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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by spamvicious, May 7, 2017.


  1. ShibaPup

    ShibaPup PetForums VIP

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    Zoom groom is the best toy in the world for Lily - so are the nail clippers!! :rolleyes: Usually I give her a stuffed kong, a chew or a toy to keep her mouth occupied.

    Currently working on Kikopup's upside down settle to help with nail trimmings as she gets bigger.
     
  2. LittleKrystal

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    Mine tries to play with it too. I use frozen yoghurt on a plate to distract him. It lasts for ages and ages, so we're able to brush him for a good 10mins.

    Nail clipping is so hard to do so I just leave it to the groomers. He doesn't need it cut often since he is walked twice a day and the ground pretty much grinds his nails so they're always short.
     
  3. LittleKrystal

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    It's not too late. Most important thing is that you attend the classes.

    You should start socialisation asap tho if you haven't already done so. Your puppy needs to meet a new person every day and ideally new dogs too. You also need to introduce her to as much sound as possible. There are videos you can play with sounds that normally scare dogs if they're used to the sounds from young they'll be less scared when they're older. That was one of the most important things the classes taught us, and it's one of those things that's once you've missed out, you can't turn back time, whereas an old dog can always learn a new trick.
     
  4. spamvicious

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    I give her a treat while she's being groomed, especially as the pizzle is current favourite. Ruby looks gorgeous. Star is currently asleep on one of my tshirts after having her first walk in the real world.
     
  5. spamvicious

    spamvicious PetForums Senior

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    No it just says a talk without the dog. I don't want to sit there for 2 1/2 hours. The whole point is for Star and me to learn at the same time.
     
  6. LittleKrystal

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    I went for a class that's run by the Puppy School organisation, they're really good! The content is amazing, and we learnt a lot. You can see if there' one near you. http://www.puppyschool.co.uk/
     
  7. spamvicious

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    Thanks for this, the closest one was an hour away so no good. I have however found another class and we start on Wednesday :)
     
  8. ashelia

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    Don't think I'll even attempt clipping right now haha :D I had a bit more success last night while occupying her with a chew toy but it takes two people! I'll try food next time.
     
  9. ashelia

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    Sadly I couldn't find any pizzles in our local garden centre but I got some other beef chews she'll hopefully like and will keep her busy! Did she have a nice time out in the real world? :) That reminds me did you just have two vaccinations for Star or three? I thought we only needed two but after getting her second one yesterday the vet said her final one would be in two weeks time.
     
  10. ashelia

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    Oh what kind of yoghurt do you use? I might give that a try! :)
     
  11. spamvicious

    spamvicious PetForums Senior

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    She's had a great time today, a visit to the pet shop and walk round the park. Star is having three injections, same schedule as you. She's had two and a final one two weeks later. I looked it up and they've added a third lepto injection. I'm also going to get her a kennel cough done as I want to take her to doggy daycare once we find a new place to move to.
     
  12. ashelia

    ashelia PetForums Junior

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    Sounds like she had a good time! :) Are you planning on taking her to other places? Oh and does Star get carsick? Okay good I was a little concerned because most say they usually only have one injection, but my vet said the third one was to do with rats and other rodents? It might be to do with our area.
     
  13. spamvicious

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    Yeah my vet said it was to do with water and rats, don't let Ruby near water until her third injection. Star doesn't get car sick but she whines sometimes and pants but she's been better the last couple of trips. I'm planning on taking her to the seaside soon. I took her to the park today and another dog approached her and she started screeching :( I hope it's not the start of problems. How is Ruby doing?
     
  14. ashelia

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    Ah okay! Will do, she's always trying to drink out of puddles outside but I tug her away since I didn't think it'd be great for her any way. Ruby pants, drools and whines then is usually sick :confused: she hasn't had too many rides in the car yet though so I'm hoping she'll eventually get used to it if we build it up? Continue with shorter journey's then make longer ones.

    I wouldn't think so? Ruby will bark a little when meeting new people and will seem nervous but she'll eventually approach them and get comfy. Maybe the more you gradually introduce her to other dogs she'll get better? If you find a good puppy class I'm sure that'd help as well.

