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  1. Yes, dogs can suffer from a form of ADHD. The difference between a dog with a normal high energy (sporting dogs, herding dogs have been bred specifically to perform tasks which require them to be unusally hyper) and a dog with ADHD... Dogs with ADHD have exceptionally short attention spans and a high degree of impulsiveness that makes it impossible for them to focus on one task for long...they are easily distracted. A normal high energy dog will focus very quickly on the click and treat game...they are normal active dogs who haven't learned how to control their behavior, but they can i
  2. I wouldn't consider champion conformation show dogs to be evidence that you have a good breeder. I have seen the worst genetic disasters become Champions...hey, I have one at home right now, a champion in 3 countries Canada, USA and Bermuda. Do I think his breeders are doing a great thing...no I don't. The only good breeders are ones who are bettering the breed as Courtnek already mentioned. A good breeder is one who gets titles on their dogs such as agility, obedience and other sports perhaps breed specific. I don't see too often in the dog show world where they are bettering the bre
  3. [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 S
  4. First off, our purebred dogs are not "races" of Canines. Purebreds have been inbred to meet a certain standard. We humans are not purebred; we are races of humans. Mongrel dogs would be races of dogs, these dogs naturally evolved to adapt to a certain environment. Mongrel dogs evolved to be scavengers with low to moderate predatory drive. With purebred dogs we have selected small populations of Mongrels and inbred the dogs. Man bred for certain enhanced drives and motor patterns. Man deselected some motor patterns to fulfill certain jobs. I certainly would not want a dog with a ful
  5. All of my dogs eat raw meat and all 5 eat side by side with no issues. Food aggression is the result of poor training and lack of rules in the household. It really doesnt have much to do with the food. I have seen small spoiled dogs get very vicous when eating a bone or kibble meal...because the owner allows the dog to get away with it the dog will guard whatever it has. Some owners inadvertely encourage guarding behavior. My dogs will sit nicely before I place their meals in front of them. Same goes for raw meaty bones, they will sit nicely before they get one...they know there is no r
  6. I would have to say that the name Pitbull would refer more to a race of dogs. Generally dogs which had a keen interest in Pit fighting...it was at one time a general term for a race of dogs. For instance I could say Mastiff type breeds etc. and this would be a general term for Bullmastiffs, Great Danes, Rottweiler type dogs etc. Back in the day before Purebred dogs there were only races of dogs. Slang names were used to describe different groups of dogs that showed similar behaviors and enhanced drives. When kennel clubs came along and dog fighting was frowned upon the name "pit" was dr
  7. Unfortunately this type of recall happens more often than we think. I have on occasion seen this type of recall, I think the owners are embarrassed their dog won't come and it escalates their anger. I have made a joke in passing of "gee, I don't think Id want to come over to you either...hee hee". An opening joke can decrease the tension the owner is feeling and allow them to seek your advice without feeling like a fool. Yelling at a novice owner can only embarrass them further and escalate the situation.. I have even seen some professional trainers who train other people and use these f
  8. I wish I could post the article from the paper...I don't have it in front of me I just read it while at a friends home. You make a good point behle about no trespassing signs...I wonder if by law they would not be allowed to put snares on my land if I posted a few of these signs. In my anger I never even thought about this :oops: Thank you behle...my blood vessels in my brain are much to constricted in anger to think logically right now. That is a very good point you brought up. :wink:
  9. What a wonderful story. What a horror to read the horrible ordeal these people went through. One Newfie managed to stay alive by holding onto a dead body with a life jacket on. A baby was found alive floating on a mattress...another women holding onto a pole had to make a choice of which of her children to let go of because she could no longer hold onto both. How horribe for these poor people :( the child survived having been grabbed by another person. As Courtnek mentioned animals have a sixth sense, superior nose and ears. There were reports that animals fled before this tidal wave
  10. 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 po
  11. In my experience Staffordshire Bull Terriers are inclined to be dog aggressive. Even in the show ring dog aggression is not a disqualification for many guardian type and terrier breeds. If it were a Newfoundland dog or Retriever showing dog aggression this would be unnatural for the breed and shouldn't be bred....it would also be a disqualification....but for your breed of choice it is a normal trait. What is the name of the kennel you got your Stafforshire from? If you signed a contract for one litter then you will have to do a breeding. Just keep in mind what breed you have a
