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Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: HD?
« on: April 26, 2008, 08:36:16 pm »
Thanks,  He does do the "bunny hop" thing with his hind legs when he really gets running around.  He's always done it since we adopted him almost a year ago, and at first thout it was a funny way to run, but never knew it was a symptom of HD, untill i started doing some research.  Another symptom i notcied is that he has been carrying his tail down alot lately where he usually carries it up on top of his back.  Something else i didnt even think about,  He used to pounce on the bed when he would get up with me, but the past 2 or 3 weeks, he's been doing this thing where he tries to crawl up on the bed, and i have to help him up.  I thought he was just being a goofball, but now i'm thinking that he was having pain from jumping up onto the bed. 

Medical Conditions & Diseases / HD?
« on: April 26, 2008, 09:25:45 pm »
Well, just got back from the Vet.  Kodi has been having some pain the past couple of days.  after he has been laying down for a while, when he goes to get up he cries quite a bit and also cries during the first 5-10 steps he takes.  He was reluctant to climb the stairs to get back into the house after going to the bathroom plus just him not acting like himself lately.  My fiancee was getting worried over Kodi's crying and got him an appointment this morning.  The Vet examined Kodi's legs and joints.  They tested him for Lyme disease, which is quite common in our area, and can cause joint pain, but he was negative for that.  The vet said that he is concerned about and wants to do x-ray's tomorrow morning to check for HD.  He's 19 months old, at a perfect weight according to the Vet.   I know there's  a ton of posts on here regarding HD, and i've been doing some research here at work about it too.  Just looking for any advice from those of you who have had to deal with this.  Hopefully the x-rays come back clean, but i have a bad feeling that they wont. 

Food Discussion & Information / Question about changing foods
« on: February 12, 2008, 08:06:26 am »
I know that when changing types of food it is supposed to be done slowly mixing the two foods at varying amounts untill you're at 100% of the new food.  But my question is, what if you're staying within the same brand but just switching flavors?   I have been feeding Eagle Pack Hollistic for Large Breeds, and thought about switching possibly to either the Duck or Chicken formula, simply because the store is out of the Large breed formula.  Since i'm staying within the same company would it be ok to switch "flavors" for say one bag, since i have no clue how long it'll be before they get the large breed back in and since i have maybe 2 days worth of food left in my existing bag?  Thanks

Meet & Greet BPOers / Re: Anyone in CNY?
« on: January 16, 2008, 07:52:00 pm »
We've just started letting Kodiak off leash a bit when we're out at my parents where there's alot more room to roam.  He's done very well so far, and typically doesnt get much more than 50 yards or so away, and if he's got a buddy playing with him he's usually right along with the other dog.  The only think i'm not totally sure of is if he caught sight of a squirrel,  he's like holding back a bear when he's on leash and see's one, i'm not realy sure how he'd respond if he had free reign to chase them around,  i'm sure he'd chase them up a tree and try to climb up after them!

Meet & Greet BPOers / Anyone in CNY?
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:37:40 am »
Any BPO'ers in Central New York, near Utica?  Kodiak would love to make some new friends and have someone his own size or bigger to play with.  All the other dogs are much smaller than him in the family, and most are very intimidated by his size so they do not play well with him.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Kodiak is falling apart!
« on: January 16, 2008, 12:32:33 am »
She shaved the area around the rash, and said that they had pulled a few of the hairs out first to test the follicules sp?  and also did something with pushing a slide onto it to get some skin cells to check out under the microscope ... not sure if thats what you meant about a skin scraping.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Kodiak is falling apart!
« on: January 15, 2008, 06:14:12 pm »
well back from the vet.  The rash she still thinks is ringworm, it looks somewhat better, alot of the redness has gone away, but it is still raised a bit, She said the scab on his nose should heal on it's own, (i left him out of his kennel this morning while at work, and the scab was not torn off again)  so that just makes me think that his escape attempts are the cause of the scab, and she thinks the limp is probably a strained muscle, so she gave him some anti-inflammatory's to take for 5 days, and if he is still limping they will do x-ray's on it.  She said that she wasnt' too concerned about x-rays today because once she got his paw in her hand he wasnt crying or trying to rip it out of her hand so we're just going to go the conservative route and see what happens!!  So all in all, good visit, nothing serious!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Kodiak is falling apart!
« on: January 15, 2008, 04:33:52 pm »
last week i had Kodiak at the vet for this mystery rash on his chest.  The vet thought it might possibly be ringworm ... not sure i agree with that but she wanted to see him back in a week (which is today).  well monday night i notice he has something on the left side of his snout.  I grab his face and it looks like a big scab, hadn't noticed anything before, but i though, ok he's going to the vet wednesday, i'll just have her look at that as well,  well the next day i get home from work and he's got the scab partly off and now it's an open sore.  The only thing i can think of is when he's trying to break out of his kennel, he's sticking his nose through to pry the door open and he's rubbed it raw.  Well last night i call him in from the kitchen and he's LIMPING!!!  he limps into the living room and stands there holding his left front paw off the ground and doesnt really want to put weight on it.  i'm just thinking what the heck is going on!!! i had him outside playing yesterday afternoon and he was fine, i dont know at all what would've hurt his paw/leg. I checked to make sure he didnt have anything stuck in his paw, didnt find anything, and i could move all his joints without him protesting, but if i reach for his paw, he pulls it away.  WELL, looks like i'll be getting my money's worth out of this vet visit!!!   Thanks for listening, just had to vent a bit,  sometimes it feels like you're fighting a loosing battle

