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Discussions & Information on Grooming / Solving a stinky bum
« on: October 20, 2006, 07:30:55 am »
Rosie's fur is getting longer and sometimes when she tinkles, she gets a couple peepee drops on her hind legs or tail. And now she's got a stinky bum area. We've been brushing her to try to brush the smell out but it's not working too well. Every now and then we'll catch her cleaning herself like a cat.

Do you have this problem too? Should we just give in to getting her back area trimmed shorter and giving her baths more often?

Newfoundland Discussions / How do I solve a barking problem?
« on: October 04, 2006, 01:51:58 pm »
Every now and then, specifically when we're at a place that's filled with people, Rosie will go on a barking spree. I don't know if it's sheer intimidation with the mass of people or what, but when she's approached by someone in that sort of setting, she won't stop barking at them. She would never bite, but she basically scares a few kids that way. With all that fur and her size, she tends to attract people and everyone wants to pet her.

How do I teach her not to bark?

What's your dog going to dress up as on Halloween? I'm not too creative this year, so we may dress Rosie up as a University of Michigan football player. It's easy enough to put her in a jersey. It's fun to entertain the thought of trick or treating with a large Newf and using her cuteness as leverage for getting more candy. But she's got a barking-at-strangers-when-there-are-so-many-of-them complex. Scaring neighbors to death is probably not the effect we're going for.

Rosie last got groomed and bathed a week and a half ago. And now she's starting to smell like a 'dog' and her fur is starting to feel kind of thick and dusty. Is there such a thing as pet freshener in an effort to prolong the time between baths? If so, what brand do you use? Would a leave-on detangler freshen her up or will that just put a fresh scent on her top coat and leave that stinky dog smell underneath?

Newfoundland Pictures / Hyper Rosie at the dog park
« on: September 20, 2006, 03:05:49 pm »
We took Rosie to the dog park today. She was a bit more playful than her first time to the dog park. She had been in her crate for most of the day, so maybe all that pent up energy came out at the park.

Newfoundland Pictures / Rosie's first weekend back in Fort Worth
« on: September 18, 2006, 01:25:08 pm »
Not too much excitement on Rosie's return to Fort Worth. A lot of laying, napping, petting, brushing, and loving ensued. Here she is in her most favorite position, the 'sprawl.'

Newfoundland Pictures / Rosie intently circling the pool
« on: September 18, 2006, 06:54:59 am »
I took some video footage of Rosie wanting desperately to go into my parents' swimming pool. More videos to come...

Rosie is temporarily being housed at my parents' house while my husband and I are in the process of closing on our first home. Since my stepdad's not quite fond of dogs, Rosie has to stay in her crate the entire day, except in the mornings and evenings when either my husband or I come over to feed and walk her. Putting Rosie in her crate for the first time gave me such guilt and made me feel like such a bad Newf mom. It felt like I was putting her in doggie jail.

Although I know she'd prefer to be loose, does crating make her 'feel unloved' (especially for a Newfie who thrives on hugs and attention)? Does anyone else crate their dog during the day?

My husband and I are going on travel for 2 days at the end of October and planning ahead for Rosie's care while we're away. For anyone living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, does anyone know of a good kennel for a 120 lb Newfie?

Rosie is the typical long-haired Newf. Naturally, she gravitates toward laying on the coolest surfaces in the house, which turn out to be the wood and tile flooring. I worry that her joints and bones are always in contact with a hard surface and have no cushioning to protect her. She does have a thin foam bed but it warms her up even more and she won't lay on it for longer than a few minutes before going to the floor. I've heard of gel cooling mats but have heard some bad reviews.

Have you guys ever used these gel/water cooling mats and have they worked for you? What brand are they? If not, then what other options can we look into to keep Rosie off the floor?

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Play between small and big dogs
« on: September 14, 2006, 06:22:08 am »
We went to Fort Woof dog park for the first time with Rosie yesterday. There were lots of dogs there, but none quite the size of Rosie. Every time she tried to join a group of playing dogs (most were relatively smaller than her), they would smell her for awhile and take their playing elsewhere. Don't know if they had a complex against big dogs. There were some Great Danes there but their play was way too fast for a big Newf. Nonetheless, Rosie still seemed to enjoy the playtime and loungetime on the grass.

Is my Newf just unlikeable or has anyone else with big dogs had this experience?

What kind of preventative meds do you give to your dog? How often do you give it to them? And what brand do you use?

I'm a new Newf owner and need to know. Rosie has been using Frontline Plus in the past, so I figured I would stick to that and apply monthly. But what other periodic meds do I need to be aware of?

Discussions & Information on Grooming / Frequency of grooming
« on: September 11, 2006, 10:51:13 am »
I'm a new Newf owner and need some basic advice on Newf grooming.

How often do you give your Newf baths (under normal conditions and barring baths due to Newf messes)?
How often do you clean your Newf's ears?
How often do their nails need to be clipped?
How often do we need to brush/de-plaque his teeth?
And are there periodic grooming tips that I've missed?

Hello there. My name is Rosie. I'm a 2-year-old Newf that's just relocated to Fort Worth, TX. I'm new to this message board, but my mom has been visiting the site for awhile now, monitoring it for some good Newf advice before she even got me. I'm excited to be here and hope to post some good stories and pics in the near future, and maybe some cool videos on YouTube.

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