Log in

No account? Create an account
dog_behaviour [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
it's me or the dog

[ website | wintamagaik alaskan malamutes and border collies ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2008|12:28 pm]
it's me or the dog

Hi friends!  New to this community - I love the posts.  I looked around re: acorns and found so far only reference to red oak in American midwest - http://vet.purdue.edu/depts/addl/toxic/cover1.htm - mainly referred to cattle but mentions dogs.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071004153111AAZcoGI&show=7 Poster here mentions she'd recently researched effects on small dogs and found nil.

linkpost comment

Question??? Help please? [cross posted from my own lj] [Oct. 18th, 2007|04:36 pm]
it's me or the dog

 Are acorns poisonous to dogs? We have a big oak tree in our back garden and Piggy (2.5yr old Pug who we've had almost a year) has just discovered acorns, she's now moved on from eating Pepsi's (rough haired saint bernard) hair (with resulting fibrous poo's *yuck*) to trying to eat acorns and i dunno if they're poisonous to dogs or not, Ruth, my wife, has just said that they're poisonous to humans but i know some animals do eat them (is it pigs that eat acorns? Maybe she really is a pig rather than a dog...) I am taking any i see her with off her and when Ruth's finished sorting the garage out this week i'll see if she can try and clear most of the fallen ones off the ground but there's still loads on the tree waiting to fall and the branches of the tree cover most of the garden and patio so it's not like we can limit access to the part of the garden that it covers either. 

Urgh greedy dog she seems to be hungry all the time and i just don't know what to do with her or what i can feed her that will fill her up without her putting on loads of extra weight as she's overweight already, it's not a boredom thing cos she shows no interest in chewing anything that isn't edible (unless it's my smelly shoes but thats mainly licking rather than chewing) and will only play with other soft toys for a few minutes if i really push her to try and play with me. The only thing i can think of is i'm going to switch her to dry food and work out her days food, put it in a resealable box and feed it her a little bit at a time during the course of the day as i know she will eat dry food like this and i always call it piggys special treats but she won't eat dry food in a bowl as a meal only like this, before i was only doing it for one meal out of two with the other meal being wet food and it was mainly being done to help her lose weight. 

Suggestions anyone?

Oh and for background info the woofs have free run of our enclosed and padlocked backgarden including having a dogflap so they go out whenever they want, it's not possible for me to supervise Piggy when she's in the garden as i'm disabled and use a wheelchair and there's no ramp out into the backgarden i'd have to go out the front door and round the outside of the house to the garden and by the time i got there she would have finished whatever she was doing and gone back inside.
link1 comment|post comment

My morning nightmare [Mar. 28th, 2007|02:42 pm]
it's me or the dog

It was absolutely horrifying this morning… My labrador has a noise phobia (thunder storms, firework, etc). She is 8 year so no music therapy or hug therapy help any longer (believe me we tried them all). In fact, every year this phobia gets progressively worse. When she hears a loud noise the only safe place she has is around us, which is fine, I can deal with all night panting and shivering next to me. However, my husband and I both work so we have to leave her alone for at least 8 hours. This morning we had our first after-winter thunderstorm. We locked her in her cage. We were standing outside locking the door when we heard her screaming (and I mean screaming as in human screaming… not howling or whimpering). We rushed back in…. The only thing that I can guess is that she was trying to chew at the bars of the cage door… being in this terrifying and shaking state as she was, she opened her mouth too wide and her jaws got stuck between the bars of the door!!!!!!!!! She couldn’t open her mouth any wider to get unstuck! I just remember my husband and me screaming and crying and then trying to bend the bars to let her jaw free. We had to use the pliers. This afternoon I am taking my girl to the vet and we are getting some meds. I have been trying to avoid putting her on any medication but after this morning I do not think we have any choice. I am still rather shaken and that scream of hers is going to hunt me for many many months. And I am SO glad we went back, I do not even want to think what would happen to her if she had to stay with her mouth wide open all day long.
link3 comments|post comment

(no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2006|12:30 am]
it's me or the dog

dogs in danger at a tennessee "shelter"
Read more...Collapse )
linkpost comment

Doggy accidents - Question [Nov. 19th, 2006|07:13 pm]
it's me or the dog

Hi everyone, i have a question about one of my dogs Pepsi a St Bernard, almost 4 year old spayed bitch. Ever since we got her at age 2 and a half years old we've always had problems with her weeing in the house (kitchen floor mainly) due to only ever living in kennels and so always being able to go out to the yard area to go to the toilet whenever she needed to, this was mostly solved by installing a dog door in the back door so she always has access to the outside to go to the toilet but we still have things we're working on as she'll still do it if its cold and wet outside (which i can kinda understand afterall would you want to go outside for the loo if it was tipping it down with rain???).

