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Forum: Aggression (the good, the bad & the ugly) 03-10-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By billsharp
Good work. Sounds like you are using patience,...

Good work. Sounds like you are using patience, smarts, and understanding, and helping him adjust. Congrats!
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 03-10-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 660
Posted By billsharp
Glad to see you're committed to make it work. I...

Glad to see you're committed to make it work. I assume that means in the best interest of the pups, within reason. If so, can you hire a person to come fill in for you and do what the pups need...
Forum: General Information 02-17-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By billsharp
Your dog looks absolutely, perfectly normal for a...

Your dog looks absolutely, perfectly normal for a GSD. The ears are the right size--this is just that "awkward teenager" stage where they look a little gangly. She will grow into them, and will...
Forum: Health Issues 02-17-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By billsharp
Update: Liesl is doing very well. She is now...

Update:

Liesl is doing very well. She is now 5-6 weeks post op. Her incision healed well. She is now putting about 30-40% weight on the leg. When she walks it is almost perfectly normal, just a...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 01-23-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,981
Posted By billsharp
Since she's a long-hair: Kheratin. :P

Since she's a long-hair:

Kheratin.

:P
Forum: Health Issues 01-22-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By billsharp
UPDATE: Thank you all for the great advice and...

UPDATE: Thank you all for the great advice and perspectives.

We ended up choosing the lateral fabellar repair over TPLO. I was leery of TPLO because I did not want the osteotomy and increased...
Forum: Health Issues 12-11-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By billsharp
Thanks everyone. This has been very helpful. I...

Thanks everyone. This has been very helpful. I think we're going with the TPLO to try and get the best result, and hope that we have no more tears. Regardless, Liesl's days of chasing balls with...
Forum: Health Issues 12-04-2013, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By billsharp
Help! Need advice for torn ACL--surgery or not?

Liesl has torn the ACL in her right rear knee. She has been seen by two vets who independently confirmed this with manipulation of the joint, and she exhibits the classic and well-known signs.

We...
Forum: Health Issues 07-10-2013, 03:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 991
Posted By billsharp
Does the vomitus have the smell or appearance of...

Does the vomitus have the smell or appearance of stool? If so, that may point to an intestinal bacterium. There is an antibiotic used in humans that is not absorbed into the bloodstream but instead...
Forum: General Information 07-09-2013, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,495
Posted By billsharp
Welcome GSDLover! FWIW: I'm your dad's age....

Welcome GSDLover!

FWIW: I'm your dad's age. I was raised to believe dogs (esp big ones like GSDs) had to stay outside. I now have a rescue GSD who stays inside with us AND outside. It works very...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 06-27-2013, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 250
Posted By billsharp
Most GSDs don't like to be carried or placed in a...

Most GSDs don't like to be carried or placed in a submissive position. Unless she's reacting to a specific event like moving a limb or bending her spine (in which case take her to the vet) you might...
Forum: B.A.R.F./Raw Feeding 06-25-2013, 01:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By billsharp
Hey Joshua, I'm very close to you, Kirby@59. I...

Hey Joshua, I'm very close to you, Kirby@59. I use TexasTripe also, nice guy, order on line at his site. Bones2go is great but a long drive out to it, and very pricey IMHO.

Drop me a line some...
Forum: Puppy Behavior 06-12-2013, 04:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,796
Posted By billsharp
Too funny! Nope, Liesl never sleeps like...

Too funny!

Nope, Liesl never sleeps like that. I find it interesting that most of you believe that most of your GSDs do. This never would have occurred to me.
Forum: General Behavior 06-12-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By billsharp
I applaud your attention to this and desire to...

I applaud your attention to this and desire to take it easy at first--better safe than sorry!

The quoted sentences seem to me to indicate an opportunity for you to help the dog bond appropriately...
Forum: General Information 06-10-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,712
Posted By billsharp
These are hilarious! Great thread! Liesl: ...

These are hilarious! Great thread!

Liesl:
1. Starts turning prematurely toward the door when I put on her leash for walks.
2. Sits and stares at me with her nose 3 inches from my face when I...
Forum: General Behavior 06-10-2013, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By billsharp
My concern is that your dog may not realize that...

My concern is that your dog may not realize that you and your sons are above him in the pack hierarchy. He is getting to do what he wants when he is out of the crate. What happens when he decides it...
Forum: Basic Care 05-28-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,351
Posted By billsharp
H&M I'm feeling your pain. Or, rather, my dog is...

H&M I'm feeling your pain. Or, rather, my dog is feeling your dog's pain.

Here in Houston it is already in the upper 90's. A few chases of a ball and a few blocks and poor Liesl is dragging from...
Forum: General Behavior 05-22-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By billsharp
Lou, same here. Liesl is very skittish of...

Lou, same here. Liesl is very skittish of strangers who approach her bent over, full eye contact, hand out to pet. But people who just ignore her, approach and stand up straight, and exchange a few...
Forum: Training Theory & Methods 05-21-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,137
Posted By billsharp
I use an ecollar only (1) as a long leash and (2)...

I use an ecollar only (1) as a long leash and (2) to create an unpleasant association with a bad behavior to break the bad behavior.

(1) As a long leash, the collar will NOT make the dog "obey"....
Forum: Basic Care 05-19-2013, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By billsharp
Thanks Freestep! That makes a lot of sense, I...

Thanks Freestep! That makes a lot of sense, I appreciate the advice.
Forum: Stories 05-17-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,399
Posted By billsharp
My thoughts exactly. Sure, the other owner was...

My thoughts exactly. Sure, the other owner was dumb. But you had enough clues to avoid this. Flex lead? Harness? "STAYYYY?" When I see this I give them wide berth, problem solved.
Forum: Basic Care 05-17-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By billsharp
Need some guidance on brushing with Furminator

We just invested in a Furminator and Oh Em Gee, I have never seen so much hair come off of one dog! We are overjoyed to be removing so much.

My question: How much should we brush? We brush every...
Forum: Introductions & Welcome Mat 05-14-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 567
Posted By billsharp
Awesome looking dog. The floppy ears give him a...

Awesome looking dog. The floppy ears give him a cool, laid-back look. I'd choose for him a tie-dyed scarf rather than the studded white leather collar for everyday wear, save the studded collar for...
Forum: In Loving Memory 04-29-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,498
Posted By billsharp
So sorry to hear this. I wonder if it wasn't...

So sorry to hear this.

I wonder if it wasn't a blessing in disguise. A sire prone to that type of violence against multiple pups just isn't right. I too question whether he should have been bred....
Forum: Chat Room 04-29-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,507
Posted By billsharp
Research those Canon SX models carefully. I have...

Research those Canon SX models carefully. I have one that is about 4 years old (SX200?) and it takes great pix BUT... it has a defect where the battery contacts get weak and don't firmly connect the...
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