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  1. http://www.sfspca.org/sites/default/files/jumping-up.pdf Here is a very good handout on jumping up. Kathy
  2. Just one ram, a white katahdin. She is a southdown/katahdin cross. There could be something else in her too. A friend of mine just said - oh, put them together you have an Oreo, if she pops out another white one it will be a doublestuff:) Kathy
  3. OK, just checked with Craig - he saw the white baby born as well so without a doubt the black ewe is the mom to all 3. Tonight they are all up and eating and look very healthy:) Hopefully the two newest will be ok without momma's colostrum. Kathy
  4. I'll check with Craig when he gets home but he was pretty sure they are all hers. One thing odd with the first white one, the tail was all bloody, do unborn sheep do any sucking in utero like human fetuses do? Maybe we need to set up a lamby cam in the coverall!
  5. 10 days apart! Yes, this is a first for us but I'm thinking it has happened before. http://sugarbushfarm.blogspot.com/2010/02/...y-surprise.html
  6. http://www.bordercollierescue.org/vivbilli...tion/TheBC.html I thought I had read somewhere (hard copy book) that the smoothies were originally mixed with pointers. I found this article on-line that mentions pointers as well. Interesting article! Kathy
  7. If it is an autoimmune disorder resembling Rheumatoid Arthritis in humans please double check with him on the exercise restrictions. I have RA and am encouraged to exercise as much as possible. I actually feel much better on those days when I keep going as opposed to days when I sit a full day at work. Good luck, it does get better with time and the right combo of meds... Kathy
  8. The PSPCA has info on their website now: http://www.pspca.org/news?id=295 news August 6, 2009 Murder Hollow Basset Hound Update In response to complaints, Pennsylvania SPCA officers visited the location of Murder Hollow Kennels and left requests to be contacted. There was no response to these requests. On a follow-up visit by a Pennsylvania SPCA officer and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Dog Law six days later, the owner was present but refused entry. Both Dog Law representatives and Pennsylvania SPCA officers returned later that evening with warrants to enter the property. The dogs were found to be in unsanitary conditions, and the number of dogs present exceeded the City of Philadelphia limit of 12 animals allowed on a property. In lieu of charges, Pennsylvania SPCA agents worked with the owner to reduce the number of dogs on the premises and allowed her time to clean and make improvements to the area in which the dogs were housed. The owner surrendered some of the dogs and is working to clean and improve the kennels prior to a follow-up inspection. The Pennsylvania SPCA is encouraged by her efforts in providing and maintaining a more sanitary setting as well as veterinary care for the dogs that remain. The dogs are safe in foster care with an independent, partner organization. We appreciate the outpouring of support for these dogs from the Bassett community. Back To News Posted on August 6, 2009
  9. Did they have the kennel license and the dogs were taken anyway? Or they did not get the license? In my experience it is not hard to get a kennel license. Just show proof of rabies for each dog under the license.
