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Offline GoingMyWay

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #90 on: August 05, 2018, 09:21 PM »
Yeah, he started with a black nose, but by the second spring, the black nose never returned. 

I hope Parker doesn't lose his black nose!  His is just sooooo cute, I love it!!

Every time we have brought a new dog into our home - now up to 6 over the years - I have had to housebreak them.  Yes, as Tinker says, it can be done in a matter of days if you devote yourself to the task at hand.

Matter of days??  It really seemed hopeless for us for the first 6 months, but finally it seems like he's housebroken.

Our daughter had a Cairn Terrier. He was a wanderer and very time she brought him to our house (she lived in D.C. area) she would spend a lot of time searching the neighborhood to find him.  The fun part of her visits was when Murphy would play soccer on our driveway.  He would spend hours pushing a soccer ball to the top of our driveway, run full speed back to the bottom to trap the ball before it would get to the road. push the ball back up the driveway to run back down to the bottom and do it all over again.  We would throw sticks or balls for him, but he would never bring them back to us. His thing was soccer.  Somehow, he never let the ball get to the road. He never ran into the road when playing his solitary soccer game. nobody taught him. He just figured the whole thing out all by himself. He was a fiesty but fun little dog. He had a perpetual smile.
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I had always thought that labs and golden retreivers would automatically fetch something that you threw, but then I learned that's not always the case.  Fortunately, Parker seems to like to retrieve pretty much anything we throw.  I just wish our house was longer or I could throw the ball farther in the dog park to really work him to the max.  He never seems to be tired!

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #91 on: August 06, 2018, 11:05 AM »

I hope Parker doesn't lose his black nose!  His is just sooooo cute, I love it!!

I just wish our house was longer or I could throw the ball farther in the dog park to really work him to the max.  He never seems to be tired!

The more sunshine he gets, the less his nose will lighten up.

Purchase a Chuckit, you'll be able to launch that tennis ball over 200 feet. They come in various lengths that will launch the ball various distances. A shorter one for city lots and a longer one for the parks.  [big grin]

https://www.chewy.com/chuckit-classic-launcher-color/dp/38347?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Chuckit%21&utm_term=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlJz2stbY3AIVFMRkCh2Q1w5AEAQYASABEgLFRPD_BwE

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #92 on: August 06, 2018, 11:34 AM »
More sunshine is better - that's interesting.  I'd have thought the nose might "fade" from the sun.  We don't take him out that long - he doesn't really like walking on a leash that much.

Thanks for that suggestion.  We actually purchased the 26M Chuckit from a local pet store a while back.  We haven't had a chance to use it because it's been too hot outside and/or seemingly non-stop rain.  I hope to get out there and use it soon.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #93 on: August 06, 2018, 11:40 AM »
More sunshine is better - that's interesting.  I'd have thought the nose might "fade" from the sun. 

That's the reason it's called "Winter Nose" because most dogs are kept inside more of the time in the winter and the days are shorter.

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #94 on: August 06, 2018, 12:25 PM »
It's not a problem if his nose turns.  It's more important to give him the outlets he needs and for physical exercise it's hard to do that indoors without driving the entire family crazy. 

One thing you can add to his regime is adding exercises and activities that are mentally challenging.  You would be surprised how well that works to wear them out and it's great to have in the back pocket when the weather isn't cooperative.  That could be working on his training, puzzles (treats buried in a toy that he has to "figure out" to release the treat), "find it" games (you need to start simple so he gets the idea of using his nose to track something down). 
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #95 on: August 06, 2018, 01:13 PM »
That's the reason it's called "Winter Nose" because most dogs are kept inside more of the time in the winter and the days are shorter.

That makes perfect sense now!

It's not a problem if his nose turns.  It's more important to give him the outlets he needs and for physical exercise it's hard to do that indoors without driving the entire family crazy. 

One thing you can add to his regime is adding exercises and activities that are mentally challenging.  You would be surprised how well that works to wear them out and it's great to have in the back pocket when the weather isn't cooperative.  That could be working on his training, puzzles (treats buried in a toy that he has to "figure out" to release the treat), "find it" games (you need to start simple so he gets the idea of using his nose to track something down). 

Not a problem, but his solid black nose looks so cute.  It looks like a plastic stuffed animal nose!

