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Old 11-30-2012, 03:53 PM
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. Tell me that he will outgrow this??
Welcome to the teenager club Lorie! Floyd will outgrown this, but if he is anything like mine it might be a while...like a year or so!!
Bryley is my 4th GR, all males, and he is by far the most active and energetic of the bunch!
I would love to see a picture of Floyd!

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Old 11-30-2012, 04:41 PM
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Yes Lorie, you sound just like I was a year ago! My girl was great in puppy class and couldn't pay attention for anything in obedience. She is much better now, keep practicing!
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Only 19 more shopping days until Christmas. Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a fun Saturday going to our local botanical gardens that were decorated for Christmas and managed to get a nice Christmas picture of both the girls. We can mark that off our things to do list. I got all my Christmas cards so that is another thing done. Jesse and Tayla had a fun time at the botanical gardens and the attached Heritage Village which has some old Florida homes from the early pioneer times and a little later set up with their Christmas finest. Lots of socialization opportunities for Tayla. Several people stopped to pet her and many were kids. She is not a dog that is overly excited about people. She just sits and lets them pet her but she doesn’t get all excited and jump on anyone which is fine with me. So they were out walking about 1.5 hours. Jesse, our 15 year old did fine with it as it was a slow walk and Tayla had a nice outing although it didn’t really tire her out. Sunday she was a typical puppy all day getting into everything. She is just a big “galoot” as my SIL called her greyhound. Tayla just hasn’t figured out she is way too big to be a lap dog all the time. She thinks she can just jump up on your lap and you should be fine with her 60 lbs. pressed against you. We are working hard on keeping her from doing that, but so far our success rate is less than perfect. She actually had a few time outs as Rick wasn’t feeling well and she was just being a pain in the butt all day. Oh, well she is just a year old so I think we have some time yet before she will have more settled days than puppy days. I hope everyone has a great week with your teenagers.
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Our weekend was a little bit boring, because Tucker was confined to home. Doctor wants him to not run for a week, to see if there's any soreness in his joints that might have caused his mood swing of a few days ago. I think it was the steroid but am glad he's being thorough.

We took Bella to the dog park a couple times. She's getting better at being out without Tucker, although she's still a bit anxious with all the other dogs. She's getting better each time we go. Tess has perked up with new meds, but is still coughing bit. Right now Bella's asleep at my feet, and Tucker is getting X-rays to see if he swallowed pins when he chewed up my pincushion. When we showed up at the vet's office, the receptionist said, "Oh, Tucker!" He's becoming a regular over there.

Tucker's modd seems to have improved. He took the last steroid pill yesterday (doctor tapered him off them over three days). He was more playful today, although still a bit grumpy-ish.

Life is not boring at our house.
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Hi everyone, welcome new people!

Here is an update on Guybrush the some times horrible some times beautiful dog.

He has really calmed down these last few months, we still can't walk him on a flat collar, he just feels the need to pull and bounce and twirl! But he is much calmer in the house not jumping up on us unless we say the command. He just gets a little over the top when playing with the foster cat, they love each other but he weights 32kgs and she ways 4kgs so a bit of a difference there, and with the less than a kg kittens getting underfoot we really have to watch the play.

He is doing okay in class but has developed a fasination wth black poodles doesn't matter the size or gender. A couple of weeks ago we were doing 3 metre recall after a 30 second stay with leads on the ground and after 25 seconds he broke the stay and ran right for the 2 poodles just to see what they were doing, since then he has to stay where he can't see them so as not to be distracted, but all the other dogs in the class stayed right where they were so the instructer was quite impressed with everyone else. Guybrush is the class clown actually he shares that position with Alto the 4 year old black labrador who thinks he is a puppy. Just like our goldens, labradors never grow up.

We had our Christmas wind up at dog training, Guybrush wore his special christmas bandanna and our instructor loved him, we turned up 40 minutes late with me being on crutches, partner still recovering from dog bite (looking much better, only missing part of the tip of his index finger and some scarring on his palm), getting the foster kittens and their mum in their bedroom! We had lots of fun playing doggy games and winning prizes. We won first place in the raffle, our instructor had baked a lovely Christmas cake it was delicious! And all the dogs got treat bags from Santa.

