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    Sorry, Becky Summers, but the "pack leader" theory has long been debunked. It has no place in modern dog training and only serves to increase the anxiety that our dogs feel and so interferes with learning.y It was John Fisher who was responsible tor spreading the theory. It was based on studies done on captive wolves. They were not a family group, just random wolves and they had to compete for food. More recent studies done on wild dogs and wolves proves that they live as a cooperative. John Fisher published a later book in which he apologised to all the dogs to which he had caused distress by advising people to rank reduce them. He realised he had got the theory wrong when he followed up his cases, a year or so after the initial consultation, only to find that the dog had become withdrawn and depressed. The dogs had no relationship with their owners as they had no understanding of why they were being treated so harshly. If anyone is basing their thinking on Cesar Milan then be aware that he cancelled his planned tour of the UK after dog professionals voiced their concerns over his outdated methods and dog lovers threatened to demonstrate at each of his venues. Modern, reward based, methods are much more effective at changing a dog's behaviour.
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    He is shocking but a lot of Emma's messages are really on point. Apparently she is a real expert in separation anxiety. I have my French language group meeting here tomorrow, I may not ask them though! I have to be honest, I have never learned to swear in French, but there was one occasion when we were standing outside a restaurant in La Rochelle reading the menu board. An English lady next to us also reading the board turned and nearly tripped over Timber. She obviously didn't realise we were British because she came out with "stupid f***ing dog!" I was able to tell her he wasn't a stupid effing dog (I can't even swear in English), she should just look where she was going. She was so taken aback, she clearly hadn't expected to be understood! One of life's little smug moments ...
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    Why not leave a space, so the Sign reads: "Be aware of the Dog" (Agree, best to check first)
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    "Google" Quick release leather slip leads, there are loads on ebay!
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    A friend bought a quick release collar to use on his Whippet at racing, his dog is so keen to get in the trap it was hard to take its collar off. I do not know who made it but he had to buy it from the USA.
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    Hi Joanne, We will look into this and see what can be done!
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    Had these dog product sample boxes pointed out to me recently, ordered one and have to say I was very impressed with the contents for the price. They also give you a £9.99 credit to use in the Amazon Pet Store too. I posted as I thought it might interest others.
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    Amazing to be here and to see so many of you truly care about this community, we can't wait to take this to a whole new level. Thank you all for your kind words and suggestions.
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    Hello. I, too. like the forum the way it is. It is a very friendly place. If we disagree with something someone else says then we do not attack that person or try to "out do" that person by posting forcefully. There are people on here with a wealth of knowledge and they share it with no thanks from the "forum owners". Yes the recipients of the advice are grateful but it would be nice to see some sort of input on that front. It would be nice to know the new owners' background in the dog world? I know selling advertising is the way many forums are financed. This concerns me somewhat as it can seem as though by posting advice on here we are in some way sanctioning the products that are advertised.
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    Hello. I have to be honest (and a bit naive maybe) but I didn't realise that forums are 'owned' as such. I don't have much to suggest, I like this forum because of the way it is - but hello anyway.
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    Good to hear that the problem seems to be solved. Updates are always welcome. The farmers are also spraying a lot of their fields at the moment where this years crops have been taken from, in preparation for cultivation again. Enjoy your pup !
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    pretty sure that my first French word learnt at school was 'merde' apparently French for shit!!
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    Just had a look at FMF, like it Text from Dog is also very funny!
