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Discussion in 'Photography, Artwork & Videos' started by Nat Ursula, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    I'm thinking it's the kibble. The formula he is on is higher in both protein and fat. Not all dogs can burn that efficiently. You could switch him to a lower one like Earthborn lamb formula but it's got peas and not all dogs do well with peas either. Rox did well on Earthborn but I switched to Zignature after allergy panel so now I have all this food left over. I have some in ziplock bag, I can mail it to you if you wanna try it for him. I only opened it about 3 weeks ago and put it in there right away so it won't get contaminated and stays fresh.
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  2. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    I like Tonka's Elvis lip in last photo HAHA- and the blanket photo is sooo cute. I wish my boy can sit still for more than 2 minutes. He's like an ADHD child but magnified by 10. Hollly crap, has it been rough.
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  3. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Thank you so much but you have a lot on your plate right now too.

    How do you think Merrick lamb and sweet potato compares to orijen six fish?
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I think he will calm down a bit. Just think we are at three weeks right now. I think you need to get them into a routine as far as when and how much they can play indoors. One trainer told me that if you let them play right after their walk they will see it as an extension of their walk and will not get so out of hand. I don't know. I have not tried it yet. But, you also might need to get both if them on a treadmill when the weather is bad. We are looking into that.
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    We did our first outing together, me, Tonka, and Teddy. Tonka rode in the front seat. Teddy had the entire back seat! (Teddy got a bath and I had to go get bloodwork done. Fun! Fun!)

    I use our walking harnesses for seat belts.

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  6. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    How did they do in the car together? Our 2 do well in the car together, they get strapped in separated but they don't walk together. I've been getting way too much cardio the past couple of days... LOL- I'm on the hunt for clean fields right now for running.
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  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Whoa, you guys would not believe the wall Teddy jumped yesterday when Tonka was chasing him.

    They both have cuts and who knows what else on there toe pads from our desert scaped yard. I think they are cutting their toe pads on the flagstone patio. I don't know what to do.

    Tonka's former trainer came yesterday and worked with us for an hour. She recommends clicker training for him. He did very well. She wants us to work with him every day for 30 days on sit and stay and heel (indoors and on the walk). She also wants us to click and treat every day.
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  8. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    If you have the time to work with him like that on clicker training, I think it would be great! I do clicker with Griffin, and it made a huge difference in our relationship and his general responsiveness as soon as we started. I didn't find it helpful for the heel part of walking, but the tricks I taught him are super useful for keeping him focused when we're out. If I see him starting to get wound, I'll ask for a nose touch or high five, and it reels him back in mentally.

    Maybe you could teach Theo to jump things! I have had good luck with taking the things Griff does that I don't like and turning them into on-command tricks. It seems to make him not really want to do them on his own.

    Will their toe pads ever adjust and get tougher? I wonder if some pad protectant would help?

  9. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    I believe it!!! LOL- it's crazy right?? Roxy jumped a 4 ft wooden fence like it was nothing going after my son's football that wasn't even thrown to her. This was when she first came home too when she was only around 8 months old or so. We have been really careful since but her recall is better and she knows not to go off like that as far as balls and what not but I'm pretty sure everything goes out the window when other dogs are around... so we are very, very careful with her.

    I started clicker training my boy too. He actually does better that way. He's consistently sitting and laying on command since clicker training. He is learning "stay" now and it's the hardest for him but it's still early and he's doing alright as far as coming knowing nothing. I hope the clicker works for Teddy as well!! I think it will especially if it's being paired with adequate exercise. I've been doing a chunk of obedience after a long walk as well as throughout the day but he is more focused after a good walk.
  10. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Clicker training is a great idea! We worked with a sound based training method years ago with the 'girls' (we had a heavy copper-like bracelet with a pendant on it - you would toss it up in your hand and its unique sound would reinforce commands), and it worked well.

    I just love Teddy's ears!
  11. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    image.jpg I wish it was a better picture because Tonka looked so happy.

    Anyways, the rough housing in the house is getting to be a bit much. Any tips would be appreciated.
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  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    image.jpg image.jpg Started the crate and rotate again this afternoon to deal with the roughhousing.

    Here we are doing clicker training in the garage because it started raining right before we were going to go for a walk.
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  13. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    I think that is wise to do (crate and rotate). Was trying to come up with a suggestion on your prior post and that was what was going through my head.
  14. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I was so tired over the past few days that the thought did not even occur to me. Lol
  15. BookGal13

    BookGal13 Little Dog

    Whenever the roughhousing gets out of hand we have to resort to crate and rotate as well, which seems to be quite often in this rainy weather. On the bright side, I get to spend some one-on-one time with each dog that they may not get otherwise. It can be pretty exhausting though.
  16. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    We crate/rotate as well when needed.

    It's a constant crate/rotate now since his neuter. He was revved up ready to go at 5am the next morning after his surgery. :/ I was told to keep them separated for at least 2-4 days since they don't know how to not play so rough. It really sucks that I have to limit his exercise too though because it's been GORGEOUS out now a days. 50's-60's! Oh well.... It better stay nice! I've been itching to work with Roxy.... lol I really missed it so it's been really fun and just been easing her into her routine again.

    How is Teddy's clicker training going? Love the photos! :)
  17. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Clicker training is going good. He is sitting, staying, and heeling.
  18. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    image.jpg Teddy loves looking at his big head in the mirror!
  19. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Well, and he should! It is a handsome head!!
  20. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    My HS friend says he knows he is too sexy for his fur! Lol

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