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    My Dog's Personality Has Changed! HelP!

    have you taken him to the vet to rule out a health reason, like a uti?
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    I need to know what breed my dog is...

    he looks almost exactly like my purebred american eskimo...
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    I have a few crating questions

    he probably shreds because it's something to do--mine all do it in their crates, and they even carry things to shred into thier crates. (argh) I just make sure it's all safe and that I approve of them shredding it before I let them have it. Don't feel bad for crating him...I've been gone awhile but I'm sure you're crating him for the best, and if he is left out and gets hurt or into something, you'll feel much worse because you had the crate and didn't use it.
  4. [quote name='mnp13'][quote name='courtnek']I love Shepherds.....[/quote] You mean shepards[/quote] is this a joke. If so, i'm laughing now. if not...why are they shepards? sheep herding dogs... SHEP HERD. sheep pardoning dog? SHEP PARD. what does a shepard do? wait until a sheep is about to become mutton and pardon him? his sins? just not getting what a shepARD is.
  5. when he bites, stand tall, turn your back, cross your arms and put your hands in your armpits, put your heels and toes together, and look slightly up. it takes seconds to get into this positon, and it leaves the dog isolated. for me, yelping has just never worked. correction tends not to work, because they're not sure what they did wrong. "Isolating" them when they nip works because it is immediate and they gradually draw a connection...nip...no play...no nip...keep playing! it took minutes for my apbt to learn this, and I let her teethe on my knuckles when she was a baby.
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    what a horrible day...

    Sunday, I was working at the resturaunt and found out one of my co-workers (and friends) had died in a car accident. I was devestated and came home to find that India was missing. Buddy is still missing, after two months, and I'm finding it very hard to deal with. So India was gone, too. It had been raining all day, so I assumed she had waited to be let in and everyone was too lazy to get up and look out when the rain started to see if she was there. When it started raining, after dark, and just pouring down, and she still hadn't come back, I started to worry. I thought of calling my friend, who lives up the road, to see if there was any sign of her, but by that time it was midnight. I went to sleep and got up thinking about India, and still feeling really horrible about my friend. Then my mother came in and asked me if I knew where her cat was. "no, why?" I asked, and she told me there was an orange cat in the road. I checked it out, it wasn't her cat, I moved it off the road, and was late to work at the college. They've got this PE teacher instructing ESL....he doesn't know what to do and they won't even let me have the key to the closet but expect me to lead this class of low-to-non-english speaking people. (NOT my job--i'm supposed to grade papers) So on the way home, I stop by the pound (twice weekly, looking for buddy) and see many pitbulls, all friendly and beautiful and they've been coming in three or four a week since that story about the little boy in charlotte being mauled. ANYWAY, on the way home, my mom suddenly remembers seeing a black dog five or six miles from the house, in the road. So I went and checked it out. The dog was destroyed beyong recognition, but it was all black and the right size to be India. I sobbed all the way home and went to the library, looking for something to do. I sobbed as I looked for books and dvds. I sobbed on the way home, and as I came in, my brother mentioned that Brenda, my friend up the road, had called to say she had India. I started laughing and crying and went to get her. As I came in, my friend pointed toward the bedroom, and i held my breath. India appeared and I started crying all over again. I picked her up (not something I usually do) and hugged her and kissed her and she got playful and bit my arms and hair and I didn't care...I was sooooo glad to have her back. so....sorry I ranted on so long! there was no one else to tell my terrible, horrible, day to.
  7. could you please give us more information? this is a very vague post and it's hard to help with basically zero information.
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    four mutts...and here's why I'm against purposely breeding them. one of mine got missing two months ago. i've been going to the pound twice a week, every week...the amount of mixed breed puppies is heart breaking. there's always a dozen there--and i've been going TWICE A WEEK--and every time, it's a different dozen.
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    what looks like a Dingo?

    there is debate over whether "dixie dingos" are actually a breed. however...if the dog was found (bred, born, raised) in the city, consider it a mix breed and not a dixie dingo or any kind of dingo, for that matter. the basic description of the mixed breed could also apply to dingos (and, ahem, pitbulls) short haired, medium size, brownish color...you get the idea.
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    Over protective? Or just doing his job?

    he is NOT doing his job--in no way is his job to be aggressive to innocent people. now, people who are accosting you, people who have barged into your house, have grabbed you or otherwise behaved threateningly--that's his job. but on walks, when he's snapping the leash out of your hand and knocking people over, that is simply aggression. I would NOT allow my dogs to do this...I would never think they were doing their job. My suggestion is not simple but it is straight forward--arrange to have him NEVER out of your control. If he's in the yard, you're with him. excersize him where he's fenced and secured, and no people are going to interrupt. when you're not home, he's in a secure crate inside the house. this kind of constant supervision is a full time job, but it's what it will take to prevent an "attack." While this is going on, consult with a professional behaviorist, not a vet--a behaviorist or a certified trainer. see what he or she thinks, and follow his or her advice to the letter.
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    Help with my puppy.

