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Dog Health > What might this be?
Kreuzer

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Barked: Fri May 1, '09 9:48am PST 
This isn't really too serious of a question, as it happened late last summer, but it's had me curious so I thought I'd ask.

Last August we had a dog show up on our front step after a really stormy night. He was curled up and scared... and appeared to be really really old, lots of grey on him (appeared to be a completeley black, large to medium framed dog otherwise), very, very skinny, even where there should be muscles, there was just bone... He moved very slowly and stiffly, had to be carried up and down stairs, and had great difficulty in laying down or standing up on his own. I wetted kibble for him even as he didn't seem to be able to chew hard kibble.

Long story short, we eventually found his owners that evening -- both of their dogs had bolted out the door during the storm, and only their "younger" one came back.

We were really surprised to hear them mention that this dog is only 6 years old. Asking them about why he appeared to be so old, they said that he has a degenerative condition or something... He grew up normally for about the first 7 - 8 months of his life, big healthy muscular dog (Rottweiler x Lab), and then all of a sudden lost all it's fat and muscle and became very weak, to the point where he needed to push himself off the floor using his nose.

I've never really hread about anything like this before, so was wondering if someone hear might know more about a condition like this, just to satisfy my curiosity!
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Other Barks & Woofs > Suddenly Alergic or something else?
Kreuzer

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Barked: Fri May 1, '09 9:16am PST 
Is it possible to become suddenly allergic to a particular dog?

This is my situation:

I brought home a new dog a week and a half ago, a Bull Mastiff/Rottweiler cross, and whenever I'm around him, I'll go into random coughing fits, and occasionally get a bit of a runny nose. This only happens if he's right here with me, if he leaves the room, or goes out into the yard, my symptoms start clearing up immediately. Places he spends a lot of time at don't bother me though, like I could go lay in his bed myself and it wouldn't bother me at all.

I'm not sure if this is an allergy, or if there's something on him that is doing this to me.... because the fellow I got the dog from, his whole house made my eyes and sinuses burn, when I was there I was coughing and sneezing and blowing my nose constantly (though most others were unaffected? They thought I was crazy).

Also, while I never had a dog growing up, I've been around a lot of dogs, friend's dogs, stray dogs... when I was a teenager I volunteered at the local shelter and worked with the dogs there, I've gone to training classes, I've personally owned a shepehrd, lab, and pit bull, I've spent lots of time playing with different friend's Bull Mastiffs and Rottweilers... I've never had any reaction in any of these situations.

I'm hoping to get him to a bathing facility in town soon, as he's too big for our bathtub, and it's still too cold to bath him outside, but I've found that rubbing him down with a wet towel helps...

Any ideas of what could be going on here? I'm getting an allergy test done for the first time in a couple weeks, so maybe something will come up on that? All I know is there's no way I'm giving this boy up, he's such a sweetie! (I'm his third home, not counting the home he was born in, and he's only 8.5 months old) If I have to take allergy meds whenever I'm going to be around him lots (holistic ones perhaps?), I'll do it.

Thanks everyone!
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Dog Health > Lost info on vaccines, etc.?

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sat Apr 25, '09 1:28pm PST 
I guess this sort of fits into this section... I hope so anyways!

I recently adopted a Rottweiler x Mastiff puppy (8 months old), from a fellow who was moving to do a lot of travelling (I have no means of getting ahold of him for awhile now -- and I don't know him that well to begin with). He said that the dog has a microchip and is up to date on all vaccinations, but with moving and such, he looked but wasn't able to find the paperwork. Unfortunately (stupid me) didn't get the name of the vet office he dealt with, or the microchip company etc... It was a very spir of the moment occurance really, though I don't suspect him to be lying about the information, as the dog was well kept and in great shape (clean, nails trimmed, healthy, well behaved for a puppy, etc.).

Is there any way to find the microchip information and have the dog's info changed to my own info -- without it appearing like I stole the dog? I'll check, but I think he has a tattoo as well.

Also, short of doing titer testing, is there any way I'd also be able to track down his vaccine information to get proof of vaccination -- I was thinking of bringing him to obedience classes to proof the training he already has, but they require up-to-date vaccinations.

I'll be the third home for this guy, so he's gone through 2 name changes, and I'm not sure in which home the fella' had his vet work done... This is starting to sound like a lost cause, but perhaps getting some of the microchip info could lead to being able to track down the vaccine info?

Anyways, just thought I'd try asking, it can't hurt, anyways!
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Behavior & Training > Obsessing over ATVs

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 9:54pm PST 
Haha, I'm sure he'd love that sort of thing (if his head didn't explode from all the excitement? Hehe).
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Behavior & Training > I Need Help on Kennel Training

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 9:40pm PST 
I'll second the suggestion of feeding in the crate, no bowl, and the really amazingly good treat in the kennel idea too.

