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  1. Thread: Heart attack

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    James, Sorry to hear of your heart attack, but...

    James,

    Sorry to hear of your heart attack, but glad to hear you're recovering. I hope the dogs can give your the strength, comfort, and motivation to keep your ticker ticking!

    My advice to...
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    Ted, No, I don't vaccinate annually. I give...

    Ted,

    No, I don't vaccinate annually. I give my puppies a series of three vaccinations, the first at 7-8 weeks, the second at 11-12 weeks, and the third at 15-16 weeks. I then give them a rabies...
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    EJB asked if we should we vaccinate our dogs...

    EJB asked if we should we vaccinate our dogs annually.

    I found the following quote which was taken from Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XI, (small animal practice), 1992, page 205. The text...
  4. Thread: Discussions

    by Swack
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    Bushmills, We had a thread on the U. of...

    Bushmills,

    We had a thread on the U. of Copenhagen study a few years ago. I contend the graphic representation of the data can be deceiving. It shows group W1 to attain the greatest advancement...
  5. Thread: Discussions

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    marleyman, Sounds like the dog had been...

    marleyman,

    Sounds like the dog had been corrected when he was confused. He didn't understand what he'd done wrong and became afraid to do anything as it might cause a correction.

    E-collars are...
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    Ted, I don't find it too hard to stick with...

    Ted,

    I don't find it too hard to stick with the primal diet. Just eat real food. My wife helps a lot as she does the shopping and the cooking and she's very conscientious about what we eat. ...
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    Ted, My wife and I are also trying to eat a...

    Ted,

    My wife and I are also trying to eat a primal diet. As you know it can be a challenge, especially when eating out. I'm 58 years old and if I have a weight problem it's because I have a hard...
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    Ted, I'm not a fan of dog foods formulated for...

    Ted,

    I'm not a fan of dog foods formulated for "mature" dogs. They tend to lower the fat and protein levels which translate to higher carbs. IMHO that's the wrong approach. Carbs make dogs (and...
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    Bushmills, I have a bookcase full of old-time...

    Bushmills,

    I have a bookcase full of old-time dog training books. Since they were up-to-date when I bought them I guess that makes me an old timer myself! I started with Wolters' Water Dog and...
  10. Thread: Been 7 weeks

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    James, It's good to hear your recovery is...

    James,

    It's good to hear your recovery is going well. I thought of you recently when I was at the Bushmills distillery in Northern Ireland. I had a wee nip or two in your honor.

    Best wishes...
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    You're right in assuming a water-dog shouldn't...

    You're right in assuming a water-dog shouldn't get dry itchy skin from swimming. No secret, but I'd suggest you consider what you're feeding your dog. What's best to feed a dog is a subject people...
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    PIC, After some time to consider your pup's...

    PIC,

    After some time to consider your pup's behavior I have an observation. It seems you assumed your pup was obsessed with eating gravel. I believe it's more likely your dog is genetically...
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    Susan, I'm sure I fasted Whiskey for at least...

    Susan,

    I'm sure I fasted Whiskey for at least a day. She had more than she could handle in her gut already. I think I used a product called Nutri-Cal to provide some easy to absorb calories...
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    PIC, In 1994 I had a pup named Whiskey who was...

    PIC,

    In 1994 I had a pup named Whiskey who was probably about 4 or 5 months old at the time of this incident. She was housed with her litter sister Star in a kennel run with a pea gravel base. I...
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    PIC, This too shall pass. Swack

    PIC,

    This too shall pass.

    Swack
  16. Thread: Finally home

    by Swack
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    Welcome Home James! When I had back surgery in...

    Welcome Home James!

    When I had back surgery in 2000 I found out that I hadn't appreciated my back before it went out. Now I'm guessing you never knew how much you underappreciated your sternum!
    ...
  17. Thread: Surgery date

    by Swack
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    James, Prayers sent for a successful surgery...

    James,

    Prayers sent for a successful surgery tomorrow and a rapid and complete recovery.

    Good Luck!

    Swack

    P.S. Don't forget to click and treat your surgeon for a job well done!
  18. Thread: Surgery date

    by Swack
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    James, Keep a stiff upper lip and/or have a...

    James,

    Keep a stiff upper lip and/or have a stiff shot of Bushmills!

    Good Luck!

    Swack
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    James, Sorry to hear you're in for surgery. ...

    James,

    Sorry to hear you're in for surgery. I'm sure you'll do well. I met at a heart surgeon from the Pacific Northwest at one of Robert's seminars who claimed that he could teach me heart...
  20. Thread: Medical setback

    by Swack
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    James, Sorry to hear your medical issues...

    James,

    Sorry to hear your medical issues continue. Sending prayers that your meds will do the trick!

    Swack
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    I believe the best place to start is at the...

    I believe the best place to start is at the finish. A retrieve is a behavior chain. A very effective way to train that behavior chain is through "Back-Chaining" where the end behavior is taught...
  22. Thread: Medical setback

    by Swack
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    James, Sorry to hear of your setback. Prayers...

    James,

    Sorry to hear of your setback. Prayers sent for your recovery.

    Hang in there. Spring is on the way!

    Swack
  23. Thread: Recovering

    by Swack
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    James, Dang! That's a heck of a thing to go...

    James,

    Dang! That's a heck of a thing to go and do! I'm glad to hear things went well and I hope your recovery is rapid and uneventful. Maybe you can think of one of those off-the-wall topics...
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    MissSkeeter, I don't think there's any down...

    MissSkeeter,

    I don't think there's any down side to feeding a quality high protein, high fat kibble to any dog regardless of his level of activity. Dogs, like people, don't get fat because they...
  25. Thread: ACL injury

    by Swack
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    Bill, Welcome to Duck Hill. I recommend you...

    Bill,

    Welcome to Duck Hill. I recommend you go to the Retriever Training Forum (RTF) and ask your question. There are several veterinarians on that forum as well as many other members who have...
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