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by Erica
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Sudden Growling Issue?
Replies: 9
Views: 1676

Sudden Growling Issue?

The people I babysit/dogsit for have two dog: a 2-year-old Malamute, Amadeus, and a 1-year-old Mastiff, Zeus. Both are neutered males. Recently, Amadeus has been growling at people (family members, not strangers on walks) who approach him to pet him. Obviously, they don't want this to continue or es...
by Erica
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: is a muzzle the only way?
Replies: 3
Views: 13393

Re: is a muzzle the only way?

Saw the question about why she cut down the walks - she had a different issue in another thread, and with the age and breed of the dog, 30 minutes was the proper walk length to help prevent joint issues. ;) Have you used frozen kongs yet? They might keep your dog occupied...I will admit that I don't...
by Erica
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: How to stop constant barking
Replies: 15
Views: 6174

Re: How to stop constant barking

Be a complete and utter annoying brat about this if you need to - bug and nag and constantly, CONSTANTLY complain about Fiona's behavior (and suggest ways to improve it). I'm assuming from your posts that you don't have the option of going and getting a muzzle for Fiona to walk her safely? If you ca...
by Erica
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: please help?!?
Replies: 4
Views: 1504

Re: please help?!?

When you see a dog, from whatever distance, either give her treats immediately (if she seems okay with the distance) or happily run/skip/quickly walk away from the dog, then treat. Just rebuild positive experiences with any sighting, any distance dog. Edit: And if she is uncomfortable with dogs, and...
by Erica
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Super Grooming Week Pictures
Replies: 12
Views: 3188

Super Grooming Week Pictures

So I'm going to be intensely grooming Amadeus the Alaskan Malamute this week (probably next week too...). I'll share some pictures because, well. http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff405/CS_CrazyEmm/IMG_1457.jpg http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/ff405/CS_CrazyEmm/IMG_1459.jpg http://i1234.photobu...
by Erica
Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: Grooming
Topic: Fleas! :Þ
Replies: 8
Views: 6560

Re: Fleas! :Þ

Eucalyptus is recommended several places for dogs, but DO NOT use it on cats. They're extremely sensitive to just about everything. ;)
by Erica
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: helping foster dog
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Re: helping foster dog

At my locally-owned pet store, they stock freeze-dried chicken, liver, beef, lamb, etc. You can rehydrate it by sticking it in warm water for a while...I've actually done this when we've run out of wet cat or dog food. ;) Our dogs likes the treats whether they're hydrated or dry, so you could try to...
by Erica
Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: 4 mo old puppy extremely aggressive!
Replies: 6
Views: 1526

Re: 4 mo old puppy extremely aggressive!

Fear doesn't always look like fear. Your dog probably knows he's on leash, so when confronting the scary thing, his flight response is removed. The only thing left is fight, which he's preparing to do. The best way to fix THAT part of the aggression/fear is to make dogs, people, bicycles, etc on wal...
by Erica
Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dog is a dangerous Scavenger
Replies: 12
Views: 2157

Re: Dog is a dangerous Scavenger

Victoria used a collar with a radio sort of thing on it. She taught the dog the "leave it" command until he'd ignore a plate of cupcakes in front of him, then left something dog-safe on the counter, set up a remote-viewing area, and let the dog wander. Then, when the dog went to sniff/eat the food, ...
by Erica
Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog
Replies: 19
Views: 8924

Re: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog

Had a fun walk with the Mastiff Zeus today...he used to be dog reactive and people reactive, but today...he blew my mind. He sat and waited while a family friend walked over to say hi on our walk, only standing up when the person was about a foot away, which is fine. Later on the same walk, we saw a...
by Erica
Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Supplements?
Replies: 15
Views: 2400

Re: Glucosamine & Chondroitin Supplements?

Though I personally haven't had experience with dogs and these supplements, my grandmother and her friend came over recently, and well. My grandmother isn't much of an animal person. ;) However, her friend is, and said friend has four dogs. One is rather old and was slowing down...she gave him (I th...
by Erica
Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: realy upset today
Replies: 9
Views: 1777

Re: realy upset today

Our dogs won't eat plain kibble either. They much prefer either some yummies (whatever non-spiced meat we have) or wet food...sometimes they go off of the wet food after a while, and we just switch to boiling chickens or cooking some plain hamburger meat to warm up and put on their food. Hope you ca...
by Erica
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?
Replies: 7
Views: 6721

Re: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?

Yeah, we ask Opal to stop licking her spots ("leave"), and thankfully she does without intervention...it's gotten to the point where she'll turn her head back to lick it and then turn away because she knows we'll just ask her to stop.
by Erica
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?
Replies: 7
Views: 6721

Re: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?

Thanks Nettle! There is actually a new vets' office opening up down the road...about half the distance of our old one, and the sign says something about holistic medicines or something...I'll double-check next time I go that way. :) I'll keep an eye out for new hot spots and see if I can connect the...
by Erica
Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:58 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?
Replies: 7
Views: 6721

Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?

EDIT: After this summer's hot spot outbreak, I've found that for Opal, green or black tea bags work better than ACV; additionally, the tea bags don't bother her like the ACV did. It should be easy to find more info on this on the web! Basically, we have our German Shepherd, Opal. She gets hot spots ...