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Dog Health > Any suggestions for how to get dehydrated dog to drink?
Trixie

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Barked: Wed Jun 11, '14 4:44pm PST 
If you force liquids into him with a syringe and he coughs or chokes, he could wind up with aspiration pneumonia, which is very serious. The best bet is to flavor his water with some chicken broth (home-made with no added salt is best).
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Behavior & Training > Severe Separation Anxiety
Dennis- FDCH-S,- TFIII

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Barked: Wed Jun 4, '14 6:48am PST 
Try Dr. Karen Overall's Relaxation Protocol. It worked well for us. There is even an mp3 version of it.
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Behavior & Training > High Value Treats - What do you use?

Dennis- FDCH-S,- TFIII

I love agility- and flyball!
 
 
Barked: Sun Jun 1, '14 7:33am PST 
Does your dog enjoy sirloin steak and all the delicious treats you have prepared, when he is at home? If so, then you might want to consider the Control Unleashed book by Leslie McDevitt. It teaches dogs how to stay focused in distracting environments, and lays an excellent foundation for dog sports. Sometimes dogs are so distracted or excited about what's going on around them, that they are not interested in even the yummiest treats.

You might also consider working on Relaxation Protocol on a mat at home. Then you can bring the mat to class, which will help your dog to keep his mind focused and clear in between training exercises, so that he is ready to work (and enjoy his treats!).
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Behavior & Training > High Value Treats - What do you use?

Dennis- FDCH-S,- TFIII

I love agility- and flyball!
 
 
Barked: Sat May 31, '14 6:50pm PST 
chicken gizzards and hearts- boil them, then chop into small pieces. They keep their shape nicely.
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Behavior & Training > High Value Treats - What do you use?

Dennis- FDCH-S,- TFIII

I love agility- and flyball!
 
 
Barked: Sat May 31, '14 6:50pm PST 
chicken gizzards and hearts- boil them, then chop into small pieces. They keep their shape nicely.
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Behavior & Training > Please help us
Trixie

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Barked: Mon Apr 28, '14 5:07pm PST 
Try to walk her at hours when you are less likely to run into other dogs in your neighborhood. The less she "practices" her leash aggression, the easier it will be to change her behavior. I know it's probably easier said than done, but truly, this is the first step to being able to change her behavior.

Next step would be to begin training the look at that game. This link has a pretty good description of how to do this, along with other helpful suggestions.

http://clickerleash.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/look-at-that-a-coun terintuitive-approach-to-dealing-with-reactive-dogs/
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Dog Health > Behavior help for pituitary tumor -

Dennis- FDCH-S,- TFIII

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Barked: Sat Apr 19, '14 1:16pm PST 
http://www.2ndchance.info/cushings.htm

If you scroll all the way down, there is a section called "What Are the Treatment Options?" where it explains Selegiline.
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Dog Health > Last hope for our dear lab Rio

Tucker

Earned my wings- Jan. 22nd
 
 
Barked: Wed Apr 16, '14 5:24pm PST 
Not sure what anti-nausea medication your dog is on, but if she's not doing well on one, why not ask the vet if you could try a different one? Our senior who passed away in January, also lost protein through the kidneys. Even though his creatinine was always normal and his bun was only slightly elevated, he would not eat without his anti-nausea medication. Initially Cerenia worked well for a few months, then it stopped working. At that point we switched to ondansetron, which is a potent anti-nausea medication often used with chemo patients. Human pharmacies often carry the generic version. There is a pretty wide dosage range with the ondansetron, so it might need to be adjusted once or twice to find what works for your dog. My friend also had a dog in acute renal failure, and ondansetron is what worked for them.

You could also ask your vet if he/she feels sub q fluids might be helpful. Even though our dog's BUN was never astronomical, sub q definitely helped him hang in there for several more months. Our dog was also on Pepcid for a few years, then Prilosec for the last year, to help with excess stomach acid which can also affect appetite.
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Behavior & Training > Helping the Insecure Dog

Trixie

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Barked: Wed Apr 9, '14 7:06am PST 
Known Facts:

1. your dog has been attacked or nearly attacked a few times.
2. He does not care for high energy dogs getting in his space
3. He will give several appropriate warnings to back off- head turn, lip lift, soft growl
4. He will not continue to tolerate a high energy dog who continues to get in his personal space.

Possible Intervention:
1. Control any high energy dogs around him, especially after he has turned his head away, lifted lip, and growled at them. What else is there left for him to do to but escalate his warnings to a bite? If you do not make his environment "safe" he feels that he has to do that himself.

I agree that not letting go during the bite was excessive force on his part when an airsnap or a quick bite would have worked, but not all dogs read the doggie communication hand manual. Your dog was clearly very aggravated and perhaps even fearful of what was going to come next (a potential attack in his experience?) when the other dog attempted to mount him, so he went straight to bite and hold the fourth time his space was invaded (mounting).

A behaviorist will help your dog learn to become more comfortable around other dogs, however no dog should have to put up with another dog repeatedly trying to engage it when it has clearly said "no, not interested" several times. That is when the humans need to intervene, because the next step will be escalation.
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Dog Health > Dog hates Subcutaneous Fluids required every other day
Tucker

Earned my wings- Jan. 22nd
 
 
Barked: Mon Mar 10, '14 5:39pm PST 
We had to give daily fluids to our dog for an issue other than kidney disease, so we were able to use ham as treats during the process. You'll need to use a low phosphorous treat for a kidney dog, but other than that difference, the video link below shows how we got our dog to not only tolerate, but look forward to his daily sub q fluids. We also swear by Terumo needles.

http://dennisthevizsla.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/the-adventure-of -the-ham-plate/#more-9470
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