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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadeco View Post
    I thought it might be interesting to post a follow-up of all of this.

    Poppy (the older cat) no longer does the manic cleaning of Colibri (younger) or of herself. Poppy still likes to groom, and is still more motherly, but I think a combo of time as well as Colibri growing older and bigger has given Poppy the proper cues for when to stop. And there's a bit more back and forth now that Colibri is growing older and - Colibri grooms Poppy a bit more (though not a whole lot). Anyway, in short - it seems pretty balanced now in contrast to those early months.
    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that it wasn't a health issue since cats can be so stoic when they're sick, that when one evidences physical symptoms, it can be something serious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rav3n View Post
    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that it wasn't a health issue since cats can be so stoic when they're sick, that when one evidences physical symptoms, it can be something serious.
    Yes, I learned that the hard way with my first cat; she did live a very long life but it may have been longer had I taken her in sooner. Now I know.

    Anyway - speaking of the topic, just moments ago Poppy went up next to Colibri; shared space without overzealous grooming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cascadeco View Post
    Anyway - speaking of the topic, just moments ago Poppy went up next to Colibri; shared space without overzealous grooming.
    *dies of cuteness*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bismuth Blitz View Post
    Nah but that sounds like fun

    @The Mysterious Stranger that makes sense. For attention I've spent the most time with him as I've been home the most. That's changing cause college just started again, but he's been chewing before that.
    Yeah I agree with much of the advice that you've gotten. We have a 2 year old Foxhound (American) with some Lab. He needs LOTS of activity - running/walking/chasing/playing outside. A lot as in laying in his bed, totally exhausted at the end of the day. He is very prone to being down and depressed, especially if my husband is traveling for work, which can lead to acting out. For this reason, he is crated anytime we are gone and at night.

    The nipping is something he did from early on and we stopped and left the room when he did it. But he's a hound and will put everything in his mouth, including human body parts, for good and bad reasons. It did work eventually (with treats for good behavior) but it took time.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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    'Specialists' don't recommend throwing with balls and such kind of things to exhaust your dog. It triggers their hunting instinct, adrenaline gets released and *boom* you dog is good to go... on for hours. If you really want to make sure that your dog is 'exhausted'/fulfilled I would recommend doing some 'brain work'. Just let them sniff a lot. Hide things, let them search it. Make them work for their food.
    A sniffing mat is an easy example but there are more 'complex' games you can play that aren't physically exhausting but mentally. (If you search on youtube; brain games for dogs. There are many examples)

    And of course, bones to chew on. (Antlers par example, -pig- ears, skin,... will keep them busy for a while. A Kong is also an option, the other 'natural' things tend to be kind of... smelly from time to time. But you dog will enjoy them.)


    Most dogs can run for hours, sleep for an hour and then continue. It's what they are made for and like this you also built up a lot of condition/stamina. So in the end they will always need more in order to be/feel fulfilled.

    I realized it's an 'older' post you replied to. But nipping may also be a sign of being overworked/stressed.(Not saying this is the case) If your dog is too active and doesn't know when to stop (like a lot of border collies do par example) it's also important to 'force' them to take some rest. You might give them something to chew on, put them in their basket/wherever they prefer to rest and make sure that they stay there/don't come to you to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThisName View Post
    'Specialists' don't recommend throwing with balls and such kind of things to exhaust your dog. It triggers their hunting instinct, adrenaline gets released and *boom* you dog is good to go... on for hours. If you really want to make sure that your dog is 'exhausted'/fulfilled I would recommend doing some 'brain work'. Just let them sniff a lot. Hide things, let them search it. Make them work for their food.
    A sniffing mat is an easy example but there are more 'complex' games you can play that aren't physically exhausting but mentally. (If you search on youtube; brain games for dogs. There are many examples)

    And of course, bones to chew on. (Antlers par example, -pig- ears, skin,... will keep them busy for a while. A Kong is also an option, the other 'natural' things tend to be kind of... smelly from time to time. But you dog will enjoy them.)


    Most dogs can run for hours, sleep for an hour and then continue. It's what they are made for and like this you also built up a lot of condition/stamina. So in the end they will always need more in order to be/feel fulfilled.

    I realized it's an 'older' post you replied to. But nipping may also be a sign of being overworked/stressed.(Not saying this is the case) If your dog is too active and doesn't know when to stop (like a lot of border collies do par example) it's also important to 'force' them to take some rest. You might give them something to chew on, put them in their basket/wherever they prefer to rest and make sure that they stay there/don't come to you to play.
    I like a really simple game for this. I make some little PB/pumpkin balls and just put one in my hand and ask where the treat is? He's learned to just nudge the correct hand with his nose, no pawing. Then he gets it and lots of praise. If he chooses wrong, he doesn't get the treat but no scolding or anything. He really loves this game but we hide stuff around the house and outside too. I put a PB ball under the snow this morning, took him a couple minutes but he found it.

    I did hide a little rawhide thing under a rug once but our cat watched us doing this and took the treat lol. She's evil. He use to have a cow hoof that was the most revolting thing ever but he finally crunched it down to bits and I threw it out. And replaced it with a shin bone.

    I don't like to give him anything not dog approved, like people food unless it's a specific dog recipe. He's kind of picky and can go all day without eating if he's feeling emotionally down or depleted.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.
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