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    Separation anxiety is caused by dogs being over bonded to their owners. If his crying is causing you anxiety (which, of course, it would) are you over compensating for it by giving him far too much attention, when you are there, than is good for his development. Puppies need to learn to be independent. This means that they should not get attention at every whimper. It is best to ignore whimpering and whining and wait until puppy is settled or playing before giving attention. It is really hard at first because they try really hard if they are used to getting attention by whimpering and whining. You just have to listen and wait for a break and get in there with attention. At first just a second or two will do, but as time goes on wait for longer periods of quiet before giving attention. This does not mean leaving him to cry for long periods waiting for him to stop. Rather try to distract him by rattling something and then giving him attention before he starts up again. Roll a toy by him without engaging with him. If he stops crying then carry on with the game. You could try taking him outside every time he whimpers or whines. This will teach him how to get taken outside when he needs to go. Don't make a big deal of it just whisk him outside and ignore him until he goes, reward well, and bring him in again. He can then have lots of attention because he has stopped whimpering. When he is ready he will settle and you can give him intermittent attention for settling. If he starts up whimpering then whisk him outside without ceremony so that he learns that it gets him let out but not any attention unless, of course, he performs his toilets Ignore his attempts to get attention by following you or sitting resting against you. Move away and then give him attention when he settles on his own. It is so easy to breathe a sigh of relief when they settle on their own and get on with other stuff. This means they never get attention for being independent but only for being needy. This, in turn, feeds their needy side rather than the one we want, the independent side. It is very difficult bringing a puppy home and away from his mum and all his litter mates. Yes they need care and attention but they also need to build confidence in their ability to cope as an independent dog. If you are ever tempted to get him a companion then think again. It is not another dog's attention that they want but their owner's. Another dog takes their owner's attention away
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    Can you please expand on the "Breeding Facilities"? Could you also give an outline of who the owner is and their background?
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    I would pester the vet until they sort it out. Mention all the things you have mentioned here. Try to see the same vet each time and see if it can be a senior vet. Stress might be a factor. I have worked in a vet's surgery and they see diarrhoea all the time. They can go on to auto pilot when treating it. If you stress how long this has been going on and give them all the clues then they may start thinking outside the box. Another clue is that she was fine with the dog sitter. Did she scavenge there? What did they feed her? Was she left alone at all? It might help if you write all the clues down of when she is fine and when she is not. Perhaps some sort of pattern will appear.
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    I am a big fan of crates but I would not crate him if he finds it so upsetting. See if you can settle him in a different cosy place. Adaptil is often helpful. Its all about trial and error with some pups. They are all different. Try sectioning off a corner of a room perhaps. Puppy pads are a waste of time and money. House training is all about reading the signs and organising it so that the puppy is outside when he needs to pee and poo. Any pees and poops that happen inside should be seen as a failure on our part to anticipate that our puppy needs to go. Take him out after eating, after sleeping, after playing and any time he looks a little distracted. Give a high value reward immediately he performs. Do not wait until he walks towards you as he will think the reward is for that.
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    Try a dessert spoonful assuming she is a normal sized whippet.
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    What about adding some live yoghurt to her food, to balance the friendly bacteria in her gut? It at least can't do any harm.
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    Biker John, thanks! Yeah I am expecting to be interrogated by breeders when I come to contact them.. and rightly so - just means they care about the dogs.
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    You say she was ok on Wainwrights. You took her off because she stopped eating it. This is a big clue. Wainwrights seems to suit her so I would put her back on it and give her absolutely nothing else. Use it for treats too. Not eating can be a behaviour problem. They quickly learn that we will give them something else or add in something tasty if they leave their food. I would put the food down without looking at her or talking to her. Leave it down, but do not leave the room, for ten minutes just potter around and completely ignore her. Once the ten minutes is up, pick up the food, again without looking at her. Do not make a comment to anyone else about her behaviour. Try again later in the day with the same rules. No looking at her or talking to her or commenting on her behaviour in her presence. The reasoning behind this is that dogs pick up our anxiety over their eating or not eating. It then makes their tummy go tight and they stop eating. If they are not anxious they are manipulating us into giving them something else. Once she is eating Wainwrights, which suits her tummy, you can decide what to do about her diet in the long term. You can introduce various types of food, one at a time, to see which one is causing her upset tummy. From there you will be able to choose the right food and treats for her. I had a lurcher bitch that refused to eat anything for several days while I was away. My husband thought that she was pining for me but she was just "working" him. She tried it with me when I got back but I put the above into practice and she started eating again. I could tell from the way she kept looking up from the bowl that she was expecting to be encouraged and cajoled or to have tasty things added. It was tough doing it, because they never look fat in the first place, but it is best for them. People with multi dog households rarely suffer this problem as there is competition for the food. Well we have to be the "competition" by picking up the bowl of uneaten food and giving them nothing else until the next meal.
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    Sandra, first sorry to say but green tripe is the smelly stuff. For going away, just an overnight works fine, obviously the food has defrosted by feeding time but that ok as you feed it defrosted. Any longer takes a bit of planning but so far I've managed it, taking enough, well wrapped together and knowing I could use a freezer when we got there.
