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    K9 Science part II

    [quote]Despite its dog-aggressive nature, the American Staffordshire terrier is in no way human aggressive and is utterly loyal to its owner. [/quote] This is very misleading. ANY dog can become human aggressive if brought up incorrectly. I work with dogs daily in 3 different working environments the worst attacks to humans I have seen have been from APBT's, American Staffordshire terriers and Rottweilers. We had a local women who purchased an American Staffordshire terrier from sound lines, from a reputable breeder who breeds for temperament...the lady was almost killed by her American Staffordshire terrier due to redirected aggression...but, unlike most breeds the dogs enhanced drives escalated the attack. If the lady hadn't been able to get away at one point and lock herself in the bathroom she would have been killed. The dog was still in attack mode when the police showed up. This was a sweet loving AST which was brought up by this single mother with children. The reason she purchased this breed was due to the fact they are "in no way human aggressive". Any dog can be human aggressive, any dog can attack. Depending on the enhanced drives and predatory sequence will weigh what the end result of the attack will be. This just turns my stomach when I hear such statements coming from so called dog professionals. I own Newfoundland dogs and I deal with more Newf's than any other breed...in my experience I have never met a human aggressive Newf and they are bred to be non human aggressive...but, I would never put myself out on a limb and state that they are in no way human aggressive. That is basically saying that (if I had children) that my children would never lie or steal...good sound breeding can only go so far. The rest is completely up to how the dog is raised from puppyhood up. Any spoiled dog can be a dangerous dog, and a dog with a high predatory drive which "seems" like the sweetest dog can be dangerous in the least expected circumstances. [quote]It must be said that dogs bred to fight were bred specifically not to bite a human so that its handler could pull a dog out of fighting without the risk for injury[/quote] Makes me wonder why they require breaking sticks :-? this is really bogus...I have broken up hundreds of dog fights in my 30 plus years...I have never been attacked by any of these dogs...does this mean they were specifically bred to not bite a human due to redirected aggression or is it just the individual dog. I have broken up Corgi's, Shepherds you name it. The only breeds we ever had a problem breaking up were Rottweilers, APBT's, AST's and some other dominant or high predatory breeds with enhanced motor patterns. The vet I work for rescued an APBT from a fighting ring...her husband is a police officer for the Canine unit and they have ALWAYS had a multi dog household...she never required a breaking stick until she got her APBT...when it got into a dog fight (by mistake,long story) it was so focused on the other dog it took a lot to break the dog out of the fight...its very strange that one person was injured by the APBT...because they are not supposed to attack a human during a fight :roll: The thing that gets me are people from the breed club or breed fanciers will defend their breed by stating the dog was not properly bred...or it was not from sound lines. I think this is a flimsy argument, a dog is a dog and the temperament of the breed depends on the predatory drives, motor patterns and enhanced drives...some dogs can be great during a dog fight...but, also remember that a true fighting dog which is used for dog fighting is conditioned from a puppy to be used for fighting and the pup/dog gets used to a human interfering. Its not breeding is nurture. If I took an APBT and did not condition it to fighting and being broken up during a fight then the first fight it gets into...the dog will be just like any other dog (except most other breeds are typically not breed to have such enhanced drives to fight). So, for a person to say a dog was "breed" to be non-human aggressive or bred not to redirect aggression during a fight is very misleading. You have to "condition" or "nurture" a dog to be what you want when it grows up. It
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    Coyote snares...grrrrrrr

    This is disturbing. This week a person lost their English springer spaniel to a Coyote snare. There is an access road behind our airport where many people walk their dogs. Unknown to we dog owners there are Coyote traps along most of the well walked paths...they are only about 20 ft off the trails. Most people walk here as you can let your dog off lead with no worries, airport officials OK'd this...they own 1200 acres of land which has some great trails for us loyal dog walkers. Any way, it turns out that Coyote hunters are setting snares along these trails...by law they do not have to post where they are setting snares. They Government stated in a recent interview that hunters do not have to post where they set traps as other poachers could steal their pelts. The airport officials are quite upset, but there is nothing they can do. Legally the hunters do not have to ask landowners if they can set snares on their land...by law they can ask only if they want to. The airport officials said if they had been asked they would have said no. I can understand to a certain degree the law...they stated that a dog off lead even if the dog is only 20 meters away from its owner is considered a dog at large. Dogs are not allowed off lead in any wildlife area. The part that ticks me off is the fact that hunters DO NOT HAVE TO ASK PERMISSION FROM LANDOWNERS TO SET TRAPS ON PROPERTY OWNERS LAND!!! This is what really ticks me off the most. I just bought a home with 16 acres....I have lots of Coyotes in my back woods...there is nothing I can do to stop hunters from putting snares on my land as long as they are 20 -30 meters away from walking trails, livestock, playgrounds and places of business :evil: So, therefore...I was planning on making a nice walking trail through my property, now I
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    which ishealthier, mongrels, crossbreds or purebreds?

