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Puppy Place > What do you do?
Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 14, '15 6:53pm PST 
I have the same suggestion as Reina. Start hiding treats around the house. Make it a search game for her. Do that a couple times a day.

Not living in a snowy area and Moose only being able to play in snow once (this Christmas)I'm not familiar with super cold, but with it being so, so cold where you live, maybe invest in a pair of booties for her.
Walking through snow is one thing, but walking through it in 12 degrees is a whole other. It just seems like it would be super hard on a dogs paws in cold like that.
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Puppy Place > Fearful Puppy
Moose

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Barked: Wed Jan 14, '15 6:40pm PST 
Have his eyes been checked? Maybe he's having issues with figuring out what he's looking at in the distance, but once the person is within his sight range, he relaxes. Just a thought.
Moose is a bit of nervous nelly at night and barks at things and people in the distance that he can't quite make out. Sometimes his bark sounds like he means serious business, but it's only at night.

Your pup is gorgeous by the way. If GSMDs weren't so aloof with people, I'd seriously think about getting one in the future, but I like super social dogs.
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Behavior & Training > 10 week old Puppy Keeps Me up All Nite

Moose

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Barked: Thu Jan 8, '15 3:53pm PST 
At 10.5 weeks a puppy should still be allowed out to potty every 2 hours if needed. 10 weeks old is still super young for a puppy to hold it for more than 3 hours. If you're letting her out and she's peeing, then you'll have to keep it up.
I got my boy at 12 weeks old and he had to be let out to pee every 2 hours for the first week or so that I had him. Then I'd extend it to every 3 hours for a while, then every 4 hours, etc. And the first two nights I had him, I set an alarm to go off every 2 hours to take him out. Then after that I'd wait to hear him stir and I'd jump up and make him go out. I never ignored his whines.

Part of having a puppy is coming to terms with the idea that sleep will be minimal for the first few weeks. Bladder control comes with age. You can't expect him to hold it like a 5 month old pup.
I'd suggest you set an alarm for every 2 or 3 hours to take your pup out. That way there will be minimal accidents and as he gets older, you extend the time in between each outing.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > My baby girl is gone.

Moose

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Barked: Wed Dec 17, '14 10:01am PST 
hughughug I'm so sorry for you loss. What a great life you gave her. hughughug
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > My boy is gone

Moose

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Barked: Sat Dec 13, '14 8:57am PST 
hughughug I'm so sorry for your loss. He was such a handsome boy. You're in my thoughts.hughughug
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Saint Bernard > Please help!
Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Sat Nov 8, '14 9:26am PST 
Late response, but here it is nonetheless. In her profile, as of today, it says she's 10 months old. If that's the case, sounds like you've got a very hyper puppy on your hands. Not a vicious dog.
Moose did and sometimes still will get super hopped up and jump up at me and bite when we're on a walk. But, he wasn't biting me, he was biting his leash. He wanted to play tug with it. It was his way of expending his spazzy energy. Sometimes, fingers and hands be damned when he went to bite the leash.
Last week he did it again and it had been a long time since he'd done it and it kinda scared me. But, once I realized he hadn't had any exercise that day and we had just stopped to say hi to someone and their dog, he was all hopped up. He wanted to play with the other dog, but wasn't allowed and as they walked away, he just went ape. Luckily I have him pretty well trained and if I ask for a "leave it" and a "sit", he'll do it. Or I'll let him grab his leash, I'll let go and let him do zoomies on a lawn. Once he's done that, he's a cool as can be. He just has burst of puppy.
I used to carry a tug toy on our walks so he would grab that instead of the leash. I haven't carried it in a while, but I'm going to start again.

Moose has endless energy. Even at 3 he's just full of it. But, when he can't expend that energy and we're on a calm walk and he sees a dog he thinks he gets to play with and can't, all of his spazziness explodes. He jumps at my hands as I have them up with the leash and it looks like he's attacking me.

