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    Marianne Cottee, nee Chambers, Mayes, (adopted) Mayhook (born Rasmussen)
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    Tewkesbury
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    Retired: Theatre Nurse; Med/PA secretary; nearly 10 years as VR in Sea and Air Cadets;
  • Biography
    Born Denmark. Two siblings - recently discovered via DNA that we all have different fathers! both parents now passed. (I found at 58yrs five months after father's demise that I was adopted by him from children's home (born out of wedlock)aged nearly 4)and sister's father was also mine but...DNA genetic testing via 123andMe.com shot that down last year. NO worries - they were amazing parents.
    My husband looked at my striken face saying - 'You're not the woman I thought you were!' ROFL.... then
    Schooled in Oz. Grew up on a farm with eccentric mum/pioneer who introduced 5,000 new chicken stock into North Borneo.
    We also rescued several hundred dogs, cats - kittens & puppies out there and looked after orang-utans (48 over 8 years) otters, anteaters, mousedeer, gibbons, macaques, parrots, heron, African Grey, rats and bats (my pets) slow lorris', horse (retired young racehorse from Ireland/Singapore, rescued circus pony and other unusual animals. Rescued baby crocs from the pot too.
    Moved house 38 times.
    Moved to UK Dec 1969.
    School Ed. ended at 13.
    Nursing studies 1972-76 and Post grad nursing course in Theatre at Charing Cross following six months night duties at Guy's.
    Since then I studied and worked and hold about 8 'A' levels through my nursing, VR work (received my Diamond Jubilee medal)and private studies incl RSA course in Secretarial studies at Bracknell College and an Anaesthetic/Theatre perioperative practitioner (all rounder) Refresher Course at UWE.
    I hold Car, Motorbike and Coach licences. Also via VR Sea Cadets: RYA Day Skipper, Power Boat and safety certs, ME II, FAW Instr & Assessor (within MS-SC, music - snare drum and brass.
    Many varied jobs incl coach driving between divorces... No. 3 is brill. No 1 set precedence in divorce law lol - Mayes vs Mayes '83/'84 - was mentally ill. Has two grown children with whom I am still in touch albeit twice a year.
    Three kids - Daughter (32)is in top of DnB DJ - 'Missrepresent' - sadly we don't talk much - she is manic depressive like her father but I love her and am very proud of her.
    Two sons from No 2 - now 22 and 24 both settling with lovely girlfriends and in decent jobs - design engineering machinery. Also staying close by for extra cupboard food!!
    They get on very well with my Dave.
    Their father and step mum near too but not 'close' in true sense however loyal - and they have a younger half brother.
    You will see my background on dogs - via my WHW breeding etc...on forum posts.
    I mean well but know I can come across quite strong & opinionated - a chip off my mother's block!! Very determined strong woman.
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    Brass Band. Musher, Cruiser & caravan camper.

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  1. Apologies, IDK why that went into bold 🤔😶. I was answering a topic on toilet trng & issues with indoor/inside crate soiling! Will remove post. 🤗
  2. All good advice. Persevere. She's still a pupster. Yes, diet may have something to do with it so review what might be lacking in hers? No wheat, gluten maise. A raw bone too twice a week can help and keep her occupied too. Supervise and remove boney splinters. Frozen raw bones are easier to chew on as it breaks these down too. Remove bones if left andvpop back into freezer in a bag for another time. Pick up asap. Maybe.. put the crate base outside... if she poops/wees on that .. tip onto garden, clean off base & disinfect andput back indoors. THEN, after a while, pick up the mess. Water over the wee dilutes and stops grass going yellow. If you catch her DOING it remove her promptly saying No! Out! taking her firmly outside. She will learn. Repetition, patience and quiet handling will get through but you must catch her in the act quickly. And deal with it. Huskies are naturally clean. But leaving mum at 8 or 9 weeks does not give them time to learn toilet training by mum, so you need to do it from day one. Can you get a companion for her? Two together can work faster. You don't necessarily need it to be another husky, however other smaller breeds don't always cope with the very high antics of rougher play by huskies, except other huskies, altho' an older dog may well teach them quickly nicer manners 🤗 Good luck!
