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  1. Oh that’s so sad what a tough decision you had to make
  2. She was raised indoors. The videos show her inside and in the backyard. They appear to be more rural than we are though. We live quite close to the centre of a regional city with the busyness that comes with that and this seems to be challenging for her. She is a hound but different breed to our other hound.
  3. The breed is normally reserved with strangers which is why I was expecting some settling in time. But I have had a reserved dog before and this is quite different. I have tried with some training but she usually won’t take treats. She normally won’t eat unless we place her food next to her on the lounge because she doesn’t feel comfortable anywhere else. I have done a lot of hand feeding with her but she has to be on the lounge or she won’t accept it. The vet said the Fluoxetine is to help her enough so we can start behavioural rehab. If it is just me in the house she will have the confidence to run from the lounge room to the door to the backyard if she needs to go to the toilet. Otherwise she is just curled up on the lounge or if people are in the lounge she hides in a nearby bedroom.
  4. TLDR: Our pedigree puppy has major fears and is struggling to adapt to our home. Six weeks ago we bought a 5 month old puppy from a registered breeder. We had been in correspondence with the breeder explaining about our situation and lifestyle and talking about the pup we would be getting and what she is like. She was described to us as playful and outgoing. Due to her location and COVID restrictions it was not possible for us to visit beforehand. The breeder sent us photos and videos and she seemed to be playful and affectionate. I thought that due to her breed and being an older puppy there would be a period of adjustment for her. I wasn’t expecting her to instantly adore us. I was expecting we would have to build a relationship with her. I told the breeder our plans to settle her in over the first week and the breeder sort of indicated I was overthinking it and that she’d be fine. When we brought her home she was completely shut down. It was like she was frozen in place. She would not move. She was clearly terrified. It was a Friday and over the next two days we could not get her eat and drink as she was so stressed. On Sunday we had to syringe her water as she became dehydrated. I updated the breeder and let her know that puppy was having a hard time. She told me that we need to give her three months to properly settle in. She stated she would begin to relax after three weeks. I was a bit shocked as this time frame had not been mentioned to us before and this was not what we had been told to expect. Over the next five weeks there continued to be little improvement in her anxiety levels. She was scared of us, scared to be anywhere other than her little safe place on the lounge. She would run out of the room if we came in. We tried to give her as much space as she needed, tried to help her feel safe. Many times throughout the day we would throw treats in her direction from a distance although most of the time she didn’t eat them. She has gradually become more comfortable with me. She is still unsure of my hubby and she is still scared of our 19year old children who have been very calm and non-intrusive with her. She still runs away from them and does not want them to be close to her. Last week I noticed she had urinary urgency and we took her to the vet who diagnosed stress induced cystitis. Vet was very concerned about her anxiety and stress levels and asked me a lot of questions about how she’s been coping. She advised us to start an antidepressant (fluoxetine) and commence using an adaptil collar. The collar has helped and time will tell if the fluoxetine helps. We have made some very small progress with her this week. She is not running away from situations as much. She loves our other dog and she lights up when she sees him. She is still very scared in the house. She will run if she hears a car door close on the street. She still does not like to be in any proximity to the children. She will seem to be ok with hubby unless he is moving or making any noise. I am worried for her that she will have a life filled with stress and anxiety and I sometimes feel overwhelmed about the prospect of the extensive rehabilitation that she seems to need for her to cope with changes to her environment and with people in general. I have done behavioural rehab with previous rescue dogs and I got those dogs with full disclosure. I know that it can be a long difficult road and it wasn’t something we were expecting to face with this puppy. I am really hoping that the medication allows her mind to calm enough that we can begin to make some grounds with counter conditioning and help her to feel safe. I feel for her and I also feel for our family as all our joy about welcoming a new puppy into our family has been replaced with concern for her and her ability to adapt. It’s just a really sad situation and I don’t know what to do.
  5. Invitation to participate in research 2.docx Hi everyone, I'd like to invite you all to participate in my psychology research project that examines people's responses to undesirable dog behaviour. The study does take 20-30 minutes to complete, so I suggest getting yourself a cuppa and a bickie before you begin :) Who can participate? Anyone who is 18 years or older. You do not have to be a dog owner to participate. What will participation involve? Participation involves completing a survey that will take 20-30 minutes. What do I need to know? Participation is voluntary and anonymous. At the end of the survey you may go in a draw to win a gift card. If you are interested in taking part in this study, please click on the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/baddog_public I am happy to take your feedback on the questionnaire, or answer any questions via the email address provided. Or even PM here. Alternatively, I humbly suggest that if you want to complete the survey that you do so before reading any comments in this thread. This is just simply because reading other people's thoughts on the study can bias responses :) Also I am more than happy for the link to the study to be passed around via email or social media to any individuals or groups that you think might be interested in participating. Thanks, and happy participating!
