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  1. Zhucca

    Starting over with training

    To start off with I need to mention that I've been a rather lazy trainer in the last year or two. I have not considered getting Duke into sports for awhile, I've been too busy with work and other schedules. However with a job change imminent I'll have more time, so I have been considering...
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    Well now that that's confirmed

    I would say that's pretty accurate. I'm pretty extroverted these days but I would definitely say I have some neurotic tendencies. I am always pretty "tightly wound up" so to speak. And from my general knowledge of the posters of Chaz where a lot of us do struggle with anxiety; that also brings...
  3. Zhucca

    In honor of National Dress Your Pet Day...

    Man Caleb is just so adorable. :D
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    Dekka turned 10 today (bazillion pic warning)

    Happy Birthday Dekka! I really enjoyed the timeline of pictures. She's a lucky dog :)
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    2 Labs and a Bulldog

    Thanks! The bulldog certainly doesn't match the other two, but he's a cool dog. Just unfortunately a little Ham planet. Thanks Amber! Thanks Barb. :) I try.. Especially since Duke has been a brat I need a catch up on some Chaz training advice lol That actually made me pretty happy to hear...
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    2 Labs and a Bulldog

    I've been a bad forum poster. I've reverted back to almost %100 lurker. Life has been busy but life is always awesome for the pooches. Duke is a bit over four and Boomer will be 5 really soon. It's got me really anxious to add another pup soon but I just don't have any time whatsoever. Anyway...
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    GOOD Things About Winter :)

    I love winter, it's probably my favourite season. - drifting around corners. - hoodie weather, cause I love sweaters all year long. - Everything seems so much prettier being covered in snow - christmas happens during winter - sledding - skating - snowboarding - delicious eggnog lattes...
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    Lyra and the Puppies

    I love Karma! Her socks are adorable. I'm sure all the puppies will have no trouble getting homes.
  9. Zhucca

    Next Dog

    I was going to write my own reply but this is exactly what I want. Female black lab, I might be okay with an another color, from a semi-local breeder.. lol I was kind of disappointed because I was totally planning on getting my puppy this year.. but things happen and it wasn't the right...
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    Breeds your family has

    That's funny how most of the members came from pretty pet-less families. I guess if you're going to be down with the dog thing it will happen regardless. My immediate family really enjoys pets, but we don't have a ton. My grandma has two American Cockers, Kylie (5) and Murphy (11) My...
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    If your dog was up for adoption, what would you write to describe him/her?

    Hmm. The idea of rehoming Duke is really unsettling, but I'll do my best. Duke is a 4yr old purebred lab. He is a great family dog and hasn't met a person he hasn't loved immediately. He is gentle and patient with children of all sizes. If you're looking for a cuddly dog, look no further. You...
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    How Long Could You Go?

    I wouldn't even last a day. It would feel like a prison to be stuck at home.
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    What Are Your Dogs Worst Offenses?

    You know, Duke is a pretty easy keeper. His worst habit above all is eating poop. All kinds of poop. Horse poop, duck poop, deer poop, rabbit poop, and other dogs' poop. Luckily he's a little more selective with dog poop 'cause otherwise he would be banned from the dog park. He doesn't eat...
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    Who Are You? 2014 edition!

    Nickname/Preferred name: Kelsey or just my username, Zhucca. Occupation: Drywaller/Taper Age: 23 About your dog(s): Duke is a 4yr old Labrador Retriever. Just a little guy at 55lbs. I'm heavily biased but he's the best. He's perfect. Interests: Dog related things of course, camping/hiking...
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    Life Jackets

    Life jackets are awesome for helping dogs feel comfortable in the water. When I worked at the daycare we had a dog pool as well that I would sometimes work. Nervous first timer dogs noticeably grew more confident with a life jacket on. It can be a PITA if the dog hates the jacket, in which case...
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    Off Leash Reliable

    Duke is definitely off leash reliable. He's pretty much never on leash. Whenever I watch a dog that has to be on leash all the time, it reminds me what a huge PITA it is for me. :lol-sign: He's really good on a leash, despite hardly ever being on them. He responded really well to leash...
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    Lameness - when to go to the vet?

    Well, I might have an idea of what's going on, and you probably won't like it. lol Duke had a very similar symptom. About 1 month ago or so, he started to limp sporadically. There didn't seem to be a very strong pattern. Sometimes it was during walks, or sometimes after. In the mornings he...
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    Dog reactive? aggressive? Whatever he is being a jerk.

    I have a similar situation with Duke, and made a thread awhile ago about this. Duke is different where he doesn't have any inclination to go and say Hi, and is happy as a clam until the dog comes up to him. He'll give signals that he's not interested, and if the dog persists he'll snap. I know...
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    Favorite Action Pictures

    I'm disappointed with myself with how little action shots I have. But, these ones are still pretty cute.
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    Trail Etiquette

    Eye contact and smile. Say hello if they don't say it first. I've changed pretty drastically over the years and am now more recently apt to start up a conversation with a stranger than I was before. I don't like living life in fear, and I figure if someone is going to hurt me it's going to...