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Behavior & Training > Harness for injured pup
Stumpy- Fonzarelli

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Barked: Thu Mar 3, '11 12:34pm PST 
Thanks for the responses!

Yeah, Stumpy is definitely not enjoying his walks at the moment, poor pup. I ended up having to switch to the collar this morning just so we could get home. I actually wasn't aware that short legged, long backed dogs should always have harnesses so I'm glad you told me that, Taffy!

A mesh harness might work. Our other dog Dougal used to have a Sporn No-Pull Harness which worked well. I definitely think we need to take Stump to the store and try on all the harnesses to find the best one.

Foxxy, I'm loving the vest-style harness! Stumpy would be the coolest pup in the neighborhood wearing that! I'm not really sure about the head collars. I've heard negative things about them and I just don't see Stumpy going for something like that. He doesn't like things on or near his head. Of course, we could always try to change that by retraining him to accept it but I don't want to put him through any more stress than is necessary -- he's been through enough, poor soul.

Thanks again for the help smile
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Behavior & Training > Harness for injured pup
Stumpy- Fonzarelli

Can't talk....- sleeping
 
 
Barked: Thu Mar 3, '11 9:50am PST 
Hi fellow Dogsters,

I'm having an issue finding a good harness for Stump. In his previous home he was left outside on a chain and used to pull on it to escape. As a result, when he was rescued he had a gaping wound on his neck where the choke collar was digging into his skin. The wound was cleaned and treated and is healed, but even 3 years later the patch of skin doesn't grow hair and is sensitive.

So you can imagine how walking Stumpy on a collar is just not an option. He walks well, but is a basset hound after all, so occasionally he'll decide to just stop walking and lean toward the nearest fire hydrant or tree that he just has to pee on. When he does this, the collar rubs against his wound and can cause it to get raw, or even infected.

I asked my vet for advice on what to do. She recommended the Easy Walk Harness. So I measured Stump and bought the large harness (he's a BIG boy!). The problem is that because of his odd basset shape, it doesn't fit across the chest properly and droops even when it's tightened correctly. As a result, Stumpy walks much more slowly and sometimes stops completely, which makes walking impossible. I don't want him to be uncomfortable in a harness, but I can't walk him on a collar anymore because I'm afraid of hurting him.

Can anyone suggest any other harnesses that might work? I'm afraid a regular harness will add to his strength when he does pull, which will end up hurting me!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Possibly adopting older Lab

Dougal- Jerome

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Barked: Wed Nov 3, '10 11:03am PST 
Thanks for the advice Belgian. What you say makes sense. I should clarify though, I am no good at estimating dog weight, so let's just say Ozzy is at the high end of Lab weight, definitely over 100lbs, perhaps pushing 120. He looks to be a healthy weight but I can certainly understand that his size puts a great strain on his hips.

Right now they feed him Old Roy (according to my husband). Not sure the amount they give him but he is a chow hound and he does enjoy his meal times.

$30 to $50 every two months for medication is less than I thought and certainly doable. I'm sure my mother in law would offer to help with vet bills should Ozzy get sick in the future.

I'm not sure this will happen. My husband wants to tell his mother no because he doesn't think we can handle another dog, and honestly I wonder if her reaction to give him up came from frustration. I hope she decides to keep him but I'm pushing for us to take him if she can't. Keep Ozzy in your thoughts and thanks again for the advice and support.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Possibly adopting older Lab

Dougal- Jerome

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Barked: Tue Nov 2, '10 1:41pm PST 
Hi Jewel,
Thanks so much for the response!
1. The running off could be boredom-related, but I think it's more to do with hunting/chasing things. He seems to run off when he gets a scent and usually stays within their farm grounds. Usually after he takes off he's so sore from running that he can't move for days.
3. The third dog was only here for a couple of hours. He was neutered, as is Ozzy. I guess it'd be like anything else, and just take time for them to be used to each other. Ozzy is used to living with multiple dogs so I'm sure it's not a problem for him, and my guys are friendly... just competitive!
4. Yes, this is what we did when we adopted Stumpy. He took a while to get used to kitty, he was afraid. Again, I guess it just takes time.
5. Supplements for sure! I know my MIL said she would take him to the vet if we adopt him so he's up-to-date on shots etc. I feel like the money is just an excuse because all my dogs will be old at some point and need extra vet care. I guess I'm just reluctant to take on a senior dog for that reason, but if we did we would make it work somehow.
6. Right now I'm not sure what he's eating but I don't think it's a very good quality food. My guys eat Science Diet... I already had to downgrade them from Wellness when we adopted Stumpy. The rotation is a good idea, but wouldn't it cause an upset stomach? We're lucky that we can get good quality food here, so it's certainly something worth considering.

Thanks again, I still have no idea what to do but just talking about my concerns helps put things in perspective!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Possibly adopting older Lab

Dougal- Jerome

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Barked: Tue Nov 2, '10 8:29am PST 
My mother in law has a 7 year old chocolate lab (he's a MONSTER, at least 150lbs!). They live on a farm and he has a habit of running off and taking their other dogs with him (they have 5). They've already lost one dog because of this. They now have a puppy and Ozzy (Lab) ran off with the puppy yesterday. They found them both but are worried that the puppy will suffer the same fate as their lost dog.

