Reader photos

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 1 comment

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Hi all,

Jennifer sent in some great pictures of her Scotties.  Great photos.  These Scotties are definitely enjoying life.

A Scottie in every corner!

A Scottie in every corner!

 

Waiting for a turn in the bed

Waiting for a turn in the bed

 

Dinner Time

Dinner Time

 

 

Sharing a Chair

Sharing a Chair

Keeping watch

Keeping watch

 

Has anyone seen my book?

Has anyone seen my book?

 

Strange bedfellow

Strange bedfellow

 

Aaaah. This is the life.

Aaaah. This is the life.

 

Love the Pool

Love the Pool

All season dog!

All season dog!

 

Y'all come back now!

Y’all come back now!

 

And now here is Aggie posing after successfully treeing a squirrel.

Come on down!

Come back down!

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Hi everyone,

Rita is having trouble with her Scottie Barney and his ears.

“I would like to ask a question regarding our Scottish Terrier (Barney) love of my/our life.!   Over the past year he has started scratching his ear so much  some times squealing as well,  we took him to the vet   he was sedated and his ear’s cleaned ( build up of wax & hair) and given tablets (steroids??)  however this is continuing to happen   vet is expensive  any suggestions!!!!!!”

Has anyone else had similar issues? Please add comments if you have any suggestions for Rita.

Thanks!

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Aggression update

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 0 comments

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Hi everyone,

Abby is still doing really well.  Refocussing her attention to me changes her demeanour such that she ignores the other dogs.  Even Ann admitted she is doing really well.  (Thanks Ann!)  It has been a pleasure to walk Abby over the last two weeks.  Well, a pleasure in that she doesn’t freak out over other dogs..not so much a pleasure when she decides not to walk).

Something in the comment that Russie made on the first post really made me think.

Russie wrote “We had a much stronger relationship and he clearly trusted me, which was no small thing. He could be distracted with a click or a word–even when another dog was coming at him, teeth bared. He knew I was there to support him, and, more importantly, he was less afraid and had more confidence in himself.”

I think Abby now knows that I am going to handle the situation and it is not up to her.  I once told Ann that Abby was not a confident Scottie as noises and new situations were difficult for her.  Having her focus on me let her know that I could be trusted and that she could relax.  I had her back.  This has changed our relationship and I wish I had done this sooner.

Thanks again for everyone’s advice.  I am getting the Abby I knew back.

Abby

Abby

 

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Abby’s Big Move

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 2 comments

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Abby and I will be moving to the East Coast this summer.  I worry about this change for Abby.  She has never lived anywhere else or even travelled very far.   In fact, her first and last time in a car was when I picked her up.

I am concerned that Abby will miss her “pack” (Bridget, Beau, and Bonnie).  She will love where we are moving to as there are a lot of walking paths, dog parks and water.  But no pack.  I may have to create one for her :).

This is also the first time she will be flying.  She is too big to fly in the cabin so she will have to go in the fore hold, which is climate controlled.  I am sure I am going to be sick with worry during the flight.   I know that lots of dogs fly everyday without an issue but I am still going to worry.  I am going to put a bone in with her so that she will chew on that for the flight.  Anything can happen around her and she will not bat an eyelash as long as she has a bone.

I am still going to be writing for the Scottish Terrier News.  Abby and I will let you know about our adventures in Nova Scotia.

Read also:  Tips for flying with your Scottish Terrier and a Sherpa bag review.

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Barking control

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 1 comment

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Judy wrote in with a story about her Molly who loved to bark.  I laughed so much that I had to add this to the blog.

“I actually did have her on the spray collar.  You’ll love this … Put the collar on her in the yard so I could be present to praise her when she was good.  But she saw a squirrel … bark spray bark spray!  Then the neighbours drove up and parked next door … bark spray bark spray!!  And on it went.  When Molly noticed that her face was soaked with the spray, she would run up to the water bowl, dunk her face in it to rinse off and then went back into the yard to bark some more!!!  She used up a whole canister of the spray in 1/2 hour!!  Needless to say we took the collar back and have since looked at other training methods!  Gotta love the feisty Scottie!!”

