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    Abe update

    He's now 20 months old, lost his dangly bits 3 months ago. Also his brain with the onset of adolescence. How glad am I now that I put in the work when he was a pup! It was hard work then, but would be near impossible now, he can't focus for more than a few seconds these days. He is a really good boy all things considered though. He has lovely manners, and is as sweet a dog as is possible.

    I've had to reinforce 50m of fence as the hound decided he liked to dig mastiff-head sized holes under it then mastiff-force his way under until dog wire started snapping and pinging allover the place. Thank god he still hasn't realised that he could sail over it if he wanted to.

    He's now on prescription diet kibble and white rice. We've tried everything diet-wise and there is very little he can handle - it's not just meat protein. The vet gave me a recipe of potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and beans (red kidney, black-eye etc for protein). He handled the veges, but not the beans. Fortunately he's doing really well on the rice and it's cheap. The poor, long-suffering sal (who is constantly having her face chewed on) is loving the trial and error variety diet.

    Loving my big expensive boy, but man, I thought he was stoopid when he was a baby....

    Btw, yet another Abe problem. He's showing signs of urinary incontinence since being desexed. Is this common, or at least known? or could it be that he has an infection? I've spent so much money on him lately that a vet visit has to wait another week or 2. He's really well other than that, and jumping out of his skin energy wise, but wow, could this dog have any more problems! Any advice on the dripping? (and yes, we will go to the vet soon)

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    I'd be checking for infection. Redness or swelling or itchiness (more licking than usual?).

    I think you can get some sort of dog nappy for male dogs (and females). But I don't know much about it.

    Yours is the first forum post I've read with the problem. Not like all the toilet training ones we get, or loose lead walking or lumps or bad things a dog ate...

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    Get the vet to check him...just to be on the safe side. I know what your going through...my little monster Chloe now 27 mths old and now is in the terrible twos You're right about training them from a young age...my girl was a rescue and when we got her she was 7.5 mths old and was kept in the backyard with no training at all...never been in a house either...imagine the hell we had with her. Good luck.
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    Wow I bet Chloe was a handful when you got her. I take my hat off to those of you that put the time and patience into those poor rescue animals who never had anybody bother to teach them things when they were young.

    Hya - yes, there is more licking than usual but it seems to be when he notices he's dripping and he's trying to clean himself up. He doesn't constantly drip either, I think it must be when his bladder is full, because sometimes he's dry, other times there's a slow drip. That doesn't seem like ordinary incontinence either, does it? They live on the back verandah so it's not a massive issue, I can just throw a bucket of water down when I need to. He pays that region no heed whatsoever unless it's dripping, so I don't think he's in any discomfort.

    Anyway, I will find out at the vet soon enough, was just curious to know if anyone knew anything about it.

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    dhru,

    Never had Incontinence in young dogs but have had it in old bitches...as Hyacinth said could be an infection. Sounds like you're having fun with him...does he pull the clothes off the line as that was one of Chloe's little tricks among many others.

    My GSD Rex was desexed at 11 mths and never had any Incontinence problems...even now at 11.5 yrs old no problems...well not yet I hope. His problem now is old age poor boy. Chloe was two handfuls and Unlike puppies rescues take much longer to bond with you...in Chloe's case it was over 6 mths but in the end it's all worth it.
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    Yeah I've experienced it with ageing desexed bitches too. Haven't had much experience with boy dogs.

    Ha, Abes a thief - not from the clothesline but he does like to sneak into the laundry and pinch clothes from the drying rack or the dirty-clothes basket. My son's socks and undies are preferred. I usually find them in his kennel or in the middle of the back yard.

    Then again, Abe will steal anything really. From disgusting wads of my hair from the bathroom bin, to tools and brand new building materials from the builder's van (recently had my verandah extended). He did like to include that van in his zoomie-runs - in back door, out side door at top speed. Amused the builder immensely, especially when he was nearly taken out by a flat-out crazy dog exiting his van as he went to get something out of it

    edit: have yet another vet appointment next week..

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    Rex is my first dog...we've always had bitches. Couple of weeks ago I had a nice cream bun on the table...I turned around for just a few seconds and it was gone...Chloe ate it she didn't get sick thank God.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhru View Post
    Abe update


    I've had to reinforce 50m of fence as the hound decided he liked to dig mastiff-head sized holes under it then mastiff-force his way under until dog wire

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    So bloody funny mate. So so funny. I hear you! Mastiff sized holes, lmao

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    Wanna know what is funny, is what he did when he got out. It was kinda obvious that his brain wasn't working, because the times he'd find himself digging was when there was alot of excitement going on in the street - kids on wheels, scary-looking passers-by who needed barking at (his guarding instincts have kicked in strongly). Problem being, the barking is because it's scary out there, but for some reason getting out was imperative. You could see the 'oh shit' expression on his face when he realised that it was a one-way hole he'd dug and he couldn't get back in. Then he'd run up and down the fenceline on the OUTSIDE barking to get back IN. Or run up and around to the front gate looking and barking over his shoulder at the scary people. Always so relieved and excited to be home again, where he would stay until the next time his brain deserted him....

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    My dog doesn't need to dig holes under the front fence. She can fly straight over. Not fun for anybody.

    And she's bold - she doesn't come back until she's seen the whatever off her zone. Not the least bit ashamed or bothered.

    She doesn't get out there off lead any more.

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