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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:46am PT
apogee, I'm sure you're well aware of how the yotes will lure dogs to their
demise. Your buddy clearly doesn't take you seriously - you're not the Alpha
Dude. For starters you need to start from scratch with carefully structured
walks on a very short leash/choke chain. His life may well depend on doing
it right and being consistent.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:18am PT
Feck, Reilly...I'm so Alpha with Max that my friends & family think I'm an as#@&%e. (I think they think that, anyway.) When we walk, his leash is plenty short.

I've established a clear structure with him, on the other hand, he's a relatively young male and acting like it. (Jeebus...the irony blows my mind.)

I'm all about the 'pack behavior' psychology, but finding a balance between Alpha structure and being a plain ol' dog nazi is tough.

Of course, it's only been 4 months, he's only ~ 3 yrs old, and who knows how much (or if) he received any kind of training before he came to this home. Maybe I'm expecting too much.

Is this what it's like to have kids?
RP3

Big Wall climber
Sonora
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:27am PT
Bruce at Bishop Pass after climbing Mt Agassiz
Credit: RP3
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 02:44am PT
Apogee,

What Reilly said worked for my last dog for chasing after critters. Choke chain or in our case, leash harness combo. Keep the dog on it especially where you'd normally let your dog off leash. You will need to wait for the situation to arise, ie appearance of coyote, squirrel, etc. As soon as your dog wants to react, tug real hard with voice command, ie "No Coyote!, No Squirrel!, No Kitty!

With a leash/harness combo this will require the tug be firm enough to knock your dog off their feet. If you want this to work : no off leash until several critter encouters are worked through.

Our dog became the envy of many other dog owner friends as she learned to leave all critters alone.
David Knopp

Trad climber
CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Credit: David Knopp

beagles doing what they do best.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Oct 24, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Is this what it's like to have kids?

Putting choke chains or correction collars on kids is frowned upon. But yes, similar.

Susan
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 24, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Putting choke chains or correction collars on kids is frowned upon.
Then how am i supposed to get them to stop begging for scraps when i eat?
gf

climber
Oct 24, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Credit: gf
AKDOG

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:36pm PT

My pup pulled up lame. According to the Vet she has a torn ACL, anyone of you dog lovers have experience with outcomes of dogs after having a surgical repair (TPLO)
The dog is very active almost daily mountain runs and skis in winter, currently if she does anything more than a short walk, the limp gets worse. Any experiences would be appreciated.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
My big black Lab Toby had the same thing. The vet did the TPLO, and he was back to normal before long. It never bothered him again. Good luck!
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
Oct 24, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Three years ago my folks found a dog that was near death, her belly and groin frozen to the snow. They coaxed her home, cleaned off the dead flesh.

After a couple months it became apparent that her rear legs were not functional. We invested $4,000 in ACL repair (both hind legs!).

She is a gawdamned wondergirl now! She went from hardly walking to the fastest dog I have ever known. Let her off the leash today and she f*#king dances down the trail!

ACL surgery for the mutt is super-pricy and completely worthwhile! Do it. You will feel like Mother Theresa and your dog will regain that vital ability to roam vigorously, to 'splore fully.

yes, I have noticed that she has Russian serial killer eyes.
yes, I have noticed that she has Russian serial killer eyes.
Credit: thebravecowboy
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Oct 24, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
My pup pulled up lame. According to the Vet she has a torn ACL, anyone of you dog lovers have experience with outcomes of dogs after having a surgical repair (TPLO)
The dog is very active almost daily mountain runs and skis in winter, currently if she does anything more than a short walk, the limp gets worse. Any experiences would be appreciated.

Yeah. . . have it done right away!

It's remarkable!

It's patented, so it's an expensive procedure. . . but WORTH IT!

My GoldenRetriever/Lab cross blew one out and had it done the old way. It was $1300. Shortly after recovering, she blew the other one out and had it done the old way, too. . . the price went down to $900. Then my Newfie/Golden blew one out and I figured it would be cheaper than that. . . NOOOOOOO. . . the TPLO had been released on the world and. . . are you sitting down. . . it was $3600.

DOOD!

BUT. . . Skadi was an incredibly active member of this family and getting her back in race ready shape was worth every cent!

