Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Why can't they act like this at home?
First of all, my reaction was to ask one of the most common dog health questions - how do you know if a dog is overweight? He looked fine to me, although recent luxating patella surgery for a trick knee might have contributed to his weight gain.
How to figure out if Fido is a chub . . .
Dr. Becker, a holistic vet, says:
One way to measure your pup’s fitness is by feel. Run your hands over his rib area. You should be able to feel ribs beneath a thin layer of fat, and his skin should move easily under your fingers.Simon's vet said essentially the same thing - he has no waist! And guess what - when you look at him from above, he's the same width from collar to the beginning of his stubby tail.
Now step back and take at look at him. He should have a tuck-up at the rear of his ribs and a visible waist when viewed from above.
And obviously, if your dog waddles from side to side when he tries to walk, chances are more exercise and less food are in your dog's future.
Doggie Weight Loss Guidelines
To help your dog get to his healthy weight, do the same thing you would do to lose weight (with one exception):
1. Get the dog moving (more walks, more playtime). If your dog is older, find the time to lease walk a few times a day. If you need to train your dog to leash walk, see these squidoo lenses:
2. Reduce the amount of food your dog consumes. Simon loves food, so he now gets smaller quantities of daily meals and treats.
3. Forget about feeding your dog table food if you have this habit. All this will do is pile on the pounds. Besides, very few people enjoy a dog begging for food at the table.
4. Forget the doggie diet food. It works about as well as people diet food - in other words, it won't help your dog to lose weight and probably isn't good for him.
Hope this post helps you answer one of the common dog health questions! Best of health to you and your dog!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Alvin (The Terrible) SEZ:
As in the two previous posts* about "Pigs Fly" dogs (When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs), this post describes the application of a "Pigs Fly" technique.
Name Recognition is particularly difficult for a "Pigs Fly" dog because they're so intent on doing whatever they want to do versus what YOU want them to do. For example, when Alvin the Terrible is guarding his goughnuts, he would not recognize ANY command nor respond to his name.
What's An Owner To Do When Even The Dog Ignores YOU??
Buy the When Pigs Fly! book.
If this reads like a See Dick and Jane kid's book- then you got the message - it's really that simple.
Alvin needed to learn name recognition.
Got to get a dogs attention before training starts. So, according to the technique presented in the book, we did the Name - Click - Treat routine several times a day for three days.
Same thing for bro Simon - but out of Alvin's hearing range.
Now both dogs respond to their names - their heads jerk toward the sound - and they come running. Even better - each dog knows his own name. When I request both dogs to stay and say "Simon, Okay" to release him from the stay, Alvin stays. Amazing what a few training sessions will produce.
Obviously, name recognition is very important when you have more than one animal.
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* Previous posts about When Pigs Fly! (How To Train A Dog):
Sunday, November 7, 2010
One of the simplest ways to stop dog chewing is to provide your dog with indestructible toys. When he chews, He can work on HIS stuff, NOT your furniture, shoes, cell phone, or eyeglasses.
Goughnuts come in 6 different varieties and are virtually indestructible. If your dog is able to chew through to the red area, you call the manufacturer ASAP for a replacement. Black Goughnuts are stronger than green ones and are for extreme chewers.
Doesn't this post read like the voice of experience? It is - Alvin, my Bichon Frise mixed breed is an amazing chewer. See his video "Guarding The Goughnuts" below. But he knows to chew his own toys - his favorite is
In this video, Alvin The Terrible (a 23-lb "small dog") guards his goughnuts from his bro (offscreen). This video will you an idea of the size of the GoughNut Green .75
* See ezinearticles.com
Saturday, October 30, 2010
If this sounds like Pavlov's Dogs, you're right - only it's the click instead of a bell.
Basically, you click the clicker and then feed the dog a treat as soon as you can (within a half second of clicking). If you do this twice a day for three days (20 treats at a time), the author maintains that you will "power up the clicker" - your dog will give you his immediate attention at the sound of the clicker.
Your "pigs fly" dog - you know - the pup who does his own thing and mostly ignores you unless you are giving him his dinner - is on alert for the click. Great first step to "how to train your dog!" Ever try to train a dog who's paying attention to the squirrel running up a tree? LOL!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
No breed of dog is inherently better at learning than any other breed or mix of breeds.Wow! This statement is right out of When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs. And the author's assertion is backed by scientific research! Very mind boggling!
