Gah. At the dog park today there were lots of dogs, but one that would NOT leave Chompsky alone. He kept trying to mount him, Chompsky kept letting the dog know that wasn’t cool, and the dog would keep trying, over and over. Chompsky was getting frustrated: his warnings were becoming louder and longer. Usually in these situations I call him over and make him sit for a treat, which both...
So we left Chompsky alone on Saturday evening and accidentally left a garbage bag out (I was emptying the garbage and go distracted). Chompsky got into the bag, which was fine and totally my fault, but in that bag was a container. A container of congealed bacon grease. Chompsky ate as much as he could reach, and then vomited. Twice. And the vomit was pretty much just bacon grease. So we...
I was giving Chompsky a treat this morning and it occurred to me to hide it in one hand and present both hands to him. The first time I did this he sniffed both hands and then kept sniffing the correct one, so I opened it and gave him the treat. The next time he sniffed and then gently tapped the correct hand with his paw and it was SO ADORABLE. So I repeated it a bunch of times and every time...
POO UPDATE: We’ve been feeding him this food for the past few weeks and he’s been fine. So whatever the source of his too much poo problems a while back, it wasn’t his food! NOW YOU KNOW chompsky: So I was trying to think of what had changed in Chompsky’s diet: there were the pork treats, but after we put him back on food again the diarrhea continued. Then I thought - we...
More dog trailer times
So yesterday we gave him one of his favourite marrow bones to keep him busy in the trailer. He was totally down with this! He made it the whole way to the beach and only whined to get out when he saw there were other dogs there. On the way back he didn’t want to get in so he ran beside the bike home. Today he got another bone but again wanted out pretty soon, so he ran to the beach....
Chompsky was out on the balcony and barked, so I brought him in (trying to teach him not to bark down at people / things). He started whining some, which I ignored, and it got worse and worse until he was doing that “cry / scream” thing he did back when we first got him and he would freak out about being in his crate. I ignored it some more and finally there was a break in it, so I...
Chompsky vs swan
Chompsky on ice for the first time
So I was trying to think of what had changed in Chompsky’s diet: there were the pork treats, but after we put him back on food again the diarrhea continued. Then I thought - we did buy a new bag of food! Maybe it’s bad? So we bought a fresh bag and slowly put him back on it, this time starting with only a bit of dog food and a lot of rice and cottage cheese (good for firming up...
We took Chompers off food for 24 hours and he seemed to be doing better, so we reintroduced it slowly. No poop problems all day, and then at the dog park that evening he pooped and it was a little soft but not bad! But this night he woke us up at 3am, 4am and 5am to go outside again, and it was big ol’ diarrhea. So we’re taking him off food for another 24 hours and reintroducing...
Car stuff and poop problemz
So whenever we go to the store together, Jenn’s gone in while I’ve stayed with the car and basically run through crate training stuff with Chompsky: leave him alone in the car for a bit, come back, treat, repeat, vary the amount of time. We’d gotten up to about 3 minutes. Over the holidays my parents brought the dog and left him outside a bank for 30 minutes! I was not...