    If you want to get technical, the only purebred dog would be a mongrel. Purebreds technically are mixed breeds that have been inbred and line bred to set a standard size, shape and behavior. So, considering this it's quite silly to think that a Purebred could be healthier than a Mongrel. People tend to forget that our purebreds are artificial and even Purebreds like spitz breeds may look more like the original mongrels they descended from...but, in order for a purebred to be recognized they have to meet a certain standard...in order to create a certain standard you need a small population of dogs as your breeding stock and you need to inbreed to set the standard. So, even though some of our purebreds seem as though they have a huge population...you have to think that the gene pool is very small as they do not have many dogs in their original breeding stock. To explain myself a little more, think about some of those documentaries of third world countries...you see hundreds of Mongrels roaming the streets living amougst the humans...but, these dogs do not belong to the humans...they are just stray mongrels. Some people may think, those poor stray dogs...some person must have abdondoned those dogs. In actual fact these dogs have been living this co existence for thousands of years. They have been around a lot longer than our purebred dogs. What happened was these dogs lived in villages and settlements scavenging off humans. Humans at one time thought of dogs much like we regard rats and other dirty scavengers. Dogs carried disease and they were to be avoided...but our dogs persevered and survived. Then humans started finding the dogs to be an asset. They barked when a stranger approached the human's yard it lived in...yes, they lived in people
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    Your experience with Hip Dysplacia???

    DO, I am so glad it has worked for you. I hadn't even tried it myself when I recommended it to you :oops: I had just heard from numerous people of how pleased they were with the supplement and how economical the price was. [quote]Words cannot express how much I am grateful. It has helped me so much! If we ever meet, I shall bow down and kiss your feet! [/quote] :lol: heck, I don't get offers like that every day. :lol: :wink:
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    Nightmere problems

    As ESSlover mentioned your dog is simply having a chasing dream where the dog is going after prey. I have seen my Rottweiler barking and yelping in her sleep...people don't realize that some dogs when in pursuit of game or prey will yelp and bark as they get excited in the chase. When my Rottie is having one of these dreams you would think it was a nightmare, but I know that she is having an exciting dream of chasing a rabbit etc. Her legs are pumping and she is yipping and crying and some times a low howl...these are not nightmares such as we humans have...just an exciting chase. My Rottie has had a few times were she has chased a rabbit. She has made the exact noises as she does in her sleep when she is in full pursuit. This is also the same noise the Coyotes in my back woods make when they are chasing game. It sounds like a dog fight in the woods, but its just the Coyotes excited as they are chasing prey. One of my Newf's which I have known since he was a pup will howl in his sleep at times. Just let the dog sleep and have his dreams...I certainly wouldn't want to be woken up if I were having a dream of myself and Kevin Sorbo in an intimate embrace... :o :lol: I think some times we read too many human emotions in our dog
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    D*MN IT ALL!

    Tammy my condolences to you :(
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    Multiple dog ownership isn't for everyone

    HF, what a shame. :( I know this isnt going to help much, but...when my bitch comes into heat I send my intact boys back to the kennel to stay with the breeder. This is when I had the 2 intact males, now I just have the one...any how, my group of dogs gets along famously...until they have to restructure themselves. When the 2 boys are gone my little Dobie mix Beau tends to be the ladies man. When the boys come home they have a few sessions with Beau to put him back in line then life carries on as usual. Beau usually backs down after a day or 2 some times it takes a week...then he goes back to his old ways of catering to the boys :wink:
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    Drug dealers keep dogs so they will have dog in heat.

    Katrina I currently have a bitch in heat and she is driving my neutered male Dobie mix Beua crazy :roll: not in the sense of the wonderful scent she gives off but the fact she is riding him and sticking her butt in his face every chance she gets :lol: she stands there flagging him and poor Beau is getting very confused as he doesn
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    Jusst a question about temperments of different breeds.

