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what a very quaint and warm home. I love the how simple and open the home is and I just love the floors and the ceilings.  Beautiful.  thanks for sharing!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Axel
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:58:12 am »
Here's some pics of Axel: 

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Axel
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:40:01 am »
Thanks everyone for the nice warm welcome.  We are certainly looking forward to a rewarding relationship with our new baby.  I will look into the food issue and find something that will suit him.  Thanks for the tips!  I just signed him up for Puppy class, but that won't start till next month and he will be about 18 weeks old.  I am worried that he might be too old for puppy class, but the trainer assured me that he will be a fine age for training.

I love to hear his little (big) paws paddle across the kitchen floor when he walks to his food bowl.  Sounds like he has a big ole pair of slippers on his feet.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: I am REALLY upset right now :(
« on: December 07, 2007, 03:21:16 am »
When my laborador, Zed, was sleeping on my bed one night, I was right there in the room laying down, watching TV when my 17 year old daughter came bounding into the room and plopped right down on the bed and laid her head next to Zed.  He was in such a deep sleep at the moment and she startled him so badly that he jumped up and bit her chin/lower lip.  She freaked out and ran and I screamed at the my dog and sent him out into the garage.  I was terrified of him and what had just happened and I was scared for my daughter and scared that I was going to have to report the bite and that my dog would be put down.  After everyone was calmed down and her wound was taken care of we all sat down to discuss the circumstances of the incident and realized that he was startled so badly that he reacted.  My daughter understood that and made amenz with the dog.  She was always leary of him from that day forward but everything turned out alright.

I would suggest as the others did, keep the dog, teach the children and keep an eye on them.  I'm glad that your son was not terribly hurt and I hope that things will get better. 

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Axel
« on: December 06, 2007, 10:10:31 pm »
Hi there, my name is Liz and I am the proud new owner of "Axel" our 14 week old (as of last 12/01/07), male, Old English Mastiff. He weighed in at 42.2 pounds, 17" high at whithers and 18 long from base of neck to base of tail.   He is adorable and my husband and I are immediately attached.  The place we got him, they were feeding him puppy food with 37% protein. Most of the things we read said this is a no no.  So we have been gradually changing him to Eukanuba large breed adult dog food kibble.  This has 21% protein (? off the top of my head).  He is doing well with the housebreaking and loves to go in and out of his kennel/crate for naps. 

One of the main things we have a problem with is, him attacking our pant-legs and shoes.  It is tough to handle and my daughter (age 17) and son's girlfriend (age 20) have a hard time dealing with this behavior... any suggestions?

Other wise, he is a sweat boy and is doing well with the sit and down command, but still having trouble with the stay and come commands. 

I have been trying to get him to allow for a brushing but he wants to eat the brush and I have been trying to get him used to his nails being touched by massaging his paws and in between his toes regularly. 

Also, I try to put some mint flavored puppy toothpaste on my finger and rub it on his gums, but he just wants to eat my fingers instead.  Suggestions on these things would be wonderful.  :)

I've got a million questions and concerns, which you don't always find on the internet.  We had a yellow laborador for 10 years and I have forgotten what puppy rearing was all about.  Looking forward to interacting with everyone and learning a lot from those of you who have experience.

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