  12. 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 populati
  13. [quote]I am going to give the Synflex a try. I can always mash a sardine into his food, he'd eat sawdust with fishies in it! My dogs do love their fishies. [/quote] This is exactly what I have to do with my little girl Athena. I give her lots of different supplements and she has the sense of smell of a bloodhound :lol: The Yucca root I put in her food has a very minty smell. Athena will turn away from her dish if she even catches a hint of this smell. I find sardines work wonders at covering the smell. I feed a raw/kibble diet so normally I put her supplements in her morning kibble m
  14. 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:
  15. [quote]If your nocturnal encounter with Kevin Sorbo interfered with my ability to sleep such as rocking the bed until I felt seasick or like I was going to be pitched to the floor or had you screaming to the high heavens or included being continually cow kicked in my kidneys, trust me, I'd wake you up [/quote] HF, I really hope we never end up in such an encounter that you would feel the need to wake me from one of my intimate dreams :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: If we ever meet at a dog grooming seminar in the future I will not invite you down to my room. :lol: :lol:
  16. [quote]oh, Kenneview! I have been to her site, she has some lovely dogs, and they are well-known and respected by Pyr people in the U.S. too[/quote] It's really neat to hear that a breeder from my small little province could be well known in the states :D Carole (the breeder) is a sweet women who truly loves her breed. I respect her and admire her energy. I have looked after her kennel in the past and she boards her dogs at the boarding kennel I work at. She also does Pyr rescue, she recently rescued a sweet bitch from up Northern canada (some where).
  17. Thank you so much. I e-mailed Eagle Pack and Azmira today to get information regarding becoming a distributor. I will also e-mail and look into back to basics, holistic blend and artemis. I think they are selling Holistic blend at a local grocery store...we have a chain called the super store which carries organic and holistic foods for human and animals. I seem to recall the dog and cat food being called holistic blend...normally you wouldn't find superior products in a grocery store...but, when it comes to the smaller organic section I think some of these companies will allow their
  18. The pup sounds lovely :wink: I don't think any one here on this board would be upset by this particular Christmas puppy. :wink: The only upsetting Christmas puppy are the unplanned for pups bought on a whim from a pet store. From what you wrote lots of research and study went into this planned puppy purchsse. It also sounds as though the pup was purchased from a responsible breeder. That is very sweet both dogs chewing on the same bone. It sounds like a relationship that is going to work out well. My dogs (3 Newf's, Dobie and Rottie) will also share bones and lay beside each other
  19. In my area of eastern Canada the most popular breeds would be: 1. Lab's 2. Golden's 3. Shih Tzu's 4. Lhasa's 5. NOva Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 6. Siberian Husky 7. German Shepherd 8. Miniature Schnauzer's 9. Collie's and Shelties 10. Poodle Not in that order, but, working at a Vet clinic these are the breeds I see most often. Lab's are the most popular in my area.
  20. [quote]Which kennel does your friend have?[/quote] pyrless, Her kennel name is Kenneview kennels. She has some lovely dogs and she also does breed rescue.
  21. 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 Rot
  22. [quote]Cassie, what is a "horizon dog?" [/quote] pyrless, when I say horizon dog I mean that you let them loose and all you see of them is their tail slipping over the horizon. :lol: We use this term quite often here in my area of Canada when talking about Husky's and other breeds which require A LOT of recall work and have the tendency to want to run quite a ways before they realize they left their owner behind :lol: This is just my experience with the breed. As a general rule they can lean towards being a horizon dog or runner. They require a skilled dog owner who has the time to put
  23. We were discussing selling good quality dog foods at the grooming facility I work at. My boss thinks it
  24. I will never own another Great Pyrenees again. I loved my Great Pyrenees...but, she was a horizon dog. I can't stand horizon dogs. I will never own another Rottweiler again. Only because I find they have such a high prey drive and the full series of predatory sequences. I also don't like the fact that my Rottie and many I have dealt with are dog aggressive. I will never own another dog aggressive breed again, its tiring, embarrassing and not fun at all if you like to be a social dog person. I will never own an APBT, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier d
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