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by rgyoung777
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Is this something i should worry? DOMINANCE
Replies: 22
Views: 671

Re: Is this something i should worry? DOMINANCE

So if he is almost 8 weeks old now, how old was he when you first brought him home?
by rgyoung777
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Shy personality = hard to train
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: Shy personality = hard to train

Just wanted to let you know that, at least in my experience, it took much longer than two months to bond with my adopted shy girl. In her case, it took her six months to really begin to come out of her shell in order to bond with me and to blossom into the happy, gregarious dog she is today. Granted...
by rgyoung777
Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Making muffins and suckling on toy like a puppy? Video
Replies: 14
Views: 477

Re: Making muffins and suckling on toy like a puppy? Video

He may be doing it as a form if stress-relief/self-soothing. I am pretty sure that when a puppy suckles/nurses, some very powerful, very positive hormones are released that generate strong feelings of well-being and contentment. Like a thumb-sucking preteen who didn't grow out of the habit (which ge...
by rgyoung777
Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:49 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: when to worm for tapeworms?
Replies: 5
Views: 4451

Re: when to worm for tapeworms?

First of all, dogs usually get tapeworms from ingesting fleas. When the flea is digested in the dog's stomach and passes through the digestive tract, the tapeworm larvae that were inside the flea migrate into the intestine of the dog. I don't know that it's very likely that Ruby could get a tapeworm...
by rgyoung777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:52 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Starting to worry about Dolly and the baby
Replies: 28
Views: 915

Re: Starting to worry about Dolly and the baby

How does she respond to him when he is not in his walker? I couldn't tell from your post if she reacts as you described every time he touches her or if it is only when he tries to touch her when he is in his walker. Many dogs are nervous about objects with wheels, so her reaction may be due to the w...
by rgyoung777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: too good to be true?!
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: too good to be true?!

Google "Stein-Way Dog Training Reviews." There aren't many, but on the balance, folks on Yahoo!Local don't seem to have had good experiences with her methods. The one individual who gave her four stars is as ignorant of canine behavior as the trainer herself seems to be. From what I can te...
by rgyoung777
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:45 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: On one type of aggression and consultants
Replies: 17
Views: 629

Re: On one type of aggression and consultants

You sound like someone (2fatcatsandapitbull) like someone who just want to go ahead and make some trouble on the forum Why would you say this? 2fatcats' post seemed completely reasonable to me. All he/she was doing was sharing her own experiences with using a veterinary behaviorist and verifying th...
by rgyoung777
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:02 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Got my first Foster! Blinker!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: Got my first Foster! Blinker!!!

Congratulaions on your first foster! I strongly encourage you to read the thread near the top of this section entitled "Two Weeks! Give 'Em a Break" written by luvnstuff. It sounds to me like you are moving a bit too quickly for this dog. He needs much, much more time to adjust to this new...
by rgyoung777
Tue May 15, 2012 3:01 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: This seems like a crazy question to ask, but....
Replies: 17
Views: 628

Re: This seems like a crazy question to ask, but....

Yeah, definitely someone I wouldn't entrust my dog to under any circumstance, even if his boarding kennel was the last one on Earth.
by rgyoung777
Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:38 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Gaining Weight
Replies: 50
Views: 12628

Re: Gaining Weight

Jumping for toys is different, this is a chase drive. She likes to play fetch right? So there very well could be a decent amount of prey drive in there. (which for the most part is what flirt pole is "activating" .. not the best term but it works.) Or it could just be a retrieval urge. Wi...
by rgyoung777
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: rescued great dog, she just need a little guidance
Replies: 20
Views: 612

Re: rescued great dog, she just need a little guidance

Cute dog! :)) Why can't all of the dogs be leashed, just for saftey's sake? You've had this dog for under a month, and in my opinion, you're moving things along far too quickly. This girl is still just getting to know you and your household, she's gotta be overwhelmed by all of the changes. I know y...
by rgyoung777
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:12 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: OFFICIAL ear cropping/tail docking debate thread
Replies: 1131
Views: 436843

Re: Re:

rubyandstewiesmom wrote:there is something gorgeous about docked ears


The process by which ears are altered surgically is called "cropping." The process by which tails are shortened surgically is "docking." So ears are cropped, and tails docked. There's no such thing as docked ears. ;)
by rgyoung777
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Hiking essentials
Replies: 14
Views: 3462

Re: Hiking essentials

If you're hoping to spend all day in the park, bring more food and water than you think you'll need. I would bring a full midday meal and plenty of snacks, instead of just snacks. Make sure it's high in protein and carbs for the humans, and perhaps higher in fat and protein than normal for your pups...
by rgyoung777
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:54 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Confused.
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: Confused.

Pitbulls were breed to protect, not fight other dogs. As stated by others, this is untrue. The American Pit Bull Terrier was originally bred to fight other dogs. They are absolutely not a guardian/protection breed. As far as your two girls go, you may want to consider giving them a two-week break f...
by rgyoung777
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Am I seeing things?
Replies: 19
Views: 4245

Re: Am I seeing things?

Yes, Lucy is sore after exertion, but not during. She also has a bum leg now and doesn't get to exercise like she used to, but when she only had spondylosis she was able to have a normal routine when it came to playing and running. With previcox (just half a 227mg tab a day), her stiffness/soreness ...

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