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Hi again!
Well, I just adopted my dog about a month ago.  LOVE HIM.  However, I also just got diagnosed w/cancer (totally unexpectedly) and will be facing major surgery soon.  I live alone. How will I take care of my dog when I first get home?  Should I board him out for the first week? Maybe get a doggie sitter once a day to walk him?  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.   

My new dog has just started scratching his left ear more than his right.  ??? I assumed his sudden scratching was due to fleas (I took him to a dog park and guess what he came home with?  Yes, that's taken care of). He doesn't scratch anything excessively, just notice he scratched his one ear more than the other.

Am I being rediculously obssessive?  Haven't had a dog in 12 years, so a bit out of practice. :-[   ::)

Australian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / dog park
« on: May 26, 2009, 09:39:44 am »
So took my big doggie to a dog park for the first time.  He loved it!  Only weird thing.....he didn't play w/the other dogs, he ran around like a loon, and in the process, he introduced himself to every single person there and went belly-up asking for belly rubs!   :D

do your Aussies behave like that?  he's such a clown sometimes!   ;D

waaayyyyy too much!  He's a big guy so sticking his paws and nose up there is easy.  So far he has succeeded in getting literally EVERYTHING off my counter (what a mess!!!!) and has gone so far as to take a dish out of the kitchen sink!?!   :o  He has only done this when I've done something foolish - like leave the area to use the bathroom or get clothes out of the dryer.  No I can't block off the area.

Any ideas as to get this big clown to knock it off?!  he's gonna get hurt one of these times (like when he knocked over a crockpot full of food) & I don't want that! 

Akita Discussions / 9 yr old Akita meeting a 5 yr old Aussie????
« on: April 29, 2009, 11:19:10 am »
OK, I am adopting a 5 yr old Aussie this weekend  ;D.  However, my fiance has a 9 yr old Akita.  Having read some of the posts in this section....Do you have any advice as to how to sucessfully introduce them and ultimately have them tolerate eachother?  There won't be any worries w/the Aussie, but we're very concerned about the Akita. 

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Training issue w/Aussie????
« on: April 22, 2009, 09:48:54 am »

As you know, I'm about to adopt a 5 yr old Aussie.  He's pretty well ever.....he's very large in comparison to me (he weighs 70 lbs & I weigh 100 soaking wet).....

When he recently visited I saw a potential problem (although he's very well behaved in every other respect).

He tried to go tearing out the front door the minute I opened it.  He did not listen to my commands or respond to the leash pull.  :o  My question is do I stop this once he has moved in permanently??  Seriously, I could barely keep him from running out or bowling me over.  He's significantly stronger than me.   ??? 

No, it doesn't mean I won't adopt him, it just means I need some advice as to how to train him NOT to do that. 

adopting my new Aussie soon....he's 4 yrs old & 70 lbs....I have 2 spoiled Persians who are going to be quite annoyed w/me....what's the best way to get them to adjust to my new doggie?

(NO, feeding them to the doggie as lunch or dinner is not an option! :D)

OK, I have a limited budget,but will be adopting an Aussie soon (already have 2 Persian cats).  Needless to say, the 'hair factor' will now become huge.....SO... .need to get a good vacuum cleaner.  Have both carpet & wood flooring.  Any recommendation s would be most welcome!

Australian Shepherd Discussions & Pictures / Bonding w/older Aussie
« on: April 03, 2009, 06:50:12 am »
I'm adopting a 5 yr old Aussie who has had the same owner all that time.  He is what's considered a "velcro" dog & is very very attached to her.  No doubt he will miss her alot.  What's the best way to bond w/him? 

OK....adopting an Aussie....he's extemely smart & very well trained.....bu t also kinda goofy ; here's my question....
I like to you think it would be possible to train him to dig the holes for new plants (no, not big holes, little ones for things like pansies)?  And, if I do that, am I asking for him to dig holes everywhere in an effort to continue to 'help' me?

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Aussie w/nose problem.....
« on: April 01, 2009, 04:01:03 am »
Hello! :)
I'm thinking of adopting a 5 yr old Australian eat dog....only he's got some sort of allergy that he takes constant antibitotics for....his nose is all read & raw looking. :-[ His current owner had all his vet records, and biopsies, etc show no cancer or anything, just some allergy. Is this normal? Will it get worse? Shouldn't I be concerned about the constant antibiotics? Wondering what I should expect. Is this a serious issue? ???
Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

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