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Q-1C.) My Father, who lives in Arkansas, has talked to someone who has a Hunting Dog (Squirrel's) & this individual says it is called a "LAKA" (A Husky Breed). This person says they do not have the blue eyes of the Husky & they are a born Hunting Dog that has to have very little training. He says they came from Russia originally. Do you know of this breed or where I might get some information on the breed & who or where I might locate a breeder? Thank you in advance.
- Mel -
Q-1A.) This help board is great idea for us people who need help. Here is my question. My Lab mix just recently began drinking alot of water. I have been told this could be a symptom of diabetes. I was wondering if anyone had a dog with diabetes and could tell me other symptoms that also is linked to this disease. Any help would be appreciated.
- M -
ANSWERS to Q-1A.):
I have never owned a dog that had Diabetes but can tell you a bit about it. Yes drinking alot of water is a symptom, as well as frequent urination. I'm sure people who have experienced one first hand could be more of an asset to you and tell you more. But you need to get him/her into the vet to get tested.
- Stacy -
I have never owned a dog with diabetes either. But I've looked it up in books. Other symptoms are if your dog is loosing weight even if it has a good appetite or if your dog is vomiting and appears nauseated often. Or if it has labored breathing or develops cataracts- which is an internal structure of the eye. Exercising your dog frequently and putting him/her on a diet may put it at less risks. I hope you find a cure for your dog as soon as possible. Good luck!
- M.B. -
Q-1B.) I have a yellow Labrador who is 7 months old and she is always biting my arms just to play. I tell her no and scold her but that makes her even more motivated to bite my arms and hands. If anyone knows what I can do to stop her from making my arms look horrible, please help. Thanx!
- Meg -
ANSWERS to Q-1B.):
The "mouthing" problem is certainly not confined to Clumbers. In my experience, it is MOST prevalent in the Sporting breeds because of their natural instinct to retrieve. I imagine Labs like Clumbers, are practically obsessive-compulsive about retrieving and so would also be inclined to be very mouthy as well. Her mouthy instincts could be exacerbated to extremes by fatigue, but I think the underlying instinct is there even when batteries are re-charged. I think most owners will note that mouthing is at a high point during "greeting behavior".
That being said, I don't mean to imply that mouthing is acceptable behavior. It is not. You don't need to suffer from it and neither should your guests or children. One way (I'm sure there are other effective methods as well) I learned that has always brought me satisfactory results (regardless of the breed) is to do the following when the dog begins to mouth or nip (children especially should learn this technique and not be victimized by this behavior) :
As the dog begins to mouth or nip, DO NOT PULL AWAY (I know this is contrary to OUR instincts). Leave your hand or other body part in the mouth (don't worry, it won't be there too long) and while NOT pulling away SHRIEK in high-pitched agony and pain at the top of your lungs as though OJ was comin' at ya (sorry, bad mental picture, but you get the point).
I have NEVER had a dog NOT release immediately if the SHRIEK is emphatic and determined enough. After the dog releases, simply walk away and ignore the dog for a few minutes. Resume contact and see if the behavior repeats itself. If the dog continues to mouth, then repeat your performance, remembering NOT to pull away, and after the release ignore for even a longer time. Remember, we are not talking about some mincing, pathetic faux-squeak of a transparent obviously counterfeit nature. Pretend you are trying out for the shower scene in "Psycho." Give it all you've got. If the neighbors call the police, you know you've done it right!
Performing this routine will probably not solve the problem the first time, the second time or maybe even the third time. But I have never had a dog who continued to mouth guests, family members and burglars after the fourth treatment ... provided you are doing it right. So give it a try, you have nothing to fear but a little temporary Laryngitis.
- Alan Pendleton -
I agree with Alan's training method. You have to speak a dog language. When correcting you speak in a low growl of a voice. No yelling just a low tone. When the puppy bites let out a high pitched shriek, like she's killing you. She should quickly back off to evaluate what just happened. This will take a few times but she should respond well to it. Good Luck!
- Stacy -
I'm wondering if it would help to have a chew toy of some sort to pop in the dog's mouth to divert him/her from the owner's arm. Just a thought.
- Pam D. -