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About jnetser

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  • Birthday 04/20/1965
  1. Honestly, I think I would take him to a vet. Not eating could be due to stress, but I don't think throwing up for three days can really be attributed to just being in a new home. Maybe its just some gastritis, but I'd want to rule out something more significant. Has he been checked over by your vet yet? Hope he gets better quickly.
  2. I agree that you really shouldn't repeat commands. If you have to, it means that you are progressing too fast in the level of distraction or you need a higher reward or both. It is said you should get the desired response 9 out of every 10 times you ask for a behavior before you change anything (location, level of reward, etc). If you don't get the response at that level, you need to go back to the previously successful level and repeat again. Unless you can get a recall in your house 9 out of 10 times you shouldn't even try it in your backyard or elsewhere as you will essentially be setting your pup up to fail. You will need to use some level of treats forever during training and to reinforce learned behaviors. At some point you will be able to decrease the frequency of treats (ex. he gets a treat every third time you ask for a behavior instead of every time). But he will get one often enough that it is worth his while to do what you are asking, just in case there is a treat. Husky's are too smart. If you teach him to sit (using treats of course), then you keep asking him to sit and he never gets anything for it, he will most likely stop sitting for you, because "what's the point" (unlike a border collie, who will sit just to please you, lol). You will have to continue to train and occasionally reward him for sitting. Also, when training recall, you should be using the highest level of food reward there is for your dog. There should be nothing more important to the dog then getting back to you.
  3. So sorry to hear this. I know a little about bone cancer in dogs (osteosarcoma) because it is unfortunately common in greyhounds of which I have 3 and have many friends who have gone through this with their hounds. Keep in mind it is the most painful kind of cancer there is. If the dog is limping at all he is in pain. Meds have to be titrated so there is no visible pain. A good orthopedic vet can usually make the diagnosis without a biopsy. The point of amputation is to control pain, not cure. Osteo has almost always spread when diagnosed, you just can't detect it yet. But that being said, you can get potentially many months of good quality life with amputation. The chemo is typically not too hard on them also. There is really not much physical therapy needed post-op. Once they figure out how to get about with 3 legs you can't even tell they are missing one. If you want a quick education on this diagnosis, I highly suggest you go over to the website greytalk.com. There is a whole thread devoted to osteosarcoma (it is that common in greyhounds) under the medical section. Search the site for Osteo thread part 7. There are also many archived threads under the same name. There is much talk about treatment decisions, chemotherapy and palliative care. They are a friendly, knowledgeable bunch. The beginning of the thread has useful links for more information about the diagnosis. Again, I'm sorry you have to possibly face this. Julie
  4. Looks like they are having loads of fun!! Horse poop is mostly grass anyway ..lol
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