• When training my dog to stay at the door when it's open, how do I get her to stay while I walk away from the door?

    ● "When training my dog to stay at the door when it's open, how do I get her to stay while I walk away from the door?" 🚦A: DON'T do it with the door OPEN until you have had 100% success every test per day for a fortnight using [Jojo]'s method (the only answer I found worth giving TU to), or including the small... show more
    ● "When training my dog to stay at the door when it's open, how do I get her to stay while I walk away from the door?" 🚦A: DON'T do it with the door OPEN until you have had 100% success every test per day for a fortnight using [Jojo]'s method (the only answer I found worth giving TU to), or including the small additions/variations I prefer included. It is best to to use ONE spot for training until you are sure she understands the command. THEN you use different rooms, different parts of fenced yards, in the front versus the back of the vehicle. 🚦B: Have her ON-LEAD, and practise ONLY when you & Pup are inside a room or a safely fenced area. 🚦C: You can use "Sit", but "Down" gives you more options to "expand" the meaning of the "STAY....!" command, so that's what I'll type. But instead of [Jojo]'s "Consider joining a dog obedience club" I state: 👿 "JOIN a weekly or twice-weekly training group unless, like me when I was 10, there is a mountain and an hour or more's drive to reach the nearest training group". Not only does a class offer some distractions to your dog, so that can judge whether you have actual CONTROL of her yet, if the insrtuctor is any good you get COACHED to gradually improved your awareness, body language. timing & use of the leash, praise & rewards, voice tones. Your other dogs must be PHYSICALLY & VISUALLY - preferably also sonicly - "out of sight & out of mind" while you are training the alpha. Not until you have proven that you have voice & hand-sugnal control of the alpha should you consider training the next one. When my wife & I kept 2 pups from our litter, we let the pups choose which was Jeannie's, which mine, and the right "pet human" trained the right pet. but I doubt that you have enough adult humans for each of your dogs to have one human. As you haven't yet supplied names, I'll use "Bella" as her name. 🐕1: Walk her around (sometimes at Heel, sometimes in front), then stop & command "Bella - Down". The hand signal begins with your right hand as high as your ear, palm facing the dog. As you say "Bella - Doooownnn!" your hand swivels down from the elbow and, if necessary, grips the collar or slip-chain to force her forward and down. As soon as she's down, praise ("GOOD girl Bella Down!") and reward her, even if it was you that pushed her down. I prefer the reward to be rubs between the front legs or on the croup; some dogs prefer them on the ribs or at the base of an ear. Hungry dogs prefer a tidbit - by which I mean a bit of food no bigger than a pea, so that repetitions of the practise doesn't reduce the dog's appetite. Repeat the whole exercise 5 times if you have an intelligent Border Collie or German Shepherd Dog - THEY will get bored if you do too many repetitions without any FUN variations in between. Continue up to 12 repetitions if Bella is dog who enjoys repetition and receiving the praise & reward. 🐩2: Next session vary the walking speed between a fast walk and dead slow so that she realises that she needs to stay aware of what YOU are doing. (I don't like the fashion of the dog wrapped around the handler's left knee and staring up into the handler's face without any awareness of what it is going to step on next. Trust in you is flattering, but an AWARE dog is safer for you & it. I prefer the dog's right ear paying attention to me while its nose, eyes and left ear are keeping aware of the surroundings.). Once Bella is Down, praise her then take one step away - sometimes forward, sometimes to your right, sometimes. If she is still Down, praise AND reward. If she isn't, growl "NO!!!" and put her back Down on the right spot, praise her for being Down, then again take one step away. Remember to praise & reward each bit of obedience. Although repetition IS necessary, remember to NOT do so many repeats that she gets bored. 🐕3: Repeat Steps 1 & 2, play a game, then extend Step 2 until you can take up to 5 steps away without her getting up. You can then extend to walking a circle all the way around her until you're back where you started. Once that is reliable you can step ACROSS her from her right to her left. REMEMBER to PRAISE her each time she stays, and to GROWL "NO!" and physical return her to the spot & position you had her in if she breaks her Down Stay. next extension is to walk further away then turn and look at her, silently counting to a suitable number (start short. When she is reliable while in your sight for 5 to 10 minutes, she is close to KNOWING the "Down" command. You shouldn't need the "Stay" by then - its purpose is to remind her in the early stages that she is to act "glued to the spot & position" until you give a different command. 🐩4: The next extensions are get her used to temptations - such as you RUNNING 4 steps or jumping on the spot before returning to her; you calling her to "COME" or to "HEEL IN" - whichever you prefer, but use them CONSISTENTLY, and "COME" should be used only when your want her to come to you & sit in front of you to deliver the ball or dumbbell (my Jena was so enthusiastic when bringing her dumbbell that she used to race at almost top speed, skid the last few feet, and bash my shins with the dumbbell - but she didn't drop it!), "HEEL IN" should mean you want her to come and sit beside your left leg) - or (I'm assuming that she likes fetching balls) reminding her "Staaaay, Bella" then throwing the ball so that it bounces before you say "Bella FETCH!' or "Bella BRING!". BIG fuss when she arrives back with it. ● "She knows how to sit and stay when the door is open while I am there but once I walk out the door she wants to follow me out and I cant get her to properly stay." So she DOESN'T yet "know how to sit and stay". And you don't need a "Wait" command - all static commands (e.g.,"Down", "Sit", "Stand") must mean that the pooch is to remain in that static pose, same as "Stay" MUST mean "Stay right where you are until I give you a different command or I collapse onto the floor". (Most of us DO want our dogs to love us enough to check why we are strangely on the ground.) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    9 answers · Dogs · 21 hours ago
  • Why does my dog eat like its life depends on it?

    ● "Why does my dog eat like its life depends on it?" Because his life DOES depend on him eating. Especially on him eating adequate amounts of the range of nutritional elements his rapidly-growing body requires. The natural diet, the one dogs evolved with the perfect digestive system for, is RAW animal protein - whole birds, eggs, fish... show more
    ● "Why does my dog eat like its life depends on it?" Because his life DOES depend on him eating. Especially on him eating adequate amounts of the range of nutritional elements his rapidly-growing body requires. The natural diet, the one dogs evolved with the perfect digestive system for, is RAW animal protein - whole birds, eggs, fish (but ensure that there are none of those needle-like bones available), insects, mammals, reptiles. Feeding your nasty neighbours to him (they ARE mammals!) IS economical, but your freedom will VERY soon be curtailed by the boys in blue! I suspect that, after the trial, you WON'T like the new "neighbours" you will be placed among.... ● "I have a German Sheppard" Impossible - there is no such thing as a German Sheppard. Any PEOPLE who have "Sheppard" as their surname have an ancestor who was a shepherd back when William The Conqueror sent scribes to find & record who lived in each part of the England he'd conquered, and what each person owned, so that King William knew how much tax he could claim from each person. Trouble is, the scribes came from the same part of Normandy (an area of France ceded to the Vikings by a French ruler who didn't want to have to fight them) as King William did - and didn't know English customs & language (do you have any idea how MANY accents & dialects there are in England?) very well. So when a man said "I am Bill the butcher", the scribe wrote "Bill Butcher". When a man said "I'm John the shepherd", the scribe wrote "John Shepard" or "John Sheperd" or "John Shephard" or "John Shepperd". The dog breed you are thinking of has Deutsche Schäferhund as its real breed-name in Germany, because it is German & herds sheep. That translates EXACTLY as German Shepherd Dog, with GSD as its abbreviation. ● "that s approx. 4 months old" At this part of a dog's life its human SHOULD know its actual birthday. That is ESSENTIAL for organising the health checks before each of the CORE vaccinations to be injected at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, and for booking dog & owner into a competent dog training class so there will be a gap for owner & pup for about a year, starting when Pup is 18-to-22 weeks old. If you are in an area with rabies vaccination laws, you also need to know what the LATEST is that you can delay getting the first one - aim for at LEAST 2 weeks after the last core vaccination, so the rabies "shot" doesn't interfere with the core vaccines. ● "and recently hes been desperately eating his food everytime we feed him." Q.E.D. he is MIGHTY HUNGRY! It would have helped to be told: 🚥How LONG you've had him. 🚥WHAT you're feeding him. 🚥How MUCH per meal (using a STANDARD measurement such as kilograms & grams, or pounds & ounces, or cups). 🚥His own WEIGHT today. 💥Please click the [Edit] under your question, then click the [Add Update] that will pop up, followed by typing that IMPORTANT information for us all. It's not essential, but it would be nice to also be told whether (1) he is registered with your nation's ONE internationally accepted kennel club (if you're a Yank, only the AKC is accepted), or (2) came from a dog rescue organisation or the city Pound, or (3) an ignorant BYBer (Back Yard Breeder) who promised anything but gave you NOTHING in writing. ● "We feed him once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once at night, in the morning a somewhat full bowl, and I m the after noon and night half of it, sometimes more than half, and he still doesn t seem to be full, any answers as to what might be happening here?" Yep 🤯1: You have not been adjusting the food to suit his current growth stage. Do you still eat the same AMOUNT of food that you did when you were 2 years old? 🤯2: You have probably been supplying a poor quality kibble, as well as not adjusting the amount. Kibble is NOT part of the Diet Sheet my puppy-buyers find on the back of the pup's pedigree, except that I do include LARGE dog biscuits - which have the same ingredients as kibbles, but DO requiring some chomping. Click https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... to see that Diet Sheet. Note that you need to learn to "feed by eye", basing the amount on whether Pup wanders away before emptying the dish, or is still hungry after lovingly polishing the dish with his tongue. 🤯3: You have probably NOT been dosing him with worm-killers. Worms enjoy the food before the dog gets to digest what's left! The worse the breeder, the surer that the pups will arrive with plenty of worms - usually roundworms, but there are plenty of others possible: heartworm, hookworm, lungworm, taenia, tapeworm, whipworm among them. There is a /Links section in the last group I recommend you to join. Once you're a member you can click that LINKS label, then click the WORMS folder, and being studying. But until you are expert at identifying different worms or their egg-sacs, book a check-up with your vet and take along as fresh a sample of Pup's faeces as possible, as well as Pup himself. Large CHUNKS of raw meat are much better - preferably with the bones still in the meat. That way the dog has to slowly GNAW the meat off the bone and CHEW to cut the meat into bits small enough to swallow. The gnawing & chewing are important for dislodging the deciduous teeth and helping the permanent teeth break through the gums - which he has probably started developing; in addition, the friction helps clean his teeth. Even more important, having to gnaw & chew SLOWS DOWN how fast he can swallow, and thus the food doesn't ALL reach the stomach at almost the same time. Dogs that GULP their food down in a few seconds are destined to die of GDV Bloat, as a result of all that food arriving at the same time and producing so much gas. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_GSD_Source/info so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    22 answers · Dogs · 4 days ago
  • Why do my dogs openly defy me?