According to the author, Jane Killion, a "Pigs Fly" dog is one that is perceived as being difficult to train, but in fact, is easily trainable using the shaping behaviors described in her book.
This is not the only dog training book that describes shaping behaviors.
Not theoretical, but practical application of using shaping behaviors to train your dog to do what you want him to do - willingly and enthusiastically!
And the author has included ways to stop aggressive behavior.
A different dog training technique that works - as evidenced by the clear photographs in the book.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
This is Alvin getting a treat a few weeks ago - he looks healthy and HUNGRY!
But by lat Sunday (Oct 16) he was lethargic and perched on the top of the couch all day either sleeping or looking pathetically sick. He started throwing up Sunday nite a few times and then several times Monday morning around 6 am.
Once a dog is losing this much fluid (12 hours of throwing up repeatedly), it's time to visit the vet. A call into the vet's office confirmed that he should be brought in.
Since this has happened before with Alvin (last Christmas), I knew the drill.
The vet examined him, gave him a shot to stop his vomiting and said she would wait to see how he did to decide if blood tests were necessary (thank you very much!). His abdominal area was not tender and he was alert and aware of what was going on (he hates the vet's office and tries to escape the examining room).
He's on boiled chicken and rice a few days. Then we start mixing in the kibble in small amounts.
What causes his bouts of vomiting? Both of the vets we see seem to think he gets into something in the yard, but no one knows what exactly causes it. I questioned the possibility of the stress caused by two family members disappearing on vacation for a week. Since he is a "sensitive" dog (aware of breaks in routine and suitcases being packed), that also could be the cause.
Whatever the cause - we'll keep him on his chicken and rice (Boiled only) and see what develops. This is the third day on this routine - so far so good!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Monday, September 20, 2010
Details of the problem with his knee, how it was corrected, and his recovery from surgery are described in this ebook: Simon's Story.
Luxating patella surgery recovery time was a lot longer than anticipated. During the initial six-week period post surgery, Simon was totally inactive and had to be carried up and down stairs.
The second four-week period ordered by his surgeon after an exam on August 23rd was only slightly less restrictive. Basically, he could climb stairs, but was not allowed to run or play with his brother, Alvin. Leash walking was allowed.
You must have a dog if you're reading this post, so just imagine keeping a young 18 months old dog from running for even a day. LOL - this wasn't a fun time for animals and owners!
Of course he isn't supposed to run full speed, but he does. And the stumbling, limping, stiff-leggedness has been corrected. His vet (not the surgeon) confirmed that the knee was stable during a regular visit for a rabies shot.
If your dog is about to have this surgery, I wish you patience and persistence to ensure a successful recovery. According to the surgeon, the repair is routine. The key is the recovery period so that proper healing takes place.
Listen to the surgeon and the pup's vet - you do not want your dog in surgery again if the recovery is not successful!
Find out how to ensure a successful recovery from canine luxating patella surgery: Simon's Story
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Dog Owners: Correcting Dog Behavior Problems - Stop A Dog from Jumping, Destructive Chewing, and Excessive Barking
- Jumping on you, your family members, and your visitors.
- Chewing your stuff (not his toys).
- Excessive barking at anything and everything.
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DOG BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
We solved these dog behavior problems using the dog behavior and obedience training "bible - "
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Correcting Dog Behavior Problems - Chewing: The Latest (And Just Maybe) The Greatest Squidoo Lens By Designerpuppys
Besides, he's a thief, too! Leave anything on an end table - it's GONE! And probably chewed to bits!
Finally, we puppy-proofed the house and started him on a correction program using Kingdom of Pets advice.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
Today Simon has a 6-week checkup with the surgeon who repaired his luxating patella.
The Good News
He passed. The surgeon examoned his knee, watched him walk up and down the hallway in the Animal Hospital, and pronounced him ready for . . .
The Post Recovery Period
Yeah - that's the bad news. Now we're into a month-long, somewhat limited restriction period.
Simon can negotiate stairs. (No more lifting him up and down stairs!)
Simon cannot play with Alvin.
Simon cannot run around the fenced-in yard.
In other words, he still can't be a dog.
Let's summarize Simon's luxating patella surgery saga:
2 days in the animal hospital for the surgery.
