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Old 07-23-2003, 10:19 PM   #29
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"I'm convinced that the dogs saved us. I will always take the dog's judgment over my own."

Good rule of thumb! As I said before, Kyra is as dumb as a pail of rocks, but she knows who is and isn't good to have around. And don't mess with her cats!
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Old 07-24-2003, 07:37 AM   #30
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A friend of mine has two dogs. A husky who's dumb as a lipstick, and a Malamute/Collie cross. The latter dog barks only at me whenever I come over. He doesn't bark at anyone else...

So I dunno. Maybe in a few years I'll have some reason to do something bad to my good friend there... Why else would the dog bark at me?

Or maybe he's also just dumb.
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Old 07-24-2003, 04:19 PM   #31
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About Benita Fern-Ellen's story

For what it's worth, Rottweilers have a well-known reputation for allowing strangers, even baddies, INTO a house, and then backing them up into a wall and not letting them leave. It's a kind of primitive contain-and-control instinct. I once had a experience with a Rott when I was visiting a friend. My friend wasn't in the yard so I figured she was in the house. I went in and hollered for her, but she wasn't there. Just as I was going out the door I saw her Rottie bitch coming up the walk. She had her head down, and was coming in a very, strange deliberate pace with her eyes on mine behind the door. I knew the dog, but not very well. Knowing this pen-'em-up characteristic of the breed I stepped back in and waited in the house 'til my friend showed up. Then the dog was happy to see me, bouncing around and licking my face.

I think when the dogs started barking at Benita and the woman in the house they were saying "Shut up! You're both being stupid!" (No offense, Benita.)
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Old 07-25-2003, 10:47 AM   #32
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Either that, or they were just enjoying a group holler. I've had pets where both seem to be the case. My current dog, a small breed whose brain is reflective of her size, is into the group holler thing. Any excuse to make noise. (She, by the way, is the last one I'd count on to be a judge of character -- she loves everybody, including those who clearly don't like her or us).

On the other hand, years ago I had a pet (at cat, as it happens), who did not like dischord in the home. When my sister and I would start arguing, the cat would come and stand between us, and howl menacingly until we shut up. The she'd glare at us, like she was saying, "I've about had it with you two idiots", and stomp off. I'm not kidding - it was a stomp!

Like people, each animal, even within a breed, has it's own personality, and it's own capacity for understanding. I've heard many stories of wonderful dogs who a) know a bad guy when they see one, and B) will defend their owner against any odds. But, not mine! Each pet, with a few exceptions (oh, the stories I could tell!), can be cherished on their individual merits.
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Old 07-25-2003, 07:18 PM   #33
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A friend of mine has two dogs. A husky who's dumb as a lipstick, and a Malamute/Collie cross. The latter dog barks only at me whenever I come over. He doesn't bark at anyone else...

So I dunno. Maybe in a few years I'll have some reason to do something bad to my good friend there... Why else would the dog bark at me?

Or maybe he's also just dumb.
maybe you don't like dogs, Herb, and he knows it. :lol :duck
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Old 07-26-2003, 11:51 PM   #34
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e-collars

I have a cute little dog that is wonderful, (see picture on other thread) well behaved and loves EVERYBODY. But his only fault is that he is a runner. He wouldnt just take off unless given a reason, like a deer or snowmobile, other wise we have no problem at all. He just gets this "focus" and that is it. We finally got him an electric collar, and now he doesnt even think about it. We live on a lake, and he is really good all summer, but when the snowmobiles drive across the lake in winter, on the other side, or the deer cross the lake, he is gone. The collar works great, and stops him on a dime, and works for a good distance, because we usually dont walk around with the remote in our hand. this year we are hoping to get the fence done, so we wont have to worry about that either. But, I do recommend those collars, but they have to be used RIGHT. the one I have also has a warning beep, and we got to the point where we could use just the warning, which is nice. Now my lab needs a refresher course.
And as far as letting people in the house, I had 2 big dogs, and some friends came off of a canoe trip (about 5 of them) we had ran to the neighbors, and when we came home, they were all sitting in our house! Some watch dogs. They had never met ANY of them! I wanted better watch dogs when I replaced them, but my husband said he didnt want a "watch" dog, (or a dog that was going to bite him, he is afraid of dogs) so I only have God on my side and my instincts, if I meet anyone unsavory. On the other hand, we have ALOT of company, and I NEVER have to worry about them biting ANYONE. The stories could go on forever. but being a dog lover, I love reading them.
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Old 07-27-2003, 12:24 AM   #35
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Training collars

