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  1. Slick

    How long would your dog survive a zombie apocalypse?

    I think Leo would do pretty well in a postapocalyptic world. He naturally stays close even if off leash and is really fit and can go for ages. He is super super fast and will eat pretty much anything. He is pretty hardy, but is also small enough that he can be carried for short amounts of time...
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    How has your Dog changed in the last year?

    I was just reflecting on how Leo has changed over the last year, and have realized there have been quite a few changes. How has your dog changed in the last year? For Leo: - He now sleeps in bed with me all night, no matter how much I move. Even several months ago, he wouldn't do that. If...
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    What is the most common thing you say to your dog(s)?

    "Stop being a baby." It's not like Leo is a huge huge annoying whiner, but he is a pretty silent dog, so when he communicates its always through a whine, whether that is because he is hungry, thirsty, wants to play, is bored, or whotheheckknows. So that phrase get's uttered quite a bit...
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    Let's Be Controversial

    My controversial opinion is that I am not a 100% positive reinforcement trainer. I think something more like 90%p/10%n is perfect. I absolutely believe that in certain circumstances, negative reinforcement is more effective than positive reinforcement in preventing certain behaviors, especially...
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    Your strengths and weaknesses as a dog owner

    Strengths: I am good at being consistent with training and daily life, and also think I do a good job of breaking down tricks into manageable progressive steps. Weaknesses: I should exercise Leo more than I do. Also, sometimes I have these freaking muscle spasms where I click at the...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Leo understands the phrase "Are you hungry?" to mean food, because I always ask him before feeding him, which prompts him to run to his food spot. Anyways... I fed him like 10 minutes ago... Then, I said to myself "I'm hungry"... Leo is now in his food spot and whining pitifully to...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    It's actually insane flexibility. I think if the hotspot was literally anywhere else, he wouldn't be able to reach it because the angle wouldn't be right. But he can bend his neck really really far back and bring his back foot really really far forward, and well, they meet. He can only get to...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Welp, I guess Leo STILL can get past even the Saint Bernard cone. I might actually have to buy him a basket muzzle or something. :mad:
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    That's what I ended up doing. Little old 40lb Leo now uses a Saint Bernard collar :rofl1:. So far it seems to be working. I'd already tried bitter apple and bitter bandages and while he hated the taste it didn't stop him
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Well, I discovered why Leo's hot spot isn't getting any better despite having him in the cone of shame for a week. Apparently the stinker has figured out a way to still get at it. Today I bandaged it up with neosporin because we were going outside and I didn't want it getting muddy, and went...
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    Describe your dog(s) in 3 words

    Leo: active, smart, laid-back
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    What made you get into dogs?

    Mine is probably the opposite of most :p I wasn't allowed to have a dog growing up, and had very little contact with dogs. This in turn caused me to obsess over them, doing hours of research because I wasn't allowed to have one of my own. I think if I had been allowed a dog as a child, I...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    UGH Leo has a hot spot on his foot. He had one a few months ago, and it literally took a month for it to heal up, because he would not leave it alone. I have bitter wrap and bitter apple, and he hates the taste of both, and he still takes it off. He knows I don't like him messing with him, so...
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    Ridiculous things your dog has done

    Well, on Friday, Leo counter surfed for the first time in his life, and ate.....36 double chocolate chip cookies. You read that right, 36 :eek:. Stupid STUPID dog! He did is so gently and so cleanly that my housemate actually thought one of us had cleaned up the cookies somewhere. Anyways, he's...
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    Your family + your pets

    My housemates all like Leo but aren't super dog savvy or into dogs. All three will take care of him for me if I am gone for the weekend, but most of the time generally ignore him while at home. Two of my roommates will occasionally play with him for short bursts of time. It's funny, because...
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    The dog musing/vent thread

    Leo got to see snow for the first time ever! He absolutely loved it. Lots and lots of zoomies and pouncing and snow eating. He loved chasing after the sleds, but did a great job of actually staying out of the sled's way. There was definitely some herding drive kicking in the way he circled...
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    What does your family think of your dogs?

    That's really tricky, especially when its your in-laws rather than your blood relatives. I had a similar situation with my parents, but "won" because their desire for me to visit was greater than than their desire to keep the dog out of the house. Conversation went something like this...
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    What does your family think of your dogs?

    My mom hates dogs, and is completely terrified of them...and she likes Leo. It's a huge huge compliment. She doesn't actually interact with him. Doesn't pet him, doesn't want him sniffing her. But the fact that she can comfortably hang out while he is loose in the room or go into a room where...
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    Breeds with the MOST significant difference between show and working lines?

    I'm not really involved in show at all, but German Shepherds come to mind. I grew up with my uncle having these awesome working German shepherds on his farm, and remember being SOOO shocked when I saw the show version. Some of those GSDs don't even look like they could properly run a lap around...
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    Keeping a dog with you during university!

    Your situation sounds ideal. The biggest thing for me was definitely having supportive roommates, who didn't mind occasionally watching Leo or letting him out if I had a long day on campus or was even gone for the weekend. If that is taken care of, everything else is easy. Leo gets less...