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  1. I'm really confused - does the vet actually think it's ok to leave the bone sticking out of the dog's shoulder? Or is that temporary until surgery? And why not do the surgery right away?
  2. I know at the shelter I worked at the dog became property of the shelter after the holding period (3 days for county, 5 days for city) and after that they could do whatever they want. Was the guy visiting the shelter at all? We always told people to do walk throughs to make sure that no one was overlooked since we routinely got 75-100 animals/day. I'm confused about how he missed finding his dog before the hold was up. Either way, generally after the hold is up and the dog is the property of the shelter there's little you can do. Some might contact the adopter, but it's their decision; as far as I know there's no legal reason to do so.
  3. Keep in mind that wrapping and booties can be a vicious cycle - if you wrap and boot your dog their feet won't toughen up so if you miss using the boots their feet will be at more risk. Kes is a bull in a china shop at times, so we do what you're thinking of I think: run him on softer surfaces to get the crazies out before rougher hiking terrain and I make sure he doesn't run on rough terrain after getting his feet wet. His pads are toughening up nicely and he's not had an issue on dry feet for a number of months now, though wet pads will still get roughed up with a mile+ hiking afterward.
  4. I have a hatchback and like you the crate will only fit in the cargo area sideways unless I fold the seat down. My dogs ride in a slightly smaller crate than they use at home (32" vs 36") so that entry is easier.
  5. What brand/type of crate is the one pictured? I always like to use tested products and I'd say this qualifies. Also, by any chance did you have any plastic crates in the car? If so, how'd they hold up?
  6. I've always heard that rubbing alcohol is the best option when trying to cool a dog down. We had a dog come into the shelter on the brink of heat stroke (very overweight, senior Rottie brought in in the uncovered back of a pickup on a day in the low 90s) and the vet suggested rubbing alcohol on her belly and foot pads to cool her instead of water. The receiving room smelled like rubbing alcohol for the next few hours, but the dog recovered fairly quickly and needed no further treatment. My dogs have agility classes back to back and outdoors so at least once a week they have to be outside for 2 hours as things are heating up (9 to 11am), and each spend an hour training. I make sure we have a shaded crating area, lots of water, and opportunities to rest and take a dip in the kiddie pool and we've never had a problem.
  7. Both my cat and all three dogs eat Honest Kitchen foods - it might be a helpful option if you need to feed moist food exclusively and it's cheaper than buying canned.
  8. Carla is spot on - start small and work up rather than trying to swim upstream against the dog's ability to focus.
  9. Could she have just scraped it on something?
  10. There's a recent thread on backpacks around here somewhere - I would stay far away from the petsmart brand for various reasons.
  11. I feed HK - currently Preference with beef added and Keen (and the cat gets Prowl). My dogs do eat the recommended amounts on the box: 1/2-3/4 cup dry plus an equal amount of water for Z and Maggie per meal and 1 cup dry w/ 1 cup water for Kes per meal. Z and Maggie have done quite well on any of the varieties we've fed, Kes does best on the Preference and Keen (we tried Verve and he has a bit of an upset tummy). I would def do a feeding trial with your pupper at home before taking it on the trail. I'm part of the HK Allies program, so if you'd like to try the food, I can give you a coupon for $2 off a small box or $5 off a large box - just pm me.
  12. When in doubt go with the smaller Ruffwear pack - the sizing runs large.
  13. We paid $40/hr at both places I've gone to for lessons and I could choose whether to work one or both dogs. I worked both.
  14. It sounds like you have a dog who has not been well socialized to life with humans. I would highly recommend the booklet "Cautious Canine" for suggestions on working through his fears and adjustment to life with humans.
  15. My reaction was related to the same things Shetlander mentioned - on the 'net it very hard to tell inflection and I was concerned that others might interpret the comment literally (and not entirely sure that the comment was meant in the same beat as "I'll kill you" type comments). I think the "humaneness" of a technique or tool has a lot to do with the individual animal and situation.
  16. I'm just going to say that I would *never* recommend "kicking a dog in the a**" for something as minor as pulling on leash. Why not use humane tools if they are available?!
  17. If it helps, Kes weighs 36lbs and is 21" at the shoulder - I realized I forgot to list his dimensions in my original post on the topic.
  18. I'll post an update as well. After a few more weeks at the new house and daily wear of the thundershirt, Maggie's thunderstorm issues seem to be back to their old levels prior to this storm season (some panting and pacing, but no pottying in the house). She did go on antibiotics for a UTI but we just did a retest and the UTI appears to still be present, so apparently that was not affecting her responses (we are still treating the UTI of course). The normal response level is greatly appreciated as we've had almost daily thunderstorms for the last week.
  19. Shayna that pack looks HUGE on Electra to me! But of course I'm used to teardrop shaped packs that aren't supposed to hang low at all, so that may have something to do with it, too. Alison, I actually have been surprised by how little the GG pack shifts - as long as it is balanced it doesn't budge. My oldest dog much prefers the GG pack to the old style RW packs because the GG pack belly strap is actually affixed to the pack body vs affixed to the base harness; the packs do not flop about when she trots. The GG and RW packs both adjust around the girth *and* over the shoulders for a more custom fit imo than packs with fixed over the shoulder sections.
  20. The Wenaha pack looks reeeaally bulky to me, I'd be afraid that it would interfere with shoulder movement. If you're going to spend around $50 I'd get a Granite Gear or Ruffwear Approach pack. I have both and the Granite Gear is a bit more streamlined, but the Ruffwear is a bit more feature heavy (reflective strips all along the zipper, Webmaster base harness with 2 belly straps vs the 1 on the Granite Gear, etc.). Here's Kes wearing our Granite Gear pack: odd pic but he's standing laying ETA: pic from the Ruffwear site of the new style Approach. I'm thinking about getting one for Z since it's so hard to find a good small pack for dogs under 30lbs. We have an old style one for Kes - it's a tad big still.
  21. Our vet recommends a dosage of 1000mg for all of my dogs (all between 23 and 36lbs). You will want to stay away from cod liver oil, but otherwise we just buy regular fish oil capsules from Costco or WholeFoods.
  22. Yea I love my blems from Hero Disc - I got my SuperHero disc (super durable) for $6.
  23. You might want to contact Steve White at i2K9 - he's very well known for his clicker based training methods in LE canine applications. I saw him speak at Clicker Expo and he and his wife Jen are both AWESOME. I'm assuming that you're looking for detection training resources, but you may also want to look into scent discrimination exercises since the idea is similar - Deb Jones has a great little booklet on that you might want to check out. The Customs dogs trained for agricultural detection are *completely* clicker trained from the time they enter the facility, so contacting them might get you some more detection specific info from a well respected org as well. I might even have their old training manual on the computer around here somewhere if you'd like it.
  24. Ziva is all white and we live in SC so I feel your pain about the red mud. When the stains stick (rarely with Z thankfully), I just toss her in the tub and wash her belly/legs/feet only. It can be a pain, but at least her legs and belly dry more quickly than her body. Sounds like you may just need to do that when she gets dirty lol.
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