  6. yip. Whether or not the pup was sold for breeding is also beside the point. If the bite is so bad that the teeth piece the roof of the mouth then then the pup was not fit for sale. Of course it was fit for sale. Would you knock it on the head? What should have happened is that the issue with the mouth should have been advised. No it wasn't. If the puppy needs surgery to be comfortable as is the case here, it should not have been sold. It should have been either kept by the breeder to see if it improves, had surgery to remove the canines and sold with full disclosure, or discounted and sold with full disclosure. I agree.
  7. I would have thought the average GSD would have more prey drive (desire to hunt, chase, catch other animals) than your average mastiff, but I could be wrong. Also, you have to remember that when mastiffs were used for hunting, they were used to hold the quarry, they weren't meant to kill it, or bite to kill.
  8. Leonberger, Newfoundland, Mastiff come to mind. Or look into the Livestock guardians. However, I would never rely on any dog to protect you just because of its breed. Unless you have specifically trained your dog in protection, you just can't know for sure how it would react in a situation like that. I also think that if you don't want it to chase possums, then the easiest and most assured way is to have it sleep indoors at night.
  9. Del has been pretty good with the vet bills over the years. But she did have a big operation last year, and at the end of last year she began her course of Cartrophen injections (which after the first few need to happen every 3 months, or sometimes more for the rest of her life). So I guess that will increase the vet bills quite a bit. I am guessing they will increase anyway as she is into her senior years now. But don't tell her that, she's still adamant that she's a puppy.
  10. Dominance is rare in the same way Big Foot is rare.
  11. Oh boy, when is dominance theory ever going to die? It doesn's seem to matter how disproven, or illogical it is, it just hangs around like a bad smell. It says so much more about us as a species than about dogs.
  12. Papillon Kisses, have you got the audio for it? Just in case anyone doesn't have it, I thought I would put the link here, as it really makes life so much easier :) http://championofmyheart.com/relaxation-protocol-mp3-files/
  13. I really like smooth collies, but I thought they would be a bit more barky than the OP would want. I am thinking a whippet would suit really well. Although I know they are not rare.
  14. Clicker and marker word are in many respects the same as they are both secondary reinforcement. However, they each have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, the clicker is fantastic for precision, consistency, and it is much easier to use along with commands. For example, if I am making a noise to get my dog's attention, and I want to mark that moment they give me their attention, it can be a little tricky if you're using a verbal marker to get the timing really spot on. The marker word is fantastic because you have it with you whenever you need it and it is hands-free. Problems can come with it being less than distinct, and with keeping it sounding consistent. Solution: use both!
  15. I just find it hard to think that a crow is capable of taking off with a puppy. Crows only weigh a bit over half a kilogram, and I don't think they carry things in their claws. I know they can attack much bigger creatures (like sheep), but that's usually to take their eyes (sorry, TMI?). In any case, I hope the puppy can be found.
  16. So glad he is home Sheena. such a terrible ordeal for both dog and owner
  17. Oh ok, that's different to what I was imagining! I thought it was a special kind of stick that you smack them with somehow...for some reason. Yeah for sure, that would definitely require some skill. And presence of mind (difficult if it's your dog being attacked ). I know a bullet would do the trick pretty quickly but it's not very legal to be walking around with a gun. (for good reason!) I don't know if it would. Usually when dogs fight they move incredibly quickly. I don't know how anyone manages to grab their legs let alone accurately aim a gun at one of them.
  18. Fantastic! Sounds like she's already got the hang of it too :)
  19. Good news! A positive new beginning for Odie :)
  20. Thanks, silentchild :) I'll look all those up. I'll see if I can find the booklet. I've only just started looking into it all so it's possible I just haven't come across it yet :) I also have to work out how we could get it to work in a group setting.
  21. It's under 'witness instructions' in the booklet: My witness was their certified instructor so you don't have to buy the books, you can just use their instructors. The tricks are pretty self-explanatory so I don't think you really need it. Edit: They can't police whether or not your witness owns the book or not anyway?? Oh ok, so you sent the certified instructor your videos of you and Breeze doing the tricks? Or do you happen to have one locally? I don't find that all the tricks are self-explanatory, but I haven't googled any of them yet. Like 'Pedestal' and 'Volleyball' I could take a guess at what they mean, but I'd rather know exactly. It seems a bit dodgy otherwise :)
  22. Check out this pdf Thistle http://domorewithyourdog.com/downloads/trickdogtitle.pdf It outlines all the tricks. I thought it might be a good way for some of the people in our club to learn shaping. Many of the people at club only use luring to teach their dog new behaviours :) As well I just think that teaching tricks might motivate members who aren't interested in formal obedience and agility etc.
  23. It's under 'witness instructions' in the booklet:
  24. Yes, that's why I like the idea too :)
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