Consider trying out a wire crate though, this combined with a half-frozen hunk of ham, placed tauntingly at the very back of the crate (irresistable, as far as Kreuz is concerned) is what it took for Kreuz to really like his crate. He'd refuse to have anything to do with the airline style crates, but has never had an issue with the wire ones.
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Behavior & Training > Obsessing over ATVs
Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 9:18pm PST 
As far as distance goes, he'll start reacting as soon as he can spot them, so however far away that is in the situation...

However, if it's one of my boyfriend's ATVs, he knows the exact sound and will react to the sound alone.

Since we've got ATVs handy, I have a lot of opportunities to work with him on this, I do take him out regularily when my boyfriend is working on the ATVs, adding in the stipulation that we'll move closer to it if he's containing himself and being quiet, and moving away when he starts getting to excited... I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do, but with it I've gotten him to hold a down stay beside an idling ATV... we just need to work on the revving ones and then the moving ones now! (the hard part BOLL)

(Oh and to be clear, he ignores them entirely if they're not turned on, acts like they're not even there.)

PS" I'm loving Neil Sattin's website so far! I already do some of the things he suggests, but it will be a lot of fun working on the rest.
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Behavior & Training > Obsessing over ATVs

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 8:30pm PST 
Thanks! I'll definitely look up that site right now and hopefully get some input from Indy and Summer too. smile
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Behavior & Training > Jumping dogs driving me crazy!

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 8:23pm PST 
Glad you liked the idea smile Let us know how it goes!

The other thing I can think of is if you're yard is fenced, instead of going out the door, you could go to the other side of the fence and throw it from there, then go into the yard via a gate or something, so you don't get mauled right away...this is all just speculation since I'm not sure what your yard is like though.

Good luck
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Behavior & Training > Jumping dogs driving me crazy!

Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 1:41pm PST 
As was mentioned, reinforcing a sit before getting any pets is a great idea.

Another tip I heard is that while outside, upon you first getting there and greeting them, make sure you have a handfull of kibble, and fling it across the grass, all spread out. It's supposed to divert that initial burst of energy upon greetings, to a game of "find the kibble". You can help them along by being really enthusiastic with searching in the grass and what not. I've used it successfully for calming down dogs that were getting too roudy in the yard, and it's worked, maybe you can try it too, it couldn't hurt!
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Behavior & Training > Obsessing over ATVs
Kreuzer

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Barked: Sun May 25, '08 1:01pm PST 
Hey, hopefully I can get some help with this!

For almost a year now, Kreuzer has discovered the joys of ATVs, motorbikes and the like. Cars, trucks, bicycles, etc, have never really gotten this reaction out of him, and still don't, so I'm not sure what his exact attraction to the ATVs is. I'm 99.9% positive it's a prey drive thing, rather then a fear/aggression thing, since he's giving his high-pitched play yips and a fast tail wag (not to mention playbows and jumping around the same way he does when he's playing a good game with other dogs or humans), and he generally has his attention grabbed by anything that moves fast.

I've been able to make some improvement, but he'll still occasionally revert into a fit of lunging towards, then jumping back from the ATVs, like a maniac. On his "good days" he'll be responsive to me, I can put him in a sit or down, but he never takes his eyes off of the ATV, and sometimes he'll continue with the high pitched yipping or this horrible whining/moaning that sounds like he's having his toenails ripped out.

I'd much rather revert his excitement to a game of tug or something, but he refuses all toys and treats when those distractions are nearby. This is one of the biggest problems because most of the threads I've found on here talking about barking and lunging at vehicles are
focussed on dogs that are being aggressive or fearfull to them, while this is definitely not either...the ATV, to him, is greater then any toy or treat imaginable, apparently, so I'm having a hard time rivalling that.

For the most part, I'd say that 75% of the time with me, he's just very distracted and
whiney, and the other 25% of the time is when he's yipping or trying to lunge or go in circles.

I'm really trying to be proactive in always having him at my side when the ATVs are out and about in my area, so that I'm always there to reinforce prefered behaviors. I have to move quick though as he starts "searching" as soon as he hears the distinct engine sounds in the distance.

Oh and he does know "quiet", I'm working with getting him to actually be quiet for extended amounts of time around high distractions yet though. At the moment, it's only lasting maybe 10 - 15 seconds on average.

Any input would be greatly appreciated! I think I'd mainly like some tips on getting his focus back on me, as a priority... How do I make myself more interesting then the ATVs for him?

Thankyou!

PS: Techniques I use:
Rewarding good behavior/behavior I like
Using alternative/incompadible behavior as distractions
I'd prefer using a flat buckle collar, but I have used prongs in the past when absolutely necessary for me (i.e. not getting dragged right off my feet at the first sign or sound of an ATV)

I'm open to hearing about any sort of methods though, of course!
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