    She's been doing great! :D I managed to block off half of the living room so it's been easier to keep an eye on her and I've noticed she calms down by herself a lot better now, and she's better on her lead now since I got her a harness. Like people said it does get easier, even though we have off days sometimes. Do you feel like you're coping better now?
     
  15. spamvicious

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    Oh no, maybe you'll have to get some travel sickness stuff from the vet as a lot of dogs suffer from it. Sounds more like sickness than actual anxiety. However like you say, the more you take her out the better she might be.

    Today in the park a staffy came bolting over so I picked Star up and she wanted to go back down and greet her so I let her get down and she was ok. Yesterday two dogs approached at the same time so maybe it was that.

    I'm glad Ruby is doing well. I put star in her crate earlier and went out for an hour. Before I would have felt massively guilty but I downloaded an app called Dog Monitor and you can watch a video of them if you have two iOS devices. It costs £4.99 which is a bargain. When I put it on, she cried for about a minute and then went to sleep. I'm doing better now it's not just me on my own. Now when Star has her devil streak, I can say to my mum 'Can you take over' and have a break for 5 mins. I hope you have the same.
     
  16. Loops1988

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    Hi,
    I hope you don't mind me joining
    I have a 5 month old bull dog male who is just adorable and getting on very well
    He's learnt sit, paw, lay, fetch and his name so far
    He's getting there with recal but so far i haven't let him off the lead out and about even though he is so chubby and lazy I'm sure he wouldn't run off anyway, I don't have to worry about him when answering the door or going to the bins as he just stands at the door anyway
    I have a yr old cat who he gets on great with although the cat tries to wind him up and they like to have a little tumble with each other where they take it in turns to pin each other down lol
    I also have 2 kids, 7 and 4 who absolutely adore him. My 7 yr old has ADHD and autism so he is being a great help to her, their 10 minute of mad time and walks is directing her access energy quite well
    Pup has someone at home all day except from 3 hours, 8-9, 12-1 and 3-4 for school runs and we have nearly stopped messing or wetting in the house at these times now and even when he does he's doing it by the back door. When we're at home he has no accidents now
    I'm not against crate training but it's not something I personally want to do with him, ild much rather him being able to have peice on his bed and roam when he wants too and so far this is working very well - he's blocked from going upstairs when no one is home but allowed up on our room at night (not on our bed) but he sleeps 10pm till 5am without crying or messing/wetting so all good really

    He's fed now twice a day and on k9 optimum chicken and rice puppy food and now weighs 11kg which is great for his age

    He loves his walks and going to the pet shops, to people's houses with us and in the car, he's great when he meets other dogs and when he met my mums older dog who wasn't so keen on him (not nasty but gave a lot of warnings) he surrendered and walked away so clearly shows respect for his elders lol

    He is overall an absolute joy and so much less stressful then my last pup going back 10 years ago

    We've only had him 4 weeks (he was imported from hungrey at 4 months) and it's like he has always been here now

    The only negative is him learning how to get into the living room when we're not here now which means toys are at risk lol
    We also have a massive floor standing rat cage with 2 rats who like to stick their tails out so I need to figure out a way of stopping him going in there just in case really
     
  17. spamvicious

    spamvicious PetForums Senior

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    welcome to our little group. What's his name?. It sounds like you have it sorted. Could you put a baby gate on the living room to stop him getting in and munching on the toys?
     
  18. LittleKrystal

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    Just regular plain greek yogurt
     
  19. LittleKrystal

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    Welcome!! Your puppy sounds lovely and he's definitely giving you a really easy time :D

    You can start off leash training by having him on a long leash (10m) and treat him with special extra special when he comes back. That usually keeps them coming back even if you don't call them. It's always good to start early to get him use to it so he won't see it as too much of a privilege when he off leash in the future.
     
  20. ShibaPup

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    Lily likes to observe people - today we are going to sit in our local town so she can people watch and practice bringing her attention back to me.

    She hasn't seen any other dogs yet; saw a few cats - she gets a little excited but will come back to me when called.

    Having little 1-3 min short training sessions teaching "watch", "sit", "down" and "stand" - stand proving the most difficult as her default behaviour when she wants something is to sit... but we'll get there!
     
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