So she called my husband and asked if we would consider taking him. I love this dog, he is the sweetest, simplest creature and he's always happy and wagging. I have some concerns though:
1. We have two dogs and a cat and live in a 1900 sq.ft. house. Ozzy is used to running free on the farm. We have a fenced yard so that's a plus, but I'm afraid he wouldn't be happy and would feel trapped in our house.
2. Right now he is an outside dog. He used to be housebroken and NEVER had accidents but can dogs forget that?
3. Whenever we have a third dog at our house my two get petty and jealous. Dougal likes to hump the third dog, and Stumpy gets in the way and guards the third dog, snapping and growling if Dougal comes near. I'm afraid having Ozzy here would cause problems with Dougal and Stumpy.
4. I'm pretty sure Ozzy has never been exposed to cats. Now, my cat can hold his own with dogs, but Ozzy is about 15 times the size of my cat and used to hunting raccoons and other small critters. I'd worry for the safety of my cat.
5. Ozzy is a senior. He already has hip dysplasia. We make a comfortable living but yearly vet bills for our critters are high. As he gets older I'd assume that he would need more and more trips to the vet. I'm afraid that would just eat at what savings we have.
6. Ozzy is a big boy and eats a lot, I'm afraid I'd have to switch to a lower quality food to afford to feed them all, which doesn't seem fair to my boys.

I invited my husband's parents to come up this weekend and bring Ozzy to see how he gets along with my dogs and how he reacts to the cat, which I think is a good first step. Is there anything I should be concerned about that I'm forgetting?

I love this dog so much. My mother in law has said that she will give him to a Lab rescue if we can't take him, but he's senior and HUGE and I'm afraid he wouldn't get adopted.

If you read all that, THANK YOU so much! Any advice you could give me would be appreciated.
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Behavior & Training > Peeing in the house
Stumpy- Fonzarelli

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Barked: Tue Sep 1, '09 7:33am PST 
Stumpy has never peed in the house before, until Sunday. Both dogs are free in the house when we're gone. We were gone about 6 hours Sunday evening, and when we got back there were 2 spots of pee. I seriously doubted it was Dougal, as he is so neurotic he will hold his pee for days rather than go in the house (not that I've ever tested that theory!). So I figured it was Stumpy.

Monday morning I came downstairs and there was more pee. Dougal was upstairs the whole night with us, Stumpy sleeps on the couch downstairs. So I decided I'd start gating them in the laundry room when we leave so I don't have to clean pee from the carpet.

This morning I took Dougal for a run and left Stumpy in the laundry room. He obviously wanted to come with us, but he is no runner, and he is used to me and Dougal going without him a few times a week. Usually he whines a little when we leave and then goes to sleep.

Anyways we were gone maybe an hour. When I got back he'd peed in the laundry room.

I don't believe that dogs have the ability to be spiteful as some believe, so I doubt it was a "fine, you leave me and go running, I'll pee to show you I'm mad". So I'm thinking one of two things: infection, or separation anxiety. Any thoughts? He is not a clingy dog, has never shown any signs of separation anxiety, is happy to keep to himself and sleeps mostly while we're gone. I'm going to make him an appointment at the vets but I was curious to see what everyone's thoughts are, as this is so unlike Stumpy and it's just been in the past 3 days. He's not showing any signs of feeling bad or ill so I'm really not sure what the deal is frown
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Dog Health > Hot Spots?

Dougal- Jerome

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Barked: Mon May 18, '09 3:16pm PST 
I only just checked this, thanks for the replies!

I went to the vet today but they wouldn't give me anything without a check-up, and I didn't have time to get Dougal in today. I went to a tractor supply store and they gave me some wound spray. I just put it on and, if nothing else, it's discouraging the licking!

I'm going to see how it is tomorrow but if this stuff doesn't help I'll definitely try some of your suggestions. Thanks so much! My mother-in-law is also going to get some spray she gets from her vet for her dogs, for any future hot spots!

I really appreciate the help, it's nice to know I can get advice from other doggy owners as this is Dougal's first hot spot and I tend to worry! blue dog
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Dog Health > Hot Spots?

Dougal- Jerome

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Barked: Sat May 16, '09 8:14pm PST 
We just noticed that Dougal has a sore on his side... it's round and there is no hair over it, and it has a middle. It's not bleeding but he keeps licking it which is not helping. He didn't have it yesterday. Does this sound like a hot spot? He hasn't been in any tall grass but that's not to say a tick couldn't have got to him. He is on Frontline Plus. He is acting normal, besides the licking of the sore. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions to what we should do? If it's the same on Monday we'll go see the vet.

Thanks in advance! blue dog
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Basset Hound > I have a new home!

Stumpy- Fonzarelli

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Barked: Fri May 8, '09 5:04pm PST 
Thank you, Hounds of Bassetville!

We've started training, mom started using something called a "clicker" today. I still don't know how to do anything but I did learn that the click means I get a hotdog, yum. I have to go to "class" next week with a bunch of puppies.
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Basset Hound > How much do you weigh?
Stumpy- Fonzarelli

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Barked: Fri May 8, '09 5:02pm PST 
Well apparently I am 54lbs... the piece of paper that said 47lbs came from when I was rescued back in December. 54 seems like a good weight smile
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