    ● "Why do my dogs openly defy me?" The simple answer is: "Because they CAN!" THINK about that. Think about the fact that you haven't thought to TELL us 💥(1) what YOU regard as "defiance", 💥(2) the AGE and BREED (or breeds) and call-name of each of your dogs, and the age each one WAS when you got it (I hope each... show more
    ● "Why do my dogs openly defy me?" The simple answer is: "Because they CAN!" THINK about that. Think about the fact that you haven't thought to TELL us 💥(1) what YOU regard as "defiance", 💥(2) the AGE and BREED (or breeds) and call-name of each of your dogs, and the age each one WAS when you got it (I hope each was when it was 7-through-9 weeks old), 💥(3) how LONG you have been in a quality training class with each named one. ● "How do I end this apostasy?" Hmmm - you have an exaggerated opinion of yourself if you consider that your dog should WORSHIP you as its God! As others have demanded and my queries indicate, any solution is going to require that you learn how to PROPERLY train your dogs. It is best if the first one trained is the pack's "Alpha" aka leader. So start working out who it is. Although newbies tend to expect it be the biggest male, my experience is that the alpha is almost always a bỉtch. So start observing them as they interact. Indications are: The pooches that bow their head when approaching the leader are signalling submission to that alpha or another high-ranked pooch. Often they will attempt to lick the alpha's mouth very close to where the upper lip joins the lower lip. Low-ranked pooches will allow the alpha to reach the food dish first - and might not dare start eating until the alpha has left, or at least has lain down. 💥(4) Include the alpha's call-name in your update. As you don't seem to already know how to add updates to questions (you've instead written an "answer" to your own question!) - to supply those answers you need to: 👻1: Click the [Edit] under your question. 👻2: Click the [Add Update] label that pops up. 👻3: Start typing into the new field that appears. When you [Submit] or [Save] it, it will become "glued" to your previous lines. Here's hoping to see your responses in 24 hours' time. WOW - it's 4 years since you answered a question in Y!A ! And you have awarded a Best Answer in only 3 of your previous 27 questions! You have probably delayed so long (a good question should receive a GOOD answer within a week. If there isn't a helpful one within a fortnight, you should delete the question - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    5 answers · Dogs · 4 days ago
  • Why do cats sell cheaper than dogs?

    ● "Why do cats sell cheaper than dog?" Possibly because so few people bother to: 😡1: pay to have their cats neutered, and 🤢2: keep their fertile queen or tom CAGED. Worse - 🤯3: Although almost all bỉtches have only 2 "heats" a year, queens come "on-heat" every 2-to-3 weeks UNTIL they are either neutered, or get... show more
    ● "Why do cats sell cheaper than dog?" Possibly because so few people bother to: 😡1: pay to have their cats neutered, and 🤢2: keep their fertile queen or tom CAGED. Worse - 🤯3: Although almost all bỉtches have only 2 "heats" a year, queens come "on-heat" every 2-to-3 weeks UNTIL they are either neutered, or get pregnant. https://pets.thenest.com/average-many-ki... As a result, wandering cats get MANY opportunities to lustfully meet and do what results in a litter of kittens to be rehomed. Every day local cats wander across my hillside property (which has more trees, and therefore more birds, than any house in sight). They snooze on my concrete driveway when sun is to the north-west and so shining up it. While I am waiting for my next bỉtch to be born they climb the trees by the car-shed, drop onto the car-shed roof, leap onto the almost-horizontal metal roof over the dog runs, and sun-bake there until a fluttering blackbird or sparrow or thrush or tui, or an occasional acrobatic fantail, attracts their attention. Very very occasionally I hear a kereru (NZ wood pigeon) flapping heavily, but it doesn't seem to want to dig my lawn up to get worms or beetles. ● "I’ve seen mixed breed puppies for sell for like £300" About a decade ago there was a furore in Scotland because a woman there was selling her cross-bred pups (one parent was a German Shepherd Dog, but I forget the other) for £1,500. Gowks (= Fools) & their bawbees (money) are soon parted! People who are HAPPY with a cross-breed are better off waiting for one from the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the RSPCA, or one of the charity-funded dog-rescue groups. They get cheap neuterings for their animals BEFORE lettings them go. And often what they charge for the neutered pet is less than YOUR vet would have charged you for just the neutering. I gather that in the UK vets charge, depending on its age & size, between £150 & £350 to neuter a dog, between £217 & £373 to neuter a . Gestation (= pregnancy) lasts 58 to 67 days for cats as well as for dogs. ● "but a mixed breed kitten you can get for as cheap as £20" I have NEVER needed to pay for a cat or kitten, apart from paying for my own petrol there & back. Not that I would DARE have a cat here, with so many strays wandering. A woman 2 houses downhill from me puts a tray of milky-looking stuff out by her front door, for the local cats ● "why is this?" I'd guess that it is a result of even more over-supply of sire-unknown cats than there is of sire-unknown dogs. ● "Just are just as important as dogs" Assuming that your "Just" should be "Cats", I doubt you'll EVER find a free-ranging cat that will agree that we HUMANS are just as important as cats, let alone one that will agree that DOGS are JUST as important as cats! To a cat, humans are merely useful for providing some stroking and lots of food. Whereas dogs have evolved to regard their pet humans as the source of EVERYTHING worth living for. 14,700 years old burial remains are the earliest evidence of a domesticated dog. But dog-like remains 31,000 years old were found in Belgium, and 15,000 years old in western Russia. Whereas the earliest evidence for cat domestication is only around 8,000 - 9,500 years ago. 🙂When it comes to measuring the importance of cats versus dogs, overall they are probably equal in their ability to calm & soothe the humans they live with. 😃😛😇😊When it comes to reducing the mice population in grain silos, cats are probably a bit better than dogs. But when it comes to reducing the general rodent population (mice, rats, stoats, weasels, etc) on the district near grain silos, dogs - especially Terrier breeds - are FAR superior, thanks to the size and their ability to dig holes to reach the rodents underground. 👎When it comes to other uses of cats, there is almost NOTHING. 😛Whereas dogs bark to warn of intruders; carry loads; detect drugs & explosives; do tricks to amuse their human; guard their pet human's property; guide blind people; haul carts & sleds; herd & protect their human's livestock; listen to young children reading out loud; pick up things their human in a wheel-chair drops; point out where "game" (birds or animals) are hiding; protect their pet humans; retrieve game animals that their human has killed or wounded; track fugitives and lost humans. They used to walk in little wheels to keep meat turning as it is spit-roasted over an open fire. There are many dogs that visit hospices, hospitals, old folks' homes to comfort & enliven & soothe the inmates - if any cats do that I'm not yet aware of it. I am at least 2 hours late for bed, so I'll stop remembering the MANY activities that dogs do or us, but cats are either not capable of, or not willing to do for us. So I declare that: 🔊 Dogs have more VALUE and IMPORTANCE to us than cats do. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    10 answers · Dogs · 5 days ago
  • How do I convince my mum that German shepherds are really good dogs?

