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03-15-2014 07:58 PM
RubyTuesday On the chew sprays, years ago a trainer told me it's important to spray once inside the dogs mouth to create the necessary aversion. She said if that's not done many dogs will chew despite the bad flavor/smell & once they do that they will acclimate themselves to the taste. It makes sense to me though I've never used those sprays.

Gonzo, my cat used to chew through printer cables back when they cost $20 each. I found that if I sprayed the cables with citrus scented air freshener he'd leave them alone, however I had to spray them every 2-3 days for it to be effective.

My animals, both feline & canine, have all disliked the smell of citrus, so I use it on things/places I'd rather they steered clear of. I enjoy the smell of citrus & truly wonder why this one smell has been universally disliked by 'em. Roll in dead fish, YESSSS! A whiff of lime, noooooo. *shrug*I just don't get it.
03-15-2014 06:15 PM
loulabelle23
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How utterly and completely your priorities change, once they enter your life

1) You like sleeping in? Yeah, not happening any longer. The pup's up-and-at 'em by 5 in the morning

2) You don't like being out-and-about in inclement weather? Too bad. Flaming frogs could be falling from the sky, the pup still needs exercise, or they'll be bouncing off the walls by dinnertime.

3) Social life? Now it gets planned around the pup's schedule. No more Friday night happy hours, since they interfere with the pup's obedience class.

4) You take pride in your appearance? It's a rare day I make it to work without a muddy paw print, gobs of hair, or some other 'goodbye' present from my girl. (Plus, she likes to steal one from every pair of shoes she can get and hide them around the house. In her mind that might stop me from leaving Found one in the bathtub this morning.

What you get in return? The most wonderful, loving, loyal, amazing friend and companion imaginable, and a happier, richer life.
This is sooo true I love it


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03-12-2014 09:59 PM
Saphire
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1. How important it is to find a reputable breeder.

2. How difficult it can be to differentiate between a reputable breeder and the not so reputable breeder.

3. How it should be normal for a GSD to not itch and scratch.

4. Why a GSD should be able to walk up and down stairs without fear of injury or risk of HD.

5. The benefits of feeding RAW.

6. Diarrhea is not normal for a GSD.

7. As someone else mentioned, losing one of these guys is beyond gut wrenching.

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03-12-2014 09:51 PM
Saphire See below..
03-12-2014 09:30 PM
Daisyline
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would you consider a male? one of the females in 'our litter' is blind. our first choice was to take a female but we couldn't wait any longer & decided on a male. as long as the pups are from a good breeder, there's not much difference. good luck...we've been there!

We are ironically talking back and forth with a breeder about a 10week old male. Breeder says supper cuddle big and medium drive good for house dog


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03-11-2014 01:48 PM
bemcp818
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We just got crushing news. Our little girl won't be coming home. The first pick who wanted a male changed their mind once they arrived and chose our girl. And because they had first pick there is nothing we can do. Even though we were told that she was available. I truly can't say how crushed we are. She was the only one out of her litter we wanted. I'm just so stunned I would have never thought this would have happened.
would you consider a male? one of the females in 'our litter' is blind. our first choice was to take a female but we couldn't wait any longer & decided on a male. as long as the pups are from a good breeder, there's not much difference. good luck...we've been there!
03-09-2014 10:09 PM
Daisyline We just got crushing news. Our little girl won't be coming home. The first pick who wanted a male changed their mind once they arrived and chose our girl. And because they had first pick there is nothing we can do. Even though we were told that she was available. I truly can't say how crushed we are. She was the only one out of her litter we wanted. I'm just so stunned I would have never thought this would have happened.
03-06-2014 06:24 PM
wolfy dog What I never anticipated is that from the time you live with a GSD all other breeds come in second. I planned on having several different breeds but not anymore ever since WD came into my life.
03-06-2014 05:22 PM
glowingtoadfly Two is better than one.
03-06-2014 04:47 PM
Daisyline
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Beautiful puppy you have there! I am also getting my puppy home in 2 weeks (3/18)! We both are so excited to have our furry friends coming home! I need to puppy proof my place!
Let me know what you do to help puppy proof so I can see if I forgot anything.
So far I have black lighted all my rugs to make sure no old pee stains from my other pup ( 4yo min pin) was still around. The pheromones in pee stains can cause the puppy to learn to pee there. Just took my other pup to the vet to make sure she is all update on shots to keep my little gsd healthy. Went around with a pooper scooper and picked up all the deer and bear poop in my yard. ( can cause parasites if ingested by the pup) and this weekend we will be setting up outdoor play pen.
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