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Behavior & Training > Dogs and Heights
Roxie

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Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 4:26am PST 
Roxie is wary of heights.. She will jump onto the dining table/kitchen counters/washing machine, but when she goes to jump down and notices the drop, she bottles it laugh out loud.

Trixie, ive no idea. Shes never afraid of jumping off a grooming table or walking over a bridge or whatever, so perhaps she doesn't percieve heights very well!
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Dog Health > Venting...Offered pup was born...but decided against...
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Barked: Sun Mar 31, '13 4:35pm PST 
Yeah, what Charlie said.

The mites that cause demodectic mange are actually present in the majority of dogs at birth, from what I can remember.. They are normal, in smaller numbers. Its only when the dog has a weakened immune system that they reach higher numbers and start to cause a problem. Since you purchased a runt puppy, it doesn't surprise me that the immue system would be weakened. My Roxie had mange as a puppy... She came from a rubbish breeder, was under-nourished and covered in fleas. After treatment as a puppy she hasn't had a re-occurence of it, and this is the case in a LOT of puppies that had mange as far as I can tell.

Other than that.. The breeder DOES sound like they suck and I too wouldnt continue to deal with them. If you purchased the puppy with the intent to breed then I would suggest you spay this pup, go and find a GOOD mentor within the breed (maybe enquire at the breed club?).. Meet people, do more research and find a better breeder!
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Choosing the Right Dog > APBT/Amstaff/Staffie Comparison

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Barked: Fri Feb 15, '13 2:32pm PST 
Yeah, that "wont start a fight but WILL finish it" thing is a big reason why I would be unlikely to have a bully breed again. I can call Trixie off a fight.. With Roxie, I have to be hyper aware of every situation to avoid a fight happening.


Feel free to ignore this oncoming babble of a story laugh out loud The short version is that it it shows how HUGE a deal training and socialisation is with bully breeds. Roxie matured into a dog that didn't like other dogs.. BUT I could have her onleash around other dogs and she would behave herself. I could have her offleash and as long as other dogs werent too close, they weren't an issue. Once an idiot with a Yorkshire Terrier let their dog tangle the leash around Roxie in a position where I literally didn't have time to stop it. She was visibly uncomfortable, very clearly didn't want the other dog near her but she didn't DO anything other than stand stock still and wait for me to save her. Her reaction to other dogs isnt due to lack of socialisation, but due to the amount of careful socialisation I gave her if that makes sense.. It gave her enough discretion to know that she had no right attacking this little dog that clearly meant no harm! I do dread to think what would have happened if the dog was being aggressive though. In that situation, no amount of training or socialisation would get her to hold back.

You sound like the sort of owner that would be careful enough with your dogs to make an awesome bully breed owner Onyx smile
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Choosing the Right Dog > APBT/Amstaff/Staffie Comparison

Roxie

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Barked: Fri Feb 15, '13 2:40am PST 
Even if not completely DA, Bully breeds can still tend towards SSA so i'd be careful of that!


Just speaking from my experience.. Roxie is a Staffie cross, and she is typical of a bully breed. As far as high strung goes, Roo spent her first few years bouncing off the walls if she didnt get enough exercise... I could take her for an 8 miles bike ride and she'd get home and want to play laugh out loud .Put it this way... Here she is after a day of no walks - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkLvRwRFdfE laugh out loud

The only thing that puts me off getting another Bully breed is the potential for DA. I know that can be avoided by choosing an adult rescue but after all the fights between Roxie and Trix is has unfortunately made me over-cautious.


The similarities and differences have already been mentioned.. As far as history goes,at a basic level they all originated from the Terrier/Bulldog crosses here in England and of course when they reached America the dogs were developed more-so and became the APBT that exists today, whilst the English dogs were Staffordshire Bull Terriers. I think the APBT/ AmStaff split was basically just a political thing as far as registering goes. I have heard that there are dogs that exist as AmStaffs on ACK registers and APBT on a different register? Not too sure about that though smile.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Spaniel Specialists -- Speak Up!

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Barked: Mon Dec 31, '12 2:59pm PST 
Ive not met either of them two breeds.. Not exactly popular here in the UK smile


Hope someone with more knowledge comes along big grin
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Choosing the Right Dog > Spaniel Specialists -- Speak Up!
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Barked: Mon Dec 31, '12 11:30am PST 
Well Watt, I dont know much about Spaniels but the English Springer holds a special place in my heart.. Ive mentioned why before! The lovely, sweet male that I wish I could have rescued, wish I could have saved his life frown


From working in a dog groomers I have been around English Springers, Welsh Springers, English Cockers and American Cockers.. And I will say from a "pack" point of view, it was the English Cockers that did best around the other dogs. I literally didnt see any aggression from any of the English Cockers and the few well bred ones that I knew would likely have fit in with you very well!

I think the Welsh Springer, from what ive seen, may be a little too sensitive for you! They seem much more reserved than most Spaniels ive come across.
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Behavior & Training > Judging a Pet Dog Trainer by Their Own Dog?

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Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 7:06am PST 
When I wanted to attend training classes all I was interested in was that the clients were happy with the results of the class and that the dogs were happy and comfortable in that environment.. The training classes I took Roxie to had "helpers" that used to be clients, whos dogs were used as demo dogs. It was nice to see them there as proof that the classes worked, if that makes sense.

If I was actually getting a trainer in to help me at home then I would still be interested in the results- did they help clients with similar problems to mine, and were the clients happy? Do they use methods I am happy and comfortable with, and treat each dog as an individual? That would be my priorities. Sure its nice to see that their own dogs are well behaved and hasppy.. But I can also understand a trainer having taken on a problem dog that is work in progress.

Actual titles on their dogs and having worked with dogs and achieved results in various venues would be nice to see, although perhaps not a requirement for me, depending on the situation.

A trainer with an overweight dog would put me off (unless health related- thyroid issue etc) because i'd feel like all they did was shovel treats down the dog laugh out loud and also, if they can't do something as simple as keep their own dogs at a healthy weight then I would not be impressed.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Are "white" Dobermans different from Dobermans with Albinism?

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Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 12:14pm PST 
Oops double post!
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Choosing the Right Dog > Are "white" Dobermans different from Dobermans with Albinism?

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Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 12:14pm PST 
White Dobes are albinos, and suffer all the health problems that go along with that. Anyone claiming to have a while Dobe is lying.. As far as I know, they are always albino frown
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Choosing the Right Dog > Do you think I'm asking for trouble?
Roxie

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Barked: Wed Oct 17, '12 1:51pm PST 
smile Glad to help! Im sure when it comes to it, whichever Bully breed pup you rescue will be just fine smile

Roxie is a typical Bully.. Happy and wiggly around people! Anyone who knows her absolutely loves her. Im sure it would be the same for any Bully breed you rescue big grin
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