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  1. Unfortunatly, I have no claim to fame. The video camera is always outa reach when something funny happens (so true Mouse). Luka-pop; I agree. I really don't like the host. She's too... umm... well, I don't know but I just don't like her. Also, I don't like it when people make their pet do funny stuff that's already been on there... I mean, come on! The dog on a surf board thing is gettin old! But, I do like the show.
  2. Uggh!!! People like that make me sooo mad!!! I'd give u advise... but u probably want to keep on good terms with your neighbors (sp?). He he.
  3. My thoughts are with you Daisy!!! We're all cheerin for yea!!!
  4. Hmm... I have a no-pull harness that I use on my husky, and it helps. No, it does not illiminate the problem, but it helps to some extent. Either that or I'm just wishing it to work so much that my mind is willing it *smile* lol. I've heard that a head collar thingamabob is suppose to work for pulling, but I've never tryed one. See, I never really needed Rocky to be by my side. I live in an area where it's ok to walk in front of me... and I like to know where he is because he's the master of escaping anything including a collar, I'm suprised he hasn't mastered the harness yet. lol. I jog with him alot, and so it's easier (for me anyways) for him to be in front of me, so I'm not constantly looking down beside me... I have issues with having to know my dogs' every moves. lol. I'll have to look into the head collar thing, though. I'd like to try one. Does a GL or Halti really help with dog aggression (please please please)?? Shadow has great obedience, and she never pulls, but she's dog aggressive. Horsefeathers, you'll have to let me know if it helps at all. One more question: what's the difference between a GL and a Halti??
  5. Thanks for correcting me RnP. I didn't word that very well at all... but my main point was that Goo and I are talking about two different "kinds" of trainers.
  6. Ok. I see what you ment Goo... Is there actually a ref in there with the dogs??? I didn't know that. I've read alot about fighting pits and other breeds too, but I've never read anything about that. Hmm... I think you missed my point though: my point was that to train the fighting pits, MOST (not everyone) people who fight their pits train them to fight by provoking it. Yes, Pits do have a high prey drive (is that what you call it?) but they are not born with the need/want to kill. They are taught that. Also, a method of training a pit to fight is to make them fight other, weaker dogs. It supposely makes them have a "taste for blood". And when they kill/severely hurt the weaker dog they are rewarded. I think the weaker dogs are called "decoys" or something of that sort. I think that there are two different kinds of dog fighters: the kind that do it for "fun" and to make a couple quick bucks (these are usually teenagers or older folks that are--in my opinion-- mentally retarded). It usually starts as a bet like "my dog's stronger than yours" or somethin like that, then they do it every friday night or so. It ain't "professional" though. Then there are the other kind of dog fighters. The "professionals" who do fight dogs as much as they wheel and deel drugs. It's a form of a paycheck to them and live off of the money that they make from the bets. They are the ones that train their dogs very seriously. I think you are talking about the "professionals" and I was talking about the "amatures". That's where we got confussed. *smile* *** by the way, I do not know if all of my info is entirely correct, but I am very very sure that it is. Please correct me if I am wrong about something. Ok??? ***
  7. He he he. When I take Shadow for a walk I usually grave the mail (which requires a key in my neighborhood). I clip the key to her leash so I won't lose it... ha ha. A number of times I've lost those keys when I got home... so much for the "to not lose the keys hook them to your dog" thing. When all else fails check the dog leashes!!! lol
  8. That's so sad (for the dog). I hope the owner goes to hell and burns. My philosophy: When you die, you're treated how you treat your dogs.
  9. I like Nylabones, too. Shadow was (and is) a HUGE chewer *he he*
  10. Yea, I'm with you bk!!! Pass the shots!!! LOL
  11. Gooey, I looked at those sites and really liked those rescues. The first one, I looked at the requirments needed to adopt a dog and I was really impressed. It's great that there are those wonderful people out there who care so much about Pits and "bully breeds" to provide a rescue like that which can care and provide the dogs everything they need. If only there was more. *sigh* I do see your point that Pits need special care. They're not like Border Collies, like you said. One question on your post, though: when you said "How many dogs that are treated that way actually make it to be successful in the pit?" which way did you mean that they were "treated". You may have said, and I'm just not picking up on it--you know me-- but I just was curious.
