For Dog Lovers.... Part 3 - Page 35 - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Lypton Village > Lemonade Stand
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-05-2009, 10:23 AM   #511
Blue Crack Addict
 
U2Fanatic4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: nowhere..........man
Posts: 20,254
Local Time: 07:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheFly2U View Post
OH, Gracie is so beautiful! Please promise to post more pictures of her as she grows up!
you bet I will! And thanks! Blue was a beauty too!
__________________

__________________
U2Fanatic4ever is offline  
Old 04-06-2009, 12:57 AM   #512
Blue Crack Addict
 
Reggo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 26,990
Local Time: 05:04 PM
You guys remember that 6-pound heeler puppy I showed you about two weeks ago?

Well, he's about 20 pounds now, twice as tall and long. How does a puppy grow that much in two weeks?!
__________________

__________________
Reggo is offline  
Old 04-06-2009, 01:13 AM   #513
ONE
love, blood, life
 
indra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 12,689
Local Time: 07:04 PM
^

Speaking of heelers, here's quite a little survival tale.


Quote:
A canine castaway lost at sea five months ago has been reunited with her owners after washing up on an island off the central Queensland coast and living off goats and koalas.


Jan and Dave Griffith were devastated when their Australian cattle dog, Sophie Tucker, fell overboard in choppy waters off Mackay in late November, while the trio were on a boat trip to Scawfeld Island.

"We hit a rough patch and when we turned around the dog was gone," Ms Griffith said.

"We were able to back track to look for her, but because it was a grey day, we just couldn't find her and we searched for well over an hour.

"We thought that once she had hit the water she would have been gone because the wake from the boat was so big."

Unbeknown to the Griffiths, their hardy hound swam five nautical miles to St Bees Island, where she hunted wild baby goats and koalas.

The hardy pooch, named after the famous 20th century Vaudeville star, was last week reunited with her family after rangers captured what they believed was a wild dog.

Ms Griffith said she contacted Marine Parks and Wildlife after learning from friends that rangers had captured Sophie Tucker, who was by then infamous on the island.

"She was seen on St Bee's looking pretty poor and then all of a sudden she started to look good and that was when they discovered she was eating baby goats," Ms Griffith said.

"She had become quite wild and vicious. She wouldn't let anyone go near her or touch her. She wouldn't take food from anyone.

"There are many theories...some say she drifted with current first to Keswick Island where there is a small community, but that when people tried to approach her she ran away and then swam to St Bees where she lived off the island's population of wild goats.

Marine Parks and Wildlife staff had told Ms Griffith that along with goats, Sophie Tucker had eaten koalas to stay alive.


The story has shocked animal experts.

RSPCA vet Vicki Lomax said Sophie Tucker's breed and her level of fitness had no doubt contributed to her survival.

"I've never heard anything like it, it's truly remarkable," Dr Lomax told brisbanetimes.com.au.

"Cattle dogs are probably the most suited type of dog to survive something like this, but it would have been a major ordeal for her.

"Five nautical miles is an incredibly big distance to swim for any type of dog and I dare say the current would have helped her along a bit, but is lucky she hasn't been taken by a shark.

"If this had been a Pomeranian, I don't think it would have been a happy ending - it's hair would probably have been too heavy."

Dr Lomax said pet dogs could turn feral and become aggressive very quickly as basic survival instincts kicked in, citing the example of Hurricane Katrina in the US, when many of the city's pets went wild and were left to starve.

"As soon as they see their owners, though, they return to normal behaviour."

Ms Griffith said Sophie Tucker had been quick to embrace her now easier existence - complete with air conditioning and a normal doggy diet.

"It's just like she's never been away. I put my sandshoes on and she goes and sits beside the lead," she said.

"It's just amazing."
And a pic of Sophie



link
__________________
indra is offline  
Old 04-06-2009, 08:32 PM   #514
Babyface
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 1
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Aw, so many lovely fur kids! Here is my wild child. She's a 8 (almost 9 yikes!) year old Australian Shepherd named Jenna.

__________________
IrishSpartan is offline  
Old 04-06-2009, 09:13 PM   #515
Blue Crack Addict
 
The Sad Punk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: VEGA INTL NITE SKOOL
Posts: 28,691
Local Time: 08:34 AM
She's gorgeous, IS!

Quote:
Originally Posted by indra View Post
^

Speaking of heelers, here's quite a little survival tale.




And a pic of Sophie



link
I heard about that today! I was tempted to post it myself. Great story, and another reason why heelers are awesome.
__________________
The Sad Punk is offline  
Old 04-06-2009, 10:50 PM   #516
Rock n' Roll Doggie
ALL ACCESS
 
Justin24's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: San Mateo
Posts: 6,716
Local Time: 04:04 PM
Sleeping and Snoring!
__________________
Justin24 is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 02:28 AM   #517
Blue Crack Overdose
Get me off the internetz!
 
Carek1230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: wishing I was somewhere else....
Posts: 114,480
Local Time: 03:04 PM
I woke her up taking the picture

__________________
Carek1230 is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 08:28 AM   #518
ONE
love, blood, life
 
JCOSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: It's a very, very mad world.
Posts: 14,971
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by IrishSpartan View Post
Aw, so many lovely fur kids! Here is my wild child. She's a 8 (almost 9 yikes!) year old Australian Shepherd named Jenna.

