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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    I'm going to be a different dad when I get home tonight! She doesn't know what she's in for...
    Have you done all your homework - 'rubberlegs' !

    Love all the photos and the video ! Her wonky ears are beautiful !

    Just remember with training sessions - short and often - with you having the patience of a saint ! If you find you are losing your cool - stop. A lot of times the message is lost in translation.

    The training sessions also have to fun for the both of you ! Good Luck and tell us how you go !

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    I've got a big night of reading ahead of me RileyJ! Gracie is at my feet wondering why this black box on my lap is more important than she is
    I'll officially start 'boot camp' tomorow (her first birthday) when I've done all my homework

    We had a big play in the backyard this afternoon - we usually go to the dog park but I'm going to stop that for a while after she got into a few fights
    It's much easier to make fun play and training without the dog park elite peering at me through their judging beady eyes!

    Something weird though - after playing we came inside, she drank water, laid down... all the usual post exercise stuff
    Only about 20 minutes later she threw up what seemed to be water that had maybe three or four blades of grass or tiny leaves in it
    She's never done this before and usually gets much more strenuous exercise than she did this afternoon - she did it once more about half an hour later but hasn't since

    I'm only worried because she was at the vet last week with an upset stomach after vomiting maybe five or six times overnight
    The vet gave her the all clear and said it was just gas/upset stomach from eating something she shouldn't (surprise surprise)
    Hopefully she drank too quickly or something. I made the mistake of Google diagnosing...

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    Oh-oh. Google diagnosing. Very bad. I'm such doggy hypochondriac. I think my vet rolls er eyes every time she sees me in the waiting room.

    I took Nero in one day for a 'hotspot' between his hind legs. It looked really sore and angry and red for a few days and he was licking it constantly. Only... I couldn't find it anymore when we were at the vet. There is no way I can get Nero up on the table on my own and he wasn't going to roll over. So I made the vet lie flat on the floor so she could take a look at Nero's belly. But what can I say... I really couldn't find that spot anymore. It was very embarrassing. So in order to not look like a complete idiot I just pointed at another (tiny) bald spot he had on his belly. I will never forget the look she gave me! I know I'm the crazy dog lady now and I reckon the only thing I can do to change this is change the vet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubberlegs View Post
    I've got a big night of reading ahead of me RileyJ! Gracie is at my feet wondering why this black box on my lap is more important than she is
    I'll officially start 'boot camp' tomorow (her first birthday) when I've done all my homework
    It is not 'boot camp' for the pup - it is 'boot camp' for you - all you need to do - is go back to basics - and train her as to what you want her to do ! She is definitely not a dumb pup !

    We had a big play in the backyard this afternoon - we usually go to the dog park but I'm going to stop that for a while after she got into a few fights
    It's much easier to make fun play and training without the dog park elite peering at me through their judging beady eyes!
    WoW - fights ? What a way to come back to the forum - all this extra information that only you knew ! What happened and what do you see as the problem - was it Gracie or ....... ?

    Something weird though - after playing we came inside, she drank water, laid down... all the usual post exercise stuff
    Only about 20 minutes later she threw up what seemed to be water that had maybe three or four blades of grass or tiny leaves in it
    She's never done this before and usually gets much more strenuous exercise than she did this afternoon - she did it once more about half an hour later but hasn't since
    Again - there was more information after the fact !

    I'm only worried because she was at the vet last week with an upset stomach after vomiting maybe five or six times overnight
    The vet gave her the all clear and said it was just gas/upset stomach from eating something she shouldn't (surprise surprise)
    I really do not know why we (I am using the plural one here) - expect our pups to be so good at bouncing back from something like what you described above ! Would you ? If she had vomited as you said and you took her to the vet - why did you not let her time to heal ?

    Hopefully she drank too quickly or something. I made the mistake of Google diagnosing...
    'rubberlegs' - you and 'Mr Giggle' need to have a break ! Spend more time with your pup - she is at the age that she needs more from you than 'Mr Giggle' does.

