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I am so sorry.  I just saw this post.  To lose one so suddenly like that must be the worst feeling in the world.  I cannot imagine it.  At least you have the comfort of knowing he did not suffer, you did not have to choose the day, you loved him to the end and he loved you and his life up to the very last minute.  That will bring you peace in time.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

You can also give treats of foods high in glucosamine/chondroiting, basically anything with lots of cartilage, cow trachea, chicken feet, etc.  2 of my dogs have severe arthritis, one in his hip and the other in her knee.  Both get 1/2 dozen chicken feet daily and trachea weekly.  Natural sources are more easily digested and assimilated than artificial sources.

None of my dogs that came from their breed rescues were house broken when we got them.  Each one was very easy.  I feed morning and night.  We feed raw, so there is no free feeding.  The poops are also very small and well formed.  The dogs go out when we get up, later to eat and use the bathroom, early afternoon, late afternoon for supper and to use the bathroom and again before bed.  We only had 1 or 2 accidents at the most with them and they house broke themselves basically.  If one of them is sick they will wake us in the night, but that's it.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Training Snobs Rant
« on: March 25, 2009, 02:06:51 pm »
I don't like the training methods used at our local Petsmart.  I have almost come to blows with one of the trainers, just from walking my dog through the store and her telling me what was wrong with my dog.  "He shouldn't be allowed to sniff the counters.  You have no control over him."  Max was a 5 month old puppy, at the time.  I was only trying to socialize him some and if he wanted to sniff the counters, fine. I do my training at home.  I don't do formal anything with my dogs.  They learn what I need them to know.  You know important things like;  Foot means get your big paw off of mine, Excuse me means you are laying in front of the refrigerator and I can't even reach the door, let alone open it so move, Still means I am stepping over you so don't choose this moment to get up, Guard means there is food on the kitchen counter, table, stove, whatever I am pointing at and ChiChi is to keep Max away from it, Company means ChiChi is to go into the bathroom so I can shut the door and let whoever is at the door in. 
Congratulation s on not losing your cool, when the idiot ran her mouth.  I would have.

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Re: Summer Hair Cuts
« on: March 25, 2009, 01:54:18 pm »
If she has a double coat, the long outer hair is what will keep her cool this summer.  I wouldn't ever cut one of my dogs fur down, but I am a long hair freak on cats, dogs or people.  I also absolutely love brushing my dogs, so they get brushed everyday.  When they are blowing coat, other than sweeping hourly, I am in heaven.  I have a reason to brush them.  My dogs don't get excessively dirty.  Thank goodness.  I don't think just a trim would hurt anything if that is what you prefer.  I don't think a haircut is going to do anything as far as keeping a dog cooler though.

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Dangerous Breeds
« on: March 17, 2009, 05:25:07 am »
I absolutely love that picture.  My daughter in law saw it, busted out laughing and finally calmed down enough to tell me that my grandson did this to one of her cats.  Luckily her pits are black and markers don't show up on them.

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Lincoln update and food question
« on: February 15, 2009, 02:14:14 pm »
Is there a specific reason you don't want to feed raw?  I'm just curious since I do and would never go back to kibble.

I have completely ruined walnut flooring in my foyer.  It was ruined by my springers, the same day it was laid.  We just call it antique now.  If you buff or sand it down, you will have to refinish it.  I have seen the caps, but never tried them.  Good luck.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Should I?
« on: January 30, 2009, 12:05:32 pm »
I don't know that you would want to do it, but I have found that with ChiChi, since I always muzzle her, to take her for a walk, people avoid her.  I guess they assume, that since she wears a muzzle, she is vicious.  The first few times I took her out, before we got the muzzle, people would want to pet the big fluffy dog and I had to verbally warn them away.  Now they will cross the street to avoid her. 

FAQs about puppies / Re: Dominance
« on: January 30, 2009, 12:01:22 pm »
Some dogs will not teach the dog that this is unacceptable in a manner that is kind or thoughtful.  In dog parks for instance, you have unknown dogs, who may have major issues with any show of dominance and simply attack.  As stated the best defense is a strong offense.  I don't take my dogs to dog parks anymore for this reason.  Max could care less, but Cody will not tolerate any show of dominance, growling, snarling, humping, body stand overs, etc.  He is ready to fight.  As long as the other dog backs down when he growls, he's just fine.  But, if the other dog growls back, he's going for him.  Small dogs can get away with anything.  I've had chis come up and bite Cody, with no repercussions at all.  But any large dog, close to his size or larger, the fight is on. It's better to prevent the behavior, than to have an expensive vet bill or a severely damaged dog.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: Echo is at the Rainbow Bridge
« on: January 20, 2009, 02:23:16 am »
I lost 2 in one year and thought I would die.  I can't imagine losing 3 in 5 months.  I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.

It doesn't always work, but sometimes with Jake, taking a few minutes and just really roughhousing with him will get him back to a frame of mind, where he is focusing on me again.  When I say roughhousing, I mean where he is leaping into the air to try and body slam me.  I turn at the last minute and he goes by my shoulder.  Using a high pitched voice and lots of quick body movements will get all my dogs, other than Cody, going.  My energy level gets theres up and they pay attention to what I am doing.  You have to keep the energy up, while maintaining some kind of focus, which isn't easy, but is better than a roadkill imitation.

Wolfhound Discussions & Pictures / Re: Some more pics of Amy's puppies
« on: January 18, 2009, 05:59:52 am »
You've got to stop with the pics of the little black pup.  My hubby is hounding me to death to find out if you are selling that one.  The correct answer here is no, you're not.  Just kidding.  That puppy is to die for.  They are all adorable, but that one is special

I've often thought about taking Cody to obedience classes.  I don't want to do anything but the stay.  He is so good at that one.  Once his body hits the floor, he is pretty much an immovable object.  He has not clue what stay means, but he "stays" wherever he happens to be, unless you lure him away with food.

Jake will give me a high five and a high "ten", with both front paws.   We did it with treats.  He learned very quickly, but then he is highly food motivated, if it is dehydrated chicken feet, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, or something along those lines.  We started with the high five, since he used his paws to pet us, (to get us to pet him).  He got that really quickly, then I started asking for high ten and lifting the paw he wasn't.  It only took a couple of days for him to do it.  The key with him was to only do it once or twice and then wait a few hours and try it again.  All of my dogs will shut down if I repeat something more than a couple of times, so I am used to taking 5 minutes here and there and working with them to teach anything.  The only thing they mastered quickly was place.  They could lay down and totally ignore me and that was fine with me, as long as they were in their place.  I let them choose their places, so it went fast.  Good luck.

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