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Old 12-30-2012, 08:43 AM
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If you are in Bucharest - how are Herastrau & Cismigiu parks? They are normally pretty nice. I used to love walking there. That was 20+ years ago and remember seeing older ladies with their little toy dogs. I went to college there ASE.
Snow will leave the kibble as it does not have as much value as the pig leg or bone. You just have to work your way up gradually to higher value treats. Also when you feed Snow, make him sit and give him the "asteapta" comand, Snow is not to start eating until you release him with "Bine". No matter how hungry he is or delicious the food, he should know that he cannot start eating until you release him.

Cheese will help. Whenever Rose had softer stools I started giving her a half a banana. Now she eats almost an entire banana every morning half before breakfast and half after her morning walk. Also sometimes the softer stool are due to too much food intake or too much at one time. How much kibble does he eat a day? Does he eat three meals a day? We kept Rose on three meals a day until she she was 6 months old, worked up slowly from when she was 5 months to two meals by gradually reducing the middle meal and increasing the breakfast and dinner meal.
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In Herastrau is fine with dogs, because there is a lot of space. Cismigiu being smaller it is crawdy most of the times. However we have to go to the park by car and he seems to have a sensibility (vomiting often). We are trying to minimize this since we are going about once at three days at training lessons. Previous times he didn't vomit anymore and I hope he will get used with car rides

We are doing that(sit,wait, "liber") for about 2 weeks and works fine. The "issue" now is that he is barking at my wife when she is preparing food ). That's not happening so far with me :P. Also he doesn't have any aggresion regarding the food bowl. We used to put our hands since the beggining.

Nice to hear that he can eat bananas, I wasn't sure about that. He eat three meals / day, on average 2 kibble (kibble hope it is bowl :P) because he doesn't finish it all the times.

Today he is 4 months and he has 16KG - 35 lbs.
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Hand feed him while keeping the bowl in your hand. Start with all meals and then drop to two meals and then one. I would still hand feed him the treats as well. That way he will associate you and your wife with the food source. He is probably barking in anticipation of food. Rose is barking and growling at me when she wants to play and I ignore her. She used to run under the bed and bark from there to let us know she wanted to play hide and seek. Now she is almost too big to get her behind under there.
As far as the car rides. First, I would make sure you wait a couple hours after the feeding time before you take him. Second, allow him to see out the window, on someone's lap for example. I would keep the window closed or semi-opened enough that he can smell outside.

We use bananas, cut up apples, carrots as treats!.They can't have grapes, garlic or onions - there is a list of veggies and fruits online. Dangerous Foods That Dogs Should Never Eat - WebMD Slideshow

Sorry - I do not follow the list literally. I do give Rose licks of icecream not a whole cone but a couple licks - she gets her own cup of icecream and it gets put in the freezer after a couple licks. And yes, I do give her little bits of pizza crust when we have pizza or meat bits from the table. Some of this stuff just goes a little over the top but it is a very good indication of what they can and cannot have.

