I feel that I must share with you my story....just so that you would stop crying.....
I am 25 yrs old, a first year anest. resident. I work maddening hours (but 5 minutes from my house)...as a nurse you should know, that I am the bitch of the hospital. I live with my fiance who is a chiropractor, and has his own office and is at work all day. So i'm home more...I sneak away from work during the day. we have 2 cats, one that likes to poop in the living room, when he is mad about something.....and the other that enjoys eating plastic bags, then throwing them up in the middle of the night.....on the middle of the bed. So about a year ago, we decided that our lives were too boring, and began searching long and hard for a dog....I had grown up with a german shepherd and so has my fiance..so there was no other dog for us. So we fast foward a year....march 18th 2005.
This little furball, 7 weeks old comes to my house. He's crying all night, i bought a big cage (up to 110lbs) and put boxes in there for him. So I get in there with him and sleep in the crate (Im 5'1...110lbs). he wakes up in the middle of the night, after about 2 hours and begins to cry...took him out, went back in the crate. locked the door, he went crazy, finally at 5am i took him out of the crate and he spept soundly for another few hours . Thats how the first night went. Then we had an issue with barking...at EVERYTHING!!!!! I live in a 2floor apartment, yeah its sort of soundproof, but i dont want to test it. then he wouldnt eat anything....bought him 5 different foods, tried to feed him with broth, water, puppy gravy, anything! Finally he settled with a $2.00 a can dog food mixed with dry food. Then i worried that I was feeding him too little, began to feed him more....result? bigger loads of fecal matter...more frequently...stopped that. Then he discovered cat poop...and that grass is for eating (along with dirt), and so are rocks and other stuff on the ground. Got colitis, was put on 3 diff meds, 3 times a day.
Shall I go on?
I think you get the point.... Oh then there is the other chewing issue...I come home after pulling a 36hour shift dropped my stuff on the couch and dropped dead as soon as my head hit the pillow. Wake up in the morning, my scrubs are chewed, along with my (bible) PDR and a stethescope (Welch Allyn). Had to go to work in 10 minutes....
So all your problems dont sound to far fetched to me. I understand trust me. And I have a solution for you....STOP WORRYING. There is something that you will always screw up, its inevidable. I know I will so i just go with the flow. Ive had Logan for 5 weeks now, he is at the vets almost every week, because he ate something, and then the vaccinations. Relax, you cannot reaise him perfectly, stop bugging the ignorant breeder, and do as I did..pester people on this forum....as much as you want. we dont mind trust me.
I have so many issues, you cant even imagine, I never bothered to crate train Logan, he sleeps in his big bed next to ours.... I leave him in there while Im gone only for a few hours, so I dont have to set up the baby gate in the kitchen. yea there is a right and wrong way of doing things with puppies...but think about it this way...If you have a child, do you really want to a book telling you how to raise it? Do what you feel is right. I read books, talked to my mom (pointless), but ultimately, I do what me and my fiance feel is right. as should you.
So dry your eye, take your puppy, invest in some wee wee pads, feed him what you want. and yes, other things besides dog food are perfectly normal. Mine eats baby carrots as snacks. along with fruit, all other veggies and some cheese. There are certain things that are poisonous for dogs, that you should know about, otherwise dogs are ominvores.....
Go to your local Barnes and Nobles, pick up 20 something books (like yours truly) get addicted to this website, and together, I think we will raise perfect dogs, At least in our eyes.
hi everyone... julzz, thank you, you are so funny. the pictures are great! good luck with your residency! i now work as a pharm rep who occasionally calls on anes. for fentanyl. you guys are great!
anyway, coach is doing well. he still pees in the house at times, but he is better with goign to the door to say "mommy, let me out". i have so much more peace of mind.
he walks good, some times.
he now knows how to sit, lay down, and come to his name. he is also understanding how to "come here".. not all of the time with all of the commands, but 75% makes me happy right now.
