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by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: too skinny?
Replies: 24
Views: 7211

Re: too skinny?

If anything, he looks a little plump to me, since you can't really see a waist tuck. Of course, that's probably the photo. It's fine to see the spine, says me vet, who likes all her client dogs slender. Our Vanya spends hours each day on our farm running, digging, hunting, and generally bouncing aro...
by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cash's Anxiety...
Replies: 29
Views: 7457

Re: Cash's Anxiety...

If your dog has anxiety and is hurting himself, listen to your vet and put him on meds! Now! It's exactly the same as if he were diabetic--you wouldn't deny him the insulin, right? Anti-anxiety meds are just as helpful. My Vanya is on prozac after he started obsessing about flickering lights, and it...
by tiva
Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: HELP- TUMORS... NEED ADVICE
Replies: 46
Views: 13392

Re: HELP- TUMORS... NEED ADVICE

I hope his recovery continues as well. A cone is a great invention--amazing how quickly they can rip out their stitches. Our Tiva has had 2 bouts with MCTs, and she's nearing 17 and still going strong. Both times we had the MCTs removed, but no chemo or radiation (once they were in her tail, so we h...
by tiva
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Is there hope for harmony after a fight?
Replies: 25
Views: 514

Re: Is there hope for harmony after a fight?

I think there is hope, but it only works if you also use very careful management. After a fight where our younger pit bull bit our elderly pit bull, we've kept them separated most of the time. But we've also worked hard on decreasing their tensions around each other, using Pat Miller's detailed inst...
by tiva
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: destroyed yard
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: destroyed yard

We put hot wired bunny netting around the critical parts of the garden where the dogs aren't allowed to go (ie, our corn patch, because Tiva almost died one day when she got into the patch and swallowed a chunk of corn cob).
by tiva
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Trainers - what would you do?
Replies: 22
Views: 413

Re: Trainers - what would you do?

What about a housecall? Is that a possibility? YES, this is a possibility! One I definitely did not think of at all. I'm glad you're considering doing a house call. I've always used a house call vet for basic needs, partly because with 3 dogs it's hard to pile everyone into the car for a vet visit....
by tiva
Sun Feb 12, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Need help but can't find a positive trainer?
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Need help but can't find a positive trainer?

That's a great idea. I'd also love to see more live consults via skype. Skype has become incredibly common for language tutoring, because you can work with someone incredibly skilled and get live feedback. The same should be true for dog training, especially for problem behaviors. I've videotaped my...
by tiva
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: My dog Dozer passed away today
Replies: 20
Views: 4794

Re: My dog Dozer passed away today

I'm so sorry--but I'm glad he didn't seem to suffer.
by tiva
Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: would a thundershirt help?
Replies: 12
Views: 150

Re: would a thundershirt help?

We didn't have much luck with an ace bandage or t-shirt, but I've been happy with the thundershirt. It calms our nervous Vanya down a bit in stressful situations, plus I chose the pink, which looks adorable and makes Vanya seem even less scary. For the crate issue: can you try fading in the crate sl...
by tiva
Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Dixie killed our cat.... :(
Replies: 25
Views: 486

Re: Dixie killed our cat.... :(

I'm really sorry that you lost a cat you loved, but the simple fact is that dogs are predators, and predators kill prey. A dog that kills a squirrel, bunny, or cat isn't a bad dog by any stretch of the imagination. Sure, some dogs learn to stop seeing cats as prey, and some dogs are lousy hunters so...
by tiva
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: ack! tick!
Replies: 8
Views: 1921

Re: ack! tick!

Ah, be glad you don't live in the midwest. We use frontline religiously and do tick checks every night during the 9 month tick season, and we still find plenty of ticks on the dogs, many embedded. We just pluck them out, kill the ticks, and we don't freak out. Most tick-borne diseases only get trans...
by tiva
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Lib's Lump
Replies: 67
Views: 10364

Re: Lib's Lump

Oh no, I'm so sorry! As you know, if it is a MCT, chances are that surgery will be curative, particularly since it's on the ear. And if your vet couldn't see mast cells in the aspirate, chances are it's not even a MCT. You can spend some time getting other opinions and deciding on the best vet--ther...
by tiva
Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva
Replies: 15
Views: 3254

UPDATE on Re: Chronic kidney disease developing in Tiva

Hi- We have lovely news on Tiva's kidneys. At her two month checkup, the blood tests showed that her CRE levels had dropped back down to normal, and her urine tests showed everything normal. We had decreased her rimadyl to every other day dosing, and she's doing very well with that. At 16, she's pla...
by tiva
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:55 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: I can't find anything I can understand or use on Tracking
Replies: 11
Views: 140

Re: I can't find anything I can understand or use on Trackin

I used Carolyn Krause's "Try Tracking!: The Puppy Tracking Primer" for my adult dog, and it was lots of fun. I was aiming for a fun, calming activity for my Vanya, rather than aiming for trials. Krause does give a fair bit of information for folks who want to compete in tracking. She lays ...
by tiva
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Biting Problem--Long Post
Replies: 13
Views: 357

Re: Biting Problem--Long Post

Good for you for working so long and hard with your toy poodle on resource guarding. I can't recommend Jean Donaldson's MINE highly enough. She breaks down treatment into tiny steps, and she makes it all make sense for us. It seems like a lot of people rush too fast with resource guarding, and end u...

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