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Amazed this hasn't been done. Dogs are awesome. Which is your favourite? Write-in votes also accepted, pictures and campaigning positively encouraged.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Corgi 3
Basset Hound 3
Schnauzer 2
Pug 2
Jack Russell 2
Boxer 1
Greyhound 1
Border Collie 1
Labrador Retriever 1
English Bull Terrier 1
Old English Bulldog 1
Husky 1
Bichon Frise 1
King Charles Spaniel 1
Poodle 1
Foxhound 1
Cocker Spaniel 1
Dachsund 1
Swiss Mountain Dog 1
Japanese Spitz 0
Japenese Tosa 0
Maltese 0
Mexican Hairless Dog 0
Papillon 0
Pekinese 0
Rottweiler 0
West Highland Terrier 0
Whippet 0
Bull Mastif 0
Akita Inu 0
Pit Bull Terrier 0
Staffordshire Bull Terrier 0
German Shepherd 0
Yorkshire Terrier 0
Beagle 0
Old English Sheepdog 0
Bloodhound 0
Chihuahua 0
Chow Chow 0
Dalmatian 0
Doberman 0
Red Setter 0
Springer Spaniel 0
Afghan Hound 0


Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:29 (nine years ago) link

dunno what half these look like

someone do a pictorial guide

nax arrrrrgh (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:30 (nine years ago) link

this really hasn't been done before?

where is the Shiba Inu?!

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:31 (nine years ago) link

Write-in votes also accepted

nax arrrrrgh (nakhchivan), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:32 (nine years ago) link

oh God you just reminded me that I had a dream last night in which I had a dog but really didn't want it and kept asking myself "why the hell did I get a dog?"

Zsa Zsa Gay Bar (jaymc), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:32 (nine years ago) link

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The Shiba Inu is looking sad at its exclusion from the poll. As is the St Bernard.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:33 (nine years ago) link

http://seattlest.com/attachments/seattle_courtney/st-bernard.jpg

:(

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:34 (nine years ago) link

SO SAD!!!

OK out of the choices listed here in no particular order

pug
corgi
boxer
old english bulldog
husky
akita
lab

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:35 (nine years ago) link

I'm just going to use the Swiss mountain dog as a stand in for the Bernese but I do so under protest.

O_o-O_0-o_O (jjjusten), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:37 (nine years ago) link

I had a Jack Russell growing up so I suspect mine will be the only vote.

http://cdn-www.dailypuppy.com/media/dogs/anonymous/3542/200805083542_1.jpg_w450.jpg

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:37 (nine years ago) link

I am so gay for Jon's dogs :'((((((((((

buzza, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:38 (nine years ago) link

and and write ins for shibas and bernese mountain dogs

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:38 (nine years ago) link

WRITE-IN VOTE FOR SHIBA INU

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:39 (nine years ago) link

my mother's dog is a tibetan spaniel, where are they?

http://my-doggy.com/images/articles/Tibetan-Spaniel.jpg

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:39 (nine years ago) link

OMG WAIT

I can't believe I forgot a very important one

FRENCH BULLDOGS

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:40 (nine years ago) link

Let's just petition for an "all" option

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (nine years ago) link

ok so my list is actually

pug
french bulldog
oe bulldog
shiba inu
akita
husky
bernese moutain dog

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (nine years ago) link

x-post

no way

some dogs suck

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:41 (nine years ago) link

for example - really small rat-like yapping dogs. they suck.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:42 (nine years ago) link

dachshunds are pretty incredible, so ridiculous. i always wonder whether they realise it.

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:42 (nine years ago) link

That's right E, I forgot about chihuahuas. My sister had one that you couldn't even pet and it just pissed everywhere. Useless animal!

