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Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Best Harness?
« on: December 22, 2007, 05:47:24 pm »
Hi Everyone!

Time for Louie to graduate from his collar. He's starting to pull HARD and I really don't want to go the prong collar route. He's 4 months old and has developed selective hearing while we're out walking. I don't want to tug on his collar anymore for fear of injury and need to find an alternative.

Anyone have a favorite harness? I've heard the Sensi-harness and the Ruff Rider are both good.

Any advice?

Saint Bernard Pictures / Re: Yukon is here!!! With Pics!!
« on: December 22, 2007, 03:28:39 pm »
Aw, I remember when Louie was that small (in October!) They grow so fast! Louie is averaging 5 lbs a week. I wish they could stay that small just a little longer (and then grow REALLY FAST to get past the teething...) ;)

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Itchy Swissy
« on: December 19, 2007, 05:23:46 pm »
Thanks guys!

We've been to the vet - twice. I used Flea RX (boric acid) all over the house for the fleas. We've given him the maximum dosage of Benadryl for his size (he's 40lbs and we gave him 2 tabs). Dr says that should last 12 hours - that's why, when he started itching after 4, I figured I should rule that out.

Now I'm putting California Naturals oil in his food twice a day and have ordered something called "Doctor Dog's Skin Care" to apply topically to him. I was thinking about putting olive oil on his skin, but couldn't fine anywhere where that is recommended or that it works for dry dog skin.

Gah, it's just infuriating. I take such good care of my animals and to feel so out of control when he obviously is suffering makes me nuts (of course, the fact that I have a touch of control freak in me doesn't help!) ::)

BTW, my name is Teri. Thanks for all your help! I will no longer be a lurker!

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Discussions / Itchy Swissy
« on: December 19, 2007, 03:05:10 pm »
Hello all,

I'm a lurker that finally registered! Love this site and I'm hoping someone might be able to help us - this is so frustrating!

I have a 4 month old Swissy named Louie. We had a terrible flea problem a couple months ago but have totally gotten rid of them. He's now got frontline on him (and his brother cats) and haven't seen a flea in weeks. Problem: He's itching himself to death. He keeps us up at night banging around in his crate.
I'm feeding him California Natural Chicken and Rice. We've tried Benedryl the last few nights, but 4 hours into it, he's itching again, so I don't think it's allergies. So, no fleas, no allergies what could be happening? The poor thing gets so frustrated he cries and I feel terrible. Any advice?

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