Today was a big day, Guybrush went to the vets to be neutered. My partner took him and his cat sister (she needed a tooth removed) to our vets at 8am on his waay to work. I had a boring day lounging around in bed with ice packs on my knee and kittens running around. At 5pm the kittens went to their room and my partner went to pick up my poor boy. He looked miserable wearing his cone of shame and being a bit wonky on his feet, he has never worn an elisabethian collar before so he's having trouble navigating around the walls and doors. He hasn't figured out how to eat or drink with it on yet so we are helping him with that. Looks like he will be spending the night in his crate which he hasn't done for a few months. He seems very confused when we taking him outside for bathroom breaks he thinks about going then just sits down, he knows something is not quite right.

Hopefully this will stop some of his male behaviour, such as getting a little too close with his many female admirers, and hopefully it will stop random people asking us to breed him with their backyard breed dogs. I just hope it will help calm his teenage hormonal behaviour!

wow quite the update! I have to go stop my poor dog from running into walls! Poor thing.
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Awol...

Hi all... especially Jay, your partner and Guybrush -- I hope everyone feels much better soon.

Maisie is doing well with much improved walking behavior. I've been struggling with almost daily migraines so have been checking the board every so often, but not posting as my PC time has been limited.

She and I just started working on two new tricks today, trying to get them together before DD returns home from college next week. Maisie is doing really well with "Crawl" on her belly -- looks like a commando GR, very silly. She's not as good yet at the other, jumping over my bent knee -- she's still trying to sneak underneath (That's what inspired me to teach her to crawl).

And I've been doing some shopping for some doggy Christmas presents -- how about you all?
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I confess all we've done lately is maintenance stuff with the dogs--no training. Bella really needs it. Overall she does very well. Is somewhat excitable, and really needs work on her leash. She gets spayed next week so I'm really hoping to have time then to walk her. She's turned into a wonderful retriever--loves to get the ball and now consistently return it to me.

Tucker seems to be pretty much out of adolescence. I hope I didn't jinx myself by saying that! . He's still very playful though and he and Bella do bitey face for what seems like hours.

Jay--hope you and yours are all mended soon. Jill--I love the crawling trick. You should tell us how you taught it.
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Wow Jill coinciedence or what Guybrush has been learning to crawl aswell! And he is learning twirl (turn around clockwise) and circle (turn anti clockwise)
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Tricks Book...

Jay -- too funny that Guybrush and Maisie are both learning to crawl on command! I plan to teach her to circle and reverse, too, but felt they were too hard to accomplish in the week I had before DD arrives home.

Kathleen -- so far, teaching crawl has been easy. You put your dog in a down and get on the floor in front of her/him (a carpeted surface or grass is best). Put a yummy treat in your hand and pull it in front of the dog's nose while saying, "C-r-a-w-l," in a calm, long, drawn out way. Give the treat if the dog stays down and moves along on her/his belly. If s/he pops out of down, re-position. After the dog does this reliably, you stand up and move about 3 or 4 feet in front of the dog, placing a treat under your foot. Lift your foot and give the crawl command. Allow your dog to retrieve the treat by crawling up to your foot. If you're big on signal-only commands, you can move on to only the foot signal, eliminating the voice command. How are you teaching it, Jay?

I've been using Kyra Sundance's "101 Dog Tricks" book and finding it really good. It has photos for all the tricks -- she has a Weimaraner named Chalcy -- and does all the tricks in a step-wise approach. And, the tricks are rated easy, medium, advanced so you know what you're getting into. It's in paperback, about $15 or so on Amazon.

How's everyone doing with Christmas trees this year? Maisie did well last year at 6 months. We took her along to pick out the tree this year -- boy, was that an adventure! So many smells!! She picked a beautiful Douglas Fir. It's up, but not decorated. We'll put all the wooden and other unbreakable ornaments at the bottom again.
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That sounds fun. I may have to get that book.

Our Xmas has been greatly delayed. My sister and I recently sold our parents' home of many years and cleaned out the cupboards, garage, etc. Right after (during, really), my DD got a really nasty cold then I caught it. We are just now getting out heads "above water." We bought our tree, and it's been in a bucket on the front porch for four days!
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