6 weeks of inactivity.
4 weeks of somewhat restricted activity.
For those of you who want to know - here's the whole story - from diagnosis through the detailed questions I asked the surgeon today:
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Overwhelming Dog Behavior Problems Like Excessive Barking Can Be Corrected - With A Little Help From The Experts!
Two Reasons Why Dogs Bark Incessantly
The dog behavior experts at Kingdom of Pets address dog behavior problems like excessive barking every day. Kingdom of Pets offers the following reasons for this type of barking:
1. Pent-Up Energy
The average dog needs about 1 to 1 and one-half hours of exercise per day. This may vary depending on breed and age, but the animal has to exercise to release pent-up energy. Otherwise - barking is the unwanted outlet.
2. Not Enough Socialization
If your dog is just plain lonely, he WILL bark. If you cannot spend time with your dog - find someone who will.
Simply walking a dog will address both of the reasons dogs bark incessantly.
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
This post presents the remainder of the reasons the I HATE DOGS author offers for totally hating man's best friend:
I HATE DOGS
• The slobbery licking is repulsive. Yuk, and the ones that have the drool hanging from their mouths. If you are an owner who kisses their dog on the lips, then I think you are very very wrong.
Yes it is, but only when you make yourself a target for licking and drool.
I HATE DOGS
• The jumping up, the bouncing and the running. Absolutely terrifying.
Ignore, Ignore, Ignore! If people would just turn their backs on jumping dogs, the animals would lose interest very quickly.
I HATE DOGS
• This is the main reason why I don't like dogs: owners expect everyone else to love their pooch as much as they do. We have to be tolerant of their hairy excited animal bounding up to us in the park, frightening our children and sticking their noses in our crotches. I like to go running, but each time I go I have to navigate the dogs. I hate dogs, but they just love me! I am a dog magnet, they smell the fear and seek me out! I think many owners forget that only they know their dog, it could be the soppiest dog in the world but we do not know this and I am going to wary of anything that runs up and rugby tackles me when I go running.
Again, the author has something called misplaced hatred. It's not the dogs that are the problem - it's the owners. Why aren't the dogs leashed when the author is running? If you decide to run in a dog park, you're going to be the subject of investigation by loose dogs.
I HATE DOGS
• And finally, DON'T BRING YOUR DOG TO WORK
If people can bring their bratty, insolent children to work, then I can bring my licking, jumping, but cute dog to work.
It's An Old Saying
If you hate dogs and children - find someplace else besides their presence to spread your misery. That way you won't be polluting the universe with your negativity!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Check Out Prince Alvin HIS Cuteness
Could You Possibly Hate This Laploving Wee Pup?
Actually, the author wrote I HATE DOGS in a Squidoo category called Duels. This section is about controversy and starting "spirited" discussions.
Just for yucks, here are her reasons for hating dogs and a little "discussion" about them (some in this post, some in a future post while I think about the real reason the I HATE DOGS author pollutes the universe with dog hatred).
I HATE DOGS
•Dogs smell. Their odour gets into everything, if you own a dog your house will smell, even if your home is spotlessly clean, a visitor will smell your dog in seconds of coming through the door.
Dogs do stink. And the bigger the dog, the bigger the stink. But Baths work! This is a real weak reason to hate dogs. I wonder if the I HATE DOGS authors hates people who smell, because there's a lot of smelly people around.
I HATE DOGS
•Dog poops are gruesome. The stink of dog poo is not easy to disguise. And many owners don't pick it up either, making life unpleasant for anyone else walking in that park, field or road. It isn't the dog's fault; it's got to do what it has got to do. But if you own a dog, take responsibility and for goodness sake bag it and bin it. Yes that's a horrid task to perform, but more fool you for owning a dog in the first place.
It sounds like the I HATE DOGS author hates dog owners who don't pick up dog poo. It really isn't the dog's fault!
I HATE DOGS
•Dogs bark. Not a nice sound, not cute at all.
Condemn dogs 'cause they bark? Why not condemn people because they talk! Yeah - I hate the dogs barking for no reason whatsoever - it's annoying, but it's up to the owner to control excessive dog vocalization.
I HATE DOGS
•They have sharp teeth. That bite.
The I HATE DOGS author must have been bitten in kiddom. Me, too. I still have the scar more than a half century later. Guess people need to keep their body parts away from dogs' mouths!
