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mothra

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Our cats are kept inside, and they are great companions. Dogs and cats are good people.
My 2 are strictly indoor too, both rescues. Abandoned as kittens, one found in a dumpster. They're not littermates but they were raised together and absolutely adore each other.277189453_516581013435182_3369312810182784875_n.jpg
 

SethBullock

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My 2 are strictly indoor too, both rescues. Abandoned as kittens, one found in a dumpster. They're not littermates but they were raised together and absolutely adore each other.View attachment 1139
We once had a female that was marked like your cat on the right. She didn’t meow in the usual way. She squeaked. Her name was Squeaker.
 

HBS Guy

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My older sister was here early this morning. Absolutely floored me when she said she loves Socks and wants me to will it to her. Not her usual attitude to my dogs! Socks is beautiful tho!

She has put on some meat over her ribs—a reserve for her to draw on if she were to get sick while still a puppy/very young dog. Woman at the dog park this morning, raised Dobermans all her life, told me that. Socks of course thinks I am starving her :smirk

Socks put on 7Kg in under 3 months! Demi was 8.5Kg fully grown! At 19Kg Socks ways as much as all three of my former dogs together! So not 100% sure I am feeding her enough, too much or too little.

The subject of Dobermans came up because there was a Doberman puppy at the dog park and the young owners needed reassuring that the ears would stop lying flat and loose on the dogs’ head and it would start barking once the “teeth dropped” which I take it means when the adult teeth replace the milk teeth. The Doberman and Socks played together amicably for a bit.
 
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HBS Guy

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Yes, still has its milk teeth, can’t prick up its ears and doesn’t bark yet.
 

johnsmith

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Yes, still has its milk teeth, can’t prick up its ears and doesn’t bark yet.
that explains why he played with your dog. There was no way my Doberman was going to play with strange dogs at the park when I had him ... EVER. It took over 3 months of weekly sessions just to get him to not try to kill every other dog at training. And even then it was only as long as they stayed more then 5 meters from him. Only then could I start with sit, stay etc.
 

johnsmith

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I used to use a choker chain, and when he saw another dog, I would lift him off the ground with the lead so that he was hanging and couldn't breath to try to get him to stop going agro at the other dog, and even that didn't work. As timid as a kitten any other time, he wouldn't hurt a fly ..... but strange dogs, forget it.

When I first got my bitch I was a little worried he would kill her before she lasted even a week ... but since she was just a pup, she was no threat. By the time she was 12 months old she was the boss.
 

johnsmith

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Did they mate and make puppies?

No. When I got her I had planned on breeding her, but she had some genetic issues that made her unsuitable. The biggest issue being a skin condition that meant that for the first 18months of her life she was almost 100% bald. I blame my ex. I was busy with work at the time so I sent my ex to have a look with a list of twelve requirements. I had done a lot of research and knew what to look for if I wanted a breeding dog. I told my ex that if the pup failed a single item on the list, not to get her. She failed every single one and my ex still get her.smackhead According to her she had to because it was 'cute' ..... I told her that all puppies are fucken cute and I was surprised she hadn't come home with a spaniel..

Then the first time she went on heat ( :stop the dog, not my ex) my male went nuts. House was on piers and the underside was closed off with lattice work. I locked him under the house to keep them separated but he just charged straight through it as it it wasn't there. Made kindling off the latticework. I then locked him in the laundry and he almost pawed a hole through the door. He would paw and cry all night because he could smell her. In the end I took him to get snipped just so that I could get some peace and quiet and so he would stop destroying the house.
 
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HBS Guy

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Socks was an absolute bitch at training today.

Instructor was trying to say something but Socks started barking loudly—also bit the lead a few times.

Instructor suggested a water pistol—couple shots water in the face should shut her up!
 

SethBullock

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We have a training collar we use on our one year old. It can give him a shock, and the intensity is adjustable. It also has a vibrate mode. When you want him to stop a bad behavior, first we tell him using the same verbal command for all bad behavior, like jumping up on people, taking things that don’t belong to him, or excessive barking. If he doesn’t cease the behavior, he gets the vibration. If that doesn’t work, he can get a shock. I want to emphasize that we have only given him a shock a handful of times, and we haven’t needed to shock him in a long time. If we vibrate the collar, he will stop what he’s doing instantly because he knows what can come next. In fact, we can stop excessive barking just by putting the collar on. This has worked well for us on our Pyrenees, a breed that can be pretty stubborn and independent minded and is not known for accepting training as willingly as other breeds.
 
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