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Behavior & Training > Big Stress bonanza move = aggression?

Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 5:41pm PST 
I moved over Christmas, a big move, new state, new everything. Stayed with family for the first 2 months while looking for a place of my own. Family has two dogs, one year old boxer mix, one 7 month old Boston Terrier. My dog is a good bit smaller than either of them. He's a trained, registered service dog, trained to assist me in the management of crippling PTSD.

It has been a rough ride, things went south with the family, they allow their dogs to jump on furniture and both are just this side of completely out of control. Rough play, destruction on an amazing scale (The boxer has destroyed crates, furniture, eaten entire cases of chocolate health bars,boxes of body building vitamins, hundreds of dollars in damages in the 2 months I've been here) Boxer is also rough, likes to smack my dog around and stand on him, wont back off when he growls and snaps at her (wont remove her nose from a guests crotch or take it out from under a guests shirt as they scream either) Boston is dominant, and humps things that will hold still (he's neutered). I go to work and get calls that my dog has bitten a visitor, or attacked the boxer. One night the Boston jumped into my lap on top of my dog and sat on him and started licking his face and my dog turned and bit him in the face, drew blood.

Family has labeled my 7lb service dog as vicious and dont want him around. I'm moving out in a week but am worried, while he has, aside from the bite to the Boston, never acted out in my pressence, has the stressfull, crazy move ruined my dogs trust in me?

He still does his job beautifully, the last two months he has worked overtime helping me through, my family threaten that they should report him, and he would loose his certification if they told people how terrible he is. I've only seen the one act and honestly, the puppy jumped into my lap on top of him and started licking his face, I dont feel his reaction was aggression or viciousness, am I wrong? He has an evaluation with a service dog specialist two weeks after i move to my own place, the trainer said no honest eval could be done before that.
» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Happy, Feb 27 10:06 pm

Sepploks- Yanuk

run hard, run- fast, run far
Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 5:00pm PST 
In all the years sleddogs have been a center in my world I can honestly say I've never, in the hundreds upon hundreds of dogs I have fed a raw/mixed slurry diet to, seen the diets cause aggression, even when we occasionally had a rancher bring us a downed cow and put the entire carcass into a large pen with 7 Huskies and let them have at it, aside from an ocassional resource guarder (who would be promptly removed from the pen never to have that opportunity again) I've not seen aggresion caused by a well designed and administered raw diet. That said, I HAVE seen:
Siezures brought about because of a calcium absorbtion issue in sighthound decendent alaskan huskies I had, I had to adjust phosphorous and up calcium to increase absorbtion to clear up the issue.

In commercial diets I've seen soy heavy foods cause aggression in mollosers who didn't take well to the artificially induced spike in their estrogen production brought about by the soy.

Weight problems (dogs getting too thin) because owners weren't sure how much of what to feed and they fed too many dairy based and vegetable based things and caused deficiencies.
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Food & Nutrition > Beneful dog food may be killing dogs

Sepp-Lok's- Saber WTD- WLD

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Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 4:52pm PST 
Keep an eye out for bag changes. It's one of the things a company will do to cover up a recall. You will see the food get scarce and the petstore wont be able to tell you why there's a shortage or they will tell you "They are changing their packaging". There are legitimate package changes that happen from time to time, but if there's no warning, and the food just vanishes then re-appears in new bagging and all the petstore can tell you is "Well, we guess thats why it disapeared, they were changing packaging" then you know the company just had some sort of problem with their food. Companies don't change bags often (They want you to be able to find the food you're used to buying) if there is going to be a packaging change the company will warn the stores that it's comming, tell them to up their orders and prepare for possible delays in shipments and the store will be able to tell you that. If they dont give warning and they change their bag designs alot? Yeah, read the ingredients labels, it's likely there have been changes.

Nutro since Mars bought them has been really active with bag changes, and every time the bags change, more corn, wheat and by-products show up in the ingredient lists.
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Food & Nutrition > Switching dogs off of Bentiful, suggested brands? Question about Beggin Strips.


Not all Service- Dogs are tall
Barked: Wed Feb 27, '13 4:44pm PST 
ps Reno, Nature's recipe still uses menadione in their food. It would be good except that menadione bisulfate is a nasty thing.

Yep, like I said, there are a few not-so-great ingredients still in the line, but that's why the price is lower than say Blue, Wellness, ToTW and the other top premiums. You do get what you pay for.
» There has since been 10 posts. Last posting by ROSCOE, Mar 3 3:37 pm

Service & Therapy Dogs > How do you handle curious strangers in public?


