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This story is heartbreaking.  Those dogs are adored family pets.  You can tell that the family takes good care of them.  Just because one person "feels" threatened, their lives have to end?  It makes me sick.  And who is this trainer that actually agrees they should be put down for barking at someone near their property?  Does he know anything about dogs?  Ridiculous!

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Running with a Berner
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:49:33 pm »
I don't know about Berners, but we take our 110 lb. pyrs for 2-3 mile bike rides when the weather's nice.  They love it, you can tell that they actually prefer the faster pace (not quite jogging, almost like a fast walk.)  I figure they would get about that much exercise patroling acres of land protecting their flocks.  And if my boys don't get their exercise, they act ridiculous in the house. 

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Is there a secret to playing with a Pyr?
« on: January 06, 2009, 03:04:39 am »
I get mine to play by sending my ankle biters after them.  Chaos quickly ensues!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Meals
« on: January 06, 2009, 02:14:24 am »
We feed the big guys 2 cups of Blue twice a day, and the ankle biters free feed.  Vet says all are a healthy weight!

Aww, such happy news!  And geez, is he gorgeous or what!  When's the due date?

Anything Non-Dog Related / Re: Happy Birthday, Amy (guffer)
« on: December 17, 2008, 09:34:53 am »
Thanks everyone!!! ;D ;D  It's been a great day so far!  Lot's of snow to enjoy with the dogs, and now getting ready for some cake and ice cream when the kids get home from school.  What more could a girl ask for? ;D ;D

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: Dew claw nail ripped off!
« on: December 06, 2008, 03:07:52 pm »
Thanks for the advise, everyone.  I did end up just calling the vet, and they said it was ok to just watch it since there's no bleeding and he's not bothering it too much.  I'm so glad to hear that Bubba's nail grew back.  I was worried that Apollo's little toe might stay messed up.  And he's not licking it much today, and he's running around and playing like usual, not favoring that leg at all, so I think it's going to be alright.  I just freaked a little the other day.  Don't like to see my baby bloody and in pain. :'( 

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Dew claw nail ripped off!
« on: December 05, 2008, 02:41:58 am »
Yesterday, Apollo came inside with a bloody front paw.  He and Zeus were wrestling around and apparently managed to rip the dew claw nail off completely, leaving the quick exposed.  I'm attaching pictures, because I've never even heard of this happening before.  It looks clean and pink so far, so I'm not worried about infection yet, but it obviously bothers him a bit, since he's been licking it everytime he lays down.  Even Zeus was trying to lick it for him this morning.  (Such a thoughtful brother!)  Has anyone seen this happen before, and if so, should I be doing anything with it?  I'm pretty sure he'd never keep a bandage on it.  I just took some pictures....  What do you guys think?

Saint Bernard General Discussions / Re: Dolly passed the CGC test!
« on: December 02, 2008, 12:06:23 am »
Congrats! ;D ;D  Good for you guys!  Our big paws make such great therapy dogs, don't they?  You must be so proud!  :D

My boys pulled with the halti collars, too.  The prong collars let me walk both dogs (all 220 lbs) by myself with complete control.  It doesn't pinch as long as they behave, so they figure it out quickly that it pays to walk nicely.  Even my 70 pound 8 year old son can walk one of the dogs with pretty good control.  We don't have to use the prong collars all the time either, only in unpredictable situations where we feel we need that extra measure of control.  I think we only paid about $15 for each, and they were totally worth the investment.

I wish I had room for another one...  I wonder if he's from the same person that bred my boys...  That's a horrific thought.  Someone out there breeding these wonderful creatures and neglecting them until they run off...   :(  Anyway, here's the link:

Newfoundland Discussions / Re: HELP! Clifford peed/marked in Petsmart
« on: November 18, 2008, 05:49:23 pm »
Zeus and Apollo were both neutered at the same time (about 1 year old).  Apollo will mark every corner at Petsmart if given the chance, and Zeus will sniff but not mark - ever.  I think it's a mental thing as much as hormonal.  My theory:  Zeus is just more sure of his superiority and doesn't feel he has anything to prove.  ;)  But I guess we can never truly know why they do what they do.

Great Pyrenees Discussions / Re: Jenny bit my daughter :(
« on: November 17, 2008, 09:10:01 pm »
I also agree that it's a great idea to have Reese interact with Jenny in an "alpha" way, by feeding her or practicing obedience skills and what not.

I have my older boys, 12, 11 and 8, walk the dogs with me.  That way they can learn proper handling with me by their side.  Zeus tends to try to see what he can get away with from my 8 year old.  Zeus outweighs him by a good 30 lbs!  ;)  Zach's a tough kid though, and is learning quickly how to maintain control.  (We watch a lot of Dog Whisperer together, too! ;D) They've also been practicing sit and stays with them in preperation for the TDI test, which has been a big help when I'm working nights and trying to get sleep during the daytime. 

We even involve my 3 year old with training by letting him give treats for sitting.  I have to pick him up and hold him higher than the dogs so they'll notice him, but he just loves yelling "sit" at them and they love the treats, so everyone's happy! 

I don't think any of this would prevent a completely accidental reaction bite, which seems to be what happened with Jenny, but it does help them build a good relationship and mutual respect. 

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Loki and his table manners
« on: November 08, 2008, 11:58:44 pm »
Luke will do any command I have taught him instantly if he thinks I have a treat.

Apollo and Zeus used to be the same way.  Would only come inside from the yard if we shook our box of bisquits, and even that was only about 50% of the time.  We had to find different motivators for them.  Now they'll come running if I sit on the ground and make funny noises (because they're incredibly curious!) and they'll sit just because they know I won't give 'em hugs and kisses if they're butts aren't on the floor.  Be patient and persistent, and with time you'll figure out what makes Loki tick - other than treats, of course!

Thanks everyone!!!  I know you all understand how much this CGC certification means.  I was so worried that it would be hard to train great pyrenees because of their independent nature, but reading about all of you at BPO who were successful gave me the confidence I needed to sign them up for classes!  And now we're just one test away from our goal - Therapy work!  It's just so exciting!  So thank you all again!  I truly think of this as part of BPO's success as well as Zeus and Apollo's! ;D

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