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About sandgrubber

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  1. I go through phases of being pissed off with the pedigree registry system, and there are some good dogs that aren't registered, especially working dogs. However breeding off register can get dicey....can be hard to find an unrelated dog that's health tested.
  2. An alternative to dog fighting? Not sure how I feel about this. So macho. https://www.washingtonpost.com/photography/2021/04/19/gameness-sport-that-harnesses-power-pit-bull/
  3. Bribery. Close her in/out and call her from outside/inside. Big praise/reward when she goes through. Wait awhile and repeat. Ignore barking.
  4. Tie long, dayglow cords on them. They're still going to be buried, but resurrection will be easy
  5. No one can absolutely guarantee there will be no hereditary health issues with a pup. You should read up on the breed and find what health problems are worries, and what testing is recommended for the breed. Ask if side and dam are tested and get their test results. Ask about longevity in the bloodline. There are many health problems, including some with a genetic component, for which there are no tests (allergies, cancer, epilepsy, bloat, to name a few), and some tests that don't rule out health problems in the pups (hip and elbow scoring, some of the things checked in annual eye testi
  6. There seems to be a cadre of anti-chemical folks out there...like the anti-vaxxers. I'd do a critical review. If there are 100 serious side effects reported and 10,000,000 dogs getting the stuff, I wouldn't worry. A wormer, by definition, is a poison that has been extensively tested for toxicity to mammals/dogs. Reported side effects can be due to 1. Dogs with some mutation that makes them vulnerable 2. Coincidence, and people looking for something to blame 3. Counterfeit drugs. In selecting wormers, it's important to know what works you need to guard against. He
  7. My first thought is local is good. Second thought, why grain free? Third though...'meal' can be top quality or junk, depending on what was ground and how it was treated. Final though: 16% fat is higher than I'd want to go for a Lab
  8. Labs are water dogs. Raincoats, IMO, are entirely unnecessary. Towels, on the other hand, are obligatory
  9. Flea and tick meds are essentially insecticides (commonly neurotoxins) that, when tested, showed little toxicity in mammals (rats and mice first, progressing to dogs and cats). I've read that the blood brain barrier in mammals makes them immune to some(many?) of the neurotoxins used as insecticides. I have no idea how many dogs are on Bravecto or Nextguard. 10s of millions? Hundreds of millions? A relatively small number have experienced problems. It's possible that some dogs have blood brain barrier problems that let insecticides cross, or that on rare occasions some odd c
  10. Yes. A breeder would know. But with puppy prices where they are, lots of people are breeding for $. IMO the pedigree dog world pays far too little to allergies and skin problems in health testing. A lifetime of itching is as bad or worse than old age cataracts. There's a good chance it has a hereditary the component... inbreeding compromises immune system...but very little research has gone that direction. Sadly, I doubt you're going to have much success in pinning this on the breeder because it is a blind spot in pedigree dog breeding.
  11. No matter what problem your dog has someone will come up with a dietary fix, usually based on anecdotes. 30% protein isn't particularly high for puppy chow. I've seen higher in working dog bickies. No harm trying for a week or two, I guess.
  12. Not a rage that's going to fly at my house. I find it challenging to cook for myself. No way I'm going to take on cooking for the dog
  13. Yes... although this research was looking at more basic behaviors... like making eye contact and interpreting a pointing finger.
  14. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/03/these-adorable-puppies-may-help-explain-why-dogs-understand-our-body-language Some interesting experiments on human body language (eye contact, pointing) with a large number of 8 week old puppies. " Enter puppies. If social intelligence is genetic, dogs should display it at a very young age. And there shouldn’t be any learning required. That’s what MacLean and his colleagues found. The scientists partnered with Canine Companions for Independence, which breeds dogs to assist people in the United States with post-traumatic stre
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