• I want to get a Daschund, but...?

    My mother told me that they are vicious, ugly dogs and she hates them. (She was bit by one when she was young) She says they bark too much, bite all the little kids, poop all over your carpet and are just stupid mean dogs. I disagree with her, but, I'm not sure about the breed. I've only had one and he was a chihuahua mix, he was really... show more
    My mother told me that they are vicious, ugly dogs and she hates them. (She was bit by one when she was young) She says they bark too much, bite all the little kids, poop all over your carpet and are just stupid mean dogs. I disagree with her, but, I'm not sure about the breed. I've only had one and he was a chihuahua mix, he was really sweet. But unfortunately, he was hit by a car 3 months later. Then again, she also told me that my Pit bull and my rottweiler were going to maul me someday, and that I should get a good, nice dog that is not stupid, like a Lab or a Husky. So- daschund owners, what is a general temperament of this breed? Any other info is great. PS: I AM NOT getting a puppy, so no puppy tips. I want an ADULT. Thanks! Dakota- Unfortunately he died upon impact. When I found him he was on the side of the road, still and lifeless, broke my heart right in two. Ever since then, I vowed to get another one. Crayhorsegirl- I'm not a fan of Huskies, sorry. Nothing wrong with the breed, just not my "cup of tea". Dakota- My rottweiler died last year, he was 11. My Pit was euthanized about 2 years ago because my mom let her out and she also got hit by a car. She was so badly wounded and such in bad condition, at her age, it was best she was put to sleep.
    4 answers · Dogs · 6 years ago
  • Whut colors will my pit bull pups be?

    my female pit bull is due to have pups in the next 10 to 15 days im not relly sure the exact date but im inpatient nd excited so can any one guess what colors the pups will be? Male dad: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/30/... female mom: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705...
    my female pit bull is due to have pups in the next 10 to 15 days im not relly sure the exact date but im inpatient nd excited so can any one guess what colors the pups will be? Male dad: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/30/... female mom: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705...
    10 answers · Dogs · 7 years ago
  • Training a dog.......Does size matter?

    I was at an obedience trial today. While waiting for our turn to go in, I was looking around, watching handlers warming up their dogs and getting them ready to go in the ring..Some of the people/dogs worked well together...Dogs would heel at the handlers side, look them in the eye, focus on the handlers eye cues, body language, lots of praise,... show more
    I was at an obedience trial today. While waiting for our turn to go in, I was looking around, watching handlers warming up their dogs and getting them ready to go in the ring..Some of the people/dogs worked well together...Dogs would heel at the handlers side, look them in the eye, focus on the handlers eye cues, body language, lots of praise, treats etc.. But I also noticed that there were dogs that didn't do so well. Handlers were good, so were the dogs...but The handler was 6' tall, had a Papillion...dog couldn't see his eyes, dog was watching the handlers feet to make sure he wasn't stepped on.. The handler that was 4'11" that was competing with a Great Dane...Well, the dogs 'eyes' where looking at her forehead? So what 'cues' does he get from her? What does the dog focus on? The 5 1/2" heavy set woman that had a Corgi...he could really only see her boobs... So, do you think that size matters when training a dog? Does the difference in height of the dog/handler have anything to do with it? What does a small dog have to focus on with a tall handler? Doesn't the dog look more to eye cues and body language to know what way the handler is going? I am 5'7" tall with a Bernese Mtn dog. He can see my eyes, easily watch my body language... Do you think the size of a dog and handler has anything to do with how well they perform in the obedience ring? Your thoughts.. Just curious Star for your contacts that compete please Thanks
    7 answers · Dogs · 8 years ago
  • Blue Merle French Bulldog?

    This puppy is so Pretty. What do you think. http://www.bluefrenchiebulldog.com/album...
    This puppy is so Pretty. What do you think. http://www.bluefrenchiebulldog.com/album...
    11 answers · Dogs · 8 years ago
  • This is an ethical and legal question for those in dog rescue?