Okay - you get the idea - you read a statement and launch a polite (or not so polite) argument.
Stay tuned for the next post for more argument starters from I HATE DOGS!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Excessive whining, especially when penned and also during the night.
Aggression toward Alvin, the other dog in the house.
Refusal to obey a command he had seemingly learned perfectly - the Come command.
It does not take a dog behaviorist to recognize that these behaviors require correction as immediately.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
During Week 5 of recovery, it is getting more and more difficult to keep Simon quiet. Just a few minutes ago, Alvin and Simon were wrestling over a toy bone. We break up fights constantly because when they're on the same floor of the house, they want to play.
Because his knee seems fine and he is a young dog, the tendency is to ignore the surgeon's orders to keep him quiet. It's tough to keep hauling him up and down stairs (even though he seems to be used to it). I can see why some dog owners would just give up.
But I keep hearing the vet tech's words when I complained about the 6-week restrictions - "Do you really want to do this all over again? It just takes one little twist the wrong way to tear the repaired knee."
All righty then - one more week and a half to go to the August 23rd date with the surgeon.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The Leave It Command is taught in three parts. See http://squidoo.com/puppy-training-tip-leave-it.
By far the hardest part is to get the dog to look at you BEFORE you release him with an OK. Alvin does it perfectly. Simon took a while before looking up in the training process - dogs tend to focus on the treat. Wouldn't you if it was something you wanted to eat?
Training your puppy to Leave It requires some patience, but it's worth the effort when the dog passes up on something that could hurt him.
Training specifics are spelled out for you in the 5-week program on the It's PAWSible! DVD. See the DVD review: http://squidoo.com/dog-training-dvd-review.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Want to know what'll happen before, during, and after the surgery?
Ever consider how you'll handle the dog's recovery?
What if you have another dog? How do you keep them separated during the recovery period?
Your questions answered in an ebook entitled Simon's Story.
Simon A Few Days After Luxating Patella Surgery
Monday, August 2, 2010
I noticed some swelling around the area of the top 2 stitches. That of course meant a call into the animal hospital. The surgeon's "staff member" asked me to bring him in.
After an exam by several hospital doctors, the diagnosis was swelling around the internal stitching because they could actually feel the stitch causing the problem. Since Simon is walking fine and experiencing no pain, we are supposed to "wait and see." If it's any bigger in 2 days, there'll be another trip to the hospital for a re-assessment.
Turns out there's a level of difficultly associated with getting a good shot of the area to use as a benchmark, but I did measure it (as instructed) - it's about an inch long, although it appears bigger in this photo:
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Friday, July 30, 2010
Simon's into the third week of post canine luxating patella surgery with 3 more weeks to go.
How Simon Is Reacting To Inactivity
You don't really know how an active dog who's forced to be inactive will react. Simon's reaction ranges from whining to restlessness to scratching incessantly. He wants to run and play with Alvin. Since that's not an option, he behaves like a confined animal.
An Example - one morning after we removed the ecollar, he bit or scratched a hot spot in the lower part of the surgically repaired leg. Of course that means treating the hot spot AND putting the ecollar back on.
Puppy Exercise Banned
Since puppy exercise is banned during the six-week recovery period, the owner becomes the social director for deciding how to keep the dog inactive but engaged.
Funny thing - a wonderful article on puppy exercise showed up in the author's mailbox. It lists 10 Ways To Engage Your Dog Indoors (in case he cannot exercise outdoors). Some of these suggestions are perfect for Simon.
Halfway Through Post Surgery Recovery! Lifting Simon up and down stairs is backbreaking!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Is Alvin The Cockapoo Neurotic Or Struggling With Anger Management? Capturing Weird Puppy Action With Flip HD Camcorders
It shows Alvin The Cockapoo going beserk on a pillow. And then it appears he tries to explain his actions.
After you view this video - please comment on the dog behavior - I think Alvin might need a doggie shrink!
Alvin's Anger Management Video
Twelve days after luxating patella surgery on his right back leg, Simon got the surgical stitches removed by his vet. The vet reported that the surgical site appeared to be healing as expected with no infection and minimal swelling.
How well does he walk? He walks effortlessly without even a hint of a limp. In fact, he has escaped to run through the doggie door so he can play with Alvin on the deck.
