1. My Collie/GSD seems to enjoy playing with dogs more than humans... like if I'm playing with him and my GSD comes around he'll go after her and want to play with her. He wants to play a lot rougher than she can because she's 13 this year. He also is a little too rough for my Jack Russells. What would be the best way to try to get him to play more appropriate?
I've got three dogs that prefer humans but get jealous and end up playing with each other lol... dunno the answer outside of appropriate discipline/authority..e.g. if getting out of control they MUST STOP DROP AND LISTEN to you...
2. My Collie/GSD also seems to tear apart toys. All of his toys only last so long, but her prefers fuzzy toys... does anyone know of any good brand of toys? He was bought a $12 toy that's supposed to handle a lot of rough play, but he tore that up maybe 3 days after having it.
When you find out ... let me know! Be careful though.... mine prefer pulling the stuffing out of plush toys and eating the strings they create out of rope toys...this creates rather uncomfortable and abnormal looking bowel movements.... we just watch the toys carefully now and when anything begins to look out of whack it is removed from the toybox. We go through a LOT of toys too.... For frisbees we use the 'hurl-a-squirrels
' which seem to outlast everything... it's the only frisbee aka tug aka whatever toy that seems to survive for quite a long time. We get them at petsmart... their about $12 but actually last! I've also found that basketballs, soccer balls, and footballs make GREAT toys for larger dogs. I'm usually able to find footballs at wal-mart for less than $5 each. They're a toy in the beginning but once the hole gets punctured in it and it loses air...do not throw it away.... it makes a great chew and tug toy for quite some time after that. My large dogs luv their abused footballs!
3. Is there any solution for car sickness?
All of my dogs love car rides.... so I dunno on this one....
4. How long can a dog walk? I know it depends on the dog, but I'm just afraid of walking too much and I can't care an 80 pound dog home. I won't be able to walk him soon though, so I guess this isn't too important.
Chelsea, my whippet/shepherd never gets tired...I've yet to figure out how far she can go...we've had her out for miles and miles without a problem and she's still wanting more. Polo, however, 7yr old 110lb rottweiler gets tired pretty fast... I end up "dragging him home" after only about a 1/2 mile. I think in this area it's best to just let the dogs actions tell you....
5. My Collie/GSD also has a problem when he gets too excited he seems to zone everything out and do whatever. The people next door just got their dog's back. He LOVES running and being by them. Whenever I call him to come in he'll listen sometimes but other times he just runs with them. If someone comes over he does this too...he just gets so excited and starts running like a crazy dog. What would be the best way to stop this?
I use treats. Every time I call the dogs in they get a treat (one lil treat broke into three pieces). Just a TINY nibblet so they get the reward but don't get too fat lol. Over time they realize that when I call..it's treat time.. and this has got them responding rather quickly even when they are running the fence all excited with the neighbor's dogs. Polo isn't "perfect" about it yet but he has certainly shown improvement in the area. Chelsea and Trinity drop everything and hurry in to be the first to get the treat.
6. I'd for him to be okay without a leash on... just to sit out front... anyone have any tips for getting him okay with that?
I disagree with leaving unleashed dogs where the potential for them to run and get hurt is there so I'd be no help with this one.... Too many things can happen...
7. He also seems to love jumping when playing... luckily he hasn't learned to go over the fence. He loves jumping for snow, balls, treats and stuff... I was thinking about starting with a frisbee in the summer time... any tips on getting him started with that?
Remember the 'hurl-a-squirrels
' talked about above. If they destroy toys they'll likely destroy frisbees too... mine do. Everything except the 'hurl-a-squirrels
I toss it out there and trade them a treat for the frisbee if they bring it back. Chelsea LOVES to play frisbee now and on the "drop it" command she does w/o a treat...
8. I have been giving my dog bones. His teeth seem very clean. Is there anyway to tell if he needs a cleaning?
Talk to the vet.... they have great tools for teeth cleaning... Mine get a yearly cleaning by the vet. We're also supposed to brush the dog's teeth every day or at least 3 times a week even if they get bones but I admit...that routine doesn't work so well here :/ Goal is healthy looking gums and white teeth...not yellow'd
If you get the animal channel try to find a show called "The Dog Whisperer" he has some great tips on getting a proper relationship with your dogs... I've seen every episode and though it sometimes seems repetitive...watching it enough will give you a great handle on the goals to happier healthier relationship with your dogs