awful. Did you see the situation that your puppy was living in? Makes me wonder if the puppies/dogs were living in a clean, decent environment since the breeders obviously don't care about t...
by china_cat84
Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:18 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Re: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua

Ok, thanks for all the help! I will try all the techniques and report back what happens!
by china_cat84
Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: spaying/netering before 1 year old
Replies: 23
Views: 4560

Re: spaying/netering before 1 year old

Just thought I'd post my 2 cents! I know a lot of people who run shelters for dogs, cats, and many other animals as well. And yes, here in the states (at least here in Iowa and across the river into Nebraska) we have seen a large influx of abandoned animals. The shelter owners and directors have tol...
by china_cat84
Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:02 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Things that can really hurt your dog
Replies: 15
Views: 7884

Re: Things that can really hurt your dog

Don't forget raisins/grapes! There have been reports of dogs, cats, and ferrets ingesting too many of them and dying as a result of kidney failure. They have too much vitamin A in them and the body can't properly digest it. The amount the animal can safely eat depends upon size, or so I've been told...
by china_cat84
Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:55 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Re: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua

Thanks for the tips! Just one question - how do I stop Otis from chasing Cricket? We've tried the startle thing with the loud "HEY!" but that no longer works. He's just so focused on getting her to play with him! They don't dislike each other because Cricket will sleep next to Otis when he's calm. S...
by china_cat84
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:04 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Re: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua

Oh - I forgot to list a couple other things so before someone asks about them, here they are: 1) Cricket (chihuahua) can NOT be on a traditional feeding schedule per the veterinarian's instructions. She is hypoglycemic and must have access to food at ALL times. So I can't schedule her potty times. 2...
by china_cat84
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua
Replies: 5
Views: 1097

Need HELP with a wily pug and chihuahua

Hi, everyone! I've just started watching Victoria's show and I absolutely love it. I actually TiVO it so I never miss an episode! Even after watching Victoria's show and the Dog Whisperer, I can't seem to get through to my 2 dogs! In 2004, we adopted a baby chihuahua. She will be 6 years old this Ju...
by china_cat84
Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Iowa!
Replies: 1
Views: 1267

Hello from Iowa!

Hi, everyone. I'm from a small town in Iowa. My name is Melissa and I am a stay at home mom and a part time nursing student. I'm married and I have a 2 yr old daughter. We currently have an 8 month old male pug (named Otis) and a female chihuahua (named Cricket) who will be 6 years old in June. I'm ...