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Service & Therapy Dogs > Guide dogs in the classroom
Toby

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Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 2:31pm PST 
Hi, Just thought I'd thank you all for your replies and let you know how its all going.
I'm learning a lot about guide dogs, like the fact that some are very naughty! I have to be very careful hiding food and emptying bins as some are distracted by the chance of stealing a snack! I think I forgot that service dogs are first and foremost dogs!
I had a slight disaster yesterday when one of them was in a doorway and I didn't spot it and actually fell over her! I felt so very bad, I must have apologised 20 times, to dog and handler!
I'm getting used to it tho, and I really enjoy having dogs at work, it makes me feel very much at home.
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Service & Therapy Dogs > Guide dogs in the classroom
Toby

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Barked: Sun Sep 2, '12 3:47am PST 
Hi, I've not been on dogster for a while, but I've recently got a job teaching at a school for the visually impaired and wanted some advice on guide dogs in class, thought you guys may be the best ones to help!
Basically I know general service dog etiquette is just to ignore them, stay out of the way, don't distract them, that kind of thing, but I may have classes with one or more guide dogs sat about for a few hours. Should I acknowledge them in this situation? Should there be breaks for them to go out at all? Will their handlers tell me if the dog needs anything? What about multiple dogs? Should I separate them among the class so that they can't distract each other? Or would it be nice for them to be near each other? Anything I may have missed?
Sorry for the million questions, but I just want to be ready for what may come up.
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Food & Nutrition > Very Delicate Chihuahua Tummy.

Toby

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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 2:53pm PST 
Royal Canin is not a great food, neither are most vet only diets. Have a look down this forum for diet tips, but my favourite is applaws which is mainly just meat and has a natural probiotic to assist dodgy tummys.
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Puppy Place > What is this dog?

Toby

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Barked: Sun Apr 1, '12 1:50pm PST 
Can anyone guess what this is?
http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d17/icklevamp/?action=view¤t=Su ki2.jpg
She appears to be a puppy of some breed, and appears to be freshly groomed, very scruffy on the front but short on rump and tail, I'm thinking from that maybe lowchen, but her head doesn't seem right.
I've found her and reckon it'd be easier to find her home if I knew what breed she was.
Second (bad) pic here if it helps -
http://s32.photobucket.com/albums/d17/icklevamp/?action=view¤t=l ostdog.jpg
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Puppy Place > She's growing up - still no idea

Toby

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Barked: Tue Oct 11, '11 4:16am PST 
Doesn't black on the tongue mean chow? I'm going with chow/aussie, which would explain the puppy fluffiness.
Look at this aussie chow - http://www.drharveys.com/images/image_server/web_image/82/200.jpg
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Choosing the Right Dog > Am I a suitable owner for a dog right now?
Toby

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Barked: Tue Oct 11, '11 1:56am PST 
I know that you have your heart set on a youngster, but a lot of the things you want from a dog suggest an older dog to me. You'll know all its health issues since most genetic problems show themselves in the dogs younger years, it'll be well socialised, a lot calmer, and old dogs are fantastic at being best friends!
Plus if you go to college it'll be easier for your parents to deal with a calm older dog than a youngster who needs plenty of stimulation.
I'd also say foster a bit first though, just to check your mums allergies.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > A foster treat, what's yours?

Toby

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Barked: Mon Oct 10, '11 4:23pm PST 
I love that Bianca, cupcake and Sophie want to foster terriers, any of you fancy coming to england? We're over run with terriers over here! Pretty much all my fosters so far have been jrt or jrt cross dogs, but I can now say that my dream foster is a chihuahua! This is definitely my heart breed but so very rare over here, they hardly ever appear in rescue, and due to a little switch about in my rescue I've ended up with not one but two!
I was a bit worried when I was told because they are both ex breeding dogs and oh so nervy, but the chi spark is there and I'm so very glad I get to foster them.
The more nervous of the pair got hissed at by my cat today (her own fault cause she barked at him) but she jumped on my lap for safety, I felt rather privileged!
I'm glad it's a pair too because I could be tempted into failing with a fourth dog, but I really couldn't go up to 5!
Tucker, I hope to foster a CC hairless or hairy hairless one day, they are so different, I don't think I could cope with the moisturising thing as a forever dog, but as a foster it would be cool.
Lily, housebroken would be lovely, think we may be dreaming there though! I've had maybe 2 fosters come housebroken, and I'm dreadful at housebreaking! I trained toby on pads and then just shoved the pads in the garden, still learning how to do it any other way.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Sigghh, I want another dog!

Toby

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Barked: Fri Oct 7, '11 8:16am PST 
Foster a dog that doesn't fit into your family at all and then you'll find it easier to give it up! I have 3 dogs with the occasional foster in a teeny tiny house no problem. The big difference I found going from 2 to 3 was that when you walk you don't have a hand for each, so if something kicks off you need to get out of there pretty quick.
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Dog Laws & Legislation > Am I Over Reacting?

Toby

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Barked: Fri Oct 7, '11 8:06am PST 
Have you ever spoken to this guy? I'm wondering why exactly he gets so stressed, could he have a fear of your dogs? If so maybe mediation would fix it quicker?
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > A foster treat, what's yours?
Toby

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Barked: Fri Oct 7, '11 6:40am PST 
The rescue is really good at moving dogs if you get trouble so I wouldn't worry there. I've only got into difficulties once, on christmas eve!! Meg started guarding my ex partner to the point that she would attack anyone who so much as looked at him! About an hour later I did a quick swap with a more experienced fosterer who had a little old shih tzu that I could take instead, and he ended up staying. happy dance
As you get more experienced you'll be able to handle more and also know what you definitely can't manage. I know that I definitely can't do working dogs or crosses, I'll take them in an emergency, but I soon go a little nutty with them. Lap dogs I can do all day, no problem at all, especially oldies. I'm wondering at the moment if I can do puppies, I've only had Toby as a pup and he was an only dog, I'd be interested to test if I could do it again with my current rabble.
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