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  1. Pet Insurance - Worth it?

    Dog Health Questions
    Pet insurance tends to be the best value when you can insure a dog early on before there are any 'preexisting conditions' to take into consideration, in my experience. It will depend on the insurance company, but I'd be concerned that none will cover further issues with the formerly broken leg...
  2. What are your thoughts on shock collar training?

    Dog Training Forum
    I mean. That's okay? You don't have to be impressed. My point was - and still is - that you can work a bitesport dog without shock collars - or any correction - and do it quite successfully. Whether or not you're personally impressed, she's competitive at Nationals with quite high scores on her...
  3. What are your thoughts on shock collar training?

    Dog Training Forum
    I'm with you, Parus. Just not how I want to build a relationship. Maybe some day I'll have a dog that has such a dangerous behavior (or I'll move somewhere with more venomous snakes) that I'll consider avoidance training. Maybe I'll have a dog one day that's so large and strong that I'll need...
  4. Please Help!

    General Dog Forum
    I'm very sorry you've been mislead by a charismatic celebrity with a great PR team. It's a real shame he was given such a big platform by a channel that once promoted educational, science-based content, and that Nat Geo has continuously ignored pleas by reputable experts and organizations...
  5. Rescued chiweenie depressed / unable to bond?

    Dog Rescue Forum
    I'd also like to suggest sniffing games. Hide treats or food for her to find. Feed her from an egg carton or in a blanket or in grass so she has to snuffle around a bit. Look up simple nosework games or canine enrichment. Start really easy so she succeeds and learns how fun it is! Sniffing is a...
  6. Food Debacle

    Dog Food Forum
    I agree with Shell - if the Hills diet is working, it's fine to stay on that. It's not a brand I'd go to for a healthy dog under normal circumstances, but their medical diets can be super useful. I have used one myself when Sam wasn't well and would again if necessary. Good luck with poor...
  7. Shelter dog being scared/hates dogs ; what can I do to help him focus on US instead of things around

    Dog Training Forum
    You're doing really good work. The shelter environment is hard on dogs, and it sounds like your routine is helping this guy. My guess is that he never really has a chance to decompress. His shelter environment is better with the enrichment, but still stressful. He's worked up on the walk...
  8. Chapter 2: Cappy who loves to pee

    Dog Training Forum
    Not a neutering thing, imo. My older dog (a pediatric neuter at <8 weeks - not our choice) does this. Can't speak for the puppy as he's not fully house-trained yet. Some dogs don't generalize housebreaking the way we expect. We think "oh, s/he understands not to pee inside" when the dog has...
  9. What kind of Dog is this?

    General Dog Forum
    Four sizes, actually, it's just that the US doesn't recognize the 'medium' (between mini and standard, also called moyen, klein, mellom, etc.) for some reason. FCI does though. Poms can be great little dogs! They tend to be barkers - a lot of the little guys were originally bred in part to...
  10. ESA for Misophonia and Mild OCD

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Ah, then you get it! There's just so much confusion between the two that I like to clarify things when people ask. If you're up for it, volunteering to do some dog walking for a local shelter/rescue might give you some idea of how the presence of a dog might help your symptoms? I know it's not...
  11. Looking for Recommendations for Night Walks

    General Dog Forum
    Yeah, definitely a cultural difference. Up here reflective is THE night safety thing. Like I said, though, I do like that the reflective vest is bright yellow and makes my dark brown dog stand out a little better at night, even when it's not actively reflecting. Not as big a difference with our...
  12. Looking for Recommendations for Night Walks

    General Dog Forum
    We use: Reflective vests on dogs and humans A clip-on LED on each dog (stick to red if you're walking somewhere very dark, messes with your night vision less) Leashes with reflective stitching/stripes (Occasionally) head lamps I do like the idea of an LED collar/harness and lead though. Sounds...
  13. What are your thoughts on shock collar training?

    Dog Training Forum
    Nope, not for me. Shock collars work by causing discomfort, is the long and short of it - otherwise the correction would not reduce the 'bad' behavior. I, personally, don't want a relationship with my dog where I'm causing them deliberate discomfort on a regular basis. I feel this way about...
  14. Teaching puppy that former family member poses threat

    Dog Training Forum
    I first want to say that I'm deeply sorry that you're going through this. It's not something anyone should have to deal with, and I absolutely understand you wanting - and needing - to do whatever possible to protect your family. I'm wishing you lots of luck in getting through this unscathed and...
  15. Best toy breed training treats.

    Dog Training Forum
    Depending on how much he likes his food, sometimes pieces of kibble are good enough treats. But otherwise, I agree with using small bits of cooked and/or dried meats (plain chicken breast is great), cheese, or sausage (nothing with a lot of spices or salt!). Our favorite store-bought treats are...
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