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German Shepherd > My New German Shepherd puppy
Raju

On it, Boss!
 
 
Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 3:57pm PST 
"Oh how adorable. I am planning to buy German Shepherd Puppies too and I am wondering if they are dangerous or could get jealous too because we have a 9 month old baby, you know just to be safe. I love german sheperds and I know they are very smart. I hope to visit the animal shelter and adopt one. big grin

Edited by author Mon Aug 13, '12 9:26pm PST"

Sorry to sorta necro-post, but based on what I just read here, NO you should NOT get a GSD.
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German Shepherd > Is she underweight?
Raju

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Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 3:49pm PST 
Very rarely will a dog starve itself (excluding medical conditions.) Personally I like my dogs skinny! My current dog burns calories standing still so weight is never an issue. If she starts looking like skele-dog, obviously feed her more, but IMO I wouldn't stress about it.

Feeding in the crate is an excellent suggestion.
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Behavior & Training > This makes me ill.....

Raju

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Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 9:51am PST 
At least we know which dogs to wash from the program.

/sarcasm
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Behavior & Training > Question about raised paw?

Raju

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Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 9:36am PST 
My German shepherd dog has done this a few times as well. He has never met a pointer in his life.

I have seen coyotes in the wild "point" while stalking things.

I'm no biologist, but I'm thinking this might be a predatory behavior inherent in canids.
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Food & Nutrition > Question about Natural Balance

Raju

On it, Boss!
 
 
Barked: Sat Nov 3, '12 9:18am PST 
I feed Nat Bal venison and SP. I have a dog w/ a very sensitive stomach and severe allergies. I have tried several other brands with this dog, and it always ends in disaster. Nat Bal is the only thing he can handle.


If your dog does not have allergies and such but you still want to feed LID, I would not feed Nat Bal. I'd pick something better, like Cat Nat or Wellness Simple Solution (but IMO Wellness is too pricey).

Earthborn is a good food, too, IMO. And they have grain free and "regular" options. Not every dog needs to go grain free and sometimes GF is just too rich OR too much potato etc meant to replace the "grains" ie oats and barley and such. Grain free is a buzz word these days and everybody is trying to get on board w/ GF formulas that aren't much better than the regular formulas. At any rate, I know Earthborn's fish formula gets good reviews.

Good luck!
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Behavior & Training > What do you think about this technique?
Siegfried

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Barked: Tue Feb 10, '09 8:35am PST 
If he gets too nippy, put him away for a bit. Show him that the fun stops when the teeth hit the skin.
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Raw Food Diet > Health forum frustrates me

Siegfried

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Barked: Tue Feb 10, '09 8:15am PST 
While I definitely agree with you, I just have to say that not everybody can do raw, because (in order to do it right; and we all want to do it right) it takes A LOT of time, research, and know-how.
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Dog Health > Liver Cancer

Siegfried

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Barked: Mon Feb 9, '09 11:16am PST 
This message is from my mom. She wants some answers, but doesn't use Dogster....

"If a dog had advanced Liver cancer and was given a protein diet before it was diagnosed would that effect the dog to pass away quickly?

My uncle who is 88 - his Cocker spaniel was given a terrible diet of human food, cereal, sweet treats etc. I saw the dog this weekend 2/7/09 and told my uncle to have it on a better diet and I gave him good protein (no grain) dog food (it was Orijen 6 Fish) to feed, we started with very small amount (hand full only) , and the dog continued to be ill and he took the dog to emergency animal hospital and it was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and passed away already last night 2/8/09. Did I kill it by giving the advice of a better protein based diet? It seems very strange that when I got involved that it passed away so quickly- Please ease my mind- or give me something to feel more guilty about..."

Any answers at all would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Behavior & Training > Marker training question

Raju

disco didn't- die.. it was- murdered!
 
 
Barked: Sat Dec 27, '08 8:11am PST 
I am attempting to teach my dog what a zuccini is. I started by placing the zucchini on the floor. Whenever he touched the zucchini I would mark it with his word (good boy) and treat him. I repeated this until he was running to the zucchini and then immediately expecting the treat. I always marked after he made contact with the zucchini.

I want him to only touch the zucchini when I say "zucchini." So I started saying the word before he was touching it, and then marking. Naturally, he still goes to the zucchini on his own with expectations of a treat. I have been ignoring these attempts and only treating when he touches the zucchini in response to "zucchini." Is this correct to ignore these self-made decisions to touch the zucchini? Or will this confuse him and make him think, "wait but I thought touching the zucchini gets me a treat?"

I noticed that when I started to introduce the word, and only rewarded for touches on the command, he started to refuse to touch. Why do you think this is?

By the way, I taught him to touch the zucchini for a treat in about an hour. I wonder if I am going too fast.
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Behavior & Training > Barking, Whining and Bark Collars
Raju

disco didn't- die.. it was- murdered!
 
 
Barked: Thu Nov 13, '08 6:33pm PST 
I have a question about bark collars (I've never used one). When there is a loud noise in the area (not barking), will the collar stim the dog? If so, I think that would be really unfair for the dog. thinking What if another dog nearby is barking??
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