    ● "How do I convince my mum that German shepherds are really good dogs?" THAT is impossible. A German shepherd is a German man or boy who looks after sheep. The dog that does most of the work has a German breed name that translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words each needing a capital letter, and giving GSD as the abbreviation. ●... show more
    ● "How do I convince my mum that German shepherds are really good dogs?" THAT is impossible. A German shepherd is a German man or boy who looks after sheep. The dog that does most of the work has a German breed name that translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words each needing a capital letter, and giving GSD as the abbreviation. ● "I have recently convinced my family to finally get a dog, the problem is the only dog I have ever wanted is a German shepherd and my dad loves them too but my mum does not and at the moment will not get one. She is worried that I wouldn’t train it or look after it and that she would have to do all of the work. Does anyone have any ideas or ways I could try and convince her?" No. Indeed, I suspect that any dog should be your mother's or your father's, not yours. This is your very first question, you don't yet have a Profile aka "About me" so we have no idea what year you were born, what your nearest city is, and what things interest you (apart from a GSD). Of the 7 previous answerers, NONE have a fully helpful "About Me", but [Lorraine] and [dorothy] give you SOME ideas as to what experience they have with dogs - whereas [J C]'s should tell you to rule her out on dogs. GSDs being "my" breed, I know that they should live at least 10-to-12 years, and that my longest-lived reached 15 years 7 months before she needed to be put to sleep. Okay - as I can't estimate your age without having your birth year (we don't need your birth-date, but we often need to know within a year what a person's age is - we can do that from the birth year), so I will guess you're somewhere in the 10-to-12 range. You know your age, so can calculate how old you WILL be in 10 to 15 years time. Throughout those 10 to 15 years, your life has to be dedicated to your dog in so MANY ways, starting with companionship, feeding, exercising, training, cleaning up messes. You NEED to be home 24/7 for at least the first fortnight, for settling Pup in, feeding it no further apart than every 8 hours, toilet/house-training it. You have to provide a HUGE amount of safe "familiarisation" with every movement & scent & sight & sound & texture available on your well-fenced property. 2 weeks after the vaccination given at 8 weeks old you then start familiarising Pup with those 5 kinds of SAFE experience all around your district. You also need to book in to a weekly training class so there will be a space for you to start getting observed & COACHED for about a year starting when Pup is 18-to-22 weeks old. I very much doubt that you have a driver's licence, so you need Mum and/or Dad to drive you there then sit around for maybe an hour until your class is finished and you can be driven home. And during the dog's LAST year or so you need to obtain (and pay for) considerable veterinary expertise & medicines to relieve discomfort. Okay - work out how long you are away from home on school days. If it is longer than 7½-to-8 hours YOU can't feed Pup at proper intervals. Then think about how soon you need to start high school or college or university, and how long you will be away from home at each of those stages. Pup won't need to be fed every 8 hours once he is 8 or 10 months old, but he WILL need to be fed at least twice a day. For university, will you be able to continue living with your parents, or will you need to board or share a flat - if at home, yes, your mother WILL be getting most of the work of looking after YOUR pet. If you have got live away from home, your chances of getting accommodation that will allow you to have a dog are about one in a squillion - so YOUR pet WILL be a burden on your mother's time. Consider the "boyfriends" part of your life - whether actually dating, or just moping around HOPING to be invited to a movie or dance or concert, whatever, you will probably be surprised how much time that stage eats up! After university there is usually a restless period when the graduate wants to go exploring the wider world before settling down to getting a paid job. The first few jobs are usually very low-paid, so your chances of being able to rent a well-fenced house are again very slim - poor old Mum! Do the calculations & predictions of time, and income versus rents. Are you seeing why your age is almost certain to mean that a pet NOW must be your parents', but with you helped to get experience by doing as much as possible - feeding, cleaning up, exercising, getting coached in a training class? Gran gave me my first dog - a Fox Terrier x hunting Cocker Spaniel cross - when I was 9 or 10. I didn't get another dog until I was 26 and my bride demanded a GSD as her "bride price". He convinced me that GSDs are the only breed for me - but your mother is not me, and she is entitled to HER preference in dogs. Once you are settled down, have a secure income, a WELL-fence property and maybe a life-partner, THEN you can get what YOU want. By the way - a PROPERLY bred and PROPERLY reared GSD is the 3rd-most-intelligent of all the 340±3 breeds of dog. Which makes them VERY easy to train for people who pay constant attention. BUT!!! - it means that if their pet-human doesn't pay attention, the GSD will be the one who decides what to do & when - VERY embarrassing! Often dangerous, too, as the GSD has powerful jaws with which to bite if it doesn't approve of what the visitor is doing. If there are days when a pup would be on its own for longer than 8 hours (because Mum goes off to work), the family is definitely NOT currently ready for a dog. So be patient. Read about dogs, get permission to play with dogs you meet at local shows or training classes. 🚦👻 [Nekkid] 👻🚦: GSDs are GREAT for newbies who have enough brains & common-sense to get COACHED in a training class starting when Pup is 18-22 weeks old. But otherwise... HOO-WEEEE☠️! Which is why reputable breeders & reputable dog-rescue groups CHECK the dog-seeker & household & property. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    8 answers · Dogs · 6 days ago
  • Neighbor lied to cops about my dogs?

