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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: Do You or Don't You
« on: February 27, 2006, 12:50:21 pm »
My dogs are not allowed on the couch. The only exceptions have been the old dogs ( when they were still with us  :(). We do have 2 dog beds and some blankets in the living room and they love to lay by the fire. They are allowed on the bed only if invited, and most nights sleep in bed with us. My cat has free roam and will often sleep on the couch, or share a dog bed.

He is also maturing and showing his true colors and fighting for pack postion. Dogs start being jerky around this time to about 2 years. The dog whisper is great, I would aslo use NILF program. Both you and Will have to be top dogs in this pack.  Working on Downs and Rolls in the house. Nigel has to work fo you.
I have a similiar problem with my female mastiff mix. My brother is staying with us for a while and he has a female Bull terrier. Both females are very assertive and pushy. They will play, but is will escalate and we have to call them out of it before I fight erupts. They also have space issues, and attention issues. For example if someone new is coming in the door they both want to be first and get the attention and a fight will erupt. They both drag leashs now and are learning down stays . It has become much better. I have been working alot with my dog with the leave command. She is also not to show any dominant posturing ( tail up, staring). If I fight does erupt she gets a major correction ( leash) from me and is rolled over until she relaxes.  We feed the femasle seperate from each other but give cookies all together. My pup is the last to get the cookie and she is not alowed to turn her head to look at the other dogs when I am giving them theres.
It is a pain in the butt, but we are seeing an improvement.
Good luck...
BTW I would definintly consult a pro before attempting downs or rolling..

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Female in Heat
« on: February 08, 2006, 09:53:22 am »
Thanks for the info, I spoke to the vet yesterday and have set a date in March.  She is getting a little snippy with the male ( all neutered) dogs that she does play with that insist on smelling her.. She has a pretty short fuse to start off with, so I might only let her play with our other dog, who seems to be hearing at least once and hour "Aspen LEAVE" :) poor poor boy.

Rare Breed Mastiff Discussions / Re: looking for Boerboel owners
« on: February 07, 2006, 04:30:43 pm »
try www.groups.yah oo and then type in SouthAfricanBo erboel.  I too researched the breed for about 6 months. I love they way they look..  good luck.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / 2 adult Goldens
« on: February 07, 2006, 09:42:06 am »
Hello, a friend of mine's brother is getting divorced and they have to sell the house. He cannot take his dogs :(. He is has 2 adult ( 5ish) goldens who are brother and sister. The male is very laid back, and intact. The female is more active and pushy for attention, she is spayed. Both dogs are housebroken and have good house manners. Their obedience needs work. They where raised with a child. One of the dogs is on thyroid meds. He does not want to seperate them, as they pine for each other when they are seperated.  They are located on Long Island. He has tried golden rescue but they were no help.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Female in Heat
« on: February 07, 2006, 09:34:53 am »
We had taken Kia to the vet to get spayed about a month ago, but decided against ( along with the vets recommendation) because I wanted to get her stomach tacked at the same point that I spayed her, and they did not do that procedure at my normal vet.
Fast  forward thru a couple of weeks where the spay was put on the back burner due to a disruption of normal life...
Well Kia is now in heat :(  I called and I am waiting back to see if I can get her in this week to get spayed and tacked, but if that can't happen I have a couple of questions since I have never lived with a female dog in heat.   I do know that they can get tempermental, have false pregancy, and that she will attract  every intact dog in town. I do plan on leash walking her only, and make sure that I am with her in the backyard ( fenced) . I know that the 11-14 day is the " most fertile time".
Anything else I should be aware of?

First make sure she is well excercised.. a tired puppy is a good puppy.
2nd try stuffinga kong a freezing it ( yogurt, applesause, PB) and giving it in her crate only.
3rd make up a mixture of half vinagear/half water ( or you can just buy bitter apple).
Stand by her crate and when she is barkling whining, aim for her mouth ONLY. As you squirt say "Quiet".
Reward her with a cookie or verbal praise when she is quiet.
NEVER let her out of the crate when she is acting up... this will just stregnthen the behavior for next time and it will escalate.
Good Luck... it took one of my pups about 6 weeks before she was totally comfortable.. now we don't even here a peep form her.

