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  1. I can't believe she's already nine years old. She still acts like a puppy for the most part, though she's slowed down a little and isn't as destructive as she was from 12 weeks to around 5 years. Yes, that's her play growl. People unfamiliar with her think she's being aggressive but she obeys me well (last 30 seconds or so.) It's just play. SarahPlaytime20191012_Clip.mp4
  2. I took pics from my go-to training book, The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller, about your issue. Hope this’ll help. Make sure Jasmine has a safe place in the house to which she can retreat when she’s overwhelmed. Both of you sound overwhelmed and you have to break that cycle. Let her relax in her safe space while you figure out her triggers If you’re committed to helping Jasmine overcome her problem you two can do it!
  3. <url=“https://positively.com/contributors/5-things-i-want-anyone-with-a-fearful-dog-to-know/“> Fearful Dogs</url> Maybe this article will help you.
  4. I hadn’t thought about crating for evacuating but it’s a great idea. Sarah has been crate trained since four months and it’s just normal now. I lived in Sacramento for the 1988 fire season and well recall that particular nightmare. That was the year Sacramento almost burned to the ground. I don’t miss that. Stay safe!
  5. So glad it was nothing major! I came up with a dog-healthy birthday muffin recipe if you want it (assuming he’s wearing that birthday hat for himself.)
  6. Thanks! Yeah I’m freaked out a little by that idea. I haven’t looked to see how many mast cells exist in the brain, mostly because I’m afraid of the answer. I’m holding on to the facts that we found the mastocyoma very early and cytology confirmed that there were three clean cell layers below the mastocyoma tumor when it was excised. Fingers crossed for lipoma!!! Thanks again. 😁
  7. Are you certain she’s fearful? Sometimes body language can be vague. Nipping at others sounds more like very minor aggression or status games to me. As long as she’s healthy I agree that a professional behaviorist’s opinion will help. Just make sure the behaviorist is familiar with Siberians as their normal body language and behavior is different than most other breeds’. For example, Sarah snarls when playing. She sounds like a trained attack dog getting ready to work and is easily mistaken by others as dangerous but it’s normal play behavior for her and other Siberians I’ve met.
  8. Hi— Having never heard of CCD I went to PetMD to check it out. In case anyone else is interested, it’s https://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/5-signs-dog-dementia?page=1. Sarah is a bit younger than the article indicates but I’m going to talk to her vet about it Monday. I haven’t seen any of the DISHA symptoms other than her constant need to challenge me but the symptoms are on my Sarah Watch List. When your dog had it what were your first symptoms? Thinking about it, Sarah knows her commands and when I’m keeping on with the “I am the source of ALL good things and you MUST submit to get anything” she returns to normal. It’s only when I think she’s stable in her ideas of who is boss and let her eat her dinner like normal, etc that she returns to dominance attempts. Definitely something to add to my list for her vet. And if you happen to recall that herb please do post it. Thanks! Poor guy. I’m glad he got much more out of life than most pups with Parvo have. Other than resistant roundworms Sarah had a healthy puppyhood and has never had a high fever. The mastocyoma metastasizing into her brain is a concern though the vet doubts that since we got the entire cancer via surgery confirmed by cytology. I still worry though. Thanks and once I have this puzzle solved I’ll post the answer.
  9. This image is from the AKC Siberian Husky page. Your dog is a pup and the coat isn't fully developed. According to the breed standard once fully developed, the guard hair should be approximately 3" and the undercoat approximately 1". Longer hair on the back of the hind legs and tail is possible but is outside the breed standard. My Sarah has the longer tail and leg hair though she is AKC registered (non-breeding registry.) It's a result of the extremely close genetic relationship to Malamutes. If you're interested, the AKC breed standard is here. ETA: It's hard for me to determine if they're registered but neither parent is breed-standard. Sarah's parents were breed standard but she isn't, she has the coat flaw and her stop is insufficient.
  10. That looks a LOT like a ZRD flare-up. When Sarah's ZRD starts up the first symptoms are swelling and crusty residue on the swollen skin (that's the secondary yeast infection setting up.) The rule for Benadryl is 1mg/lb of weight. I use that while waiting for my vet to call in a prednisone prescription. Alas, ZRD is an exclusionary diagnosis but you should have your vet begin the testing. Diet and zinc supplements help a lot but you don't want to start that until you know your dog needs it.