Not all Service- Dogs are tall
Barked: Tue Feb 26, '13 12:03pm PST 
I have a small PSD, Reno is all of 7lbs, which for me is perfect, he's extremely portable and often goes completely un-noticed while i am out and about, however, there are times when he is noticed and animal lovers (especially children) flock to him. He is well trained, and well mannered, and like any PSD, hugely tollerant in most situations but I have the issue of children completely ignoring me and not just petting him, but trying to pick him up or give him hugs. Years ago with my former PSD I had a bad experience with a toddler picking my dog up BY HIS EAR while his mother watched and laughed and said her child "loves puppies!" The child injured my dog, first harming his ear then when he dropped him when I screamed. I also had the mother to contend with who got mad at ME for scaring her child (He started crying) when I shrieked "LET HIM GO!" I TRY to head people off "Please dont touch him, he's a Service Animal and is NOT to be touched or bothered" I will tell them, if they ask why I respond "Well, would you poke a stick in the spokes of wheelchair? Think or touching my dog as poking a stick into the spokes of a wheelchair, it's no different."
» There has since been 0 posts. Last posting by Reno, Feb 26 12:03 pm

Service & Therapy Dogs > Landlord wants to refuse us a service dog

Not all Service- Dogs are tall
Barked: Tue Feb 26, '13 11:50am PST 
You're looking under the wrong laws for help. Your Service dog (in training or not) is covered and protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. The ADA law trumps all housing laws, it's federal and covers ALL states, all counties, private or company owned properties etc. Bottom line, if a person is leasing out a place to live they MUST allow a service dog (In training or not) and it is ILLEGAL for them to charge you one single cent extra in rent, illegal for them to ask for a pet deposit or for ANY restrictions on that service animal because by federal law, that animal IS NOT a pet. It is also ILLEGAL for them to ask what the dog does, what your disability is that requires the dog etc. They may ask for proof that the dog is required, in the form of a simple letter from a doctor or therapist that only has to say the dog is medically required (no reasons should be listed) by you. Denying access to a service animal is illegal, denying you the ability to have your animal while it is trained for service is ILLEGAL and you can contact the ADA hotline ar 800-514-0301 or get help at there are printable pamphlets you can give your landlord that explain his rights and yours. If you have paid him a cent for this, he has to return every dime to you. Reno is a registered SD for me, he is my second Service Dog. Society still resists the access of service dogs and are prejudiced against them. Stand up for your rights, you're educating and fighting for rights YOU HAVE under Federal law.
» There has since been 8 posts. Last posting by Crazy Sadie Lady, Apr 26 6:27 pm

Food & Nutrition > Switching dogs off of Bentiful, suggested brands? Question about Beggin Strips.


Not all Service- Dogs are tall
Barked: Tue Feb 26, '13 11:38am PST 
Ultimately you get what you pay for. There's no way a company can provide you with human grade ingredients sourced in the United States and manufactured in a clean well kept facility for less than $1 a pound retail. However, if you want to get into a decent holistic with only a few not-so-great ingredients here and there through the product line, look at Natures Recipee made by Del Monte. It's the least expensive of the decent quality foods, I would feed it myself (and I am picky as heck). I don't feed it, I feed Blue Small Breed adult because of the cold formed chelated vit/min bits in the food and the companies lightning fast responsibility when there has been any question about their food. All US sourced ingredients except the lamb which is from New Zealand, the company keeps 2 inspectors on their production line for every batch made and it's a privately owned brand not corporate.
» There has since been 14 posts. Last posting by ROSCOE, Mar 3 3:37 pm

Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > Anyone reading Cesar Milan's new book?


Live long, Play- hard
Barked: Tue Oct 30, '07 9:06am PST 
I haven't gotten it yet but I plan to. I don't care if there are "worms" I like CM and respect his work. I know a lot of trainers, and I've worked with a LOT of dogs, and he's a good guy and I'm not afraid to say so! LOLcheer
» There has since been 8 posts. Last posting by Kitai, Nov 7 5:11 pm

Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > Make your dog famous!

Sitka Sierra- Cinnar

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Barked: Thu Oct 25, '07 3:53pm PST 
No movie company or advertising company that is legitimate will charge you one penny for using your animals. My mom has had my parents, grandparents etc in movies, tv and advertising for more than 20 years, not once has she paid a penny to do it, you RECIEVE money from a legitimate company, you don't pay. It does NOT pay a lot, you won't supplement or exceed the income of even a part time minimum wage job by getting your animal into entertainment, the trainers and handlers are the higher paid ones in the industry. Watch me and some of my moms other dogs in "Eight Below", "Iron Will" "The Journey of Natty Gann" and soon "Friends Forever" and please, don't PAY people to make money off your animals.
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Siberian Husky > Sad 2007 Iditarod news
The Brats

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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '07 1:25pm PST 
What the Iditarod has turned into is in no way humane. But whether competing in the Iditarod or not, there is a LOT of neglect and abuse in the sled dog racing community in this day and age.

I don't agree that the Iditarod is inhumane, I do however agree that the sport needs an overhaul. Smaller kennel numbers, more emphasis on careful breeding decisions, a real rescue effort throughout the sport would be a HUGE improvement, I've run a western US sleddog rescue for 18 years now and I can't ever keep up, there are always more dogs needing me than I can get to. Mentality in the sport is very old school, and people are more likely to turn their heads away than walk in and intercede when something inappropriate is being done, everyone is so afraid the blasted, wretched, dog destroying animal rights nuts will come sailing in and destroy the entire sport they want to keep everything quiet. I myself have stepped in and taken in entire kennels when a musher fell on bad times and their dogs were starting to show it so that I could prevent anyone from looking at a sleddog kennel as a bad thing. The sport needs POSITIVE help, not screaming soap box standing PETA manual thumping people too angry and blinded by their own ritious cause to slow down enough not to burn up an entire sport. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. I agree, things need to be done, but lets keep sleddog sports alive while we improve things and not make up so many rules and requirements that only an independantly wealthy saint would be good enough to own and run sleddogs.
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