i am falling so much more in love with him everyday, he is amazing. i am so happy i didn't give him back. even though i am tired as heck @6am, we go outside every morning and he uses the bathroom. then he eats and we start our day.
i still havn't gone back to work yet (out on disability due to knee surgery) maybe in another 2 weeks.... we'll see. i wish i could work from home!
anyway, i hope you're all well.
thank you for all of your replies..... i have been busy and not checking my comp. i will do better to make sure i check it at least once a day. i miss you guys when i don't read from you. i truly appreciate my TP friends.... thanks!
the vet gave me a topical antibiotic for his bump, well i never used it and its gone now. i dont know where it went. she thought it was a bug bite or reaction to something he sat on....... no way, it didnt even look red or irritated, it looked and felt like a cyst! i keep hearing bad stories about her, going to change vets for non-routine issues. someone that i saw today told me that she (vet) kept giving their dog different meds for three months b/c the dog was so sick and she couldnt figure out why. well, one night, the dog got so sick, the owner took it to the pet ER, the doc told them their dog had Lyme's disease and it got to be so ill from that, that now it had kidney failure and had to be put down! what vet doesn't diagnose lyme's disease? i already paid for the wellness program, so all of Coach's vacc's will be taken care of, but i am sure i will go to another vet for sick calls.
here is a link on the tosa that i found kinda interesting. though they were bred for dog fighting , dog fighting is quite different in japan then it is here. dogs are not allowed to fight to the death. and the fights are not supopsed to be bloody. interesting..
scout- it's funny that you say that about the fighting. when people ask me what kind of dog i have, i tell them tosa, then if they dont know that i say japanese mastiff, then i try not to say anything else. when the conversation came to fighting dog, then i tried to tell them how the fighting was different. they dont bark, not allowed, not even allowed to show signs of pain. i am glad you saw that, i will look at it myself. thanks for continuing to support me.
Scout - I really enjoyed the reference site you posted. I've always liked the Japanese (spitz) breeds that are included with the Tosas. My husband has always used a modified? alpha roll. Instead of the stare down he growls. It worked well with the two husky mixes we had. He's only used it once on the sibes. One of them got a out of hand with the aggressive behavior. He let her know that was not acceptable behavior.
Tosasmom - My puppies are six months old. We've only had one of the three since she was eight weeks old and even she likes to pull on the leash. They all seem to have the "sit" down but only come to their names when they want to. They can all make it through the night without a bathroom break (most nights). Puppies are trying, but you will get through it. One day, in the not to distant future, you will look at Coach and wonder what happened to the "puppy" in him. Nothing bad, he'll just have grown up. Then you get to look for the inner puppy. lol
pyrmom, That was a great link that you provided about the Tosas. I'd never heard of the breed until my sister was getting hers. Coach is an awesome dog and he is sooooo smart. I love watching him play with my 5 lb dog. Thanks for the information. (By the way, I do not leave my dog unattended with him. The other day, as they were playing, Coach picked up Cookie by her harness. I wish I would have had my camera with me.)
wolf, thank you for the response. you're puppies must be so cute! Coach continues to pull on the leash, sometimes he carries it in his mouth, initially i would get upset, but it makes him happier while walking, and that is what i want. it also prevents him from picking up rocks, mulch, and leaves.... i am trying to find the leash that Ceaser Milan uses on the Dog Whisperer on the National Geo Channel.... it's like a loop that goes right behind the dogs ears...very narrow though. i'll keep on looking. so, your husband growled, i am definitely going to try that. if it doesnt work in my favor, then i'll be quick to roll him over...:-)
you really shouldnt let coach carry the leash in his mouth while walking him. to the dog that is a control type of thing. he has the leash and feels he is directing you where to go and not the other way around. big no no especially at this age and level of training.
***Edited By: scout1 on 5/3/2005 9:50:41 PM*** Reason: x
scout- thanks for the leash advice, i was struggling with that. sometimes when he begins to pull, i yank it out of his mouth. i tried to spray it with apple bitters, but he didn't care. this walking thing is tough.