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Everything posted by Shepsky5

  1. Sigh, my Great Dane was so cuddly! I used to take a nap and use her as a pillow, she seemed to love it! Rumo will actually get up and move away if I lie down too close to him. I'm like, gees, do I smell bad or something? ( Maybe to him, I do! )
  2. I like how she uses the armrest as a tail support... ... "I don't know what those things on the sides are for, maybe for my tail!"
  3. Wow, what a cool variety of hobbies! I believe that everybody has their unique gift/interests/talents to contribute...
  4. My guy is a calm friendly dog and a pleasure to have around. However at the vet's, he growls and flattens his ears. So he wears a muzzle at the vet. I find it to be a natural self-defensive reaction...he has had some painful things done to him in the past, I think, and is trying to tell the vet to leave him alone! But unfortunately, she can't leave him alone...so he has to wear a muzzle. She is a perfectly nice person and a good vet - but she has to give him shots or poke around on his body...I can understand that makes my dog tense.
  5. Looks like your husband is pinned to the couch by a husky and a pig! I hope he can get up! πŸ˜€ Our dog is not cuddly at all. πŸ˜” He likes to be petted, but then he likes his space...
  6. I play music (classical guitar and violin - renaissance and baroque and Bach). And we like to hike ...our dog joins us for that! ( Although he leaves the room when I play guitar, which makes me a little sad. Weird, but he doesn't mind violin and will lay right there.)
  7. Oh no! So sorry. I can not imagine losing my dog that way.
  8. Wow, I want to come to your beach resort! your husky is beautiful and I like the way she rides on your surfboard/ paddle board πŸ˜€
  9. My dog hackles up sometimes...( when meeting other large male dominant dogs ) and his is more widespread. You can actually see his fur lifting/standing up over his neck and halfway down his back, it is not in such a narrow location? So if his fur is always like that, even when calm and relaxed, and you don’t see it visibly lifting up...it must not be hackling! Maybe just something about the way his fur is growing there? Rhodesian ridgeback is a good guess! I can’t think of any other breeds that have the line of fur that stands up...
  10. I got a kick out of this one!
  11. looks Great! Sure seems tall enough...do you have defenses for going Under? I have seen videos of huskies squirming through small holes under fences... Mine is not interested in escape and mostly lies on the deck near the door, but I was ready to reinforce the base of fence if I needed to πŸ˜„
  12. Yep! Mine would be sniffing a bush and I could reach down and just pull off a big handful of fur. I actually got worried that he had some kind of disease! But now it's stopped and he looks all sleek and nice againπŸ˜€ I think some blows can be heavier than others...his last one was the worst yet!
  13. She's good!😁 I enjoyed that. I like the second song the best...it's so famous..."Crazy"? I don't sing karaoke, but I play guitar (folk, classical) and violin.
  14. They will play again! πŸ™‚ They just have to learn that they can play...as long as one doesn't have the other one by the neck! Hmm, so somehow the "eh eh" or "No" has to be very targeted...right when she has him by the neck. Not that you are forbidding all play! Maybe you should smile & praise when they are playing "nicely" without neck-grabbing... But the fun and games has to have rules, because he is coughing and his neck is getting injured, so I think that's important. You are the boss and you only intervene when the play is actually hurting your dog's neck. So it's not that you're being Mean...the discipline has a very good reason... Sorry I sound like a mom. πŸ™‚ Actually I am a mom. hmm. that is really terrible about putting a shock collar on your dog without telling you! His reaction is not unusual. If a dog does not understand the reason for the shock, they become scared and just "shut down". That's why they have to be used very carefully, with training. The dog always has to know WHY and what he did, to get the shock. An example is, he knows the command COME but he ignores it. But if you just randomly administered shocks, of course he would become anxious and confused and afraid. I would, too! so - horrible that they did that. they did not teach him WHY this was happening to him, poor guy.
  15. This is probably not helpful...but if it were my dogs, I would try keeping a short house lead on them. When one goes for the other one's neck, I would say "Eh! Eh!" or "No!" If they did not stop, I take the end of the leash and physically pull the dog away and keep it with me until he/she calms down. Then release, and let them go back to playing. Over time, I would hope that at the sound of "eh! eh!", the dog will hesitate and stop the behavior. The e-collar would function on the same principle, only person doesn't physically have to walk over. But yea, I don't like them either and I'm not confident I could use one correctly. However (big disclaimer!) my dog is part GSD so I don't know how a REAL husky would react. And I would tell the doggy daycare staff that I was worried about the neck-gripping...
