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Newfoundland Discussions / Re: Does my puppy have Newfoundland in him?
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:26:19 pm »
He looks Saint-ish to me but that doesn't explain the webbed feet.  Maybe there's some black lab there?

If you've found a food that he isn't allergic to I think the easiest, less stressful thing to do is buy canned food and add it to the dry kibble.

Add 1/3 can of California Natural or yummy Merricks(comes in a mulitude of concoctions) or whatever.  Some of Merricks canned food have a real soupy consistancy so it's easy to mix in.

Another thing I do is buy those huge rolls of Natural Balance.  My dogs will do ANYTHING for a Natural Balance treat.  Grate it with a cheese grater and mix it into the food.

Both suggestions are very healthy and don't contain eggs and have non-chicken options to choose from.

Leonberger Discussions / Re: Taking dogs into the USA
« on: April 02, 2007, 10:13:06 am »
A health certificate is probably overkill but what the heck.  They are only concerned with Rabies as it is a public health concern.  Same goes for Mad Cow disease that by some chance might be in dog food OR in the pastrami sandwhich I made to take with me on the trip.  They've gotten crazy tight crossing over on the west coast.  I've learned the hard way and now I pack lightly.

No, Laurie does not ring a bell.  Her dog's name might though!  haha  What's her dog's name?  If she was at the LCA Spring Specialty a few weeks ago and competed I may have her name in the program.  The "big show" is in a couple of weeks in North Carolina... if that's the one you're talking about.  I'd love to one day participate in the National.

Leonberger Discussions / Re: Taking dogs into the USA
« on: March 30, 2007, 07:36:27 am »
I make regular trips to Washington to visit friends and attend leo shows.  I drive so I don't have experience with the ferry routine.  Sometimes it's a NIGHTMARE but a few weeks ago when I took my boys over it was a breeze.  We had a very nice man.
Bring your rabies certificate and any dog food you take with you must be unopened in it's original packaging and american made.  They will most likey check and conviscate it if it's not.  They will not accept canadian made vegetarian kibble either in case it was rendered in a plant that also manufactures kibble with meat ingredients.
Bring other proof of vaccinations if you'd like because you never know how jerky a border guard is going to be.  I've NEVER had to show them, just the rabies.

Leonberger Discussions / Re: quick question
« on: March 21, 2007, 12:33:45 pm »
Your trainer is very misinformed.

She still has A LOT of growing to do.  She'll reach her maximum height around 9-12 months and like everyone says she'll fill out later.  It took my boy 4 years to reach his maximum potential which was mostly waiting for his mane to fill out.

Where are you located?  You must have leo buddies somewhere close by to hang out with and compare?  The LCA is a WEALTH of information so I would suggest reading their site and joining the leolist if you haven't already.

Callie's a cutie.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: keeps biting me
« on: March 14, 2007, 11:33:33 am »
Have you tried luring him with treats?  I would use that to get him off your couch and saying the word "off".  Reward him when he listens.
I'd also use a treat lure to get him outside.  My dogs know "outside" and love being out there.  "In the house" is a whole other can of worms over here.
You can also practice luring him around with treats, working up to a point where you can grab him by the collar and rewarding him for letting you do so.  He has associated you grabbing his collar with negativity so you'll have to change that.

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Re: No pulling!
« on: March 08, 2007, 01:10:34 am »
I personally don't like halti's.  It makes me very uneasy to have something so close to their eyes.  Don't you guys find it pulls the skin up towards the eye and makes it hard for them to see?  I've also heard of cases of damage being done to the eye.  It doesn't seem to be working out for you anyway.  I would give the prong collar a second chance.

Read this link here to find out how to use a prong collar properly.  I haven't used it in a few years and had excellent results back when my boy was fiesty on the leash.

I had a few people freak out at me when they saw the collar on Corben and thought I was evil.  I didn't give a crap what they thought BUT what mattered to me was the safety of my dog on the end of the leash and me on the other end. 

Leonberger Pictures / Re: Pictures Finally
« on: February 06, 2007, 03:17:51 pm »
Hi dogs4ever,  It'd be me Gunnar's telling off in the picture.  I was trying to coax him down the stairs.  I don't need to coax him anymore.  He flies down them so fast and thinks it's fun that I have to block off the stairs.

Great Dane Discussions / Re: Am I overreacting, please tell me I am!
« on: February 06, 2007, 03:13:31 pm »
I've experienced MANY tummy aches with Corben when he was young.  It always happens when he swallows something that isn't digestible (or easily digested anyway) like bone, wood/bark etc.  He usually will want to go outside and eat grass which helps him to vomit up what he shouldn't have eaten. 

Go with your gut feeling if you think there's something really wrong and take him to the vet.

Leonberger Pictures / Re: Recent photos of my group
« on: January 31, 2007, 01:56:16 pm »
They're all gorgeous but that Cooper really stands out.

Leonberger Pictures / Pictures Finally
« on: January 31, 2007, 01:52:26 pm »
Glad to see the leo section is getting a little more action, lately.

I got my new pup Gunnar just after Christmas so he's about 12 weeks old now.  He has a fantastic personality.  He loves to cuddle,  he's fearless and very smart.  My breeder did a wonderful job with socialization and choosing the parents.

My other leo, Corben is being a grump but hanging in there through the ankle biting stage.

Gunnar will be in his first puppy conformation show this March in Washington.  I'll be testing the waters to see if either of us enjoy it.

Enjoy the pictures.

Leonberger Pictures / Re: Introduction with photos
« on: December 22, 2006, 03:09:58 am »
Hi Julie!  I would guess and say Corben was about 9 months or so in that picture.  The awkward teen phase.

(6 more days til the new pup!-yippee!)

Leonberger Pictures / Introduction with photos
« on: December 15, 2006, 04:51:20 am »
Hello fellow leo lovers.  I just registered although I have been regularly perusing the forum for information for a year.  I'm a sculptor residing in Vancouver with a 4 year old male leo and another pup arriving in two weeks.  This is the first section I always go to to see if there are any new pictures.  If you're a picture fiend like me please enjoy!

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