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by Erica
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where has everyone gone?
Replies: 20
Views: 4296

Re: Where has everyone gone?

I was taking and recently graduated from KPA :D Now I'm catching up on all the things I missed while I was busy with that! I've also started gathering quite a plentiful harvest of reactive dog clients to work with, some multiple times a week, some every other week. It's very rewarding to see their p...
by Erica
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is it even possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1134

Re: Is it even possible?

I am keeping an eye on a few GSD breeders myself. Their dogs are healthy, stable, and intelligent. They're hard to find (the ones I know of are on the other side of the country from me -- that being 41 straight hours of driving away) but they exist. I'm a big fan of intelligent outcrossing and certa...
by Erica
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: positively no pull harness
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: positively no pull harness

The measurement should go around their chest behind their front legs, like a saddle. I haven't used the Positively harness yet, but its close cousin, the Freedom, works very well with just the front clip. :)
by Erica
Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Blind dog now also deaf...please help
Replies: 5
Views: 2368

Re: Blind dog now also deaf...please help

If you're having trouble assessing her quality of life, this document is a vet's evaluation of quality of life, looking at several factors. I think the Halo might be a good way to help her out if she can adapt to that. If she still has high-frequency hearing, I've heard of several dogs who gained a ...
by Erica
Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3316
Views: 474669

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

Today went just as well for us and much better for several of the others, though still very rough. I am so proud of Delta for his focus and willingness to keep training and working. We had 15 minutes to perform a 10 part behavior chain (a chain in which the cue for the next behavior reinforced the l...
by Erica
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3316
Views: 474669

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

Keeping Sky in my thoughts. Delta did fabulously today. We all practiced performing our chains, and Delta and I were the only team who went through all exercises in a way that would pass the test. I hope we do as well tomorrow! And that tomorrow everyone else feels less stressed and does better too....
by Erica
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3316
Views: 474669

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

Tomorrow I drive up to Virginia for the final KPA workshop and assessments this weekend. Feels absolutely unreal. I haven't even packed :lol:
by Erica
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: JOB!
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

Re: JOB!

Ooh, that is awesome! Congrats! :D :D :D I know I've been crossing my fingers and Delta's paws for you; I'm so happy that you got it!
by Erica
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3316
Views: 474669

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

We leave tomorrow for brother's wedding weekend, and this morning sister's staffy Jax was having labored breathing and trouble settling down. He's been diagnosed with heart failure for a while. I'm glad it was today rather than tomorrow or over the weekend while she wasn't home, but it's still not g...
by Erica
Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3316
Views: 474669

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

Delta really seems to have been bothered by the tumor on Opal's leg. After it was removed (and she was still wobbly from anesthesia), he gave her the most cursory sniff I've seen him give her in months and then left her alone! He's been much less obsessive with the sniffing, down to normal dog level...
by Erica
Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Dog scared of bikes - slip lead?
Replies: 2
Views: 978

Re: Dog scared of bikes - slip lead?

I think the behaviorist has half of a good idea. Fearful dogs have been known to slip out of many harnesses and flat collars, so something more secure as backup is a good idea. But I agree with you in that a slip lead on its own isn't the right choice. There are a few harnesses that are more secure....
by Erica
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sense of smell
Replies: 3
Views: 1069

Re: Sense of smell

I read a book about cadaver detection dogs recently, called "What the Dog Knows," and it went into this a bit. From my novice understanding, because smell emanates from the object, it spreads out over an area. This page goes into it well -- scent isn't like a radar or metal detector. Air currents mo...
by Erica
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Not So Polite Introductions
Replies: 8
Views: 2095

Re: Not So Polite Introductions

Crossing my fingers for you!
by Erica
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Won't eat
Replies: 10
Views: 2477

Re: Won't eat

I would try leaving her alone, or putting her food somewhere like a covered crate (open) where she can be in the same room as your sister but your sister can't see her. Sister should leave her alone, read a book or get on the computer or something, and not try to encourage her to eat. Maybe try mixi...
by Erica
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Fleas!!!!! Advice needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1884

Re: Fleas!!!!! Advice needed

Some popular flea medications lose their effectiveness after a few years in an area, as the local flea population becomes resistant. Would be worth asking the vet and other pet owners if the meds your mom's using are still working for everyone. Otherwise, it might be time to call in an exterminator ...