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Dog Health > Dog Seat Belts
Jake & Sweet- Caroline

Tricolored- Hounds for life!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 6:15pm PST 
I use a Kurgo dog harness for jake and a Go-For seat restraint. I know for a fact it works. When i slid on black ice last year and slammed into a pole jake and I were fine. Had he not been restrained he probably would have flew into the window or something. he was scared but still in his restraint unable to run when i got out of the car to call my mom for help.

I've also been reared and forced to do quick stops with my dogs in the car. Without any type of restraint Jake typically will fly into the dash or something. So i use his kurgo harness and some form of quick restraint like the go fur or a car stratint to keep him in his seat.

Honestly though if the crash is bad enough even a seatbelt won't save you. It can actually kill you causing lung collapses and broken ribs.

But if you're worrying soley about keeping your dog in its seat or in a confinded space any car harness will work with a strap that connects to the seatbelt.

For caroline i just use some chain that's work grade holds over 1000lbs with a huge work grade hook on it. I pull the chain through her walking harness back restraint loop and it works just as good.

i use the harnesses mainly to keep my dogs in teh car and in a known location in the event of an accident. The worst thing i worry about is having to open the door and my dog runs out of hte car in fear and gets hit or runs off hurt.

+ in my state and city dogs are required to be retrained or you get a ticket.
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Dog Health > 4th fight with Giardia
Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 6:05pm PST 
OMG. I'm so sorry. i've been away so long and come back to see Ark is gone. I read though all 4 pages of this and i don't feel you are whiny at all. You are doing and did the best you could. Ark thanks you for that. It's hard to suddenly lose a friend. And it hurts and it sucks. It will be better with time.

When it comes to pressing issues espeically with paretns its not easy. My parents almost killed my cat that way. "Oh he's fine..." "He'll go to the bathroom tomorrow." And when i finally mustered up the courage to put my cat in the car and drive to the vet myself pre license only to be told he was dying. I was heart broken. Luckly my vet knew me and knew my parents and is a decent man. He put my cat through emergency surgery and he lived to see yet another day.

Jake, Caroline and I will always remember Ark. He seemed like a good dog and a good friend even if pleagued with health problems. We hope you are doing well. hugwisheshug

Fly free Ark Fly Free...little angel
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Food & Nutrition > Rawhides, antlers, pizzle, nylabones - HELP!!

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 5:50pm PST 
When I got jake an antler it came off a deers head. It was much larger thena anything you can get in a store. I had it cut so the marrow was showing. Jake chewed it a few times and then nothing more. But then again he only chews when bored or its food >.
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Food & Nutrition > Rawhides, antlers, pizzle, nylabones - HELP!!

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

Tricolored- Hounds for life!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 3:44pm PST 
jake never cared much for the hard cheese chews unless i poped it in teh microwave. He loved it then. I thought that was funny. Caroline seems to like the antlers in the store but i worry about her teeth.

Where do you find large braided pizzle? i've only ever seen it with rawhide.
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Food & Nutrition > How often and what?

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 3:43pm PST 
hey Charlie!

I feed my guys 2x a day when they eat dog food. Which right nowt hey are. Orijen is the name of the game for Jake and Caroline eats Steve's Real food.

Sweetie gets 1 cup of the nuggest in the morning and 1 cup at night.

Jake gets 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup at night. He's gotten a little porky from eating all caroline's food before i put her on Steve's so he's in the middle of loosing some weight.

When they ate raw or when i decide its a raw day. they only eat 1x a day. Usually when i get home from work.
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Food & Nutrition > Rawhides, antlers, pizzle, nylabones - HELP!!
Jake & Sweet- Caroline

Tricolored- Hounds for life!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 3, '13 3:30pm PST 
So I'm back after a long time away. Broken computer long story >.<

I found myself the other night so tempted to buy rawhides for Jake and Caroline. I know i shouldn't. I know they're dangerous and becasue of the issues rawhides gave me with jake i didn't guy them.

But i need some help with some long lasting treats. Jake powers through twin hooves, hooves, pig ears, tendons and pizzle in less then 15-20 minutes.

and caroline doesn't seem to care for thigns that aren't Check-ups or those "Greenie" type biscuits.

Any suggestions would be great. I'm totally out of ideas.
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Sports & Agility > FINALLY!! SOMETHING HE'S GREAT AT!!! - Scent Work & Mr. Beagle

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Mon May 27, '13 10:47pm PST 
i wish jake could do agility. Currently we're doing private obedience lessons again because Jake is too spastic to deal with an actual agility class. >.> But in private lessons he's rather good at it.
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Sports & Agility > FINALLY!! SOMETHING HE'S GREAT AT!!! - Scent Work & Mr. Beagle

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Sun May 26, '13 1:06am PST 
FINALLY!!! happy dance

So i finally got around to taking jake and Sweet Caroline to Nosework classes. And to no real surprise to me they blew their classmates away in speed and accuracy of finding the treats.

For those who do scent work with their dogs does it help increase their confidence and attetion spans?

Jake as the attention span of a squirrel on meth when we're in the training space. But as soon as he gets the "Go Find it." he takes off and leads me right to the scented box.

Sorry I just had to share this. I'm just so happy I found something my boy is good at.
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Dogs and a Clean Home > HELP!!!! Deep Cleaner Advice

Jake & Sweet- Caroline

Tricolored- Hounds for life!
 
 
Barked: Thu May 2, '13 10:17am PST 
HELLO!!! I NEED MAJOR HELP!!!

DO to an error on my part. I forgot to leave pee pads down for caroline and well now i'm paying for it.

What is a good carpet deep cleaner? At the moment i'm desperate and will do just about anthing. My little spot cleaner isn't powerful enough to get this out of the carpet. I mean i only have a 6'x10' area of carpet but it's in there.

HELP!!!
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Behavior & Training > 2 questions about training a reactive dog
Jake & Sweet- Caroline

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Barked: Thu May 2, '13 9:25am PST 
wow that's a lot.

I would say skip the trainer and find a behaviorist that can help with calming exercises and making sure you're actually reinforcing the right behaviors and catching all the triggers.

The behaviorist i ended up working with told me the windows in my house were setting jake off because he coudl see out of them. Sure enough. I put some window tint up and bam the barking decreased over 50% and the blowing up when my neighbors walked past our apartment almost stopped unless they loiter at their door. When that happens they tend to loose it a little bit.

If you want to make sure you are treating for the right behavior i'd use a clicker or a E-collar that has a beep function. The collar i use for Jake has a beep function. you're supposed to use it for praise but i use it as a warning since the collar he wears for boundries uses the beep as a warning. I had to keep it consistant. But i carry a clicker around with me. I keep one on just about every landyard and leash. They're only .99 and are great and rather durable. I click when jake does a good behavior. he gets a beep if he's being bad. and if he doesn't listen after 3 beeps he gets the no no reaction.

I used the collar on myself on the highest setting Jake's has 8 levels and it zapped catching my attention but it went away after a few seconds. I'd had jake outright ignore it to do what he wants if he really wants it.

For the car that's a tough one. Jake has a reactivity to motorcycles in the car. It's decreased a lot since I made soem friends who drive motorcycles. I had th em drive up to us in the car and woudl treat jake with burgers. Jake loves burgers. Then they would park and greet us outside the car. eventually they'd give him treats. This has decreased his reactivity a bit. Now he thinks every cyclist driving by is our friend. So he gives the excited tails wagging ears up tongue flapping OMG PEOPLE Bark. Not the RWAR bark. i trade the OMG danger bbark for the happy bark anyday.

hopefully those with more of a training background will coem to give you some advice too. wisheshug
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