  11. Hi-- Oh Lord, that sounds awful. How did your vet diagnose senility? Siberians have a 16-year average lifespan IIRC so I figure she's about middle age for her breed. I hope she isn't old enough yet for senility to be a possibility. I think I'd prefer jerk dog syndrome to that. Thanks though! Something else to talk to the vet about Monday.
  12. Obedience training will help and as Bloo gets older she'll calm somewhat, but what you saw was prey drive. Any animal approximately half her size will be viewed as prey and if she has the opportunity she'll act on it. It's innate behavior. My Sarah hates other dogs. When we're out I know that I have to keep her away from other animals just in case. It's constant vigilance but worth it. Spaying will help, training will help ,age will help, but ultimately Bloo will still have a strong prey drive that you'll have to be conscious of at all times. It's part and parcel of being a Sibe owner. I can relate. My idiot neighbors allow their large rabbits to roam and I warned them that if a rabbit got into Sarah's yard (almost 2/3rds of an acre) that rabbit would die. Four days later I watched her chase down and kill one of the rabbits and the scream the rabbit made was terrible. Lasted about 20 seconds. I had no chance of stopping it though I was able to get the carcass away from her before she started eating.
  13. My almost 9 year old Siberian has killed and eaten literally dozens of animals. If given a chance she would go after a kitten in a heartbeat. She's also obedience trained, regularly goes with me into Lowe's and other stores that allow dogs and according to my vet, is the best Siberian in the state in terms of behavior. What you're seeing isn't aggression. It's innate behavior you will NOT be able to train out of your dog. When the breed was being developed by the Chukchi tribe in far eastern Russia, the dogs were released during the summer to fend for themselves. Any dog that couldn't hunt didn't return to the tribe and therefore didn't breed or was culled. That's why Siberians are so prey-driven. They can't help it, it literally is in their genes. For the safety of all involved, one of the animals needs to be re-homed. I'm sorry, I know that isn't easy, but your dog literally cannot change that facet of her behavior.
  14. Hi Folks! It's been a long time so I'll reintroduce the facts so those I don't know can chip in. My AKC Siberian Sarah is 8½ years old (9 in September.) I've had her since she was 12 weeks old and have obedience trained her as well as I can given her nature. She has ZRD and was treated for mastocyoma in early 2017. She tends to challenge me after our kids and grandkids have left after visiting and it takes a week or two of light dominance games to settle her down. I know she does this and was prepared when everyone left at the beginning of April. It's been dominance games ever since. Things got ugly three weeks ago when she bit the crap out of me. I was reaching down for her collar after she refused to get up, and she snarled and bit me HARD. The only time she ever snarls at me (serious snarls, not playtime snarls) is when she's made a kill and I try to get it away from her (which requires a meat-for-meat trade.) She has NEVER bitten me and other than the hunting ritual, does not snarl at me. I immediately worried that something might be wrong physically but in March she had a compete emergency exam with X-rays after she got an intestinal compaction, from a kill I didn't know about we think. Her blood work came out fine, the only thing seen on the X-rays were the lower intestinal compaction. I called our vet yesterday after I found a lump in the junction between her back hip and abdomen. She gave no sign of discomfort while I palpated the mass. We'll be going in for an FNA Monday but the vet doesn't think the mass has anything to do with her behavior given that the mass doesn't cause her pain. He thinks the behavior is something non-medical. Everything other than her attitude and behavior is normal. After she bit me I went full-on with the dominance games. She was fed her meals piece by piece from my hand for a week. Then tablespoon by tablespoon for another week. No going outside off leash to potty, she had to wait for me to take her out on the leash. I made her follow command after command all day every day for two weeks. She seemed to settle down after that but as soon as I eased up, she went right back to challenging me. Each time I think she's done with this cycle and ease up, it's back to the beginning. So my question is, has anyone had a Siberian with this sort of behavior issue at age 8 or so? It's very similar to the adolescent dominance behavior but worse because we know each other so well. Thanks in advance!
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