We got him this cheap MDF puzzle:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038WP1YC/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1.  It's starting to fall apart from being licked and it was kinda too easy for him.  I saw this plastic puzzle: https://www.amazon.com/Outward-Hound-Ottoson-Brick-Puzzle/dp/B0711Y9XTF/ref=sr_1_5?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1533575540&sr=1-5&keywords=puzzle that looked more difficult, but my wife didn't really want to buy it.  Maybe I'll buy it anyway.

One of his tennis balls managed to partially split in half.  Yesterday I stuffed some doggie treats inside.  He did struggle but he eventually got them out.  I should do that again.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #96 on: August 07, 2018, 08:42 PM »
Be careful with plastic toys (wood also). When the dog chews, they soon learn how to tear toys apart. Plastic and wood will splinter and cut their mouth, gullet and even their stomach and intestines. One of our Goldens would worry and chew on her soft toys seemingly forever. My wife would wash her toys. The dog would wear out her toys, not from chewing, but we always thought from loving. She saved the heavy chewing attacks for her meat bones and rubber doggy bones.

The dog who adopted us was a chewer. The hardest bone would disappear within a day. We tried giving him toys to play with. Forget it. They were gone in minutes. The vet told us he was part german shepard and part malemute with probably a few other brews thrown in. He had exceptionally strong jaws but extremely gentle. He  loved to be outside.  When it snowed, he would lie out on our hillside and be covered with snow. you could see a mound with a black nose sticking out to the weather. Towards the end, he did want to come inside when it got down to 20ºF.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #97 on: August 08, 2018, 08:45 AM »
Parker ate part of his chicken flavored teething toy.  I thought he was smart enough to not eat plastic/paper/wood - I thought he just liked tearing it up, but I guess he occasionally swallows some too.  I guess we should have thrown the teething toy away once his adult teeth came in, but he still enjoyed chewing on it so we let him keep it.  I think some of the plastic got stuck in his stomach because he had been trying to throw up the other day.  It looks like eventually a piece of plastic came up.

We were careful to throw away some of his other bones/antler when it got too small as we were afraid he might choke on it.  We got him this "jumbo" antler from Amazon.



So far he's chewed away about 2 or 3 inches from the end of it.  We also had bought him a split antler, but he seems to like the whole one more.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #98 on: August 08, 2018, 09:20 PM »
In the early 70s, I was raising Huskies at one point and was part time farming while working a 50 hour a week job.  So I had two money siphons going at the same time.  My first dog was a Alaskan Malamute that I bought from a Air Force airman that was being deployed overseas.  Kayak when full grown weighed in at 140 lbs and was the gentilest dog ever born.  I used to butcher a couple pigs every year as I was raising feeders at the same time so I would throw all the bones and waste into the pen with the dogs.  After a week or two at most the only thing left were the teeth.  I had made a large house from 3/4" ply...Kayak ate it and lived in a hole he had dug underneath.  I had chain link fence 8' high.  He would go into the corner and climb out by going up cati-corner, so I had fencing across the corners to keep him secured.  When he escaped I would chase him and he would run about 25 yards and sit there until I got close then he would run,stop, and wait for me to get close and repeat the process.  The only way I could catch him was to get my pickup and open the door.  He loved the toddler boy next door.  Kayak would grab his belt from behind and spin him in circles until the boy was dizzy and then stop and watch him stagger about.  The two of them would  play like this for and hour or so.

