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  1. She was a true show dog, was Ailsa. She lived in a house with 7 cats, including her best buddy and partner in crime, a lovely Bengal called Alfie. They invented several new sports, including doberskiing (dog picks up one end of the hall runner and runs the length of the house with it, cat sits on the other end and gets towed around the house), as well as working as a team to get to the treats. She may have felt the stress of being filmed, but she really did love singing to Pink Floyd (it was only ever that one track, her muse never inspired her during any other music). But anyway, this was just to show positive and relaxed body language as a contrast to the anxiety that is apparent in your photo.
  2. I see anxiety in the posture, that dog is not a happy dog howling along with something for fun, he looks alarmed and on the defensive to me (for contrast check out my friend's Dobe Ailsa, sadly no longer with us, and her happy Pink Floyd rendition):
  3. For anybody else reading this, the alternative (in a situation where the chip details really cannot be changed) is to explain to the vet that the chip is an old one from another country and most will happily insert another chip and allow you to register your details for the new chip, providing two sets of details. Plenty of chips get lost, ejected naturally or damaged to the point that they no longer work. Rechipping is normal in those circumstances.
  4. BTW, if you can find a way to help him burn off his boisterousness without it needing to impact on the girls then that will be helpful. Tug/ chase/ agility/ schutzhund/ swimming/ scenting/ finding games/ going running together/ lots of choices of ways to challenge him so that he can be a bit less rude when he's around the girls.
  5. Bravo! Sounds like your boss lady is truly a boss lady If she can stop him in his tracks with a look then she will be doing a far more effective job at telling him what is inappropriate than you could ever do, and hopefully he will learn to toe the line really quickly and they can start building a good relationship once he's learned some manners in his interactions with the girlies. Good on you for supporting your girls to let them tell him off. The reason for asking about the girls' breed is because of the risk if he was a lot bigger than them, but broadly similarly sized dogs can hopefully stand up for themselves enough. It may be ugly, but they should only have to go through it to its fullest extent once and if nobody's bleeding then in dog terms it was actually very well controlled. All of them have weaponry that could do serious damage, so if no damage was done then that means that they were actually controlled in what they were doing.
  6. Do you know when your new boy was neutered? Did he get old enough to mate before he was neutered? The neck grabbing is so overtly sexual (and just plain rude) that I can't help but feel that this is still an issue between them and would hope that this will change when your girl is neutered. You didn't mention what breed and size your girls are- if they are GSDs then you can probably let them tell him exactly where to get off. Generally with GSDs although the boys have a bigger bark and reputation, they will eventually back down when challenged by the girls, who can be more bossy than a very bossy thing. If they're smaller and/or less assertive than GSDs then he could just be throwing his weight around because he can, for which you may need to step in. Have you tried mixing them in a play situation which means that they play in the presence of each other but not actually interacting and seeing what happens? All of them engaged in playing tug with a human, for instance, they will be in the same space with their play circuits engaged but will have their attention on their respective humans rather than each other. It's a creative way to mix them, play side by side but not interact. The humans can stand as close or as far as necessary to allow full play without targeting each other and after a good game when they're all tired and in the same space all of their reactions to each other may be softer, allowing for more constructive work together.
  7. Oh yes, they have to learn to slow down for us strange bipeds who don't take advantage of the speed and stability of moving on 4 legs, and that takes time and effort from them. I used to walk Molly on quite a short lead (by lead standards) but she learned to be very aware of the sensation of getting to the end of her lead because as long as the lead was loose she was allowed to be anywhere she wanted to be next to me, slightly behind or slightly in front. As soon as she reached the end of the lead, however, I just stopped dead She learned very quickly that although reverse is a quite hard gear to find in a dog, she would shuffle backwards, looking at me as she did it, and sit to wait for me to start off again so that we could get to our destination. Sadly, her days of lead walking are now over and although she loves the idea of a walk, if she even tries to stretch her legs properly when we get out of the car, she won't be able to get back into the car or get up the stairs when we get home again. She makes do with a little potter and reading the peemails around the park, then a good roll in her favourite patches of sweet grass instead. It's not much fun being an 11 year old GSD who is going both blind and deaf
  8. Yes, I think you need to inform Rosie's breeder as any family history of immune conditions really does need noting down and may affect breeding from both parents in future if any other similar conditions arise in close relations. I wouldn't imagine that a condition this severe would be happening repeatedly, but any other immune conditions could show a tendency which should be excluded from future generations. I'm afraid I have no fabulous advice for you either as this isn't a condition I've encountered personally, but I did want to congratulate you and your vet on getting Rosie through the acute phase of the disease that she has managed to come through. I hope that she continues to be well, happy and loved
