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Old 05-02-2006, 05:01 PM   #21
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((((ITK))))You and your niece are truly earth angels for these dogs. I think everyone here knows how much I adore my lab- I don't know how I would have gotten through these past 6 years without her.I have a lab calendar and there is a saying on it I would like to share with you- Dogs aren't your whole life but, they make your life whole.Much love and energy to you and your niece,vicki
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Old 05-02-2006, 06:20 PM   #22
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You made my day! Thank you for sharing. Will have to write that one down.
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Old 05-06-2006, 09:21 AM   #23
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Last nite he reported at end of show one of the dogs he worked with was euthenized! He didn't look too happy about it. Guess he would have ta ken the dog rat her than put it down. He t akes his work very serious the way we all should. Kind of makes you resent people for giving up the way they do. He mentioned dogs can tell what you are thinking. If you are afraid then they feel the same way. Can't fool a dog. Guess this dog knew he was going to the end too. How terrible.
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Old 05-29-2006, 02:00 PM   #24
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I had never heard of this show, much less seen it. I watched for the first time today. I absolutely LOVE this show!!! As for most of these dogs, I would have personally given up on them. Ceasar shows how you can get problems solved and under control. Thanks for this thread!!
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Old 05-29-2006, 11:56 PM   #25
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I wish someone like that could meet my border collie. Recently someone came to deliver a package, they opened my front door because they didn't see me in main room. However anyone can hear my dog when they come up the driveway, or even cross in front of the house on the sidewalk. She opened my door and my dog jumped her and she got some scratches, now he has to be muzzled at all times if he is outside, cannot be in custody of anyone under 18 and they tried to make me put him down. They actually told me that they thought I should put him down as they are sure he'll bite someone by the end of the summer and then they will put him down and fine us. My dog went through training and temperment testing, the certified trainer even sent the test results to the bylaw officer. He was just protecting me because the person didnt even ring the doorbell to let me know she was here. He didn't break skin and no blood was drawn. The bylaw guy was obviously afraid of dogs (even my cocker puppy for gods sake) and said he was definately unsound and that hes not a collie but an australian sheppard which he says is an unstable dog. Apparently he thinks he knows more then a certified trainer and my vet. My dog loves people and kids, my neice rides him like a horse. We've even checked by inviting friends over that he doesn't know to see if he reacts to them if he doesn't percieve danger towards us. he doesn't mind anyone as long as they announce themselves to me and I let them in. and if its someone he knows then they can even let themselves in... I think if I could get another proffesional to give their opinion on him then maybe they would remove the muzzle rule. It bothers him so much.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:06 AM   #26
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WAIT A MINUTE!!!! Trip, this person came into YOUR house, without permission and they wanted your dog punished????? HELLO!!!!!!! Your dog was protecting your home!! That is idiotic of the system. So, if your dog were to get someone for breaking in, does that mean your dog was a fault too? That is absolutely rediculous!!! I'm sorry you have had to go through that. Your dog should not have to be trained against protecting you and your family!!!

and, my aussie sheppard was one of the most sweetest dogs when I was there when meeting someone for the first time. If you came up and she didn't know you, yes, she was protective. They are not unstabel but, very very protective. She loved my youngest son and when we tried to give him swats for his 18th birthday last year, she got between us and growled. She never snapped, just told us she wasn't going to let us hurt her boy. That's the way they are.
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:26 PM   #27
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I am outraged! NOBODY delivering any sort of package should ever enter my home without me present! If they do my dog will be the least of their problems That's to ridiculous to countenance! Your dog was only doing his/her job and should not be punished for that. I would appeal the muzzle requirement and that bylaw officer is an imbecile! I agree that he sounds afraid of dogs and the notion of him "protecting you" - HAH! He was just enjoying his power. I know! Lets muzzle the bylaw officer and leave the dog alone!

Well you got my dander up first thing this morning!

2 in Or who is still simmering!
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:35 PM   #28
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Thats how we feel too, it's really very upsetting to both us and the dog. A neighbour came by one day and asked why he had a muzzle on (we had never met her, her friend or her grandkids who were with her). He just soaked up the attention. Part of the problem is she said he got through the door and got her on the stairs, however how would my dog end up through the door, and secondly I found her at the top of my stairs, if my dog lauched his 40 lb body at someone coming up stairs, rest assured they'de be going back down. However the by law guy insisted they had to take her word. Even my mail man thinks its nuts...
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Old 05-30-2006, 12:38 PM   #29
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Have you tried writing up something and getting neighbors and especailly the mailman to sign it to show their opion and experience with the dog? I so upset over this.
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:26 PM   #30
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Hi Trip - I read about your troubles, and I feel so bad for you and your dog. Hopefully some of the suggestions here might help the situation.
As for the dog whisperer - I discovered his show one Friday night and was riveted. It hit me that many of the methods he teaches about training dogs to be well behaved would work just as well for children! Hope you don't think I'm crazy for saying that. I have three close-to-grown-up girls, and I think (touch wood) they've turned out well, but I probably could have used some of those techniques way back when they were little. I've tried a few things with our dog, Shelby, like getting control of how she behaves when on a walk with a leash....and they worked so well - and I know both of us enjoy the walk much more.
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