    I do believe that there are some breeds better suited for first time dog owners than others. But, no matter the predatory level of the dog breed they all require training. People are mislead when they think that a certain breed comes free of problems and will just learn every thing naturally :lol: At the grooming shop I get to see first hand the temperament of breeds under stress. I have never met a Golden Retriever or Lab that I didn't trust...in my 20 years I have never had to muzzle one of these breeds. I would be very very shocked if a Newfoundland dog ever tried to nip while under stress. There are some breeds I don't trust these include some of the more dominant breeds such as Chow's, Rottweilers, APBT's, mainly all terriers...it's funny when you get a snappy terrier on the grooming table you are prepared for it :-? It
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    Dog's very smelly ear

    First off, what are you feeding your dog? My first recommendation would be to find a natural home made diet you could follow. You could also try some of the hypoallergenic foods out on the market. A friend of mine with a white boxer who had many allergies switched to California Naturals with great success. When a dog has ear infections it is often times the result of an underlying problem. Allergies, yeast build up in the body and bacteria can all result in ear infections. I would also add probiotics (friendly bacteria found in natural yogurts that state live bacteria) is a great food source to add to your dogs diet. I would also give the dog more omega 3 fatty acids which can be found in hemp oil, flax seed oil (or as I like to use organic ground flax seeds which I grind at home in a coffee grinder), Wild pacific canned salmon is a good source as well. There are many wonderful books out there that are great starters for a natural homemade diet. Dr Pitcairns book Natural health for dogs and cats is a good book to start with. I am sure others will have lots of suggestions for you in the regards to good books to read. A good suggestion for a nasty ear infection from an article in WDJ Use a combination of boric acid and an ointment called Pellitol. Boric acid dries and acidifies the ear. Yeast and bacteria are opportunistic organisms that die in a dry, acidic environment. They thrive where it's moist, dark, and alkaline. Place 2-3 pinches of boric acid powder in each infected ear unless it is ulcerated, bleeding or painful. Being acidic boric acid might irritate open wounds. In that case just use the Pellitol alone. Otherwise, a pinch or two of boric acid is an effective preliminary treatment. Boric acid is toxic; shield the dog
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    Food Aggersion Grounds for Being PTS?

    The Newfoundland dog breeder I work for recently took back and destroyed a Newf which displayed some food aggression. A Newf (at least the ones my friends breeds) should NEVER show any sort of aggression be it food or other and they should NEVER ever show any sort of human aggression. For a Newf food aggression is unacceptable. The Newf that was destroyed growled at a toddler (which by the way was allowed to maul the dog while it ate :roll: ). The Newf did not go past a warning growl but that was enough for it to be deemed dangerous and destroyed...BTW the breeder did take the dog back to evaluate before putting down. In a shelter situation I feel it is a necessity to evaluate a dog for any sort of aggression before adopting out. There are many people, even those who "think" they know a lot about dogs who can make mistakes while owning such a dog...why take such a chance? the only way I would consider adopting out such a dog would to have a reputable dog owner who understands and is willing to rehabilitate the dog. I myself adopted a Rottweiler that was aggressive in many aspects when I rescued her. She was going to be euthanized due to her problems, before they did so they asked me if I would take her. I did, I rehabilitated her and kept her. Do I think I could have rehabilitated her and placed her in a new home...no I don't. Placed in a new situation with new owners she may have displayed more behavioral problems. Just to add, I own 5 dogs (had 6...2 of them being intact males and one intact female) all of these dogs came from kennel situations and my Dobie was a starved malnourished stray I picked up on the side of the road. All of my dogs eat side by side with no issues. There are no warning growls etc. and these are all dogs which COULD have been very food aggressive in the wrong home. So to sum up, shelters do what they have to do. They are over crowded enough as it is...its best to weed out the problem dogs which may pose a threat to humans. Food aggression in the right or shall I say wrong circumstance can turn out to be dangerous especially to a child. Any sort of aggression be it food etc. and children do not mix.
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    Dog Grooming

