For all new members, please check out the thread New to the Forum? What to do and forum guidelines.
Ahi's pads hurt...
  • BradA1878BradA1878
    Posts: 2242


    Since Ahi was kicked out of camp we have been giving her a lot of walks in order to keep her exercised and in control. So, because of this, her pads have been a bit sore - anyone have any suggestion on "home remedies" for this? Keeping in mind she really doesn't like us to touch her feet. I have read a few different things but none of them are very easy to get.


    Any suggestions?


     

  • hondruhondru
    Posts: 529
    Someone recommended zinc gluconate to me on a scootering mailing list when I mentioned my dogs would be running on gravel and pastureland sometimes.  They said it toughens the pads and nails.  I haven't tried it yet, though.  http://www.howlingdogalaska.com/zincgluco.html
    -Heidi, with Rakka (shikoku) and Sosuke (kai ken)
    Post edited by hondru at 2007-07-23 21:31:28
  • BradA1878BradA1878
    Posts: 2242


    Kewl - thanx! I'll check it out.



    BTW: I knew you would have the answer.  Wink



    Thanx!!

    Post edited by BradA1878 at 2007-07-23 21:40:13
  • MommyofNikoMommyofNiko
    Posts: 2728


    HAHAH!! Not to her paws of course but the camp.  What did that innocent puppy do?



    Hope her paws feel better! 

  • brandon_wbrandon_w
    Posts: 3433


    Well the only solution I have is to use "Musher's Secret".  However that has to applied on the pads.  Maybe she would get used to the process, Nemo did.

    Post edited by brandon_w at 2007-07-24 10:58:00
  • BradA1878BradA1878
    Posts: 2242


    She just plays too rough for some of the dogs. Ahi frustrates very easily, and there are only a few dogs at camp that play nicely [read as rough enough] with her. So when the other dogs where in camp they were afraid of her rough play and would not play with her, so she would get frustrated. Then she would take her frustration out on the timid dogs, by going after them and trying to get them to play – but when she does this it comes across a bit over the top [anyone with a Shikoku knows what I am talking about].






    So the people at camp put some rules in place for Ahi to attend – like that she can only be in the big pen w/ the dogs that play nice with her… this only frustrated her more… and so you see where this is going.








    Long story short, we didn’t feel it was a very mentally healthy situation for her, and we have stopped taking her. Jen works at the camp, she took that job to work with dogs but all she does is answer phones and do other customer support type activities. She also doesn’t get paid much at all – so given we don’t really need that income, and the main reason for her working there was for Ahi to attend camp free, and for Jen to work with dogs, Jen put her 2 week notice in a while ago. Her last day is tomorrow. She will be a full-time stay at home dog mommy. Lucky her.

  • brandon_wbrandon_w
    Posts: 3433
    Brad that sounds like exactly what would happen if I sent Nemo to a dog camp or daycare.  Not all dogs are built for it.  Spitz breeds play rough (some dogs rougher than others of course) and like you said, when they don't get what they want, they get frustrated and things escalate.  A bit of a bummer that Ahi can't go play, but better for her in the long run for sure.
  • MommyofNikoMommyofNiko
    Posts: 2728


    Brad you just reminded me that I am mad at Jen!!!

    Niko has had many of time outs in daycare because she can get too rough when playing.  The little dogs just dont play as hard and the daycare doesnt trust us that she can handle the big dogs!



    How dare they discriminate the Shikoku?? 

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

In this Discussion

Who's Online (1)