Helpful Groups & Dogs in Need / Re: Really cool collars and leads
« on: January 23, 2006, 05:44:24 pm »
to go along with the new collars... I just ordered a Stainless Steel Adjutsable Tag, and is really nice. It actually goes onto the collar, so there is no jingle from the tag. I ordered the tag for the one inch collar and the print is big and easy to read.

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: Kia & Aspen
« on: January 11, 2006, 03:01:52 pm »
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Mixed Breed Pictures / Kia & Aspen
« on: January 11, 2006, 03:00:38 pm »
Just go these back....
Kia is now 65lbs at 7months

The first thing i would do is that he gets no "high vaule toys" ie rawhide, marrowbone, anything real.
I would then  cut up a whole bunch of hot dogs, roast beef or cheese.
When he is chewing on something get his attention buy saying his name, then throw a piece of hotdog in his direction.  Repeat this at his food bowl also.
Do this many times a day.
Once he is comfortable ith that ( normally a couple of days), say his name then bend down ( not over him) and offer him the treat from your hand, as he lets go of the toy say "drop", "give" whatever word that you want to use. Let him go back to chewing his toy. Do this for a week or 2.
The you can start coming up to him, say the command.. if he drops it he gets a whole bunch of treats ( jackpot) ( still dont pick up the toy) Practice this for a week
Next say the command, once he drops it, jackpot, you pick up his toy and give it back to him.

I would also start cradling him at least 3 x a day.

Teach him to sit and down... he should get nothing ( ie attention, food, water, toys) unless he does something for you.
I would highly recommend that you find a puppy kindergarten class in you area ASAP.
If left unchecked this boy will walk all over you .....

Bull Terrier Discussions & Pictures / Re: We're Thinking About A White Boy
« on: December 18, 2005, 09:52:13 am »
How old is Zero? If you plan on leavign him intact then I would NOT get another male bully.... they are really cute though :)  My brother has a brindle bitch that has quite the personality!!!

Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Orion
« on: November 27, 2005, 01:09:19 pm »
9 years ago on the day after thanksgiving I picked up the runt of the litter weighing in at 3.4 lbs. He was so small fitting in the palm of my hand, and looking like a little kitten, ergo getting the nickname kitty.
Orion was the first dog I researched, and the first dog that I "trained" correctly. We were supposed to do Schutzhund, but our path didn't lead that way.
He was smart, silly, majestic, and cuddly always ready for a "butt rub"
He was my boy, never caring were we were as long as we were together.  Whenever he felt any kind of threat he would position himself in front of me, protecting me.
He helped "raise me" and taught me countless lessons.
He was so full of life .......
9 years later the day after thanksgiving I let go of my friend. He had an aggressive tumor on his heart. He is already missed, and will forever be a part of my life.

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: I HATE MEAN PEOPLE
« on: October 25, 2005, 01:10:48 am »
It could also be that she is undersocialize d so anything"new" to her makes her uncomfortable. Anytime she shows that behavior , have a party, with treats and with your voice, encouraging her over to whatever it is. Make sure not to coddle her and pet her with hard pets on the side, not soft soothing ones.  Tyr to expose her to as many differnt items/object as you can.
Good luck

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: big dogs
« on: October 18, 2005, 09:07:14 pm »
Hello, and welcome. I have a Cane Corso ( orion) and Kia the Bullmastiff x cane corso mix.
Kia is only 5 moths old so she is still a puppy and has lots of growing up to do. She is very smart ( sometimes to smart), interactive but not overly pushy. She adores people, running up to them and leaning on them with elephant ears ( submissive ) . She loves and respects everyone in the house, but is definitly my cling on ( as is Orion). She is confident in public with sights, sounds and surfaces. She will alert bark if someone comes to the door. She loves the dogs ( 12) that she sees on a regular basis, but is bitchy at first when meeting new dogs.
I was looking for another "gaurd" dog when we got her, and with Orion getting older, I wanted him to teach her the ropes. I also take my dogs to work with me everyday, so they have to tolerate strangers and dogs. So far, so good with her...
any other questions, please ask!

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