    I agree with 73junebugz, work first as a bath/blow dryer then attend grooming school. Work for other groomers for the first few years until you learn all the tricks of the trade. I know of a few groomers who went directly from school to owning their own shop. They have old fashioned techniques. A grooming school can only teach you so much. One more thing I will add. Doing anal glands at the grooming facility is a blast from the past. As we learn more about anal glands and diet etc. we have learned that groomers poking around and squeezing anal glands are creating more problems and scarring. Its best to recommend a dog owner to go to a vet if they are experiencing scooting etc. There are only a few breeds we will give a light little squeeze to before putting in the bath tub, only because we don't want them blowing them after the bath :wink: Its a pet peeve of mine when some groomers squeeze the glands on every dog that comes in the door. If some one squeezed my dogs glands I would be ticked off and really upset. If your going to squeeze it should be only on the request of the owner...and then don't start squeezing the life out of the dog, just give a gentle squeeze so you don't build up scar tissue and create a problem. The groomer I work for has been grooming for almost 30 years. She started out by first working as an obedience instructor, handler etc. She then went to grooming school. She then went on to work for an established groomer whom she learned ALOT of wonderful techniques from. She then moved to Ottawa and worked for a grooming facility up there, they also competed in grooming competitions. They had my boss get her National certified master groomer in all groups then they encouraged her to compete...she did really well in competitions and competed from New York to Toronto. She also started going to seminars to learn "new" things. You always want to be learning and growing your knowledge...you can never know enough. She has now been set up her in my neck of the woods for the past 15 years. She still goes to seminars all over Canada and the States...a lot of groomers feel as though they get to a safe level of knowledge then stop learning new things. The groomer I work for also does many show trims. The only problem with doing show trims, if the dog is dumped the owner will blame the groomer :lol: on the other hand if the dog is winning you are a grooming goddess. :lol:
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    What do you think of Green Cow Tripe?

    HF, my local Solid Gold distributer just started stacking it on their shelves. I was so excited :lol: I bought a few cans just to try out. For some reason I cannot find tripe at the local grocer or the butcher I go to. I am just curious if it contains all of the same benefits as the "real" tripe. It contains: Green Beef Tripe, Beef Broth, Potato, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Garlic, choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, A-Tocopherol, Vitamin E supplement, Zinc, Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Vitamin D Supplement, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Selenomethionine, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate. I was also curious if Tripe is some thing which should be fed a few times a week or perhaps a few times a month? I don't want to over do it. This Tripe would not be very good for the chewing benefit. It is canned and looks just like a canned dog food. The only difference is the smell :-? Its no wonder my dogs go crazy as soon as I open the can, if it smells bad my dogs will either want to eat it or roll in it :lol:
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    Rottweiler dog sled team

    They make a lovely team, don't they :D coming from a Rottie owner this may be a little biased. :D I have a genuine dog sled for my dogs as well. I will get a picture of them hooked up this winter. Maybe I'll call the Rottie owner and see if she wants to race :lol: I have never had them hooked up to a sled before, so this could prove to be quite interesting. :lol: I got my sled for free; it
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    Beau ran off a cliff!

    This happened yesterday on our walk. He is fine and not hurt. First before every one thinks I am a horrible dog owner I will explain how it happened. I just moved into a new house the first of October, It is farther out in the country and I am 10 minutes from the ocean. The ocean frontage is mainly virgin forest and very difficult to get down to the beach. Any way, I prefer to walk on the ocean shore. It is deer season which means you can't walk in the woods. On my way to my favorite hiking spot I stopped to talk to a neighbor. I asked him if he knew of any better hiking areas which lead to the oceanfront (I love walking on along the coastline). So, he said just drive about 5 miles and you will see a little path, drive down there and park your car and there is a little path which will lead you to the beach. So, I drive and see a little tiny path way, park my truck and proceed to walk...there wasn't much of a path just a cow path, then it just turned to brush. I knew the ocean was close and I started plowing through the brush to find the path that I knew must be there...all of a sudden the brush ended and there was a cliff, a drop off about 9 stories high. I just stopped in time, Athena, Cassie, Dilon and Tori sensed that some thing wasn't right and stopped short...but, poor little Beau and his attitude of leap before you look just kept going. Of course, this happened within seconds. It seems I just stopped short from falling over myself and then I just caught Beau going. There was absolutely nothing I could do. Luckily there was a ledge he landed on...he would have either been killed or broken every bone in his body if it were not for this ledge. I tried to reach down to grab him but he was out of my reach. Poor Beau was even trying to get up to me. I told him to sit and stay, as the surface was rock and some shale, which breaks away under pressure. I finally had to leave him there put all my dogs in my truck and drive down the road. I found the trail the man was telling me about at this point..a very obvious trail to the beach :roll: Any way I let all the dogs out and we ran down the beach to where Beau was trapped. It looked impossible, I debated weather I should go to a neighbor
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