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:44 (nine years ago) link

Write-in for "non-Border" Collies.

http://images.paraorkut.com/img/wallpapers/1024x768/c/collie-1352.jpg

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:44 (nine years ago) link

Even prick-eared ones. ^^ <3

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:46 (nine years ago) link

oh but I remembered two more

brussels griffon
affen pincher

LOOK AT THIS RIDICULOUS BEAST

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c287/expatrica/Brussels.jpg

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:48 (nine years ago) link

Yeah I'm not too keen on chihuahuas

I was in the park with Benson the other day and this little asshole chihuahua came out of nowhere and started barking and nipping at him. The thing was so nasty! I had to pick B up because the little jerk was really starting to bite him.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:49 (nine years ago) link

That last dog looks like a German politician.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (nine years ago) link

LOLLLLLLLLL

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (nine years ago) link

Shiba Inu stans can vote Akita Inu if they want, it will be counted. I went via images on Wikipedia so obviously the whole size thing got a bit confusing.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:50 (nine years ago) link

i'm not going to stan for small yappy lapdogs but i feel they often get unfairly slated cuz of their rep - cuz they're such girly dogs, and have those associations w/being kept in handbags etc

way prefer them to pitbulls or whatever

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:51 (nine years ago) link

See, okay, that ridiculous beast is actually a puppet/mask from The Dark Crystal. Look, you can almost SEE where the hairs were glued on around the eyes. DQ.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:51 (nine years ago) link

lol laurel

Yeah I hear you Lex but I've just never really met a little yappy one that I loved whereas I have met some really awesome pitbulls (who also get unfairly slated).

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:53 (nine years ago) link

English Bull Terrier is surely the worst dog. I saw someone walking a huge one the other day, it was about the size of a small pig.

http://mywhitepaw.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/bull_terrier_h03.jpg

I also automatically assume that everyone who owns one of these is a racist.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:54 (nine years ago) link

Small dogs: I really really hate the lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs. Some people think this ridiculosity is "cute," apparently? I think it's repugnant, and my first reaction is to want to hurt them until they get a better idea of their place in the world.

I also think "ugly" means "ugly," and not, "Gather round and pity this creature before we put it to death for its own good."

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 15:55 (nine years ago) link

Yeah Yorkshire Terriers are nasty little shits.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:56 (nine years ago) link

http://www.greatdogsite.com/admin/uploaded_files/1191990474pembroke_welsh_corgi.jpg

Corgis though, all the awesome. Too good to be associated with the Queen.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:57 (nine years ago) link

lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs

Yeah, I know. I don't think I'd ever really noticed this before recently but it's pretty horrible when they do this. I hate Yorkies.

Also I know you hate ugly dogs but the thing is that I don't think pugs, frenchies or bulldogs are ugly at all - I think they're adorable. You want ugly?

This is ugly:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/12/16/article-1339113-0C81AC84000005DC-395_634x908.jpg

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 15:59 (nine years ago) link

I really really hate the lack of dignity in the small dog that insists on bullying and shouting down all other dogs. Some people think this ridiculosity is "cute," apparently? I think it's repugnant

i think it's sweet!

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:00 (nine years ago) link

i like bolshy attitudes

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:00 (nine years ago) link

re: pitbulls — There's this awesome pitbull I would visit every day in the summer who lives down the block who would always have his head stuck through the bars of the metal fence in front of the building. Once I was walking to the bus stop and I saw his owner walking him and the doggie recognized me instantly and jumped onto me, mortifying his owner.

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:01 (nine years ago) link

"i hate yappy dogs" is just a bit of a let-me-prove-my-manliness/coolness cliché to me

lex diamonds (lex pretend), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:01 (nine years ago) link

It's Little Man Syndrome. If they were human those dogs would be like particularly repulsive contestants on The Apprentice.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:02 (nine years ago) link

I think it's more that people dislike things that show their fear so blatantly. Like a giant Great Dane is probably the most loving thing ever but probably not afraid of anyone.

mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:03 (nine years ago) link

Stayed with a friend in Spain who had a Yorkshire terrier, a German Shepherd and some kind of bloodhound, and the Yorkshire terrier was the undisputed leader. It was weird but possibly not uncommon.

http://www.we-love-dogz.com/boxer.jpg

Repping for boxers here. They're like a pug's older cooler brother. Manly without being thuggish.

Matt DC, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:04 (nine years ago) link

I LOVE boxers (but the pug is just as cool ;p). There is one who lives next door and he's the cutest thing ever.

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:05 (nine years ago) link

I esp love boxers with normal flappy ears like that one. :)

ENBB, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:05 (nine years ago) link

Love boxers as long as they belong to other people. :D I just couldn't make room for that much drool in my life, but I'd like to visit it occasionally.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:06 (nine years ago) link

Like when they've just been at the water bowl and then you sit down and they trot over to put their chin on your knee and gaze up at you...and that's the end of whatever your knees are wearing.

