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by BrokenAquarian
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Past-date kibble
Replies: 6
Views: 5833

Re: Past-date kibble

This batch of pork flavored Merrick kibble has a strong sweet potato smell. Not rotten, but different than before. Wonder if they put more in there.
by BrokenAquarian
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...
Replies: 39
Views: 1050

Re: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...

I'm wondering if repeated exposure to these types of dogs, will teach him bad habits? Is it better to expose him and reward good behavior, or is it better to avoid such situations entirely? It is good to expose him and reward good behavior - only if you know it's safe and your dog won't be harmed. ...
by BrokenAquarian
Fri Feb 28, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Toy destruction
Replies: 10
Views: 1223

Re: Toy destruction

Keela is real big on destroying toys. Her favorites are plush with squeakers. Eventually, they all go to pieces, unless it's something she doesn't like, then it never gets played with.
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...
Replies: 39
Views: 1050

Re: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...

If I just hold it and don't give it to him right away, he will only wait a few seconds before giving up and goes back to pulling. " That's the starting point and it's good that he waits a few seconds. You just have to build on that. It's going to take awhile and the walk is going to take forev...
by BrokenAquarian
Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Canned vs. Dry food
Replies: 8
Views: 3187

Re: Canned vs. Dry food

If you want to do the water in the kibble route - you can mix the daily food ration with equal parts water and put it in the fridge the night before. When you get up in the morning, the food will have absorbed all the water and be soft. This is what you'd want to do if you can't get the dog to drink...
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Discussion topic: The use of training aids
Replies: 9
Views: 631

Re: Discussion topic: The use of training aids

Prong collars are the #1 object that comes to mind when reading your post. That is something often turned into a crutch.
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nipsey eating his rubber/rope toy
Replies: 8
Views: 3881

Re: Nipsey eating his rubber/rope toy

Agreed! They are very bad to use with predatory animals because they only amp up the dog and give it nothing to bite(release of tension/stress). So they have the chase, but never a catch, nor a smell. It's not good for them at all. My brother's Golden Retriever will slam himself into the wall going ...
by BrokenAquarian
Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...
Replies: 39
Views: 1050

Re: LEGO: From prepared to paranoid...

Electronic fencing is not advisable for determined dogs or breeds like pit bulls. They were built to take pain and keep going. If your dog is amped up about something on the other side of the fence line, they very well may take the shock and keep going. Building a secure fence is the last ditch effo...
by BrokenAquarian
Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:23 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 8104

Re: Stuffed Kong on raw diet?

I don't use kongs for feeding raw. I just give them a raw meaty rib bone. It takes the same amount of time for the dog to clean out the kong as it does to get all the meat/cartilage off the bone. What's left of the bone goes in the trash and I use a Lysol wipe on the tile where they were eating. :)
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Nipsey eating his rubber/rope toy
Replies: 8
Views: 3881

Re: Nipsey eating his rubber/rope toy

Chunks of rubber aren't good to have in the digestive tract. I'd get rid of the toy - it's expired. :)

Having bulldog type dogs makes you come to realize that most "Tough" dog toys . . . .really aren't. lol
My Boxer is easy on toys, but my Pit Bull is a land shark. lol
by BrokenAquarian
Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Two females in one home.
Replies: 2
Views: 270

Re: Two females in one home.

Neither are adults yet. They are in that "challenging" time in their lives and will fight more than they used to. Hierarchy is fluid with dogs and changes from area to area in their lives(spaces, food, toys ect.) It's not concrete and you can't expect the "rules" to stay the same...
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Bella ate an Xmas light
Replies: 6
Views: 3330

Re: Bella ate an Xmas light

Bread digests/disappears in the digestive tract. That means the glass is loose in the intestines and can do damage. Cotton does not digest and gets pooped out.
by BrokenAquarian
Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Training and Behavior
Topic: Issues we're having
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Issues we're having

You just got her, so these things will take time. She will not be perfectly trained by the time the two weeks are up. She doesn't really know you or your territory, so things are stressful and shakey right now. Just keep up with the consistent training and things will come along. Don't get frustrate...
by BrokenAquarian
Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Not sure what's going on with ashes, looking for insight
Replies: 4
Views: 2754

Re: Not sure what's going on with ashes, looking for insight

:hug:
The extra weight is probably adding burden and pain - so when that comes off it should help some. Don't go on less walks because it makes you sad. Think of her happiness. They may be slower, but I'm sure she still loves them - even at a leisurely pace. :)
by BrokenAquarian
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 9276

Re: Questions

I personally would not give the bread. Dogs shouldn't be eating grains on a regular basis. Most dog foods are full of them - but dogs don't naturally eat grass seed(wheat).

jamielvsaustin is right, most vets aren't very knowledgeable when it comes to diet. Weird, but human doctors are the same way.

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