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  1. Dog Park Preparation

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I think dog parks, depending on the quality of the park and the dog-owner community of your area, can be either wonderful or terrible things. In my town there is one park that I avoid like the plague (dirt ground, small enclosed space, "thunderdome" style playing with little-to-no owner...
  2. Eukenuba World Challenge 2014

    General Dog Forum
    I love dog shows! And I love that you post these pictures on this forum. Is it just me, or do the long-haired breeds seem to be getting poofier and longer-haired each year? They look super cute, but can you imagine being one of those shitzus or cocker spaniels living your life with your hair...
  3. How spoiled is your dog?

    General Dog Forum
    We were just laughing about how spoiled Gimli is the other day. He was given two new toys at the same time, and was having a hard time deciding which he wanted to play with. Poor dog! *sarcasm* But really, I agree with most others that while exercising and treating my dog as much as I possibly...
  4. Gimli's Thread

    General Dog Forum
    No crying last night!:whoo: Tonight we'll let him sleep in the room with us again. If there's no crying tonight, the kennel goes away! Oh, and a bonus from our determination to exercise Gimli: We found that he's now focused and reliable enough to handle going to the park in our neighborhood to...
  5. Gimli's Thread

    General Dog Forum
    Providing another update now that I've had Gimli for about a month... Overall things are going great! His recall is getting better all the time, he's learning, everything is pretty good. Unfortunately a few nights ago he started whimpering in his kennel.:doh: To give a little background...
  6. Lab Puppy Anxeity Pooping & Barking in Crate - 4 mos

    General Dog Forum
    Have you tried making sure she poops outside before you leave her? Take her for a walk or run or whatever you do and keep her out there until she poops. Then praise like crazy, give her treats, etc. Teach her pooping outside is a good thing. You can even try giving her a command so she learns...
  7. Soon to be first time dog owner

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Congrats! Everyone's already given great advice! I can commiserate with the gas - Gimli had horrifying gas the first couple of days we had him. Luckily, it went away as his body got used to the better food we feed. I'd say also be on the look-out for loose stools (AKA diarrhea) as he gets used...
  8. Advice about gaining trust of shy scared Rescue Dog

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    It sounds like you're making good progress! It sounds like your dog wants to trust you, he just doesn't quite yet. He seems to like knowing you're around but still can't quite get over his skittishness. If he's making moves to stay in the same room as you I'd say you are definitely on your way...
  9. Dog "predicting" what you are going to say??

    Dog Training Forum
    Mix up what you do. If you normally do a training session where you start out with a sit, then lie down, then paw, etc., try asking for a lie down first, then paw, then something else, etc. Keep your pup on his toes! With that said, sometimes its okay for him to already know what you want...
  10. Male VS Female

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I had two female dogs growing up, and I've had two male dogs as an adult. All were individuals who varied by breed and temperament, so I really can't compare them. I guess the only hard and fast thing you will definitely have if you get a male dog is that "red rocket" penis - which depending on...
  11. Teaching "Lie Down"... okay, now get up... come on... get up...

    Dog Training Forum
    I started teaching Gimli a "stand" command when I decided to teach "back-up." I think "back-up" is an important thing to learn so I can position the dog on walks, wait at doors, etc. without having to tug or push him. However, when I tried teaching "back-up" we ran into an issue because Gimli...
  12. Gimli's Thread

    General Dog Forum
    Another update on Gimli: We've had him for about a week and a half now and things are going great! He's getting more used to us and our regular schedule. He's wonderful on walks, learning new tricks all the time (although we're struggling with "back-up," he thinks it means either sit down or...
  13. Advice needed about my recently adopted abused dog.

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Hi there! Congrats on the new pup. You sound like a very loving and caring individual, and from what you say you seem to be doing the right things with Hazel to build up trust. I don't have much experience with this, I'm mostly posting because I want to follow this thread and hear about how...
  14. Do you always accompany your dog outside?

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    I'll let my dog out in our fenced back yard without going out with him. I started going out with him every time, but after he started asking to go out multiple times in a row, I'd just let him out for 5-15 minutes. I still go out with him sometimes, just to hang out outside with the dog or to...
  15. Advice on Growing Pains after adopting a Puppy

    Dog Rescue Forum
    I also agree with the rewarding heavily when Sophie is around. Are there any particularly high-value treats you give to Roxie on special occasions? Or maybe you could start giving a new high-value treat that she gets only when Sophie is around - tasty cheese or hot dog bits or even small cubes...
  16. Are Weimaraners Really That Difficult?

    General Dog Forum
    I have not owned a weim, but for a while I lived with someone who had one. I must say, my experience with that dog made me NEVER want to own a weim. She was super energetic - her owner would take her road-biking with him for 40 minutes to and hour of straight running at full tilt and she would...
  17. Soon to be first time dog owner

    First Time Dog Owner and Basic Questions
    Congrats on looking at getting a dog! It's very exciting and it sounds like you've been doing your research. I'm not an expert, but both of my dogs have been rescues and we've been able to get to know each other and live happily for a while so I'll give you my advice: For choosing the dog at...
  18. Do you let your dogs on the couch?

    General Dog Forum
    I let my dog on the furniture to cuddle, but only when invited. If he jumps up when we don't want him, he gets a firm "off" command. Normally, to reward "off" we grab a bone or chew toy of his and direct him to his own doggy bed (which it could be argued is actually more comfortable than the...
  19. Food before or after the walk

    General Dog Forum
    Feeding after the walk with part of dinner during walk is a great idea for walking/training - not just because of calorie intake or bloat issues. If the dog is on the hungrier side (note: I am NOT saying to starve the dog here) then he/she'll be more willing to pay attention to you, the bearer...
  20. Gimli's Thread

    General Dog Forum
    I'm starting to figure out what Gimli's strengths and weaknesses are. There are definitely some things to work on, but some things that have been a pleasant surprise. He's great at walking on a leash, although his focus needs a bit of work. Great at training and following commands in the house...
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