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  1. We've been absolutely overrun with ticks here in my part of upstate NY this fall. I've lost track of how many I've taken off the dogs. Gross.
  2. And yet some set much earlier. Years ago I got a 6 week old puppy (would never get one that young again). Before a week was out both ears went straight up and never wavered.
  3. Look up fear periods. Maybe it's applicable, maybe not. But something to be aware of.
  4. Intact males and females is almost never an issue unless females are in heat anyway. That doesn't often happen more than twice a year and responsible owners leave their females at home most of the time during their heats so again, not much of an issue. And ppl should be aware enough of their intact males' behaviors to know whether they're going to be a problem and to manage them accordingly. It's not rocket science. Like many people, I used to live in a multi-dog household with both intact bitches and dogs . . . and never had an unplanned mating either in or away from my home.
  5. That's fine for play biting, but in this situation with the harness, wouldn't the puppy just be rewarded by getting what he wants, which is for the person to stop messing with his harness?
  6. There are other ways to sterilize dogs while leaving their hormones intact. Ovary sparing spays (OSS) are simple hysterectomies, removing the uterus while leaving the ovaries. No uterus, no puppies. Or tubal ligations. Sperm can't reach the eggs, no puppies. Vasectomy is an alternative to castration for males; the testicles remain but the vas deferens is cut or tied off so that sperm can't be ejaculated. Again, no puppies. Not routinely offered in the US (many, maybe most?) vet schools don't even teach the procedures. I know Cornell doesn't because I inquired about it. But information about vets who offer the procedures can be found at the Parsemus Foundation. https://www.parsemus.org/veterinarian-list/ These options are more readily available in some other countries. A friend in Wales just had an OSS done on one of her dogs.
  7. He may be undergoing a fear period. Not unusual at this age.
  8. Dogs who can't settle until they're worn out need to be taught how to. It's often (though not always) the unintended result of puppy owners who primarily entertain and interact with their puppies when they're active but tend to ignore them when they're resting or being quiet. Every time a new puppy (or adult dog) enters my home, I quietly and calmly praise for those restful, quiet moments, even if they occur only because the puppy's worn itself out and has no other choice than to take a nap. It helps them to learn that quiet time is valued, recognized and rewarded just as other more active sorts of behaviors are. You're most likely going to have to make a deliberate effort to establish the value of and reward quiet behavior. Crate time as outlined above is one way. Place (mat, a particular spot, etc.) training is another excellent way and one that requires your dog to actively participate in the learning and to learn how to make appropriate choices. I would also suggest you look into a couple of books that deal with creating calm behavior: Click to Calm and Fired Up, Frantic and Freaked Out. Both have been mentioned here before and a search will bring links to them up. YouTube also has video tutorials on the Click to Calm protocol, perhaps the other as well. The point here is that you're teaching the dog in tiny increments to practice calm behaviors.
  9. I think the first thing to do would be to investigate some of the TD registries out there. Read their policies, guidelines, testing requirements, fee structures, liability insurance coverage, etc. to see which might be the best fit for you. Some are regional, some national and others have international membership. Some have alternatives to testing with one of their evaluators if there are none in your area; some don't, in which case you'd have to locate another registry. See if there are any members local to you that should could meet and discuss their experiences with the organization and opportunities for group visits if that's something you'd like to do. One thing ACK is good for is their pretty comprehensive listing of therapy dog organizations on their website. Some pet therapy organizations require classes with their instructors; others don't. I've been with 3 organizations over the years and none of the ones I've belonged to have required specific classes, just a certain level of training. That said, some trainers do offer therapy dog skills classes, which, as with any other trainer are as good or as inadequate as the trainer. I'd think most classes offered by trainers who are also TD evaluators would adequately cover at least the basic manners obedience required. Others go beyond that and introduce situations, equipment, noises, etc. similar to some of the things dogs may encounter in facilities with an eye to familiarizing/desensitizing them. As with any trainer, though, I'd make sure you're comfortable with their methods and if you're not either choose a different trainer whose methods you prefer or if they're affiliated with and/or required by the TD registry opt for another registry entirely. All, or almost all require evaluations, (if they don't I wouldn't consider them reputable -- passing the ACK's CGC won't weed out temperamentally problematic dogs) and many require a certain number of supervised visits before teams can gain full certification. That's the basics of getting started. If I've missed anything please ask and I'll try to answer.
  10. Thanks, D'Elle. I'm going to order one too. I'm thinking they'd also be great for making galden (turmeric) paste balls to freeze (no baking), store in a baggie in the freezer and then just pop out as needed. So I may have to order a couple sizes, one for golden paste and another for smaller training treats.
  11. People will have their own opinions on whether or not to medicate for just the possibility of an infection. Antibiotic resistance is becoming a more serious problem all the time and antibiotics can wreak havoc on intestinal flora. Plus the wrong antibiotic may have no effect even if there is an infection of some sort. I never accept antibiotics for myself or my dogs unless I have a confirmed Dx to be treating with an appropriate antibiotic.
  12. I was just getting ready to order one of these pans to make dog treats and see that there are some that are rounded holes that would look like a more traditional treat and maybe not leave as many crumbles in my pockets from the points of the pyramids breaking off? And they come with different sized holes for different sized treats. They're more expensive than the pyramid shaped ones but I'm thinking it might be worth the extra cost to be able to make different sized treats. Choose different color options to see the different sized holes. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07V551K17/ref=twister_B07SGBWCYD?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 So, can anyone tell me how much, it at all, the treats shrink in the process of baking so I can figure out which size I want to order? Thanks.
  13. There are no therapy dog trials. The reward ideally should be in the volunteer activity and what you and your dog can offer to others who benefit from it. IMO that's tremendously rewarding even w/out any kind of recognition for doing it. Some registries do offer awards for a certain number of visits, in some cases for specific types of facilities (e.g. elderly, reading, etc.). And ACK also offers a therapy dog title, though they otherwise don't get involved in therapy dog issues. IMO their therapy titles (dogs must be certified by a real therapy dog organization) are primarily for bragging rights to add another title to their dogs' name and to generate more income for ACK (AFAIK all you get for the fee -- which is in addition to whatever you're already paying for a pet therapy membership -- is the the right to add the title to your ACK registered dog's name and a patch). Afraid I can't help with non-ACK affiliated competitions, trials or titles for the other activities. Sorry.
  14. Perhaps he needs to be confined in a smaller space, say a crate or an ex-pen. Dogs by their nature don't tend to want to soil their spaces, so treating him like a puppy may be the way to go. Has he had a vet workup to see if there's something medical going on? Hemp oil is not CBD oil and won't have the same effects. CBD is concentrated from the whole seed oil, which contains it in trace amounts. The process of isolating the CBD is why it's more expensive, and more effective.
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