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devmd01
Mar 7, 2006

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Had a lovely hike this morning. He is doing an excellent job with the gentle leader and basically walks loose-leash the entire time.



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WhiteHowler
Apr 3, 2001

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Good doggo!

Uh, probably don't want to let him drink pond/lake water though.

devmd01
Mar 7, 2006

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Pond, no, fresh water in a flowing stream? Sure.

Hieronymous Alloy
Jan 30, 2009


Why! Why!! Why must you refuse to accept that Dr. Hieronymous Alloy's Genetically Enhanced Cream Corn Is Superior to the Leading Brand on the Market!?!



Morbid Hound

So my poor large boi managed to gouge himself on a broken branch in the yard and needed five stitches, which he got yesterday. He's eight months old and eighty pounds. He's wearing a cone now.

We're supposed to keep him inactive but he's an eight month old puppy. When he is loose in the house he runs around and slams his cone edge into our legs with all his mass behind it and it hurts horribly and is making our other dog snarl at him. When he's in the crate he whines miserably because the crate is sadness.

Any tips on how to cope and manage a large injured pup who doesn't understand why he can't jump and play right now?


We're doing walks of course but those are limited due to our work schedules.

Slow News Day
Jul 4, 2007


I think proper crate training might help? He should learn to associate the crate with safety and goodness, not sadness.

Instant Jellyfish
Jul 3, 2007

Actually not a fish.





Keep him leashed to you or in an x pen so he's not storming around like a wrecking ball in the house. Try other cone options like a comfy cone or inflatable donut. Ask your vet about some good drugs to make him chill out a little.

cailleask
May 6, 2007



Collarchat: I found these gorgeous ones at a local store while I was debating what to buy online. I wish the hardware was metal instead of plastic, but it otherwise seems sturdy enough at least for wearing around the house. https://wolfgangusa.com/collections/beast/martingale

Hieronymous Alloy
Jan 30, 2009


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Morbid Hound

Slow News Day posted:

I think proper crate training might help? He should learn to associate the crate with safety and goodness, not sadness.

Yeah he's normally very good in the crate, it's just the enforced boredom getting him down.

I'll try keeping him leashed indoors near me. Thats probably the best option.

And yeah I'll order a big inflatable donut for him, good thought, thanks.

Turds in magma
Sep 17, 2007
can i get a transform out of here?

DarkSoulsTantrum posted:

If the pup can tolerate it, go with a topical like Advantix because it also repels as well as kills. With the edibles, the ticks and fleas need to bite to be killed so your dog can still end up having them crawl around on them and bring them inside.

Thanks for the advice, we'll stick with the oral for now but this sounds like a good option to try at some point.

Next question: puppy is 10 weeks old, largely eating out of a bowl right now. We're trying to switch him over to eating his meals out of a kong. Just his kibble soaked in a bit of water and then frozen inside a kong, with a bit of peanut butter + beef liver at the opening to get his attention. So far (and it's only been a day of trying) he really doesn't get it. We tried Kongs in the past, just filled with his dry kibble, and he was happy to push them around and have the kibble fall out, but he's not into chewing on them. Now that it's frozen inside he'll lick the opening a bit but he doesn't seem interested in trying to chew it.

Would love to get him trained on chewing. Should we be persistent? After ~6 hours we just gave him some food in a bowl because he was getting really hangry. Should we just be persistent? Another tactic?

Yorkshire Pudding
Nov 24, 2006





Turds in magma posted:

Thanks for the advice, we'll stick with the oral for now but this sounds like a good option to try at some point.

Next question: puppy is 10 weeks old, largely eating out of a bowl right now. We're trying to switch him over to eating his meals out of a kong. Just his kibble soaked in a bit of water and then frozen inside a kong, with a bit of peanut butter + beef liver at the opening to get his attention. So far (and it's only been a day of trying) he really doesn't get it. We tried Kongs in the past, just filled with his dry kibble, and he was happy to push them around and have the kibble fall out, but he's not into chewing on them. Now that it's frozen inside he'll lick the opening a bit but he doesn't seem interested in trying to chew it.

Would love to get him trained on chewing. Should we be persistent? After ~6 hours we just gave him some food in a bowl because he was getting really hangry. Should we just be persistent? Another tactic?

Gobi is the same way. He gets bored of any toy that isnít consistently delivering food. I tried frozen kings for weeks, he just didnít care. In fact lately he has been getting bored of his food and will eat breakfast over a 2-3 hour period.

What I have found that works is combining food and training. Dinner is when I train Gobi, and I usually just mix in some cut up treats/chicken/cheese with his kibble and use it to train.

Did a sit? Hereís a handful. Stay? Chicken and kibble. Itís a great way to keep their attention, get them to eat quickly, and practice commands.

Despite not chewing on toys, Gobi is chewing on everything else. Put a small hole in my wall, tore up a shoe, and would probably put a hole in me if I let him. He only does it around me though. Iíve started going into work half days and heís an angel when I leave. Soon as I get home though itís bite city: population me.

Turds in magma
Sep 17, 2007
can i get a transform out of here?

Yorkshire Pudding posted:

Gobi is the same way. He gets bored of any toy that isnít consistently delivering food. I tried frozen kings for weeks, he just didnít care. In fact lately he has been getting bored of his food and will eat breakfast over a 2-3 hour period.

What I have found that works is combining food and training. Dinner is when I train Gobi, and I usually just mix in some cut up treats/chicken/cheese with his kibble and use it to train.

Did a sit? Hereís a handful. Stay? Chicken and kibble. Itís a great way to keep their attention, get them to eat quickly, and practice commands.

