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  1. What she said. It's almost like house training all over again but before you taught them to go in the yard now you're going to teach them to go in a paticular spot.
  2. Door knocking, doorbells, dogs barking, or fireworks on tv will all get my boys going. :roll: The best has to be babies/kittens/puppies crying. Both boys become very alert, they cock there heads side to side, look at me, and sometimes even whine or go looking for the source, very cute.
  3. Sadly I love the look of cropped ears but would never do it myself. It just seems that cosmetic medical alteration for purely aesthetic reasons is innappropriate.
  4. I am oppossed to medical alteration for cosmetic reasons in pretty much every case in pretty much every species. Of course if a dog ends up damaging its tail or dew claws, paticularly repeatedly then a surgical option can be reasonably considered.
  5. Kavik stole a hotdog and bun once and I scolded him and since then he has only snatched buns and only those that people are throwing across the room to another person - a perfectly legitimate mistake I'm sure but it has fueled his obsession with bread and buns. Zaphod (or EatDog as we sometimes call him) is another storey: buns bread plate of cookies a cadbury easter egg and the foil it comes in that some twit left on the stairs enough dog food in one sitting to send us to the vets pizza a whole thing of sweet and sour sauce (he was a trifle hyper for a while) chips - chip bag barely disturbed but empty a number of left overs waiting to be scraped before dishes - dish still on counter fairly undisturbed other stuff, basically he is an opertunistic foraginer.
  6. OOOOH! And then I'd shout: "Zaphod, are you crazy!?" And Zaphod would flip out, tear around and generally go crazy and that would keep the fellow busy while I called the police.
  7. Well I suppose I would try blocking the truck with my car first because although I can aim reasonablly well with a rifle, I'm not sure about a handgun and then there are riccochets and my dogs are in the truck. However, if blocking didn't work I'd try for the tires.
  8. I would still have 2 probably, depends on the first dog, if he/she is a snarky, I don't like other dogs dog then I would just have one.
  9. I've had excellent luck with remaining watchful but not aggressive, not approaching but not backing away right away and saying things like: "Good dog, are you a good boy." etc in the cutesy praising voice, it seems to confuse them and disrupt the behaviour and allow you to safely move away. Failing that I think if it was charging I'd have to stand and face it because once its charging its pretty set and I don't run all that fast. So I suppose I'd attempt to punch it in the nose or kick it in the junk.
  10. I might choose to be Zaphod. He is always happy, even when I scold him earnestly. Seriously can you imagine going through life that happy all the time no matter what? I just can't *sigh*.
  11. CarolK9s dogs! I want hydrotherapy and message therapy and whole health care and a comfy bed and lots of love when I get older and I want to go play on the agility equipment lots before then. There are tons of other people too but Carol was the first one that popped into my head.
  12. They look a little too furry for pit pups to me. However, I think you may have to wait at least 3-7 weeks for even a partly reliable guess. Puppies look mostly alike - there is poofy cute, sleek cute, course cute and curly cute in a variety of colours. :D
  13. Beautiful. I think the smooths are stunning dogs.
  14. Have her adopt an adult black lab or black lab cross? Already trained or mostly trained, temperment already known, adult size already known, often good with kids, has enough play and energy for kids usually, easily solid enough to deal with kids, there can be smaller labs between 50-70 lbs or lab crosses 30-? lbs probably and black labs are the most common dogs in shelters and black dogs are hard to adopt out. Good luck.
  15. She is great isn't she. I always refer people with dog food questions to her site now. Welcome to Dogo BTW.
  16. As much as I would have liked to have her stay out there the whole night at least letting her return to jail will allow the judge to keep doing what he does. If she'd been forced to stay out there and got frost bite or lost a toe who would have gotten in trouble and been hamstrung in the future.
  17. Not me. There are lots of special needs dogs I could do well with but I know my limits.
  18. My cats are faster, meaner and smarter than my dogs plus no matter how much the dogs never touch them, they never quite trust them. The cats have several safety zones in the house and they never have to go through an unsafe zone to get to food, litter or water. I trust the animals and the situation combined enough not to be worried. If the cats or dogs become seniors and/or are in poor health I would probably see that they couldn't bother each other throughout the day. Frankly, I'm more worried that Mroo will take out one of the boys eyes rather than the boys hurting her.
  19. Excellent as usual HF. Bathroom doors - have to train new borders but they are great so it shouldn't be a problem. Garbage can - I was hoping to get a different one with a better lid but putting it up/away might be better. Diversions - They already have stuffed dollar store toys that they gut and I sew up and reuse stuffing too. :lol: But I never leave them with them when I'm not home because my boys gut and CONSUME once in a while. However the tp rolls would be alright, they love those. :roll: [quote]The thing is, it's like it becomes a compulsion. It may start with nibbling on the bedspread, for example. Then it turns into EATING it[/quote] That seems to be the case here, it started with a little foray into the trash that had been left with the lid up and moved to full scale raiding. :roll: They are probably bored, I will have to do something about that.
  20. :lol: I dog sat a 9 year old springer and I BELIEVE you. He was actaully extememly well mannered and behaved but a bundle of energy and play.
  21. I can only imagine. Mine are tricky enough. Kavik walks fairly nicely, calm, quiet, sneaky . . . and then snap to the end of the leash with no warning because he saw something he just had to go see. Zaphod is good except around other dog-reactive dogs - we have a system and he is outwardly improving but there are times and situations were I am reminded that he is a 75lb pulling breed mix. They also wind each other up and act like goofs when I walk them together.
  22. I have a BC and a Lab/Huskey cross. I would trust between 8-12 Dogoers (off the top of my head) to come in and let the boys out, feed them etc. As for a full live-in dog sit for a whole weekend or longer, probably 5 (again off the top of my head) with of course proper preparation. I would have to have someone willing to walk the dogs seperately too. :( I would sit for you for a weekend HF - and then I would go home and die. They must be such a lot of work.
  23. I would be less confused by it if they were puppies but Kavik will be 4 this December (gosh it is unreal that we've already had 4 years together) and Zaphod turned 3 this past October. Hardly puppies and almost completely out of their teens so to speak. :roll: Oh well, I'm sure it can be corrected I just wondered if someone who had to go back to basics had a timeline or storey.
  24. For those of you who have had relapses in house training (not elimination just chewing and getting into things) and who have gone back to the basics: How did it go? Did you go right back to crating? Did you, eventually, regain all the lost ground? Kavik or more likely Zaphod or perhaps both of them as a tag team have started decimating the kitchen while I'm out. They have been so good for so long I am perplexed but it may be the move I guess. Anyway Zaphod was to the point where anything at the back of the kitchen counter was a real no-no (but things at the front were obviously invitations :lol: ) and the garbage can with the closing lid was working fine. Lately they have dumped the garbage and scavanged, eaten an entire plate of cookies from the back of the counter, taken a loaf of bread off the table (never did that before) and taken to removing whole rolls of tp out of the main floor bathroom and playing with them and eating them (toilet paper has been fairly safe for quite a while too before now.) Gah! I may have to buy another crate as one of there old ones is too small now.
  25. I like his other sentences too. He is a cool judge. Which of course means someone will stop him. *sigh*
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