I had a similar incident with a little machine that was supposed to emit a noise that only the dogs could hear.  Angus and Chelsea loved to bark whenever anyone was walking outside which when you live is city is always.  I set the machine up so that it would be right near the patio door which was their favourite spot.  It worked for half an hour.  When they barked, they would run to the machine and stare at it so it must have been emitting some noise.  After awhile, they stopped barking at the door and just sat and barked at the machine.  It was like they were having a conversation.  The battery and my nerves finally ran out.

Let us know if you had better success with other tools or training methods.

Check out the PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar, Citronella and others on Amazon.

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Scottie Twitter stars

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 0 comments

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Scotties are on the leading edge of social networking.  There are Scotties with Twitter accounts that have quite a following.  Now Abby is wanting her own Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Should not have shown this to her :)

Check out the Twitter Scotties below:

1.  Fabio Tosi

Fabio Tosi

Fabio Tosi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Indy and Lucy

Indy and Lucy

Indy and Lucy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Scottie Health Network

Scottie Health Network

Scottie Health Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Twitter for other Scottie stars!

 

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Great Pics!

by SandraF on May 12, 2015 · 0 comments

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are Lovey, Mac and Hamish celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Lovey, Mac and Hamish celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Lovey, Mac and Hamish celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Here is Hamish after hitting the tequila!.

Need more tequila!

Need more tequila!

 

Judy sent more pics of here crew.  She has four Scotties (I am so jealous):

Here is Angus

 

Angus

Angus and the rest of his crew!

Angus and his buddies

Angus and his buddies

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We had some great feedback from everyone regarding Abby’s disposition toward some other dogs.  I am glad to hear I am not alone in my Scottie experience.

Here is a quick update:  We have had a really good week.  I have restarted her training and getting her to “Watch Me!” (picture me saying that in a loud, squeaky, happy voice).  I use treats and get her to stop, sit, and look at me in the eyes (done by holding a special type of treat by the tip of my nose).  She gets the treat and lots of praise.  I do this each time we see a new dog.  It took a couple of times but now she moves away with me when she sees a new dog and waits for the treat and calmly watches the dog go by.

I don’t always give a treat but I will always praise her.  We have not had any new incidents.  (I am quickly touching wood as I type this.)

Thanks everyone for your feedback.  Here is a summary of some the comments below:

Shari recommended:

Talk to the vet.  Abby might need something like Prozac.  Never used it myself but it might help”.

Sandra wrote:

Oh do I know about walking the difficult Scottie!  We are usually at the farm in mid state Georgia, of course, on a leash except for the family time we spend at the pond when Ansel is so busy fishing he can be trusted not to “break bad” and chase into the woods.  When we have to be in the city we time our walks so to avoid other dogs.  There is always the dog not on a leash whose owner asserts the friendliness of their dog and I assert the non-friendliness of Ansel.  Usually I scoop him up and try to hold him to prevent his work on the other dog.  Ansel was abused as a puppy (now eight years old) and the slightest event can set him off on fearful aggression.  We tried a muzzle, but felt it was causing more damage than good.  What seems to have worked is to provide him a squeaky toy to channel his fearful aggression onto the toy in lieu of the dog, cat, bicycle, etc….you know.

Best,

Ansel’s Handmaiden

(Love her sign-off as Ansel’s Handmaiden)

Janet recommended the pet safe bark collar:

I had the same problem with a little breed mama that I adopted.  A pet safe bark collar has really helped when it is needed.   You might try it on Abby.  It has done wonders for Stormy’s attitude.  I talked to a dog behavior specialist in TN recommended by TN Scottie Rescue.  He gave me some very good tips on how to handle the aggression issue.

Here is a link to Pet Safe Bark Collars on Amazon.

Joyce had success with the pinch collar:

I have a two year old with the same problem.  I got her a pinch collar and used properly works like a miracle.  I too have to be aware of what’s coming around the bend, but I found if I make her sit and give her the command “wait”,  she is quiet as a mouse.  Sometimes too, I just say wait and pass them and she is good.  She has been a tough one, toughest I have had and she is my 5th.  Takes patience and training.  You may want to actually “set her up” so you can practice.   Before getting the pinch my leg came between her mouth and another passing dog a couple of times.  Ouch!

Good luck.  The pinch is almost always loose because she behaves.  But just a slight correction gets her right back on track.  Just puts even pressure equally around her neck and is miles away from hurting.  I never used one before, but it works so well, and is more humane than clipping a leash to a collar and her gasping for breath as the regular collar will choke her.  Even a choke collar is better used properly will hang loose if the dog behaves, but good for corrections.