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    Raw green tripe is supposed to be good for balancing gut health.
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    There is a check you can make on how inbred any puppies might be. It is called the co-efficient of inbreeding. Someone, somewhere has put them all on a database and you can put sire and dam in and it will tell you how inbred a puppy is. The lower the number the better. When you find a breeder or hear of a litter then you can put the sire and dam in to the search to see what comes out. I would look for a breeder who has been breeding for many years and knows all the lines. This means that they know which lines to avoid for health reasons or temperament reasons. They breeder does not need to have one lots at shows, in fact I, personally, would avoid an avid show breeder. They, in my opinion, can lose sight of the most important things - health and temperament in their search for the dog that is most likely to win in the current trend in the breed. Golden Retreivers went through a phase of the lightest coat colour was fashionable in the ring. This meant choosing that trait above other more desirable ones. I would look for a breeder that keeps the bitch in the home and raises the puppies in a busy home environment. There may be a branch of the Golden Retriever club that still works their dogs. This would attract me as they will know which dogs have fewer joint problems and are easy to train etc. They may not breed but should now of good breeders. I know the club put on a lovely obedience display at Crufts most years. A good breeder will ask you lots and lots of questions. I would start now with contacting breeders. It will gain you brownie points with them and you will gradually get a feel of the ones you trust and the ones that you are not so happy with. Go to shows and obedience events and talk to owners. Ask about faults in the breed and tips for finding a good breeder. We only do this once every twelve years or so and things change.
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    Hello to everyone on this site. I have read the rules and hope this is OK to post. A friend and myself have recently started a small business offering pet portraits. Please feel free to check it out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/To-Bare-My-Art-Soul-148119369111554/
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    Not the right symptoms for separation anxiety. It does look like some sort of fear response though. Dogs have three responses to a fear stimulus. Fight, Flight or Freeze. They usually give up the "freeze" after puberty but some dogs retain it. It sounds as though something has scared your dog at some time and she is using the "freeze" response to deal with her fear. Will she move with you if you have food in your hand to lure her? If so I would lure her in by putting it on her nose and luring her towards the house. Do not release the food until she has moved a step or two in the right direction otherwise you are rewarding the "freeze". Keep luring and reward each movement until you get her indoors when she can have multiple treats one after the other. Over time ask for more brave steps, before releasing a treat, until she will walk the whole way in order to get the multiple treats on offer in the house. Keep your body language happy and positive so that she gains confidence from you. You might like to accompany her to the garden for last wee wee's for a while too. Don't give her too much attention, just be there pruning the roses or whatever. Lots of dogs are scared of the dark As time goes on she should forget the scary monster and start to relax more and you will be able to slowly withdraw your presence.
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    Yes, they are great. I'm also a big fan of Emma Judson's cartoons (Foul Mouthed Fido - not for those of a sensitive disposition). She uses cartoons to give important messages relating to training and behaviour. Have a look at her Facebook page to see some of her work but be aware that Fido' s slogan is 'Telling it like it f***'ing is' so if language offends you, perhaps give it a miss!
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    Well, it's a year to the day since I became a dog owner, and I'm still loving it! And thanks for all the helpful advice from the residents of this fine parish, too
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    What type of puppy do you have, and how old is he ? Are you a full time mum or like most of us maybe you have to work too. How long is he in the cage during the day and evenings? Do you take your puppy out for a wee or poo at 4 am, this may be what is waking him. Maybe your puppy thinks he has spent long enough in his cage for so many hours. It is very difficult for a puppy and very lonely, night times are very long for a young puppy shut in a cage by itself after leaving mum and siblings. Have you put a blanket over the top of his cage to make it more den like so that he can feel secure. As JoanneF always suggests, can you put the crate in your bedroom for quiet comfort. How much mental play time do you give your puppy and what time does he actually spend loose and out of his cage with his new family. There are so many different suggestions and ideas. Wait for JoanneF, who I am sure will be along soon, she is fantastic with her ideas.
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    Aw, a year already! Happy Gotcha Day!
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    What lovely pictures excuse me. I agree Joanne, in my opinion the only thing that comes close to a puppy's tummy is a baby's bottom.
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. My dog has always enjoyed lying on her back legs splayed. Not very elegant for a lady! Will attempt to attach photos - aged 8 weeks and 14 months. Dave is a lovely puppy and a great name.
