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  1. When she goes out does she actually do anything? If she tries to pee every time - or most times it may be a UTI. Marley used to jump up at me and hubby - usually taking a running jump - and yes, it does hurt (especially as we are in our 70's). We eventually stopped this behaviour (well 95% of the time - but he's not yet 4). Every time we saw him in the process of jumping we took a step backwards and to the side (different sides depending on the room available). He eventually got fed up of failing to hit his mark, landing on the floor instead of us, and just gave up. It took me around 4 months of repeating the yelping before Marley got the message he was not supposed to grab me. Hopefully someone will see your post and be able to help with the possessiveness - was she always like this - or since you moved out/on?
  2. Thanks for the clarification 😄. One of my boys does not like to be patted on the head - he does not like his head to really be touched at all - he is 'head shy' and we believe he has been hit repeatedly in the past (only had him around 6 weeks). My other boy is always wanting to go out - then wanting in. At least he opens the door himself ............. just wish he would close it afterwards! However he does not like the rain - so when it is wet and he wants to get some peace & quiet he has started barking to be let through the hallway gate, recently installed because the new boy wants to kill my cat who now lives upstairs - will not come down at all. As for your last part about her posessiveness I am afraid I cannot help - but for the mouthing, I would yelp loudly as if she had hurt you, its the way I stopped Marley biting and mouthing me when I first got him. Lexi is stunning by the way.
  3. Welcome to the forum. Any questions just ask, someone on here will have the answer.
  4. Did you have him from a puppy? How old was he when he left his parents and siblings?
  5. Marley is an air-head on a short lead, its down to his hyper excitability - he has been in training for around 6 months (this time around) pulls like a champion, a frustrated greeter - i.e. if he sees another dog he jumps up, pulls even stronger, fights the lead, has pulled us both over on numerous occasions - same with cats, flying leaf litter. The secret with him is to get him calmed down within the first 5 minutes of going out. This usually entails lots of walking forwards and backwards over the same 8-10 yards until he gets fed up. He eventually gets the message that if he pulls - he does not get to go anywhere, whereas if he walks decently he gets there much faster. I use a front lead harness with both my dogs - so if/when they pull it actually turns them towards me and takes away around 60% of their pulling power. My opinion of prong collars is not printable. Training, Training, Training, Patience, Patience, Patience, reward, - repeat.
  6. I think my two are bad - but if I had your two pups I think I would have a nervous breakdown. So glad everything has turned out ok in the end. For what its worth - my hubby is under no illusions as to where he is in our pack - the Omega. Luckily its been that way for the last 5 or 6 dogs so he is used to it. 🤣
  7. My guys have got their paws crossed for her - my fingers are also crossed. Please keep us informed.
  8. I may be in the minority, but my research leads me to believe that canines should remain intact until their growth plates have fused - which lends itself to the 1-2 year mark depending on the size of the dog (the bigger they are the later they should be done). My research leads me to believe that desexing too early stores up trouble later on with elbow/hip dysplasia etc, I also believe it makes them more prone to arthritis. They need the hormones whilst they are growing. I have never had a female dog, only ever males so have never experienced the problems that come with females. Marley is a rescue (as is Mikey) - but he was intact when I got him and is still intact at nearly 4 years old.
  9. Well done for taking one of these poor dogs on, what they went through was horrific. He looks very happy to be with you - wish I had room for another.
  10. There are so many huskies needing homes, is there a particular reason you are going for a pup? Not a critisism of any kind - a genuine question.
  11. Whipper snapper ! Next birthday I am 70 ....................... admit I struggle with two of them - unless they are on long lines - hubby now resorting to taking them out separately - Marley is such an air-head on a short lead.
  12. A really nice looking dog. So happy it is working out for you all. My new rescue Mikey is also settling in (eventually) its taken 7 weeks - he and Marley have been getting on really well since Marley has been poorly - Mikey has respected the fact that Marley does not want to play boistrously - and this has been limited to them both laying on the floor together - usually both on their backs and mouthing each other, gnawing on legs etc. Mikey's possessiveness has gone down by around 80% - he is still head shy but this is improving - even let a stranger stroke his head (on second time of asking) - he went up to the man himself the second time. He is nowhere near as scared of me as he used to be, but still avoids female strangers. He has settled in very well and we could not imagine life without him now, ......... yes there are still things to be worked on, and he will forever, I believe, be looking for an opportunity to kill my cat, but I knew the possibility of this before we took him on, - he is a husky after all. Hoping Storm continues to settle in his new home and both dogs become firm friends.
  13. I rescued another husky around 7 weeks ago (3.5 years old) - he too, had been living with five other huskies in foster. He came to me with details of him being really easy going, a gentleman, walking nicely on lead, non reactive, living happily with a cat in his original home (I also have a cat). He is bigger and stronger than my other husky - both males. The first few weeks were really rough - 2 and 3 fights a day - he overwhelmed my existing boy who has the gentlest nature. He has also made it his mission in life to kill my cat. He was obviously well behaved when living with an extisting pack of five other dogs, - probably knew he would get his backside handed to him in short order - but when he only had Marley to contend with - it was a different story. I ended up separating them on either side of a 4ft gate for lengthy periods, no toys were allowed (still are not), playtime is still supervised - although for the last few weeks Marley has been poorly after an operation went wrong - and Mikey has been so much better - he knows Marley is not up to rough-housing somehow and has really reigned in his natural instinct. Because of how I see him react to my cat (through the 4ft gate) I know he cannot be trusted with smaller dogs - although he has met some on lead and is fine - I would only take the dogs to a secure dog park where they are the only dogs in it (there is one about 40 miles away you can hire) - his prey drive is very very high. There have been no fights whilst Marley was under the weather - but he is getting stronger by the day and play sessions are getting more and more boistrous - so we are on guard again. I would trust Marley with anything (except a strange cat in our garden) but would not trust Mikey with anything if he is off lead - on lead we at least have some control. If Mikey were to go somewhere where he could meet other smaller dogs off lead then he would have to be muzzled or things could get bad very quickly.
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