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by Nettle
Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Adult size of dogs
Replies: 15
Views: 3177

That's very thoughtful of you :) What a nice owner you are. Different breeds mature at different rates, and bitches tend to mature slightly earlier than dogs. Neutering affects the maturity also, and if done too early will change the physical and mental development considerably. Assuming an intact m...
by Nettle
Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Help with introducing new dogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

Many roads to the same destination - that's one of the things that makes dog training so interesting :D
by Nettle
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:38 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Help with introducing new dogs?
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

I'd be inclined for the dogs to meet off-lead in an open area where they have plenty of space to get away from each other, do the assertiveness thing, generally run through the whole posturing and introduction behaviour between them, and get their status settled. It's my experience that dogs are mor...
by Nettle
Sat May 31, 2008 7:49 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: He attacks me... :( (Continued)
Replies: 39
Views: 6356

So right there, Ocelot :D True aggression is very very very rare in dogs - unlike with people, where it seems to be default mode (if in doubt get antsy). Which is why, I suspect, that a dog or puppy that is simply being a dog - or puppy - is so often accused of being 'aggressive' by people who know ...
by Nettle
Thu May 29, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Where do I begin?
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Does the basket fit in in the crate? If not, get one like it that does. Put in a T shirt or similar that you have worn and then had in your bed for a week so it really smells good of you.
by Nettle
Thu May 29, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Help with a fearful (?) Beagle
Replies: 2
Views: 960

Yes this was a response of extreme fear. Put yourself in his position, where an unknown giant glares into your face and pushes its face into yours even though you are shouting at it to get away - and you can't run away - and you will see how frightened he must have been. You have to be a safe place ...
by Nettle
Wed May 28, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worlds Fattest Pets and me
Replies: 3
Views: 1329

I'm not going to look at the link as this is something that really upsets me :evil: And it makes me cross when people who have allowed their pets, no, MADE their pets obese, get praise for slimming them down. It's high time conscientious owners who keep their animals fit and healthy were given due r...
by Nettle
Wed May 28, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dog about to be spayed
Replies: 4
Views: 1375

I was going to say use arnica as well. Great stuff.
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 11:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fed up of it now.
Replies: 23
Views: 5417

I reckon the viewpoint of another vet might be very useful. Nobody knows everything about anything. Either take pup to breeder's vet, or ask yours for a referral to someone who specialises in this sort of problem. I really think an operation is a bit over-the-top and should be avoided until every la...
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: He attacks me... :( (Continued)
Replies: 39
Views: 6356

Four months!!!! He is such a little baby still. He is just behaving like a baby (they chomp too). Take it easy and be patient. He isn't being dominant or aggressive, just going through a normal puppy stage where everything has to go into his mouth and be grrrr-ed at. As he's a spaniel, he should be ...
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Night Time Toilet
Replies: 4
Views: 1198

Depends on the puppy and the length of 'all night'. :D Sorry that's not much of an answer! Bladder and bowel control comes sooner for some than others and there is no 'benchmark'. Some of mine have lasted an 8 hour night at twelve weeks!!!! and I know others that have gone on six months or more. I s...
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 4:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fed up of it now.
Replies: 23
Views: 5417

Opening him up is a bit drastic! :x Has he been tested for pancreatic insufficiency and Addison's Disease? Don't worry about thin. More dogs have severe health problems as a result of being overweight than ever from being thin. Have you gone back to the breeder? Specialist breeders often have far mo...
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 3:55 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Night Time Toilet
Replies: 4
Views: 1198

You are doing so well and exactly right. Well done for being such a good DogMama!
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 3:54 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: backyard
Replies: 1
Views: 658

The short answer is "no". There is no training method that will keep a dog in one place while you are out, and often while you are in, too, depending on the dog. If you cannot put up a fence, then put a roofed pen up (because some dogs jump or climb) within your property, and keep the dog in that wh...
by Nettle
Tue May 27, 2008 3:51 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Female in Season and causing problems !
Replies: 20
Views: 4365

I respect everyone's wishes to neuter or not for reasons that they have investigated and are happy with. If anyone is worried about entire dogs of either sex straying, there is a far easier and safer way to prevent this than surgical intervention. It is called a fence. Almost all dogs will stray, ne...