  3. http://www.sparksk9.com/blog/from-chaos-to-calm-where-do-i-start There's one for house training too http://thehousebreakingbible.com/wp/training-umbilical-cord-training/ Just started on my girl today: Umbilical Cord training on my dog reactive HuskyXMalamute/s Well 40 mins in and Eski is relaxed, by me. She's followed me after realising she HAS to stay with me on this leash. She's getting the message she cannot just walk off... lol She's started to sit when I stop, and is beginning to watch me more, and listen although I don't speak, I do bring her to my left side, and make her wait for me to go through doorways. I don't expect a miracle, however I'm quite chuffed with this so far. I did a pickup outside, to the bin, back into the house, pick up recycling stuff, out to the bin, back inside, then bed making, cleaning and vacuuming through, the bungalow, and she's had to stick with me. Bathroom (incl loo!), kitchen, wiping down, clean over surfaces, cooker, plus unloading and reloading a few bits into, the dishwasher, emptying the drier, reloading this, off to get next wash and back to load w/machine. She's now had her first hour. I'll do the same with my boy.
  4. First, re the biting : remove him quietly, silently on a lead from the room into solitary for a few minutes. Bring him back in and observe. If he starts again, repeat the 'removal/rejection'. As soon as he starts to be 'nice', and sniff, or lick, reward with praise and a treat. Toilet training, when are you feeding him? What length of time between feeding and relieving himself? I appreciate if you cannot take him out yet ? Or has he had all his jabs? If he is ok to go out, walk him, within 10 minutes of eating, and keep going until he goes. And praise big time when he does. Catching him in the act of fouling anywhere is better AND removing him quickly outside AND the poop, into the garden with him, and if you can pull the tray out WITH his pee in it, tip that out too so the ground carrys that smell. Do this with repeated growling words of No no no no out! Clean up inside, disinfect thoroughly to remove all possible scent/smell. When you've cleaned up, let him back in. It's hard work. I think you both need to work on this and arrange some time scales 'off time' to cover quite a few days in working on this. Mothers teach them to be clean by taking them outside, and showing them 'to go'. Sadly pups leave far too early, hence the frequent challenges with tiolet training in new homes. Same applies to the biting/nipping fingers, and the dominant behaviour traits and 'rough' play. Mum separates the pupsters, bringing them into line, even perhaps nipping them. She also shows them how to learn about the world around them, gaining confidence and developing into happy pups. It's up to you ... patience, and reward for good behaviour. Have a look at Successdogs.com and Absolutedogs.com in gaining your pup's attention towards you. It really can help you, and he needs to find a focus in wanting to BE with you, a purpose in his life too. Good luck!
  5. Maz51

    Help!!

    All above are very relevant. If you have a cat, it is thought that ear mites from cats can irritate dogs' ears more so. I have read ACV is good on cotton wool and wiped gently round the outer edges of their ears and a little bit in but not too deep. White vinegar would be good too. Then I found these: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/3-simple-ways-apple-cider-vinegar-can-help-your-dog/ https://www.thedogbakery.com/blogs/news/a-cure-in-your-cabinet-apple-cider-vinegar-on-dogs https://www.dogster.com/lifestyle/apple-cider-vinegar-for-dogs 🤗
  6. Sorry to hear it's not worked however you and family need peace to reign. I empathise, having had three caesars myself and it IS tiring. I hope Astro finds a goid home, I might have fostered him a while but possibly taking on a third soon, myself, and two new ones would be too much! Congrats on new family member, just becam a Grandma (3rd time) myself to a second girl! xxx
  7. I would personally discourage this by withdrawing her from the group for a few minutes into solitary. It may be she's 'mouthing' to try and pick the youngest up as an adult would with a pup but this isn't going to be advisable. Tell her her 'No. Leave'... 'Be nice'. After a few times of being removed from the group of you all, return an watch. When she starts 'listening' (her ears and demeanor will tell you), to you and stops trying to mouth.. reward with praise, stroking and a treat. It might be a gentle form of 'dominance' to this very small human, however, this shouldn't be encouraged. 🤗
  8. Keeping a lead on at all times indoors on both can give you/your hubby access safely.. just let it drag.. never go near heads in a fight (too much bitey-end!), but grabbing hind legs or tail and hauling back is far safer. Muzzling both will let you have them indoors with you and no fighting too. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Husky Owners mobile app