    ● "Neighbor lied to cops about my dogs" Really? What's your evidence of that LIE? Who are your witnesses that are willing to testify that it is a lie? If the statement was made by a police officer YOU will almost certainly be regarded as a liar unless you can provide some INDEPENDENT witnesses. Meantime - THAT is where your main... show more
    ● "Neighbor lied to cops about my dogs" Really? What's your evidence of that LIE? Who are your witnesses that are willing to testify that it is a lie? If the statement was made by a police officer YOU will almost certainly be regarded as a liar unless you can provide some INDEPENDENT witnesses. Meantime - THAT is where your main question is supposed to be - but your 7 words don't ASK us anything, so don't belong up there. Without a QUESTION, we can't supply any ANSWERS. Ah - brilliant (not!) - there your question is, in the VERY LAST line! Do you normally start reading at the END of an article? Do you sing a song by beginning at the END? ● "My dogs have an collar for an invisible fence by PetStop" I would NEVER rely on an electric shock collar. 🐕Reason 1: I hate when I have to wear a tie. For an electric collar to work, the collar has to be so tight that the 2 prongs have to BOTH be pressing hard into the dog's neck. Try spending your next day off with that shock collar's prongs digging into your neck. (You don't need to put its battery in!) I think you will agree that forcing a dog to wear one is cruelty. 🐩Reason 2: The collar's battery can go flat, and so no signals are received from the fence wire, no shocks are triggered by the unit on the collar - and anyway there is no power to send a shock through the prong. 🐕Reason 3: Presuming that your fence is powered by the mains electricity that the house uses: Any power interruption (blown fuse, car crashing into a nearby power pole, workmen accidentally digging through an underground cable) will prevent it "telling" the collar to send a shock into the dog. 🐩Reason 4: The unit on the collar relies on a small aerial built into the collar then plugged into the shock unit. Anything that breaks the aerial or pulls it out of its socket in the shock unit means that no shock is issued. 🐕Reason 5: There are people who are TERRIFIED of dogs (I've had a couple in classes at schools I taught at; a young lawyer came to me be case she was sick of being terrified of dogs). An "invisible fence" gives them NO mental security that the dog barking at them WON'T attack them. 🐩Reason 6: A high-energy dog can race so fast at an invisible fence to chase an adversary or a bỉtch-on-heat that it is almost through the "shock-zone" before the shock contracts its leg muscles, and so it rolls out the other side, picks itself up, and continues with its intention to fight or mate. BUT - when it tries to return home, it is merely WALKING - and so the shock collar PREVENTS him from re-entering his property. The only worthwhile NOT-cruel fence is one too tall for the dog to leap or climb over (and has an inwards-sloping topping so that the dog's hind feet can't get a grip to push himself over - he just hands by his fore-legs until he tires and drops back into his home territory) and too deep for the dog to dig a tunnel under, AND that lets passers-by SEE its size & strength, as explained in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpqFe7Pq... ● "and our property is about 2 acres long." Acres are not a LENGTH - they an area measured by multiplying the length by the width. https://www.infoplease.com/askeds/dimens... ● "My neighbor just across the street has her mailbox on MY YARD" THAT is VERY hard to believe. EXPLAIN why you think that. In my country, rural people who want mail delivered to & collected from their area have to place a letter-box at car-window height on a specific side of the road, set far enough from the actual road that there is room for the mail-car to be fully OFF the road while the driver opens the box, removes any envelopes to be posted from the post office, places any envelopes addressed to the owner of that box. It is common for 2 opr more near neighbours, living on opposite sides of the road, to all have their letter-boxes side by side. NONE of them are on PRIVATE property - they are on COUNTY property, commonly with a drainage ditch set well away from the road. Farmers' have their fences set even further from the road. A rural berm or verge or roadside is MUCH wider than they are beside city streets. ● "so they have to get it and they called the cops on my little chihuahua for running out of my yard which is impossible." There's no such thing as a chihuahua. There IS a city called Chihuahua in a state called Chihuahua - and no doubt there are dogs called Chihuahua dogs living there. ● "The note does not say anything the box checked is just dogs running far off yard." Duh! Notes NEVER "say" anything. YOU have to read them. And THAT one means that your dog got rather a long way away from your property - possibly far enough to chase the neighbour home; possibly to then go exploring for cats or pups to fight or smallish dogs to mate. ● "What do I do if my neighbor keeps filing fake complaints to the police?" At LAST a question! How good are your finances? 🙂 The BEST idea is to build an escape-proof PHYSICAL fence for when the dog goes out to the toilet. 1 acre is palatial in modern cities, but almost nothing rurally. The only city place I've rented was on at least 5 acres of land, with the horse paddock rented to a horse owner (our pet ewe shared it) and the stables rented to a car-painter. 👻 Gadget-lovers might place an automatic video-camera that records your WHOLE frontage, from boundary fence to boundary fence, and records the clock-times whenever something moves in that area. 🤢 People who care about their pet will build at LEAST a roofed exercise pen with a raised sleeping box at the far end, and keep their dog in it when no-one can supervise him. 🤯 I imagine that the most EXPENSIVE way is to do NOTHING until your pet is impounded and you receive an official summons before you DO anything. Whereupon you (a) hurriedly find the most expensive lawyer who can fit your Court appearance into his schedule, and HOPE that (b) he can get your pet returned to you and (c) his bill won't require you to sell your 1 acre property. 😇 The cheapest would be to (a) make an appointment to see the Dog Control Officer whose name is on the Notice you received, (b) learn what he/she has to say about the incident and what he/she saw, then (c) ask his/her suggestions as to how you can avoid a recurrence. I expect his advice to be both the physical fences and the secure pen-with-sleeping-box. BTW - note how long I've had dogs, getting experience. I've even, in 1991 or '92, presented a GSD Clubs submission to the Parliamentary Commission into the Dog Control and Hydatids Act 1982 - except for fees, our recommendations were accepted. But when that Act was replaced by the Dog Control Act 1996 I was not involved (the newly-seated president & his chum thought they could achieve results via an e-mail), and what we'd successfully avoided in 1991-2 became laws in 1996. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself & dog to the Subscribe address on that page. Many people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in each post. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_GSD_Source/info so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    8 answers · Dogs · 6 days ago
  • My German Shepherd has black gums and the roof of its mouth is black what does that mean?

    ● "My German Shepherd has black gums and the roof of its mouth is black what does that mean?" It WOULD have helped had you told us its AGE, and whether it is registered with your nation's ONE internationally-accepted kennel club. (If you're a Yank, only the AKC is accepted.) As other writers have pointed out, it is not a worry... show more
    ● "My German Shepherd has black gums and the roof of its mouth is black what does that mean?" It WOULD have helped had you told us its AGE, and whether it is registered with your nation's ONE internationally-accepted kennel club. (If you're a Yank, only the AKC is accepted.) As other writers have pointed out, it is not a worry UNLESS the black area has replaced what was originally a pink area on tongue or palate or gums or lips. In THAT case the first thing you do is book in to the vet to have Pup checked for melanomia - a vicious cancer that is the same as people get (especially those that spend too much time hot sun wearing minimal clothing, minimal or NO sunscreen. It is especially a problem in my country, which has spent the whole of my life under the world's main "ozone hole". The black normally means that he has inherited alleles for strong eumelanin - that's the black pigment, although in some breeds it is diluted to "liver" (dark brown) or to "blue". All German Shepherd Dogs (note that you omitted the word Dog. If you're in a hurry, type GSD - but never type GS) are required to have at least SOME black on their hairs. I means that both parents were at least carriers for lots of eumelanin. It suggests that both parents probably had either self-black coats, or they were either bi-colours or "black" sables (both mean that there is very little tan in the coat from phaeomelanin, a pigment which is red to yellow in colour). The main coat-patterns in GSDs are A^w ❤️ wolf-sable - where the black is dark at each hair tip, but pales away before it reaches its follicle. a^t 💔 tan-point - where the black reaches all the way to the follicle. a^ 💚 self-black - where there is no phaeomelanin. There is a modifier gene which has not yet been DNA-identified & named (medical issues tend to get priority!), but acts as though it has 3 alleles, their effect being gradual, needing 4 to 40 months to take full effect. 🌍Its dominant allele spreads the phaeomelanin and turns wolf-sable pups into gold-sable adults, tan-point pups into saddle-back adults. 🌏Its intermediate allele slightly spreads the phaeomelanin, turning wolf-sable pups into grey-sable adults, tan-point into blanket-backs. 🌎When paired, its recessive allele restricts the spread of the phaeomelanin , turning wolf-sable pups into "black"-sable adults, tan-point pups into bi-colour adults. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 Join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. Once you're accepted you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. Start with https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... which has about 20 albums, each dedicated to a specific Agouti-Pattern and the variations that un-named modifier produces, plus several which are dedicated to specific variations & colours that are NOT allowed in the GSD breed, but exist in some lines. 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_GSD_Source/info so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    7 answers · Dogs · 7 days ago
  • Is a Springer spaniel and an English springer spaniel the same dog?

    ● "Is a Springer spaniel and an English springer spaniel the same dog? " Neither of those is a DOG. The authority on dog BREEDS is the FCI. Unfortunately for you, none of The Kennel Club (UK), AKC (USA) and CKC (Canada) is willing to be democratic and accept majority decisions, so they all refuse to be members of the FCI. Nevertheless,... show more
    ● "Is a Springer spaniel and an English springer spaniel the same dog? " Neither of those is a DOG. The authority on dog BREEDS is the FCI. Unfortunately for you, none of The Kennel Club (UK), AKC (USA) and CKC (Canada) is willing to be democratic and accept majority decisions, so they all refuse to be members of the FCI. Nevertheless, The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) with is headquarters in Belgium IS the world authority on dog breeds. In English every word in a PROPER NOUN (such as book titles, breed names, business names, city names, film titles, names of sports, personal names, place names, song titles) requires a capital letter UNLESS the word is an "internal connective" - a term which boils down to words such as "and, "at", "from", "of", "the", "to". But even connectives have a capital letter when they are the FIRST word in the proper noun, as in "From Here to Eternity: "Of Mice and Men" The Duke of Wellington The Tower of Pisa "The Wind in the Willows" So far, [Amos] and I are the only ones who can punctuate breed-names correctly! I think you might be surprised at how many dog breeds in http://www.fci.be/en/nomenclature/8-Retr... include the word "Spaniel". Basically, ALL of them have that word because they originated with dogs imported from Spain to England before there were any kennel clubs. There are also 3 Spaniel breeds in the Toy Group - but none of them are Springer Spaniels. There are just 2 varieties of Springer Spaniel, so named because their original purpose was to find and "spring" or "flush" game from where it was hiding in long grass or low scrub, so that it became tangled in a net, or was seen & caught by a trained falcon or greyhound. Each variety is named for where it was developed: English Springer Spaniel Welsh Springer Spaniel - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    5 answers · Dogs · 1 week ago
  • How do you make an anonymous reply comment to someone on yahoo answers?

    NO-ONE should be allowed to make their Question or their Answer anonymous. If your Answer, Comment or Question is worth reading & writing, a person should be proud enough to to display their Yahoo username on it. As others have pointed out, there is NO [Edit] button for the Comment section. I believe that I could write a Comment using an... show more
    NO-ONE should be allowed to make their Question or their Answer anonymous. If your Answer, Comment or Question is worth reading & writing, a person should be proud enough to to display their Yahoo username on it. As others have pointed out, there is NO [Edit] button for the Comment section. I believe that I could write a Comment using an "Anonymous" ID - but it wouldn't have Y!A's bowler-hatted blue-faced avatar. And only cowards and trolls would go to that much trouble. I prefer to stay with my known usernames - each of them is adequately anonymous to those who don't know me personally. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    17 answers · Yahoo Answers · 1 week ago
  • Are Pugs the cutest dogs ever?

