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by Alyssa
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Capone is Sick: I'm in need of advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1325

Re: Capone is Sick: I'm in need of advice

I'm thinking bloat or obstruction myself - both of which scream for seeing a veterinarian ASAP.
by Alyssa
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: An alternative for Hill's L/D diet?
Replies: 12
Views: 3982

Re: An alternative for Hill's L/D diet?

I can say that I have seen REALLY good things from Purina Pro Plan Salmon Kibble. EVERY dog I've seen that eats *nothing* but that has been an incredible example of an amazing dog, and their coats are gorgeous. I've heard from a variety of quality breeders that they've tried every else under the sun...
by Alyssa
Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: The stop and waiting game, what and why?
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: The stop and waiting game, what and why?

Sometimes - older dogs hide things more around younger dogs too. Perhaps when Gauge left - it removed the need to pretend he wasn't in pain, or perhaps he just notices it more now without the distraction of a younger dog. Though I'd vote more for the former than the latter, because they are programm...
by Alyssa
Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Hard decisions: when is it time to let an old dog go?
Replies: 46
Views: 3751

Re: Hard decisions: when is it time to let an old dog go?

tiva wrote:Thank you all. She is gone. How heartbreaking, but at least she is out of pain now.


{{{{HUGS}}}}

You gave her one of the greatest gifts a loving owner could give her. Right next to that is the gift you gave her of a life with you.

My deepest condolences.
by Alyssa
Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:21 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Are laser pointers safe?
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Are laser pointers safe?

It's actually sort of stressful for the dog - because they can never "get it" or "win". Therefore each session sort of builds on the preceding ones - and the dogs get obsessed on getting this prey that cannot be caught. Humans tend to see their reactions and interpret the interes...
by Alyssa
Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:09 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: The stop and waiting game, what and why?
Replies: 10
Views: 225

Re: The stop and waiting game, what and why?

Have you had the dog examined for arthritis or hip dysplasia yet?
by Alyssa
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:07 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nail Clipping
Replies: 12
Views: 1314

Re: Nail Clipping

Regular walks on cement will file the nails down as well.
by Alyssa
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Spit it out

Just be sure to fish through her poop for a few days :oops: My new boy likes to eat trash and odd things, so when I notice another arm off the wubba is missing, or the pocket of my hoodie, or I catch him chest deep in the trash bin, I have to dig for treasure to make sure it comes out the other end...
by Alyssa
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Spit it out

We got about as far as teaching Toby his paws, his nose, chin, and then we sort of got "stuck" too. Never got to the right and left part. It takes a bit for them to learn new words - just like a kid does. if you guys have raised kids, it is EXACTLY like that in many ways - children do not ...
by Alyssa
Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Spit it out

I think we both learned a LOT form the Bridge and Target thread here. We keep meaning to be more formal about it, but we haven't been really, we just sort of do impromptu sessions, they are usually VERY short - maybe 3 minutes tops, where we will just start running him through some tricks or try to ...
by Alyssa
Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:17 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Spit it out

LOL! You know we didn't realize that it would morph into a cleaning thing like it has, we just wanted him to prefer coming to us than running off and it just really worked. I think once they realize this results in a payout - they just figure out real quick OOOOHHHHHH that shouldn't be there, let me...
by Alyssa
Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Hard decisions: when is it time to let an old dog go?
Replies: 46
Views: 3751

Re: Hard decisions: when is it time to let an old dog go?

Alyssa--23 years old! I'm astonished any dog could live that long. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sorry for all our losses! Well, it was sort of an estimate - I rescued him from a horrible druggie home and had him for 17 years, and the folks there and that used to frequent that home for parties all t...
by Alyssa
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Equipment, Housing, Supplies and Accessories
Topic: Indoor Gate Recommendation
Replies: 21
Views: 866

Re: Indoor Gate Recommendation

get family and friends to do it too. This is where we lack in our training sadly, because we don't have family that is in this state, and most of our friends are in other cities and states as well. But you can give the family and friends treats and then explicit instructions, on what is acceptable, ...
by Alyssa
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re:

Douse a cotton ball in Bitter Apple or like product (bet you can already see where I'm going with this...) Just in case someone has a dog like ours .... This only works for some dogs apparently. We tried using bitter apple for keeping Toby away from money along with pepper oil and all the other fou...
by Alyssa
Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:27 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Spit it out
Replies: 20
Views: 316

Re: Spit it out

We had the same issue with Toby, and what brought the issue home for us was the day he picked up one of those appliance light bulbs (the super thin glass ones for like fridges), with the globe in his mouth and he immediately started on the "keep away" game, and it scared us half to death. ...

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