Hi Deb:wave

We have the same problem with our toy poodle. If she sees a rabbit, deer or even people she's gone, she always comes back and is fine unless she sees something but I worry and would like to stop her. I have thought of the collars but they seem so big for a little dog. Did you find them too big?
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Old 07-27-2003, 09:15 AM   #36
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Training collars

They come in different sizes, some of them pretty small. We are currently using Tritronics Multisport and Sport 60 units. The Sport 60 has a warning beep that you can use to communicate with your dog without giving him a hit. The Multisport has one controller for two collars, so you can work with two dogs at the same time. We have had very good luck with these units. We have a 37 pound Vizsla female and she has no trouble with the size of the unit. A chihuahua might! There are even smaller units than we have, but those don't have very much range. We used to use Radartron equipment, but can not recommend them now as their service department and "customer service" office is one of the worst I have ever dealt with.
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Old 07-27-2003, 10:18 AM   #37
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Deb, Just because they got in when you were gone, doesn't mean they would have made it inside if you had been there. We had a dump out dog, that fell in love with our family and us with her. She was part blue healer. Freindly, loved everyone. the man who filled the propane tank ''always'' put the bill in the front door by the knob. I worked at that time. one day she would not let him up on the porch. He had no idea why. it was easy, I was home that day. no way would she let him close. made me feel pretty safe.
She also hackeled up at the appearance of a new to us pickup. she didn't know it was us inside it until Tom said something. all friendly again. so you never know.
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Old 07-27-2003, 04:07 PM   #38
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Collars

Some of them are small. Mine was for a "small breed" and works fine on the lab too. It has 8 levels, and we tried it on ourselves first,(I thought that was fair) to know just how far to go. The first level is almost nothing, but the forth level made me jump, so if we have to go higher then that to get their attention, we KNOW how focused they are. All the dogs have had other obedience training too, so they are fully aware of what is right and wrong, so I dont have a problem using it.

Jana(?, forgot to look,duh) I had a black lab that on a whim I took to protection training. A cop was teaching it, and was very strict about it. He said the dog finished training, or he kept the dog. He woudlnt have a half trained dog out there. Well, we THOUGHT that my lab had potental, but a few weeks into class, he kicked us out, and said it would be a shame to take any more of my money. :loltu She
would never bite on comand, but it did make her "more" aggressive. (Not much more mind you. Not like I had to worry or anything) but she made people think when they came to the door. And I have noticed alot of dogs are more aggressive when their owners are around because they have more courage, knowing THEIR OWNERS will save THEM!:lol2
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Old 07-28-2003, 01:28 PM   #39
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We looked into collars to stop our Pomeranian from barking. We found that the small breed collars are still comparable to you wearing a motorcycle battery around your neck all day. Plus, you have to shave the neck of a long-haired dog so the probes can contact the skin, plus you have to tighten the collar way up, to the near-strangle point, for the same reason. The shock would have been the least traumatic part for the dog. We skipped it.
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Old 07-29-2003, 12:39 PM   #40
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I saw a training session on TV where you trained your dog not to pass a barrier until you said okay. they did a pole, dog chest high, then lowered to the floor a few inches at a time, then it turned into a rope. it was pretty cool. might work in the yard for short durations. Don't know. haven't tried it. :)
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:53 PM   #41
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Good one.

Charlie, I think you have hit the nail on the head. And what a teenager he is. Glad he's not mine. (Or any other one for that matter). I finally took him home last week, because HE was listening about as well as the dog. Not mine-bye, bye. Peace has settled on my house once again. Life is good.
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Old 08-13-2003, 09:30 AM   #42
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Traveling with pets can be hard.

We've had a lot of different animals over the years; the most troublesome was a wonderful little black-and-tan terrier mix we got after she had been abandoned by her people when they shipped out to Germany. She was given to a home that had a German Shepherd and a Husky, both of whom terrorized her.

A few weeks after she came to live with us, a lot of her behavioral problems disappeard, but she was always a problem to travel with. She had very good car manners, laying quietly or sleeping - as long as she was in the middle of the front seat. She rarely disobeyed enough to escape from the car - until she got to be very old. Then she'd leap from the windows or scuttle out through a closing door and head for the hills - or just play 'catch me if you can!'

I would never have thought a 15-year-old arthritic dog could have that much energy!

Now, all our faithful dog friends have passed on, and we just adopted two kittens - night and day personalities. It's going to be interesting to see how we cope with two cats and two rats in a 14' Burro!
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