  12. Yes, there are those great dogs who have it all but are not shown for a number of reasons--usually financial-- but not a whole lot of them are out there. I believe in the responsible breeder. The kind of breeder who takes time to make sure that they are breeding correct dogs, with correct temperment, and better health than a horse. My original post was refurring to all these but-nick retired farmers here who are trying to make some $$ by advertising their dog as a "stud". Or, some people's case is that they have "the perfect hunting dog" and want another, so what are they gonna do?? ding dong! breed the dog!!! But, with who??? ANOTHER "perfect hunting dog"!!! Wow!!! The pups will be wonderful hunting dogs, and they know this because they are so great at genetics!!!! Wow!!! (total sarcasm here)
  13. No, your dog seems great in your household. (by the way he/she is adorable). Gooeydog, I bet you spent more time with her than you did anything. And that's a good thing. The thing is, if these retired fighting pits are being alowed in most (most saying that many shelters... but there are a few exceptions) shelters than they will get adopted out to people like what laduenda described: people that think pits are goldens with pointy ears. Then you have a very bad problem. Hmm... just brainstorming here but what if there were a shelter where it specialized in placing retired fighting pits into good homes. And other shelters could send their pits to them--big wammy here-- free of charge (meaning not paying s&h or any weird fees)??? That way maybe, just maybe, pits could be put into better homes and they could live a great life without being euthanized. I don't know, is there any shelters out there that do that??? Or, maybe I'm just in dream land over here. What do u think???
  14. oops. Well, that's a little embarressing on my part. LOL
  15. *cry* at least those dogs are at the rainbow bridge right now...
  16. I agree with u too RnP. If pits that were fought are in family homes, than Hustan we have a problem. I don't agree that u should automatically put down EVERY pit but ones that were/are fighters should be put down. It's safer for people, other pets, and well... the whole world. My Lab is Dog-aggressive... but she's wasn't TRAINED to be aggressive, so she's a great family dog. But, dogs that were TRAINED to be aggressive are another story. Like someone said, they train these dogs by setting them after cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and HUMANS too. It's not safe. By the way, does anyone know a good website that I can get more info on PETA and their phylosophies??? Just wonderin how ridiculous they really are.
  17. LOL. Great story!! and I'm Luvin the bro-sis combat. LOL. Oh, Pik, the one post that went over my head was the one where you were working out "the problem". But don't worry about it. I usually can catch everything (see, I'm not actually mature, I can just catch adult things so I look mature) cept there are the ones that go way over my head. LOL. I know YOU know how that goes. *smile*
  18. It might not be fair to put down pits and rotties right away... but is it safer?? I still think that shelters should do good well done temperment tests in all aspects (is that the word?). But, maybe I'm just in dream land up here. I once went to the shelter to volunteer... I was walking the dogs. There was two rotties. One was a year old, huge, and aggressive. The other was 4 years old, not-so-huge, and a total sweety. It depends on the dog independently. Not just the breed. Like my lab is aggressive. I mean, you never know. But, I have to say, if I were to decide to get a rottie or a dobie or something big like that, I'd look in the humain society first--sometimes you see a dog there and you just click with them.. you just know that they're ment for you, then I'd look in a breed-specific rescue, then a breeder.
  19. Hazel: When I'm nervous or on unease (like our first obedience class) and if I chew gum I think it helps. I haven't thought about it before, but now that I look back, yea. I think it does help. I've never heard of the whistle thing before. Weird. lol. Courtnek: I think that's probably a great reason that he's doing that with his "potato babies". LOL. Those lessons are hard to unlearn. Like, (I know this is kinda outa topic here) when I first got Shadow she musta not been alowed inside the house w/ her first owner, cause she didn't wanna... thought she was gonna get in trouble. It took a while before she learned that I WANT her in the house... I didn't wanna lawn orniment.
  20. LOL!!! That's funny. Never heard that one before...
  21. Ok, I don't know TOO much about line-breeding cross breeding, etc. But what I do know is that a human being jumpin in bed w/ their grandparent and a dog breeding w/ their grandparent are two seperate things. I don't think that line breeding (is that right?) is necessarily bad, like RR said, if you want to keep good qualities in your breeding stock you don't want to breed with totally different dogs from totally different lines all the time. See, dogs don't recognize other dogs as their grandma, grandpa, uncle, neice (sp), aunt, cousin, etc. So, it is different than us human beings. To me, titals and champions are great things to have in a pedigree-- it insures you (to some degree anyways, it doesn't give actual proof) that you have a some-what quality dog, not just two dogs off the street's offspring. But, I like your tactic Crested, looking for the perfect breeder is a great way to go, I think. Then I would look at the pedigree.
