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Newfoundland Discussions / Is it a sign?
« on: December 07, 2005, 05:49:48 pm »
Today is my baby boys 1st Birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY BAILEY!!!!!

Just so happens, his secret santa gift arrived today (yippeeeee!) of all days - his bday.  Should I take this as a sign that he should open it now?  ;)

I'm dying to open it, and to make matters worse.... my husband and I take turns going home every day at lunch to play with Bailey and love on him.  I do it more often than not, but today of all days when I'm meant to go home it's xmas tree decorating day at my office (I NEVER miss an opportunity to decorate for xmas) so I call my husband to see if he can make it home.  He says no problem.  Half hour later I get a call - "You should have gone home, Secret Santa gift is here....and now it's in my posession and I'm hiding it from you". It's torture!  Now I don't even get to shake it or anything!!!  How can I convince him it's not the secret santa gift, but rather a bday present?  Hee, hee

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Why don't they like Bailey??
« on: September 21, 2005, 09:52:35 pm »
I could use some advice.
Bailey, my 9 month old newf  (male and not neutered yet) always seems to find dogs that don't like him and I'm starting to think it's an 'air' about him. 

More and more often we'll go to the park or beach and it seems that a lot of dogs (mostly male) don't like him.  He'll approach them slowly (even more so if he's on leash) tail and whole back end wagging in excitement and dogs just start attacking him.  Small dogs, large dogs, it doesn't matter.  Most seem to be male.  I'm so worried he's going to get hurt.  Every time it's the same story with the owners..."my dog has never acted this way before, I'm so sorry".  It happened on Sunday night at the beach and it was actually a friends dog who he's met a million times.  The pug just went crazy and started biting at Bailey's face.  Tonight it was at the dog park and a golden (again who he's met a few times) just attacked him.  He never even thinks about fighting back but he also doesn't think to move away from the dog...tails still a'waggin and he just doesn't get it. 

I guess I have 2 problems.  The first is how do I teach him that when a dog that is showing his teeth and growling and biting that he should back off.  I think this is the biggest problem because sometimes it is after playing for a while with another dog - they either get tired or have just had enough, Bailey keeps trying to play with them and this makes them mad.  He doesn't pick up the signsthat the other dog has had enough. The second problem is what is it about him that makes dogs want to attack.  If I get him fixed do you think that will help?

He's so sweet (and clueless) and I'm just so afraid he's going to get hurt.

Thanks for any help you can give!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / New newf to the group
« on: August 29, 2005, 04:23:55 pm »
Hi Everyone,
I have been checking out this site for a few weeks now and I LOVE it!  Figured it was about time I say Hello!  :) 

I am the proud owner of Bailey, my 8 month old newfoundland.  He is my first newf and now I want more!!  My husband and I also have an 8 year old queensland heeler named Keelo who isn't nearly as fond of Bailey as we are.  We live in Santa Barbara, California and love taking the dogs out every chance we get!  Bailey loves the dog park, beaches, lakes and anywhere there are people and animals to meet. 

I am already spending way too much time (at work) reading all of your stories but I just can't stay away.

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