Pinch Collars on Amazon.

Judith has similar troubles with her little Molly:

Sorry to hear about Abby.  It really sucks when your scotties go postal!  I have the same issue with my Molly.  Loves people, is insecure and bites when around other dogs!  A walk is sometimes an exercise in futility.  I’m really good at hiding behind cars when I see another person walking down the street with their dog.  I truly can’t believe the sounds coming out of Molly!  And to make matters worse, she has taught Angus (my wheaton scottie) the same aggressive tactics!  Angus loves to run up to other dogs and bites them to get them to play!  Needless to say, we no longer go to the dog park!!

Mary had success with her Yorkie, Buster, by enrolling him in a training class:

I enrolled him in a socialization class for a year in and half and it really worked. One night a week we would meet with the class and our trainer would have us run drills for an hour and half. We would line up with 25- 30 dogs in close proximity, criss crossing in front of each other, going over jumps but always following the leader, and always moving. We would take breaks away from the group and then get called back in to line up. It worked brilliantly! Now whenever Buster sees an approaching dog on our walks, it’s no big deal. I guess he wore himself out on being aggressive when he couldn’t tackle 25- 30 dogs all at once. I recommend looking in your area for a good trainer who works with socializing groups. It was a great experience and we were all there for the same reason, so you feel a lot less critical about yourself and your dog.

Russie provided titles for books that helped him and his little Scottie.  Fluoxetine was also diagnosed which helped.

I relied on these books to help me gain insight into the mind of an aggressive dog:

  1. Aggression in Dogs: Practical Management, Prevention & Behaviour Modification
  2. Fight!: A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression
  3. Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons

I also love the book Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier. I don’t think I understood the sometimes fragile psyche of an aggressive dog. Parts of the book brought tears to my eyes. Hers is a relationship-based method of training. (She has a website with a wealth of information on this subject.)

But not really having the energy at that precise moment to try harder, I enlisted the help of drugs for my frightened and bite-prone boy. He was on the lowest dose of fluoxetine available, but it made a tremendous difference in his attitude and behavior. Training was easier as he felt relaxed. We had a much stronger relationship and he clearly trusted me, which was no small thing. He could be distracted with a click or a word–even when another dog was coming at him, teeth bared. He knew I was there to support him, and, more importantly, he was less afraid and had more confidence in himself. (You’d think confidence wouldn’t be the problem, right? But so often it is.)

Please check out all the Comments.

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Your Scotties

by SandraF on May 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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Here are some great photos that were sent to the Scottie News:

Anissa sent in these photos of Annie after her spring haircut. (Isn’t she beautiful!)

Annie with her new 'do.

Annie with her new ‘do.

Annie with her favourite toy

Annie with her favourite toy

 

Elvis is alive and well, loves golf and is living in Ohio. I love the shot of him napping :)

Elvis loves to ride his golf cart.

Elvis loves to ride his golf cart.

 

Elvis celebrating the luck of the Irish!

Elvis celebrating the luck of the Irish!

Elvis Taking a Nap

Elvis Taking a Nap

Elvis and his buddy, Checkers

Elvis and his buddy, Checkers

 

Here is Agatha on squirrel patrol in Chicago:

Squirrel Patrol!

Squirrel Patrol!

Here is Carol’s Duncan!

Let's Play!

Let’s Play!

 

Duncan being a chin rest for his best buddy Roxie

Duncan being a chin rest for his best buddy Roxie

 

Here is Bob’s new puppy Gus.

Gus with his favourite toy!

Gus with his favourite toy!

 

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Hello everyone,

Tracy has written the Scottish Terrier News about her Scottie, Talulah, who is suffering from pancreatitis.

“Hello. My beautiful 5 year old scottie, Talulah, has been diagnosed with pancreatitis. This has come as a complete shock as she has eaten a hypoallergenic diet for most of her life and never gets human food unless a rare treat. Can you tell me if this is common in Scotties and any advice for her nutritional needs would be most appreciated. Low fat food is now the order of the day but any advice for anything yummy would be welcome. Thanks Tracy”

Has anyone had any a similar issue as Tracy?  Please update the comments with any hints or tips for Tracy.

Thanks!

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