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About Tuxedodog

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  • Birthday 03/21/1955

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  1. I am lucky, Charley rarely mats, but I tried the trick I use on my Great Pyr/GSD - I work coconut oil (food grade) into the hair and it de-tangles the not so bad stuff so that it will brush out without pulling as much. It smells good too, you just have to wipe as much as you can out of their fur or you will have slippery floors and sticky carpets.
  2. It took forever for Charley to learn to bring the ball to me and then let go. He would drop it 10 feet away and then grab for it if I walked over. I would sit down and tap the ground next to me, and wait. If it didn't come to within a reasonable distance to me it didn't get thrown. I didn't take it out of his mouth, he had to play the game nicely or we didn't play. He still has some quirky habits that I will never understand. We will play catch with a toy in the house and then he will drop it in my husband's lap across the couch and look at me to throw it for him. If my husband throws it, he will bring me a different toy to throw. I think it is like Calvinball, Charley has his own set of rules and he isn't sharing.
  3. Glen Highland Farm Border Collie rescue in Morris NY, I don't know what they currently have, but you can ask.
  4. I have a Great Pyr/GSD cross. When we first got her she smelled awful. Bathing didn't take care of the smell for more than a couple days. When the dogfood we were feeding got recalled, we switched brands a number of times because we apparently made bad choices as in more recalls. We switched to Canindae and along with a fabulous coat, the awful doggy odor was gone. Now that she is 14 she smells a little more than before, but that is because we don't bathe her as frequently due to issues with her being able to stand in the tub long enough to get washed. Just suggesting a possible cause of the odor.
  5. Buster, our first BC was a very gentle soul, even when he was afraid, he never bit. Charley is a rescue that came with extra baggage. He is reactive at the vet's office, we give him tramadol before he goes. We don't allow him near children after the first time he snapped, and we monitor him with the house cats, he becomes overly focused at times.
  6. Charley doesn't do anything but shake them and play catch with them. Our first Border Collie Buster, desqueakerd toys in under 5 minutes, then pulled out the stuffing so I would have never spent the money on nice toys either.
  7. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2086244108161482&id=913290282123543 and then there are the dog's owners https://fox56.com/news/local/dushore-dog-rescued-from-creek-after-going-missing-for-days
  8. GoDog Purple dinosaurs - he is on his 4th in 5 years. The green one in the same shape is not nearly as much fun.
  9. My Great Pyr/GSD had a high number, my vet told me that I could switch her to an Rx diet that was quite pricey, but the other option was to feed a high quality protein food. I was already feeding Canidae,which the vet said was a good choice, so I opted to stick with it. The only change was we started giving her a low dose of Dermaxx - she was getting UTIs frequently and the vet said she has some arthritis and was unable to "assume the position" long enough to empty her bladder. Her follow up tests have been normal.
  10. I use yoga mats to keep doggie toenails out of the upholstery and you don't have worry about muddy feet soaking through the towels.
  11. I am allergic to peanuts, so I use sunflower butter - not a lot since it is so high in calories
  12. I wanted to update you after our first vet's office flyby. We got to the vets and Charley was so wound up he wouldn't take a piece of hot dog. I decided it couldn't be any worse, so we got out, walked around and offered him another treat which he ignored. We walked in the front door, through the waiting room and out the exit and back into the car. Treats were offered and taken, it was a very positive outcome. We got home, had more treats and we played chuckit - Charley's favorite game. We are limited to Saturday mornings at this time due to my work schedule and the vet's hours, but this is going to be a Saturday morning activity for the foreseeable future. At some point we will sit in the office for a bit and continue from there. Thank you all for the good advice, I will update when we have more good news.
  13. There are only 2 awful things that can happen to Charley, you can touch his feet or his mouth. He is not crazy about people who sound old either,but he just pees when they talk to him. He was a rescue, so there is no one to ask. When we went to get him from the rescue we were first told don't look at him, don't try to touch him. We really haven't had an issue if we let him meet people on his own terms rather than letting people approach him. Talked to the folks at the vet's office and he would not be the first to be brought by to desensitize him to the office. I am glad they are willing to work with us.
  14. The vet gave him Ace - I had used it before to trim him, but my old vet gave me a bigger dose. I didn't like to use it because it made me uneasy to drug him so seriously for something that should not have been such a big deal. As for a behaviorist, I am not really sold. I took the last Border Collie who had really severe separation anxiety and he was great with the doc, I got him home and he just shut down when I asked him to do the training. Another issue is that the closest is 50+ miles away. With Charley everything is situational, he doesn't get that the same command means the same thing under different circumstances. I don't think he is stupid, if he was a person I would say learning disabled, he didn't know how to learn, that was the big challenge when we got him. The vet and I discussed medication, we will probably revisit that if the trips to the office don't make an appreciable positive impact.
  15. Geonni, no flaming from me. I don't fear my dog, I am not anxious, Charley just has a switch that flips. I do believe that there is something not quite right with him. When he gets stressed or tired he moves his legs laterally rather than diagonally. We have been very firm with him, but it came down to either letting him have his way or possibly injuring the dog, we gave in and let him go with his nails untrimmed. The same goes for opening his mouth, he becomes frantic if you try. My other dog, a Great Pyr/GSD hates to have her nails done, but she gets held down and her nails get clipped. She gives up after she realizes we aren't going to stop. At our second vet visit, they took Charley without me to give him his shots, he was so upset he peed, pooped and puked. This last was the third visit. I got bitten because I didn't think he would bite me no matter how upset he got. Overall he is a very obedient dog, he knows the house rules. If he was a dog I raised from a puppy, I would be questioning myself more, but who knows what was done to him in the past. The other night I went to put a soup ladle in the dishwasher and he hit the ground and then bolted for his crate.
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