You need to start teaching "leave it" and have "sit" and "down" solid.
Is she getting enough physical exercise? Just because she's big doesn't mean she doesn't need lots and lots of exercise.
Also, carry a tug toy outside with you. The second she starts jumping, redirect her with that. Then after a while, she has to sit to get the tug toy.

Sounds like an energetic puppy to me.
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Behavior & Training > so, what's the scariest dog experience you've had?

Moose

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Barked: Wed Nov 5, '14 8:29am PST 
I remember this thread. Oh how things have changed. My scariest dog experience is now quite different than what I posted 4 yrs ago. As most of you know.
Hopefully I'll never have an experience that tops it.

Rereading some of the stories on here still give me chills.
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Dog Health > Kali is very sick :(

Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Thu Oct 23, '14 2:44pm PST 
I'm so sorry to hear about Kali. hug She was such a beautiful girl.
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Other Barks & Woofs > SPAM, Poop, & Morlocks

Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Wed Sep 10, '14 10:15pm PST 
Thank you everyone for the well wishes. I'm glad you all are still here and some piece of Dogster continues as it always has.
Just felt that a story of how awesome Moose was when this went down was something that I wanted to share.
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Other Barks & Woofs > SPAM, Poop, & Morlocks
Moose

I love sitting- in laps
 
 
Barked: Mon Sep 8, '14 4:39pm PST 
Wish I had known to scroll down weeks ago. Or tried on my iphone.
So, here's another trip to the hospital because of my giant dog story. Moose sent me to the ER, but this time it was my fault and it ended up probably being a life saver. And I got to see what a true Saint Bernard does when someone is hurt.

Almost exactly a month ago I had Moose out where we usually go, throwing his toy to him. (He trails his 20ft lead when we go there).
I threw his toy, he runs after and the last 2 ft of the lead wraps around my ankle and before I could yell to him to stop, I'm flipped up in the air and I landed right on the back of my neck. Ya know when you hurt yourself and you just know it's bad? I knew it was bad. My first thought when I hit, was was I going to be able to feel my hands and feet. Luckily I could.
As I was on my hands and knees, rubbing my neck moaning like crazy in pain, Moose comes over to, of course, eat all of the fallen treats and as I continued to lie there in agony Moose laid down next to me.
At one point I thought he wanted to play and head wrestle, but he just lay there next to me. I was down for a few minutes and when I thought I could stand up and walk to the car, I didn't have to say anything to Moose. He just walked calmly at my side to the car.

I dropped Moose off at home and took myself to the ER where a CT scan showed a fractured vertebra in my neck and the scan also showed that the vertebra was being destroyed by cancer. I had no idea. No clues, no aches, no pains, no nothin'.
If I hadn't thrown that toy and not ignored where the long line was, I'd never know I had cancer. (Still weird using the C word when I'm talking about myself).
What was so weird was that I thought Moose was done chasing the toy and I normally have to play a game of tug and then throw the toy, but this time Moose came up to me wanting me to throw it. And I also ignored my protocol when it comes to keeping an eye on that long line. Whenever I throw a ball/toy for Moose when he's dragging that, I always, always, always kick that line in front of me so there's never a chance for it to wrap around my ankle. (Lessoned learned when it happened 2 times with Mikey). So, it seems as if it was totally meant to happen.

Three weeks ago I had surgery to get as much of the mass out, replace the vertebra and put in pins and rods in my neck. I have to be in a neck brace for 3 more weeks. No driving and no walking Moose. I'm going broke paying a dog walker to show up twice a day. (Unfortunately I don't have neighbors who can walk him).
And no snuggling with Moose. Our bedtime ritual of him laying across me with his giant head in the crook of my neck won't be happening for a long time. Poor guy.

I have radiation starting sometime in the next few weeks and luckily (so lucky) there's no other cancer in me. Nothing in the soft tissue or my bones, except in the vertebra in my neck. All of my blood work comes back normal and I'm as healthy as ever and besides this brace, I feel great.
They tell me that this type of cancer responds really well to radiation, so I hope they're right.

So, my Moose, in a round about way, saved my life. A true Saint Bernard.
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