Because he does not lick the surgical site, we were able to dispose of his ecollar. This makes it much easier for Simon to find a comfortable sleeping position.
The Next 4 Weeks Of Recovery
Now comes the hard part - continuing Simon's minimal level of activity for the next four weeks. Interesting that the vet said to watch his weight, so we compared his weight on July 17 - 5 days after surgery - to his weight on July 26. He lost 1/2 pound or 2% of his body weight.
But the deal is - he's also eating a lot less than before the surgery, leaving about 1/2 of his nighttime meal and consuming fewer cookies (treats).
It will be an interesting 4 weeks!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
It took 2 vet techs, one to hold him and one to cut off the bandage. The hospital did NOT shave his entire leg so some of the bandage adhesive adhered to hair. The tech shaved part of his lower leg to release the adhesive.
Simon gave one protesting yelp - when the tech tried to remove the bandage on hair. Besides that, he was very cooperative. He walked out of the office with a very slight limp.
Here's 2 pics of the leg sans bandage. You can see 8 stitches to the left of center line of his leg. The leg seems to be healing nicely.
See the post on 7-16-2010 (http://designerpuppys.blogspot.com/2010/07/canine-luxating-patella-trick-knee_16.html) for a complete list of posts on this surgery and Simon's recovery.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Simon's week 1 recovery is routine:
He gets pain medication twice a day.
He gets anti-inflammatory medication once per day.
He sleeps - a lot - day and night.
He eats twice a day in limited amounts because he's putting on weight due to inactivity.
He's on a leash if he's outdoors.
He wears the e-collar most of the time - if we take it off, he immediately starts licking the sutures.
He wants to run with Alvin, but that's a no-no.
He has to be carried up and down stairs, and he's no light weight.
The complete documentary of Simon's trick knee diagnosis, surgery, and recovery can be found here: Simon's Story.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sir Simon the Sad's Trick Knee - Medial Patellar Luxation (6-15-2010)
Canine Luxating Patella - The Surgeon Explains Simon's Surgery (6-26-2010)
Canine Luxating Patella: Simon Scheduled For Surgery 7-12-2010 (7-11-2010)
Canine Luxating Patella (Trick Knee) - Simon's Surgery Day (7-12-2010)
One Day After Surgery
Amazingly, he walks quite nicely, even with a recently repaired knee. He ate dinner, peed and pooped, got his pain pill, and promptly fell asleep. He has to be carried outside to do his duty and don't you know - it's raining, so he has to wear a plastic booty over his bandage.
These Instructions Are Demanding
The post surgery instructions are both demanding and conservative, but we have to follow them. What do ya think - he cannot go up and down stairs, jump onto or off of furniture, and has to be on a leash when he goes outdoors - and these restrictions last FOR 6 WEEKS!
And There's More . . .
He has to wear an e-collar (see the video below).
He has to stay away from Alvin. Besides banning wrestling and other brotherly activity, the discharge nurse said that Alvin cannot lick the sutures (and he will try).
There's pain pills twice a day and an anti-inflammatory once a day.
The bandage comes off after 5-6 days (from 7-13).
The sutures get removed in 12-14 days (from 7-13).
The surgeon sees him in 6 weeks.
BEFORE the surgery (when his patella was dislocating), he was able to do a 28 inch vertical jump onto the table on the deck.
Wonder what it'll be when he's fully recovered!
A Real Short Video
This is a not-too-exciting video of Simon's lack of activity this evening. At least you can see the wonderful bandaging job done in the hospital. The top sutures show because the bandage can't go any higher on the leg (according to the hospital vet tech).
Remember he's on pain medication! He did NOT climb on the couch. We put him on the couch 'cause that's where he's comfortable.
This video was taken with one of the FLIP HD camcorders,
the FLIP UltraHD.
Monday, July 12, 2010
We took him to the animal hospital at 7:30 AM. He shook when he got there (he was there for X-Rays and apparently it wasn't a pleasant experience) and insisted on being held. Holding a 30 pound dog for any length of time ain't possible, so I sat down with him and waited while he was checked in.
At 11:00 AM, the surgeon called with the news that the surgery was routine/successful. They were giving him morphine via an intravenous drip. According to the surgeon, if he progresses as expected, he'll be coming home Tuesday afternoon.
