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Old 07-14-2015, 10:56 AM   #1151
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This is Abbie. Hoping she and Salem can get along. We're keeping them separated for now. Abbie has the downstairs and Salem has the upstairs.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:03 AM   #1152
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This is Abbie. Hoping she and Salem can get along. We're keeping them separated for now. Abbie has the downstairs and Salem has the upstairs.
She is lovely. Here's hoping they get along just fine. Do keep us informed on how they are doing. Every animal deserves a forever home.
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Old 07-16-2015, 09:32 AM   #1153
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A male neighbor came over yesterday. Rusty barked a couple times and then went to lie down. I think the problem is DH's brother for some reason.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:57 PM   #1154
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A male neighbor came over yesterday. Rusty barked a couple times and then went to lie down. I think the problem is DH's brother for some reason.
Have you considered working DH's brother and Rusty. See if he is willing to sit and just pat him for a few minutes each time he comes. That is what I did with Pirate. Now Teddy runs to him as soon as he comes into the room. He used to run to me first. Hmm. I am Mifft!!
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:41 AM   #1155
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This is Jack, our four year old, Mexican born boxer. We moved to Italy two years ago. He has adjusted well to urban living, but had to maintain his nap time in the hammock....
Learned to swim in the Magra River. Have a difficult time to hold him when a cat is in sight, and there are many around. Any suggestion?
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:57 AM   #1156
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Jack is a Mexican cutie! Of course he needs his hammock!

Did you used to live in Mexico, Zfranca?

As far as boxers and cats, I'm afraid a firm hand on the leash is in order. Beagle, whose breed was bred to hunt rabbits, can pull me over if she spots a bunny, and we have many bunnies around here. No amount of training would get rid of that instinct, I fear.
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Jack sure is handsome.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:14 AM   #1158
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His name is "Trouble!" 11 year old Golden Retriever.
We've always let our dogs name themselves.He picked a good one.

Trub, is a chronic kleptomaniac.Don't let that sweet face fool ya! Anything that belongs to me he steals.And lets you know it he did it to.I get a little tired chasing him around the house to get my slippers back!

He still acts like a puppy.I doubt he will ever grow out of it.
Our dog Jack does the same thing. My first instinct is to chase him in the hope to get hold of my shoe, but when I realized that he did enjoy this, instead of sounding excited, I say calmly ''that is my shoe, you better drop it'', he stands still looking at me and than he drops it. It does not work all the time, but it is worth a try
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:28 AM   #1159
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Jack is a Mexican cutie! Of course he needs his hammock!

Did you used to live in Mexico, Zfranca?

As far as boxers and cats, I'm afraid a firm hand on the leash is in order. Beagle, whose breed was bred to hunt rabbits, can pull me over if she spots a bunny, and we have many bunnies around here. No amount of training would get rid of that instinct, I fear.
Yes, we lived on the Pacific ocean near Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for 12 years. Thanks for the info, I usually have my husband to walk Jack, and even he, if caught off guard, has a difficult time to hold him back. Jack is not a big dog but he is strong, and determined to get the cat. May be he is thinking of the iguanas he use to chaise in Mexico
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:45 AM   #1160
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Jack looks like a sweetie We had a Labrador retriever whose instinct is also to chase every little thing that moved. We took her for professional training and continued it at home. The key is consistency before the dog even sees another animal.

We practiced sit, stay, here, down, drop it, no pull, and enough (playing or play biting) constantly, in the house and backyard. When DH walked her, he made her sit at every street crossing until he said Come and they crossed the street. Any time she pulled on the leash, we jerked it up and said No pull! You can't be afraid to do that. They have very strong neck muscles and it won't hurt them, but it will demonstrate who's the leader of the pack Dogs are pack animals and it's very important to make sure they know who's in charge.

She was so well trained that when people came over, she shook her whole body with excitement but never jumped up on anyone. And she didn't chase anything unless we allowed it - usually squirrels who could get up into a tree before she got close.
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