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    yeah, I don't bring my dogs to the barn because...

    yeah, I don't bring my dogs to the barn because it's utterly inappropriate for both dogs and horses. I've watched the dogs that boarders bring to the barn and the owners are delusional if they think...
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    Depends on if you are capable of keeping an...

    Depends on if you are capable of keeping an intact bitch from accidental breeding. If you aren't, spay early. If you can, wait until at least age three, or if you can find someone to perform an...
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    Clicker training is a wonderful technique for...

    Clicker training is a wonderful technique for teaching any animal anything. It is not the be-all and end-all of training, but there is no better method ever invented for a) teaching a dog a new...
  4. but if properly adjusted a conventional cavesson...

    but if properly adjusted a conventional cavesson doesn't apply any pressure to the horse's nose. It should be loose enough to stick two fingers under it.
  5. We actively kill roaming cats. If the dogs don't...

    We actively kill roaming cats. If the dogs don't get them- we encourage it- we get the neighbor (gun nut) to shoot them. They are the most incredibly destructive animals- a single cat can wipe out a...
  6. the running at strangers? very rude, an act of...

    the running at strangers? very rude, an act of aggression, totally not acceptable. It's a sign of a poorly trained and socialized dog. Properly socialized dogs don't do that. They just stroll on by.
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    there have been a few studies in dogs showing...

    there have been a few studies in dogs showing that these agents are remarkably effective in preventing arthritis.
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    most vaccine reactions are to the adjuvant and...

    most vaccine reactions are to the adjuvant and carriers, and splitting up the shots just makes the horse react even more.
  9. my most stable-temperament dog was extremely well...

    my most stable-temperament dog was extremely well socialized- the foster parents took the entire litter of 13 puppies to malls, schools, and stores from age 4 weeks on as a way to promote their...
  10. yeah, don't go to dog parks, but go everywhere...

    yeah, don't go to dog parks, but go everywhere else. There is a profound difference in the adult dog's beahvior when properly socialized. Socialization cannot be accomplished by keeping the puppy...
  11. Oh, don't wait. There is a huge difference in the...

    Oh, don't wait. There is a huge difference in the way a dog acts and reacts to the world when heavily socialized before age 16 weeks vs. dogs kept in isolation. Think of it this way: the dog has a...
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    Even if your vet isn't willing to do compounding...

    Even if your vet isn't willing to do compounding (pentosan) adequan is not compounded and is far more effective than injectable glucosamine.
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    it sounds like a theft. Was there anything that...

    it sounds like a theft. Was there anything that stood out about him in particular that may explain why he and not the other dogs were taken? the only one intact, the only one of that color, or...
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    most people recommend never feeding dry food to...

    most people recommend never feeding dry food to cats. Even poor-quality wet food is preferable to dry food.
  15. Most people would prefer a dog with a minor...

    Most people would prefer a dog with a minor conformation flaw vs. one with a major health problem like epilepsy. I hope all responsible breeders agree that health is first and foremost when making...
  16. I don't see anything on Brittanies from a casual...

    I don't see anything on Brittanies from a casual search, but in vizlas they seem to think it's an autosomal recessive trait. Meaning both parents have to carry it for it to manifest. Personally, I'd...
  17. it's ridiculous to even think that cat-killing...

    it's ridiculous to even think that cat-killing might somehow morph into child-biting. Most dogs who bite children don't do it out of prey drive at all. It's a completely different behavior pattern. ...
  18. actually, dogs do, in general, kill cats....

    actually, dogs do, in general, kill cats. Especially cats that are outside, running. Dogs are predators that are hard-wired to kill running furry things. They don't know the difference between a rat,...
  19. Thread: Minnie Aussie's

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    the new name is "miniature american shepherds."...

    the new name is "miniature american shepherds." Be careful- many of the so-called mini-aussies are mixed-breed dogs from irresponsible breeders, not actually small aussies. They SHOULD just be small...
  20. It is definitely inherited. The advice from...

    It is definitely inherited. The advice from UCDavis vet school is to not breed dogs that have epilepsy, and also to not breed their parents again or breed their siblings.
    Belgians: ...
  21. yeah, exactly- tell her to try a different major....

    yeah, exactly- tell her to try a different major. I have a relative who graduated with an equine major and is now at community college trying to get a different degree so she can get an actual job.
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    if they even make it that long. I know of one...

    if they even make it that long. I know of one baby horse that suffered permanent back damage from the heavy western saddle + 250 pound man who "broke" the horse in and rode it for hours every day as...
  23. yeah, it depends on what you get put on the...

    yeah, it depends on what you get put on the truck- I had 1500 silverado that could pull 8000, but it had a huge V8 and a heavy-duty tow package installed. It was kind of designed to pull. Your 3500...
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    behind the bit much? that's just ugly at any age.

    behind the bit much? that's just ugly at any age.
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    get some little teeny insulin needles from a...

    get some little teeny insulin needles from a diabetic friend and apply lidocaine (sold for sunburns) to the skin beforehand. I split the one-horse-dose into six doses. And don't tell anyone I said to...
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