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I am so uncomfortable cutting my dog's nails - I am always worried that I am going to hurt her.  Well, today I did . . .  :(  I found the powder and put it on, but man, did it bleed. 

I'm sure that all you experienced dog owners find it old hat - but does the trimming of nails get any easier with age?  Petra is so squirmy and mouthy - it takes forever to get even one paw done - and then I forget which toes I've done . . .

I gave her a yummy treat afterwards though, so I think she still loves me . . .

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Hurts for 2 yr-old to stand
« on: August 14, 2008, 06:58:02 pm »
I talked to my sister and she says he is feeling better.  Not perfect, but will stand up and walk around a bit, and has no trouble going for his potty run.  They think it must have been a pulled muscle.  Thanks so much for all your help!!

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Hurts for 2 yr-old to stand
« on: August 13, 2008, 07:49:36 pm »
Well, it is almost 11 and my sister hasn't called back yet so I assuming that her boyfriend must have come back, and maybe they went to the vet.  I will chat with her tomorrow and see how he is. 

I will let you all know how it goes.  It is heartbreaking - this is her first dog and her baby.  When she rescued him, no one wanted him because of his size, but he is a gentle giant - a true sweetie.  They go everywhere together.  Anyways - I'll post again tomorrow!!

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Hurts for 2 yr-old to stand
« on: August 13, 2008, 07:12:17 pm »
Thanks.  She will be glad to hear that, and the sling idea is great.  She is going to call me in a few minutes, and I will pass along the advice.  Thanks for responding so quickly!!!

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Hurts for 2 yr-old to stand
« on: August 13, 2008, 06:50:16 pm »
Hi all,

I am posting this question for my sister.  She has a 2 year old part Bermese Mountain/GSD dog.  She has had him for about a year, and tonight, when she came from work, he was having trouble standing and she had a hard time getting him to walk for a potty outside.  He is usually very active - she takes him for 2 walks a day - but is now on the couch and doesn't want to get up.  He will hobble for her, but she doesn't want to push him.  He let her brush him and she tried massaging his hips - she said he seemed to like it.  Any ideas?  She is stuck in the house right now until her BF comes back - she is scared that if she takes him out she won't be able to coax him back in.

I'm worried because it seems to have happened so suddenly.  He is a big boy - about 110, but she has always been careful and gives a glucosamine  pill each day.

Thanks for any advice.  I'm sure she'll visit the vet tomorrow, but right now she is really worried . . .

They are beautiful . . . you have a huge heart!!

Food Discussion & Information / Re: Stinky dog
« on: August 05, 2008, 12:07:52 pm »
Thanks!  I will mix more of her old with the new and take longer for the switch.  She seems to like it and has lots of energy when she's awake (maybe a bit too much!! - lol).

Food Discussion & Information / Stinky dog
« on: August 04, 2008, 06:38:32 pm »
So I have finally decided what food I'm going to feed my Bouv - Eagle Large Breed - and have started switching her on it (I had a little bit of Medi from her breeder and Iams, but wanted to go with something that sounded a bit more healthy). 

It has only been one day and Oh My Goodness . . . I'm not sure if I can handle her farts.  They are stinky as anything.  Has anyone else experienced this before?  Do they calm down after they have adjusted to the new food?  Yuck!!!

That is the cutest puppy! I love that little face. Question, how old are they when their hair starts to fill in on their face to give them their distinct look?

I'm not sure when their adult hair starts to grow in.  This is my first puppy, so I am learning as I go along.  I'll let you know when it does!!!

Bouvier de Flandres Discussions & Pictures / My new puppy - pictures
« on: July 27, 2008, 01:28:32 pm »
Here she is - my new puppy!  She is a little over 11 weeks, and around 18 pounds.  She's a little charmer - except when she is trying to pee in the house!!!

Bouvier de Flandres Discussions & Pictures / Re: I have a new puppy!
« on: July 27, 2008, 01:21:15 pm »
Thanks so much for your advice.  I have gotten her into the crate at night - she didn't bark once!!  I was so proud.  I'm planning on puppy kindergarten after she has her second set of shots.  I will try to figure out how to post some pictures - she is so cute!!

Bouvier de Flandres Discussions & Pictures / I have a new puppy!
« on: July 24, 2008, 10:46:13 am »
Hi all,

I posted a long long time ago re: how to find a good puppy, and now I have one!  I am so glad that I waited until I found her.  I am now the proud mommy to a Bouvier.  I have to admit, at times I wonder what I have gotten myself into - especially this whole potty training business.  She has been really good so far - only 2 accidents, but I feel like I am in and out the house all the time.

I have been to teach her crate training - she will defintely sleep in the night there (last night she settled after about 15 minutes which I thought was fairly good???) but I have a question about its use in the day.  Should I encourage it when she naps?  I don't want her to be in there all the time (she is napping a lot) but I would like her to think that is where she should go to sleep.  Any advice?  She has slept there 2 today already, and I had to put her there when I went to shower, but now she is under my legs sleeping (I'm a softee and she is so cute there!)

I know that it is really important that she knows I am the boss, so I have made her wait for me before going through doors, etc.  I would also like to start teaching her some simple commands - is 10 weeks too early?  And any suggestions for lease work at such a young age?  I don't want to overwhelm her, but she is straining already and I know she is going to be big and strong as she grows up.  Thanks!!!!

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Re: Buying a new puppy - what to ask
« on: December 31, 2007, 07:00:09 pm »
Many thanks to all these great, detailed replies.  I much appreciate it.  I am going to go with my initial gut feeling, and your responses, and continue searching.  I don't mind how long it takes, as long as I made the right decision in the end.  I do like the idea of rescue also, and will keep my eyes open at the shelters too. 

Thanks so much everyone - I will be visiting this site and keeping you updated on my progress.  Thanks!!! :)

Bernese Mountain Dog Discussions / Buying a new puppy - what to ask
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:00:48 pm »
hi all,

I have been browsing all the posts here, as research for what dog I want to get.  I have fallen hard for the Bernese Mountain dog, and now am looking to see if there are breeders in my area (Atlantic Canada).  I want to be very careful who I buy my puppy from - no pet stores, etc.

Anyways, I found one person over the internet who is having puppies in the spring.  I looked over the website, and it really didn't have a lot of information on it.  I asked about health clearances, and the response was that all the puppies would be vaccinated and healthy.  There is a contract focusing on placing puppies in good homes, etc., but no background on the mom or dad, or specific health clearances.

Any advice for a newbie like me??  Should I continue to look for other breeders that have info/guarantees??  many thanks!

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