We set up his pen to keep him away from stairs and furniture he can jump onto.
The other party affected by the surgery is Simon's bro - Alvin.
He kept looking for Simon all day, didn't eat his dinner, and finally woke up after I gave him a bone to chew on and guard. He's in dog heaven 'cause Simon's not here to challenge him for the bone. The picture is Alvin guarding his bone against an imaginary threat.
9:00 PM Simon Update
Good news. Simon has just been taken off his morphine drip. It has been replaced with fluids. He will get more morphine tonight if he's uncomfortable. He's alert and responding to the vet tech who said he's "a sweet dog," something we've heard more than once.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thanks to the advice of chazhound.com/forums (http://www.chazhound.com/forums/t118211/) forum members and his breeder, I have been taking his temp for the past several days so I have a benchmark to figure out if he has a fever post surgery. I've also been trying to catch him limping so I can video his current condition (The Flip UltraHD camcorder comes in handy A LOT).
We prepared his food and treats for the animal hospital stay. If he wants to eat, at least he'll have familiar food instead of "hospital food." He can't eat after 12:00 midnight (Sunday) but can drink water.
To all those dog owners out there, please wish Simon a pain-free smooth recovery!
The video shown in this post was taken with one of the FLIP HD camcorders, the UltraHD.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Without a doubt, it's the
Trainer's ability to GET and MAINTAIN the puppy's attention.
If you do NOT have the dog's attention, he will not learn and you will not teach anything . . . ever.
If you really want a well-trained, obedient dog, learn Puppy Obedience Training commands from an expert Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Beth Ostrowski-Parks. She has a puppy obedience training DVD called It's PAWSIBLE! Dog and Puppy Training DVD.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010
1. Over time, he will develop arthritis. It's not a concern this moment, but without surgery, he will have problems with an arthritic knee.
2. Dogs with a luxating patella often injure their cruxiate ligaments because of the stress of a dislocating kneecap.
- Occaisonally he will limp because the kneecap has dislocated. The limp lasts as long as it takes for him to pop it back into place.
- When he lies down, he groans as if in pain.
- It takes him a while to get into pooping position (the knees are flexed).
- He falls up stairs (and has since he was a pup).
More Facts About Luxating Patella From The Surgeon
We asked a lot of questions of the surgeon - this is a family member who's having knee surgery and we wanted to be sure we were doing the right thing for Simon.
In Simon's case, the kneecap dislocates medially - to the inside of his right knee. It dislocates (moves out of its groove) because the ligament holding the kneecap in place attaches to protrubing bone in his lower leg bone slightly off center. This condition (off center attachment) was probably present at birth.
During the surgery, the protruding bone (and ligament) will be cut and re-attached in the correct position with a pin. Then the ligaments on the side of his knee will be tightened.
Total surgery time - 30 minutes.
Total time under anesthesia - about an hour.
More about Simon's condition (canine luxating patella) in future posts . . .
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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Saturday, June 19, 2010
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- Messes in the house
- Will not come when called
- Pulls on his leash
- Bites everyone and everything
- Wakes up every three hours at night - whining pitifully
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Basically, his right knee cap dislocates to the inside of his knee. He does not seem to be in pain, but he does limp stiff-legged until it re-locates to its proper position.
He'll need surgery to correct the condition which could be congenital or due to trauma.
Just another day in the life of Simon the Sad!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The only two toys that pass the Alvin test for destruction are:
KONG RUBBER BALLS
I shot several videos of Alvin's possessiveness with the GoughNut Green .75 and his GoughNuts Battles with Simon.
Here's Alvin guarding his GoughNuts from Simon who is off-camera.
Same video on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4Tn7O4cXEg
Here's the Cockapoo GoughNuts Battles
Same video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hRudkCXBKg
Please note that these Flip UltaHD videos were taken indoors with low light.
Monday, May 24, 2010
A few weeks ago, we had a PetSafe Doggy (Pet) Door installed in the back screen door. Both Alvin and Simon are past the "housetraining your puppy" phase and we were just plain tired of playing doorpersons. The idea was to allow them free access into and back from the fenced-in yard.
Alvin overcame his fear of the door's clicking magnets first. Simon decided that if Alvin could go through the door, so could he. Easy entry and exit happened in one day.
The whole doggy door concept is wonderful, even though you tend to loose control of their whereabouts. And quiet dogs outside usually means some kind of trouble.