Happy Birthday Snow! Up until 12 months he has a birthday every month!
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Firstly hello to you, your wife & young Snow. And a Happy New Year from New Zealand ...New Years Day over here. Snow is a very handsome boy. I have not watched the first video, but have watched the video where you are training him outside, & I think for four months old he is doing very well with the Leave It & Stay commands. He looks to be a smart boy & appears to train well. Re the barking at your wife when she is preparing his food, that is excitement & anticipation. My own young boy Loki sometimes does this ...used to always do it, but now at five & a half months old, not all the time. It has never worried me, I just ignore it & he will stop after a while. Re picking up everything in his mouth, Loki drove us crazy doing that .....stones were a particular favourite of his ....grass, dirt ( he would eat lots of dirt ). Thankfully he did not eat poop. I found out this is very common in puppies & my vet told me not to worry about it, but not to let him chew on stones, as could cause a bowel blockage which would require surgery. So we were constantly removing stones from his mouth ....every minute it seemed. On walks with him, I kept a close eye on the ground & either steered him away from things I do not want him eating, or said very firmly Leave It with a small tug on his lead. This usually worked very well for us & now he is much better. We had an issue with him chewing on his lead, making it very hard to walk him at around four months old. A member on here suggested to someone else with the same problem, to use a chain lead attached to his normal collar ( not a choke lead ..I would never use one of those). So we went out & bought a chain lead, clipped it onto his collar or harness, & that stopped the problem immediately as he did not like the feel of the chain in his mouth. When he has something in his mouth that we do not want him to have, we offer a high value treat ...not kibble ....something like a small piece of cheese or plain cooked sausage that he does not get often. He is then happy to drop what is in his mouth, in order to eat the tasty treat. Loki will normally give up items of clothing quite easily ...socks are his favourite, if he can find them. I will just take hold of the item & in a firm voice say Leave It & he will usually let it go, & then I give him lots of praise for being a good boy. I have never used the Alpha Roll, as I don't believe it is a good thing to do with a puppy. I used clicker trainer from eight weeks old ....my husband does not like using the clicker, so he says Yes! When Loki achieves, followed quickly by a treat. Our trainer says it is just as important to give brain exercise (mental stimulation) as it is to give physical exercise ....so e times even more important. So we use Kongs stuffed with kibble & a small amount of high value treats .....ice cubes made of chicken, beef & vegetable stock that he has to chase all over our polished floorboards in the kitchen ...he loves doing that & looks so pleased with himself when he manages to get it I to his mouth& crunches on it, which is great for sore gums as his adult teeth come in. Re the mouthing/ biting thing .....Loki used to do this when he was smaller & I was very firm with him, telling him No Bite! & offering him a chew stick or toy to chew on instead, holding it for him ...I never played tug with him, as our trainer said this can encourage aggression in some puppies. I hardly ever got nipped, but my husband was not so firm with him & he ended up bleeding on his hands & arms several times, from Loki's teeth or claws. My husband said Loki was an aggressive dog & I don't think he liked him very much. I encouraged my husband to watch for signs that Loki was getting too excited & about to start mouthing on him ....for example when he was rubbing Loki's fur, to stop the moment he saw Loki's mouth opening near his hand or arm, & to pull his hand slowly away & end the play session. Also I encouraged him to start feeding Loki some favourite bits of food by his hand & to engage in giving commands more. Loki would be well behaved with me, but naughty with my husband. After he started doing these things, him & Loki became much better friends, & now the two of them get on very well & my husband loves him. I often just use hand signals with Loki, so I guess if your trainer thinks your voice is too firm, this is why he is saying not to speak to Snow? Loki is a wonderful puppy now, & I am sure Snow will overcome his issues with correct training, lots of praise & lots of love ....low stimulus too, as some golden puppies can get highly excitable & are then hard to control. We do Timeout for a few mins in his exercise pen when this happens to Loki, to allow him a quiet place to calm down. I think you are doing well with Snow. He is still just a baby.
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THanks Claudia for all usefull staff. La multi ani si-un an nou fericit!

Dwyllis, thanks for your advices also. Yes, the firm voice is the reason he suggested at the begging to use more body language and leach actions, rather then our voice. Actually at the beginning the training was more for us than the puppy )

The commands sit, stay, down were learned by us at 3 months. At training class we are improving them to start working better and better in a distractive environment + behavioural things.
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I`m back again asking for some help.
The training goes well but unfortunately Snow is having some serious health issues caused by eating things "gastroenteritis". Even if we pay a lot of attention he is doing some tricks and he is always getting something in his mouth.


I`m thinking to use Halti or Gentle leader in order to prevent this actions at least for the moment. Which one do you recommand?
He is now 5 month old and unfortunately lost 1.5 Kg ( 18 kg now ).
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Max walks very well with the Gentle Leader.
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Aw Snow... poor boy... the Gentle leader will help, if you have someone who is familiar with them help you get it fitted correctly that will help. It has to be fairly snug to fit properly and so he can't rub it off (chances are he will not like it). Be sure to always give treats when putting it on him to help with the process of getting him used to it. I sure hope he feels better
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Hi,

Snow is getting better.
Thanks for your support!

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