  9. For the future Terry, please be aware that this area is about pedigree whippets and your first post started off dredging up an old thread to share way more information than most people can take in from one post, but also talking all about other breeds and then taking everything very much off topic. I know that you have lots of knowledge, but can you use it more sparingly and cause less blunt force trauma with it please? We need to both leave the nice people who are discussing whippets to do so in peace
  10. When I'm doing a home check for any sight hound I take them through the sight hound rules. With a sight hound you can NEVER be 100% sure that they won't chase something that they see moving out of the corner of their eye- that's why they're called sight hounds! If it happens that there's a road between them and the thing that they want to chase, well, that's your dog either getting seriously injured or causing a crash in which humans could be injured and you could be sued for a huge amount of money. I don't agree with off lead walking in built up areas anyway, but for sight hounds it's particularly risky and the risk could be to their long and elegant legs which rarely heal once damaged. As far as the unusual dogs go, I met a very lovely Polish Lowland Sheepdog the other day. They look kind of like a bonsai Old English Sheepdog Very sweet little dog. I also live round the corner from a Black Russian Terrier, a terrier who is about 10 times the size of every other terrier I've ever met! He's still a baby and already weighs more than my fully grown GSD and is growing like a weed. He is likely to end up significantly bigger than the family's giant schauzer as it stands, which is not really what one would expect from a 'terrier'. Molly's terrified of him, as she is of all black dogs that are the same size as her or bigger (no idea why, she's a rescue dog and came with that already installed).
  11. I know a huge number of people who have tried all sorts of posh hypoallergenic foods and still had upset stomachs but then move onto Chappie and see a huge improvement. I have no idea what is the difference with that one food, but it's clearly not a fluke if it works so many times. it's great to hear that Alvin is doing better. I personally wouldn't worry about the weight now. You'll be feeding him less once he's actually absorbing his food and he will still put the weight on gradually, in a gentle organic way. There's no rush to get him heavier because he'll put it on in fat if it happens quickly, but it's more likely to be good strong muscle if you just let it happen slowly.
  12. ^^What she says! As a 'noisy breed' person I can also recommend teaching her to bark on command and stop on command, in case you have no choice but to interact with her, so that you can give her the stop signal rather than any greeting. If you know that the she knows the command for stopping barking you could also be seriously sneaky and during the day when she's not in the utility you could set up a webcam or similar so that when she barks you can tell her to stop without being there. Distance commands can work wonderfully when used in just the right way, and it could also allow you to see what she's doing or what is happening to spark her barking. Generally it's good practise to only pay your dog attention when they are being good, just like only ever getting attention when all 4 feet are on the floor is a really good way of stopping them jumping up.
  13. I'd love to be able to give Molly fish as I know how many beneficial oils etc would be good for her, but sadly one sardine causes projectile diarrhoea for about 36 hours. She lives on raw chicken, raw beef, liver jerky and some fruit, with only tiny treats of other stuff.
  14. Awwww, Evie looks a sweet girl Molly has (or should I say 'had'- we haven't needed to use it in years) first a Dogmatics head collar, which worked but which she hated with a passion and spent all of walks trying to find a way to get it off, and then a k9bridle, which worked and which she didn't mind that much. Once she'd realised that we were going to put that on her if she was going to try running at other dogs if we were within 100 yards of them to tell them off for coming so close to her, we stopped needing to put it on her at all. All we needed to do was to carry it in my bag or pocket and show it to her occasionally, and she would rather keep herself under control than have it put on. Did I mention that Molly is a worryingly clever dog? The other thing that I think really helps with lead training is for the humans to learn about how much easier it is to move their dog away from where they're trying to go by going to the side, not pulling backwards. Even with a head collar, a strong and excited dog can pull forwards against someone trying to pull them back much easier than they can against a destabilising force turning left or right. Much less strength is needed from the human and you can use it as a 'This way!' opportunity to get your dog's focus onto something else at the same time. Much like with child care, it's easier to distract with another thing than to just say 'no'. And BTW, you're not a failure by using a head collar. You would be a failure if you allowed your dog to be dangerously out of control and either get hurt or hurt people or other dogs as a result. You would be a failure (IMO) if you resorted to a prong collar or other aversive method with a friendly and happy dog that doesn't need to learn by a fear or pain inducing method.
  15. Well, every forum has their own ways to reduce the impact that spam has on their forum, but it's a shame to impose such specific rules on to new users when you cannot guarantee that they have seen the emailed instructions.