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Old 12-27-2013, 11:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jasper is almost 5 months old and I take him out frequently for all different experiences. I have noticed this odor twice. The first time was when we went to the park and he was leashed for the first time and hated it. It is a strong offensive musky, fishy odor. I actually thought he just got into something in the grass and gave him a bath when we got home. Today, he followed me out into the pasture and after playing with the horses by running circles around them,our gelding Gandolph trotted after him playfully and scared Jasper into a full run to get to the other side of the fence. Again, the smell! It is definitely a smell brought on by fear. Gandolph wouldn't go back to the pasture until they touched noses through the fence, I think he felt bad for scaring him but after a whiff of him he even snorted a few times to get the smell out of his nose....its bad!
Is is anal glands? Is there anything I can do to eliminate the odor?
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow, I never have heard of this. It will be interesting to hear the opinions of others on here.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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anal glands expressing themselves.
What are you feeding? And I'd be working on confidence building.
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Old 12-28-2013, 12:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup. Anal glands!!! Fear response. No way to stop it. Except to get rid if the fear. If your pup is so scared it's blowing it's anal glands, then you need to step back and try again. It's never a good thing or appropriate in training.


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If you haven't gotten started with training, locate a good trainer and explain the responses your pup is having to new stimuli. Maybe even start with private classes to begin with. Along with your pup being trained, you will be trained as well how to work him through new experiences without pushing the pup over his threshold. For some dogs, this can escalate into major problems down the road, get ahead of it now.
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Extract them and work on confidence building
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lots of information - https://www.google.ca/?gws_rd=cr&ei=...nal+gland+fear
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Extract them and work on confidence building
?? extract them? You mean express them? They obviously aren't impacted if the dog is blowing them out of fear.
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?? extract them? You mean express them? They obviously aren't impacted if the dog is blowing them out of fear.
Yeah express them..dont get upset with my comment..it wasnt ment to ruffle feathers and cause problems.
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Not upset, no reason to express them, dogs do it naturally on their own...and in this case the dog is doing it out of fear. When you post extract them, that means removal, that is why I questioned your response.
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