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Old 01-25-2020, 12:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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She's adorable! Some dogs like toys - at the age of 10, Sophie still plays with hers - every dog is different.
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Old 01-25-2020, 01:16 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Welcome and thank you for adopting an older dog. She is pretty! I read through your comments and it sounds like you are doing the right things with her.

The walking will be a challenge, unless you let her off leash, and that is not something you want to do with any hound breed without some sort of backup to control them. Trainers say to stop walking when your dog (any breed) pulls and to not start moving again until they back off the pull. This teaches them that they must go your direction if they want to move at all. I use a control collar with Misty as well as a long leash when we go walking in the country. If she doesn't mind me with the control collar, eventually I can a.) catch her up with the lead or b.) wait until she tangles the lead up in the brush. That has saved my shoulder many many times on our multi-mile strolls.

I am working ....again...on training her with treats to heel off-leash, or heel at all. This is not helping with her weight issues but it keeps her busy for a while each evening during the cold and wet weather.

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Old 02-12-2020, 08:45 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hello again

Well, time has flown by since I adopted Chessie and we are doing very well together. She loves to go for walks although at one point on our routine she wants to go uphill to some bushes which I don't want to deal with so we have what I call the Chessie standoff where she'll stand there for it seems like 5 or more minutes refusing to come my way LOL.

I hate to admit that I've made her sick a few times and feel so guilty. I make her food myself and feed her the recommended amount for her weight. A few times I let her beg me into feeding her more that I should have and the next days (twice) she didn't want to eat in the morning and didn't feel better until early evening. I should have known after the first time but I guess I didn't realize the cause then. She had eaten her regular dinner (cooked roast with vegetables, digestive enzymes, flax seed) and then I was cutting up a turkey breast I cooked and she was begging for some of that. Well, it was too much apparently ( I did buy some Orijen dry food for times she just really wants to eat more but feed her just a little scoop. She just does seem more hungry after going for a walk and sometimes just giving her a treat of a few strips of the chicken or beef jerky I made for her doesn't seem to have her stop begging for more food. She'll just stand there and look at the empty bowl or stare at the bucket I keep her dry food in.

Also wondering about her drinking as she doesn't seem to drink much water. I have a berkey water filter system so the water is very clean and am wondering if she was used to the city water with a heavy cholorine taste. My neighbor's dog will only drink city water and likes that taste

I would love to take her off leash when walking in this huge yard (@ 2 acres) but since she doesn't come when i call her (outside only) I don't know how she would be. There are bushes along the creek and a giant burn pile she always wants to get into and some trees along the top of the yard. That probably won't be good once it's tick season even those getting tangled in those place isn't good anytime
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Old 02-12-2020, 09:03 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I would ditch making food for your dog. While it seems to sound healthy you cant actually provide all the needed nutrients, minerals and vitamins that a dog needs that included in purchased dog food. Plus you are sure to run out of food at the most inconvenient time. Also it turns your dog into a picky eater. As for water, provide clean water and your dog will drink when it's thirsty. My dog drinks filtered water and maybe once or twice a few slurps a day.
Go to www.dogfoodadvisor.com and search for a 4 or 5 star food. I feed my dog Freshpet which comes in the refrigerated section of the dog food area. Its a lot like fresh food. I slice off the amount for each feeding and put the rest back in the refrigerator. I attached a picture of the food I buy. I keep a little of the daily food amount to give as a third feeding to stop the food begging and that works great.
You could create a fenced in area in your yard by using foldable fencing. I made a fenced area within my large yard. Its plenty to keep my dog happy and out of mischief.
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