    ● "Are Pugs the cutest dogs ever?" "Cuteness" has NOTHING to do with the dogs I choose. "Cuteness" was of value back when m'Lady was effectively a prisoner in m'Lord's castle or mansion, with nothing to do except tapestry and instruct her maid-servant to tell the cook what to prepare for the next meal. Her... show more
    ● "Are Pugs the cutest dogs ever?" "Cuteness" has NOTHING to do with the dogs I choose. "Cuteness" was of value back when m'Lady was effectively a prisoner in m'Lord's castle or mansion, with nothing to do except tapestry and instruct her maid-servant to tell the cook what to prepare for the next meal. Her servants were almost never educated, so none of them were worth "discussing the state of the world" with. So a pooch with an amusing gait and no sense of its own tiny size was something to relieve m'Lady's boredom. They were known as Lap Dogs and Sleeve Dogs, because they spent much of their life on m'Lady's lap or inside one of her long drooping sleeve. Should a visitor attempt to contact m'Lady's "interesting bits", they were supposed bite the visitor's fingers then yap to call the man-servants to come and escort the visitor off m'Lord's property the re;port to m"Lord when he eventually came home from his boozing or gambling or his fighting in the Crusades. So yes, they are MEANT to be yappy-snappy little tyrants. After kennel clubs got started, those small breeds were placed in the Toy Group. My boyhood dog was a Fox Terrier x hunting Cocker Spaniel cross - I was lucky that he had inherited the "spirit" expected of Terriers and the affection expected of Spaniels. 🤯 I certainly do NOT regard a pooch that collapses from breathlessness if it tries to run from the door to the fence, that snores & snorts when trying to breath while asleep, as being "cute". 🤯 Nor can I stand the breeds that have deep wrinkles in the face and/or shoulders - those are invitations to itchy irritations & infections. Those are the most obvious of the problems that the brachycephalic breeds have. The shorter their muzzle, the more their nose is blocked, the worse their breathing problems. In addition: 🤯 Many of the brachycephalic breeds have such BIG heads that the pups cannot get born via the pelvic "tunnel" of their narrow-hipped dam. 🤢 So many kennel clubs are now refusing to register pups from a bỉtch who has needed more than 1 (maybe 2) Caesarian deliveries. 🤢 In 2017 or '18 my nation's main on-line sales organisation announced that it would no longer accept advertisements for the worst of the brachycephalic breeds: British Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs. I truly do NOT believe that commercial organisations that make THOSE decisions (decisions that cost them MONEY) regard breeds with those problems as being "cute". You are welcome to your opinion, but if you don't have a Pug, DON'T GET ONE. If you do have one, do NOT make it exercise hard. but DO carefully control its feeding so that it never gets fat. My nation's kennel club claims that Pugs live 12-to-15 years old. I reckon those ones must be EXPERTLY reared. Many vets will tell you horror stories of trying to remove the crumpled up linings of brachycephalics' pushed-in nostrils so that the poor pooch can BREATH when its mouth is shut while it sleeps. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    18 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • If my dog gets a dog pregnant am I responsible?

    ● "If my dog gets a dog pregnant am I responsible?" No - you'd be IRRESPONSIBLE! I can't imagine anyone who has to ask this sort of question in Y!A having a breed-worthy pooch - you know, PROOFS such as (1) a registered quality pedigree, (2) a show champion title or wins at top competitions, (3) one or more training... show more
    ● "If my dog gets a dog pregnant am I responsible?" No - you'd be IRRESPONSIBLE! I can't imagine anyone who has to ask this sort of question in Y!A having a breed-worthy pooch - you know, PROOFS such as (1) a registered quality pedigree, (2) a show champion title or wins at top competitions, (3) one or more training qualifications suitable to his breed's reason for existence, (4) all the "genetic health" certificates recommended for his breed. Mind you, a dog can't get another DOG pregnant - he'd have to find a bỉtch "on heat" who wasn't adequately protected from him and from other randy dogs. ● "Would I have any right to have a puppy or be responsible for vet bills? Just curious, not going to breed my dog." I WISH people would learn the difference between "breed" and "breed from". YOU cannot BREED your dog - he was BRED by the owner of his mother. Your only RIGHT would be to get sued, if the bỉtch was on her owner's property, and so was your dog. A stud-owner's right to money and/or pups doesn't apply UNLESS the bỉtch-owner and stud-owner made an agreement BEFORE allowing the pair to mate. However, were you irresponsible enough to let your dog wander you certainly have the right to OFFER to pay for such as vet bills and feeding costs during the bỉtch's pregnancy & until the last pup is rehomed, plus for the advertising costs and the costs of checking whether the puppy seeker's household & property are suitable for raising a pup of that kind. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. Many people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    27 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • Help with dog behavior!!?

    ● "Help with dog behavior!!" You've been in Y!A for 7 years, so OUGHT TO KNOW that the first field is for your MAIN QUESTION. But there is NO question in your 4 words. (Indeed, after your first year here it has been rare for your main question to be in the FIRST field.) In fact, not until the very last 5 words in the spiel in the... show more
    ● "Help with dog behavior!!" You've been in Y!A for 7 years, so OUGHT TO KNOW that the first field is for your MAIN QUESTION. But there is NO question in your 4 words. (Indeed, after your first year here it has been rare for your main question to be in the FIRST field.) In fact, not until the very last 5 words in the spiel in the "Details" field of THIS question do you ASK anything. But you didn't put a ❓ at the end to show that it was actually ASKING something. ● "My mom adopted a young dog named Eddie about 5-6 months through a service partnered with PetSmart in September." Please learn to CHECK your typing before posting it. That sentence could mean that Eddie was 5 or 6 months old when she got him in September 2018, or that she has HAD him for 5-6 months. 💥1: What is his AGE? And what is his BREED (or breeds)? ● "We absolutely adore him but a few months ago one night we had let him out to go to the bathroom, You must have a strange set-up, if the BATHROOM is OUTside! The nearest I've ever come to that was from 1942 to 1946 when the house we rented had a "long drop" outside toilet. The cottage I rented from mid-1963 to mid-1965 was obviously also originally that way - but by the time I rented it there was a ground-level concrete-floored wash-house outside the back door, with a flush-toilet built onto the far side. ● "we live on an acreage and all the sudden I hear the two dogs barking, Eddie yipping, and my mom frantically yelling his name. I came upstairs and realized there were coyotes all over the place outside! Mom starts explaining that she went to call Eddie and two coyotes were chasing him! Long story short everyone was okay no one had any injuries but it was all very scary." Obviously your property is NOT suitable for keeping dogs on. Either PetSmart or the dog-rescue organisation that Eddie came from SHOULD have inspected your property BEFORE allowing you to have him. People who live in a region where coyotes or other largish predators roam NEED a predator-proof fence BEFORE being allowed a pooch. If YOU were a toddler when the family moved there, did they put YOU outside to play by yourself? Or did a parent CHECK the property first, then stay there SUPERVISING you (possibly with the .22 in one hand)? ● "To the problem at hand now though. Ever since that happened we will be sitting in the house relaxing and he'll be laying down calmly" No. Dogs can't lay down. Eider ducks can lay the down (feathers plucked from their own chest) inside the nest for their eggs. If you have an eiderdown, it has that name because it is supposed to be filled with the down from eider ducks. Birds and fish and insects can lay eggs. Humans can lay the cutlery on the table for dinner, or lay bricks for a wall. Your pet was LYING DOWN. ● "the next he'll abruptly shoot up and bolt to the front door whining. I'll let him out to go potty but he immediately wants back in afterwards." You have a POTTY outside for him??? Canine anatomy does NOT suit the shape of a potty! He can "go toilet", or - more clearly - he can pee/piddle/piss/urinate, he can crap/defecate/poop/shìt. And the way you've written that, you are a VERY slow learner. There is NO mention of you CHECKING to ensure that it is SAFE for him to be outside, because there are no coyotes in sight. NO indication that you STAY OUT THERE WITH HIM (and holding the .22 ?) in case a coyote leaps the currently-non-existent WALL. My feeling is that YOU should not be ALLOWED to let him out! Get a parent to check the property first, and to stay out there WITH him until he is ready to come back inside. ● "So I'll let him in. Then he wants back outside." WE can't tell whether he is a stupidly BRAVE lad who wants to chase away the coyotes or whatever else he can hear, or whether he is a stupidly young idiot who wants to play with the 4-legged "friends" he can hear. Please add an Update to your question, telling us his AGE, his BREED (or breeds), and his character. ● "It will go li e this for hours and no matter how many times we try to discipline or correct the behavior with a firm 'no', a touch, his training collar, or even putting him in his crate he won't stop. The past few weeks it's been driving everyone crazy! Mom thinks the coyote experience traumatized him and he's scared and I'm sure its a factor" I DON'T like inappropriate words such as "bathroom" and "potty". Nor vague words such as "discipline", "correct", "a touch", "his training collar". If he's cockily brave, or stupidly playful, being CRATED isn't going to make him content! Just FRUSTRATED. You've stated NOTHING about his experience that would justify your mother considering that he was "traumatized" and is "scared", nothing about what the OTHER "two dogs barking" are and how Eddie & they get on together. 💥2: Those would be worth telling us, as part of your Update. A SCARED pooch is very likely to be HAPPY to be in a closed crate whenever there is danger. Unless it is just very open # steel bars, a scared dog would regard it as a SAFE place where he can't be attacked - a "cave", a refuge, a sanctuary. But if he IS SCARED then SOMEBODY (probably your mother) needs to be in a weekly training class with him, her methods getting observed then she being COACHED to improve her awareness, body-language, timing, use of the leash & praise&rewards + voice-tones. All puppy-buyers should spend about a year getting coached, starting when Pup is 18-to-22 weeks old. Not only does the person become a MUCH more competent trainer, the dog also gets used to being calm & obedient with other dogs around it. Your mother's dog certainly doesn't sound CALM at present. ● "HOW do we stop it!" 🐕Try distracting him by playing games (ball-chase-&-fetch? tug-o'-war?) with him. 🐩Try giving him JOBS to do - fetching the hearth brush, bringing you his food dish, bringing dirty clothes from a specific room to you. Think of whatever he can find then carry or drag inside the house without making a mess. Of course, that DOES mean firstly teaching him a wider vocabulary of CONSISTENT words - firstly such as "Find" or "Seek", such as "Bring" or "Fetch", and then the names of specific objects and the personal name of each member of your household. And as you are neither paranoid nor a troll, it is time you clicked the [Edit Preferences] on your Activity Page, then edited the "About Me" to display at least your birth year, your nearest city (include nation or state if other cities have the same name), and things you are interested in. YOU won't be able to see them on your Activity Page unless you sign out - but the rest of us will. You might also consider letting people e-mail you privately, although Y!A's mechanism is primitive (no colours, fonts, graphics) and has a very small capacity per message. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    3 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • Is it normal for a dog to try to hump their littermates? Even after all four have been nurtured?

