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  1. Jake causing trouble at the Olympics

    Dog Pictures Forum
    Jake the Dog made an unscheduled appearance on the bobsled track. The driver was good enough to make an evasive maneuver. Needless to say, Jake will be kept on-leash during his next public appearance. More photos on his Facebook page - Your feedback welcomed! Thanks, NHAnimator
  2. So Vick is going to be on 60 minutes...

    General Dog Forum
    Well, the bottom line is that he not only paid his debt to society as the law is set up, but paid much more (millions if not tens of millions in salary and endorsements). He has paid more than you or I would. He lost more because he had more to lose. That is his fault. I personally do not feel...
  3. Unusual whining

    General Dog Forum
    Jake, our six-month-old sheltie, has taken to whining profusely when we give him a pig's ear. He holds it in his mouth, comes to us, backs away, drops it, picks it up, runs up and downstairs, whining the entire time. It's almost like he can't figure out what he wants to do with it. Just now, I...
  4. Safety of Heartgard

    Dog Health Questions
    I see and hear everyone warning about using Heartgard because it contains Ivermectin which is a problem for dogs with the MDR1 mutation (shelties, for one). In fact, the WSU test states the following about its use: While the dose of ivermectin used to prevent heartworm infection is SAFE in dogs...
  5. When I howl...

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    or make any kind of sound that resembles a howl, Jake will at first look at me, then make very excited/nervous yips, run around me, and will ultimately try to lunge up at me as if to get me to stop. Is this play... or fear? Thanks, John
  6. eating earthworms

    Dog Health Questions
    Last night, we noticed an earthworm very close to Jake's stool. As the earthworm was still alive, we figured that either he had picked it up and dropped it near his stool, or that it just happened to be there. The worm was intact, alive, and had what looked like dirt still on it. And it was...
  7. Do you play with your puppy?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Well, thanks. Jake does have plenty of chew toys and we are very conscious of introducing him to as many human experiences as possible. Will take the wrestling into consideration.
  8. What are your caging habits.

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Well, that makes sense, but begs the question: How do I know if he is whining because he wants out of the crate, or if it's because he needs to go?
  9. What are your caging habits.

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Our 9-week-old sheltie, Jake, spends nights in his cage (properly divided) without issue. When he is tired out from playing and lies down for a nap, we also put him in there. We usually take him out after he wakes and starts to whine. After waking, the whining may come within a couple of...
  10. Do you play with your puppy?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Looking for what other people find successful. We have a 9-week-old sheltie which we are trying to housebreak/raise/enjoy. Jake will often chew on (1) his toys, (2) our cuffs and shoelaces, (3) our hands. I do not mind that he chews on our hands when we are wrestling with him. My thought was to...
  11. Odd response to a bit of kibble

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Our new sheltie, Jake, has been on California Natural for the two days that we have had him. We got a sample pack of foods and offered one piece for him to try (orijen puppy). Jake would take it in his mouth (sometimes for a number of seconds), drop it, rub his muzzle on it. Then repeat this...
  12. Cage Recommendations?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Thanks for everyone's feedback. Still a couple of weeks before we get Jake. We are kind of zeroing in on the Midwest iCrate 1630DD. Its dimensions are 30"L x 21"W x 24"H, has the double doors, and folds down. Seems as though the 24" height should accommodate even a larger sheltie. They also...
  13. Cage Recommendations?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    We have a sheltie puppy (Jake the Dog) on the way in another 2+ weeks. Neither the wife nor I have had a dog and are in the process of getting the supplies in order. In looking at cages, we would like to get an adult-sized cage with the understanding that we can block off a portion inside so...