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#1 chewbizkit

 

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        Posted 26 January 2008 - 09:52 PM

Hey all, I just wanted to share a tough lesson learned today for new puppy owners. My little black lab is 12-13 weeks old at the moment and I didn't realize how fast these lil guys grow. Well this week Drake really hit a growth spurt and I've noticed he doesn't goto his food right away, like he resists wanting to eat it. At first I was worried that maybe he didn't like the food any more because we recently stayed at a friends house (where his brother and sister live) and he had some of their food and it was completely different food. But when I picked up some of his food in my hand he would nibble at it and so it didn't seem to be the food. So I just figured I'd let him take longer till he ate so he would eventually be too hungry to be weird about his food. That seemed to work a little bit, but still acted a little weird about it.

When I put him to bed usually I have to coax him into his crate with a Milkbone Puppy Treat. Those things will make him follow me anywhere as long as I have them, he loves them. Last night I put him to bed and could hear him eat the treat and then he started coughing and gurlge a little bit. He was trying to vomit, and I immediately ran in to remove his collar and see what was going on. He threw up his entire dinner and it seemed like it wasn't even close to digested. I quickly realized the problem. With his growing I hadn't realized I should be adjusting his collar as often as I should've been. His collar had been the same size for 2 weeks and his neck has grown quite a bit since then. So I had to adjust his collar to be 2 whole notches looser on his collar. And will have to buy a new one by next week. Luckily he managed to be ok and as a new dog owner it's a scary and hard lesson to learn. It never occured to me to check his collar and make sure it wasn't too tight. Since it was always on him and I hadn't had to bathe him in the last 2 weeks I never noticed it.

I hate now how stupid of a minor mistake this is and how bad it could've turned. I just wanted to share this lesson I learned incase some other new puppy owners out there haven't checked their puppies collars as they've grown. It's a dumb thing to do I know now, but it's something that could be easily forgotten as your dog grows. blink.gif sad.gif
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        Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:50 PM

Sasha just turned 2 in December. I just checked her collar this last week and guess what, she needs a bigger one. She is no way over weight either. You will be adjusting for quite a while. I would always say when mine were little that I would go to bed and when I woke up they had grown. If I stared at them long enough.......I would see them grow. Take lots of pictures now, every day, they do grow up very fast.
Try the adjustable breakaway collars, they adjust easily and you can get a larger one and make it smaller for them to grow into.
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        Posted 27 January 2008 - 10:02 AM

wow two weeks is really fast. I forgot how fast they grow, you are absolutely right. We all had a discussion recently about how fast they outgrow their crates. I didn't even think at the time of how that also relates to the collar.

Thank goodness you were observant of Drakes change in behavior and started looking for why he was acting differently.
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I don't do it on purpose, but I tend to slip my fingers under the collar when I clip the lead on. Doing it that way is what feels natural for me. Defined in out house as the way a person does things when on "auto-pilot". LOL
You've made me realize that I was getting a collar check everyday when we went out the door. It never really thought about it before.

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        Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:09 PM

OMG how awful you must feel.. poor Drake. Yes a tough lesson learned the hard way. I never leave collars on my dogs, I once had two puppies aropund the same age.. play fighting, got cought up in each others collars.. resulting in massive vets fees to stitche where one had bitten thru the others face.. but having one dog I spose it's not as important.. just be careful tho.. and this is to anyone readong.. collars can get caught up and dogs get strangled quickly
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        Posted 13 February 2008 - 03:28 PM

I recommend taking his collar off before you put him in the crate every time. It can get stuck on something and put him in an uncomfortable position for however long it take you to see him there. Also I bought Bunker a large collar (from REI) at the age of 3 1/2 months. He used it on the smallest size possible for about two weeks and since it has been changing what seems to be daily.

Your pups growth spurt will happen most noticeably between 4 - 8 months.
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        Posted 23 March 2008 - 04:46 PM

Thank you so much for that information! I don't know if I would have thought of that. Thankfully Drake is ok!

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        Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:11 PM

Hello there, granted your post is old but from that brief insight I can tell you're a completely shit negligent owner and responses are indicative this forum is equally shit. It's all there basically.

You shouldn’t have to coax your lab into his crate. He should go in freely at nap times (unless you've obviously shut him in forcefully at some point, too early). You palm your dog off on other people when you're too busy and to top that - you nearly strangled the poor little bugger who shouldn’t be wearing a collar in his crate anyway !

There's so much wrong with your post, you should perhaps consider getting rid of the dog for his own benefit, (unlesss you have already of course). Okay, Hope this helps.

If you don't like the posts or responses, don't come here.

Owner clearly stated that they (dog and owner stayed at a friends), not palmed the dog off. And remember that the owners posting questions are doing so because they want to do the best for their dogs. I'm glad I'm not your dog.

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        Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:50 PM

Hello there, granted your post is old but from that brief insight I can tell you're a completely shit negligent owner and responses are indicative this forum is equally shit. It's all there basically.

You shouldn’t have to coax your lab into his crate. He should go in freely at nap times (unless you've obviously shut him in forcefully at some point, too early). You palm your dog off on other people when you're too busy and to top that - you nearly strangled the poor little bugger who shouldn’t be wearing a collar in his crate anyway !

There's so much wrong with your post, you should perhaps consider getting rid of the dog for his own benefit, (unlesss you have already of course). Okay, Hope this helps.



Seriously - If you cant say anything nice why come one here. Every dog owners situation is different and just because you have a dog does NOT mean you know best. If you want to give feedback then go ahead- BUT why not try doing it nicely? treat others how you wish to be treated.
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        Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:08 PM

Sorry guys, I missed this one.

For the record, user Whatever has been permanently banned and has been sent an e-mail about his mean spirited comments on this website. There is no room for people like him here. We shan't see the likes of him again!

Thanks for letting us know about the collar incident. This site serves to educate people about caring for their dog and your post may trigger some people into checking their dogs collar today. You may just have made a few dogs more comfortable today!

I recommend once a week do the following:

Check your dogs collar for tightness. You should be able to slip three fingers under the collar and the collar should not be putting pressure on the front of your dogs neck.

Run your fingers and palms all over your dog, feeling for any lumps and bumps that may have popped up.

Open your dogs mouth and check his gums and tongue. They should be a nice dark pink color. If they are pale or whiteish looking, contact your vet asap.

That's all it takes!




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