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What I Love About Dogster > Dogster and Catster HACKED - please repost and change your passwords!
Lisa

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Barked: Thu Jul 17, '14 9:31pm PST 
Posting this here because I don't know where else it should go - a reddit.com user discovered a major security breach in Catster and Dogster, including login info. If you use the same password here as anywhere else on the internet, I recommend changing it. If you're in any Dogster/Catster facebook groups or know any previous Dogsters, please let them know too!

Please repost this information anywhere you think is relevant! Here's the link to the reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/self/comments/2az8x7/i_found_25_million_hack ed_passwords_to_the/

The user has notified Dogster/Catster, but nobody's done anything so far except disable registration...in the meantime, someone could pretty easily have your password info, so you'd better go change it.

Please repost!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Dogster and Catster HACKED - please repost and change your passwords!
Lisa

Always my angel.
 
 
Barked: Thu Jul 17, '14 9:29pm PST 
Posting this here because it's reasonably active - a reddit.com user discovered a major security breach in Catster and Dogster, including login info. If you use the same password here as anywhere else on the internet, I recommend changing it.

Please repost this information anywhere you think is relevant! Here's the link to the reddit post: http://www.reddit.com/r/self/comments/2az8x7/i_found_25_million_hack ed_passwords_to_the/

The user has notified Dogster/Catster, but nobody's done anything so far except disable registration...in the meantime, someone could pretty easily have your password info, so you'd better go change it.

Please repost!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Finding Rescue Recommendations

Lisa

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Barked: Tue May 13, '14 5:31pm PST 
Hey folks - how do you go about finding good reviews or information about foster rescues? I know this topic has come up here before, but I can't remember anything that didn't involve knowing a lot of dog people and just asking them for opinions. We don't know any dog people around here and can't very well get involved with dog-related activities without having a dog yet, so I'm a bit lost. Is there someone we should ask? Reviews online we can look at (it doesn't look like people really use Yelp for this kind of thing)?

It wasn't such a big issue before some specific requirements came into play in our dog search...before I was a bit more flexible, but now I think the best idea would be to work with a rescue who can really match us with the right dog. There are a few I've been able to figure out are pretty good, but they're all breed-specific. I'm willing to go for a breed-specific rescue if that's what's best, but our needs/preferences are all personality/temperament/socialization related and not really tied to a specific breed. So finding a good all-breed rescue would be great. Any tips?

Also, if anybody here can recommend a great foster rescue in Northern California (USA), feel free to PM me. shh
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Choosing the Right Dog > Whippets?

Lisa

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Barked: Mon May 5, '14 4:54pm PST 
I went through Ye Olde Dog Breed Directory Post and I couldn't find an entry for the Whippet! Which is really unfortunate, because I'm looking for information about them. Hopefully with Dogster not shutting down forums after all, you all can help me out. big grin

Short version: Tell me about Whippets! What are their personalities like? Are they more serious or more silly? Chill or anxious? Hyper or lazy? How trainable are they - do they make good trick dogs? My general impression is that they're well-mannered and low-key, but generally not obedience champions. Let me know if that's not the case.

Long version: OK, OK, I'll tell you about me and why I'm asking. My fiance and I are getting married soon and moving into our new place (yay!). It's a large apartment in a pet-friendly complex, which is right next to a park with a small, fenced-in dog park in it. The complex has a few breed restrictions (mostly pit bulls, which is sad but not uncommon), but no weight restrictions. We also have a cat, who is not the biggest fan of dogs but deals with them fine as long as they don't try to chase him.

We're looking for something medium sized, 20-40 pounds or so. I'm a jogger but fiance is not, and fiance is concerned that a dog who's over-the-top hyper in the house would be unnerving for him. So we'd like a dog who enjoys running but doesn't NEED to run in order to be sane. Personally, I'm inclined to just go for a Cocker Spaniel (because they're my jam) or maybe a Wheaten and just leave it at that. But recently the subject of Whippets has come up. Fiance is a cat person who also likes dogs, which is probably why he's attracted to Whippets. But they do seem like a fairly good fit in most ways - reasonably active but low-key in the house, quiet, cuddly, etc.

So here are my things - I've heard that Whippets are fine with their own cats, but not so good with others. Can someone confirm? I'm also looking for personality info. I like goofy, silly dogs. I also really enjoy dog training and would like a dog who's up for learning some frivolous tricks. Is that something one can do with a Whippet, or are they more of a "well-mannered but bad student" type? What are your experiences with them?
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Lisa

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Barked: Mon Jan 20, '14 6:07pm PST 
As a general rule, how about we all use the full URL and/or link to whatever forum we're talking about from now on? This thread is moving so quickly that I can't find any of the links you guys are discussing except for The Dog Snobs forum, which as other people have noted isn't up yet.

If anyone's going to Dogforum.com, my username there is LisasGirl. You can create pet pages there as well, but it's pretty basic - just photos, nicknames, what your dog likes to do, that kind of thing. So far I really like the vibe in the forums conversations - it's active, friendly, and has an interesting back-and-forth between users. It's also got a big enough userbase that newbies wander into it and ask questions. So that's a plus. As far as the reasons I go to Dogster, the only thing missing there is you all. wink

Can someone link me to the proboards and such that people are going to? I'm happy to bookmark whatever sites the rest of y'all are going to.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Maybe a shepherd isn't a great idea....
Lisa

Always my angel.
 