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    Just in case anyone else is reading this post for advice about feeding their puppy. It is generally accepted that an 8 week old puppy should still have been having 5 small meals a day while with the breeder. 4 meals until 12 weeks, 3 meals until 16 weeks,2 meals until a year old. Then depending on breed once or twice a day.
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    Remember that it's often the second last meal that they poo. If you want to check, add a few kernels of sweet corn to one of his meals! That might give you a better idea of when to feed .
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    Yes all cockers, (working type) We have never managed to produce a tri colour though! The puppy picture was after the puppies had had a glorious time playing quiet hard. Without any notice they all seemed to just "crash out" and we could do anything with them while they had their exhausted sleeps. We searched the garden and found all of the puppies sleeping in different places, so picked them up and put them in a heap. It made a lovely picture ! (none of them woke up while being moved ). Great fun! Dear Dave! he is lovely. it is amazing how much puppies change and grow in their first few weeks
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    Especially for JoanneF. (loads of puppy tummies)
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    Dave is so cute! My whippets will lie on their backs like this to cool themselves down a bit.
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    I don't think there is any problem - puppies do seem to get themselves into some strange positions. I do think we need to see many more cute Dave tummy photos to make sure though ...
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    thanks for your suggestions JoanneF and excuseme...sods law, last night Dave went to bed/crate at 11:15pm & to sleep straight away. He didnt wake until 6:30am :0) & went straight out for wee & poo. I was happy with this & the household was starting to get up then anyway so i didnt get chance to try settling him back to bed/crate. will update tomorrow on tonights progress!
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    It sounds as though your little chap has had a long enough time and sleep in his cage, and is ready to start his day. Don't upset his peaceful night routine by shutting him up in his cage again. Have you tried leaving him loose now after his wee to see if he will give you another couple of hours sleep? He is very young and is bound to improve without upsets as the weeks go by.
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    He is a handsome lad! I'd have his crate in your bedroom so you can train a 'settle down' cue. I'd also try to make sure the room is dark and he can't hear things like birds outside.
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    Joanne's advice about raw bones is correct, NEVER feed a cooked bone to your dog. Most raw bones are fine, the only ones to avoid are the weight bearing beef bones, these are reported to crack some dogs teeth. All other raw bones are fine. I start introducing puppies to raw chicken bones at 5 weeks of age, wings or carcases are fine, leaving the fat and skin on. A whole chicken wing (3 joints) is fantastic to start your puppy on. Edible raw bone has good food value, so include this as part of daily rations. If you are introducing a slightly older dog to a bone, just make sure the bone is not too small, a slightly large bone that needs some effort and that can not get chomped and swallowed in one go is best. Don't worry or agitate your dog while it is eating it's bone, as this can again cause it to swallow and gulp what it has, to prevent you from taking it away! After eating a couple of these new bones your dog should have learnt just how to manage his bone and eat it properly. Bones are very nutritious and of course the calcium is excellent, they help keep the teeth naturally clean and the gums healthy too. Raw bones can help keep our dogs poo's firm.
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    The old fashioned remedy always used to be Liquid Paraffin.
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    Welcome to the forum Julie. This is a very friendly place with lots of helpful and knowledgeable people.
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    You need to be quite careful with pumpkin because it can help with constipation (it's the pulp, not the seeds) but it also helps to firm up loose poo - the quantity is the key thing. So you can make things worse. I'd be nervous giving anything to a puppy as their little systems are quite delicate.
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    What type of food are you feeding your puppy? How old is the puppy? How firm are your puppies poo's and what do they look like, what makes you say the puppy is constipated?
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    Thank you @gypsysmum2 for helping me see the flaw in that theory and also the important point you brought up about dog behavior (resulting in apathy) due to them not understanding the harsh treatment they received. I will be honest , I was a Ceaser Milan fan and this brings up a lot of questions that I had earlier considered fact. My intention was to share , kudos on clarifying the why of it
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    We can't wait to welcome a new addition to our family mid-dec. We lost our x2 springer spaniels during the last year at the very good age of 14 and 15 and have left getting a new addition for a few months till we felt we were ready. Our new addition is a German shorthaired pointer and the picture is at 3 weeks 3 days. It's been awhile since we've had a young pup but we're up for the challenge!!