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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 17, 2013 - 11:56pm PT
Put this on the cat thread although It is more about dogs...

Cats Stealing Dogs' Beds:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/13/jerk-cats-love-stealing-dog-beds_n_4093467.html
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 23, 2013 - 05:31pm PT
Lovers of mountain dogs will love the finalist photos in this Mountain Gazette contest:





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i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 23, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Ward Trotter

Trad climber
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Great shot.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
I just had a(nother) near miss with Max & coyotes.

The other night, I took him out to pee...a coyote goes darting across the lower part of my property, and Max takes off after him like a shot.

Just now, we did our regular walk through the park, and I cut him loose to run in his favorite part of the meadow. A pack of coyotes appears at the far end of the meadow...it's dusk, their regular time...and I tell him to 'Stay!'

He looks at me like I wasn't even there, and takes off like a shot...I'm yelling 'Come!' repeatedly & forcefully, but he is so focussed he doesn't hear a thing. The coyotes approach him somewhat, since they can also see me coming at them, then they scatter.

Phuk. Those guys will kill him in a heartbeat.

I've been working regularly with him to 'come', with limited success. Instances like this really point out the need for him to respond consistently...anybody got any training tips on this important (possibly lifesaving) command?
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Great Shot x 10000000000000000
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 23, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
In the mean time, keep him on a leash.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:05am PT
Believe me, 10b...Max is on a leash most anytime we're on a walk. There are a few places, though, where it's just the right thing to let him walk and run free. We're fortunate to live in a place that affords that luxury.

How do all the ST dog lovers teach their pups basic commands? How many of you try to instill some level of structure in your relationship with your pup? If so, what is the acceptable level you seek?
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!
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