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Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: New here question about a newf
« on: February 08, 2009, 11:19:06 am »
I was recommended to use a prong collar on my Petra when she is being particularly bad.  My trainer demonstrated a prong vs. a regular collar - you can try it on your own arm.  The prong doesn't hurt - just gets her attention when she is pulling/jumping.  It is amazing the difference, and she doesn't mind it at all . . . she comes running when I grab it to go outside!

I also agree with the NILF policy, which it sounds like you are doing a bit of already.  Good luck and stay firm!

That from a distance people think I'm walking a bear :)  Watching her squirm under the cupboard with her big bottom sticking out.  Her big wet hugs immediately after taking a drink and deliberately trying to soak up as much water on her face as possible.  And watching her sleep with all 4 paws up in the air!

He's beautiful!!!  Congratulation s!!  I hope you'll get some sleep during the next few nights - crating is the best thing I'v ever done for Petra especially now since she is suffering a bit from a bladder infection.

Post lots and lots of pictures - he's adorable!!

Group Discussions & Photos / Re: By Request - Pics of the Triplets
« on: December 30, 2008, 12:52:08 pm »
They are beautiful!  I bet your house is always full of mischief and joy!!

Mixed Breed Pictures / Re: TINK IS ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!
« on: December 24, 2008, 09:22:29 am »
Happy Birthday!!!  That's one beautiful gorgeous girl - Hope Santa is good to you Tink!

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Re: To spay before 1st heat?
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:07:37 am »
Thanks so much for the advice.  I have decided to get her spayed as soon as they can fit me in.  I really don't want to have to deal with a mess, and I didn't realize that I would have to wait until she was 2 . . . that is a lot of cleaning/shooing neighbours dogs out of the yard.

I did call my vet re: my deworming question and she told me it would be OK as the dewormer would leave her body after 8 - 10 hours.

Thanks so much . . . now I'm off to read the linked article (even though I have decided to spay her, I'm still going to be as informed as possible!).

Many thanks again!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Oh Happy Day!!!!
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:22:31 pm »
I tell Petra to go potty and always make a big deal about it when she does.  Especially the number 2's . . . we had a while where I wasn't able to tell when she really needed to go and missed a few - they are not fun to clean up!  But thankfully, no accidents in a few months.  It has become a habit now - and I am always embrassed when I notice other people around!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: I am feeding enough?
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:07:38 pm »

I did wonder . . . I knew I was close to the upper limit of the food - I guess when she switched from 6 mths to 7 mths I should have gone down.  She is not overly active - we go for walks and have playtime, but she likes to lay down and relax inside, so I'll have to be careful not too feed her too much.

I will look into getting something into her bowl so she doesn't wolf it down.


Treatment & Preventative Meds / To spay before 1st heat?
« on: November 24, 2008, 01:40:10 pm »

I've another question for all you experts :)  Actually, two if you don't mind!

My dog is 7 months,and I was going to wait until after her first heat to get her spayed (advice from another board - something about needing the first heat to fully mature and have growth plates grow over).  But, when I stopped at the vet today, the receptist looked a little bit taken back by that.  She suggested that I talk it over with the vet but was in favour of getting it done before her first heat.  What have you guys done with your dogs?  Do you know if it a lot more expensive, and are the health benefits to either decision?

My second question involves deworming.  I was a bit freaked over the weekend because I thought I saw something in her poop.  So I gave her an OTC medicine from a pet store.  But now it is time for her regularly scheduled heartworm (which, as it turns out, I don't need because we don't get that up here . . . but I still do need something for fleas).  So I have senital, but I am hesitate to give it for fear that the OTC stuff might still be in her system and I don't want to overdose her. I should have just waited over the weekend until I picked up the good stuff from the vet, but I got parinoid and decided to use what I could get at the time. 

But, in generally, I'd rather rely on the vet's medicine as I have read that the petstore stuff doesn't always work great.  Any suggestions?  Should I wait for 10 days and then give the senital?  I'm nervous with waiting that long with no flea protection . . . .   I'm definitely open to hearing what you guys suggest!

As you can tell, this is my first dog and I have silly questions tonight, but I want to make sure that I'm doing everything OK!


Food Discussion & Information / I am feeding enough?
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:26:04 pm »
Hi everyone,

It has been a while since I last posted, but I still visit regularly to see what's all on the go :)

I have a question - Petra is now 7 months old and about 55 or 60 pounds . . . I haven't weighed her in a few weeks.  I have been feeding her Eagle Pack holistic large breed dog food - 4.5 cups a day split into 2 feedings.  I water down her food because she seems to like it better.  My question is this - she eats it really fast - it is gone in less then 10 minutes.  I just read for puppies you should let them eat as much as they want for 20 minutes.  I'm afraid if I switch to that she'll overeat.

What have other people done in the past?  I don't want to overfeed, but I also don't want her hungry.  She does have (obviously) a healthy appetite - should I up her to 5 to 5.5 cups a day??


I took Petra to the groomers for the first time today.  She was so good (except for the bath . . .she doesn't like them with me and she obviously doesn't like them with anyone else either!).  But she lived through it and now is quite the mature looking puppy!

I've posted a few pictures - the first is last night before her hairdo - the rest are from playing outside today.  She loves chasing leaves around!

Bouvier de Flandres Discussions & Pictures / Petra peed on my sister!!
« on: September 10, 2008, 12:27:37 pm »
My sister is home for a quick visit and I think my puppy might be jealous???  She walk over and peed all over her shoe (which she was wearing at the time!).  I did speand lots of play time and training time with her today - can you guys think of what else it might have been?  She had just been taken out about 30 minutes before that, so I thought she would have been good for a bit!!!!

My sister has her own dog, so at least she wasn't too grossed out by it!

Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Introducing our GP puppy
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:02:54 pm »
She's beautiful!!!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Re: So embrassed . . .
« on: August 29, 2008, 06:53:05 pm »
Yep - a bit of a typo . . .I did notice it after I posted it, but wasn't sure how to edit a post.  Thanks for sharing all your stories - it does make me feel better.  I guess the moral is to carry bags everywhere you go!!!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / So embrassed . . .
« on: August 29, 2008, 12:41:12 pm »
My puppy popped inside the vet's office.  I didn't even see her squat - we were getting ready to leave and she got busy.  I was in shock - there wasn't even enough time to stop her - 5 secs max and out it came.  The vet was very kind about it and said it wasn't the first time but still - we have been working really hard on not going in the house.

Does anyone else have embrassing moments at the vet?  (It would mak me feel better to know that I am not alone  ;D ;D ;D).

By the way - she is 31.5 pounds at 16 weeks.  Any ideas how big she'll be when she is all done growing???

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