Despite not chewing on toys, Gobi is chewing on everything else. Put a small hole in my wall, tore up a shoe, and would probably put a hole in me if I let him. He only does it around me though. Iíve started going into work half days and heís an angel when I leave. Soon as I get home though itís bite city: population me.

Thanks for the perspective - does Gobi chew on other things? Our dog will happily chew on a nylabone or a rope toy or my hand, but is just not interested in Kongs. Right now he waits for the food to thaw inside them and then bats them around until it falls out. Which works, I guess, but isn't exactly the chew training I wanted.

Maybe it takes more than 2 days...

vs Dinosaurs
Mar 14, 2009


Turds in magma posted:

Thanks for the perspective - does Gobi chew on other things? Our dog will happily chew on a nylabone or a rope toy or my hand, but is just not interested in Kongs. Right now he waits for the food to thaw inside them and then bats them around until it falls out. Which works, I guess, but isn't exactly the chew training I wanted.

Maybe it takes more than 2 days...

You can work up to a fully frozen long by starting with kibble in the Kong first, then slowly replace some kibble with wet food towards the mouth of the Kong until the whole thing is wet food, then freeze that.

Slow News Day
Jul 4, 2007


Still struggling to manage my ACD foster's energy levels. We do multiple fetch sessions throughout the day. After each one, he lies down on the floor panting. Sometimes takes a 15-20 minute nap. Then he bolts up, comes and sits next to my computer chair and just... stares at me, sometimes for an hour straight, until I can catch another break from work. It's like this the entire day, sometimes until like 8-9pm. Only then does he kinda sorta calm down.

He's a really sweet guy, very loving and loyal and smart, but man, the only reason I haven't adopted him is because I frankly don't see how it would work long term, especially once I'm vaccinated and ready to start going out again. And it kinda makes me sad. He has been with me for eight months now...

Slow News Day fucked around with this message at 03:50 on Apr 11, 2021

Instant Jellyfish
Jul 3, 2007

Actually not a fish.





Slow News Day posted:

Still struggling to manage my ACD foster's energy levels. We do multiple fetch sessions throughout the day. After each one, he lies down on the floor panting. Sometimes takes a 15-20 minute nap. Then he bolts up, comes and sits next to my computer chair and just... stares at me, sometimes for an hour straight, until I can catch another break from work. It's like this the entire day, sometimes until like 8-9pm. Only then does he kinda sorta calm down.

He's a really sweet guy, very loving and loyal and smart, but man, the only reason I haven't adopted him is because I frankly don't see how it would work long term, especially once I'm vaccinated and ready to start going out again. And it kinda makes me sad. He has been with me for eight months now...

That's just a herding dog thing. You get used to the laser eyes or teach them a solid "go to your bed" so at least they're staring from further away.

Slow News Day
Jul 4, 2007


Instant Jellyfish posted:

That's just a herding dog thing. You get used to the laser eyes or teach them a solid "go to your bed" so at least they're staring from further away.

I put his bed behind my desk so as to form a barrier, but that just makes him not stay in the bed for more than one minute. I guess that explains why. I'll try moving it to the other side of the room or something...

The Slack Lagoon
Jun 17, 2008



Anyone have resources or advice on taking a dog camping?

Nenonen
Oct 22, 2009



Fallen Rib

The Slack Lagoon posted:

Anyone have resources or advice on taking a dog camping?

Seconding this! Doggo is not thick furred, so some sort of sleeping bag or blanket is going to be necessary in this climate.

Nenonen fucked around with this message at 18:30 on Apr 11, 2021

Racing Stripe
Oct 22, 2003


My dog is pretty reactive toward other dogs, and we're working on counter conditioning and desensitization to try to reduce that problem. Results so far are promising during our group class sessions, but haven't yet yielded real-world improvement. I'm optimistic that we're making progress, though.

Perhaps related, or perhaps not, is another behavior that I've been noticing lately. When we return from somewhere (the park, day care, etc.) in the car, the dog gets amped up from 1 to 10 right when it's time to get out of the car. This doesn't happen at all when we are going somewhere, only when we're returning home. He tears out of the car and barks at anyone or anything within view. Sometimes the party continues while we're heading into the apartment building and through the halls. This doesn't happen when we've been on a walk and get back home on foot. It's a real pain in the rear end. How can I help this guy stay a little more chill when we're driving home?

ImplicitAssembler
Jan 24, 2013



Nenonen posted:

Seconding this! Doggo is not thick furred, so some sort of sleeping bag or blanket is going to be necessary in this climate.

I have this
https://whyld-river.com/products/whyld-rivers-doggybag
Really well made.

Been looking at Ruffwear backpacks/harness, both to have her carry some of her own stuff, but also for the handle to help at tricky spots.

I carry food in ziploc bags and have a small plastic container that doubles as food and water bowl.

devmd01
Mar 7, 2006

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Nenonen
Oct 22, 2009



Fallen Rib

ImplicitAssembler posted:

I have this
https://whyld-river.com/products/whyld-rivers-doggybag
Really well made.

Been looking at Ruffwear backpacks/harness, both to have her carry some of her own stuff, but also for the handle to help at tricky spots.

I carry food in ziploc bags and have a small plastic container that doubles as food and water bowl.

Thanks!

I am not planning on taking her winter camping, but even summer nights can feel cold for a little dog if the night is moist. Is a sleeping bag easy for dog to get used to?

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ImplicitAssembler
Jan 24, 2013



Nenonen posted:

Thanks!

I am not planning on taking her winter camping, but even summer nights can feel cold for a little dog if the night is moist. Is a sleeping bag easy for dog to get used to?

I took it to the park a few times and had her lie on it there. She's not a huge fan, but once it was bed time in the tent and it was a bit chillly, she did not object at all!.

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