 
Barked: Fri Jan 17, '14 11:25am PST 
Well, if you're looking for an active dog who would do well in things like dog sports and bite work, you're going to need a dog with at least some drive. You don't need a dog that's off-its-rocker drivey, but you'll still be looking for something smart, driven, and high-energy. And honestly I can't think of any dog that hits all three of those and isn't a bit difficult in its puppy years.

I think if you don't care too much about the dog being a super-duper-grand champion, and you just want to compete for fun, and you don't want to deal with a pushy/mischievous/difficult teenage dog, then why not look for a rescue GSD? I'm sure there are plenty out there who are too much for a casual suburban home but just right for a hobby competitor.
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Lisa

Always my angel.
 
 
Barked: Fri Jan 17, '14 11:18am PST 
Pet360 has potential, but I agree that it's pretty difficult to navigate, and the boards are too segregated IMO. For example, under Behavior and Training, there are separate boards for Separation Anxiety, Dog Pettiquette, and Training Chats (which has a completely different format from the other two boards), all of which could easily be combined into one general Training board. If all of those topics were active enough that discussions frequently got lost, I could see separating them out. But when you're just looking for casual discussion about dog behavior in general, it's hard to know where to put it and it takes a lot of effort to find what you're looking for.

Personally, though, I don't care too much about learning a new format as long as there's a place that's active and well set up for the kind of free-ranging discussions we used to have. I'm also not too attached to pet pages - for me they were always much more perk than necessity. They're nice, but I don't need them. The community conversations are what I care about.
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Lisa

Always my angel.
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 16, '14 4:48pm PST 
I've seen lots of new, free forums languish and die off pretty quickly. I feel like our numbers and posting rate are already down enough that we'd be unlikely to build things back up in the way that I am imagining, at least, in any kind of timely manner. We're better off just migrating somewhere that's at least reasonably active and compatible with what we've had here. Could be my attempt to be practical is falling into pessimism, but that's how I see things.

Personally I'm still leaning toward dogforums.com, though they don't have the awesome pet profiles like we had here. I'll follow the group, of course, but I'm considering setting up an account there anyway. wink
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Behavior & Training > Is there another dog forum we can ALL move to?

Lisa

Always my angel.
 
 
Barked: Thu Jan 16, '14 4:32pm PST 
I agree this community is special...I took a break from it a little over year ago (and many other online communities, so please don't feel snubbed laugh out loud ) and now I'm back and it's like a ghost town. Spam bots everywhere and very little of the lively conversation I used to enjoy. I'm worried about a brand new forum, though - it usually takes a really long time for those to build up new members, and I think having input from lots of people (including newbies) was something I liked around here. Not that I don't like just talking to you all, but it seems like we'd be less active all on our own.

To be honest, dogforums.com looks promising, if we could all find each other there and get involved. It's fairly active and covers many of the same topics. I'm not as familiar with it, though, so someone let me know if there are glaring issues. I just think if we all went together, we'd have a better shot at transforming an existing community rather than trying to jumpstart our own.

I discovered PoodleForum.com a while back when I was doing breed research, and it's a nice enough starting point, though it is breed-specific. Dogforums.com looks like a nice all-breed translation of that. We'd just have to make accounts named after our dogs so we can find each other there. wink

EDIT: Does anyone know where (if anywhere) any of the other former active Dogsters have gone off to? Maybe we can just follow them.
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Behavior & Training > 14 Week Old...discourage whining
Lisa

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Barked: Wed Jan 15, '14 1:52pm PST 
Personally, I look over if a dog whines but otherwise ignore her if she's not obviously in pain or in need (ie, whining for a good reason). So if she's whining for attention or in order to get out of a crate or other confined space, I always ignore the behavior and never give her what she wants until she stops whining. I might say something quick, like, "I hear you" or "Hush" or "That's enough" (always in a neutral, breezy kind of voice - neither scolding nor consoling), but I don't actually go over there and do whatever she's looking for.

If she's whining when you leave, then your best bets are to make sure she's as occupied as possible while you leave and while you're gone. Get her good and tired out in the morning before you go, too, as that often takes the edge off. Go for a walk, play a lot, do some training, or all of the above (and with a heeler, I definitely recommend all of the above!). If you're especially lucky, she might head off to go to sleep and never notice that you left.

Next, give her some fun things to chew on or play with that are likely to occupy her for a long time. Stuffing a Kong with peanut butter and freezing it overnight works well, as does pretty much any other frozen-solid treat. Just make sure she doesn't chew it over a carpeted floor just in case it takes her a while. Puzzle toys, if she'll play with them, are another good way to keep her occupied. You can also try hiding treats or chews around the area in which she's confined, as that gives her new things to find and get excited about over the course of the day. Make sure you designate some things as stuff she only gets when you leave, so she starts to develop a more positive association with you being gone.

At her age, she's probably just going to whine when you leave no matter what you do. Just don't acknowledge it. And don't make leaving a big deal, either - it's very tempting to say a drawn-out goodbye and give her extra cuddles before you go because you know that she'll be sad, but your emphasis should be on making your exit as drama-free as possible. Just briskly-but-happily put her in her confined area, give her her Kong or other chew toy (leave it next to her if she won't take it from you) and walk on out the door. She may whine at first but most pups settle down after a few minutes.
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