    [quote name='ebkelsey']I all honesty it was kinda a personal choice of not having him fixed. I got a male becaues obviously you don't have to worry about him getting pregnant. I know it may sound like a stupid excuse but that is really only one i have for not having him fixed. I don't plan on breeding him though. As for the other dog I don't know exactly why he isn't. Im not his guardian. I really didn't know that at that age the scent of a female in heat would set them off. You taught me something new there. I guess it could be pack placement, I expected it to happened at some point,but I didn't expect it this soon or all of a sudden like that. Thanks for the info though[/quote] males don't get pregnant, but they do more damage to the pet population than females. you're not planning on letting him breed. Does he know that? because he'll have other ideas on your plans for him. four months is young, but not too young for hormones to start kicking in.
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    I think I've been TAKEN....

    I think we're getting somewhere...is your back to the door/him when he comes in? My neighbor's dog, Kelzie, was fine with me (right after I met her) but one day I went to let myself in the puppy pen as Brenda was leaning over with her back to me. Kelzie, who is actually a protection trained dog, barked twice and came at me. I turned around and put my hands under my chin just as she left the ground. I heard her teeth click and felt the wind as she missed my tricep by [i]thismuch[/i] Her behavior was that she didn't trust me entirely and felt I was sneaking up on her owner. Maybe if you advanced on him, it would make a difference. You stand up and go to greet him, perhaps laying a hand on his arm or something. It helps if you're just a second faster than she is. The idea is that you let her know that interaction between the two of you is okay. One last theory is that she feels she is above him in the pack. When they are alone, just the two of them, it's fine because with just two, there's no need to figure out order. But when there's three, things need to be figured out, and it goes you, her, him. Not You, him, her, like it should. Or, perhaps the talking and door slamming makes her nervous and her only course of action is aggression, but through love or submission, she turns her aggression away from you. (Have you asked him to not open doors boisterously? And try keeping your voices lower than usual?) [/i]
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    I think I've been TAKEN....

    [quote name='courtnek']LOL = sometimes, yes...but I was actually looking for something less "punishment orientated" and more "positive reinforcement"... :D[/quote] in psychology, we learned about things called positive punishment and negative punishment. what you are doing (grabbing the muzzle) is called positive punishment. it GIVES her something. a time out would be negative punishment, because it DEPRIVES her of something. My thinking is that she, for some reason, wants you to lay your hand on her. So in her brain, she is getting a reinforcer. OR, you may have actually reinforced her behavior in some way when he comes in. She may have been startled of him, and thought that you were too. When you correct her, she may feel it's just a pack order thing and that you are each playing a role. I would try, just once, not responding, at least not right away. I would not offer treats to redirect her because it poses the chance of her thinking you are out and out rewarding her for barking. You could call her to you and praise her, stressing the aspect that she "came!" First, call off the barking---"NO, hush! come here! GOOD DOG! You CAME!"
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    Dog I saw yesterday...

    I don't have one, but they are BREATHTAKING!!
  15. if it wasn't happening to me. My neighbor got two puppies. I have no idea why he got one, let alone two, when he has two full grown dogs chained up in his backyard. The outdoor dogs have never been brushed, washed, or walked...and I mean NEVER. However, he got two more and they are male and female, and mixes. He claims they are purebreeds but I'm sure if you looked at the bottom of thier feet, they would have 100% mutt stamped on them. One is a border collie mix he said he paid 60, yes sixty, dollars for...and that she's a purebred chow. mmhm. the other is a black and tan hound mix with a coat like a rottweiler. also 'purebred." a gift from "a guy up the road" mmhmm. the man is crazy. he bragged to a friend (and I overheard) that he was going to dump them on me when he didn't want them anymore. I told him he was insane if he thought I would take them. Then one turned up missing. He knocked on my door, at seven forty five on a saturday morning, and asked if I had his dog. I was in my pajamas and told him she had ruined my white pajama pants last night and I hadn't seen her since. He walked away without reply. I called out, "I hope you find her!" and shut the door. Monday, he called the police on me. they actually searched my house for the little mutt. I have SIX dogs. they are current on vacs and they are finally all nuetered, and this man thinks i want his little mixed breed female puppy. No sir! He spent the next few days avoiding me. Finally, I got ahold of him (he didn't move fast enough to get inside his house) and I asked him what he was thinking...he blamed it all on his girlfriend and basicly ran me in circles, so I finally said why didn't he think anyone called the pound on his pup? Sure enough, yesterday he comes up to me and shows me this peice of paper. said, "that's how much it cost me to get that damn mutt out of the pound!" I said, "maybe you should have kept the damn mutt in your damn yard!" and he just looked at me and walked away. I wonder if that was an apology... PEOPLE!! ARGH!!