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Putting a front paw on a dogs shoulder is a dominant posture. The golden didn't want to be bottom dog, so the growling happened.

I work in the Assistance dog industry and this is a HUGE problem. All the dogs that we certify have gone thru extensive testing/ training to make sure they are appropriate in ALL public settings.  It is a shame that the ADI has worked so long on getting these rights and people are taking advantage of them.
Believe me, that I know the benefit of having a dog and in some cases it is warrented, BUT some people have gone overboard, and it affects the people that REALLY do need it.
I just hope that none of these dogs ever bite a child or anyone.  When I am out in public it happesn all the time, a toddler will come running over and hug the dog. Without proper screening it is a diaster in the making.
Off my soap box now....

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Is that mean?
« on: May 15, 2006, 01:58:27 pm »
Hello, In my household I have had it where only one dog was allowed on the couch and the other wasn't. Never had any problems. Just have to make sure that you are extremely consistent. The first 2 weeks might be tough, but after they know that you are not going cave in you should be fine.
BTW the dog that was allowed on the couch was getting up there in age and had earned his couch rights. BUT he still had to respect the rules ( only sleep in one spot that had a blanket, and he had to get off when I told him)

I love the Swissys, did alot of research on them.  Tempermant wise they tend to be laid back, independent ( stubborn) stoic, and good watch dogs. There is alot of literature out there saying they take longer to housebreak and mature.  Make sure to get from a good breeder, there tends to be HD, elbows and some fear.
Good luck....

hello, there are parasites and ther eggs everywhere. even walking the pup around the block of your home you can get them. The dog park is a great place to pick up tons of stuff.  Heartgaurd plus and a couple of the othere heartworm meds have dewormers in them, so every month your dog is getting dewormed for the most commman ones...
good luck!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: It's not fair *pout*
« on: April 20, 2006, 01:14:39 am »
I have 2 dogs already and due to money , space and time I really don't want to get a permanent dog, but whenever I get the urge to get another puppy, what I do is  raise them from It really is a win win situation. I get puppy breath and feet, get the wonderful expereinece of seeing a puppy experience life, and watch it learn :) After 14-18 months I turn them back over to the training center, were the pup will hopefully become a service dog and enhance and help someone be more independent.
Everyone says Ohhh I could never do that, give my puppy back. But for me it is about the whole picture. It hurts, but in the end the pride and joy outweigh the hurt by a landslide. So far I have raised 3 pups, and will continue to do so.

here is a pic of 3 of them
Orion, Aspen, Dakota

I think we do. All of my dogs have been/are intimadating, but the biggest mushiest/ dogs once they know you. They are loyal to a fault. They can be active, but also content to sleep all day :) I have been lucky that all my dogs are sensitive to me and extremely responsive...

Dakota Dobie/Shep X 50/50  1992-2004
Orion Cane Corso           1996-2005
Aspen- Lab
Kiahali- Bullmastiff x Cane COrso

Greater Swiss Mountain dog
Great dane.....

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: New puppy!!!!!!
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:13:55 am »
ohhh I love presa's... congrats. make sure to socialize the daylights out of him.  Have fun!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Some pics of Zero
« on: April 11, 2006, 06:39:07 am »
Wow, he is such a good looking dog. Have you noticed any changes in him now that he is maturing?

Pointer Discussions & Pictures / Re: My new puppy boy
« on: April 05, 2006, 11:50:08 am »
If i ever got a "sporting" dog I was going to name him "GAUGE".

You can teach him the the leave command first. Offer food ( low vaule food)  in one hand ( closed) when he turns his head away say the magic word ( I use ok). Practice this over and over until he understands it. Start increasing the vaule of the food. Once he knows the command you can start throwing food on the floor and telling him to leave. If he goes anywhere near it he gets a collar correction that gets his attention. Once he is profcient at that then you start doing set ups, put him away and hide food in your yard.  Get some shake cans and be ready to throw them in the direction of him if he even starts sniffing the area the food is in. If at all possible you don't want the dog see you correcing him.. you want it to come from above. Then practice with your friends, have them come over and throw food over the fence. Be ready to correct.

I have taught my dogs this and also to drop anything in their mouth.  You do this by trading with your  dog.. start with something large that they can't swallow right away ( I use a roll) have a hotdog, or something really yummy in your other hand. Give the command that is is ok to take the bread, once they have it offer them the hotdog, as they drop the bread,say drop give hotdog and praise. Keep working on it until you can do hard items. All my dogs have gotten to the point where I can give them a small piece of steak and they will literally spit it out when I say drop.
Good luck.....

Is he itchy anywhere else? Could be allergies... my dobie/shep ( floppy ears) had really bad ear infections. I changed her food ( think it was fish and potatoe) and her ears cleared up... maybe something to talk over with the vet...
Good luck.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: A couple questions
« on: March 01, 2006, 10:20:38 am »
Bag balm works really well for the pads. You can but it at mosy pharmacy's. It is normally in a green tin.
I would takea stool sample to the vet for parasites. Once you get those out of the way a high quality diet should work. Good luck, I have a bullmastiif mix puppy :)

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