  9. The removal / push out is what a snr pack member would do to any undesirable behaviour off of another pack member with pups... it says 'out'. When the 'bad' pup/member shows submission and stops showing unacceptable behaviour, they are allowed back in. This is also very soundly confirmed by Monty Roberts in his book EQUUS (incl & especially on wild horses, deer and dogs, and the few hundred foster children he had!) He breaks in horses so gently, the Queen had him over to work and teach her man Terry I/C of the stables at Windsor. Maybe, just take Astro out and make him stay on the other side of the door, and call Koda in, but observing Astro closely, altho' total separation may work faster. It's only a few minutes but rejection tells them faster. Big praise and "Good dog, be nice!" Plus a reward (to both too) will be important too. Previous: I would try separation at home as hubby is home & you BOTH need to 'do' the walking out on a lead into a separate isolate room, or the one who doesn't do this won't pull the 'leader' role. (Victoria Sidwell advocates this as do many other behaviourists). Three weeks should sort this - just praise big time when Astro behaves correctly & reward. React IMMEDIATELY to any hint of unacceptable behaviour. Astro will learn that Koda has a place in your pack, with baby. When out walking have them either side of the buggy/pram.. so dual a 'role' is instigated & reward both for being good 'on guard'. Dogmatic collars have better instant control on their heads, stops pulling too. I wouldnt handle my two (13 Stone combined) otherwise! DO encourage Koda to approach and sit with you and then Astro , near baby & initially use a full basket* muzzle not the thick ones that still leave mouth/teeth bare. You can reward treats through these* easily enough, & they can pant and drink. Just measure from nose tip to behind ear & round neck for right size. Check online too but most pet shops/stores have them. About £7.99-ish. Good luck - keep me posted. Xxx _____________. Prev post: I agree removing from room into isolation. Leaving Koda with you & baby may start to say YOU are okay with this one near you two thus telling the other this is fine. Can you not crate one or both separately, or, muzzle ? That way neither can bite the other. Are they both male ? Protection is one thing but that sort of aggression certainly needs curbing around baby and even a firm voice from you to say "No! Away & Leave", or "Out". If one is the dominant one then maybe you have to overide this too. Both my male Boxers were jointly protective towards my daughter and co-ordinated the guarding .. never had an issue like this ... but put anyone NOT a family member and both were 'on guard' immediately refusing to let even previousky regularly visiting friends get near her without my sayso. How is Koda around baby ? For now, I'd keep them both away from baby when it's just you, and let one in at a time provided you have someone else with you in the room. I would also fit two baby gates to work as one (one over the other) on the open door. Seen this in another household with huskies and thought it a very good idea. Hope it improves. Astro is doing right but shouldn't exclude Koda from a joint watch over new baby ... only you can quietly tell A to leave K alone, and remove Astro from the room until s/he behaves better. 🤗 Successdogs.com is great too. I use it all the time.
  10. Try separation at home as hubby is home & you BOTH need to 'do' the walking out on a lead into a separate isolate room, or the one who doesn't do this won't pull the 'leader' role. Three weeks should sort this - just praise big time when Astro behaves correctly & reward. React IMMEDIATELY to any hint of unacceptable behaviour. Astro will learn that Koda has a place in your pack, with baby. When out walking have them either side of the buggy/pram.. so dual a 'role' is instigated & reward both for being good 'on guard'. Dogmatic collars have better instant control on their heads, stops pulling too. I wouldnt handle my two (13 Stone combined) otherwise! DO encourage Koda to approach and sit with you and then Astro , near baby & initially use a full basket* muzzle not the thick ones that still leave mouth/teeth bare. You can reward treats through these* easily enough, & they can pant and drink. Just measure from nose tip to behind ear & round neck for right size. Check online too but most pet shops/stores have them. About £7.99-ish. Good luck - keep me posted. Xxx Successdogs.com is great too. I use it all the time. _____________. Prev post: I agree removing from room into isolation. Leaving Koda with you & baby may start to say YOU are okay with this one near you two thus telling the other this is fine. Can you not crate one or both separately, or, muzzle ? That way neither can bite the other. Are they both male ? Protection is one thing but that sort of aggression certainly needs curbing around baby and even a firm voice from you to say "No! Away & Leave", or "Out". If one is the dominant one then maybe you have to overide this too. Both my male Boxers were jointly protective towards my daughter and co-ordinated the guarding .. never had an issue like this ... but put anyone NOT a family member and both were 'on guard' immediately refusing to let even previousky regularly visiting friends get near her without my sayso. How is Koda around baby ? For now, I'd keep them both away from baby when it's just you, and let one in at a time provided you have someone else with you in the room. I would also fit two baby gates to work as one (one over the other) on the open door. Seen this in another household with huskies and thought it a very good idea. Hope it improves. Astro is doing right but shouldn't exclude Koda from a joint watch over new baby ... only you can quietly tell A to leave K alone, and remove Astro from the room until s/he behaves better. 🤗