    I am a 501c3 certified rescue in my state. Over the weekend I had a run in with a young girl from another state. A quick history: there was a stray dog with pups listed in my state, not my county. Our county is handled right now and this dog needs a place to go as she is living under a porch with her puppies and the new owner said he would give the... show more
    I am a 501c3 certified rescue in my state. Over the weekend I had a run in with a young girl from another state. A quick history: there was a stray dog with pups listed in my state, not my county. Our county is handled right now and this dog needs a place to go as she is living under a porch with her puppies and the new owner said he would give the local folks until he moved in to find a place for her at which time he will call AC. I happen to have an available room for this dog, and also, at the time was a little hopeful that the dog and I could help each other. I have five orphan pups in my rescue in need of a foster mother's milk. They are two weeks old, barely. This seemed the ideal situation, if she would take the pups, and if not, well I would rescue her anyway. I contacted the person who I thought had listed the dog and suddenly get all these forms to fill out from another state. Upon seeing the forms, there was no way I could fill them out as they were asking for sensitive information that we only share with "shelters" and "vets' and the IRS!!! I became very confused at this point and notified the person that first, I would not fill the forms out and second, I could not take a dog from another state without proper health certs. etc. She responded that I had "inquired" about a dog she was "managing," and I would fill out the forms and that they do not worry about health certs as that is just a piece of paper. To make a long story short, I of course backed out of this one. And we did have a dog come into our shelter that had lost her pups, so my orphans are being fed. BUT, I have received constant messages from the person in my state who is trying to p[lace this dog. Turns out the dog is in my state after all. I am also being bombarded by this person out of state because I refused to fill out her forms. The forms look like they came from an animal shelter. I have also learned this young girl (22 years) is transporting dogs across state lines with no quarantine period and no health certificates, no vetting. That is scary. Especially since she readily admits to transporting "sick" dogs, and refers to "parvo" pups she has saved as well as sarcoptic mange pups. It worries me a lot since Rabies is very prevalent in our state. What would you do? I know the girl is working from a place of ignorance, is young and feels important because she has a little info. I was young once and learned from the school of hard knocks. But, still, I have a concern that she may transport sick dogs and spread disease. Things like this make all transports look bad. Further, how many people has she asked for this sensitive info from that may well have given it, not knowing better? So should I call the Dept of Agriculture in her state and the shelter she named that she volunteers with, and where she most likely acquired the forms from? What would you do? Thanks in advance. @Geyhound: Yes, as a legitimate rescue who does not want transport and dog rescue HURT by this, I do have time. And taking in the dogs she said she took in was a task sdhe requested from a woman who had already vetted them and as treating them. But she was not involved in rescue and did not know she needed health certs. She does now. You might feel differently if your dog got sick because the "lady next door...bless her sweet heart" took on a dog that should have been in a vet's office or in quarantine being treated rather than traveling across state lines. When we try to do good, we cannot resort to the tactics we despise. This causes rescues to be shut down. And if you had a child that rabies was transported to, how would you feel? Did you know Parvo can live in soil for as long as 8 years. These people crate animals together and do not think twice about cross contamination. Rescue YES...but use common sense. Nikko, my attorney said the exact same thing Yes...I have proof. There is am independent rescuer in my state who was unaware of the transport laws and she is sick because she allowed dogs to go. She was caring for the dogs and rather than take the healthy ones, the girl went for the sick ones. And our state requires a two week quarantine on all dogs before it can leave the state. It takes two weeks to vaccinate and make sure the animal is healthy, especially pups. I have called the org this gorl cited that she works with. I have been on the phone most of the day and did end up receiving a call from the Depot of Ag in her state. Sadly, the rescue where she works had an outbreak of parvo about a month after the time of the transport of the dogs and lost almost every puppy. She volunteers at the rescue coalition there about two days a week and uses their crates to help them transport to the vet. She is not an accredited rescue and we have learned she is on FB exclusively and charges for the transport of dogs. Seems she has never dealt with a legit rescue because when they see her forms they back away. So she takes sick dogs and holds herself up as a rescuer of the underdog. I felt bad reporting anyone trying to save animals but the fact is, as someone else said, a bad rescue can be worse than no rescue. It gives all of us a black eye.
    7 answers · Dogs · 8 years ago
  • McClellan Stripping Knives?

    The Standard Schnauzer website recommends the McClellan brand knives. Have you ever used this brand? I looked them up, and not only are they inexpensive, but they seem very simple, but old fashioned. Just wondering if anybody has any experience with the brand, or if you have a suggestion of a different brand. Thanks! LOL, Rosalie! No, I am... show more
    The Standard Schnauzer website recommends the McClellan brand knives. Have you ever used this brand? I looked them up, and not only are they inexpensive, but they seem very simple, but old fashioned. Just wondering if anybody has any experience with the brand, or if you have a suggestion of a different brand. Thanks! LOL, Rosalie! No, I am not stripping my aussie, I have a mini schnauzer that I would like to strip down for the summer.
    4 answers · Dogs · 8 years ago
  • Is this what a true APBT should look like?

