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Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / growling and barking at strangers
« on: April 25, 2008, 07:25:48 am »
So recently our saint Kalli has started to growl and bark anytime a stranger comes near her. I feel like I can't take her anywhere because she won't let anyone she doesn't know get close. They don't even have to be coming towards her they could be just walking by. Well the other day I brought home a friend,this friend has never been to the house before, and Kalli was growling and barking and then she nipped at her. Nothing hard but but she startled my friend. I don't think she would actually bite hard but now I am scared that she will. I don't know how to stop this behavior. She hasn't always been this way and we have done are best to socialize her with people. Another thing I noticed that if the person has a dog with them then she is pefectly fine; I am assuming this is because she loves dogs. Does anyone have idea why she may have started doing this and how to stop it?

I have tried making her sit everytime a stranger is near. If someone is coming up to talk to me I have her sit and I get down at her level and I ask whoever it is to get to her level as well but it doesn't seem to be working she still barks and growls. People are becoming scared of her and its very sad because she is soo sweet to people that she knows. We could really use some help if you have any ideas.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / chewing problem
« on: April 01, 2008, 01:35:54 pm »
Hey all,

Kalli our almost 9 month old saint bernard has recently starting chewing on things again. She hasn't done this in over 3 months. We are first believed that it was because I had gone back to work and she was use to being alone all day. So we started crating her when we left the house. Well last night while we were sleeping she chewed the cords to our cable box and the remote control. I have heard that they go through a "second puppy stage" when they are a little older and I am not sure if thats what this is or not. My FI thinks we need to start crating her while we are sleep as well but I just hate to do that. Anyone have any ideas about what may be causing this and what can be done to stop/prevent it?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / a dog bit my mom
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:33:30 pm »
My mom work the Intermediate Unit in Central PA so she has to make lots of house calls. Yesterday she went to see this family and they had a dog chained up outside :( well while she was inside the dog must have broke the chain because we she was getting ready to leave it ran up to her and bit her leg. She didn't think it broke the skin at frist but as she was driving home she realized her leg was bleeding. I advised her to go the ER to have it looked out and to fill out the proper paper work to see if the dog had its vaccinations and rabies shot. Turns out the dog had never been to the vet before so now my mom has to go back and get rabies shots. Some people shouldn't be allowed to have animals!

Saint Bernard General Discussions / saint's height
« on: January 19, 2008, 04:57:52 pm »
Saint owners,

At what age does a saint normally reach their max height? I am trying to figure out much more growing up (physically lol) kalli has to do.

Libby n Kalli

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / what age is best for new dog
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:50:59 am »
Hey all,

My fiance and I are considering getting Kalli a friend or at least thats the reasoning I used to convince him to think about getting another dog. Kalli is only 7 months old and we were wondering if we should wait till she was older to bring another dog in the house or do it now while she is still young. The dog we are considering is 1.5 yr saint. I thought it would be best to do it while she was young and maybe more open to having another dog in the house. She LOVES other dogs and I think it would be great for her to have another dog in the house. What do you all think?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / small yards
« on: January 07, 2008, 01:57:42 am »
I have a friend who is considering a newf but she doesn't have the biggest of yards. I was just wondering if they needed to havea big yard if they were walked numerous times a day. They yard is big enough that she could run around a little if she wanted but its not like the acres that I know a lot of big paw owners have. Any feedback would be great!

Kalli is making want to pull my hair out today! Everytime I have let her outside she won't come back in on her own. I have to go out and chase her around the yard 3 times already today!!! The one time I left her out there while I went to interview because she was going to make me late... she was out there for 2 hours in the cold and snow. When I got home I couldn't get her to go back outside I literally had to drag her and then once she was out I could get her to come back in. So frustrating.

Anyways I have question. When I finally did get her back in the house I put her in crate as punishment. I have been told that you shouldn't use her crate for punishment because that is where she sleeps and where we put her when we leave her at the house alone. Does anyone else use their crates as a sleeping place and for punishment? I don't want he to think that she is bad when I put her in there at night or when we go out. Any feedback you have would be great.

Libby and the bad girl kalli

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / morning problems
« on: January 01, 2008, 02:38:56 am »
Ok so I need help cause Kalli is driving my fiance and me crazy! Kalli normally is let out or her crate when my fiance gets up to go to work, this is around 7 or 7:30, well starting last week she has been whining to get out earlier and earlier each day. It started at like 6:30 and then the next day it was 6 and so on well today it was 4:15. I have no idea why she is doing it she had been perfectly fine for the past month being let out when he got up for work and then suddenly she decided that she wasn't ok with that and each morning she wants out earlier. We try to just ignore and hope she goes back to sleep but this morning she whined for over an hour! Please help not only do I feel horrible for when she whines she is seriously killing my sleep time.

Meet & Greet BPOers / scranton, pa
« on: December 31, 2007, 01:48:07 am »
I really like this forum I can't stop checking it and I am always coming up with topics I want to discuss. Does anyone live in the scranton, pa area? Kalli really loves to play with dogs but we don't know any big dogs in the area for her to play with and I would love for her to have a play pal. If you are in the area or know anyone in the area let me know. Thanks

Libby and the monster kalli

she is trying to eat my cat... not literally but I am pretty sure she thinks that the kitten is her personal chew toy.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / odd question
« on: December 30, 2007, 05:58:15 pm »
Kalli has gotten in the habit of eating the cat feces out of the litter box. We used to have lids on them but our cats won't go in them when they have hoods like that. We could put the hoods on and try to train our cats to use them but they went weeks with the hoods on before and refused to use them. meanwhile, that left my fiance and me continuously cleaning up kitty messes throughout the house. When we catch kalli doing this we scold her and direct her towards her food but so far she has shown no sign that she is learning that she shouldn't do this. Any suggestions for how we can stop this disgusting habit.

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Hi
« on: December 30, 2007, 02:44:17 am »

 My name is Libby and I am new to the board but last month I rescued a saint puppy. She is currently 6 months old. I though it would be nice to join this message board so I could share my stories, pictures, questions and concerns. My wonderful puppy's name is Kalli, its short for Kalliope, I hate the name kalliope but fiance loves it so we compromised on abbrevating it. I do have one question/concern: We just weighed her and she weighs about 65lbs; I believe that this is light for a puppy her age. She was found on the streets digging through people's trash cans so she was mal- nourished when we got her.. she weighed 45lbs then. So anyways to my actual question we have had her for a 1.5 months and she gained 20lbs is that too much weight too fast and also since i believe she is underweight now from being malnourished will this stop her from reaching her the maximum weight she would have reached if she had been well fed as a younger pup? I would appreciate any feedback you have, thanks!!

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