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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    Thanks for the further information. I'm glad your methods are working for you. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Ticks on a snake

    Ticks are nasty, nasty things. Poor snake, hope it's doing better. R & G
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    Fern's Thread

    ^^^^ Thank god we have them to protect us from these evil devices! And a pic of RainDrop's Fern can be found in the dictionary, as an example of the word, "lanky'. R & G
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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    This book is available at my library. I've got it on hold, will read it and give my impressions in a few days. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    For the O.P. ~ I've never raised a pup. If I were to get a puppy to raise, I'd look for advice from people who have a few puppies 'under their belt', so to speak. And I'd probably be a little extra cautious, particularly with things that could quite possibly harm a pup, simply because I'd be a first time puppy raiser. If you want to experiment w/the 'more freedom' approach with your next few puppies, please post your experiences. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Look Ma, No Crate.

    Sounds like you are doing well at training your girl. And I agree 100% with Cpt. Jack ~ your dog is likely to have to be in a crate at several points in her life. If you board her, she may be in a crate overnight. If she becomes seriously ill and needs to stay at the vet for a couple days, as happened with one of my dogs, she will be in a crate. If you have to ship her somewhere, it will be in a crate. Just think of it as another skill to teach her. You don't have to use it, except that one day you might. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Vestibular disease

    Shoshone's head tilt did take a few days to fully resolve, but as long as those creepy whirly eyes were gone I was happy! I'm sorry for your loss, aschlemm. Unexpected loss takes your breathe away, it feels like. And glad you have Logan up and around and being himself. That always helps. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Is it an adrenaline rush?

    Yes, is my belief. One of the things that we learn to do as humans is 'come down' from the high that adrenaline produces. Serious athletes cool down after a work-out. After big events of any kind most people do some kind of winding down, in my experience. I've never raised a pup, the youngest dog I've had was about a year old when I got him. And there was a ritual when we came home from the park every afternoon. Get a drink, go out in the backyard and relieve oneself, do any of the following: throw oneself to the carpet and roll around, howl a bit, nudge the human hopefully for treats, bother the other pack members, etc. It took the whole group of us, (3 border collies + one human) about 5 minutes at least to make the transition from running full tilt, being social w/other dogs and people, sniffing all those wonderful smells, etc to quietly being at home. It seems to be the same in other groups, human and 4 legged, when transitions in activity level and environment are made. One of the things that comes with maturity is more ease in transitioning. It seems to me you're doing the right thing and he's right on schedule. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Training a relaxed "cafe dog"

    I bet the smell of beer and wine tips him off that it's a good place to snooze! Ruth & Gibbs
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    Vestibular disease

    Aschlemm, my Shoshone had 2 episodes of vestibular disease as well. The second was milder than the first and didn't last as long. My vet also recommended Dramamine and we just kept that on hand after the second bout, but she only had those two. And she didn't have an appetite either until the dizziness went away. It's pretty scary to see, but from what I read/heard, largely benign. And yes, much easier to deal with than other options. Glad to read he's recovering. Ruth & Gibbs
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    Aggression issues

    One of my now-deceased dogs, Shoshone, had come from a really awful situation, part of which was being semi-starved by her owner. She weighed about 20 lbs when she came into a rescue, and around 30 or so after they'd had her for about 4 months. She was super smart and could scent like a bloodhound. She found things to scarf down that my other 2 didn't even notice. At the time, I had 3 border collies, and walked them together. Shoshone required the most attention, and I managed it. If it's aggression you're worried about, talk with a trainer. Don't let her off leash, and don't let your attention off of her. It's very simple. A check-up at the vet is a good idea, but the odds are that this is something you have to manage by keeping her on leash. Ruth & Gibbs
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    My sweet Kit

    D'Elle, thinking about you and Kit today. Hope you are okay. Ruth
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    Aggression issues

    ^^^ Yes. For your training bits use Really Great Stuff, tiny bits of it. Most dogs love any kind of real meat or cheese. Shredded cheese, or tiny bits of chopped meat are great. You can buy some of these, fairly pricey, or you can make it yourself. I know it's hard to accept the reality of the situation. I was someone who came late to that realization, and I regret leaving it so long. Your dog will not die if not allowed to run free. Your dog might be put to sleep if allowed to run free and it attacks another dog or injures a human. It's stark and painful, but believe me, there are ways to live happily with a dog who doesn't go off-leash. Have you talked with a trainer about a) how to keep her exercised and her brain engaged while safely on leash and b) the aggression? Please consider it. Good luck, Ruth & Gibbs
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    High Value Treats

    Such a busy thread! I toss in a couple cups of cheerios, or a similar cereal, to a closed container of the good stuff. The cereal seems to pick up the scent of the good stuff, and all my dogs have gone after it just like the real thing. A little fewer calories, a lot cheaper, and sooooo easy! Ruth & Gibbs