    About three years ago my friend and neighbor who is a vet. tech started looking into different breeds of dogs. He wanted to find the right breed for him. He decided on a Boxer or a APBT. After doing some research he began contacting this breeder down in Alabama. He went down there and visited the facility and spent a few days interacting with the... show more
    About three years ago my friend and neighbor who is a vet. tech started looking into different breeds of dogs. He wanted to find the right breed for him. He decided on a Boxer or a APBT. After doing some research he began contacting this breeder down in Alabama. He went down there and visited the facility and spent a few days interacting with the dogs and the breeder. Several months later he went back and put a reserve payment on a pup. Then he went back again after the pups were born. Finally he went down one last time and brought home a ten week old APBT puppy. He has all these papers that supposedly have the dog's pedigree, vet checks, the breeder/client contract, the registration papers and papers saying this dog is not of a fighting line. I honestly can't make any sense of it because I've never had a purebred, just shelter dogs. Anyway this pup is so incredibly handsome, intelligent and healthy. He's very athletic and overall a wonderful dog. I don't have a lot of experience with the breed but he doesn't look like any pit I've ever seen. I know most pits are poorly bred mutts of fighting lines so they likely don't represent the breed physically. So is this what a true APBT is supposed to look like? http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h172/t... http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h172/t... http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h172/t...
    18 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Any tips with keeping my dog focused at an agility trial?? Thanks!!?

    He isnt terrible, but he will do a jump than stop and sniff the ground and than do two jumps and run around for a few seconds than do a few more jumps sniff around and finish. He is only 2 1/2, do you think he will get better at focusing as he gets older?? I will take any tips on keeping his focus!! Thanks
    He isnt terrible, but he will do a jump than stop and sniff the ground and than do two jumps and run around for a few seconds than do a few more jumps sniff around and finish. He is only 2 1/2, do you think he will get better at focusing as he gets older?? I will take any tips on keeping his focus!! Thanks
    7 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Dog showers, what is the highest prize awarded at a show you've been to?

    I don't know if anyone's asked this yet, but I think we all want to put this 50k rumour to bed. Please star?
    I don't know if anyone's asked this yet, but I think we all want to put this 50k rumour to bed. Please star?
    7 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Why Do People Feel It's Wrong to Show Dogs?

    There are many narrow-minded people that come here spouting off how it's wrong to 'parade your dog around a building for points, ribbons, and that 50K prize money'. Those who argue that dogs are companionship, not showing. I would like to hear the reasoning in this. What makes being a 'show dog' and a 'companion'... show more
    There are many narrow-minded people that come here spouting off how it's wrong to 'parade your dog around a building for points, ribbons, and that 50K prize money'. Those who argue that dogs are companionship, not showing. I would like to hear the reasoning in this. What makes being a 'show dog' and a 'companion' completely exclusive of one another? Speaking for myself, my show dogs have ALWAYS been my companions... in fact, that's why I got interested in showing, it was something fun to do WITH my dogs. These people seem to think the dogs are abused, that they are being forced into doing something they don't want to. Most of my dogs have all but done back-flips when they see me getting show supplies out, and you have but to watch Nick strut around the ring to KNOW that he loves what he is doing. I have had 2 dogs that didn't particularly enjoy showing, so guess what? I stopped showing them, had them spayed & neutered, and they lived out their long lives (one 12 and a half, the other 14 and a half) as my PETS. (Well, actually the male went on to be the very best therapy dog in the world, it was what he was born to do. Does THAT make me a bad owner, that I 'exploited' him, forcing him to visit nursing homes, hospitals and schools?) So... let's hear it. Why does showing my dogs make me a bad owner? Please star, to get it out as much as possible. Uhave2be... GOOD LUCK! Didn't you say she is singled out & searching for those majors? Fingers & toes crossed for you! Love Is a GSD... I am another that believes in a SHOW dog being able to WORK as well... My Gordin b*tch has her junior hunter title and Nick is half way to his- he would be finished if Mama had the $ LOL. See... not all breeds are ruined by shows. The GOOD breeders make sure the dog retains 'workability'. I agree, I think dogs should be able to do the job they were bred to do, and conformation should never be sacrificed for a fad or a ribbon. So I'm making it up, huh? Check this question: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... And there is a user on here that believes 'show breeders sell MUTANT pups' that puts a little rant in her source box EVERY ANSWER about parading the dogs around, the 50k BiS prize, etc. Making it up? I suggest you open your eyes.
    31 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Teaching my dog Rally-O commands?

