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    So sorry, every dog owners worst nightmare!...

    So sorry, every dog owners worst nightmare! Praying for the pups, and you also.
    And I hope they tried to get fingerprints off that bucket!
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    I also have a Chessie bitch that blows her coat...

    I also have a Chessie bitch that blows her coat badly, twice a year, very much as Julie describes. Her normal coat however is really nice. Assuming your bitch is young? If her hair loss is hormonal...
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    Gerald - hope you are listening to Pete and...

    Gerald - hope you are listening to Pete and Darrin. Part of owning a dog that has bitten is management, as Darrin mentions. I have even had dogs that (IMO) have more 'potential' to bite, and they are...
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    IBD can be very tough. Battled it for months, in...

    IBD can be very tough. Battled it for months, in a 5 yr old bitch. My vet tried everything, and consulted with an internal medicine specialist (who did suggest a 'new' drug that was promising, but...
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    Keep exposing him to people, places and things....

    Keep exposing him to people, places and things. Make sure you do not inadvertantly 'praise' his shy behavior by petting or reassuring him while he is acting shy. I think with a pup you can certainly...
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    I have 'educated' many on e-collars as I do a lot...

    I have 'educated' many on e-collars as I do a lot of drill work in a large park near home. Lots of people stop and watch, some ask questions. I keep info on e-collar simple and state that used...
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    Sounds like a dog w/ minimal natural drive OR a...

    Sounds like a dog w/ minimal natural drive OR a dog that has had too much pressure / pressure he did not understand. Hard to say with minimal info but doubt very much that a 'frustrated' owner doing...
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    I use nylon booties from dogbooties.com. Get the...

    I use nylon booties from dogbooties.com. Get the ones with the elasticized Velcro strap.

    X2 on these - and I always got the elacticized velcro too, along with the slightly stretchy boot fabric....
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    Hi Dan, I agree with those that suggested maybe...

    Hi Dan,
    I agree with those that suggested maybe you do the basics without family around. I believe pup will be able to focus ON YOU and HER WORK better. Also, as she tends to be a drama queen type...
  10. You have gotten some good advice and hopefully...

    You have gotten some good advice and hopefully Wayne can be a good resource for you too. Just remember that this is still a PUPPY, albeit a handful! I agree pup needs work on "here' (and probably...
  11. Yes, a cute little female tho she was not cute at...

    Yes, a cute little female tho she was not cute at all during FF! She reacted very poorly to ear pinch and we were both miserable. I switched to collar way sooner than normally would and we worked...
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    Try an X-pen instead of crate, or a baby gate to...

    Try an X-pen instead of crate, or a baby gate to keep dog confined to mud room, kitchen etc. Helped a lot w/ my old guy. I believe there is a prescription med for old dog anxiety - I have not used...
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    Big difference between conformation and FT...

    Big difference between conformation and FT judging - conformation judges must get approved by AKC for EACH breed they are then approved to judge. LOTS of time and expense involved on their part and...
  14. WOW - huge congrats to Carol (and the pups of...

    WOW - huge congrats to Carol (and the pups of course!). What a GREAT weekend for you - and you desrve it!
    Diane
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    No question that driving w/ your dog would be...

    No question that driving w/ your dog would be preferable. But, I have flown with and/or shipped dogs many times over many years with very few problems (a couple times dogs were 'temporarily'...
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    Hi Ray - email me at riskyriver@juno.com and...

    Hi Ray - email me at riskyriver@juno.com and will see if I can help you out. However, with temps around 100 all last week and for the next week (at least) and lots of foxtail and cheatgrass this...
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    Ditto on the fencing, and I would do it before...

    Ditto on the fencing, and I would do it before the pup swallows a big enough chunk of corn cob to plug his intestine! My dogs would eat everything in my garden given the chance.
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    Disturbing and scary to have this type of...

    Disturbing and scary to have this type of incident happen but also fortunate that no real harm to your grandaughter. You are right to not brush it off but IMO euthanasia is premature. Yes, get dog...
  19. Jean - make sure Animal Control is also...

    Jean - make sure Animal Control is also contacted. I would also urge owner to contact local TV/News stations, and state that a reward is offered. Spokane is rather small as cities go and everyone...
  20. I also know of a pup that choked on dry food, at...

    I also know of a pup that choked on dry food, at almost 8 weeks old - she was to be sent to her new home the following day. Sadly, tho the breeder was right there and tried everything the pup died in...
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    What longgun, Marilyn and JS said - x2. I see...

    What longgun, Marilyn and JS said - x2. I see this often and it is very easy to improperly 'praise' when it is a cute puppy. Keep socializing w/ places people things. And basic OB and learning things...
  22. With all due respect - you need to slow down,...

    With all due respect - you need to slow down, absorb and make use of the good advice you are getting, and both you and pup enjoy life a bit more! You came on RTF just over two weeks ago and expressed...
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    You've had several good suggestions. Keep at it,...

    You've had several good suggestions. Keep at it, have patience, don't expect too much progress too soon. Keep in mind that every pup is different and that at 6 mo your pup is entering adolescence and...
  24. Some clubs will hold an Owner-Handler Qualifying...

    Some clubs will hold an Owner-Handler Qualifying in conjunction with a Hunt Test - that is probably what you saw while looking at the HT schedule.
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    Don't rush yourself or the dog (big newbie...

    Don't rush yourself or the dog (big newbie mistake)! Hopefully you will both do great but if not, don't let it discourage you - we have all 'been there'! Good luck...
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