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  1. just got my sheltie yesterday..

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I just wanted to emphasise again that socialisation should really be the BIGGEST thing on your list right now. It should be your #1 priority. She is at a very impressionable age and this is the prime time in her life for you to be exposing her to all kinds of new experiences and reinforcing that...
  2. just got my sheltie yesterday..

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Way too soon after her arrival to start teaching cues like sit, down, stay etc. She just went through a plane ride at a very young age, she's in a completely new environment, new people, etc. I would start working on bonding - teaching her to respond to her name, rewarding her for good behaviour...
  3. Posters you wonder about.

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    I remember the service dog thread. Smithcat, I believe, was the other poster. He was quite an expert on service dog issues, if I do recall. I also miss Shalva (banned before I left, I think), Inga, Digitamama, Reno, SDO... Dakota Spirit... TooneyDogs... man, it's all coming back to me now!
  4. Beyond Upset

    General Dog Forum
    Tragic. Zim, I've been meaning to ask you - now that I'm in the US, I'm in a better position to help the fight against BSL. What can I do?
  5. Finally breeding Kobe! Details inside if you want a puppy!

    General Dog Forum
    hahaha... I saw this thread and thought oh my god, WHAT have I missed?!?! Kobe looks gorgeous! Great pics!
  6. Posters you wonder about.

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    Nice to see you too! Sad to say, Spunky passed on this past November (RIP sweetheart). Honey is doing fine - very happy and healthy. Thanks to both of you. Sorry to hear about Brutus. Schutzhund sounds incredibly exciting - Trent is definitely a looker! Good to see you, RBark. Are CP and...
  7. Uncharacteristic aggression question/concern

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Everything that Marsh Muppet said. It will take a lot of time and training before Thunder can be comfortable around other dogs. He may never be happy around dogs, or safe around them, for that matter. You need to watch him carefully when he gets focused on another dog and redirect him before his...
  8. I hit a dog on my way home...

    General Dog Forum
    Sorry to hear that. :( I hope everything turns out alright. Let us know how it goes.
  9. Posters you wonder about.

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    Wow, I didn't realise how many people had left DF... It's really good to see some old folks here though, like MDawn, Mr Pooch, Laurelin, Miss Mutt, Mudra, Equinox (how is Trent??), Monica, and of course Zim and Xeph whose updates I see on FB. I definitely remember dog-man, which is not to say I...
  10. Peeing inside when we are away

    Dog Training Forum
    Third the vote for crate training. Acclimatise him to the crate so he sees it as a safe, comfortable space; then crate him while you're gone with something to keep him busy, like a Buster Cube or a stuffed Kong. It need not be a long-term solution - eventually you may be able to let him roam...
  11. 2nd dog?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Another dog is going to make you and your boyfriend MORE busy, not less. Sure, with good training and socialisation (which will take more time out of your schedules), a second dog can be a companion for your first while you're out of the house, but don't forget that means two dogs to play with...
  12. Happy birthday Mogwai! A whole YEAR already!

    General Dog Forum
    Oh my gosh! Happy birthday, Mirada! I've enjoyed watching you grow on Facebook :) she's beautiful, Xeph! That last picture is stunning.
  13. Posters you wonder about.

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    Thanks for the welcome and the kind words, all. Elana - New puppy??
  14. Off Leash--When Do You Know?

    Dog Training Forum
    I am with Elana here. There is so much to lose from letting your dog off-leash before she's ready. If I were you, the first time I let my dog off-leash would not be in the presence of other dogs, or even other humans, or on a trail like that. It would be in a big fenced-in area, or an empty...
  15. Posters you wonder about.

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    Hey all! Zim alerted me to my name being mentioned in this thread, so I thought I'd pop by while procrastinating on homework to say hello. I miss DF a lot, but college is keeping me really busy, and there's only so much I can contribute while being away from home and my dog. To those of you who...
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