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Great Dane Discussions / Re: Bella is getting skitish!!
« on: March 08, 2007, 01:01:36 pm »
Hi Bella's mom.¬  My Gracie (10 months this month on the 16th) is going through a fear stage.¬  This is the first time I've seen her ever act remotely skitish.¬  She's suddenly jumping at everything including trash bags on the ground outside as we walk and friendly strangers make her bark and tuck her tail.¬  It was only about two weeks ago that I had to work with her to not pull the lead towards strangers as she used to love to meet new people.¬  Cars driving by have started to make her jump and bolt as well which is totally new as she always takes two big walks a day so she's very familiar with cars passing.¬  This past weekend she started barking almost aggressively at her food bowl and I found that when her nose would bump it and it moved, it flipped her out.¬  Sometimes it's a little funny because it's so silly but I'm with Stacey and I think it's important not to encourage this behavior and make them face it and deal with it.¬  I think it will pass for Bella as well.¬  Though I would let her deal with it on her own time.¬  Don't force her and make it a negative experience on any level.¬  Good luck with her.¬  :D
Thanks.¬  When she jumps, I try to just act like I didn't even notice anything.¬  I try not to acknowledge her like that, so I won't encourage her.¬  By the way, the bowl thing is hilarious! :D (Sorry)  Good luck with Gracie's fear stage, also.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Bella is getting skitish!!
« on: March 06, 2007, 11:54:22 pm »
Maybe she is just going through a bit of a fear phase.¬  Tonka went through a really bad one, his own reflection would send him screaming, tail tucked through the house....and if the wind blew...HOLD ON!¬  I would do my best to help him face his fears and get used to them.¬  He was literally afraid of everything from trash bags to luggage (yes, you heard me.¬  The sight of luggage sent him into a tailspin).¬  I would try not to pet her or treat her during this, it may reinforce the behavior.¬  Just try to help her face them.
Tonka still freaks if there is a knocking or doorbell on the television though. ::)

How old was Tonka?  Bella is 19 months right now.  She's always been clownish and goofy (jumping around at the strangest things), but I hope this type of jumpiness is just a phase.

Great Dane Discussions / Bella is getting skitish!!
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:06:52 am »
I don't know what may be going on with Bella, but she been jumping at every little noise.  I will accidently hit the wall or counter top, and then she starts barking like someone is at the door.  There are certain sounds on TV that she freaks out about also.  Forget about it if a program has a bell sound to it.
I decided that this may be a problem when I just gave her a treat.  I was talking to her as usual before the treat, then I said my usual "Good girl, you're my baby girl" (or something silly like that), and she jumped and barked, looking around the house, like someone else had said it.
What's got her so spooked???

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Not a good update
« on: March 01, 2007, 11:31:28 pm »
I would find it hard pressed to find someone on BPO would judge someone who did something that was in the best interest of their pet, which I firmly believe you did with Guage.¬  We all know your heart here Blair and know how difficult this whole situation must have been for you.¬ 

Kisses and slobbers to you.

Ditto!  Can you imagine how hard life would have continued to get for poor Gauge if you had not made that decision?  He could not have been happy, and you did what was best for HIM even though it may hurt you.  :'(

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Ear Cropping
« on: February 28, 2007, 11:42:13 pm »
Hi everyone! My husband and I are getting our puppy's ears cropped next month.¬  I was just wondering what everyone's experiences with ear cropping has been.¬  What did you do to make puppy feel better and did the ears seem tender or did the puppy seem to be in pain?¬  Please no debates (I know many people feel strongly against this), I'm just looking for some advice and some first hand experience. Thanks everyone!