  11. I agree removing from room into isolation. Leaving Koda with you & baby may start to say YOU are okay with this one near you two thus telling the other this is fine. Can you not crate one or both separately, or, muzzle ? That way neither can bite the other. Are they both male ? Protection is one thing but that sort of aggression certainly needs curbing around baby and even a firm voice from you to say "No! Away & Leave", or "Out". If one is the dominant one then maybe you have to overide this too. Both my male Boxers were jointly protective towards my daughter and co-ordinated the guarding .. never had an issue like this ... but put anyone NOT a family member and both were 'on guard' immediately refusing to let even previousky regularly visiting friends get near her without my sayso. How is Koda around baby ? For now, I'd keep them both away from baby when it's just you, and let one in at a time provided you have someone else with you in the room. I would also fit two baby gates to work as one (one over the other) on the open door. Seen this in another household with huskies and thought it a very good idea. Hope it improves. Astro is doing right but shouldn't exclude Koda from a joint watch over new baby ... only you can quietly tell A to leave K alone, and remove Astro from the room until s/he behaves better. 🤗
  12. General info.. I copy & paste these and keep in my memo pad on phone. Good points raised & given. ● Distraction, de-sensitisation, repetition over and over. My girl is dog reactive (negatively) to other dogs (not my friend's mini Yorkies though) and (positively) to some other dogs but after slow intro with all-cover basket muzzle + lead, in secure off lead meets, just walking around, meeting, sniffing, seeing all (most off lead now!) and being discouraged to interact aggressively too; then, lead off (muzzle on); once settled, lead on, muzzle off, walking round = much more relaxed, & she's now meeting same furkids again. They all have harnesses for easy grabbing just in case.... then the lead is off. If any scrap starts (by any of them, everyone yells 'Oi!' which pretty much stops them all instantly. 😃😁 So, just going into town, walking the high steet, both sides, meeting and greeting folk esp those who want to (and ask) come and fuss, but also settling down outside a cafe or Costa.. and there IS much less reaction towards other dogs (usually smaller but yappy too) walking by. My boy whines but keeps himself restrained. My girl IS improving, and I expect a few more months & continued repitition is in order, with at least one or two weekly visits. It takes time. And trust from yours that not everything smaller is either a threat or for defensive->attack behaviour. Praise when she turns to you with reward (distract behaviour by you). 30 reps over 30 days and renew / repeat on a regular basis. 🤗 More to come...
  13. Still a baby (imo far too young to have left mum! 12 weeks much better. I feed mine wheat, gluten & grain free diet. Xcel 32 ideal for puppies into adults. 3,4 or five meals a day, total = what a full grown adult of her breed will eat. Forthglade, Lovejoy and Albion (comes frozen 400g packs) and with puppy multi choices in the first two. Frozen carrots help teething into 6 months but great as a treat too. Raw eggs with crushed shells for extra protein, and calcium. Pea size only - coconut oil - rich in Vit D. Max half teaspoon/daywhen grown. ACV - half now -1 tspn when grown. And Kefir for a healthy gut, breaks down lactose intolerance. Avoid all onions & onion family, chocolate, raisins, currants, prunes & grape family - can be very toxic. Research on all husky forums in fb - this is a fab site too. Avoid deer horn antlers until second teeth are well established - chewy hard rubber or other raw bones ok..but remove splinters and bones & always supervise ...bones are easier on the teeth if frozen too. Never coojed bones (esp chicken) altho' my two live pork/lamb chop bobes! You are teaching her EVERYthing now so start off right.. successdogs.com Read, watch learn, apply. Sge needs a lot more time WITH you to bond as staying in her kennel won't help. If she poops indoirs rake a bit outsude, so she knows that's where it belongs.. mum would teach the litter pack so mych, including solcialising, behaving nicely, etc. If she bites and nibbles, pop her into a top 1/3rd covered crate in a room on her own. (= rejection to unwanted behaviour). Bring her back in to socialising.. if she's good, reward and praise with "good girl, be nice!' Repeat 'rejection tactics' if not. Can pm you lots more info on husky/history/grooming/ training etc.. just ask.
  14. Maz51

    Making A Leash

    Locking carabiners, as mentioned. (That clip of yours can fail). Plus spare necklines to a second spare collar - harness, and to the lead in case of breakages or worse slipping out. You can also get Swivel Carabiners or Swivel Grivel carabiner to prevent twising lines .. off of a canibelt, for handsfree walking. In the UK you must have all pets secured into a seat belt (clip on leads with attachments available on line) or, clipped in, on a harness always, not a collar, or in a secured crate. £3-5K fine possible.
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