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Old 08-07-2014, 10:45 PM   #771
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My little Maltese is very snippy and snappy with strangers. Doesn't warm up easily. My next door neighbor is trying to make friends with him so he will let her pet him or pick him up.Three times now she has come over when we had him out and has been feeding him small pieces of deli turkey, with our permission. Guess what he's doing now? Standing at the door and barking to go out, then when we let him out he runs straight for her door. I guess her little ploy worked! LOL
It's amazing how quickly a dog can train its humans.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:53 AM   #772
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My little Maltese is very snippy and snappy with strangers. Doesn't warm up easily. My next door neighbor is trying to make friends with him so he will let her pet him or pick him up.Three times now she has come over when we had him out and has been feeding him small pieces of deli turkey, with our permission. Guess what he's doing now? Standing at the door and barking to go out, then when we let him out he runs straight for her door. I guess her little ploy worked! LOL
Spike's Maltese Teddy is like that also. Very territorial. When someone comes in my house and heads over to talk to Spike, he will try to protect Spike by nipping at the person's ankles. But once he gets to know them, he just sleeps. He used to do it to me at first also. But I am more stern with him than Spike is. So when I give him a command, he listens and obeys. I allow him to have three barks, then he has to stop. He will start barking when someone is in the hall and headed toward my door.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:41 PM   #773
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Poor Violet. Could she use a doggy antidepressant like Prozac? Or an anti-anxiety med? They're having a lot of success using people drugs on dogs.
She's already on Tramodol and Meloxicam for pain and both are sedating. I would hate to drug her even more. But at the same time I don't like seeing her like this. I have to take Monkey in for her shots today so I may talk to the vet and see what he says.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:52 PM   #774
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@LPBeier, does your dog, Violet, get enough exercise? I found with our boy that if we didn't take him out twice a day, his demeanor changed significantly.
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:48 AM   #775
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Violet gets a good walk every morning and is free to go in and out of our small but adequate back yard most of the day and evening in the summer (we have a doggy door in our screen). She has severe displacia in both back hips - actually the worst our vet has ever seen where the dog is still walking and active. Her strong muscles are literally holding her up. We are not supposed to allow her to walk or run too much as she goes lame. We have her on lots of medication which seems to help. She used to be upset that she couldn't go for more walks, but I think she realizes now that she can't do it. She loves chasing the cat around though!
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:48 PM   #776
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Have you thought about alternative treatment plans for Violet? Waterarobics for dogs can do wonders, as does acupuncture and massage, maybe even dietary changes?
Thundervests help some dogs too.
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Old 08-09-2014, 01:43 PM   #777
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We have a thunder vest for her and have her on a special diet already for her allergies. They have talked about laser treatments for her legs but we have heard differing opinions on it's effectiveness.

She is actually settling down and not so whiny so I am wondering if she was just having some pain problems or even tummy troubles. She was even playing with her toys all on her own which she hasn't done since before the kids were here.

Thanks, kgirl for all your suggestions. I really to appreciate it.

Oh and water aerobics is offered around here but is really expensive.
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Old 08-09-2014, 02:39 PM   #778
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@LPBeier,
I can totally relate to a four-legged-childs' special needs.
Our boy Vito had issues starting when he was about 3 and lived to be 12 years old.
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I could use some of that on my legs right now.

Cute.
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