Gorgeous! Love those dogs!
__________________
JCOSTER is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 08:33 AM   #519
ONE
love, blood, life
 
JCOSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: It's a very, very mad world.
Posts: 14,971
Local Time: 06:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by U2Fanatic4ever View Post
Thefly2U,
I love your pics of blue what a handsome boy he was.! I don't blame ya for missing him so. Looks like he had a great life!

I have a 7 month old chocolate Lab named Gracie..

here she is recently at a leash free dog park







in the snow




My parents have a chocolate lab and we call him a big chocolate kiss. He's really a small pony!
__________________
JCOSTER is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 08:43 AM   #520
ONE
love, blood, life
 
JCOSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: It's a very, very mad world.
Posts: 14,971
Local Time: 06:04 PM
My big boy Riley:





__________________
JCOSTER is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 11:43 AM   #521
Blue Crack Addict
 
Reggo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 26,990
Local Time: 05:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Sad Punk View Post
She's gorgeous, IS!



I heard about that today! I was tempted to post it myself. Great story, and another reason why heelers are awesome.
Yes, but how do you teach them not to bite? I've established myself as alpha, but he still tries to bite me, and especially, my 6-year-old brother, who has autism. We're getting fed up. To the point where we're thinking about getting a muzzle.
__________________
Reggo is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 03:25 PM   #522
Blue Crack Addict
 
U2Fanatic4ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: nowhere..........man
Posts: 20,254
Local Time: 07:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JCOSTER View Post
My big boy Riley:





wow.. riley is so handsome! I love goldens. Almost got a golden. When I was growing up we had a irish setter/golden retriever mix. She was all irish setter (body shape) except for a slightly longer coat and she had a golden retriever head.. Loved her such a sweet dog she was. If I ever find a pic i'll post it.
__________________
U2Fanatic4ever is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 04:00 PM   #523
ONE
love, blood, life
 
JCOSTER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: It's a very, very mad world.
Posts: 14,971
Local Time: 06:04 PM
He's the best...the only problem is he thinks he's a Yorkie and likes to try and get on your lap!
__________________
JCOSTER is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 04:27 PM   #524
ONE
love, blood, life
 
indra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 12,689
Local Time: 07:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reggo View Post
Yes, but how do you teach them not to bite? I've established myself as alpha, but he still tries to bite me, and especially, my 6-year-old brother, who has autism. We're getting fed up. To the point where we're thinking about getting a muzzle.
Zeke is generally very good but when he gets excited he will sometimes nip. I just tell him no -- firmly and definitely. If he stops nipping I continue with what I'm doing (usually petting or playing with him). If he doesn't stop, the game or petting is over and I walk away and ignore him. Usually if he doesn't stop it's because he's very wound up. Walking away and ignoring him (giving him a time-out, if you will) allows him to come back down from his little doggie adrenalin high and start to think again. The urge to nip is bred into heelers and they can be very mouthy, so it is something you have to be aware of and continuously work to control. Luckily heelers are smart dogs, so if you are consistent, fair and firm (not harsh) they learn what they are supposed to do quickly.

And Zeke got loads of chew toys and squeaky rope toys he could bite and shake when he was young. He still loves the squeaky rope toys. That way he has something he's allowed to release his urge to bite on. (and that was a really poor sentence... )

Good luck with your little fellow!
__________________
indra is offline  
Old 04-07-2009, 05:52 PM   #525
Blue Crack Addict
 
Liesje's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: In the dog house
Posts: 19,557
Local Time: 06:04 PM
With Nikon's biting (GSDs puppies are commonly referred to as "landsharks" and known for being a lot mouthier than most dogs), I had sort of a threefold approach. 1) if I he did bite inappropriately, I'd give a firm "no" and if he did not stop, I would grab and hold his muzzle for a few seconds, release it, and then ignore him completely for about 10 seconds (the squealing "ow!" thing did not work with him, nor does pressure on the bottom or roof of the mouth). 2) I made sure to have plenty of chews and chew toys available so he always has an outlet for chewing, and 3) I don't act in ways that encourage biting. I see this the worse with kids, they are loud, high pitched, and move quickly in jerky motions, all things that = prey to a dog. I don't allow people to dangle their hands/fingers over my dogs' heads, no waving around and rubbing all over the dog so he gets worked up and fixates on hands.

Make sure the dog gets enough exercise like walking, fetch, tug, playing with other dogs so that when he's playing with humans, he doesn't get so worked up he's going into prey drive.

Biting like this is not really a dominance thing, it's a puppy/young dog behavior. It really needs to be taught out of the dog and EVERY person needs to be consistent, that's probably why the dog is better with you than with others. A muzzle will solve the "problem", but not really b/c this does not teach the dog anything. Some puppies are just much worse with being mouthy than others (and some breeds are generally much more work), but it really must be taught and dealt with or it will become a big problem later. My uncle has a working retriever that was never taught not to mouth and now he has a 4 year old, adult dog that can seriously hurt and scare people even though to her, it's just puppy play. Typically, the younger a dog is removed from its litter, the more time it takes to overcome the mouthiness. Dogs learn bite inhibition from their siblings (not their mother).
__________________

__________________
Liesje is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com