Jesus Christ, the apple tree! (Laurel), Friday, 17 December 2010 16:07 (nine years ago) link

I think it's more that people dislike things that show their fear so blatantly. Like a giant Great Dane is probably the most loving thing ever but probably not afraid of anyone.

― mauricio kagel exercise (corey), Friday, December 17, 2010 10:03 AM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

otm

Since moving in with my gf and her Dane I am continually amazed what a giant lovey doofus he is, but some people are just fucking terrified of the dude. I don't know if it's possible to be licked to death but that's probably the extent of the damage he could willingly do. He does tend to knock things over occasionally.

dan m, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

also otm wrt drool

dan m, Friday, 17 December 2010 16:10 (nine years ago) link

damn my pets4homes account exposed on ILX!

calzino, Monday, 27 July 2020 12:40 (one month ago) link

I don't think you can overestimate that once you get past the troublesome puppy to vgb stage, a dog can be great for your mental health. There is a few times I've felt like I might go into a black hole of depression but Dougie always cheers me up. I wouldn't even sell him for a mill.

calzino, Monday, 27 July 2020 12:44 (one month ago) link

Dougs who have worked out how to live

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Monday, 27 July 2020 12:47 (one month ago) link

douglas is a mood

||||||||, Monday, 27 July 2020 12:54 (one month ago) link

Looks like we have a new member of Terrier Club:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ed8RR5wXoAUw8WO?format=png&name=small

This is Kit. He was found near a local rural carwash about six weeks ago. No chip, no collar, no body fat, plenty of parasites. He was a poor little sausage. But the local rescue fixed him up, and they were happy for him to come to us because we are a Good Home.

He's only been here a few days, so he might turn out to be a cheeky fecker, but so far he is a very good boy.

trishyb, Monday, 27 July 2020 15:16 (one month ago) link

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh v.cute

||||||||, Monday, 27 July 2020 15:18 (one month ago) link

poor lil vagabond. I can see mischief in them eyes!

calzino, Monday, 27 July 2020 15:22 (one month ago) link

oh man. dying of teh cuet.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 27 July 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

We adopted a dog about 2 months ago. We had started the process of applying with a local shelter shortly before the time the lockdown started, and made it to one adoption event before they suspended them. When the initial shelter in place order came out, they suspended all adoptions, but after a few weeks they started doing "virtual" meetings where you would have a Zoom call with the dog and the foster, and then if you liked the dog you could go to their house and pick it up. The only problem was the demand for dogs was soaring. They would send out an email with new dogs available and by the time you emailed them back all the dogs would be spoken for (except for maybe one or two of the older ones or ones with health or behavioral issues). After several weeks of being too late on dogs, one of the people at the agency I think kind of took pity on us, and offered to pick out a dog they thought would be suitable for us, before it was sent out in the email. So they picked out a dog, and we adopted him. He's a black retriever mix originally from a shelter in Kentucky, about 3 years old, they estimate. In 2 months, he hasn't been left alone once yet. I imagine it will be a difficult transition once we have to go back to work, but that won't be for many more months.

o. nate, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 02:24 (one month ago) link

Awww, good for him. I bet he's delighted with life at yours.

trishyb, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:03 (one month ago) link

My parents’ oldest dog (18.5 yo) suddenly can barely stand on her own, has lost appetite, her breathing is shallower, and she has trouble controlling her bowels. This after a month or so of not having the strength to go on walks as long as she used to. My parents don’t want to take her to a vet because she hates going, but the thought about the discomfort she might be in makes me think we should put her to sleep. Does anyone have suggestions, either on how to decide whether it’s time or to convince a reluctant parent what we should do?

Garry Shambling (Leee), Sunday, 2 August 2020 21:51 (one month ago) link

when my last dog was in that position and I knew his condition was terminal despite being slightly deluded about it and kidding myself he was in remission. I got the vets to do a home visit to first confirm he wasn't going to get any better and then it was time to put him sleep. It wasn't cheap and I had to leave the house I was that upset, but it was better than bringing him to a vets - which he also hated.

calzino, Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:24 (one month ago) link

xp we had that with our dog, he started falling over and the vets couldn’t see anything wrong with him, and then he got worse. We all hoped it would get better, but it didn’t. My parents took him, because they knew he was in pain and they couldn’t put him through that. It’s a horrible call to make, but that’s how you have to see it.

let them microwave their rice (gyac), Sunday, 2 August 2020 22:39 (one month ago) link

Thanks, they're looking into a vet who can make house calls (her regular vet apparently retired).

