09-29-2007 09:42 PM
10-13-2007 06:04 PM
10-13-2007 10:01 PM
Now I have a question for the group: What do those of you who do not let your pets on the furniture do when you come home to find they've been relaxing on the couch? Can't scold if you don't catch them at it, right? But when there are little white hairs all over the brown leather, you know they've been there!
10-16-2007 07:20 PM
I can understand what your saying about panic etc, when you love your dog and right before your eyes the possibilty of the worst that can happen is a threat of course you do what comes natural to protect. I can assure you one thing running after your dog being panicked will only make you have to chase the dog more and hopefully you can catch up to them. You just got your dog so you have not had time to build that communication bond between you yet, a bond you will see that you will be able to read your dog and the dog read you without words. This will happen in time.
In order to protect my dogs and give them the freedom I feel they should have ( I don't believe in tying dogs to runners etc this makes them aggressive in my opinion)I have a invisable fence installed giving them full romp of grounds without them romping into street. ( Conventional fencing is not option here) This invisable fencing runs below front door helping to insure no exitiing out front door into street. They have been trained to fence and to be honest they know boundries so well that when Sugar managed to get Pepper's collar off in play he did not wonder off because in his head he could not go past the now known boundries. Of course did I get sick to my stomach when he came in without his collar ? yes ! I made sure I did not let on something was wrong, I closed patio doors gave each a milkbone, went out retrieved collar and put it back on him.
10-16-2007 09:21 PM - edited 10-16-2007 09:22 PM
Pepper and Sugar... funny- my childhood next-door neighbors had a beagle named Sugar, and we had a cat named Pepper.
So far this little fellow seems to be trying to fray my nerves! It appears that all of his favorite things to do are potentially hazardous. He drinks out of the fishpond and the swimming pool, he eats lizards, chases snakes, tangles himself up in the vines along the fence - reminds me of when my kids were toddlers. I purposefully chose a two-year-old dog hoping that with a bit of age came some small modicum of wisdom... ah well, silly me.
Message Edited by Stephanie on 10-16-2007 09:22 PM
10-17-2007 04:58 PM
Yes Sugar is white and Pepper is Black , both from same litter. I am so happy I got them both. People thought us nuts getting 2 GSDs at the same time same age from same litter. I just had attitude it will be ok and make sure it is. I have to say I lucked out they have the best demeanor you could ask for.
You sound like you have your hands full. Chasing snakes ?,,, Ugh ! I would freak out dealing with that. Ceasar had his dogs trained to avoid snakes ( I am pretty sure it was him) I think he did it because the trails he takes his pack on has snakes along the way. I can't remember how it was achieved ( I blank out anything to do with snakes) but I am sure there must be some way to find out.
10-21-2007 09:21 PM
This week has been a great one for swimming, so my children have been in the pool almost every day. I've found out that this activity seems to encourage our new little dog to race around maniacally, and fall into the pool. Wet pool deck and speeding dog... a recipe for learning how to swim. He'll swim, but it seems like an awful lot of work for him, and teaching him to swim to the steps is difficult when he is trying to scrabble up the side. Luckily, he only seems to fall into the pool when someone is in it.
Growing up I always had Labradors. Swimmers by nature, their webbed paws make a huge difference in their swimming ability.
10-22-2007 01:48 AM
10-23-2007 08:58 PM
Seriously, I think your way is a whole lot better. We just have the one little 25 lb dog, and me on the deck and three people in the pool when we're trying to teach him to swim to the steps. I can't imagine two 50+ lb dogs flailing about with just me!
10-25-2007 11:40 AM