Anonymous asked:

What do you recommend for flea prevention then?

haleysolo:

tailovecna:

haleysolo:

animalwelfarists:

Vet recommended products. Frontline, Revolution, Advantage… These are some of the safest flea prevention products. Most of what you find in a pet store is not safe and using it leaves you at risk for seriously injuring or killing your pet.

- Dark

Frontline hasn’t been working for me lately. I don’t know if they changed the formula or what, but our dogs got fleas this month and frontline did nothing.

Flea populations often build up immunities to the most commonly used flea medications in an area. Your vet will probably have a decent idea about what meds are effective if you ask. I’ve been using cheap flea meds from Costco and now all my dogs have fleas, I feel really bad :/ I picked up some Capstar and Revolution, hopefully they start feeling better soon.

I haven’t seen any Revolution around here, but I have heard great things about it. I might try looking at the pet store down the road for some, or otherwise I’ll go with Advantage. It’s probably the fleas building up immunities. Every vet around here ever suggests Frontline.

I believe you need to have a prescription for revolution but I’m not 100% sure. I’ve never been able to find it anywhere besides the vets office at least.

Anonymous asked:

What do you recommend for flea prevention then?

haleysolo:

animalwelfarists:

Vet recommended products. Frontline, Revolution, Advantage… These are some of the safest flea prevention products. Most of what you find in a pet store is not safe and using it leaves you at risk for seriously injuring or killing your pet.

- Dark

Frontline hasn’t been working for me lately. I don’t know if they changed the formula or what, but our dogs got fleas this month and frontline did nothing.

Flea populations often build up immunities to the most commonly used flea medications in an area. Your vet will probably have a decent idea about what meds are effective if you ask. I’ve been using cheap flea meds from Costco and now all my dogs have fleas, I feel really bad :/ I picked up some Capstar and Revolution, hopefully they start feeling better soon.

black-shucks:

tailovecna i think i want to do the mat training like how you do with your dogs, do you use like a yoga mat?  i need to get him away from us when we are eating.  it’s probably gonna be really difficult but he’s a horrible beggar.

A yoga mat, towel or blanket works fine. I’ll admit I’ve slacked off on mat training really badly because I find it super boring :/

weaselwoman:

rickyhitler:

"Most Bull Terriers have been destroyed by dog shows. The sad part is that I’ve worked with many Bull Terriers who had drive, but their bodies were so deformed by dog show breeders that they could not function as a true working dog.
I got my first Bull Terrier around 1983, he looked nothing like most of the Bull Terriers I see today. I look at old pictures of Bull Terriers, and then look at present day Bull Terriers and my dogs look more like the originals. If you look hard enough and take your time, you can still find Bull Terriers that look like the old type. Sometimes the show folks have them and they will give you a good deal on these “light-boned” types.

I hate what has happened to the Bull Terrier as a breed, but I have never seen a Bull Terrier that could not catch a hog, even the ones I culled all caught hogs; they were culled for other reasons. I am sure there are some that don’t catch but every one that I have started, caught pigs the first time out.

I will always work hard to keep the Bull Terrier a working dog, and the only way to do that is to start with dogs that have heart, drive, and conformation that allows them to perform for extended periods of time.”

- California Catchers


More examples of dogs bred for PURPOSE rather than CONFORMATION. :)

I really like the looks of this breeder’s dogs!

black-shucks:

prairiegsds:

black-shucks:

prairiegsds replied to your post “Getting to a point where I cannot train pups with food anymore because…”

If you haven’t taught a reliable down stay then this is where I would begin.

he knows “down stay”, however he likes to extort food out of us by coming up to us and barking (very loudly and in a high pitched tone so it cannot be ignored). then leading us to the food bin where he will sit or lay down looking back and forth between us and the food bin.

This ^^ is a different (albeit related) issue than the one you asked about in your first post on how to get kibble out without Pups sticking his head in the bin.

I look at getting food out of the bin as just a down - stay with the added complexity of a distraction. Here is the behaviour I would want:

Down (more work to get up from than a sit) - stay - you take kibble out of the bin- wait for him to make eye contact with you - Yes/OK (whatever your release word is) - reward.

You probably can’t start here- you’ll need to figure out how best to break down this exercise over a week (or longer!) to help Pups succeed. For example, start really close to him and reward for holding the stay when you touch the bin, then for holding the stay when you shake the bin, take the top off the bin, etc., etc.

Bosco has done this for every meal since he was a little puppy - we started by asking for a sit and a watch - release - meal time.

i know it’s not really related but it does have to do with the overall problem of being addicted to food.  i will work on the down stay with him when he gets fed, but is there a way to make him back up/not touch me as well?  he demands food by either barking or putting his paw on my leg (which he thinks is the same as “shake” but it’s not) which interrupts meal times and basically he can’t relax at all.

As long as you keep giving giving in to his demand barking, he’s going to keep doing it. You can (and have to) ignore that behavior if you want it to stop. RIght now he knows that if he screams long enough, you will do what he wants and that’s really got to stop. To add on to  Laura’s advice,  teaching him “go to your mat”  is very helpful in teaching dogs not to bother you during meal time. Feeding him his dinner in a Kong on his mat while you eat should help too.