By Dennis Guldan
Dennis: I have been reading your magazine for about six months
and tons of articles from back issues online. I love what you
do. Sorry if I missed this somewhere but I have a question/problem.
My 6 month old German Shorthair pup wants to try to catch tweety
birds that fly over her when we are out looking for birds, is
this a problem? What should I do?
Your six month old pup is like a 1 year old kid. Do we tell
them you can't catch butterflies or scold them. We do only if
we want an ax murderer in our family. Let your dog have fun don't
push her too soon.
I watched Jenny do that for ten minutes the other day and never
yelled. And do you know what she found out after ten minutes?
She could not catch them and they were just playing with her.
And Jenny is just over a year old. So now Jenny ignores tweeties
cause she knows its a waste of her time and energy. Further I
think it has instilled the pointing instinct in her to stalk
and point a bird.
Before modern medicines dogs weren't even trained until they
were two years old, partly because a good number never made it
to two. So for the first two years we used to let our dogs chase
tweeties and butterflies and get it out of their system, we just
push our dogs and probably our kids a bit too hard these days.
That time of year
Dennis I have a year old GSP that has the run of the yard and
rarely leaves it. Just in the past few days I have found her
blocks away what is going on?
Is she also picking up stuffed toys and carrying them around
like a baby? Jenny had the same problem, I'll give you three
guesses and the first two don't count. She's about to come into
heat. I would put her on leash and keep close watch on her for
the next month. Because in this state she isn't always sane.
With last heat Jenny had an external cyst that went away with
no issues. Thankfully. I am sure the vet would have done a battery
of tests, making my wallet lighter, if I had not mentioned it.
You may want to mark down the date and six months from now. As
dumb as it sounds a person should keep track of those dates for
both medical and strange behavior reasons. Males... they are
nuts all the time.
Smelly Anal Glands
Dennis is there anything that can be done for smelly anal glands?
Yes there is, they can be removed. And if all goes well, your
dog will not loose control of it's bodily functions. Having a
Scooby our year old Springer, Ellen and I know all too well what
you speak of. Vizslas do not have the problem but other breeds
like Labs do. I had heard of people complaining of it before
but until you have a dog snuggling with you, you don't really
know how bad it is. We are not going to chance the surgery and
are just moving our bed to a different zip code. My vet showed
me a great way to release the bad scent... but it may be worth
the $20 bill the vet charges. Get a glove... stick a finger up
the "Smelly area" about an inch and a half and roll
the finger... and for god sake do not stand in back of the dog...
with Scooby the smelly juice flew 3 ft to the wall. Best you
have your vet show you... but it really helped. Scooby's trainer
also suggested some stuff to make the stool hard, thus forcing
out the smelly juice. DG
Dennis, I have a pup that's restless all the time. Do you have
I have two suggestions. First owning two dogs, though a bit
more pricey can be less hassle than one. Just as I'm sure you
would get bored with no one to talk to. And Ellen has found that
if she buys beef neck bones once a week for $1.50 a pound, 3
bones for $2 our dogs are much calmer. Chewing on the bones all
week gets rid of a lot of their stress. To prepare the neck
bones Ellen boils them in water for 20 minutes, lets them cool
then leaves them in the fridge for the pups.
Got any issues or questions? Send me a letter or e-mail, I'll
give you my two cents worth.
Dennis Guldan publisher Bird Dog & Retriever News, hails
from New Brighton, MN by way of Marshfield, WI