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I took her to a good vet today. She checked her, found that she was blind, but she was responding to sounds well. She was pacing in circles when she got stressed. Today with this new knowledge, I brought her home, started training her with sounds. She started responding well, she would circle a bit and then once she recognizes where the sound came from, she ...


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BEWARE OF RABIES! DANGER TO LIFE The symptoms you describe, the lack of motor control, the unawareness, staring into nothing, not being able to drink and eat on her own, could all be symptoms of rabies. Rabies is 100% lethal to all infected humans and animals that are not vaccinated. If you're not vaccinated, please get the vaccine for you and your family as ...


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All pets should be regularly vaccinated against rabies. Typically the first shot is done at a few months old, and additional shots are done every 1 or 3 years thereafter; your vet should track this and remind you when shots are due for each pet. Depending on where you live, doing this may be required by law, but even if not, it’s still a good idea. (There ...


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Foremost, I will note that policies for vaccinating against rabies might differ for different areas. My knowledge is most applicable to the United States. As for pets, not only should you get them vaccinated for rabies every one to three years, it's a legal requirement. Humans, on the other hand, only receive regular vaccinations if they are at an unusually ...


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Slow blinking in cats is often thought of as an expression of affection by humans, but that is only half the truth. On its own, it is merely a signal communicating that the cat is not preparing for an attack. Hissing typically communicates that the cat feels personally threatened, or perceives someone threatening her possessions. It is a clear sign to back ...


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This problem is more severe than you probably realize. You puppy is in a phase of life than will influence his personality and future behavior more than anything else. If you let him get his will by being aggressive, he will continue doing so as he grows older. First of all, you must not, under any circumstances, cause him pain or harm. That only teaches him ...


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The FIRST thing I would be concerned about is getting an Australian Shepherd (mini or not) when living in an apartment and having to leave the dog alone for several hours each day. Are you experienced with this particular breed? If not, please reconsider your choice of dog breed. This is a recipe for disaster and neither you nor your dog will be happy. ...


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At 4 months of age a puppy can regulate their own body temperature well enough. Any temperature that's appropriate for an adult dog of that breed is also appropriate for the puppy. That mostly depends on the thickness of the fur and the body size, but even small dogs with thin fur have no problem with temperatures around 20°C. Puppies cannot regulate their ...


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Is this normal for puppies? In general, yes. He found something exciting and you were trying to steal it from him. He tried to defend his toy/food. It can also be that he was the biggest or bravest puppy of the litter and managed to push his litter mates aside to secure the most food for himself. That taught him that resource guarding is a very rewarding ...


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You have in fact trained your pup to use the rugs as toilet. When you teach him to go on those training pads, it’s quite “logical” for him to classify your rugs as just another form of training pads. So he senses a need to go, finds the rug and does what he thinks he’s supposed to do. Outside, inside - a balcony is close enough to a room to be “the same” for ...


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Yes it is possible! Not common, but it CAN happen. The white coloring happens because of a recessive gene that can be hidden for several generations before making an appearance. Both parents must carry the white gene to produce white German Shepherd puppies. It is very possible that two "normal colored" German Shepherds (carrying the white gene) ...


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Short answer: you go outside with your dog so he can go to the toilet. It doesn't matter whether you live on the 16th or 1st floor. Long answer: I would start training to pee/poo outside as soon as possible. Those pads are great to avoid a mess at home, but they teach the dog that it's ok to pee/poo inside the house. A puppy doesn't have complete control ...


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You're right to be avoiding Pet Stores and puppy mill set ups. It's also just as important to avoid what are called "Back yard breeders" too. Back yard breeders are hard to weed out because on the surface they seem like they are decent breeders. Unfortunately you're going to get just as many health and temperament issues from them as you would a ...


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I see 2 possibilities here, one more likely. First, make sure he isn't going blind. Simply engage him in play, preferably in a poorly lit room, and move your hand holding a toy or a treat far to the left and right. If he follows your hand with his head, he can see you well, but if he stays focused on your body and ignores your hand, he might have problems ...


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I haven't had alike experience as you and I might be wrong. The material of which the water bowl is made of could potentially leach minuscule amounts of nauseating chemicals to the water, especially if it's made of low quality plastic. Maybe it's the case that chlorine, which is in fact a highly reactive oxidizing agent, reacts with the otherwise harmless ...


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Your puppy needs plenty of exercise. If you live in the city, take your puppy for walks daily or take him/her to the dog park. If you live in the country, make sure your fencing is good and let your pup have fun. Remember. Puppies are like 2 year olds. Don't take your eyes off them. A 10-30 minute walk is great for your puppy. Puppies will play all day. The ...


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In short: you don't have to do anything. Your dog is excellent at communicating with other dogs. The submissive body language is very normal for puppies and in addition to signalling possible fear, it's also a signal that he doesn't want a fight. This is very good dog-to-dog communication in a public place with dogs that might be strangers to him. As he ...


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Without being able to cite any sources, the general answer is no. I've heard that many dogs enjoy walking the same path every day, because It gives them a routine and they know what to expect. Especially anxious dogs feel safer when they can predict what's going to happen. Dogs have much more sensory input than humans. For example, they smell who was there ...


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Couple of things rabies vaccination scheme are regulated on jurisdiction to jurisdiction bases. This in turn is subject of how prevalent the possibility of exposure or endemic disease is? Are your pets exposed to feral animals or wild settings where you don't know what they have been up to? Dogs you can keep on leash, but cats - they roam around everywhere. ...


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This is a difficult choice and I cannot give you a definite answer. On the one hand, your dog has the ideal age for socialization and the longer you wait, the more difficult it will become. It's very important to start socialization as early as possible. On the other hand, the reason why we vaccinate puppies is that they are very susseptable to certain ...


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I see from your profile page that you're in the Phillipines. According to this World Health Organization page on the occurence of rabies worldwide, dogs are the most likely vector for rabies in the Phillipines, and thus as a responsible dog owner it's a smart thing for you to have your pets and yourself vaccinated against rabies.


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Enforcing naptime worked! He was already napping on his own when I let him out, but I guess he was still over-exerting himself by getting my attention all day. I put him in bed in the bedroom for a few hours and he came out ready to fetch! In fact, he wants me to play fetch right now :)


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