Garry Shambling (Leee), Sunday, 2 August 2020 23:07 (one month ago) link

Kenny was pts at home, by a vet who did house calls. There were two or three occasions where J booked a vet to come out but Ken would have a Miraculous Recovery of sorts (all of a sudden doing food dances at mealtimes, etc after a few days of difficulty with his legs). It was almost funny, because the vet would be like ‘nah, he’s tired but not that tired’ when treated to these performances. Finally, one morning Ken was sleeping so deeply he didn’t even raise his head at breakfast time or respond. That’s when J made the call.

santa clause four (suzy), Monday, 3 August 2020 06:51 (one month ago) link

I'm so sorry for your folks, Leee, and I'm glad they can get someone to come to the house. I can imagine that the usual not wanting to face the inevitable can be compounded this year with fear of going anywhere you'll be in close contact with other people.

trishyb, Monday, 3 August 2020 09:25 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

My parents made the call on Sunday. My mom said that Juno was whining at the end and just typing that right now is making me choke up; the thought of how scared and confused she must've been is something that I won't be able to shake for a while, if ever.

I think my mom said it was kidney failure.

https://i.imgur.com/UhexQiD.jpg

She's the justifiably smug looking one.

Out, vile jelleee (Leee), Tuesday, 18 August 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

it's a such terrible grief losing a best friend, sorry for your loss Lee

calzino, Tuesday, 18 August 2020 22:56 (one month ago) link

So sorry, Lee.

Our girl had a small mast cell tumor taken out last week and is doing better than ever...still waiting on biopsy results...fingers crossed.

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 01:59 (one month ago) link

Aww, Lee, that is an epic pic. Tllooks like a fantastic buddy. So sorry

scampos sacra fames (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 02:26 (one month ago) link

Sorry about Juno, Lee. She looks like a proper pal.

trishyb, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 04:25 (one month ago) link

the thought of how scared and confused she must've been is something that I won't be able to shake for a while, if ever

I have felt like this about ill pets who've had to go. It's worth focusing on the fact that the disease was causing the distress, and because she had a loving owner that distress was taken away for her. So the end was much better than it would have been otherwise. I'm really sorry you lost a good friend.

assert (MatthewK), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 05:03 (one month ago) link

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Matthew, your advice actually helps! Naturally, we want to protect our pets from ANY anxiety, but maybe that's just an unavoidable part of life, and the best we can do is to reduce the suffering for our loved ones.

That does remind me: our family went out of town for a week, and we left Juno with an aunt to take care care of. Juno has a LOT of abandonment issues, so when we got back home, my aunt, who lives 15-20 miles away, told us that Juno had run away. I had given up on her as lost (at best) because of the distance and she wasn't chipped, but in a few days my mom was able to find her: a lady was able to corner her on an expressway (in California terms, 45-55 mph thoroughfares with traffic lights), and she did the bare minimum of finding the original owners by putting a very cropped picture of Juno on Craigslist (Juno had some recent scarring on her nose), and my mom somehow saw the post.

That was NINE years ago, so in a way, all the time that she spent with us since then was that much more special and kind of a miracle.

And yes, Juno was street tough and a total survivor. <3

Out, vile jelleee (Leee), Wednesday, 19 August 2020 18:47 (one month ago) link

💜

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Thursday, 20 August 2020 11:34 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

We got a Springer Spaniel puppy. We're calling him Woody. He's absolutely brilliant. However after reading what they're capable of I am slightly shitting it. Am fast familiarising myself with the building blocks of his training. 'Wormhole' doesn't even begin to cover it. Extremely motivated to get the basics rock solid. And it's fun! However it is slightly like teaching yourself to drive a Lamborghini by reading a book. I'm not a hunter and never will be. I have zero interest in competitions and field trials. I do have access to wetlands though, within walking distance, so I would love to take him out there. Just need to be sure he won't follow a bird for 20 miles as soon as I take him off the lead.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:10 (one week ago) link