    Best answer: ● "Is it normal for a dog to try to hump their littermates? Even after all four have been nurtured?" 😇Humping is perfectly normal - that is how dog-pups learn that "it feels good!" Even though their first experience of that sensation is, as others have stated, often a side-effect of "bossiness" aka attempts... show more
    Best answer: ● "Is it normal for a dog to try to hump their littermates? Even after all four have been nurtured?" 😇Humping is perfectly normal - that is how dog-pups learn that "it feels good!" Even though their first experience of that sensation is, as others have stated, often a side-effect of "bossiness" aka attempts to dominate. However, it should not last long once they experience the pheromones from a bỉtch-on-heat. 🤯BTW, it is quite common for bỉtches to hump a bỉtch-on-heat. And I've had bỉtches-on-heat hump the stud (who was taking too long) to show him just what she wanted him to hurry up and DO! One resorted to backing him into a corner so that he HAD to scent her pheromones. 👿What is DEFINITELY NOT normal is for pups of either gender to be neutered while they are still running as a litter ! Neutering should NOT be performed before 10-to-15 MONTHS old - it can be as late as 3 years old in the giant breeds. The reason is that hormones from the gonads control the timing of when the growth-plates stop adding length to their part of whichever leg-bone they are in. Without the synchronisation from those hormones, each growth plate can stop earlier or later than Nature intended, resulting in very poorly-fitting hip and/or knee/elbow and or ankle/wrist joints. The result quickly becomes hip or elbow dysplasia and PAIN. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. As soon as you are accepted as a member, click https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... to see the possible long-term consequences of early-neutering. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    12 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • Can anyone recommend a good no-pull dog harness?

    ● "Can anyone recommend a good no-pull dog harness?" No. As several have told you, a HARNESS is designed to ALLOW a dog to pull. Alternatively, it is used to hold up a dog whose rear legs co-ordination has vanished, but it's front legs can still walk. Some people buy a "wheelchair-for-dogs" that they can strap the rear end... show more
    ● "Can anyone recommend a good no-pull dog harness?" No. As several have told you, a HARNESS is designed to ALLOW a dog to pull. Alternatively, it is used to hold up a dog whose rear legs co-ordination has vanished, but it's front legs can still walk. Some people buy a "wheelchair-for-dogs" that they can strap the rear end into, so the rear pads & nails don't touch the ground, and the dog can get a year or more additional life wandering around happily before its front co-ordination also vanishes and it must be put to sleep forever. ● "Specifically, one that works well with bigger dogs...I have a 40-pound girl and a 46-pound boy, so there's a lot to handle, lol." More useful would have been stating the AGE and the BREED. If you mean the dogs you called "Blue Laceys" 3 weeks ago in: 🌎 "Any tips on managing house dogs with a newborn?" I spent some time TRYING to find out what they are, and found that the real spelling is "Blue Lacys" (after the Lacy brothers who created this type of dog) and that they are the national dog of Texas. However, the only organisation in the USA that can declare them a BREED is the AKC. At least one site claims that they are on the AKC's FSS list - but the Blue Coonhound is the only breed or near-breed I can find starting with "Blue" in AKC's lists: https://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/foundatio... So there is no official Breed Standard for the Lacys. They must be fairly small - about the size of an Australian Kelpie - or yours are still puppies, not even yearlings yet. "My" GSD breed's Standard has these size-&-weight limits: 54-61cm (21¼-24") and 22-32 kg (49-71 lbs) for a bỉtch, 59-66cm (23¼-26") and 30-40 kg (66-88 lbs) for a dog. In both genders, the middle height & middle weight should be preferred - but pet-owners & show-judges (especially in the USA) prefer GSDs that are at or above the MAXIMUM height & weight. As for "a lot to handle": You and your partner MUST choose one each and GET INTO SEPARATE WEEKLY TRAINING CLASSES WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL POOCH, so that you each get COACHED to improve your awareness, balance, body language, timing, use of the leash & your voice-tones. If you can't find separate classes, you each might have to spend about 25 minutes in the class by yourself while the other person & pooch wait in the vehicle. A trained dog should NOT pull you, unless you urge it to helpfully pull you up a long hill. Although they DO work, "Gentle Leaders", Haltis, head collars, no-pull collars, etc almost always work cruelly by having a nose-band that digs into the muzzle just in from of the eyes. Many years ago an acquaintance imported a bỉtch and set about training her at home. Being a builder, he yanked so hard that he broke her neck. Dog buyers SHOULD be in a well-run training class (club or private) for about a year, starting when Pup is 18-22 weeks old. The only neck-wear I use is a lightweight straight-linked (called a "fur-saver") slip-chain (often called a "choke-chain" because put on the wrong-way it CAN result in the links locking & choking the dog instead of the links sliding open as soon as the dog or handler stops pulling. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    9 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • How do dogs get kidney disease?

    ● "How do dogs get kidney disease?" As you didn't web-search for veterinary sites to find the answer yourself, you probably didn't start working your way through the 101 million web-pages that both [granny] and [Jojo] linked you... show more
    ● "How do dogs get kidney disease?" As you didn't web-search for veterinary sites to find the answer yourself, you probably didn't start working your way through the 101 million web-pages that both [granny] and [Jojo] linked you to. http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-heal... is a site short enough & simple enough to probably suit your needs. [errol] is confused when he states: ◊ "Old age is also a big factor." As with balding, cancer, heart disease, muscle loss, skin wrinkles: Age doesn't CAUSE any disorder - what it does is give the REAL factors more time to perform their damage. Those causes are:- bacteria, cancers, diet (especially over-eating), genetics, infections, injuries, parasites, toxins, viruses. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss a breed, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. Then send an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about that breed. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    5 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • I have a service dog?

