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Behavior & Training > can dogs hold grudges (and other attitude problems)
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Barked: Sat Mar 16, '13 4:13am PST 
I always think it's less of a grudge and more of an association - either between bad things or good things. Like ear medication = feels bad, therefore avoidance of medication in the future. Or sit = reward, sit more in the future. Same as dogs that have been abused, they might associate anyone who looks the abuser with bad things and react aggressively.. it's not a grudge against that person, simply an instinct for survival.
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Vets abusing animals
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Barked: Thu Jan 31, '13 1:20pm PST 
That sounds terrible, at my vets the old owners of it used to abuse the people the not the animals. They certainly weren't shy of letting people know if their animals weren't in perfect condition.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Help Me Find A Breed..

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Barked: Tue Jul 3, '12 12:11am PST 
I immediately thought of a cavalier king charles spaniel - the ones I've met all have such gorgeous temperaments and get along with pretty much anything.
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Choosing the Right Dog > make me a match

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Barked: Tue Jul 3, '12 12:09am PST 
Yes retired greyhounds can make wonderful family pets and usually love just laying back and chilling, although if you wanted them to be energetic they will be. Plus so many get put down because they can't find homes, you'd be giving one a second chance.
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Dog Health > Agility and injuries?

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Barked: Tue Jul 3, '12 12:01am PST 
It's been about 6 months now since Shep got his leg amputated because the vets didn't realise it was dislocated a year ago. My parents decided it had to go as we were afraid he was in too much pain.

Before he got hit by a car, I had started training Shep for agility - nothing special, I could direct him over jumps, through tunnels, hoops and how to run along planks.

Now that he's lost a leg and completely healed, I was wondering if there was any danger for him to do agility again. I'm so worried that it will put too much stress on his remaining front leg, even though I've seen other dogs with 3 legs do it.

What do you guys think? Start him again or keep it gentle?
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Choosing the Right Dog > Tips on Choosing a Good Breeder?
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Barked: Mon Jul 2, '12 2:02pm PST 
Thanks I'll try that webesite. Yeah I'm looking for a groendael, I absolutely love the look of them and from what I've read they should cope well with agility and obedience and don't have as much of a problem with their hips as german shepherds. Does anyone know what they are like with strangers though? I'll be socialising it well, but I'd love a dog who didn't think that every stranger was a new friend.
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Dog Health > I can't believe how many fat dogs there are...

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Barked: Mon Jul 2, '12 4:12am PST 
Yes, labs and cattle dogs around here are the worst for being overweight. Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a fit lab or cattle dog :/ And it's pretty sad when both of my dogs have access to food 24/7 + get handful upon handful of treats a day and still have absolutely no excess weight on them. Shep only has 3 legs and is still fitter than most dogs around here >.
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Choosing the Right Dog > Tips on Choosing a Good Breeder?

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Barked: Mon Jul 2, '12 3:49am PST 
So I'm not really sure what section this should go in, I chose this one because I'm also looking for advice about my next dog.

My partner and I are planning on buying a house later this year (or early next) with a minimum of 5 acres. He works away 2 weeks at a time, so for the most part I'll be by myself at the house. As much as I'd love to take Shep and Indy with me, my parents will not give them up and to be honest, I have my heart set on getting a Belgian Shepherd as my next dog.

However, I know next to nothing about buying from a breeder and seeing as my google has for some reason decided to cark it, and belgian shepherds rarely show up in shelters, I'm having trouble researching what I should actually be looking for in a good breeder. The only thing I remember reading somewhere is that you should contact a breeder and get to know them well in advance of wanting a puppy?

Any help and information on breeders and belgian shepherds would be greatly appreciated!
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Behavior & Training > A good trainer and a well trained dog.

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Barked: Tue Dec 27, '11 2:02pm PST 
That's the same as when I did my work experience at the vets Toto. If people bought dogs in that had to stay for whatever reason (surgery, grooming, baths, clipping etc) we were always particularly grateful when a dog would just walk quietly or sit on the table and not make a fuss. We didn't get many of them though bol That would be one reason I'd like a dog who obeys everyone in some aspects I guess, it would certainly make it easier for people who have to work with them.
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Behavior & Training > A good trainer and a well trained dog.
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Barked: Tue Dec 27, '11 11:04am PST 
I remember talking to someone about dogs once and they told me that a truly well trained dog should be able to take commands from any person and follow them as they do from their owner.

Is this a true sign of a well trained dog, because I don't actually like the thought of someone else being able to control my dog. And also, wouldn't a dog have to get used to a person first and have that person work with them for a little while before they'd obey them?

Not that Shep seems to care, if someone knows the signals I use he'll follow them regardless of whose using them, although he's not as quick in following them as when I use them.
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