Welcome!  I haven't posted for a while, but saw your question and had to add another note.  I'm Tessie, mom to Belladonna (Great Dane).
At first, I was going to crop Bella's ears.  I just thought that was the thing to do.  After some research about how hard it is to tape and keep up with it (not to mention pain), I was hesitant.  When I went to my vet for our first visit (Bella was 8 wks old), he took a long look at her and explained that her ears sat low on her head already.  He said that he could only give me a 50-50 shot of her ears standing even with me returning every week for him to retape properly.  So... I would be out 300+ dollars, Bella would have smaller but limp ears, and I probably would have lost my mind trying to deal with it along with everything else that comes with a new puppy (house training, etc, etc).  I'm glad that I didn't do it, so just make sure that your puppy's ears even appear to be high enough on the head to give it a chance.  Otherwise, you may end up with a dane with ears too small for its head!  :)

Great Dane Pictures / Re: Anyone need a puppy fix?
« on: January 14, 2007, 05:52:11 pm »
I've been away for a while, but nothing like puppies to get me sucked right back in.  They are soooooo precious, I can't stand it.

I am happy for both of you!  He's gorgeous!

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: New Version Of Rainbow Bridge
« on: November 03, 2006, 05:38:47 pm »
Well, I'm boohooing here. :'( :'(

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 03, 2006, 07:44:49 am »
I had dogs that would do stuff like that when they were mad.¬  Not pee on their stuff, but on mine.¬  I would go out of town overnight and it was like they knew when I was coming home because they would have used the bathroom all over the bedroom!¬  And the person who was letting them out for me would say "nothing was there this morning" and they never did anything like that when I was home!

Cats do that all the time if they're mad!

I've never had a dog blatantly pee on their own dog bed though, I don't get that!!
I also thought that Bella did it because she was mad that I was not paying attention to her.  As a puppy, Bella only pooped in the house once.  She was mad because I had scolded her about something.  She looked right at me and pooped!  I put her outside immediately, and cleaned up the mess.  When she came back in, she proceeded to complete her business.  She had saved poop just to get her point across! :o

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 03, 2006, 06:38:56 am »
I think maybe she was claiming the bed as hers but also maybe she had to go outside? but Gweck used to do this thing where we got him a new dog bed and he'd pee on it once and never again.¬  I think it's a claiming thing.¬  Good Luck!!!


It's funny but I was going to ask people about this. Lily had her dog bed for almost 2 months and didn't do anything with it until 4 days ago. We were playing and all the sudden she jumped on it and peed! I was shocked. I washed the cover, dryed it and put it back the next day. She was waching me putting it on and... 30 seconds later she peed on it again? How weird is this?

It does sound like she is claiming it.¬  Well, Bella doesn't need to claim MY side of the bed, because I'll never give it up! :D

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:56:58 pm »
OH NO!!¬  Yeah it kinda sounds like she's marking or maybe showing dominance?¬  Is she a dominant dog?¬  I'm not an expert on behavior, I'm just thinking out loud. lol¬  You could also check with the vet to rule out a UTI.¬  Good luck, hopefully it won't happen again.

Yes, she is dominant.  I knew that by the time she was 2 months old! :D  So, should I go pee on her bed to get her back?  :D HA!  Just joking!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:18:56 pm »
I think maybe she was claiming the bed as hers but also maybe she had to go outside? but Gweck used to do this thing where we got him a new dog bed and he'd pee on it once and never again.¬  I think it's a claiming thing.¬  Good Luck!!!


Yes, out of the entire bed, she peed exactly on the spot where I sleep.  Not where she usually sleeps, but on MY spot. ::)

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Bella peed on my bed!
« on: November 02, 2006, 05:07:53 pm »
What is she trying to tell me? ???  I know that at the time, I was on the computer and she had come in there a couple of times with some toys.  Was she mad because she wanted attention, or something else??

Welcome!  I'm Tessie, mom to a Great Dane, Belladonna, and my crazy cat, Mojo!
I read your pawprint, and agree that once you've gone Dane....
Bella's my first and she's fifteen months now.  My two cents - there is no way that I could control Bella without the prong collar.  When I first saw it, I thought that it looked like a horrible torture device, but a trainer explained it to me and showed me how to use it and make sure that it fit.  I'm with others here, and say that it has been a miracle.
Oh, and Persephone is beautiful!

Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: SADOG's first official event
« on: September 23, 2006, 07:42:03 pm »
Bella and I had a great time.  I think that our "more local event" will be more successful, but any outing that results in tired pups is a success in my book!

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