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I love Hank but golly I may be terriered out for a while. I could see myself with another mix maybe one day once Hank is gone. But oh my word that boy. Hank is... A lot sometimes.

Next will be 100% herder breed for sure.

I am glad I got him though. He is fun. But a big old jerk sometimes.
 

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I think my list consists of dogs that don't play well with others, and dogs that make absurd amounts of completely unnecessary noise. Terriers don't play well with others. They also laugh and run away when you tell them to stop humping/biting/yapping at other dogs. Most terriery terriers end up having to go play with the big dogs because they're just too much dog for the little guys. Most herding dogs don't play that well with others either, but I can call them off when they decide to be the fun police.
Hell Hank plays too much for many BIG dogs. He is basically non stop intense, hyper jerk or comatose lol.

Course if he's really a cattlehuahua I can't blame terriers. :/
 

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I adore the boxer we have come for daycare. Of course, we never allow dogs to meet (until they're from the same home, then they stay together), so I'm not judging by playing with other dogs.

The weims are just neurotic, anxious, spazzy dogs. It took me a good half hour to try and catch one in the play yard, before we knew how she was. Now she's on leash or in the smaller yard for exercise.

Beagles just bark and get everyone else started with the barking. Can't stand it.

We also have an Akita right now. In boarding. Who's been fence-fighting with his neighbours. Because he's an Akita.
 

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I adore the boxer we have come for daycare. Of course, we never allow dogs to meet (until they're from the same home, then they stay together), so I'm not judging by playing with other dogs.

The weims are just neurotic, anxious, spazzy dogs. It took me a good half hour to try and catch one in the play yard, before we knew how she was. Now she's on leash or in the smaller yard for exercise.

Beagles just bark and get everyone else started with the barking. Can't stand it.

We also have an Akita right now. In boarding. Who's been fence-fighting with his neighbours. Because he's an Akita.
Weims are the bane of all boarding kennel employees. They are the worst honestly.
 
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Total agreement on the weims. The butt of every kennel worker clenches when we hear a weim is coming. Same for shepherds.

Our beagles and boxers really aren't that bad. Our doodles are terrible. Its like a reeking shag carpet running at you screaming "Doodly, doodly, doodly." The other dogs seem to hate them, too. We have one owner who takes good care of the coat, and her doodle always looks nice. The others are always some variation of tangled and matted, with odd debris in their curls.

The other breed that we seem to get the worst of is Springers. I don't think we have a single one that isn't a door-darting, whining, frantic, nervebag.

And as far as names go, we have our perennial Lucy/Bella/Gracie/Lilly/Lola/Luna for the girls. Maggie/Molly/Daisy/Stella seem to have fallen out of favor. We have an odd number of Kate/Katies. Boy names for female dogs are popular here. Jack/Frankie/Charlie/Bear are all for girls.
Boys get Charlie/Jake/Jack/Sam. Buddy seems to be out. Franklin is popular. Diesel, too, and every one of them is a jerk, regardless of breed. And Oliver/Ollie. Always a popular one.
 

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Total agreement on the weims. The butt of every kennel worker clenches when we hear a weim is coming. Same for shepherds.

Our beagles and boxers really aren't that bad. Our doodles are terrible. Its like a reeking shag carpet running at you screaming "Doodly, doodly, doodly." The other dogs seem to hate them, too. We have one owner who takes good care of the coat, and her doodle always looks nice. The others are always some variation of tangled and matted, with odd debris in their curls.

The other breed that we seem to get the worst of is Springers. I don't think we have a single one that isn't a door-darting, whining, frantic, nervebag.

And as far as names go, we have our perennial Lucy/Bella/Gracie/Lilly/Lola/Luna for the girls. Maggie/Molly/Daisy/Stella seem to have fallen out of favor. We have an odd number of Kate/Katies. Boy names for female dogs are popular here. Jack/Frankie/Charlie/Bear are all for girls.
Boys get Charlie/Jake/Jack/Sam. Buddy seems to be out. Franklin is popular. Diesel, too, and every one of them is a jerk, regardless of breed. And Oliver/Ollie. Always a popular one.
Yeah the doodles, esp labradoodles and goldendoodles, seem to be like a bad combo, its been a while they have been bred now and it seems like it just produces a dog who cant settle and cant focus and is just ... all over the place. they might not all be like that but that is what I have observed.

