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Old 02-25-2017, 04:34 AM   #3841
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The dog is 13, and I think is adjusting well to the house, where his people and favorite pieces of furniture are, not so much to a yard to do his business in.

He's a city dog, now with a backyard. Weather was beautiful yesterday, so that was not the issue.

I suspect Lily doesn't like the way this dog looks, and that's why she hasn't settled down around him, always showing her own teeth and barking, often with those sharp, warning barks.

He probably appears aggressive to her, tho he isn't...lots of teeth out there in front.

We'll figure it out.

I fed him his dinner yesterday, so maybe that will encourage him to want to please me.

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Old 02-25-2017, 11:33 AM   #3842
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Looks like he was chasing an Airstream that had really good brakes, better than his anyway.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:17 PM   #3843
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What was Mr. Bulldog's potty routine back in the city apartment? Did they take him out for walks, was he paper trained, or what? You seem to be in an "old dog, new tricks" situation with him. This may well be the first back yard he's ever seen.
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:26 PM   #3844
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This isn't his Bulldog, but a pic I found online that is a very close resemblance.

I think it's the face and teeth Lily doesn't like.

I don't blame her.

SIL walked him 3xday in the city, tho he didn't like it and it was long enough just to let him take care of business.

He has never had a yard before but that's where they want him to go...he will figure it out, we just have to be persistent with him.

Have been picking up things D found on Craigslist this am...stools for the center island, and a nice wool rug to go with their new sectional.

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Old 02-25-2017, 12:45 PM   #3845
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So you picked up stools, in more ways than one. I bet he figures it out.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:28 AM   #3846
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Put a leash on him and all the time watching so he does not get caught on something and grab it when he needs to go. Take him out and stay there with him until he does, then praise. Not sure his age, but if young he's going to be an issue as he ages. Above all else, try to stay calm, very calm. If one gets angry or excited he does not understand anger, sees it as instability and will take charge, which he has done. Deep breaths, calm and forceful, but not with anger.
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Old 02-26-2017, 07:05 AM   #3847
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Thanks, Bud.

Watching him with my daughter yesterday, he is doing the same thing with her...he doesn't ask to go out, as he doesn't know to do that, SIL walked him before work, after work, and at night.

Now there's this yard he's expected to use.

We need to watch him when he is up and moving, and get him outside.

Thank goodness the snow has melted, because I feel quite sure he would not lower his behind into that to do his business.

I put together an egg bake last night, with wheat bread, eggs, cooked sausage, milk, a little brown sugar and cinnamon....baking in the oven as I type.

Sunday breakfast in the new house.

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He is simply showing his dominance, pretty typical of his breed. Firm but calm is the key.
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I would think that staying with his usually timing of walking routine might help. His feeding/ pooping routine on leash should continue, in spite of the move to a new place.

I must say...that face is one you gotta love! LOL! Evelyn.
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:45 PM   #3850
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We've had a busy day....SIL off, so some heavy lifting going on.

I have done some touch up painting, and we've gotten some pre-cooking done for their busy week ahead, when I will be gone.

I remember the working routine, hectic weekends trying to get everything done, but I have been detached from that a long time.

Funny, I don't miss it.

Temps dropped almost 30 degrees from yesterday, but still moderate as winters go.

Can't complain, my big fear was serious cold and what to do with the Interstate.

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Old 02-26-2017, 05:41 PM   #3851
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Good plan with the bulldog - for a while, whenever he gets up and moves around, take him straight outside. Praise and give treats whenever he does the right thing in the right place.

If you like the idea of "clicker training," you can try that too. Karen Pryor is the "goddess" of clicker training: http://www.clickertraining.com/ There's no magic, really. It's all about catching the dog going something you like, noting the behavior with a "click" and then giving a small reward. The point of the clicker is to catch them exactly when they are doing something good and to let them know they're going to get a small treat for it. Training treats should be roughly the size of a pea. Not big enough to make a difference in caloric intake, but enough to be yummy and appreciated The more interesting the training treat, the better. It should generally be more desirable than a bit of standard kibble (dry dog food)
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks, but I am just a temporary caregiver for this Bulldog and won't take on re-training.

The dog is not only 13, but his Dad, my SIL, calls the shots.

I think the dog is going to get the hang of things, the key for us is to know what he needs because he has always been an apartment dog and never had to ask to go outside....he was just taken, on a schedule.

We are all putting him out every time he is up and moving...mostly, he likes to sleep...but once out, he will go.

Going to have the Interstate serviced about 20 miles from here tomorrow, get the tires rotated, etc.

We will be up and running early...

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Old 02-26-2017, 06:00 PM   #3853
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Sounds good, here's hoping for a nice boring service visit.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:06 PM   #3854
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Drove to the scheduled service appointment this morning, where I had not only specified to the woman I spoke with on the phone last week the vehicle type, but also gave the VIN#, to be told by the service manager that they can't work on Sprinter Vans, don't have the necessary equipment.

He referred me to a MB dealer the other side of the Hudson, who said they could get me in this morning, so we headed over there.

4 hours later, we left, nothing remarkable but for a return appt in the am to have an axle seal that is dripping differential fluid replaced.

Sigh. At 182,000 miles, things are going to wear out, and need to be replaced.

The good news, the service guy said they had just had a Sprinter van in there with over 300,000 miles on it.

Replacing the seal will take the better part of the day, they will bring me back to the house and then pick me up, we will head to Croton Point from there.

Otherwise, no news here.

Lily charmed everyone at the dealership, being very well behaved and sweet, encouraging several people to stop and pet her.

She is starved for affection, don'tcha know.

Sun is shining, temps are cooler but remain very manageable.


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Old 02-27-2017, 04:05 PM   #3855
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My current read on the Holocaust...this one a true story, about real people...every day heroes who saved thousands of children from the Warsaw Ghetto.

Worth your time...
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Another book on the Warsaw ghetto is Mila 18 by Leon Uris. A good read.
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Old 02-27-2017, 05:37 PM   #3857
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Hmmm...I have read something by Leon Uris long ago. I will look for that.

Reading these books, it is impossible to imagine what these people went through...those that lived, and those that died.

It is equally difficult to digest what people willingly did to their fellow man, tho I have seen enough in my life to not only believe it but to know that it could happen again.

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Old 02-28-2017, 06:33 AM   #3858
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I like this...8 Habits of Healthy People...good things to remind oneself of.

http://www.motherearthliving.com/hea...&spot=headline
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Hello Maggie,
Croton Point is on my list of potential parks to try that would enable one to take a train to Central Station in the morning and return later in the day. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Jim
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:49 AM   #3860
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I have no idea, really, as I am unfamiliar with the train systems, but it is close enough to NYC that a station would have to be close.

I'll post a picture of the park tomorrow....it will be getting dark before I am there today, as It looks as if the Interstate will not be ready until late afternoon.

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