ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread

Gout Man

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View attachment 565276Our new boy officially now ours. Rescued a month ago. Needs to put on about 5 kilos but he is a canine whirlwind so that is proving hard. Slobber everywhere and I couldn’t be more happy
Neither could he by the looks of it. Well done you.
 

Gout Man

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Breakfast for the wife or for the pooch :???:
Well she did share.

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How can you refuse?
 
Dogs nads question for anyone with a male hound.

My pup is now 11 months old. He's got a pair of bollox the size of tennis balls and he's got the most gentle and engaging personality and temperament you can imagine. All he wants to do is play with other hounds, wag is stump a lot and be bestist doggie mates with any hound he encounters. He doesn't mount cushions, humpy anything or anyone and he's generally dead happy.

The mrs thinks we should have his nads off if he becomes a problem. My view is he's as good as gold, well behaved and he responds to the whistle so he always comes back when called - unlike a lot of people who cant control their dogs and are generally pathetic. I also dont want the risk of a change in temperament.

Now we seem to be bumping into hounds with their nads off and they are getting aggressive with him, and we all know how that makes us feel when some twat's dog goes for your hound and the owner cant or wont do anything about it. Not amused. Worse for me as the mrs wont let me haul the other hound off and give it and the owner a kick up the arrse, which is what I'd probably do if I was out on my own.

Now the mrs' argument is it's a testosterone thing and these dogs with no nads are trying to dominate mine as he's got bollox. My response to her is if they aggressive with him, are they likely to be aggressive with other make dogs with no nads as this is a male dog dominance thing and not to be confused with if they do or dont have nads. She obviously has no answer to that.

So whats the experience of behaviours of dogs with no nads towards other dogs with no nads?

Also what's the view on having his nads off?

Debolleaux reduces the risk of cancer in later life.

As for other hounds having a go, it's how the pack works. Not the dog's fault, but feel free to maim or otherwise damage the owner for failing in his duty to his pup.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

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Dogs nads question for anyone with a male hound.

My pup is now 11 months old. He's got a pair of bollox the size of tennis balls and he's got the most gentle and engaging personality and temperament you can imagine. All he wants to do is play with other hounds, wag is stump a lot and be bestist doggie mates with any hound he encounters. He doesn't mount cushions, humpy anything or anyone and he's generally dead happy.

The mrs thinks we should have his nads off if he becomes a problem. My view is he's as good as gold, well behaved and he responds to the whistle so he always comes back when called - unlike a lot of people who cant control their dogs and are generally pathetic. I also dont want the risk of a change in temperament.

Now we seem to be bumping into hounds with their nads off and they are getting aggressive with him, and we all know how that makes us feel when some twat's dog goes for your hound and the owner cant or wont do anything about it. Not amused. Worse for me as the mrs wont let me haul the other hound off and give it and the owner a kick up the arrse, which is what I'd probably do if I was out on my own.

Now the mrs' argument is it's a testosterone thing and these dogs with no nads are trying to dominate mine as he's got bollox. My response to her is if they aggressive with him, are they likely to be aggressive with other make dogs with no nads as this is a male dog dominance thing and not to be confused with if they do or dont have nads. She obviously has no answer to that.

So whats the experience of behaviours of dogs with no nads towards other dogs with no nads?

Also what's the view on having his nads off?

Don't if you don't have to - just train him properly. Hormones aren't an optional extra - they're fundamental to good health.

This article landed in my in box recently, it makes some good points:

 
Don't if you don't have to - just train him properly. Hormones aren't an optional extra - they're fundamental to good health.

This article landed in my in box recently, it makes some good points:


He's trained to the whistle and does exactly what he's told when he's told, as is the bitch. The wife is pretty good also.

I wish I could say the same for most of the dogs we come across when out though. 90% of them cant control their dogs. There's a prick walks two dobermans who I'm unlucky enough to bump into on occasion (walting away with his hair cut and MTP pants) and he screams at me to get my dogs away when their go anywhere near his dogs which he has to walk on leads as he cant control them. I mean what is the point??????

Ta for the article - will take a peep
 
my 12 year old lab dog reached the point where he kept growing in dominance and pushing back at the wife and kids and she couldn’t feed or walk him.
he would work and behave for me but that was it,
the vet explained that it might work but results in dogs whose brains had been pickled in testosterone for all those years weren’t goo.
however it was that or euthanise him.
within a few weeks the transformation was incredible. He changed into a lovely teddy bear of a dog. He still worked hard, didn’t lose any condition or work drives but was a pleasure to be around for my wife and kids, and a damn sight easier to handle.
my only regret was I wished I had done it years earlier.
we had a further two great years with him and i miss him still

BUT . He is one of only two male dogs I have had neutered And I have had many. ( the other was a house dog who was neutered young to stop him mounting the kids and their mates, that worked well to be honest) I wouldn’t neuter a dog unless there are good legitimate reasons to do so.

