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    Can you check around and find a training class...

    Can you check around and find a training class near you that uses positive reinforcement? It would be great to find one that both of you could attend. Your husband may listen to a "dog expert"...
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    GSD's are one of the most sensitive breeds and...

    GSD's are one of the most sensitive breeds and many cannot tolerate physical reprimands without "shutting down". She is showing you that she is submissive--it is a acknowledgement that she perceives...
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    It is breeding season, and I suspect there is a...

    It is breeding season, and I suspect there is a lot of kitty drama going on outside that a human would never notice. She may smell tomcat spray or hear fighting/mating noises from some distance...
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    If the puppy did have parvo, your other dogs are...

    If the puppy did have parvo, your other dogs are already exposed! If they are not current on their vaccinations, call your vet ASAP to see what he recommends.
    Parvovirus remains in the environment...
  5. Question: Stray cats.

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    Check out the Alley Cat Allies web site, they may...

    Check out the Alley Cat Allies web site, they may have some information on an organization near you that could help.
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    Put a little diaper rash ointment on her legs...

    Put a little diaper rash ointment on her legs before she goes to bed. Wipe her down with half & half vinegar water to neutralize the urine and prevent scalding.
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    There is actually a fairly safe product on the...

    There is actually a fairly safe product on the market that helps in some instances. It is not working well on my dribbling male Doberman, but seems to be more effective on incontinent females. The...
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    Since he is a Bulldog, I suspect the odor may be...

    Since he is a Bulldog, I suspect the odor may be due to him having a yeast infection on his skin. Speak to your vet about products to control the condition on his body.
    I'm not sure what is...
  9. She has been pregnant three times too many...

    She has been pregnant three times too many already. Can you account for where EVERY single pup is from those litters at this very second?
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    You can extend the fence height using either...

    You can extend the fence height using either electric fence posts or pvc pipe and relatively inexpensive livestock fencing that comes in rolls at home supply stores. It takes some McGyvering (is...
  11. Question: Puppy Hiccuping

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    Its been my experience that most puppies get...

    Its been my experience that most puppies get hiccups. Its one of those cute things that goes along with puppy breath and puppy dreams that they generally grow out of all too soon.
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    He hasn't got the hang of the house rules yet,...

    He hasn't got the hang of the house rules yet, and sounds like he is spending a lot of time in his crate. As soon as you get home from work, be sure to take some time out to really exercise him and...
  13. Question: Dog chews paws

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    Paw licking can be a sign of several different...

    Paw licking can be a sign of several different allergies in dogs. Has your vet tried any other treatments? THings that make us sneeze make dogs itch. He could be allergic to some sort of inhalant...
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    Can you check around for an emergency clinic? ...

    Can you check around for an emergency clinic? This would not worry me as much if he weren't an old dog. Dehydration is more of an immediate concern than no appetite. Can you get him to drink...
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    Hooray to all you girls... preach on, sisters!...

    Hooray to all you girls... preach on, sisters!
    And thanks Sasha, for the thought you put into your wise decision. Your dog is unique and you could never get another just like him, no matter how hard...
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    Sounds like this is an Illinois state law. It is...

    Sounds like this is an Illinois state law. It is sort of awkward and not sure how they enforce it. Seems to be aimed at violent offenders, which makes sense. The gun part may have to do with the...
  17. Watch his gait very carefully and notice if he is...

    Watch his gait very carefully and notice if he is having any problems going up and down steps. It's just a hunch, but since this is sudden, I wonder if he hurt his back or leg getting in or out of...
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    Cats do need Taurine in their diet. It is not...

    Cats do need Taurine in their diet. It is not particularly harmful for dogs, its just that dogs can manufacture it from other amino acids and cats can't, so it has to be added. Cats fed nothing but...
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    My Doberman does happen to have cropped ears and...

    My Doberman does happen to have cropped ears and a docked tail, but I adopted him that way as an adult. My husband and I have had some arguments about cropping/docking--he says Dobermans look like...
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    I don't think that pit bulls are "bad"; I think...

    I don't think that pit bulls are "bad"; I think they are a breed that needs an experienced owner (as do German Shepherds, Rotties, Dobies, etc etc.)
    I like to give the "big bad breeds" a really...
  21. Question: Puppy shih tzu

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    It would be really interesting if you could get a...

    It would be really interesting if you could get a good close up picture of this pup's nose, I'd love to see what it looks like! It is obviously able to breathe, so it may not be anything more than a...
  22. Question: Puppy shih tzu

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    I think the breathing problem you are describing...

    I think the breathing problem you are describing is called stentotic nares. If you look at the other pups, they have round nostrils, and this one probably has more vertical slits. The little extra...
  23. Question: Dogs fighting?

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    Is he really being aggressive or is he play...

    Is he really being aggressive or is he play fighting? Its really hard for some people to tell the difference--the play fights are often louder and more dramatic than the real thing. The puppy's age...
  24. Has he had a test for an underactive thyroid?

    Has he had a test for an underactive thyroid?
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    No, their skulls don't crack! Its just the way...

    No, their skulls don't crack! Its just the way this particular breed's skull is shaped, plus they have a tremendous amount of muscle, even on their heads, and that helps give the impression of...
  26. Question: Pawing at me

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    We have a pawing beagle mix also. She drives my...