Sign up for puppy class, if they're still happening. The best thing you can do is get him out to meet lots of different people and dogs early on.

santa clause four (suzy), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:14 (one week ago) link

Yes lots of visits to the school gate, supermarket etc. We introduced him to his first real up-close dog encounter this weekend. Some friends came over with their tiny poodle/jack russell and he absolutely shited it. Tried to flatten himself on the floor. If he could have dug a hole and gone through it he would have. By the end, though, he was alright. Indifferent, even.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 14 September 2020 23:34 (one week ago) link

I see quite a few Springer Spaniels in my neck of the woods, they are beautiful dogs. Sadly one of them, Bernie, passed recently and I have only seen his elderly owner's son who says she's broken by his passing. I see this likeable idiot with one called Spaniel L Jackson (I know it's a fucking nauseatingly wacky name!) that is ridiculously fast and has insane energy levels, and is probably responsible for reducing the local squirrel population by at least 50 %! But the owner used to shit himself when he first let him off the lead because he ran out of sight at ridiculous speed and often didn't come back into sight for a 5 minutes sometimes. There was a few times I kept bumping into him he was often in a panicked state calling Jackson!! But he's more chill now and has obv developed a level of trust with his dog, and all young dogs/puppies are generally crazy.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 07:45 (one week ago) link

Extremely motivated to get the basics rock solid. And it's fun! However it is slightly like teaching yourself to drive a Lamborghini by reading a book. I'm not a hunter and never will be. I have zero interest in competitions and field trials.

I know very few springers who actually go hunting or shooting. Almost all the springers I know are just pets. Admittedly pets in a semi-rural area with a large beach where they can burn off a lot of energy off the lead, but still just pets. The ones round here tend to carry round a Jesus-what-is-that-in-your-mouth-oh-it's-a-flap-of-old-tennis-ball PRECIOUS TOY and ask for it to somehow be thrown for them, but otherwise they're just the same as other dogs. We've had springer crosses over the years, and they did catch birds and rabbits and other animals, but they usually let them go again. That was our experience, anyway. I guess if you got Woody from some real gung-ho working breeder then he might be a bit more "come on, it's duck season!" but even then, their job is to bring the bird back to you, not to kill it, so you can usually persuade them to drop it relatively unharmed even if they do catch something. Could be a problem if your local wetlands are a bird sanctuary? Maybe look at muzzle-training the little chap so he can snuffle about but not pick anything up?

trishyb, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:36 (one week ago) link

I used a muzzle to stop my dog eating unsavoury things (including other dogs doodoo!) and it was very effective and when I eased him off the muzzle there was no return to the bad old days!

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:39 (one week ago) link

That's very reassuring trishy! I'm not worried about him twatting wildlife I just don't want him running away, running out of control, etc.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:51 (one week ago) link

I mean, he may very well do those things, but I don't know that he's any more likely to run away from you than another dog is. We've got a little terrier at the moment (Kitt, who I posted upthread) who just does NOT come back if he sees another dog in the distance. And now he's even got so smart that when you call him back, he assumes that there's something up ahead you're trying to keep him away from, so he looks around to see what it is, so you have to kind of sneak up on him while he's sniffing something and put the lead on him before he bolts. I assume he'll grow out of it when he realizes that the dogs over there aren't really any better than the ones he's already hanging out with.

trishyb, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:14 (one week ago) link

I love it when I've just fed my dog and as I'm bending down to tie my shoelaces he bounces towards me amd licks my head and now it smells like tripe flavoured dog food.

calzino, Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:17 (one week ago) link

lol tracer i had a dog of the same name growing up who was half springer!

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 11:35 (one week ago) link

whoa!

what was he like?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:02 (one week ago) link

he was not very smart but a nice dog for kids. he loved to chase squirrels. sometimes across the road. he also had separation anxiety; my dad came home from work one day and could hear him inside crying to himself because he didn't hear that someone was home yet. also loved to steal bagels from the counter and knock over the kitchen garbage can. all kinds of schemes to steal human food.

