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by Erica
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:18 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Hot Spots and Apple Cider Vinegar?
Replies: 7
Views: 6918

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: 6918

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 ...
by Erica
Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:52 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Touchy paws less touchy
Replies: 2
Views: 1603

Re: Touchy paws less touchy

It is partially our fault...since we acquired him randomly and he didn't need much training, we didn't read up on how to raise puppies properly...didn't know we were supposed to play with his paws when he was young! Opal's pretty okay with me trimming her nails, at least, as long as I've got bribes....
by Erica
Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What kind of mutt is he?
Replies: 8
Views: 4586

Re: What kind of mutt is he?

It's funny - all the breeds we've ever guessed, and all the ones here, are typically high-energy and/or high drive...but he's lazier than a mastiff! :) He is a sweety...and looking at pictures of border collie crosses, some look a lot like him (and some look not at all like him...haha). Let's see - ...
by Erica
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Breed Questions
Topic: What kind of mutt is he?
Replies: 8
Views: 4586

What kind of mutt is he?

Onyx is our 12 year old mutt. We got him in a happy sort of accident...our cousins were looking for a dog, and right before Thanksgiving, someone dumped a litter of mutts in our neighbor's yard. We grabbed one for our cousins, and were planning on having to keep him and our old German Shepherd, Mica...
by Erica
Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Touchy paws less touchy
Replies: 2
Views: 1603

Touchy paws less touchy

I posted a while ago in the advice section about my Onyx ( the one in the middle, though he's not fat anymore ), since his nails were growing out and he did NOT like people touching his paws. Well, after some work, it got to the point where he's okay with me holding his paw for about a second (sound...
by Erica
Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: My dogs - Opal, Onyx, and Marble
Replies: 33
Views: 6765

Re: My dogs - GSD (videos in slow motion), mutt, and some others

Oh yes, that squeaky is one of Opal's favorites too. :) Her absolute favorite is her rope (not a short one, about 6' long and used like a flirtpole, also like in the second video), her next favorites are her food toys (not a normal kong, but a Wobbler and another brain-food toy), and then her purple...
by Erica
Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: My dogs - Opal, Onyx, and Marble
Replies: 33
Views: 6765

Re: My dogs - GSD (videos in slow motion), mutt, and some others

Thank you! Only the first two are mine, but still. :)
by Erica
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:55 pm
Forum: Success Stories
Topic: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog
Replies: 19
Views: 9253

Re: Dealing with a dog-reactive dog

Some of the suggestions have positively made my dog worse - used to take him to obedience and agility classes which he really liked despite the potential for reacting - in the main his behaviour was good so long as he was focussed on me or an activity. However he would get into trouble when we were...
by Erica
Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:30 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: castration
Replies: 25
Views: 4409

Re: castration

As far as his biting when you take his collar - this is something that Amadeus, the malamute I helped raise, did. It could have been pretty dangerous, since some kids that came over to the house would try to lead him somewhere and he would snap at them. The trainer his family hired suggested getting...
by Erica
Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog Fighting App is back (GRRRRR!)
Replies: 1
Views: 839

Re: Dog Fighting App is back (GRRRRR!)

It's been back for a while. I haven't been using Google services because of it. :/
by Erica
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Articles
Topic: Must-See Video: "It's Yer Choice" - impulse control games
Replies: 9
Views: 22079

Re: Must-See Video: "It's Yer Choice" - impulse control games

...I am saddened to realise that Rocky hasnt forgotten the aversive training he had some 8 years ago :( Yet another reason why aversives are SO dangerous to use, the scars they can leave are deeply embedded! (However as my visit to a friend a few months back shows.. he still chases feathered live s...
by Erica
Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?

Alright, thanks for the advice! Luckily Onyx is very intelligent...he learned the normal sit/down/stay/speak/shake just by mimicing our old dog, and housetrained himself in about 12 hours. I'll start clicker-training him, then. :)
by Erica
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: I am at a loss
Replies: 5
Views: 1586

Re: I am at a loss

It might just be the scheduling. While I'd still advise a vet visit, since it was a sudden change, I've noticed that my GSD doesn't want to eat in the morning in the summertime - instead, she'll wait until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon, eat, then eat her dinner at 7 or 8. The malamute I sit for does...
by Erica
Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Counter-conditioning with touchy paws?

So my old dog, Onyx, is very touchy about his paws - that is, he doesn't want you touching them. I've seen some counter-conditioning videos, and I like the concept behind it. I want to make sure I've got it down in theory before I start actually trying it, though. His reaction is to try to pull away...