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    You ask a hard question, but I think it's one...

    You ask a hard question, but I think it's one that can't really be answered at this time. I believe that environment and diet can and do influence some genetic weaknesses to a degree, but there are...
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    Perhaps I'm just being pessimistic, but the...

    Perhaps I'm just being pessimistic, but the trainer's actions suggest to me, that he knows exactly where the dog is. In my opinion, if the dog really did break out and get lost, then the trainer...
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    That is a seriously bad idea, to let an old...

    That is a seriously bad idea, to let an old ornery barn cat have at her. More than likely, she would hate cats and you'd have no hope of her tolerating them.

    I'd suggest you leash her, and...
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    Keep in mind, this problem will take time to...

    Keep in mind, this problem will take time to correct. Once a pup gets it in their head that it's ok to soil their sleeping area, it can be hard work and lots of repetition and patience to get them...
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    This sounds totally normal for any puppy. My...

    This sounds totally normal for any puppy. My guess, is that your pup is teething. The normal range to lose those baby teeth, is the 3-7 mos. range. Chewing and biting relieves the pain and...
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    I can't answer for everyone, but I am an owner of...

    I can't answer for everyone, but I am an owner of an 80lb dog in an XL wire kennel in the house right at the moment :) For us, we asked the breeder when we got him as a pup what size to get. His...
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    To the OP: Everybody here has given great...

    To the OP: Everybody here has given great suggestions. Both sides could be right. Your dog could perhaps be being disobedient, or it could be that he would do better not having to jump into the...
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    I guess if you want a robot you could claim that....

    I guess if you want a robot you could claim that. Many of us appreciate a little personality in our dogs though.

    It really seems like CodyC was showing the OP that some dogs were smarter than...
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    Everyone has great ideas. I am also concurring...

    Everyone has great ideas. I am also concurring with whomever mentioned making sure no scent remained each time you clean up one of pups messes.

    Our 1.5 year old chessie was perfect for almost...
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    Everyone else has great suggestions. One more...

    Everyone else has great suggestions. One more idea...What were the Dam and Sire like? Some dogs are just naturally aloof. It doesn't mean they're not great dogs, they're just not touchy feely and...
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    And as far as a young dog eating kids' toys...

    And as far as a young dog eating kids' toys ...that's the stupidest reason I've ever heard. I have a bunch of kids toddler age to pre-teen, and there are toys everywhere. The rule in my house is...
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    I do think you need to call the guy back ASAP. I...

    I do think you need to call the guy back ASAP. I think your answer should be kind, and concise. Don't include any extra "I'm sorry's or more information than necessary. Tell the guy you have...
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    Do you listen to yourself talk? That is exactly...

    Do you listen to yourself talk? That is exactly the kind of attitude that I'm talking about. The really frightening thing about it, is that you think this point of view is ok.

    As to your last...
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    This is good info to know. I'm sure there's alot...

    This is good info to know. I'm sure there's alot more to the story than we've been told in the article.
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    This happened with us the first time we tried it....

    This happened with us the first time we tried it. The trick was to increases the vinegar concentration until he didn't like it. His crate did smell like a salad for awhile though. Once we found a...
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    I agree with this. However, Knowing the few...

    I agree with this. However, Knowing the few facts we do know, I also don't have a problem with the police officer shooting the guy in defense of his dog. I have a problem with him shooting to kill...
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    That dog is not a "sworn" officer. That dog is a...

    That dog is not a "sworn" officer. That dog is a trained police dog, that has been granted Police Officer status. He cannot comprehend how to swear his allegience to protect and serve the public. ...
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    The same could be said for the officer...

    The same could be said for the officer though...what else was he supposed to do if the man refused to stop stabbing the dog and the dog wouldn't stop attacking the man? Let it all happen? I think...
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    I understand your point of view, but I also...

    I understand your point of view, but I also understand the flip side. Consider this: #1. In the US, we are supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty. We know that this man didn't...
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    I love your sense of humour Polmaise! I agree...

    I love your sense of humour Polmaise! I agree that we Americans would probably do well to adopt #s 2 and 13. It really is a sad state of affairs when modern American teenagers can't finish reading...
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    In my opinion, and from many things I've read...

    In my opinion, and from many things I've read about dogs interactions with babies and toddlers, your dog's reaction is actually ideal.

    We get it in our heads that we want our dogs to act like...
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    Personally, I think you're doing very well...

    Personally, I think you're doing very well working on the commands you already listed: Here, heel, and leave it. That the dog will listen to those commands, at all, from a 4 year old, is pretty...
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    When Kwicklabs said this: "A month later, I...

    When Kwicklabs said this: "A month later, I suddenly realized just how much emotional energy was being expended every "freeking" single day for years to "manage" the situation. The atmosphere in...
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    1. Just thinking out loud here... Sometimes...

    1. Just thinking out loud here... Sometimes with a dominant dog, the dog will come up to you and basically "demand" your attention, by shoving his snout in your hands or kissing you or whatnot, and...
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    Congratulations on the new puppies! There's nothing better than newborn pups :)

    Regarding getting the pups going and cleaned up: After a normal delivery, the bitch "generally" instinctively...
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