  16. Furminator was so highly recommended online - and by dog groomers too! Although it was kind of expensive, we got one and we used it. Our dog would tolerate it, but every once in a while I'd hit a sensitive spot and he would wave his mouth at me. Now I am using my husband's old comb (free) and it works great and he enjoys being groomed...he lies there and falls asleep. I can even comb out the fur on his haunches, and other sensitive places that he wouldn't let me do before...
  17. thanks, interesting! Acana & Orijen are always ranked very high (and have the high price to go with that!)... so the allegation of "heavy metals and toxins" in their food is very surprising....
  18. Is she EVER going to come home???
  19. Hmm, will she walk nicely on leash with no other dogs around? That's a place to start... I think the rest of the solution lies in training.... For passing: Training of the "Heel" command (or in our case, "Stay Close!" meaning a casual heel - close to the leg, but no specific side or position). Get the command working without other dogs around, then dogs at a distance, then finally use when there are dogs passing on other side of street...comes in handy for cars and bicyclists too! For planting feet: I use a firm "Come On" and a sideways jerk on the leash when he is fixated and refusing to budge. He knows the command "Come" (and its variant "Come on") very well in normal conditions - so he is choosing to ignore me. I give the command, wait, give the command again, and if still no response, he gets the firm command + leash jerk. That snaps him out of it! (He does this for other dogs once in a while, as well as when he sees Prey). Some people use a stern "Leave It" command and it works well. I use the "Leave It' for food, but have not tried it for other dogs. Or you can train an incompatible command i.e. "Look at me!" + give treat (start by training with no other dogs around, and work up to dogs passing closer). This worked with mine, up to a point. I suspect the reason it didn't work effectively all the time is that you need more distance for passing a lunging barking dog and less distance for a calm mellow dog, so it gets hard to calculate the passing distance based on the other dog's behavior! If I tried to pass too close, he would totally ignore the food. ( What threw off my distance calculations are those dogs that act very calm, and the minute you are passing, they lunge to the end of their leash and bark! So training conditions are less than perfect...:-) There are a variety of no-pull harnesses / haltis etc. that people like. . . you could see if that might help... There are people who use prong collars with this issue - but it must be done correctly or your dog may associate the sight of other dogs with pain (literally, a pain in the neck) and then you get a problem which is even worse - your dog fears/hates the sight of other dogs. While in training, you could try walking at times of day when it's not "dog o'clock". When my dog had issues like this, I avoided walking between 5 - 6 pm, which is "dog o'clock" in our neighborhood. That makes training easier. It's easier to train through 1 -2 encounters per walk, than a dozen! And if at-home approaches don't work, you could always try a group obedience class, or a session or two with a private trainer. I think this is a really common problem. They CAN get used to the idea that they are not allowed to go greet unless you walk them right up to the other owner/dog. πŸ™‚ I used to despair of ever walking at normal times of day. My dog would rear up, howl, lunge and bark at other dogs (desperate to go meet). Last summer, we went on a popular paved walking trail - passing dogs, bicyclists, joggers at close distances, and he went calmly by ( I use the command "Stay Close" and keep him walking close to my leg. He understands this command - I am holding the leash doubled up (short) but he is not pulling). When we got home, I realized how far we had come - I barely noticed that he was improving...but a year ago, we would NEVER have been able to walk that trail. It's a process....
  20. Well, my dog is part shepherd and pretty obedient. On a long line, he always pauses and looks back at me if he is more than 10-20 feet ahead. He comes when called. So, it is tempting to let him offleash! But every time I even think about it, something seems to happen... For example, once we were all alone in a high meadow in the woods. Not a place where many dog walkers or hikers come. I was thinking, "I'll drop the leash and let him run around and explore!" But I couldn't quite work up the courage. Just as we were heading on the trail out of the meadow, a herd of deer dashed by with their white tails flashing. My dog went nuts. If he had not been on a leash, he would have taken off after them and who knows when he would have stopped? He might have gotten lost deep in the woods, or chased them across the road - probably it would have been ok, but you just never know. I am not a risk-taker!
  21. Oh no, this is so sad! 😫 So sorry for your loss...it seems so sudden and unfair.
  22. Happy New Year! It was SO warm here, almost 70 degrees! We went hiking πŸ™‚
  23. Welcome! How nice that you took in an older dog! We did, too...they told me that I was the only person that ever asked about him! He is also about 6 - years old now, we've had him for about a year and a half.
  24. Rooting for your poor pup! 😒 I am also suspicious that she reacted right after the booster, and was perfectly OK before that. My HUMAN friend's daughter felt feverish and ill for 2 weeks after a vaccine, and wound up unable to walk for a few months. My friend and her husband became angry because the docs could not figure out what was wrong ,and even implied it was a psychological issue - the docs refused to look into any connection with the vaccine.
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