Anyway my question/problem is that today she seems to be having accidents in her sleep. Ruth, my wife, just noticed a damp patch on the carpet in front of the tv where she had been sleeping moments before and then later she came into the living room from the kitchen and i noticed her back end and tail were dripping wet as if she'd sat in her wee just recently so i called Ruth downstairs and asked her to look in the kitchen and she said there was a small puddle there (well small for a saint anyway). This isn't her normal behaviour. She has had accidents in her sleep in the past its one of the reasons we got rid of her dog bed (beanbag sort) as once she's had a couple of accidents despite washing it it smelled of her wee and so she thought she could pee on it whenever she wanted to (this was back when we first got her and was still teaching her to go outside as well) and there's a stain near the front door which is her normal sleeping spot which suggests she's had other accidents as well but its not normal for her to have so many so often. We're going to make a vets appointment for her tomorrow but i was just wondering if anyone else had any experience of this or might know what's causing it, i know we've been asked by our vet in the past if Sally our other dog (a springer spaniel) has had any bladder accidents as it can happen in spayed bitches especially when they're older (Sally's almost 11 years old we think) but Pepsi first started doing it before we had her spayed so it can't just be that in her and also she's still a pretty young dog even if you take into account the shorter lifespan of a giant dog.

Anyway i'm just worried, Pepsi's my baby, my little girl (lol) my protector, companion (yep she is my child substitute *grin*) and i love her to bits and i don't like to think that there's anything wrong with her or that she might be feeling ill in any way. So if anyone can suggest what might be wrong or even if there's anything we can do which might stop it then please say so.

Thanks for reading my rambling, Sonia
link4 comments|post comment

Constant digging. [Oct. 21st, 2006|07:16 pm]
it's me or the dog

[mood |confusedconfused]

My neutered male standard poodle, 6, Mookie (named after Mookie wilson), has a habit of digging a lot. He digs actual holes outside during walks, and when he is indoors, stand on the couch and try to dig a hole between the cushions, it's actually really bad for the upholstery. It is not uncommon for me to wake up at night to find him standing on the foot of my bed trying to dig a hole in my mattress. We think this a nervous habit of some sort, but I thought it would be helpful to ask here before we pay for a professional trainer. It's been happening ever since his puppyhood. When we catch him doing it, we scold him, call him a bad dog in a mean tone of voice and we furrow our brows to look angry, and he sulks off, knowing he's done something to displease us. Here is a bit of medical history, in case it may have something to do with it: Three years ago, he was acting very lethargic and we noticed he had to urinate a lot. We immediately took him to the vet and after some X-rays and a blood test, they determined that his liver was failing. Antibiotics did not work, and they could not do a biopsy because bilirubin (I'm not sure what that is, but I know it's a liver thing) affects how well your blood clots so there was a high risk of him bleeding too much. After about a week of vets working around the clock trying this and that to save his life, they told us that we will probably have to say goodbye forever because his condition was rapidly deteriorating, and all they were able to do was scratch their heads. But every vet learns in school not to give up on a mysterious ailment until you attempt prednisone. The prednisone wound up causing him to get better after several days. About a year and a half ago, Mookie was diagnosed with a thyroid issue that causes him to underweight by about 5 or 10 pounds, and it is also apparently the source of his nervousness and territoriality. He lives with his female littermate, Maggie. Maggie is, oddly enough, the dominant dog.
link2 comments|post comment

Dominance Issue? [Oct. 17th, 2006|09:55 am]
it's me or the dog

[mood |distresseddistressed]

My husband and I have a 4 1/2 month old yellow lab puppy named Foster. He's already potty trained, and generally is a very good dog.

My problem is that when my husband is out of town on business, Foster walks all over me. He's constantly trying to bite me and scratch me and is pretty aggressive - which he never does when my husband is around. Is it that he doesn't respect me, or see me as a leader of our pack?

I love him so much, but dread being on my own with him for a week.

Can anyone help me?

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
link5 comments|post comment

(no subject) [Oct. 6th, 2006|10:51 pm]
it's me or the dog

How does everyone like the new style journal and more to the point have you ever seen the programme, its me or the dog?  I'm not sure the American contingent would have but what about those in the UK?  Her name is Victoria Stillwell and she is basically a dog behaviourist.  She goes into people's homes to see what kind of problems people are having with their dogs, offers suggestions on how to put it right, shows them how its done and then returns a few weeks later to see how they are getting on.  I haven't seen her fail yet...

I met her once too at Crufts.  Here's a pic...

and here's another one of me in the actual ring at Crufts just for good measure :P
link9 comments|post comment

Noise Phobia [Oct. 5th, 2006|03:58 pm]
it's me or the dog

Hello to All,
Does your dog have a noise phobia? Thunder, firework etc. How do you guys handle it? I especially interested in tips regarding severe cases of noise phobia (my dog almost broke a door…) in big dogs (like labs for instance). My dog is 7 and I feel like this phobia is getting worse with age. Any suggestions? Thanks!
link7 comments|post comment

Greetings! [Oct. 2nd, 2006|06:26 pm]
it's me or the dog

They call me Zan and my dog is Rufus. He's still young. He's a Besengi/Sharpea mix (Sorry, spelling failing me today). He doesn't seem to mind the tux for my upcoming wedding, just hates first getting into it. He is well fed and loved with a good deal of attention, but with both of us having day jobs, I think he gets lonely. We take him out twice a day, but he still whines and trots around the house a lot. Is he just restelss? Thank you!

link19 comments|post comment

[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]