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ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 5)

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“I live alone for the first time in my life and Rosie is always there.

I know that when I come home, someone is really happy to see me, always.

I think that is the essence of having a dog;

that unconditional love that they give.

I used to laugh at people with their little designer dogs and their dog bags and now, I am one of them.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 4)

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“I hired Bark Busters.

They really taught me about behavior.

There are no treats or punishment, it’s about speaking their language.

Establishing dominance through sounds really helped.

I would growl at her and she learned that I was alpha.

I also learned to crate train her with a calming sheet covering the crate and she is much less anxious now.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 3)

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“I broke up with the person I bought her with.

Rosie got anxious when we broke up and now she has separation anxiety.

She always had it, but it got worse after we moved.

She would bark the entire time I was out at work.

My neighbors were upset with the barking and I was afraid I was going to get kicked out of my new apartment.”

ROSIE, THE MINIATURE DACHSHUND THAT IS OVERCOMING SEPARATION ANXIETY (PART 1)

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“Our last dog died.

He was a double dapple Dachshund who died when he was 11 years old.

I really wanted a rescue mutt but it was a surprisingly hard process.

I had to fill out applications and give references.

When I went to the ASPCA, they had a lot of big Pit Bulls, but we had a small apartment, and we wanted a small dog.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 4)

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“I am a teacher and I work with some kids that have emotional difficulties.

I see how helpful the dogs are in stressful situations and how stabilizing and reassuring they can be.

Some of the kids have service dogs, which provide a venue for affection and the opportunity to care for another being without judgement or conditions.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 3)

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“There weren’t major changes when Percy lost his eyesight.

They had both been taught visual as well as aural commands, so the transition was pretty smooth.

I am not sure Watson is aware that Percy is blind, but they don’t run around as much together.

When we walk, Watson will walk on the outside to keep Percy sandwiched in between us.

As a New York City teacher, I definitely carry a lot of stress on a daily basis and living and working with the dogs has shown me how to deal with my feelings better.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 2)

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“Percy, for instance could be shown behaviors and would remember them, whereas Watson  was taught certain behaviors, by having us catch him doing them and calling out the word for the action.

For example, Watson learned to sit by sitting and having us call out the word, sit.

Percy is five months older than Watson, but we trained them together, although Percy was already housebroken.

Percy is eight and Watson is almost eight.

About 3 and a half years ago Percy had an infection which turned into an auto immune condition.  The illness led to chronic inflammation of his eyes and glaucoma with scarring and he became blind.”

Percy & Watson, the standard poodles that ease the stress of every day life (part 1)

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“I got my dogs with my partner, so it wasn’t primarily my decision.

I am extremely glad, though.

I wasn’t involved in selecting and purchasing them, but I was very involved with teaching and training them.

I taught them how to sit, stay, wait for us to walk before them, and other general forms of etiquette.

It was interesting to see how differently Percy and Watson learned from one another.”

OTTO, THE STRONG WILLED MINIATURE LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND (SHE SAID, PART 3)

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“I read about what to ask breeders.

We asked if we could meet the parents, literally.

She is a small breeder who has eight dogs and only has three or four litters per year.

She has great testimonials, and we got to meet Otto’s parents.

It is a great and healthy environment for the dogs.

We waited a month and a half for a litter and have had him since the day after Thanksgiving,”

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 6)

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“She slowed down about five years due to problems with her back legs, but she is still active at almost 18.

When she started to go blind in her right eye, it was devastating to me because it was an unexplained change in her vision.

I spent thousands of dollars  trying to recover her vision.

I cried to the veterinarian, because I want Shy to have the best life possible.

He said, she’s happy, look at her.

She was wagging her tail and smiling.

Shy just wanted to leave the animal hospital and go out on a walk.

I decided to be happy that she is happy.

She may be shy one eye, but she is still Shy, and she’s happy.”