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PostSubject: This is Lucy   Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:06 pm









This is my girl, Lucy. She's 4 years old.

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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:22 pm

She's a very pretty girl. I love her spots and adore her body "freckles".
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 3:00 pm

Thank you, she is a pretty girl. We adore her and she is one very spoiled lady. I checked out your website, its very nice. My better half, Kirk, grew up with Newfies and we're hoping to someday have one of our own. They are such gentle creatures with hearts of gold. You are very blessed to have them.
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:11 pm

such a pretty girl, love the one of her in the cap flower

Is that a prong collar in the last pic, aren't they painful?, i've seen them on cesar milan quite a bit, they seem quite popular in the states
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:15 pm

she looks very feminine (sp?)

i do like her spots/markings?

not come across the collar vicki mentioned i presume it digs in if she pulls etc?

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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:06 pm

Yes unfortunately that is a prong collar, but she only wears it while out on walks. We got her from a Saint rescue and she came with that collar and they recommended us to keep using it. Lucy has a pretty negative past history, she was on quarantine for 10 days before we could bring her home because she had escaped from her previous owners and had attacked their neighbors little Pug dog (the dog did survive but needed to be stitched back together). We will be trying out a regular choke chain soon to see if that will work on her. We've done extensive work with her to the point where she is pretty good on our walks. She's actually very good on a leash but if she sees another dog, she occasionally will become a raging lunatic trying to get the other dog. She's too big to be out of control, she weighs 163 pounds.

Recently I've been working with her with another dog, a small Sheltie, who belongs to a friend. We take them for walks together. I got Lucy a doggie backpack and an easy walk harness and when she has those on, she's a completely different dog, she's very focused and acts like she has a job to do.

Does anyone have any tips or advice? Has anyone ever encountered a Saint with these kinds of issues? Whoever originally raised her did not socialize her or treat her well and this is the result. I absolutely love her and think she's worth all the work, she deserves to have the chance to be taught how to be a good girl.

As a side note, the prong collar doesn't seem to phase her and its only used in extreme circumstances such as preventing her getting into a dog fight.

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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:15 pm

Thanks for explaining Very Happy

It is so sad when people buy puppies and don't do all the essential work in order for them to be a well socialised dog Mad

Its bad enough to hold onto my two when they are digging their feet in trying to sniff something or trying to get to a dog to try to play with them. There's no way i could hold onto them with a collar of any sort whether it's a slip lead or a choke chain if they wanted to go meet another dog they would Embarassed

I swear by Dogmatic head collars, they're the same kind of thing like a horse halter, I can hold onto both my boys and even if there's a dog kicking off at them, I can just pull them away from the situation really easily. i'm not sure if you can get hold of them in teh states, but they are an absolute godsend and can't recommend them enough - maybe have a think about one of those

Here's the link http://www.dogmatic.org.uk/

Hope that helps, and good luck with all her training flower
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:33 pm

This "Dogmatic Collar" looks very interesting. I've never seen anything like that here in the States. Thank you so much for sharing that link with me. I think I might have to order Lucy one of those, it can't hurt to try atleast.
Thanks again!
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:39 pm

Hi I agree with Vicki the dogmatic harness is a god send for both owner and dog
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:40 pm

I meant head collar!!!!!! Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:38 am

Hi Kate

she's a very pretty girl love her markings. Very Happy

does anyone know if there is much difference between the dogmatic head collar and halti's?

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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:25 pm

Massive difference Gina, the halti has a tendancy to rise into the eye, where the dogmatic is designed not to do that Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: This is Lucy   Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:29 pm

cool thanks Kathy, i'll have a look at one of those then, i took all 4 of mine out together for a trial run the other day and i have to say it was manic think my arms are now a few inches longer LOL cyclops
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