    We have a pawing beagle mix also. She drives my husband nuts, but seldom bothers me. The difference? I always ignore her, but Pat gets frustrated and eventually either pets her or pushes her away....
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    I am seriously worried about the probability that...

    I am seriously worried about the probability that the human "Plan B" will work without side effects. Let me say to begin with that I am not familiar with the drug, so I can't address that. (I will...
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    I agree with the above advice that the pup should...

    I agree with the above advice that the pup should still be with its mom--I assume it is orphaned--and it needs to see the vet. If there is going to be any delay, I have had some success with running...
  29. Drat, I have to spread reputation again! Haven't...

    Drat, I have to spread reputation again! Haven't been on here in forever and in the first 10 minutes I have to print several answers off for future use! Morbid though it be, I love the dead dog...
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    Value of Walther ppk

    I have a Walther ppk that my father brought back from WWII. He said that he took it off a German Officer. It has a swastika and an eagle imprinted on the frame of the gun. It is in good condition....
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    Exactly what I was thinking, linnealand! If the...

    Exactly what I was thinking, linnealand! If the dog is smart enough to learn to wait for a car to be shut off, he is probably very sensitive to emotions in his Person!
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    Seizures in a puppy this young are unusual unless...

    Seizures in a puppy this young are unusual unless they are from low blood sugar, and the Nutrical should take care of that.
    I am concerned about a liver abnormality (shunt) that can cause seizures...
  33. Question: Very suck puppy

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    Definitely needs to see the vet first thing. It...

    Definitely needs to see the vet first thing. It could be something simple or something life-threatening and you need to find out ASAP.
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    Yes, this is serious--possible blood clot,...

    Yes, this is serious--possible blood clot, slipped disc, etc. Call the vet and see if you can apply for Care Credit, a type of short-term credit card designed just for situations like this.
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    No, I would not take him to the dog show. He...

    No, I would not take him to the dog show. He would be overwhelmed (imagine you are terrified of snakes. Instead of taking the time to get to know one gentle small python, you were taken to a room...
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    Hey, bushg! I suspect the blood work is being...

    Hey, bushg!
    I suspect the blood work is being done primarily because of the seizures. The chem profile will basically tell you whether there are obvious problems with the liver, kidneys, blood...
  37. Question: Dog Vaccine

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    Have you talked to your vet about this? There are...

    Have you talked to your vet about this? There are lots of things to consider when choosing a vaccine. Your vet may agree to recommend the correct type and sell you the vaccine, but it may not be all...
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    Love the carrot idea! Also try a loud, high...

    Love the carrot idea!
    Also try a loud, high pitched "OW!!" when he does this--stand up and walk away. Let him know that if he plays too rough, you are not going to play, period! Be very...
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    Check out a disorder called Canine Cognitive...

    Check out a disorder called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction on the web to see if she is showing any other signs... It's a type of "doggy Alzheimer's" where older dogs seem to become confused. There is...
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    Have you followed up with her deworming? Most,...

    Have you followed up with her deworming? Most, if not all, dewormers only take care of adult worms. The adults leave behind lots of eggs that hatch out over a period of days to weeks. A heavy...
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    Most people don't realize that tail docking (by...

    Most people don't realize that tail docking (by whatever method) involves cutting through the spinal cord! It's a risky thing to do for a cosmetic purpose. I think the best description I've heard...
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    I think the suggestions on this problem are...

    I think the suggestions on this problem are absolutely correct, but just want to point out that this is a marking behavior and not necessarily related to housebreaking.
    What do trash cans,...
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    Border Collies are a "double-coated" breed--they...

    Border Collies are a "double-coated" breed--they have a dense undercoat that serves as insulation against the weather in their native land, the border country between England and Scotland.
    I have...
  44. I also have trouble with the stepping away (at...

    I also have trouble with the stepping away (at 5'6" and with a large dog it just turns into a game of keep-away). Instead, I step INTO the dog and take his space away. I turn sideways, arms folded,...
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    At one time there was an injection that was for...

    At one time there was an injection that was for use in cattle that was used as an "abortion shot" in dogs. This has since been taken off the market, and it had a tremendous number of side effects....
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    Would the shelter be willing to get in contact...

    Would the shelter be willing to get in contact with the other adopters (I am assuming that the littermates have been adopted out) and give them your phone #? THat way you could all compare notes and...
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    There's definitely an increased risk of...

    There's definitely an increased risk of testicular cancer in retained testicles, related to the higher heat inside the body. He could still breed with one testicle, but why pass on an undesirable...
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    Are you playing with her using your hands? If so,...

    Are you playing with her using your hands? If so, she may be having a hard time learning why it is OK to bite down on her other toys, but not on hands. At what age did she leave her mother, and was...
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    Are the bumps along the cut edge of the ears? If...

    Are the bumps along the cut edge of the ears? If so, it could be a reaction to the sutures used. If his ears were recently done, he could also be having a reaction to the tape used to brace the...
  50. The more white on a merle-colored dog,especially...

    The more white on a merle-colored dog,especially on the head, the more risk of eye and ear problems.
    Try to find something that makes a loud noise without causing vibrations--can you or one of your...
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