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1  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Tipper is being a real stinker! on: December 10, 2008, 03:07:43 PM
I need some help figuring out what is up with my medium paw dog--Tipper will be 9 years old in March--is in amazing shape, everyone always thinks he is a young dog--he has LOTS of energy, but always has settled in the house fine.

I take him and Jenny on an hour long walk (usually with a pack on) or romp in the woods daily. I adopted him when he was 2 and he was crated for quite a while due to chewing things and potty training issues, but has not used a crate in probably 4 years.

Well, he is acting like he is having separation anxiety, but that doesn't make sense to me as nothing in his life has changed since I adopted Jenny over a year ago. Everytime I leave the house he chews up and shreds something--lately it has been the paper recycling, but when I put that away, he went after some presents that are under the tree. So, today I got back out the crate. But why would he start to do this? I work part time, so I am home quite a bit, he is never left for long periods of time. Nothing has changed. Why now? He seems in perfect health--eating, pooping, peeing, drinking all normal. I am stumped!  Huh Any thoughts?
2  Great Pyrenees / Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: We have a new Champion!!!! on: December 07, 2008, 04:46:26 AM
Congratulation s to you both!!   Grin
3  BPO Training Forum / Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: And now THIS? on: December 02, 2008, 10:27:37 AM
I would agree--get Harley some extra exercise to burn off some of his mischief energy! Tipper, my 9 year old, has started to rip up the recycling when I leave the house--I have started putting a doggie backpack with canned goods on him for our walks to help him burn off that energy and it seems to be helping.
4  BPO Training Forum / Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: need some URGENT housebreaking advice!!! on: December 02, 2008, 10:24:25 AM
Crate him. He CAN hold it, he's just not doing so.

Ditto. I would definitely crate him, he won't poop in his crate and will get used to holding it.
5  Great Pyrenees / Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Mmmm... I Loves spaghetti sauce!! on: December 02, 2008, 10:22:44 AM
Love that you grabbed the camera and captured these photos--too funny!  Cheesy
6  Saint Bernards / Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Penny! You look great! on: December 02, 2008, 10:21:49 AM
Such a cutie!  Smiley
7  Saint Bernards / Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Dolly passed the CGC test! on: December 02, 2008, 10:20:44 AM
Congratulation s to you both! What a great accomplishment .
8  Great Pyrenees / Great Pyrenees Pictures / Re: Lily's boyfriend to be :) on: November 28, 2008, 10:04:42 AM
Wow! How very exciting! Those two gorgeous dogs will make beautiful puppies!! Can't wait to see them!
9  BPO Off Topic Forum / Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Kitty question for visiting daughter on: November 28, 2008, 09:58:35 AM
I free feed my cats.  I tried feeding them a couple of times a day but there would invariably be fights between the more outgoing, bossy cats and the shy ones.  So free feeding has helped out with stopping the nasty behavior over food.  She can place multiple bowls out so that each cat has their own bowl and the shy guy has a chance to eat in peace.  Hope that helps some.

I do something like this as well...I put food in their bowls once a day and they eat as much as they will. I have 2 bowls for 2 cats.
10  BPO Food Forum / Food Discussion & Information / Re: Don't get mad at me on: November 21, 2008, 02:40:32 PM
I used canned toppers twice a week. Both of my dogs go crazy for any kind that I put on. I like giving them both a thrill and the variety! Neither one of them is picky though, so I don't have to worry that they won't eat their kibble if they don't have any toppers. Both bowls are licked clean at each meal regardless.
11  Hounds / Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Another Wolfhound at our house!!! on: November 21, 2008, 02:32:09 PM
Congratulation s! He's gorgeous.
12  BPO General Forum / General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Thank you BPO Mods. =) on: November 21, 2008, 02:31:17 PM
I'll second that!  Cheesy
13  BPO Just For Fun Forum / Games & Jokes / Re: Free Rice on: November 21, 2008, 02:26:59 PM
I play on this site all the time.! It's so fun and it feels good to be helping do at least a little something towards reducing world hunger.
14  BPO Food Forum / Food Discussion & Information / Re: Kibble suggestions? I think we need to try something else.. on: November 19, 2008, 06:09:18 AM
I think I'm going to try Merrick before grain. Probably the buffalo or the chicken.

I have a free bag of Orijen (Buy 12 get 1 free) so I think I'll use it and mix it with the before grain and hope we get a reduction in gas. LOL If that's a no go I want to try Evo Red meat again.

Lola is still dealing with yucky ears. I'm wondering if she doesn't have a protein allergy? Everything I've fed them for the most part is chicken/turkey.

FYI--all of the Merrick Before Grain formulas have chicken in them, so in terms of Lola's possible allergy to chicken, the BG might not be your best bet.
15  Great Pyrenees / Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Jenny bit my daughter :( on: November 18, 2008, 02:47:26 AM
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and support. Reese and Jenny are doing great. There is still some residual fear--when the dogs bark, both of my girls (they are 5 yr old twins) get scared now and run up on the couch. I think it will take some time to rebuild the trust, but I also think that we are on our way. Thanks again.  Smiley

PS--Amy, I love the Dog Whisperer, too! Just started watching the TV show and LOVE it!
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