    I'd like to start teaching my dog Rally-O, but I can never find good command words for each thing. What are the normal commands for things like switiching sides in heel, from a front going around to the right to heel on left, heel on left/right, etc? I'd like to know so I can teach my dog as clearly as possible. Please list as many as you... show more
    I'd like to start teaching my dog Rally-O, but I can never find good command words for each thing. What are the normal commands for things like switiching sides in heel, from a front going around to the right to heel on left, heel on left/right, etc? I'd like to know so I can teach my dog as clearly as possible. Please list as many as you can, whatever you use with your dog for Rally. Thanks!
    3 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Are agility competitions only for pure-bred dogs?

    My mixed-breed dog is taking agility classes currently. His teacher said it's fine for the class if he's a mutt. But in his class, all the others are pure-bred dogs. Can only pure-bred dogs compete in agility competitions? Are we wasting our time? He really likes agility and I want to keep doing it with him. I realize that I could ask... show more
    My mixed-breed dog is taking agility classes currently. His teacher said it's fine for the class if he's a mutt. But in his class, all the others are pure-bred dogs. Can only pure-bred dogs compete in agility competitions? Are we wasting our time? He really likes agility and I want to keep doing it with him. I realize that I could ask the agility teacher this question, but I keep forgetting while we're there, so I thought I'd see if anyone on here knows. Thanks!
    7 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Does anyone know about the AKC Mixed breed program was changed?

    I received a premium today for an agility trial. It stated that mixed breeds were allowed and that they would be competing head to head in the same classes as the purebreds. They had the attachement for an AKC change dated yesterday. http://www.akc.org/pdfs/mixedBreed/CPLetter.pdf It was my understanding that the mixed breeds were going... show more
    I received a premium today for an agility trial. It stated that mixed breeds were allowed and that they would be competing head to head in the same classes as the purebreds. They had the attachement for an AKC change dated yesterday. http://www.akc.org/pdfs/mixedBreed/CPLet... It was my understanding that the mixed breeds were going to compete in different but equal classes as the purebreds. Does anyone know exactly what this means and why this decision was made? Do you agree with it? YH2BKM Originally they were supposed to be in separate classes and it was up to the Club putting on the trial whether groups would be seperate or combined. If I am reading this correctly, there will be no choice they will be in the same group. There is no way I am going to put my pom 3 feet from a pit I don't know and go out of site. As you said, there are enough incidents as it is. I have not asked the lists yet. I just found out a few minutes ago. Great Dane Lover: I do compete, but I have seen with my own eyes the damage that can be done in a split second before the judge or stewards can reach the problem. When you have a great size difference the result can be deadly. In a perfect world, no dog would break and go to another dog. I welcome the mixed breeds to compete. I however would like to see the groups done by size. Not that a small dog could not cause a problem, they can, but the damage done would be a less to my 7 lb pom than the damage from a 80 or 100 lb dog of any breed. At a demo, I put her on a sit stay between the front legs of 90 lb intact male rottweiler. But I knew him and trusted him. When we leave our dogs on a stay, they are trusting us that they will be safe. I take that trust seriously. I have also heard of dogs acting aggressively outside the ring, that were allowed in the groups because it was not inside. Only to attack another dog during groups.
    10 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Having trouble with ACA....................?