Also so very much yes on springers, and most spaniels.

Yep no more terriers. They are dickheads.
LOL ain't it great? :D
 

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Yep no more terriers. They are dickheads.
Just don't get yourself a Payton or you'll be no better off.

He picked a fight with Auggie last week over an ice cube. I can't even tell you the last time he went after Auggie before that, I remember he slipped and hurt himself and mistakingly thought Auggie did it because Auggie was in the general vicinity but can't remember when it was it was so long ago... and when he finally goes at it again, it's over an ice. cube.
A. f*%^ing. ICE CUBE.

WORST.
 
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I am finding all of your breed observations based on the daycare / boarding to be seriously entertaining. Keep 'em coming. :popcorn:

So, let's change tact a bit. Which are always your favorite breeds, based on daycare / boarding?

I love terriers, but if I was charged with managing a doggie daycare that had a bunch of terriers in it??! Oh my. They wouldn't be my favorite clients. I am actually surprised anyone with a terrier would think daycare is a good idea.
 

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I am finding all of your breed observations based on the daycare / boarding to be seriously entertaining. Keep 'em coming. :popcorn:

So, let's change tact a bit. Which are always your favorite breeds, based on daycare / boarding?

I love terriers, but if I was charged with managing a doggie daycare that had a bunch of terriers in it??! Oh my. They wouldn't be my favorite clients. I am actually surprised anyone with a terrier would think daycare is a good idea.
I'm on my phone right now so not typing up a response, but this would be a good idea for a thread of its own! Hint hint ;)
 

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Just don't get yourself a Payton or you'll be no better off.

He picked a fight with Auggie last week over an ice cube. I can't even tell you the last time he went after Auggie before that, I remember he slipped and hurt himself and mistakingly thought Auggie did it because Auggie was in the general vicinity but can't remember when it was it was so long ago... and when he finally goes at it again, it's over an ice. cube.
A. f*%^ing. ICE CUBE.

WORST.
I've kind of decided all boy dogs other than Nard are dicks and I will forever be an all girl household.
 

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Yep no more terriers. They are dickheads.
But that is part of what makes them AWESOME!

No seriously, I love their honest straightforward world domination, or at least world ownership style of life.

Though girl terriers are way worse than the boys!
 

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Got a call from my vet today, she wanted to know what kind of muzzle Tucker wears when he comes in so she can recommend it to one of her clients who needs a basket muzzle :p
 

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I swear the people at the vet's office must think we're crazy when we say we want to put Tucker on meds for his aggression. We went in with him last week and as we sat in the waiting room I had his muzzle on just in case there's an accident and someone suddenly pets him or a dog gets in his space. There was a doodle puppy there bouncing up and down and barking because he wanted to visit the other dogs. There was a lab nearly having a panic attack on the other end, panting, whining, barking, repeatedly trying to pull his owner towards the door. There were two English setters next to us, one shaking under the chair and the other trying desperately to make friends with the lab.

Then there was Tucker, lying down on my lap. When I was at the desk talking to the receptionist he was laying beside me on the floor. He didn't even look stressed at all, just chillin. The receptionist kept looking at us sitting there and him with his muzzle and you could just tell she was baffled by why he had it on. While the vet examined him he never so much as gave her a dirty look. When she was done he laid on the table, rolled on one hip. Then he took treats from the vet tech and gave her hi fives. He's really hard to understand sometimes lol. Who would think the one place the "vicious" dog doesn't need a muzzle is the vets office.
 

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I swear the people at the vet's office must think we're crazy when we say we want to put Tucker on meds for his aggression. We went in with him last week and as we sat in the waiting room I had his muzzle on just in case there's an accident and someone suddenly pets him or a dog gets in his space. There was a doodle puppy there bouncing up and down and barking because he wanted to visit the other dogs. There was a lab nearly having a panic attack on the other end, panting, whining, barking, repeatedly trying to pull his owner towards the door. There were two English setters next to us, one shaking under the chair and the other trying desperately to make friends with the lab.

