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ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Non DS Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:25 am

So we have Peanuts, who is now at least 19. He has always been, well, ornery. He's street smart. He had been returned to the shelter 5 times before we got him, one of the times by an experienced foster family. The other older dogs pretty much just ignored his obnoxious behavior. But more and more frequently, he marking territory...and not his territory but Bramble's. Bramble sleeps in my son's room (where Peanuts is not allowed to go) and has a soft sided crate. Peanuts keeps sneaking in and marking the crate and the bookcase the crate is beside.

I'm stumped on how to stop him. Like I said he's street smart. He watches to see when the humans are distracted then sneaks back there. I can't close the room off because closed doors bother my son. Peanuts doesn't do this elsewhere....just around her crate. BTW he took over her basket and has now claimed his and hers.

Any suggestions, especially given his age. Oh and he's part Jack Russell terrier, part beagle mix.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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Tell us about yourself: I am a mom of 6 life forces - 2 kids and 3 dogs 1 hamster. I live in Ct. I have trained Ringsport and Agility and have 2 DS, one 15 and 7 and a Basset Hound Cookie who is 2
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Re: Non DS Question

Post by Dutchringgirl » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:43 pm

he is old, it could be dementia
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ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Non DS Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:39 pm

It would figure the onery little guy would get more onery.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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SEL
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Re: Non DS Question

Post by SEL » Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:42 pm

I agree with Dutchringgirl about the possibility of dementia. When we had our chihuahua, during his last couple of years he started displaying symptoms of it. He would pee in the house, but in random spots, almost like he couldn't remember where to go to get outside. We would even take him outside, but he would still pee inside sometimes. He would also just sit there and whine sometimes for no reason. It seemed like he was just out of tune with his surroundings and had confusion. I don't know about your dog though, a vet could do an assessment. Does he show any other strange behaviors now? I found some information here: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/dementia-in-senior-dogs-6-ways-to-deal-with-the-effects
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ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Non DS Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:46 pm

I haven't seen any other signs of dementia. He does have some vision and hearing loss, though. He has snapped at Bramble when she entered a dark room, as is startled. He has always considered himself dominant dog. At first Bramble yielded to him, now she does what the others did, which is ignore his obnoxious displays.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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Tell us about yourself: I am a mom of 6 life forces - 2 kids and 3 dogs 1 hamster. I live in Ct. I have trained Ringsport and Agility and have 2 DS, one 15 and 7 and a Basset Hound Cookie who is 2
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Re: Non DS Question

Post by Dutchringgirl » Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:39 pm

It may not show up like it does in humans
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ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Non DS Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Wed Sep 11, 2019 2:36 am

We've been keeping an extra eye on him this week, watching for the signs in the article. Dementia could well be the issue. Plus he is winding down a bit. He has good days where he plays with Bram, but then after a good day needs to sleep 2 days to reenergize.

He's the last of our geriatric pack, so seeing the decline is bit sad. Of course he could still outlast us all.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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Re: Non DS Question

Post by Susannah » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:44 pm

I think its just territorial marking. If not doing any where Else.

Buy dog fence, put it on the door, proplem solved, no closed Doors just small see through fence. Great helper really.


He is doing that secrecy so knows its not okay. Rarely demented dogs do that.

I have seen territorial marking occur, and that goes there. Buy a port there, and see what happens. U could also put a peepad for puppies on the floor Else where so u can see if he goes there or not. It just can be that he cannot hold it In anymore, and that a place with secrecy To go.

ladyjubilee
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Tell us about yourself: Apparently I just adopted a Dutch Shepherd. My experience have been with Dalmatians. The shelter listed her as a 3 year old Dutch Shepherd, which truthfully I didn't even know was a breed. I picked her because she is so sweet and energetic. But looking at the forum, I'm wondering if I might have taken on more than I will be able to handle. I did reach out to s DS rescue and they say she does appear to be a DS. But so far she's a joy and though not trained is catching on quickly.

Re: Non DS Question

Post by ladyjubilee » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:02 pm

You may be right, Susannah. I can't really do the gate, as my son wouldn't understand. But we have been more mindful of where he is at all times. We've been able to stop him going to the room and have been pretty successful. We also make sure to have him go out more.
Pack: Peanuts-terrier mix, 16-18 years old, Bramble-Dutch Shepherd, 3 yrs
Location: NC

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