    ● "I have a service dog" Really? But that was supposed to be your MAIN question, yet it ASKS us nothing at all. ● "I have a SDiT. She is for Depression and Aniety. Do you think she is real? If not why? She has trained tasks and has PA. Explain why you think she is a fake? WHY DOES EVERYONE (not everyone but some people) CALL HER A... show more
    ● "I have a service dog" Really? But that was supposed to be your MAIN question, yet it ASKS us nothing at all. ● "I have a SDiT. She is for Depression and Aniety. Do you think she is real? If not why? She has trained tasks and has PA. Explain why you think she is a fake? WHY DOES EVERYONE (not everyone but some people) CALL HER A FAKE? It drives me nuts?" I'm pretty sure that YOU are the 13 years old cowardly bowler-hatted blue-faced [Anonymous] whose question about your "SDiT" has received NONE of the explanations I requested, nor have you chosen a Best Answer for it. I asked you to: 💥1: NOT use the [Anonymous] button, 💥2: create an "About Me" telling us the year you were born, your nearest city (plus nation or state if there are other cities with the same name), 💥3: state the things that interest you. So either you are merely trolling (those are the semi-humans who usually hide their username and Activity Page) or you are foolishly unwilling to HELP the people who are willing to try to help YOU. I also asked you to 💥4: state the SPECIFIC tasks your pet was required to do for you - and I told you HOW to add them to yout QUESTION, so everyone can see that they are PART OF your question, not bits written by the columnist formerly known as "Dear Abby". I assumed that you have a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. Are you stupid enough to expect him/her to be able to help you if you refuse to answer his/her questions and ACT UPON his/her responses to those questions? Now to answer YOUR tangled questions: ● "Do you think she is real? If not why?" I have no idea whether you actually have a bỉtch , but the more you protest WITHOUT SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION WE NEED, the less likely her reality is. You are using the "tactics" used by trolls. ● "Explain why you think she is a fake?" That's the same as your previous 2 questions. So again: I have no idea whether you actually have a bỉtch, but the more you protest WITHOUT SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION WE NEED, the less likely her reality is. You are using the "tactics" used by trolls. ● "WHY DOES EVERYONE (not everyone but some people) CALL HER A FAKE?" Except for being very badly phrased (you should have replaced the "DOES EVERYONE (not everyone but some people) with the simple "do some people", that's the same as your previous 3 questions. So again: I have no idea whether you actually have a bỉtch, but the more you protest WITHOUT SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION WE NEED, the less likely her reality is. You are using the "tactics" used by trolls. ● "It drives me nuts?" You obviously think that is a question, so placed a ? at its end. But it ISN'T a question - it is a STATEMENT; it TELLS us something. So it should end with a ! or a . - which to use depends on whether you were extremely excited or frustrated, or were feeling roughly normal. You claimed ● "She has trained tasks and has PA." But you have NOT stated what either of them is. 🌎 TASKS: For her to be a Service Dog, each of those TASKS must be something that you cannot do for yourself. There are NOT many tasks that a person with "Depression and Aniety" (you SHOULD have noticed that Y!A red-lined "Aniety". We have to assume that you meant "anxiety") cannot do for him/her-self. My dogs are trained to fetch a ball or dumbbell that I throw - but I COULD fetch it myself, so that doesn't qualify MY dogs as Service Dogs. 🌎 PA: I went through 12 pages of Google's results, plus https://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/P... without finding anything that would qualify a dog as a Service Dog. And "SDiT" stands for Service Dog in Training - it doesn't mean that your bỉtch IS a Service Dog, it doesn't give you ANY of the rights that a human with a Service Dog has. I HATE having to assume things, but because you refuse to tell us which state/country you are in, I will assume that you are a USAmerican. Google found 1,480,000,000 results for my search seed of: American requirements for service dog status That's close to 1½ TRILLION sites from just ONE country! If you're NOT a Yank, change "American" into your nationality. I'm not going to list every web-site that TELLS you what Service Dogs have to do - study https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010... for the regulations and be aware that in the USA, various states have various regulations. I'm confident that airlines in the USA have checked VERY carefully for what the airline IS versus IS NOT allowed to do to verify whether an animal is a genuine 🎷Service Dog, or merely an 💔Emotional Support Animal (= ESA) or 💚Psychiatric Service Animal (PSA), or just a 🚫pet. So STUDY this web-page: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/spec... and note the "paperwork" your Licensed Mental Health Professional will be required to supply. NOTHING you have stated in your QUESTION on this occasion entitles you to a Service Dog. At best you MIGHT be entitled to an ESA or PSA. To award a Best Answer you don't have to LIKE what it tells you, it need only be the best honest attempt to answer what you asked, and provide the INFORMATION you need. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    7 answers · Dogs · 2 weeks ago
  • Can a person with mild cerebral palsy have children?

    ● "Can a person with mild cerebral palsy have children?" Brain-dead mothers can have a baby👶, given suitable hospital care! But they will never KNOW their child. A person with cerebral palsy is MUCH better off mentally & physically than them! However, having CP does carry a definite risk of producing an afflicted child. It's not... show more
    ● "Can a person with mild cerebral palsy have children?" Brain-dead mothers can have a baby👶, given suitable hospital care! But they will never KNOW their child. A person with cerebral palsy is MUCH better off mentally & physically than them! However, having CP does carry a definite risk of producing an afflicted child. It's not yet clear how many cases of CP are due to "environmental" problems in utero or during birth itself, how many are due to genetics, but it IS something that "runs in families", and so 2 people who BOTH have CP ancestors are 🙍‍♂️worryingly🙍‍♀️ high-risk for producing CP children: 2014: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/07/... 2015: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/article... 2018: https://cerebralpalsynewstoday.com/2018/... All 3 are more recent than [tentofield]'s source, so might be more definitive & hopeful for you. Unfortunately your question and your lack of an "About Me" on your Activity Page gives us no clue as to your AGE and which COUNTRY you live in - and the pages I linked you to don't tell us how long it is likely to take to identify ALL the alleles of all the genes involved in CP, so we have no idea whether you are young enough for there to be time to wait for the scientists to be able to identify enough to be able to DNA-test you & your partner and 'guarantee' that your baby will be safe from genetic CP. And I, for one, have no idea whether you possess any of the environmental factors that might have been involved in your own CP. The more complicated a problem is, the more frustratingly difficult it is to make worthwhile predictions! 👩‍🦰 I can only hope that you are young enough to be able to wait until more of the risk factors are identifiable so that you & your partner can be DNA-tested and your ancestries checked through, hoping to find no CP cases in his or her lines so that a genetics counsellor can advise you that: "The risk is acceptably low - so go for it!". 🌎 If you live in or near Salt Lake City, Utah, I can give you a contact for a qualified genetics counsellor there. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    3 answers · People with Disabilities · 3 weeks ago
  • What should I say to people about my service dog? (SD)?

    ● "What should I say to people about my service dog? (SD)?" That's not your HONEST question. It SHOULD ask: ○ "What should I say to people about my Service Dog in Training?" To which the sensible answer (if it's name is Sarah) would be 🎷"Sarah is my Service Dog in Training, to help me overcome my anxieties and... show more
    ● "What should I say to people about my service dog? (SD)?" That's not your HONEST question. It SHOULD ask: ○ "What should I say to people about my Service Dog in Training?" To which the sensible answer (if it's name is Sarah) would be 🎷"Sarah is my Service Dog in Training, to help me overcome my anxieties and depression." You might wish to continue with: 🎷"She is a happy puppy, so you are welcome to let her sniff the back of your hand, and then - if she likes you - rub her between her front legs, like this." and then make Sarah happy by rubbing her between her front legs. But if she ISN'T a happy puppy you should continue with: 🎷"She is supposed to learn to concentrate on me and my moods, so please don't touch her." ● "I have a SDiT (service dog in training) and she is for depression and anxiety. My anxiety and depression effects my everyday life and is a disability. She has PA (public access) but I have not taken her to school for the following reasons ● "1) what if they think less of me?" Decide on who the mysterious "they" is (a) a teacher, (b) a class member, (c) a stranger on the street. 🎷If a teacher, discuss that teacher with your personal tutor. 🎷If a pupil, discuss that pupil with your personal tutor. 🎷If a stranger, you won't KNOW what they're thinking. But if they express any sort of opinion it is probably safest to just say, "I'm sorry, but I'm running late so can't talk", then keep walking. ● "2) if they ask me why I have a SDiT (I don’t feel completely comfortable telling people in my school" The REASON was covered in the very first part of my answer to your main question. NEVER try to hide your problems. ● "3)If they say it’s not a disability and I do t need one" 🎷"My doctor says it is, and that I do. Goodbye." ● "4) I only want one for attention" 🎷"Did I seek YOUR attention? YOU sought MY attention! And I'm running late. Goodbye." ● "5)other people need if more then you" 🎷"If so, I feel sorry for them. But I know that *I* need my Sarah." ● "6) I have ant and depression can I have one?" As you didn't change 'ant' to whatever word you meant, I can't answer that part. 🎷As for the "Can I have one?" part: If YOU know what is needed in order get an actual Emotional Support Dog, tell the asker what to do, who to see. 🎷If you DON'T know, just say whichever is true of, "Sorry - I don't know. My father/mother/doctor got her for me." ● "What should I say to people when they tell me thins or ask me theses things? It’s a trigger. Sends me into a PANIC ATTACK EVERY TIME" PANIC is a result of not being PREPARED. It's not just the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides who need to be prepared! Okay - you've started getting prepared. If you've thought of other situations relevant to your dog, your anxiety, your depression: click [Edit] under your question, click the [Add Update] that will pop up, then type your 7-onwards worries into the new field. Or write them to discuss with your specialist teacher, your parents, your doctor or therapist. Please DON'T hide behind the anonymous bowler-hatted blue-face. Let us see you "About me" telling us your birth-year (we don't need the whole birthdate, but for many questions we need to know within 1 year your current age), your nearest city (and the state or nation if that name has been given to more than one city), and the things you are interested in. Also please learn to PROOFREAD and CORRECT your typing and punctuation before posting messages. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 😛 To discuss GSDs, join some groups such as https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/GSD_... by sending an e-mail about yourself to the Subscribe address on that page. The people in them KNOW about GSDs. Plus you can include several actual photos in your posts. To find other groups or breeds, type the breed-name into the top field of https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/dir then choose a couple of groups to Join - use the group's Message History on its /info page to make sure that it still has members who are ACTIVE. 😛 Also join https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/The_... so that you can easily look up all sorts of information about dogs, especially GSDs. It is an "encyclopaedia" group (to which members can ask for new sources to be added), not a discussion group. King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    6 answers · Dogs · 3 weeks ago
  • Do dogs have 4 legs, or 2 arms and 2 legs? Serious answers only.?