Then there was Tucker, lying down on my lap. When I was at the desk talking to the receptionist he was laying beside me on the floor. He didn't even look stressed at all, just chillin. The receptionist kept looking at us sitting there and him with his muzzle and you could just tell she was baffled by why he had it on. While the vet examined him he never so much as gave her a dirty look. When she was done he laid on the table, rolled on one hip. Then he took treats from the vet tech and gave her hi fives. He's really hard to understand sometimes lol. Who would think the one place the "vicious" dog doesn't need a muzzle is the vets office.
I think your experience isn't exactly unusual. Pepper did this to me when I took her in to see the vet about behavioural meds. The vet was all ready to give me a prescription, she even told me she already worked up the dosage before I got there, and then when I got there with the dog she wouldn't give them to me. I guess she didn't believe me anymore. Like I would be lying to try and get meds for my dog? (I know people do this but this vet KNOWS me and my dogs and you'd think would know better.) Like I must be stupid or something and I'm just imagining she was living in a terrified state all the time I guess. What she said was she didn't "look" like an anxiety dog. I still don't know what that means. Meanwhile when we did the blood draw her cortisol level was so high it was beyond the range they even put on the piece of paper (like the range was 0 to 12 and her cortisol was at 19 or something like that.) How does that not LOOK like an anxiety dog in the most important way?? The chemistry that is affecting her body??

I mean I guess I understand you have to treat the dog you see in front of you, but I lived with her for YEARS, I know how she reacts to EVERYTHING. I wasn't making up that she started to be afraid and run from even me, and I had to go out and corner her in the backyard to bring her inside more than once (which I'm SURE cornering her was TOTALLY helping.) This vet KNOWS me and I thought she trusted me enough to think I wasn't a complete moron. But my dog needed help and she didn't get it because... reasons, I guess.

I seem to remember when I posted about it a few people had similar stories, or stories from clients, where the dog just acted differently at the vet than it does EVERY OTHER DAY OF IT'S LIFE. I'm glad your vet is happy to work with you though instead of... whatever it was my vet did.
 

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That's really unfortunate :( Maybe it's because I work there, but I haven't had an issue getting Aesop meds, even when he acts fine when out and about.

Do you still have Pepper? (I only asked because I didn't see her in your signature. But then I don't often pay attention to signatures, so maybe she hasn't been on there and I didn't notice, lol)
 
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Gambit lost another pound, putting him at 31.5. He's so thin that it breaks my heart. I'm starting to actually be afraid of someone calling AC on me, and I can't say that they wouldn't be justified.

This dog has been too thin since I got him. At first I thought he was a normal weight, but he was just bloated from the gross kibble he was on. He should be about 35 lbs at the minimum, and I don't think he's ever been over 33.

I don't know what else to do. He's currently eating 1.5lbs of raw, a cup of kibble and a can of dog food if he'll eat it every single day. He gets coconut oil in his food. He always eats his raw. Most of the time he eats the kibble. He eats the canned food maybe 30% of the time. He gets plenty of treats and snacks throughout the day, and of course he eats those right up.

I have tried going to kibble only, and it didn't help. He didn't gain any weight and he looked like crap. Dry coat, itchy, just not as nice as he looked on raw.

I tried satin balls, and he did gain weight on them. But he didn't hold the weight when I took him off of them, and I'm afraid to keep him on something so high fat long term.

He has had bloodwork done, and everything came back normal. His poops are small and firm, no gas or digestive upsets. I even took him off of his Prozac, to see if that was causing the problem, and nothing changed. On the upside, his behavior didn't noticeably deteriorate either, so we didn't put him back on it.

The thing is, he's healthy. He never gets sick, never has a digestive upset, always brimming with energy and sparkle. He seems perfectly content, but how can he be healthy when he looks like a skeleton?

The vet is looking into things, but nothing is coming up. He just doesn't have any real physical signs of anything.
 

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Maybe try a higher calorie kibble? I only suggest it because I spend a lot of time looking at dog food labels and I've found Canine Caviar to be crazy dense. Most if their foods are around 600 calories per cup, a good 100 calories higher than pretty much anything else.
 

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