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Forum: Training Theory & Methods 04-15-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,429
Posted By Freestep
Excellent article, thanks for posting. ...

Excellent article, thanks for posting.

"There are far too many cases where great scientific advances were made based on a piece of odd, apparently anomalous or unpopular bit of work that could...
Forum: General Behavior 04-12-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By Freestep
Just to be clear, I'm not asking how to introduce...

Just to be clear, I'm not asking how to introduce a dog to a baby goat.

I'm curious about the drooling and chattering behavior, as I've never seen it in this context before.

I'm guessing it's...
Forum: General Information 04-12-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,455
Posted By Freestep
Boy is that true. I don't do giant breeds...

Boy is that true. I don't do giant breeds anymore, but every Newfie I have ever seen has been a walking pile of mats. They just have so much hair, and the drooling combined with a tendency to...
Forum: General Information 04-12-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,455
Posted By Freestep
Of the giant breeds, it seems that the livestock...

Of the giant breeds, it seems that the livestock guardians (Great Pyrenees, Anatolian Shepherd, Akbash Dog, etc) have the longest life spans and fewest health problems. They have a distinct...
Forum: General Behavior 04-12-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By Freestep
Behavior with baby goat - question

The other day I introduced Ammi to a 4-day-old baby goat. Ammi is a 3 year old GSD, and she has had one litter.

I told her the goat was a BABY and to be gentle. She sniffed and snuffled and...
Forum: General Information 04-12-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,455
Posted By Freestep
I don't think any of the breeds on your list are...

I don't think any of the breeds on your list are particularly healthy breeds. I once spoke to a Dogue owner who said that if you get a Dogue, get a pet insurance policy for him because you WILL need...
Forum: General Information 04-12-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 587
Posted By Freestep
PetEdge.com has a lot of stuff and good prices. ...

PetEdge.com has a lot of stuff and good prices. Depends on what you're looking for, they don't have a lot of "working dog" stuff, but I order a lot of grooming stuff there.
Forum: Stories 04-12-2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,854
Posted By Freestep
I have seen several military dogs with cropped...

I have seen several military dogs with cropped tails, is this why they do it? I always wondered if it was done for a reason, or if the tails had been injured or something.
Forum: Health Issues 04-11-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 323
Posted By Freestep
How often are you bathing this dog? The buildup...

How often are you bathing this dog? The buildup of flakes and dead undercoat looks excessive, and more frequent bathing/brushing with the veterinary shampoo should help rid the skin and coat of this...
Forum: Stories 04-11-2014, 08:10 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,854
Posted By Freestep
You know, for as many times as we all gripe and...

You know, for as many times as we all gripe and moan about how terrible these forums are because of nasty disagreements or whatever... THIS is why we keep coming back. Because where it really...
Forum: General Information 04-10-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By Freestep
If your pup is truly afraid of water, that makes...

If your pup is truly afraid of water, that makes things tough. Some dogs just hate the feeling of getting wet, and I don't know why. Those dogs are always tough to groom; they may never like baths,...
Forum: General Puppy Stuff 04-10-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By Freestep
Use a table or other elevated surface, and tie...

Use a table or other elevated surface, and tie her to something secure so she can't just run off. Be gentle but firm, and let her know that grooming WILL be done. Praise lots when she is good and...
Forum: Equipment (how to use/where to find) 04-10-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By Freestep
Harnesses teach a dog to pull. The worst thing...

Harnesses teach a dog to pull. The worst thing you can do for a pulling dog is slap a harness on him.

There is some speculation that the "Easy Walk" and other front-clip harnesses are causing...
Forum: Basic Care 04-09-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 531
Posted By Freestep
I have several clients that bring their GSDs in...

I have several clients that bring their GSDs in for a monthly bath. Believe me, if I wasn't a groomer myself, I'd be taking my GSDs to a groomer every so often, because doing it at home can be...
Forum: Chat Room 04-08-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 781
Posted By Freestep
The only dog that ever bit me twice was a Lhasa. ...

The only dog that ever bit me twice was a Lhasa. The two bites were years apart. I thought we'd come to an understanding, but he was one of those dogs that was super stoic, up to a point...and...
Forum: Non-Urgent GSD Rescue & Adoption 04-08-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 27,472
Posted By Freestep
As I understand it, roads were closed and planes...

As I understand it, roads were closed and planes were grounded due to weather conditions. It would have been difficult if not impossible for the owners to come pick up their dogs on a moment's...
Forum: Pictures! Pictures! Pictures! 04-08-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,350
Posted By Freestep
It's just semantics. Hair, fur, it's all made...

It's just semantics. Hair, fur, it's all made out of the same stuff. I'm a groomer, so I could be considered an expert on the many different kinds of pet pelage, and I don't care what you call it. ...
Forum: General Information 04-08-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 281
Posted By Freestep
Diatomaceous earth, or a pyrethrin spray, or...

Diatomaceous earth, or a pyrethrin spray, or both. :)
Forum: Chat Room 04-08-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 781
Posted By Freestep
Actually, it's Chows. :) They are the only breed...

Actually, it's Chows. :) They are the only breed I won't even touch.

The problem we see in pet grooming is that most people don't bother to seek out good breeders and well-bred dogs, so the...
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-06-2014, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 781
Posted By Freestep
These quotes pretty much sum up how I feel about...

These quotes pretty much sum up how I feel about it. Recent studies have indicated that some kids that grow up "too clean" have more allergies and immune issues than kids that live with pets, play...
Forum: Non-Urgent GSD Rescue & Adoption 04-06-2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 515
Views: 27,472
Posted By Freestep
Wow. I'm glad to hear from someone who is...

Wow. I'm glad to hear from someone who is directly involved in the matter. So much has been rumored and there is so much disinformation and contradiction by the authorities in this mess, it's been...
Forum: Stories 04-06-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,338
Posted By Freestep
I am so glad that you found this forum and are...

I am so glad that you found this forum and are speaking up. Many of us have been following this story and we can see that there was something fishy going on with this seizure from the start. I am...
Forum: Introductions & Welcome Mat 04-06-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Freestep
Aww, that's sweet. How could you not adopt one? ...

Aww, that's sweet. How could you not adopt one?

The dog is my icon is my dearly departed Luka. I have Ammi now. She is a breeding bitch for a guide dog organization. She's a great dog too.
Forum: Current Dog Affairs 04-05-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 781
Posted By Freestep
Yeah, is there supposed to be something wrong...

Yeah, is there supposed to be something wrong with it?
Forum: Health Issues 04-05-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 79
Posted By Freestep
Neutering/spaying does seem to affect the coat,...

Neutering/spaying does seem to affect the coat, usually making it softer and the undercoat more profuse. Could just be seasonal shedding, if his skin looks good and all his tests came back fine, I...
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