I actually told the Vet (at the Sacramento Animal Medical Group in Carmichael) that if I ever blew mine out, teachin' skeezin, I was going to her!

:-)

P.S. The above medical group did all three procedures and we lived in Mammoth, then. . . that's quite a commute!

They are full blown as#@&%es to people. . . but they rock with pets. Actually, they are so bad I can't believe they're still in business . . . they are miserable people! But. . . like I said. . . they are really good with animals!
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Yes last year my 110lb. leonberger. It took 8 weeks of very careful recover time, but he's back to himself.
the manly way to fish
the manly way to fish
Credit: FRUMY
AKDOG

Mountain climber
Anchorage, AK
Oct 24, 2013 - 06:52pm PT

Thanks for all the responses
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 24, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
hey there say, all...

always love this thread, i do! :)
*well, yeah, and the cat threads, and , and, and... :)


say, thebravecowboy...
wow, WHAT a story... and such a wonderful successful outcome...
the dog was sure in the right place at the right time to be found,
though it HAD been in the WRONGest PLACE ever, :(


and to AKDOG:
hope it all gets well soon...

and to ekat, wow, ekat, good share, as to info, too!

fun thread, thanks to all for sharing the 'dog life'...

:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Oct 24, 2013 - 08:11pm PT
hey there say, apogee...

patty ann marie, my dog...
will do anything i ask, to teach her, for:
peanut butter... and just a small tad, at that...

however, i have NOT taught her to not chase squirrels, etc, as, she is a backyard dog, and that her is best exercise here...

HOWEVER, if i had, i do believe she would have learned, as, i DID teache her this:

on our walks, she pull me awful hard at the sudden SIGN of a squirrel, :O
so, with my trusty peanutbutter in hand, i TAUGHT her to 'slow to a stop' and SNEAK very very slow towards them... :))

then, at the last minute, before they saw her (as, we got awful close that way) :)) well, THEN, when i was holding her hard enough to not fall over, i'd say 'okay' and she'd charge the last few feet, as i held her good, and squirrel of course was up the tree by then...

funniest thing for anyone to see...
the 'stalking dog' we are walking at great clip, leashed she is, and then i am pulled to a STOP now, and she freezes and does her STALK...

FOLKS nearby that see this wonder what the 'man oh man!' is WRONG WITH HER...
then, they too, see the squirrel...
(i even wonder what is wrong with her, at times, when she suddenly stops,
as, she loves her walks)...


but--consistency... you have to NOT them respond wrong, or it will be a habit... and like timid said, you must make sure you test the dogs work...


patty ann marie, will not sit, etc, or stop, when there is company at the door, as, WE NEVER have company to practice with... :(

it is trouble to work at this, but are going to do it now...
as, WOW--have HAD more company lately and we NEED this done, :)
(she thinks she is part boxing kangaroo) ;)


all her commands, though, that she has learned DO WORK elsewhere, and here, after company is in... it is AT THE door!!
where we must do our work...

and with her, i'd not let her off leash, as, i have read that dogs that are part whippet, it is NOT a good idea...
their INGRAINED nature to sight-hound and then run, is just too strong...

some may go to trail so strong, they will not even be thinking to come back, :( and get lost that way... :(
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Oct 25, 2013 - 06:12pm PT
Credit: FRUMY
Credit: FRUMY
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Oct 25, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
In the mean time, keep him on a leash.

Yes and no. I don't know where you all live, maybe more densely populated areas than I do. I've had no issues with my dogs being off leash in the mountains. On steeper terrain, a leash can be dangerous.

There is no black and white.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
Home early from work today, so I took the dogs on a new trail just 15 minutes walk from our house.

Miss Penny Underfoot, looking spry at age 11.
Miss Penny Underfoot, looking spry at age 11.
Credit: Edge

Jasper hates sitting still for pics.
Jasper hates sitting still for pics.
Credit: Edge

Not a bad view.
Not a bad view.
Credit: Edge
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Oct 26, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
Slack and I on our latest mission.

Credit: The Larry

Oops. Wrong way.
Oops. Wrong way.
Credit: The Larry

Exhausted.
Exhausted.
Credit: The Larry
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