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:19 (one week ago) link

part of the fun of bagels for him was just tossing them around so we'd find them under furniture

contorted filbert (harbl), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:20 (one week ago) link

Sounds a lot like my Woody so far! :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:50 (one week ago) link

And now he's even got so smart that when you call him back, he assumes that there's something up ahead you're trying to keep him away from, so he looks around to see what it is

This is amazing! What a pup!

Ruth Bae Ginsburg (Leee), Tuesday, 15 September 2020 17:26 (one week ago) link

Our rescue dog is not a Springer Spaniel but some kind of black lab/hunting dog mix, but he has a lot of the same issues. We recently went to the country for a week, and the first night we were there, he slipped out of the front door when I was holding it open for a second and ran out and started sniffing around the yard. By the time I got there he had run off out of sight. I was pretty sure he was gone. I went the direction he had run off but then heard my wife calling from the yard, apparently he had run back that way. But he was too fast for us to catch him and he has zero inclination or training to come when he's called, especially when highly distracted by the presence of local wildlife (deer, rabbits, squirrels, etc. as we later discovered). The next time he ran back nearby, I held the front door open and called him inside, and luckily he ran in. Needless to say we didn't let him off the leash, except for about a minute when we were at the beach so he could swim out and fetch a stick.

o. nate, Thursday, 17 September 2020 00:52 (one week ago) link

Sheesh!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:19 (one week ago) link

on the other hand a local Springer Spaniel called Bernie who just passed recently at the age of 15, he was hardly ever on the lead with his owner or her son. They just had a basic rope lead they used for crossing main roads, but most of the time he'd wander freely along the pavement and sit outside the shop and wait for them. If ever they stopped for a chat he'd start impatiently barking because his walk was being interrupted! I've got a video where I'm filming my kid playing on his skateboard and Bernie comes wandering around the corner into shot, seemingly on his own, but he often walked ahead of his owner off the lead. Although they both did say he was a bit unpredictable when he was young and sometimes would run off.

calzino, Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:50 (one week ago) link

Yeah from what I've read it seems like the danger zone is kind of 8-12 months. They discover their love of the hunt and lose their instinctive need to be next to you.

Woody has done absolutely everything we've asked of him so far, he's been great overnight, he's pretty much entirely housetrained, sleeps in his crate, etc - EXCEPT for an addiction to biting - which we are trying to address.

Hopefully we can keep him onside once he turns into a surly wandering teenager

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:45 (one week ago) link

Obviously bitey puppy is connected to teething - give him frozen carrots and occasionally a frozen raw chicken wing on top of the usual ow! then turning away that trainers recommend.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:07 (one week ago) link

yep frozen carrots is the best for teething bitey pups. My boy Douglas still eats carrots, although not frozen these days.

calzino, Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:13 (one week ago) link

It also sounds like some play with dogs his own age would do Woody the world of good so he can learn that biting's not cool. Although, some dogs just lead with their mouths forever. Calzino will tell you that this is something labs love, in particular. They will just put your whole hand or your arm in their mouth and hold it there. Sometimes give it a little squeeze. Our terriers like to play biting games with us too. They don't do it to other people, just us.

trishyb, Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:18 (one week ago) link

What do you mean with the carrots? Like, when he starts biting you, give him a carrot? He would eat his weight in carrots in an hour!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:36 (one week ago) link

I used frozen carrots as a regular in between meals thing to help with his teething + as a healthier, cheaper alternative to the processed chews. But perhaps not as a reward for biting!

yep Dougie loves a bit of arm in his huge mouth, but it's never a bite it's an expression of playful affection - he doesn't have a bite in him unless he's got a hambone. When he's got a hambone I don't interrupt him till he's finished, he gets a bit primal and edgy chewing on a hambone!

calzino, Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:44 (one week ago) link

I wanted to get a good tug toy for Kitt, because he can be quite bitey, but decent rope toys seem to be hard to come by at the moment. I knotted up some lengths of old vest for him to yank about the place, but they don't last long.

trishyb, Thursday, 17 September 2020 12:39 (one week ago) link

Giving a bitey puppy a frozen carrot to bite is distraction/redirection and a totally normal part of training. Always do a yipe/no! and distract them with a toy or a permitted chewy thing. Also seconding any suggestion to socialise with other dogs who will tell Woody off the minute he annoys them with bitey face.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 17 September 2020 17:51 (one week ago) link


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