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by mselisabs
Sat Oct 24, 2009 10:53 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Was today too much?
Replies: 13
Views: 2688

Sounds like you kept a good pace! I never have witty remarks in the moment and I always think of them too late, but you could have told her: YOU want him for a few days? You'll be tethering him to a bike too :D But seriously, he ate and drank after the run, and as they say a tired dog is a happy dog...
by mselisabs
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Walky Dog
Replies: 15
Views: 4438

Sounds like your crazy boy was probably just riled up! Lesson learned - maybe wear some bike shorts :) Glad it was a success!
by mselisabs
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:24 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Where to Begin??!
Replies: 7
Views: 1964

Fundog did touch on this, but basic potty training is this - LOTS of praise when the puppy goes outside! Be it treat and play or any other combination, but make it a big deal and be genuinely proud of her! She'll also need to be let out every 30-60 minutes and increase time between potty breaks from...
by mselisabs
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Very Clingy Puppy!
Replies: 6
Views: 3754

This sounds all very normal. It's very common for pups to have some separation anxiety and clingy-ness - they have to learn to be confident not just in themselves but in the fact that you will always come back if you've left her. Even though she's got no reason NOT to trust you her little puppy brai...
by mselisabs
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:38 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Afraid of Stairs?
Replies: 6
Views: 2320

Yeah, May '08. Husband and I have since moved down to NC but my sister takes classes there too :)
by mselisabs
Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Getting Pup to Eat
Replies: 10
Views: 2444

There are a huge variety of reasons a dog won't eat. Some are just plain picky - like only eating out of certain bowls, not liking the smell of certain foods. I've seen a lot of different "tricks" to get a dog to eat - chicken broth, meat gravy, yogurt, the smellier the better. They can also feel un...
by mselisabs
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Afraid of Stairs?
Replies: 6
Views: 2320

Hey, I graduated from Mason. Small world! :)

For now maybe you can just take it easy. A little stairs here, a little carrying there...
by mselisabs
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Is heavy handedness ever appropriate? A good alternative?
Replies: 17
Views: 3817

Nettle, Can't remember the woman who said this but I remember this quote: "Holding onto a dog and glaring into it's eyes is a good way to get bit in the face" - in regard to trying to discipline. Hah! Simba, Not sure what your financial situation is, but if a dog is to the point where it is sending ...
by mselisabs
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: Training Tools
Topic: Training Treats
Replies: 30
Views: 13251

We use "cheap" turkey hot dogs too - a dollar for a whole package. At first I was a bit put off by the rubbery-ness but if the meat is human-grade (even barely) probably better then the meat in dog food... it's also a lot easier to cut into little bits. Olive goes crazy for them, offering me all sor...
by mselisabs
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Overcoming The Fear
Replies: 10
Views: 2319

Aww, look at that adorable drop ear! Too cute! As far as 'forcing' contact, you're definitely right to do it on HER time. If she does let you touch her make it extremely short and extremely positive. A quick touch and then huge reinforcement is key. I'd suggest also rewarding her for smelling you, c...
by mselisabs
Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:00 am
Forum: Photos of Your Dogs
Topic: Lets See Them....... pictures of your dogs.
Replies: 300
Views: 126598

Olive - 4 year old Brittney - we got her from NBRAN (Britt rescue) close to 7 weeks ago. She's shy but she's sweet (not an ounce of fear aggression). It's been quite a road but every day gets a little easier. We love her but having to train a dog and a husband at the same time can get a little tires...
by mselisabs
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Cat vs Dogs
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

I love that you named him Binks! So cute! I actually learned *more* about cat language when we got our dog about 6 weeks ago... First off, give Binks a few weeks or even a month to get settled. When we first got our cat from a shelter she'd run and hide every time our central heat would come on... a...
by mselisabs
Mon Oct 05, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Establishing who is top dog ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1380

Everything sounds pretty normal... I would suggest interfering as little as possible, as there are important social lessons going on! Certainly always supervise their play, but Jack seems to be a good "big brother" - correcting when necessary but not getting overly annoyed by puppy antics. PS - we w...
by mselisabs
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: Health, Diet and Exercise
Topic: Dog born with mental issues?
Replies: 9
Views: 3501

I think certainly dogs/cats/animals can be born with "imbalances" just like people. We had a cat that lived across the street from us and would bully OUR cats, curse at us when we walked by (in our own yard), pee into our windows, the list goes on... he lived in a house with other cats, with his own...
by mselisabs
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Throat Thumping
Replies: 1
Views: 801

Sounds like my girl when we go to the nature park... she has a perfectly long muzzle but sounds like she's snorting because she is taking is so much air/smells. Sounds like you might have a new furry visitor in town... don't know where you live but I'd say keep an eye out for any foxes, groundhogs, ...