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  1. jason_els

    Persistant Anal Licking

    Hi all! I've two dogs, both a year and a half old. They've both developed a problem where they're licking their anuses nearly all the time. This began a few weeks ago and has steadily become worse. They play and swim in the stream frequently and this has caused some very bad matting and one...
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    Anyone Have A Roomba?

    The Pumi boys are growing and with adolescence comes more hair and dirt on the carpet and floors. I saw that i-Robot came out with a Roomba for Pets. It's a special design to prevent the hair from getting wound around the internal workings and supposedly it does a great job of doing the...
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    Question: Are Soup Bones Good Treats?

    Got a question. I've bought the pumi boys some beef bones sold as soup bones. They're short pieces of leg bones full of marrow and my puppies LOVE them! Their favorite thing is now a marrow-filled bit of bone once a week. I'm giving them each one bone once a week and they seem to be able...
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    Pumi Boys Have A Busy Day (Lots of Big Pics)

    Who me? Tweeter Trying to Look Serious Tweeter In His Batdog Mask Tweeter Rules the World
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    Puppy Snapping at and Biting People

    I'm not happy. Both my pups are 4 months and I'm concerned about Tweeter. Tweeter is the loudest and pushiest of the two. He instigates barking at unfamiliar things but acts fearful when I urge him to investigate the new things. He also does this with people who come to the house. He will...
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    NYT on Melamine: Filler in Animal Feed Is Open Secret in China

    By DAVID BARBOZA and ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO Published: April 30, 2007 ZHANGQIU, China, April 28 — As American food safety regulators head to China to investigate how a chemical made from coal found its way into pet food that killed dogs and cats in the United States, workers in this heavily...
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    If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail

    April 24, 2007 If You Want to Know if Spot Loves You So, It’s in His Tail By SANDRA BLAKESLEE Every dog lover knows how a pooch expresses its feelings. Ears close to the head, tense posture, and tail straight out from the body means “don’t mess with me.” Ears perked up, wriggly body...
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    Royal Canin Added To Recall

    April 19, 2007 Dear Royal Canin USA Customer, It is with sincere regret that I inform you of a new and unfortunate development with some of our pet food products. Although we have no confirmed cases of illness in pets, we have decided to voluntarily remove the following dry pet food...
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    Safe Food

    This whole recall business has become a first class disaster. It seems it just gets worse. First it was the bargain foods, then some mid-tier producers, then cat foods and now some premium brands appear to be caught-up in this. When I got my guys I talked to the breeder for some time about...
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    How To Teach the House Is The Same As Crate?

    Hi all! The pumi boys are doing OK so far with the housetraining but I still have issues with peeing inside. Right now they're on a good schedule, pee and poop outside, the works. My problem is when they're inside with me but outside of their crates or pen, they will just pee when they feel...
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    What Can I Expect At 11 Weeks?

    I've been looking all over for some idea of what's age appropriate for an 11 week old to be trained in. I'm pretty confused because the term, "puppy," ranges over a long time and gives little indication of what commands are reasonable for a pup to learn at a certain age. I've been working...
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    The Origin of the Dog and Ancient Egyptian Dog Names

    - Courtesy of The Bark Unleashed: E-Zine Kibble
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    Chew Toys For Finicky Dogs?

    I have two 10 week-old pups and they don't like anything. What I've given them to chew so far: Kongs Kongs stuffed with peanut butter Kongs stuffed with liver cookies Cage-type rubber ball Nubby bone made of softer rubber Kong with rope pull Non-squeaky plush toy Ever-lasting treat...
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    Three Komondorok

    - Reprint from Popular Dogs Feb.-Mar. 1975, courtesy of Middle Atlantic States Komondor Club
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    Pumi Boys' First Snow

    I couldn't resist. They were having such fun :D
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    Back To Newspaper (sigh)

    I've given-up on full crate training my 8-week old guys. I've now put them in the pen with lots of newspaper and a Purina litter box with more newspaper. I'm going to train them to use that until they're old enough to hold through the night. They beat me. I tried taking them out every 2 hours...
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    Some Questions

    I've got a question I haven't seen answered. I see people talking about about how new pups need constant supervision to get housebreaking done quickly. Here are my problems in the 12 hours since I've gotten them. My pups sniff around ALL the time. They're always sniffing around...
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    Here They Are! Two Pumi Puppies Have Arrived!

    First, let me thank all of you for your wonderful help and support for the past few months. You've been very kind in your advice, warnings, and expertise. I was deeply attached to my last dog, Tristan, who I lost to lymphoma at age 4. Though he was with me only a short time, he helped me...
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    Crates: What Size and Any Particular Brand?

    Hi again, The pups I'm getting will be 8 weeks old but when adult will reach about 17" high and weigh, in pounds, in the mid 20s. I will get each of them a crate but I know I'll need to divide them. When people are talking about crates are they talking about pet carrier crates or crate cages...
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    Preparing for New Puppies: What Have I Forgotten?

    Depending on what happens, I may have two 8 week old male littermates by Sunday evening. For the home-coming I'm getting food, food and water bowls, two puppy kongs, two crates, two packages of pads for lining the crates, a few packages of treats, 2 small Tupperware containers for brining...