    I'm going to an ACA dog show to show in obedience, rally, & agility. I emailed ACA and ICA (ICA is the sponsor for the performance events, but it's a ACA show) and asked "What obstacles are in the agility course? What levels in agility? What levels for obedience? Will there be open obedience?" I sent it more than once and... show more
    I'm going to an ACA dog show to show in obedience, rally, & agility. I emailed ACA and ICA (ICA is the sponsor for the performance events, but it's a ACA show) and asked "What obstacles are in the agility course? What levels in agility? What levels for obedience? Will there be open obedience?" I sent it more than once and waited; no response! So, anyone know anything about ACA obedience and agility? Oh, and the reasons i'm going (not to support ACA o'course): Grandparents literally live nextdoor to the show site and they're 3 hours away so we don't see them that often, I have a UKC agility trial the next weekend and I need practice (i don't take classes) and it's only $5 per dog to enter all 3 obed., rally, and agility. I've sent atleast 5 emails. Waaay before the holidays, during the holidays, and after. I'm starting to get really ticked with them! Oh, there's supposed to be a lot of 4H kids there, so anyone know what a 4H agility course is like? Oh, Texas Rottie: Wouldn't it be a long distance call? ACA has *crap* (nothing!) no info in their website! I googled, I yahood, and I asked! Nothing! WyrDachs: Yes, it is ACA show but ICA is the one actually doing the performance parts, ACA is putting on conformation and other stuff.
    6 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • I have a quick question about an aglity entry form!!! This is my first comp. and im kinda confused?

    i am i junior handler and i am confused on how much i need to pay here is what the website says......DAILY FEES AND PACKAGE RATES: Each run: $12 Saturday and Sunday (12 run package) per dog: $110 Junior Handlers: $5 a run for all classes. i was also wondering if i could enter in the standard division at the novice level for the tunnelers... show more
    i am i junior handler and i am confused on how much i need to pay here is what the website says......DAILY FEES AND PACKAGE RATES: Each run: $12 Saturday and Sunday (12 run package) per dog: $110 Junior Handlers: $5 a run for all classes. i was also wondering if i could enter in the standard division at the novice level for the tunnelers course... There are no check boxes for the Junior handler box for the tunnelers so i was confused about that to.... here is what the entry form looks like..... i couldnt copy the form so i you just have to click on the premium in word and scroll all the way down..... Thanks so much!!!! http://www.inthezoneagility.com/octil.ht... Im asking on yahoo because i cant get ahold of the trial secretary, i have been calling all week and they wont pick up the phone.. but i am still competing
    2 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Bill Koehler method of training?

    I've been reading a lot about this particular training method. It makes a lot of sence to me, compared to the other ones that I have researched ....would like to find out other people opinions and/or experiences with it. @Infinitely Superior ... you've to start somewhere, right? Read / research it and then take it from there.... show more
    I've been reading a lot about this particular training method. It makes a lot of sence to me, compared to the other ones that I have researched ....would like to find out other people opinions and/or experiences with it. @Infinitely Superior ... you've to start somewhere, right? Read / research it and then take it from there. @Aphrodite...shoot me your email...i've got a question!
    15 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • My 9 month old shih tzu has her period "on heat" ...?

    and is always playing with my neighbors dog.. when should i keep her away from him and when is the soonest i can get her "fixed?" I am well aware that dogs do not get their period and that they go through a heat cycle, i wrote that in case others knew what one meant and not the other. i appreciate everyone's comments in advance!!!
    and is always playing with my neighbors dog.. when should i keep her away from him and when is the soonest i can get her "fixed?" I am well aware that dogs do not get their period and that they go through a heat cycle, i wrote that in case others knew what one meant and not the other. i appreciate everyone's comments in advance!!!
    15 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago
  • Do the results of "dog breed selectors" actually match what breed(s) you have?

    The Animal Planet one is a good one. Do you results match what breed(s) you actually have? http://animal.discovery.com/breedselector/dogselectorindex.do Mine don't. Greyhound, Golden Retriever and Wheaten Terriers are the ones that usually come up in my results but I have a Staffy cross (though I've always loved Goldens). One test... show more
    The Animal Planet one is a good one. Do you results match what breed(s) you actually have? http://animal.discovery.com/breedselecto... Mine don't. Greyhound, Golden Retriever and Wheaten Terriers are the ones that usually come up in my results but I have a Staffy cross (though I've always loved Goldens). One test actually told me bully breeds were the breeds I should avoid. Me and my boy do ok together so I guess it proves such tests are too simplistic not be relied on completely, certainly not over real research. Great as a guide, but I don't think you should base your choice on what breed to get on one of these tests fully. They were wrong about me. KellyO, that's basically what I have just said. Did I not say in my question that those tests are not to be relied upon? I just want to know whether people have the breeds that, according to the test, they're supposed to have. It seems to me people are not reading the whole question here.
    15 answers · Dogs · 9 years ago