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Dog Houdini
« on: December 01, 2007, 01:43:29 am »
Last night i got home from work around 10pm.  When I got out of the truck i didnt hear Kodi barking  (he's always barking when we get home and he's left alone in his kennel).  I was kind of nervous wondering why he wasnt barking, so i hurried inside and opend the door to find him standing there looking at me wagging his tail.  I looked into the other room where his kennel is and both of the doors are shut and locked,  i tried opening them and couldnt.  Needless to say i was very confused.  I took Kodi out and came back in to look at the kennel again.  Upon further investigation i find that the bottome latch on one ofthe doors was undone and he must've squeezed his 65 pound butt out the door with only one lock undone.  Now i'm thinking to myself, did i not get the latch all the way closed when i left for work?    Fast forward to today,  I go over to my brother's house,  put kodi in his kennel,  make SURE all the latches are closed and leave.  Come home .... no barking ...  get inside, there's kodi in the kitchen again.  Looks like kodi figured out how to get the latch undone from the indside of the kennel.  so i've spent some of the day today putting child proof latches on the cupboard doors.  Looks like i'm going to have to figure out a way to hold the latch closed or let Kodi have the run of the house.   He didn't do any damage to the house, no accidents inside, but he did kill 2 blinds in the bedroom, but he's done that before.  Anybody else have a Houdini dog story?! 

Collars, crates, & other cool things / Dog Runner?
« on: November 28, 2007, 08:23:07 pm »
Winter is approaching fast and they are calling for snow this weekend for us.  This got me to thinking, that it's a pain for me to have to get all dressed up to take Kodiak out in 3 feet of snow for a batheroom break.  We live in an apartment a busy corner.  Our back hard is not fenced in so I have a chain around the tree in the back yard and that's what i use to tie Kodiak out.  The tree is about 35 feet from the back porch and when we get all that snow I can already tell it's going to be a pain to dig up the chain to let him out.  I was thinking about putting in a runner that would go from the back porch to the tree so Kodiak would be able to play in the snow and get his "outside time" without a: me being worried that he'll try to investigate the road, and b: i can hook him up at the back door and he can come back to the door when it's time to come back inside.  I've tried looking online for some runners with limited success.  Does anyone here use one? could you reccommend one for me to try?   Kodiak is about 65 pounds now, and he's been holding pretty steady there for about a month so i'm not expecting him to grow too much more at this poing  (being 14 mos old).  Any suggestions would be great.  Thanks!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Diarrhea
« on: November 05, 2007, 08:14:53 am »
The past couple of days Kodiak has been having very loose wet stools.  We changed his food about 3 weeks ago to Eagle Pack and he had been doing fine on it, and his poops were smaller and firm.  Now all of a sudden he's got diarrhea all the time.  About a week ago my girlfriend's aunt sent her a care package with some stuff in it for Kodiak because it was his birthday, and i'm wondering if these new treats are the cause of his problems.  The treats she sent were made by Dogswell.   www.dogswell.c om is their website and the ones she sent us are the mellowmut and the happy heart.  Usually Kodiak gets the large Milkbones and he likes those just fine.  Has anyone used these dogswell treats  with or without problems?  these are basically chunks of meat which he is not used to, he gets the dry food and the dry treats.   Also the girlfriend has recently discovered that he LOVES cheese.  I dont know if the dairy is upsetting his stomach.  So i told her that from now on he only gets the dry food and milkbone treats to see if that brings things back around.  Anyone have any thoughts???? thanks!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Trainer?
« on: October 18, 2007, 01:04:38 pm »
yep, that's the petsmart that i used to get his food at.  I'll have to look into the classes there

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Trainer?
« on: October 18, 2007, 12:04:20 pm »
Kodiak is a young pup, 12 months old ... seems like alot of things make him loose his focus ... especially when outside.  Other dogs dont bother him at all,  usually they bark at him, and he just looks at them like their crazy then keeps going on his way. I guess i'm not really sure where to look for group training in my area,  it's not a large urban setting or anything.  I'm located in Utica, NY its about 30 mins east of syracuse.  If anyone  could suggest a website or something that'd be great!   

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: Trainer?
« on: October 18, 2007, 08:36:39 am »
Like i said, i didnt have alot of time to talk with him, but the way he was talking it sounded like he would come to the house to do the training.  He told me that i could come back on friday (today) and he'd give me his card and we could talk some more.  He made mention that he was training 2 akitas at this time.  I'll have to ask him about the references and group sessions.  It sounded like you get 5 weeks no matter what ... 1 hour per week???  =5 hoursx$30 per hour = $150.  He said that every dog is different, and if it only takes 3 sessions to accomplish the goals we set, then he'd teach some fun stuff on the last 2 sessions  (hand signals and other stuff he said).   He also said, that the first session would be him comming out and meeting with us and laying down a gameplan and setting our goals for the training.  thats about all the info i have right now from him... i just wanted to make sure i didnt get ripped off...   do you typically pay up front?? half before half after??  Thanks!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Trainer?
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:59:22 am »
When i was at Pet Supplies plus the other day, i was talking with one of the employees who mentioned that he did some training on the side.  He didnt have alot of time to talk as his boss was down this throat about unloading a shipment they just got in.  Anyway, i had been thinking about doing some training with Kodiak for walking on a lead, and just some basics.  He does very well with sit, down, and shake.  He is horrible about Sit and Stay however.  I quickly asked him about his price.  He said $150 for 5 weeks  = $30 per hour, and he gaurentees everything out of the dog.   He said teaching him to walk on a lead is 20 mins tops .... he said it's just directing the attention of the dog to the handler and not the surrounding environment.    i really dont know much about trainers, but how does his price sound?  i thought teaching him to walk on a lead would take a bit longer than that

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