celticrose, did I tell you I had my sheltie debarked. She was just really bad. It sounded like she was coughing after she had the operation. I even had a child come to the door and tell me my dog had a cold.. She was coughing. I do like the sheltie breed, but I have always wanted a Schipperke. I've had 2 now. I had big dogs before that.
Siobhan Blues, yes that is so wonderful. My father is 84 and almost had to go to a home and the first thing he asked about was his dog. It is a proven fact that they make them undepressed and live longer..My life would be real lonely without my dog..
Gwydo, I use a hairdryer, never thought of the leaf blower.. I just love animals so much.
Yay! RivDan! You did it! I am so proud of you! And your dog is adorable! I love the bunny rabbit! I am surprised the bunny didn't scare Coal though! Thanks for sharing and now you know how to share more!
SB! That is wonderful that that lady was able to bring her dog companion! I hope if I ever have to go into one of those things that I can bring my dogs. I love my dogs so much too and would be very very lonely without them.
Rindy! Yes, you did tell me about your Sheltie. Irish has been debarked too and always sounds like she is coughing. When I first got her and found out she had been debarked, I was horrified, but now I am glad she is cause she loves to play outside and bark at EVERYTHING. She would be quite a nuisance to my neighbors otherwise.
Finally have the chance to show of some of my animals.
The first one is my very first dog I ever had. My German Shephard Dunja. She was 15 years old in this picture and died about 8 months after in her sleep. She had a wonderful fulfilled life. And never any pain besides the last 5 months a few aches that come with age.
Aye! RivDan! I do that to my dogs for Christmas too. Looks like Coal is not enjoying it though. hee hee.
Yes, I have heard that with proper training that a dog can be debarked. But I have never learned it and Shelties are very hard to train otherwise. That's why they call it "Sheltie Speak" as they are so verbal!
My big guy, Chinook, is pretty "verbal" too. Has a great, deep voice and has lately taken to howling back at the wolves and sled dogs. Compared to their higher pitched voices he sounds sort of like a fog-horn.
"You can't run with the big dogs if you still pee like a puppy".
You all are so funny. Cute Rivdan! Swanny my Schipperke goes on a howl and it sounds like a munchkin dog, so high pitched.. Celtic rose how are your shelties doing? We have a bark collar on the Schipperke now, is working great. Didn't think there was a breed that barked more than a sheltie or had as much energy, but aye, guess who has this breed...? I agree rivdan you can train them but you must have persistence and that doesn't happen when your gone.. Collar is great..
Hey Rindy! My Shelties are doing great. They just got in from playing outside and almost time for their dinner. While waiting they are standing at the front window barking at all the kids going by.
The thing about a bark collar, does it keep them from barking all the time? I mean I would want my dogs to alert me if something was wrong near or at my home. As you know, Shelties make great watch dogs. I am sure your breed does too.
CelticRose, yes it is suppose to keep them from barking all the time, but my dog has learned right where "what pitch he can bark at" But it is a lot nicer when he isn't barking at every single thing. My sheltie used to run back and forth along the fence like crazie. Schips, are great watch dogs too. I am glad your shelties are doing great.. Animals are such a blessing to us. Off to bed hope to see you over the weekend.
Well that is interesting, Rindy. So he has learned when and how to bark then by using the bark collar. How long did it take for him to learn? My Irish Sheltie is out there now running along the fence barking like crazy out there now. Good thing she is debarked! My neighbors would probably kill me, but she has an obsession for the dogs on the other side of the brick walled fence!
Well I guess it took probably a month to figure it out. ITs not a pretty sight. I think it scares them more than it hurts. We are having to leave it on him most of the time. Seems to work, unless he is real excited then he barks in his low bark. You can set the collar to what ever setting lighter, and the tighter the more it zaps them. Now just to train him not to zoom out the door when answered. I hear a good way is to tie a heavy string on him open the door he flys out call his name and yank the crap out of him. Haven't got around to that one. Well got lots of reading to do, if you come up with any ideas on keeping him from going out the door let me know.
I welcome any ideas from anyone....
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