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    Default What was i thinking? 3 dogs?

    Thought id share my morning with you.
    When we got Brian, he was a lead puller. Ive no idea what he weighs. But it will be a fair amount. Ive been poncing around the back paddock, no other folks, dogs. Doing 'silky leash'. With a very stubborn dog. We have gotten as far, as walking quite a few steps between stops. But anyone who's been here, im sure shares my pain. There is progress, its just real slow way of getting home!

    My notion, was to get a lift to a little way out of local town, and walk back, stopping for a latte at the coffee van on side of road. What was i thinking? Brian has not done heal work with bernie before. Ive never had bernie on leash with Brian come to think of it. Stupid woman!

    Both of the dogs are on flat collars.
    Brian is seriously irritatingly, painfully pulling and we are not getting far.
    So i swapped methods. Using Brian's flat collar like a check chain, i 'popped' the leash, and brought him back to position, then we moved forward on word heal. Old school. Success?
    Then Bernie told Brian to toe the line literally, and not zig zag in his face! Brian pulled his stubborn head in and It allowed me to walk 2 dogs in one hand, whilst i drank latte with other. Success?

    While my coffee was being made, at my 'local', coffee man tells me im bad for business pointing to a que of van's and utes, with nobody getting out of their vehicles to order till we left. That made us laugh.
    I also had to explain why id painted him green? Yeast infection treatment.

    Now we are at 5 weeks of being with us. We begin to see a confident Brian, more true nature coming out dog. And im a bit overwhelmed by what i have taken on to be honest this week. Of course, i had no way of knowing Pohm would get so sick and need a lot of looking after.
    Too much dog on my plate right now.
    But we'll get there.
    I wonder if also, at 14 months, he's coming into sexual maturity? He's getting interested in Bernie. Who's mutually admiring. Dogs huh?
    He's marking every corner we have outside he has access to. And like cleaner fish in oceans, he 'stands' for Bernie to clean chops of slobber and his bits. Dogs are gross at times!
    They'll be tears before bed time i reckon!

    And to cap the morning off, i notice blood in urine outside. Detective work ahead today as i try to figure out which one?
    I'll cut to chase, and take temperatures see if that points to one of them.

    I wish the dog fairy would give me a break.

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    : and I haven't even read your post yet.

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    and you wouldnt swap it for the world

    Correction chains are not old school, they are a piece of training equipment that is useful for your dog. We supposedly have come forward frankly I think we've fallen back.

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    I reckon the stop and start method requires quite a bit of analytical thinking of the dog. I can imagine that there are dogs who would just never get it and probably just think you have an annoying mobility problem that makes you have to stop every few seconds. Or that you get easily distracted or have mild agoraphobia. Lol

    I've always been lucky to have dogs that don't have a tendency to pull much if at all. And they only weighed a third of Brian.

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    OK, martingale was where i was going.
    Lets cut to the chase, and match the tool in brian with a chain.
    He's slipped into a coma right now after such a long walk, but should be set to wake up in a hour or so. I'll try the check chain then.

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    The check chain speaks to Brian, in a language he understands. And so much easier to give a couple of pops at beginning of walk, so we can actually walk, and i am not dragged.
    way to go for corrections!

    The blood in urine..... i put a cardboard box out, to try to tempt my boys to cock a leg and pee so i could catch urine and test. That didnt work, all dogs temperatures were normal, so no clue there as to who it was. I was even sniffing urine to see if i could smell UTI in it, but couldnt.
    Then, noticed a red fabric stuffed toy, that is leaking dye onto ground where it had been when it rained. ? the blood i saw.
    I took temps again of all 3 dogs, all fine.
    mmmmm?

    Brian's fur is falling out, where his old skin rash was, and its looking bad again. It was being managed by maleseb soak 10 mins then rinse, roughly 5 days between treatments. I changed diet from crap kibble to raw no beef/wheat. There was definate improvement, so i have not bathed him for 2 weeks. I noticed the returning tell tale smell of yeast, it had returned, 7 days after i noticed the smell, i noticed hair falling out.

    So, back to good old maleseb washes i guess.
    For those with yeasty dog experience, how long should i persevere with maleseb before going steroidal route?

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    You need to keep going the malaseb but I would get him some antibiotics. He has some form of skin infection, steroids won't kill the bugs that are infesting his skin unfortunately.

    The thing with Malaseb and dogues, dont stop the malaseb if he's looking better. I would scale it back, but not stop it totally, then keep scaling back between washes and wean him off it. This way you're not cold turkey and it comes back with a vengence.

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