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  1. Thread: new baby

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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...
  5. Congratulations on the new puppies! There's...

    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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    We used a combination of things when our chessie...

    We used a combination of things when our chessie was a smaller pup.

    1. when the pup starts to go up on back legs, bringing your knee up quickly seems to put them off balance and they aren't...
  7. I've had 2 dogs with canine epilepsy, both who...

    I've had 2 dogs with canine epilepsy, both who had 15+ min. grand mal seizures, and our vet also chose not to prescribe meds to our 2nd dog. If I remember his reasoning, it was because her seizures...
  8. From what I've read, loose stool when switching...

    From what I've read, loose stool when switching to a grain free or raw diet is to be expected, and generally clears up once the dog is used to the new food. I've read it can take awhile, as the...
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    Along the lines of what Breck says, the leash I...

    Along the lines of what Breck says, the leash I use does have an extra loop nearer to the dog. I would say that it's just long enough for my chessie to be walking at heal with the loop in my hand...
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    No, you can use a prong collar with a regular...

    No, you can use a prong collar with a regular collar. However, some trainers feel that a narrower leather leash gives better control, and there are special prong collar leashes to lessen the chance...
  11. I am not an expert, but from what you've posted,...

    I am not an expert, but from what you've posted, it sounds like your dog is indeed missing some nutrients/vitamins/minerals or some combination thereof. Do you know what he's actually allergic to? ...
  12. I am not a vet, but I do know that the active...

    I am not a vet, but I do know that the active ingredients in heartworm preventatives are available seperately. I work at a farm/implement type store, and sell ivermectin over the counter for worming...
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    I don't know about all dogs, but our chessy pup...

    I don't know about all dogs, but our chessy pup was only restless at night for about the first 4-5 days or so after we brought him home. Those first few days, we put him in his crate to nap every...
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    when you go to fit the prong collar on your dog,...

    when you go to fit the prong collar on your dog, be very careful to make sure it fits well. It should fit fairly snug, right at the base of the ears, high on the neck, with the swivel where the...
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    If the puppy has been introduced to varying...

    If the puppy has been introduced to varying noises already, you may not have any problems at all. I don't know if this would work with all dogs, but one thing I have done with our Chessie pup and...
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    I used to have a little rat terrier who would get...

    I used to have a little rat terrier who would get sick every fall....not to the degree of your friend's dog, but vomiting etc., like clockwork in the fall, year after year. I always figured it was...
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    My personal pup is not trained competitively, but...

    My personal pup is not trained competitively, but here in my area of MN, there are only about 4 mos. where the water gets above 55 deg.
    and that's the top layer of water, below 30 feet, it's...
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    My thoughts exactly! But I live in MN too, and...

    My thoughts exactly! But I live in MN too, and we don't have liquid water yet, except in the river. In my part of MN, there aren't many months with water temps above 55deg.
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    I agree! Another quality of an excellent...

    I agree! Another quality of an excellent breeder, is that an excellent breeder cares about each pup they sell. They are available to answer your questions regarding the pup, both before and AFTER...
  20. praying here too.

    praying here too.
  21. As a mother of 4 human babies and one dog baby,...

    As a mother of 4 human babies and one dog baby, the first advice for you that I have, is RELAX, she'll be fine. This is good for her, and it will be better for her to fit into your activities and...
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    @Sharon....only 4 mos. of the year where you are?...

    @Sharon....only 4 mos. of the year where you are? I'm in MN, and last year the ice didn't go off the lakes around here until the week or 2 before fishing opener in mid May. After the snow we got...
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    It doesn't seem right, but Purina dog chow can do...

    It doesn't seem right, but Purina dog chow can do very well for some dogs. I used to have a beautiful redbone coonhound female, that I rescued from a shelter when she was 2. She had no food drive...
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    These things are stinkers, but thankfully, the...

    These things are stinkers, but thankfully, the moth stage doesn't actually eat. So these guys will die on their own in like a week (I think..maybe a little more). No need to spray them with bug...
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    I think most people feed Purina Pro Plan or the...

    I think most people feed Purina Pro Plan or the Eukanuba Pro type one, and are running their dogs in tests etc here on this site. I also have a chessy, but he's not running hunt tests , and while...
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