@Conniesdad my current pup is a boisterous lab who came at eight weeks and was firmly put in his place and the ground rules explained by my wife’s cocker bitch on first meeting. The older working lab doesn’t mess with her at all.
the pup follows her around, teases her, winds her up for a play but defers to her and she is the boss.
she is diminutive in size in comparison to them.
Thank you for that, I now wish I had him done. Still he had the best 18 months of his life with us. Previously he was kept indoors or the garden and only met another dog at the weekend.
In our experience it is always the girls who rule, when we took on our current girl she was submissive to the old one. As soon as she died the younger one became queen of all she surveyed. The boys just did as they were told.
Sounds familiar!
 

jmb3296

War Hero
It’s a hard life being a dog.
This my pup who joined us and will eventually replace my dearly missed spaniel in the beating and shooting line.
He is a cracker, the most biddable dog I have ever encountered, just wants to be with us, carry and retrieve and his recall is pretty good already when out in the garden.


For the past two weeks, this photo is four weeks old and he is growing like a giraffe., he has had an intermittent but now consistent front leg limp.

He has been back and forth to the vets in that time and was there all day today for exploratory xrays.

The good news, there is no fracture, elbow dysplasia or disease of the joints or bone. The vet has found a growth plate abnormality and it is being referred to a specialist, but I am now far more optimistic than I have been for the past couple of weeks
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haggler

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Not long back from the vets, less my beautiful girl who we had to say goodbye to for the last time.
Gutted and ill prepared doesn't come in to it.
Ten years old, a few years ago she was diagnosed with acute arthritis fusing most of two thirds of her skeleton, initially just causing some minor mobility issues. We first noticed something was wrong when she struggled to jump into the back of the SUV, even with a run up. She'd still walk for miles but we could tell her condition was getting worse with her awkward gait.
Forward wind 12 months, she has a ramp to get into the truck and sits down refusing to budge 5 minutes into a walk, vets visits/hydrotherapy and all the pain killers she can handle. In Jan this year, she started being unable to stretch her front legs more than a few inches and occasionally losing control of her bowls and dragging her back feet so a trip around the garden was the best she could get. We'd also bought a belly sling as more than once she had been unable to stand without assistance. More vet visits, she was now on the maximum Gabapentin and Loxicom, combined with paracetamol.
She still wasn't complaining but we could sense something wasn't right for the last two days as she wasn't settling in one spot for very long, had yakked a few times and from the early hours of this morning had been panting heavily.
We had to carry her to the car on a blanket as she couldn't stand.
We were on the phone to the vet from early doors and they took her in as an emergency eventually.
I didn't expect to becoming home without my baby. I know, it's just a dog.
Thankfully Mrs Biff and the kids were with us at the end.
Apologies, I just had to get that off my chest.
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I really feel for you. it hurts like hell
 
It’s a hard life being a dog.
This my pup who joined us and will eventually replace my dearly missed spaniel in the beating and shooting line.
He is a cracker, the most biddable dog I have ever encountered, just wants to be with us, carry and retrieve and his recall is pretty good already when out in the garden.


For the past two weeks, this photo is four weeks old and he is growing like a giraffe., he has had an intermittent but now consistent front leg limp.

He has been back and forth to the vets in that time and was there all day today for exploratory xrays.

The good news, there is no fracture, elbow dysplasia or disease of the joints or bone. The vet has found a growth plate abnormality and it is being referred to a specialist, but I am now far more optimistic than I have been for the past couple of weeks
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Ace hound. That triceratops ai t going to last long!
 

DieHard

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Sad day today, after a couple of false alarms my best friend has had had enough. She is almost blind and has either tumours or a massive abscesses behind her left eye, in her about and one came up over the weekend on too of her head. I gave her a shower yesterday and her eye was bulging out.
I'm not prepared to see her suffer anymore. Logical decision to make but fcking hard.
 

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So sorry, bloke. They mean more to us than any human, part of who we are. The loss is unbearable but there are always more out there who desperately need a home and they'll do everything in their power to help you heal.
 
Condolences :( .
 

Ritch

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Sad day today, after a couple of false alarms my best friend has had had enough. She is almost blind and has either tumours or a massive abscesses behind her left eye, in her about and one came up over the weekend on too of her head. I gave her a shower yesterday and her eye was bulging out.
I'm not prepared to see her suffer anymore. Logical decision to make but fcking hard.
I'm so sorry fella. You're doing the right thing - although it doesn't feel like it. She won't be suffering any more. My condolences.
 
Sad day today, after a couple of false alarms my best friend has had had enough. She is almost blind and has either tumours or a massive abscesses behind her left eye, in her about and one came up over the weekend on too of her head. I gave her a shower yesterday and her eye was bulging out.
I'm not prepared to see her suffer anymore. Logical decision to make but fcking hard.
The right and proper thing to do for her.
My condolences.
 

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