  22. Pik, unfortunatly boys can be just as bad (if not worse) than men... if they ever become men.... I don't know about the guys up here, I think they'll just stay the same, forever and ever. yikes. bad thoughts. LOL. I've come up with seven main groups of Men: [b]The Sporting Group[/b]~ these "Men" need an active handler who knows A LOT about sports and who is able to take their Man almost everywhere they go. These Men need proper socialization and tend to be spunky and very alert to sports, sports, and more sports. If you do not give them proper socialization they tend to become aggressive towards other Men. On the other hand, if you train them properly you can have that wonderful looking sport player Man of your dreams. [b]The Toy Group[/b]~ this is the kind of Man that you would want if you were the kind of handler that loves to cuddle up on the couch and watch great movies like Homeward Bound and Lady and the Tramp. Unfortunetly, these Men can get very jealous of other Men and tend to be a bit Men- aggressive. They can also be handler-aggressive if you are not careful and do not socialize properly. These Men do not need exercise, but tend to always want to be by you--sometime too much. [b]The Herding Group[/b]~ this group of Men needs an experienced handler who has lots of time for obedience, lots of socialization-- for this group is very dominant to you and other Men and can and will become Men-aggressive if you don't properly socialize them, and if you handle them in sports it does help with the energy but beware (see Sporting Group). These Men tend to nip at your heels a lot, and are usually very dominant. However, if you are careful and give them their special needs you will find that they make great family Men and will become very obedient to you, the handler. These Men can be great household pets but need a lot of exercise. [b]The Terrier Group[/b]~ BEWARE!!!!! This group of Men is for those handlers who are extremely flexible and do not easily become jealous of them luvin up or being a ham to other handlers. These Men need LOTS of exercise but usually do not like sports or like them but cannot play them. They need TONS of obedience, and don't need a lot of socialization as they will usually do that on their own. This group is quick-whitted with a brain that they COULD use for good use but do not. Instead they use their brain only for purposes of making you happy, making you think they're cute, and being a totally luny Man!!!! [b]The Non-Sporting Group[/b]~ this group HATES sports. They have wonderful and active minds, but unlike Terriers they use their brain for good things such as school, work and pleasing you. This group of Men does not need too much socializing, but may not ever get along with some other Men or other handlers because of their personality. This group is very devoted. However, this group is not for everyone because they tend to become wrapped up in their work and sometimes/all the time forget events... sometimes even you. This group needs obedience, but positive reinforcement works the best. [b]The Hound Group[/b]~ this group of Men tends to be lazy and loves to eat. They are known as coach potatoes, and are usually on their butt. This group needs an experienced owner who has lots of time for obedience (choke collars are the best method, but if you have a true blue hound you need a prong), socialization, and if worse comes to worse rehab centers. However, these Men can make great family Men and (when in the mood) can be the most luving creature this side of the Mississippi. [b]The Working Group[/b]~ these Men are otherwise known as work-a-holics. They need to be givin a good job to do and someone/something to provide for or they will go balistic. This group is usually good for someone who doesn't have as much time to spend with their Man. But, beware, because they can get very wrapped up and forgetful (see non-sporting). They do not need so much obedience, but need a lot of socialization for they will not do it on their own. However, they can be great for the right kind of handler. And don't forget: [b]Mixed Breeds[/b]~ there are also those Men who are mixed inbetween two or more groups of Men. Please use extreme care in dealing with these Men and educate yourself on many kinds of groups, and use tons of obedience, and proper socialization. However, they can be wonderful Men!!!! [b][/b]
  23. Ok, guys. I've just gotta vent!!! JUST BECAUSE YOUR DOG HAS CHAMPION BLOOD LINES IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOUR DOG IS A CHAMPION!!!! Uggh!!!! I just saw two ads in the paper (hey, that's a lot for here) that are driving me nuts. Ok, all ads drive me nuts. But these ones I almost called the people up and chewed them up! I mean, come on!! Ok, the first one is advertising their dog for a STUD DOG just because he has champion blood lines. Uggh!!! The second one was trying to sell these lab puppies saying they had champion blood lines. AAHHHHHH!!! No matter what, and I don't care if your dog's parents are the international all breed number one dog of '99 '00 '01 '02 and '03, it doesn't necessarily mean that your dog is too a champion. You have to show your dog and get it evaluated by many judges and breeders of your breed before you should even consider breeding him/her. I think that the dog should at least have a Ch in front of its name and maybe a couple things afterward before you breed. And both the sire and the dam should have them!!! And you got to make sure that they have no inherited diseases and stuff like that. uggh. people drive me nuts. that must be why i'm a dog person. lol.
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