    ● "Do dogs have 4 legs, or 2 arms and 2 legs? Serious answers only." Assuming that you define LEGS as "the weight-bearing bones joining the FEET to the body", dogs are like horses and cows and sheep - they are QUADRUPEDS, that word meaning "4-footed". Assuming that YOU define ARMS as "the bones joining the... show more
    ● "Do dogs have 4 legs, or 2 arms and 2 legs? Serious answers only." Assuming that you define LEGS as "the weight-bearing bones joining the FEET to the body", dogs are like horses and cows and sheep - they are QUADRUPEDS, that word meaning "4-footed". Assuming that YOU define ARMS as "the bones joining the gripping HANDS to the body", dogs are NOT like apes, humans and monkeys - which are BIPEDS, that word meaning "2-footed". ● "My bf says that dogs have 4 legs and 4 feet, but if that s true wouldn t all of their joints go in the same way?" Again, I have to ASSUME - this time that you meant that "the joints in all 4 legs are free to move in the same direction as each other", they DO. The problem is that most people haven't bothered studying skeletal anatomy! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/article... might help you both understand the difference between BIPEDAL and QUADRUPEDAL - never forget that most apes & monkeys can use BOTH ways of moving AND have toes on all 4 feet that are capable of HOLDING objects, although THEIR way of gripping always uses all-5 fingers to press the object against their palm or sole, whereas our inmost finger is different, so is usually called a thumb, and allows us to mostly hold things between our thumb and our first finger. On dogs, the thumbs & big toes became dew-claws - if you're interested, search for Stanley Coren's article "Why Do Dogs Have Dewclaws?" The way a quadruped "times" its leg coordination varies to suit the speed it wants to move. For a WALK, it keeps 3 feet on the ground, moving only 1 foot at a time. For a TROT (the best compromise between speed and the energy used) it moves 2 feet at diagonal corners - back left & right front foot move forward then take the weight as the back right & left front foot move forward then take the weight. There a tricky bit of timing needed - the weight-bearing foot must lift out of the way before the rear foot coming forward on that side reaches it. You've probably seen race horses with padding on the backs of their front pasterns, so that when the rear hoof moves far enough forward to reach or pass where that side's front foot was, the horseshoe on the rear foot doesn't cut the pastern. For maximum speed it GALLOPS, which means both front feet are moved forward and then both hind legs propel the body (and the airborne front feet) forward and then themselves leave the ground so that the whole body and all 4 feet are off the ground. But that burns a LOT of energy. In both the trot and the gallop it is little mire complicated than that, as ONE fore-foot must start first and land first. McDowell Lyon's 1950 "The Dog in Action" (Howell Book House) is my recommendation if you want to understand how dogs move. Your library might be able to get a copy for you. https://infovisual.info/en/biology-anima... shows you a horse's skeleton. https://infovisual.info/en/biology-anima... shows you a dog's skeleton. Note that: scapula & pelvis "match" each other, (our shoulder-blade & pelvis) humerus & femur "match" each other, (our upper-arm & thigh-bone) radius+ulna & tibia+fibula "match" each other, (our fore-arm & shin) carpus & tarsus "match" each other, (our wrist & ankle) cannon-bone (in horses) or metacarpals & metatarsals "match" each other, (our palm & instep) phalanges "match" each other, (3 in each of our fingers & toes). My "match" doesn't mean that they have the same angle or shape or size - it means that they perform the same FUNCTION. ● "They have 2 legs and 2 arms bc they have elbow joints and knees joints." Ah, but... elbows and knees perform the SAME FUNCTION. Neither an elbow nor a knee is a BONE or a MUSCLE - each is a place where a major movement is possible but CONTROLLED by the way the BONES above & below that joint are shaped and where the LIGAMENTS & MUSCLES crossing that joint are attached. And in a trotting dog they have to "open" or "close" in opposite directions when on the same side. Nature is rarely QUICK to get its evolutionary changes perfect but, as the inheritors of the better changes tend to live longer and thus have more time to pass their "new" allele on to offspring, Nature does mostly produce better & better results. If it's any consolation, dog-show judges often refer to "upper-arm" and "lower-arm" in their critiques. Nevertheless, despite those judges, and despite dogs in Dancing With Dogs competitions after walking on just their hind legs. dogs ARE quadrupeds. Y!A is too stingy to activate more than 3 web-links. so you';; need to copy and paste the rest into your browser's web-address line. Three of dogs dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0xGBy4A5Uc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv_gOBi8Wpk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyLHeXWzWHY ● "Serious answers only, pls, my bf is very adamant." MAYBE - if you seem pitifully sad-enough about having to admit to him that HE is the one who is (on this occasion, anyway!), right - he might nevertheless take you out to dinner? But maybe NOT, if your avatar is your portrait! King Les The Lofty - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    13 answers · Dogs · 3 weeks ago
  • Dog sticking nose up crotches?

    ● "Dog sticking nose up crotches" They do that. Especially when the crotch is smelly - whether the smell is from the front or the rear But that was supposed to be your main QUESTION, yet your 5 words don't ASK us anything. ● "So i was wondering, if a dog sticks its nose up a males crotch to sniff it, and somehow that male... show more
    ● "Dog sticking nose up crotches" They do that. Especially when the crotch is smelly - whether the smell is from the front or the rear But that was supposed to be your main QUESTION, yet your 5 words don't ASK us anything. ● "So i was wondering, if a dog sticks its nose up a males crotch to sniff it, and somehow that male recently ejaculated (wearing clothes), and if the dog sticks its nose up a womens crotch area when shes still wearing clothes, is it possible for her to get pregnant? Im just curious lol." Dogs don't normally wear clothes, so you SHOULD have stated "man or boy", not "male". The word "male" applies to the non-female aspect of ALL species, including plants as well as animals. At 13 you should be aware of that important fact. 🕺1: Not many men or boys are willing to walk around with their undies & trousers saturated by sperm & the lubricating fluid. So the chance of even ONE spermatozoon getting onto a dog's nose is VERY tiny - I'd guess less than 1 in a thousand trillion. Typically, one ejaculation contains up to 500 million sperm but that's only half a billion - nowhere near the 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000 odds against that I suspect. 🤢2: Once outside the penis and in the AIR, a spermatozoon has a only a very few minutes to stay motile (= alive & able to swim). The maximum seems to be about 20 minutes. However, in the female's "plumbing" of vagina > uterus aka womb < Fallopian tubes, sperm can last up to 5 days. 🤯3: It is possible for a dog to find a female ovulating and smelling "interesting" before any sperm on his nose all die, but I cannot imagine his nose being able to push them through panties, let alone through slacks & scanties or panties or bloomers. The longer they've been on his nose, the thicker & drier the lubricating fluid will have become, soon making it impossible for any sperm to swim forward even if they're not yet dead. 💃4: It is certainly possible for an ovulating girl or woman to get pregnant if a man's or boy's sperm is inserted into her vagina and then reaches her uterus - to achieve that fertilisation is why sperm have tails that work like a tadpole's tail does, and propel them towards the nearest ovum. King Les The Lofty 🤴🏽 - first pup in 1950; GSD breeder & trainer as of 1968
    7 answers · Dogs · 3 weeks ago