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #99 on: August 09, 2018, 04:04 AM »
The Malamue-Shepard-and other blends that adopted us would  destroy any bones we gave him. Wihin a day, there would be no trace. We first met him via our kids paper route. They would come home with the story that they would not go near this big dog who would bark at them. He was chained, but they were still afraid. They left the paper at the edge of the lawn. One afternoon, i had come home early (rained out) so I went to the house with the big dog with my  son. Sure enough, the dog was barking. I sensed he as not mean and walked right  up to him. I let him smell my hand (probably covered with cement and lime ---I was still a mason contractor). He  licked it. I realized his water container was empty, so found a faucet and filled same. He devoured the water. I told David that hereafter, whoever was delivering paper (the two switched per week) should check Barny's water dish.  within a week, Barney showed up on our hillside. We ook him back to his own house, found his collar broken, left a note for the owner that his dog was at our house. Somehow, every couple of days, Barney would break his collar or chain and appear on our hillside. He was waiting for our son.  David would leave a note for Barney's owner.  Owner would tie his dog and sooner  or later, Barny would show up again waiting for David. One Christmas Eve or NewYears Eve, it was supposed to get  down well below zero and as we were ready to leave to visit my brother and his family, there was Barney waiting, not on the hillside, but at our door. I told david to put Barney in the car. The dog needed no coaxing. He jumped right in. My wife and I both decided that we would not take Barney home that nite so took him with us. Barney never left us again. He would wait for David and follow him to the bus stop, come back home to "David's House" an wait in the yard until bus time and go wait for David at the bus stop. We never had to tie him up. His "owner" told us we might as well keep the dog. I don't think any of us had a choice. Barney just knew where he belonged. We kept him for mayby five or six years until we finally had to put him to sleep.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #100 on: August 24, 2018, 10:39 AM »
The weather finally cooled off enough to be able to take Parker back to the dog park and I got to try out the Chuckit.  The 26M model really does make throwing super easy - maybe too easy.  Just my luck - on my very first throw I managed to get the ball to magically slip through the small gap in the gate of the fence.  Maybe a slightly shorter model would have been better.

Here's a picture of Parker cooling off after chasing the "ball ball" at the dog park.

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #101 on: August 24, 2018, 11:05 AM »
Parker looks like he's gotten longer in the last couple of weeks. [smile]

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #102 on: August 24, 2018, 11:06 AM »
Good observation!  He sure has gotten longer and he seems a little bit taller too.  He weighed 24.6lbs at the vet last week.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #103 on: August 24, 2018, 11:09 AM »
A tired dog is a happy dog!  Great weather too!
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #104 on: August 24, 2018, 11:14 AM »
You know that's what they say - BUT he didn't want to go to bed last night!  Normally we go upstairs and put him into his crate and he runs right in and goes to sleep.  Last night he started whining, barking, and scratching at the door right after we put him in.  I took him outside again to do his business and then put him back inside but he didn't want to stay inside.

Since he wouldn't stop, my wife had to take take him downstairs and she slept on the couch with him.

The only thing different that happened yesterday was that I took him to the dog park.  Very strange.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #105 on: August 24, 2018, 12:26 PM »
Ahh, he's learning to train you!
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #106 on: August 24, 2018, 12:27 PM »
LOL I think he figured out very early on that his pet humans are very well trained.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #107 on: August 24, 2018, 08:11 PM »
I hope you enjoy every minute with Parker.  Two days ago we celebrated MacGyvers 8th birthday (not to be confused with 8th anniversary of coming to live with us which will be in eight weeks.)  Time flies.  Now please don’t take this to mean that MacGyver is slowing down.  He is just using his knowledge to his advantage.

My big boy who once fit into a systainer and guarded a bunch of blue Systainers.

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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #108 on: August 25, 2018, 08:46 AM »
We have our ups and downs  [tongue].  Most of the time he's so adorable cute and funny to look at.  At other times he drives us mad - like the other night when he wouldn't go to sleep and kept barking/crying in his crate.

We took him to the dog park again yesterday and then we went to an outdoor shopping area where he got to walk around and sniff lots of things.  He even got to go inside the Plow and Hearth store - I had no idea they were dog friendly.  It was actually the first time I had ever been inside the store.  I guess he finally got enough exercise and stimulation yesterday as he went right to bed and didn't bark until his usual time of 6:30am this morning.

Did you throw a party for MacGyver?

Parker's going to be a pretty small dog since he's a mini labradoodle, but it's still pretty amazing looking at how small he was when we first got him.
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Re: New Dog in Northern Virginia
« Reply #109 on: August 25, 2018, 08:51 AM »
I’ve been trapped all week doing admin work on the computer my 4 year old dobe has been very patient sitting under my desk.

He’s out terrorizing the wildlife right now, gonna wash the truck and spend most of the day w him outdoors...well, next 3 hours before it get too hot lol.

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« Reply #110 on: August 26, 2018, 10:12 AM »
Parker got a haircut yesterday.  The groomer called it a "schnauzer cut" - he looks like a different dog!

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