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by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Sick and wont eat
Replies: 67
Views: 5504

Doesn't matter if they can't get you in until Friday. This is emergency vet kind of stuff. Go now, and get a parvo test first thing. In fact, the clinic will really appreciate it if you don't even bring the pup into their waiting room-- just go in and tell them your pups age and symptoms so they can...
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 5:27 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Heeling tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 522

I wasn't so much talking about using the harness to control pulling (he's never really been a puller) but more just to be a signal to HIM for when he's expected to be on his best behavior and when we're being lax so he can figure it out easier and make a mental separation between the situations.
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 4:58 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Has anybody ever heard of thios form of aggression
Replies: 31
Views: 1279

I've tried to teach Ziggy to tolerate hugs for just this reason. I know it's rude, but sooner or later someone's going to do it to him and I want him to be as comfortable with it as possible. I do a lot of rude things to my poor mutt :) Like kissing him on the nose and grabbing his muzzle or pinchin...
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Heeling tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 522

yes I do add random praise... I haven't used treats too much because he seems to think the treat is the cue that he doesn't need to pay attention any more. He'll focus on it for as long as necessary, but as soon as he gets it his eyes are off of me. He doesn't keep attention on me in hopes of anothe...
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 4:31 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Ok! So here´s the deal....
Replies: 22
Views: 1756

Her legs are still a whole lot better than pretty much every basset hound or dachshund I've ever met. It can cause some arthritis or discomfort down the road in some dogs, but a lot of dogs it's only cosmetic. There are surgeries that can be done to fix it as an adult, but I'm not sure how much good...
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 4:27 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bad scratch or bite
Replies: 13
Views: 1017

I have rarely seen a cat bite that goes full-thickness through the skin NOT get infected. I'd recommend getting some antibiotics from the vet or you'll be dealing with an abscess instead of a bite in no time. Unless the wound looks like a scratch. But the way you describe it bleeding , I dunno. If y...
by ZiggysMom
Wed May 07, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Heeling tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Heeling tips?

So.... When I walk with Ziggy, I don't insist he maintain a perfect heel, but I do want him to walk either beside or behind me, not ahead. He tends to get distracted and excited as we walk and drift ahead. When he does this, I slow down or stop and he stops. Generally I don't even have to put much p...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:46 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: need opinion on behavior
Replies: 3
Views: 274

There are tons of good posts on dog aggressin that you can read and get good info from... It sounds like kind of a pack/bandwagon issue. I don't know what else to call it. My dog does a similar thing to my cat, though to a lesser degree. It's like they're trying to "help" you discipline, o...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Sore in fold of ear?
Replies: 5
Views: 1210

I've seen a few dogs with sores at the fold of the ear that get really pretty deep. I think it's just a combination of sensitive skin and the way the ear creases right there and causes pressure. I wonder if you could do something to train the ear to crease somewhere else at least temporarily to help...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Surgical removal of anal glands?
Replies: 11
Views: 1285

I agree. It sounds annoying, but I like to save the surgeries for dogs who get infections or impactions that are really uncomfortable vs just a little inconvenient emptying. And I don't know if raw would be the way to go... most of the time people go on and on about how small their dogs stools are o...
by ZiggysMom
Tue May 06, 2008 11:23 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: The PetCheckup
Replies: 2
Views: 447

It's the same urine dipstick we use in the clinic... it can give you a heads-up on a few things (particularly diabetes) but they seem to be really overstating its abilities. This is especially true when it is being interpreted by an owner without medical training and outside of any context you'd get...
by ZiggysMom
Mon May 05, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: help with crate and potty training!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 174

How old is she? And how big is the crate? A couple of things that factor into it: younger pups will have a harder time controlling themselves regardless, and if the crate is big enough that they can poo in one end and sleep in the other, then they'll do so. Some crates have dividers that can be move...
by ZiggysMom
Mon May 05, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: New home, dog is acting different
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Yeah, a move is kinda a "reset" button for a lot of basic training stuff! You have to re-housetrain to some degree (especially as they learn to ask out), and re-teach what can and can't be chewed on and what furniture is OK or off-limits. Once the house goes from "weird new place"...
by ZiggysMom
Mon May 05, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Help...does my puppy have a cold?
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Kennel cough and random upper respiratory stuff is really common in pups especially if they've recently been in a shelter or rescue situation, come from a breeder with a big kennel, or from a puppy class or dog park where someone has a snotty nose. Usually they get over it OK, but sometimes it can p...
by ZiggysMom
Sat May 03, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: help with a dog who is terrified of vet
Replies: 16
Views: 646

Sweet (and others):

The whole idea of ANY training program to help fear is that you need to start at a place where the dog is not afraid yet, then work up slowly. So for you, yes, you would have to work on the car rides first. Either that or walk to the vet!

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