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  1. Thinking nowadays is pups learn their initial social skills from their mother in weeks 10-12, so even 8 weeks is really too early (though only the really dedicated breeders seem to ensure their pups gain those life lessons in weeks 10-12)
  2. Can't tell or order a Husky to do anything but can only ask. And there are days when they do as asked and days when they don't do as asked. And loyalty is often a word they have some difficulty in understanding - they're principally loyal to themselves
  3. What really excellent news. Do you know what caused it? Tooth abscess?
  4. Alpha theory has been long rubbished so not relevant. As a general rule, we've always used the general "be fair to them and they'll be fair to you" with a structure to which we're always consistent, no exceptions. One of the rules we have is that everything is shared - and that includes the seating (as well as the more usual toys, etc). And that applies to all of them as well as to all of us - so, whilst they have one armchair in "their" room (the dining room is their habitual room), they all share it between them and we can sit in it too. Similarly, when they come into the living room, they can sit on the settees but so can we. They're all fed together, they all play together and over the last 10 years we've not had a single issue or disagreement (and that includes the occasional foster) - we're all friends with each other and not a single day passes when I'm not grateful to them for being so amicable and peaceful (and bear in mind, 4 are rescues). So, I say let her sit in the chair but dissuade her from treating it as solely hers.
  5. It's as I suggested, Chrissie, with respect to the potato Yeah he had potatoes as they were easy to tolerate but also his gut became insufficient at digesting food and was sending it back out whole.He had a powder that slowed down the gut so it was digested better.As far as the dementia goes he was on fish oils and a herbalish pill called activate......lots of other people use different drugs.I think vivatonin was one but Sully had to have the least chemical one because of his kidney failure.Besides all the other things he has wrong the dementia was by far the worst......Just like a person......confusion.Getting lost in the middle of a room.Not recognising any of us as his family then eventually the messages stopped getting through from brain to body so slowly packed in.There is a group on fb that was good.Ill find it in a sec for you.Ive hidden the group because the updates were so sad
  6. I will check with them but I'm fairly certain it was for his digestive system which was not functioning well - and potato was one of the few things he could tolerate as a filler/base ingredient
  7. We've used DAF (Durham Animal Feeds), Landywoods and currently, MVM (Manifold Valley Meats) and I'd be OK with recommending them all. Started with Landywoods about 8 years ago, found DAF had a better choice but we have a local stockist who delivers whenever we ask, who stocks MVM (and with 6 dogs we don't like running out!). Think all 3 will deliver to Leeds (and you could ask our local stockist, Chris, whether he covers Leeds - cleardayrawfeeds.com)
  8. There are those that can go off-lead and there are those that can't, however much training they're given. Problem is that the can't far outweigh the can - and I know too many whose owners thought they could and it's ended disastrously. Our 5 never do, except in secure off-lead. We train recall and often discuss what each would do if they got off - we know the results from one as he got out (jumped on top of a wall and then down a 15 foot drop). Luckily, very quiet location but he was never going to come back on his own - and he's the one who had terrible Separation Anxiety (leave the room and he'd start). And still does have the occasional SA - yet despite good recall in the off-lead, he wouldn't come back when out.
  9. Catching up (and further to my Message), I'm not convinced that separation, either immediate (room/crate) or kennels, would be a solution as it could just draw out the situation - but muzzling would be a necessary precaution. Astro needs to learn not to guard the baby and, like all resource guarding issues, the answer probably lies in desensitisation - in other words, gradual introduction to the issue rather than removal from the situation (but that's just my take on it).
  10. Very sorry to read of Lunar's plight - it can't be easy for you or her, though I guess she has the blessing of not really being aware of it all. Can't really offer any suggestions and you certainly seem to have a good handle on the whole situation - though do have friends who's dog had dementia and went through very much similar circumstances, so I could ask them any specific questions you have (the specifics that I remember are the toileting wherever he happened to be and potato being a key ingredient to his meals)
  11. Skyes, our first adoption from the rescue is a dinky little Husky and prior to our getting her, was encouraged to jump into people's arms. Great until you don't want her to do it all the time - and especially not to people neither you nor her know! Just asking her not to and pushing her gently down has convinced her not to do it - and hasn't for 5 years (she's 6 now). Took a couple of months but as Vickie suggests, consistently requesting not to do it will lead to positive results
  12. We feed raw but I'm intrigued by that comment. One of the products we give is minced chicken which is 40% bone - and one of the things that needs prioritising in any growing young dog is calcium for their bones! Agree that excess calcium can lead to the dreaded ZRD but that's a condition we've been lucky enough to avoid 😊
  13. Does sound like an allergy to the supplement. TBH, I wouldn't recommend that anyway as there's no clinical evidence to support the benefits of those ingredients (circumstantial evidence, at best). We tried Chondroitin and Glucosamine and there didn't seem to have any change for the dogs to whom we gave it. I've certainly seen evidence to support green-lipped mussel and read good things about the trials for CBD oil, so tend to recommend them as viable alternative medication. Having said that, we had our 13 year old on g-l m and just put him on Loxicom (it's like Metacam, anti-inflammatory) - the change is massive. Returned to his former bouncy puppy-playing self so we've reluctantly taken the decision (never like using medication if we can avoid it) to manage his poor joints with that medication and get his liver/kidney function regularly tested (it's excellent at present)
  14. I would suggest you have two choices: 1. Re-home, preferably to a breed specific rescue (though worth mentioning that all the rescues are jammed up - the one we work with has a waiting list of about 30-40) 2. Determine whether your partner's asthma is dog-related and, if so, look at the various methods of managing the condition. My partner has terrible COPD/asthma which we manage with medication and by ensuring the house is regularly vacuumed (worth mentioning that we have 6 dogs and 2 cats). Stepdaughter has dreadful reaction to the cats when she's been away for any length of time - she'll be moving out permanently in the next couple of weeks and wanted to take the cats too (we've suggested she doesn't - not for her asthma allergy but as they'll tie her down which she doesn't need at this stage in her life). I have COPD and definitely 'feel' when the fur quantities get on the high side so an early indicator to clean! Ultimately, it's your family's decision as to what course of action to take - but I urge you to fully investigate both options before making any decision
  15. Yup, as suggested, Alpha behaviour has long been dismissed in dogs - they negotiate and constantly re-negotiate their relationship between each other and treat humans as humans, not members of the pack. I'm a great believer in mutual respect: if the dog is respected and respects you, then when you ask them to do something there's a much greater chance of that happening. Behaviour such as you're having shows that the dog doesn't have any respect but sees that she can take advantage of any situation. We've never actually trained any of our dogs but, when asked, they'll do all the usual sitting, lying, recall, etc - they've learned off each other as to what's been requested. They never beg as we never give food except their own and the occasional treat, never off the table. As a result, we've 6 dogs that all do as they're asked (though, no, we never let the Huskies off except in a secure offlead) and never, ever have any issues with each other (and 4 are rescues)
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