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ARRSE Kennel Club - A Dog Owners Thread

That's a shame, you obviously wanted to help him and ready him for finding a family of his own and you gave it your best shot, can't do more than that.

I would have thought that a rescue organisation would certainly have socialised him before fostering and it makes me wonder if his aggression is a developing thing for some hidden reason and is going to get even worse. I think that you did absolutely the right thing for the lad in returning him with a report on his increased aggro so that the professional behaviourist can work on it.
I’ve got succesful form for fostering headcase dogs so I think him going home with me was seen as a reasonable risk/chance to evaluate him a bit more than they had. The six page handover notes from the family that handed him in were 90% la la

Anyways just patch magicked all the bits of lawn he had scratted up :mrgreen:
 
What about swimming? Is there a hydrotherapy pool near you or a calm stretch of water where you could put him on a harness and lead for a paddle?
I discussed hydrotherapy with the vet but we decided to leave it for now as skinny boy hates swimming. He'll run into water if I'm standing in it but as soon as he's reached me he's off out again. He panics if he gets out of his depth and has to swim rather than just bound through the water.
 
Bastards! ABSOLUTE BASTARDS!!

At least it has a "happy" ending/resolution.

 
And now, for something completely different . . . :) .

I think this might have been posted before - but, you can never have enough of a "good thing" !!

 
I discussed hydrotherapy with the vet but we decided to leave it for now as skinny boy hates swimming. He'll run into water if I'm standing in it but as soon as he's reached me he's off out again. He panics if he gets out of his depth and has to swim rather than just bound through the water.
Lifejacket? Water wings?
 
My four year old, spayed, Cocker bitch has had a few random bouts of incontinence. One about three weeks ago, one this afternoon when she swamped her bed.
The same thing happened about two years ago with two episodes in a week. On that occasion the vet tested for UTI etc and in the end just put it down to general incontinence. She wanted to put Millie on meds....which would have been for life......but I wasn't sure and waited......not wanting to label a young dog after only two events....there were no further episodes until now.
In all other respects she seems fine, maybe a little under the weather, but not significantly so.
Any ideas anyone?
 
My four year old, spayed, Cocker bitch has had a few random bouts of incontinence. One about three weeks ago, one this afternoon when she swamped her bed.
The same thing happened about two years ago with two episodes in a week. On that occasion the vet tested for UTI etc and in the end just put it down to general incontinence. She wanted to put Millie on meds....which would have been for life......but I wasn't sure and waited......not wanting to label a young dog after only two events....there were no further episodes until now.
In all other respects she seems fine, maybe a little under the weather, but not significantly so.
Any ideas anyone?
I had a spayed Irish setter who became incontinent, the vet put her on HRT and she never had any incontinence issues for the remaining years of her life. Spaying can be blamed for incontinence issues but all my dogs have been neutered and none of the others have had any problems......the benefits of neutering far outweigh the negatives IMHO.
 
With great regret he's gone back to the rescue. First time I've bailed on a foster. He settled in and was low key for a week but his dog aggression turned into an unpredictable approach to humans

By unpredictable I mean I couldn't read him, his gear changes were barely perceptible from flash to bang, calm-serene to full out aggro. He became defensive in the van and had a couple of pops at me for being in the vicinity of him when he went off.

You can't insure a foster dog, the only way to keep him and me out of aggro would in the short term be isolation and slowly introduce him to the world selectively working on each drama as it came along.

I'm not the dog whisperer and I foster for the pleasure/fun it gives me and I wasn't getting much pleasure out of him just stress. So back to the pound. They have the behaviourist on hand and work on dogs for up to 18 months.

Went I dropped him back they said they'd find me a chiahuahau with a big pink bow for my next foster and that, at the minute is what I feel like I deserve :mrgreen:

TheGimp 0 Angry dog 1
Onwards and upwards
Animals who are ill or injured can very often be cured with medication and/or surgery, animals who are frightened or traumatised are a whole different ball game and sometimes they cannot be helped despite the best efforts of lots of people. We have only had to PTS two dogs in the last 20 years for aggression/mental health issues - and both these occurred within the last two years. In both cases these lovely dogs, 1 x collie cross and 1 x yorkie, lost their lives because humans had mentally abused them beyond repair. You gave him a chance but you are right, having a pet in the home should be a pleasure and not a disaster waiting to happen.
 
Germany shorthairs?

They have a lot in common with my two labs.

Enjoying having a bed to myself tonight without one of them nudgeing me over in my sleep

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The boys are not allowed upstairs, downstairs only. Even that draws glances from those on the shoots whose dogs never even get in the house, being permanently kennelled outside. That’s just not for us; we bought them as pets as well as workers.
 
Lifejacket? Water wings?
Now that's a possibility. I never thought of a life jacket.

@CivvyLurker
There is also the type of hydrotherapy where they walk on a treadmill that is partially submerged in a glass sided tank. It may not be as effective as a full dunking but possibly better than nothing.
The Water Walker v3 - Westcoast Hydrotherapy
Good call. I think they have a water treadmill at Dick White's, which isn't too far away. The terrier is in for his annual check up next week so I'll ask the vet if he'll refer skinny boy for some physio. They did an excellent job on the lurcher when he had a good go at chopping off a front leg by running into some dumped wriggly tin.
 
Picking up the next foster hound today

The pink ribboned chihuahua is obviously on holiday as new hound is a Malamute Great Dane cross.

I know when they say get back on the horse as soon as possible but I don’t think they meant literally a ******* horse :mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:
 
Now that's a possibility. I never thought of a life jacket.


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They sell them at places that sell boating supplies. Where I live people buy than in case the dog falls overboard. Like the life jackets for children they have a big loop of nylon strapping on the back to grab the dog (or child) and pull him back onboard.
 
Cpl Warwick Bartholomew had a return to the Vets yesterday. About 2 weeks ago on his walk he stumbled,nothing serious ( or so I thought) yesterday morning he wasnt his usual bouncy self. Refused to get off his bed,come downstairs he just laid on the bed shaking and tail at the lowport position.
Lucky for us our veterinary surgery is across the road 5 mins away,phoned at 0800 and got to see the senior Vet at 0815.
I took him in the car as walking was not an option. Weighed him and his weight had increased by a kilo,he is on HA Hypoallergenic food,FortiFlora and a single steroid tablet daily due to his Hypomortality.
Looks like he has got a bit of degenerative disc issues (He is 9 in August so in human years 61) he cannot have anti inflammatory medication due to steroid use. So he is having Tramadol,bed rest and the kicker no walks or stairs for at least 10 days.
Regarding the weight gain that is a metabolism problem,again due to Hypomortality. Having to decrease his food by 14g daily, so again he is not a happy Cpl. This year since January is not our year so far,it comes in threes as they say. We really need a bit of Good Luck.
 

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