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post #3976 of 3998
Condolences all.
I've certainly enjoyed reading about all the various dogs and feel some small sense of personal connection to them because of it.
Edited by NorCal - 1/16/16 at 9:59am
post #3977 of 3998
This is a noob questions and the answer is "don't do it then" but I wanted your opinions on my dogs extreme discomfort with a particular action.

My my dog is laying dog she does not like for anyone to put any weight on her body, albeit a hug from behind or a put your head on her back, especially from behind. She dislikes it so much she will growl (I know thats a good thing instead of biting) and even snap a little while getting up to get out of the situation.

We've had her since she was 7 weeks and don't really understand where this apprehension has came from. We have nieces and nephews around, and she is perfectly great with them, but do not want that behavior to continue. I called in an animial behavorist and he told me not to do it, which I already know, but I was hoping to train her to either be ok with it or just walk away without the growling or snapping theatrics.
post #3978 of 3998
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Originally Posted by djblisk View Post

This is a noob questions and the answer is "don't do it then" but I wanted your opinions on my dogs extreme discomfort with a particular action.

My my dog is laying dog she does not like for anyone to put any weight on her body, albeit a hug from behind or a put your head on her back, especially from behind. She dislikes it so much she will growl (I know thats a good thing instead of biting) and even snap a little while getting up to get out of the situation.

We've had her since she was 7 weeks and don't really understand where this apprehension has came from. We have nieces and nephews around, and she is perfectly great with them, but do not want that behavior to continue. I called in an animial behavorist and he told me not to do it, which I already know, but I was hoping to train her to either be ok with it or just walk away without the growling or snapping theatrics.

How old?

I'm thinking pain or dominance issues.
post #3979 of 3998
From the archives: Northern Michigan. The two deerhounds were chomping at the bit to get out in the 6' fenced area (about 1/2 acre). Unbeknown to me a whitetail had gotten in and suffered a broken neck for its trouble.

post #3980 of 3998
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

How old?

I'm thinking pain or dominance issues.

1 year old. I highly doubt it is pain.
post #3981 of 3998
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Originally Posted by djblisk View Post

1 year old. I highly doubt it is pain.

There are a few experts on this thread who can no doubt shed some light on this behavior for you. My 2 cts. for what it's worth.

I do know that laying your head on a dog can be perceived as submissiveness by the dog and can get you a growl or a nip. If that's the case it is past time for you to address the issue before a kid gets bit.
Really should not be a big deal, depending on your dog's temperament - brutality is not required - but you do need to address it. I had a similar issue with a deerhound and my current beast, pictured in my avatar, and it was a pretty quick fix.

Good luck.
post #3982 of 3998
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Originally Posted by jhcam8 View Post

There are a few experts on this thread who can no doubt shed some light on this behavior for you. My 2 cts. for what it's worth.

I do know that laying your head on a dog can be perceived as submissiveness by the dog and can get you a growl or a nip. If that's the case it is past time for you to address the issue before a kid gets bit.
Really should not be a big deal, depending on your dog's temperament - brutality is not required - but you do need to address it. I had a similar issue with a deerhound and my current beast, pictured in my avatar, and it was a pretty quick fix.

Good luck.

Agreed. Hence a discussion of the issue.
post #3983 of 3998
Thread Starter 

djblisk, this could be many things and range from insignificant to serious. It's really tough for anyone to offer advice over the internet, so I would seek a professional evaluation.

 

A buddy lost his best rat hunter this weekend in a freak hunting accident. Here the Terrierman offers a few kind words after the eulogy.

 

http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-terrier-that-truly-lived.html

 

lefty

post #3984 of 3998
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

djblisk, this could be many things and range from insignificant to serious. It's really tough for anyone to offer advice over the internet, so I would seek a professional evaluation.

A buddy lost his best rat hunter this weekend in a freak hunting accident. Here the Terrierman offers a few kind words after the eulogy.

http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2016/01/a-terrier-that-truly-lived.html

lefty

Yah. Thanks Lefty, I'll probably take her to a behaviorist to see what that person says.
post #3985 of 3998
Thread Starter 

And take that info with a grain of salt. It's probably something minor.

 

lefty

post #3986 of 3998
^Sad to read about your pal's terrier Grumpy. Losing a great working dog like that must be a good deal harder than just losing an ordinary companion dog, although that's hard enough, as I can testify from all too much bitter experience.
post #3987 of 3998
Thread Starter 

Yeah, he's pretty broken up. It was a good dog.

 

 

lefty

post #3988 of 3998
Anyone dealt with a dog with a heart murmur? Came across this guy the other day:
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5487y3

As mentioned a while back, fiancée wants a puppy. I'm interested in adding a second dog, but not yet 100% convinced on becoming a two dog household. That said, I work from home, we've got a nice yard, and I think we could give this guy a great life for the few years he's got (+ my fiancée gets the puppy she wants, and I get a two dog trial for a few years vs likely ~6-8 - current dog is 7).

Obviously we'd end up attached and likely only have a short time with him, so that sucks. But I'm curious:

1. How accurate are vet estimates for lifespan of dogs with these conditions?
2. Is he likely to get over exerted playing with my current dog (who still plays as if she's a puppy)?
3. How likely am I to get saddled with insane vet costs? Is this the sort of thing where he's on medication and he lasts as long as he lasts, or are we going to end up facing a decision in a few years around whether to drop a few grand to eke out another year (or whatever the timeline may be?)
4. Any other effects of his condition that I may not be taking into account? For example, would it be likely to have any impact on his temperament?

I'd take him to my vet before doing anything, but curious what this thread has to say.

Edit - pics aren't working, ad says dog has a heart murmur, is on inexpensive meds, is 6 months old, has 2-3 years with his condition.
Edited by dcg - 3/20/16 at 2:56pm
post #3989 of 3998
Thread Starter 

There are varying degrees of heart murmurs and all kinds of causes. Find out what the dog actually has. A friend's Boxer had a moderate murmur and lived a great life until it dropped dead one day. 2-3 years sounds like a pretty severe diagnosis. 

 

As to the decision to spend money on an ill dog, there are two thoughts that have always stuck with me.

 

1) dogs don't have the expectation of tomorrow (as we know it)

 

2) you put a dog down when there's something left of him other than his wounds

 

Sorry I can't be any more help.

 

lefty

post #3990 of 3998
This is Raphael six weeks old originally called Hulk as was the biggest pup in the litter. My son brought him home last night six weeks old pure bred staffie. Raphael came from the TMNT I forgot how hard it is to photograph a puppy.

Our last dog Elmo was a lab staff cross and got to 15 and 1/2 before we had to send him West 15 months ago. One of the worst days of my life.

Last weekend a friend showed me photos of a lab/staffie who was a couple of years old in the suburb next to ours the resemblance is uncanny, looks like he sowed some wild oats unbeknownst to us.
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