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    She is gorgeous and the ball photo made me chuckle also one of Maggie's favourite balls. Gotta love the teenager all the best.
    I so know that look she looks a bit more feisty than my little chook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    It is not 'boot camp' for the pup - it is 'boot camp' for you - all you need to do - is go back to basics - and train her as to what you want her to do ! She is definitely not a dumb pup !
    I'm well aware it's my doing and her recent challenges are something I've allowed to happen by slipping up on the training.
    One thing I've learnt is with a breed like her I can't just let one or two things here and there go. Give an inch...


    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    WoW - fights ? What a way to come back to the forum - all this extra information that only you knew ! What happened and what do you see as the problem - was it Gracie or ....... ?
    'Fights' sounds a little more brutal than it actually was. When she was a few months old she was circled and chased by a few larger dogs who meant no harm (German Shepherd, English Pointer) at the dog park but it really scared her. Since then she's been very wary of dogs bigger than her and tends to begin their first interaction on the defensive, hackles up, wees... A GS came up to the water bowl while she was drinking out of it - she tried to warn him off, a few barks and snarls, a lunge or two... a challenge she obviously wasn't going to win and didn't. The second was with a puppy about 4 months old. At the dog park again (see the trend here) there was about 8 dogs all running around playing. A staffy pup arrived and of course all the dogs went off to meet the new kid on the block. The staffy joined in the chasing game and everything was fine. Then for reasons I don't know Gracie started barking at him, the dog kept playing with her... next thing I know Gracie has turned into some vicious snapping raptor sounding animal and the staffy pup is running off crying.


    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Again - there was more information after the fact !
    More information after which fact?
    This only happened yesterday afternoon after we did some training and played an hour or so before I replied?
    She's fine now, I assume the combination of water, treats and exercise + the heat resulted in a little vomit...


    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    I really do not know why we (I am using the plural one here) - expect our pups to be so good at bouncing back from something like what you described above ! Would you ? If she had vomited as you said and you took her to the vet - why did you not let her time to heal ?
    She went to the vet the Monday before Christmas so that's the 23rd. Up until the Friday the 29th she was fed chicken and rice as per vets advice and took it incredibly easy - hanging out by the pool, sleeping in air con, cuddles on the couch, the lot - despite being back to 'normal' the day after the vet visit. Then that weekend we did all her usual activities as usual. She was back to being her bright and bubbly self + 5 days of built up energy. Followed the vets advice to the last word.

    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'rubberlegs' - you and 'Mr Giggle' need to have a break ! Spend more time with your pup - she is at the age that she needs more from you than 'Mr Giggle' does.
    No idea what this means - what is Mr Giggle?
    Surely it's obvious through my posting I spend the majority of my time looking after, playing with or exercising my dog.

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    'rubberlegs' - I call Go ogle - 'Mr Giggle' - because of where I can be sent sometimes with my queries !

    As far as the vomiting is concerned - I hope Gracie is OK now and all that it was - was drinking water a bit too quickly after exercising. It just concerned me a bit - particularly as it happened not long after you had her to the vet previously.

    Yes - probably a good idea to lessen your time at dog parks - or change your times when there is not a lot of dogs and people there.

    Have you thought of joining a dog training club/school ? I am sure Gracie would thrive on obedience, agility ( when she is older - from ~ 18 months) and even DWG (dancing with dogs) !

    If you need some suggestions about good places to go - just ask and I am sure there will be someone on here that can help you.

    Keep up your good work ! It is obvious that you care and treat Gracie very well from what you have posted. She will get over this teenager time - eventually - but it could take a while. But you both will survive it !
    Good Luck !
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    Ooops - almost forgot!

    Heaps of Happy Birthday Wishes to Gracie for today.

    Now that you are a teenager -

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    Gracie says thank you!


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    Love it ! Fantastic photo !

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