The dog musing/vent thread

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by Laurelin, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Shai

    Shai & the Muttly Crew

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    Husband's thoughts on the subject are similar, haha. On Sunday he walked into the kitchen and said, "Are we really thinking about not keeping one of Mira's puppies? Really? I mean she's...she's Mira. She's perfect. Even I think so and she barely knows I exist."

    When even hubby is gunning for Dog#4 so long and it's a Mirapuppy...

    Travel-sized Flatcoats need to be a thing. Though after watching a Boykin try to haul a full size drake around the other week, it's pretty clear how a 50+ lb dog has its advantages.
     
  2. yv0nne

    yv0nne Vizsla mom

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    Keep a Mira pup ..she's fabulous so her kiddos will be as well :)

    I just had the most fabulous training session with Penn in agility in weeks ..she didn't lose focus once, she tugged, she returned the toy for a food reward. IS IT TRUE?! DOES MY DOG JUST NEED A LITTLE MORE GROWUP TIME TO BE AN AGILITY DOG?! I don't know but I do know I need to focus more on the good days and less on the bad ones! It's such a roller coaster ride from hell ..why can't I have a super focused Pennydog?!
     
  3. k9krazee

    k9krazee Active Member

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    I'd sign up for a travel-sized flat coat!!!
     
  4. Shai

    Shai & the Muttly Crew

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    I hope so!

    Your descriptions of Penn remind me so much of Kim. Moments of brilliance followed by wondering why the heck we are here. Fast and focused and awesome then suddenly zoomies or checking out (or both). Job oriented then suddenly OH SHINY! Haha. It's enough to make a person crazy. Webby was tough to connect with and build working drive, but he was consistent. Kim is a wild rollercoaster and right about the time we really started working together and picking up QQs, she decided to take a flying leap over the Flatcoat in the yard and twinged her back so was sidelined for a couple months...which turned into just over a year because Webby stole her spot on the competition roster while she was out so now we are back to rollercoaster dog.

    In my experience with her and with helping people with dogs like her -- on bad days just walk away from training. Don't push through, don't try to end on a good note, just stop. Put her up, relax, if possible work another dog (in front of her is a bonus) once you are back in the proper frame of mind. Then if you are calm and happy again, get her out and do something very short and easy for both of you, reward, and be done. If you can't fet rid of the frustration then just end it altogether. Go for a walk later or do tricks or something but save your best rewards for agility. On good days, embrace it: run with joy and confidence. THIS is your dog. On bad days just stop. You want to rehearse attitude and confidence and working together as much as obstacle performance with these dogs. Agility equipment = Full on engagement and teamwork. If you can't offer that, put her up, even just for a minute while you adjust equipment. If she won't offer that, put her up. No chance to rehearse anything but awesomeness and focused joy while you are in The Happy Working Zone.

    Course this is just free internet advice from someone who's never met your dog so take it as you will :)
     
  5. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    I was noticed Teagan looked like she gained some weight and I weighed her and she has gained a pound since the fall started. I guess I have to start cutting down her food. She has gotten lots of meat scraps since hunting season started so that is probably the culprit and she is not as active in the fall/winter as she is in the summer.
     
  6. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    I had the opposite happen. Ran my hands over Feist and was like woah girl you need to gain a bit. She's so fluffy it's hard to tell! Increased food this morning. Also she has decided dog beds are the best to pee on, so she's back to only having a crate mat in my room. Silly puppy.
     
  7. HayleyMarie

    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    Puppies are so weird.

    I have decided I only like my puppies. Tyler says its because I am a dog snob, he is probably right. But DAMIT! normal pet people don't hold their dogs to my standards. My dogs are not perfect, but they know the rules.
     
  8. LostAndConfused

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    What are these 'rules' that you speak of.
     
  9. Beanie

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    When I got home for lunch and let the dogs out, Payton ran around in circles then tackled me with joy, effectively crotch-punching me with both of his front paws.

    And I was like HAHA YAY PUPPY!

    I think the rules here are "don't crotch-punch anybody except me."
     
  10. JennSLK

    JennSLK F150 and a .30-06

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    That's because Teagan is the best Westie ever lol.
     
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    Zander is going to be 9 in about 4 months. I'm having a woeful day.

    He has a molar that needs to be pulled, one of the big ones. I wanted it pulled earlier this year - April or so? - but they told me that it was fine, and it didn't need pulled. Looked like they did a root canal, so all was good. But it's definitely discolored and not looking good at all. It isn't abscessed, terribly swollen, or seem to be giving him too many problems, but it is something I've had to keep an eye on until we have the money to get it pulled. He wants something to chew on, but because of his teeth and the last fracture, he's been cold turkey and he HATES it. :(

    Super itchy, can't find any root cause. It isn't fleas, doesn't seem to be food, could be environmental allergies, but not much I can do about that. Stud tail. His hips are starting to cause him some discomfort.

    He was SUPER anxious and frightened for YEARS. Now he finally starts mellowing out and loves all the people and his body starts having issues. Can't win. :(
     
  12. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Well I was excited all afternoon about doing another hour or so session of agility/weaves after work. I left work all pumped but by the time I got home it started raining hard outside. :( Boo. I'm sad. Maybe tomorrow we can get a session in.

    It's also in the 40s-crazy!
     
  13. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    I just realized how BIG Abrams is. Jeez. I swear he grew an inch and gained 10 pounds when I wasn't looking. He's just....a lot of solid dog. And such a good, good boy, especially with as much as I've been neglecting him lately due to work and life.
     
  14. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    Feist loves to jump. If she's running somewhere she'll go out of her way to find something to hop over. So cute.
     
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    I think having a constant playmate in the foster pup has left Jubel a bit tired and cranky. He went to daycare as usual yesterday and when I picked him up they told me he was acting a little out of character that day. Emphasized very clearly he wasn't bad or misbehaving at all but that he was getting snippy with some of the high energy dogs who got all up in his face. He air snapped at a few of them, which in and of itself isn't bad but it's out of character for him at daycare.

    I suspect he's just tired from all the wrestling he's doing at home with the foster pup. At least I certainly hope that's all it is. Jazz has an approved adopter all lined up and is likely going to her new home this weekend so I guess we'll find out next week if Jubel is back to normal at daycare or not.
     
  16. Sit Stay

    Sit Stay Not a Border Collie

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    There is a clone! It's name is Ned.

    (I am obviously in the Mirapup camp though!)
     
  17. Oko

    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    $$$ later, Feist is on the mend. Poor girly was absolutely fine this morning, then took a nap and woke up drooling profusely. Had to take her to the vet when I was supposed to be leaving, was worried it was parvovirus because both ends were ick. However, it appears she ate some burrs. THIS PUPPY. Really just glad that was all it was, but honestly, DID SHE HAVE TO EAT THEM? Love the lovebug, she is so darn weird.
     
  18. Beanie

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    It occurs to me exactly how futile a request such as "Payton, calm down" really is.
     
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    Oko Silence, peasants.

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    About as futile as saying 'please stop' to Feist?
     
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    Probably!

    I said to him "Payton, you know I don't like it when you do that."
    and he ran past me at top speed with this look on his face that said HA HA HA YEAH I TOTALLY DO


    I think he's full of swagger because he almost got to snack on three baby bunnies last night... jerk.
     

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