And the loss of control and visibility is exactly the reason why you do NOT want to install a doggy door until AFTER your pup is house trained. It's a convenience for older dogs, but a nightmare if you need to keep a puppy on a schedule.
If a young pup disappears outside, how do you know what he did or did not eliminate? And how do you know the next time he's supposed to go out? Seems like a doggy door might set back house training a few weeks!
So a doggy door is a good thing AFTER house training your dog is finished. Gotta remember that when Theodore makes his entrance!
In case you need a little help housetraining your puppy!
Trust the experts from Kingdom of Pets:
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Really, there's no room for mistakes, because accidents beget MORE accidents. If you like cleaning up poop and pee, screw around with a bunch of different house training methods until one finally works (by chance alone).
The other morning year-old Simon (who had not had an accident in months) left a big, smelly present in the family den. As I was cleaning it up (with Sir Simon watching), I was ever so tempted to reprimand a dog who would not know what the reprimand was for (ranting make you feel good?). But then I remembered a quote from the Kingdom of Pets Ultimate House Training Guide:
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Are you tired of no sleep, being kicked in the head or growled at, but are still putting up with the dog sleeping in bed with you? Isn't this carrying the pack psychology a little too far?
You know the dog has to sleep elsewhere. Are you procrastinating because it's too difficult to get your best friend OUT of the bed and where he belongs - on the floor?
Here's My Short Story About Simon The Kicker
After not sleeping soundly for several weeks because Simon likes to stretch his legs and kick sleeping humans, it was time for action. (If you want to know how they got into the bed in the first place, it's a real long story!)
Try This Method
After consulting the dog training bible (Secrets to Dog Training), this is what worked:
- Get dog beds or pillows for the dog(s) to sleep on.
- At bedtime, tell the dog(s)to go to bed. You can lure them onto the dog beds with treats.
- Get ready for bed as usual except do not let the dogs on your bed.
- Luck has it that my dogs cannot get on the bed because it's too high, so it was protected with towels so they could not scratch the wood. They cried for about half an hour, then went to their pillows. You cannot let the dog onto the bed. If the dog is insistent, he goes into another room. You should try this on a weekend in case you're up a lot.
- Amazingly, they slept until 5:00 AM the next morning when Simon insisted it was time to go out.
A Related Issue
One little glitch - Simon recently got into the habit of getting up at 3:00 AM. Since he is housebroken and can go for 8 hours without going out, he mainly gets up to get attention.
The solution to this problem aired on an episode of It's The Dog Or Me with Victoria Stilwell (It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet).
Ignore him as long as you can. Use your judgment - if he's insistent, take him out. Simon's been moved to another room so he can't wake anyone. But do NOT keep getting up with the dog. He can sleep during the day - you most likely cannot do the same.
Tired of the dog sleeping in bed with you? Do something about it today and stop complaining! There is a solution!
Monday, April 26, 2010
New Puppy Owners: Need Help With Puppy Training Problems? Get Advice From People Who Understand Puppy Behavior
When will this Marley-like monster stop biting, chewing, digging, and eating my shoes?
Then your not-so-helpful friends give you advice that totally FAILS!
What I found was I needed EXPERT help. Unfortunately, certified dog trainers charge $75 per hour (at least where I live!).
When I needed help with obedience training, I turned to as close as I could get to an actual trainer - a demonstration DVD - It's PAWSible! Dog Training and Puppy Training DVD. See my blog post.
When I needed help with house training issues and dog behavior/aggression issues, I USE (yes, I continue to use this info - the dogs are about a year old) Secrets To Dog Training (videos, pdfs, and audios).
These experts help hundreds of dog owners every day!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Interestingly, her point was that she does not want the dogs she raises ending up in shelters because the owners fail to train them and they become Marleys.
She had googled the It's PAWSible! Dog Training and Puppy Training DVD and found the blog you are reading (probably because I raved about this DVD for about 6 - 8 months and still use it occasionally).
So, I talked briefly about why It's PAWSible! is the best dog obedience training DVD and how often I use it. This dog obedience training DVD is cheap and effective!
In case you are a "show me" type, check out this video of Beth Ostrowski-Parks, the It's Pawsible! Certified Professional Trainer. She explains why getting the dog's attention is all important.