  10. Just a question - has he had his thyroid checked? I watched the moon video (cute!) and he is a little on the chunky side and sometimes random fears can be caused by a low thyroid level. Doesn't have to be really low, just borderline can cause some fearful/aggressive behaviors. http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/dog-hypo.htm Kathy
  11. As someone who has taken in rescues and fostered for the past 7 years, I have to say the scariest dogs I've had are those who have been corrected for growling so don't bother to growl any more. Growling is dog language - snuff that out and they will no longer warn you. People have a hard enough time reading dog body language which is usually pretty clear if you've studied them, lived with them, loved them long enough. Give me a growling dog any day over one who has had that snuffed out. Dog growls at child - dog is punished. Dog sees child again - doesn't growl because he knows he'll be punished - dog just bites instead. Most of the dogs I've seen, including my own, are uncomfortable with children. They don't know what these small creatures with big heads on wobbly legs are about to do as they toddle over. It's fear, the growl is a warning "stay back kid you're freakin' me out!" Even dogs who lived with older children still are uncomfortable with toddling children. Listen to your dogs - What I do about the child example: Dog sees child in distance - before dog can growl, he gets goodies, small bites, tasty treats. Child goes out of sight, food stops. Child comes back into sight, feed dog. Don't push dog beyond threshold. Go slowly, stop on a good note. Dog eventually sees child approaching as good thing and not fearful thing. If dog is toy motivated I often incorporate child into the games - throw ball - while having a line on the dog for safety so the child means "good things happen." With fostering I take things very slowly. New dogs to my household get to do "nothing" but decelerate and learn to listen, watch, feel the atmosphere of my home before I ask them to accept my pets, hugs, I don't know what they've been exposed to most of the time. They get their "rules", learn the routine, settle in before being asked to be cuddled and hugged. Dogs like space, hugging and cuddling are things humans like and some dogs may or may not appreciate. If your dog twitches his ears as you swoop down for a hug or kiss, stop! It's too much pressure! Wait for the relationship with you to develop and grow, let the trust develop and grow. I find it is really closer to 2 months before I really get to know my fosters... Time is your friend...enjoy your new boy Tim! Kathy www.sugarbushfarm.net and just for fun - doggie pics - www.sugarbushfarm.blogspot.com
  12. Probably a weird question to ask but does the new area look similar to the old area? I was a dog walker at the humane society for a few years and some dogs are very particular about where they will poop. I see this in my own group of dogs. Some like to back up onto a rock. Some like to back up on to tall grass. Some like corners. Some like to be out in the open. My little Pistol Pete needs to be in a wide open area, no walls or trees nearby, I think he likes to make sure he has a 360 degree view as he is small and it takes him a moment to get it done. I have a border collie who will only reliably poop when he is next to a tall object - telephone pole, tree, weird I know but I've noticed this about him and if I'm ever at an agility trial and I want to get one, I just find the appropriate tall object and he will go right away. It just may take a while longer for him to be comfortable in his new "spot" - good luck and sorry for sharing so much detail here! Kathy
  13. PS: Disney wants you all to know that all breeds are welcome! He's a little outnumbered at the moment:) Hope to see you there! Kathy volunteer for NEBCR, Inc. www.sugarbushfarm.blogspot.com www.sugarbushfarm.net
  14. Oh, they are so smart! She learned the chain of behavior that gets her the treat! My Disney did this (golden) in obedience class. He was very reactive so at first we did the "reward for looking at me" thing. He quickly learned that he could turn, snark, and turn back to me for the treat. We had to use an aversive to stop this new behavior - one of those ultrasonic sound things - he learned to NOT snark with only two blasts. (note: we were at a distance from the other dogs in class so they did not hear the noise, only Disney) I would say at this point you have to stop her from jumping before she even thinks about it as she thinks it is part of what gets her the cookie. I'd put a drag line on her and catch her before she can get up to jump, use a noise as mentioned in other posts - "eh" or other interruptor - to prevent the jump up part of the chain. It should extinguish before long if not a part of the behavior chain that earns the reward. Good luck with that smart one! Kathy
  15. What toys does she like to play with? Definitely redirect her onto a toy and if she doesn't redirect, then I'd issue a "time out" for the behavior. Jollyballs are a huge favorite of our gang here to play with. They come in different sizes, ours love the giant horse-sized ones but you may want to start with a smaller one. Also teaching the game of "tug" with an appropriate tug toy will teach her to have an "off" switch on the tugging game. I don't have time to look up the link, but there are several on how to teach and play tug with your dog. Good luck - she's young, she'll learn quickly! Just a note on corrections vs redirection - at this young an age if you start with positive punishment for this behavior, you have nothing left but to go "up" on the corrections later. (louder, harsher) They need to be used very conservatively if at all and learning what TO DO is going to result in much longer lasting results than simply correcting her for what NOT TO DO - hope that makes sense! Kathy who sees people who can't communicate to their dogs unless it is LOUD, OBNOXIOUS, and HARSH and scratches her head:(((
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