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The Place Command

The Place Command

One of the common training questions that we receive is "How do we teach our dogs to position themselves between out legs when we call or whistle for them?" In this short training video, Jeff shows you how to teach the 'Place' command.

February 27, 2012 | 4 Minutes, 23 Seconds

Leerburg Q&A

Question: I just got a new puppy and after a few days and switching to raw, she has started to itch a lot. What do you think this could be? How long do you think I should keep her on this food to see if it is the problem?

Hello,

I recently got a french bulldog puppy. She was picked up from the airport on Sunday night, she was perfectly healthy and went to the vet the next day, he also said she was perfect. She did not itch or have any skin issues other than a little dander. I fed her the last of her food they sent Monday and Tuesday I started her on raw. She has eaten mainly chicken necks and meat from leg quarter with a little yogurt, just enough to get her to eat her digestive enzymes and probiotics. She has had no issues with stool, all normal firm and no throwing up and acting great, but Wednesday night she itched herself a little. Then last night, Thurday night, she started itching a lot and this morning she is still itchy. I have read from the books from your site this could be detoxing. What do you think? She is 4 and half months old and had chicken in her kibble so I don't think it could be an allergy to chicken. How long do you think I should keep her on this food to see if it is the problem?

Thanks,
Casey

Cindy's Response:

What’s her vaccine history? My guess is that it’s more likely from the stress of going to a new home and possibly vaccines.

Either way, I’d start her on a course of D’toxifier.

Cindy Rhodes

More Information:

She got her last shot and rabies on Saturday, the day before she flew to us. She had her other two sets of puppy shots, but I'm not sure of the exact dates. I have not gotten an email back from her breeder with them. Can she have a reaction 4 days after it was given? I would think it would be sooner. If the itching is from stress should it just get better after a few days?

Thanks,
Casey

Cindy's Response:

Dogs can react for months after a vaccine. The stress of being vaccinated and then leaving home, then flying in a plane is enough to suppress anyone’s immune system. In my opinion it’s too stressful to vaccinate a puppy and then just days later put them on a plane. At 4 ½ months she’s probably also starting to lose her baby teeth (another physically taxing event for a pup).

I’d go with the D’toxifier and I WOULD not vaccinate this puppy again. I’m glad you switched her to raw, that’s going to help her a lot in the long run. Just give the d’toxifier at bedtime (for her size it won’t be much).

I’d recommend these books on vaccines, Vaccine Guide for Dogs & Cats and Shock to the System.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

Thanks:

Thank you, I will do that. Also, I did do a search for the words itching and detox but it didn't show me anything related to what I was looking for so thanks for answering my question. The only shots I do when I get a dog is the one year shot and rabies even though by law were suppose to do it every 3 years. I haven't done so with my older dogs, Boxers, that are now 6 and 7. Both have never been sick or to the vet in their life, except when they got sick from a bag of premium dog food, Natural Balance. That is when I went to raw and never looked back. I am hoping to continue with the good health with my Frenchies and I thank you for your site and all the work you put into it. I have found more good info on your site than all other places online put together!

Casey

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on Leerburg's What Would I do if Attacked by a Dog? article

You are so on-the-mark on how to handle a dog attack. Yesterday, we walked our small terrier (on a leash) and suddenly a pitbull-ish type dog appeared ahead and started towards us. My husband picked up our dog and the other dog tried to get at our dog. I always carry a BIG STICK (SAWED OFF BROOMSTICK) and PEPPER SPRAY on any walk, and they (AS YOU SUGGEST) REALLY HELPED. In the excitement, I forgot about the spray but pounded the stick on the pavement to scare this dog, then as he kept trying to get to our dog, I raised the stick in the air to appear more menacing. This went on for some time as we slowly moved forward to get back home. The twist of the story is that a a good samaritan in a Mercedes stopped and saw our situation and persuaded the dog to chase his car away from us, allowing us to quickly retreat back home. Husband got a sprained ankle when the dog knocked him over as he clutched our little dog, but I feel we are lucky, and the aggressor, who was determined to get our dog, spared us.

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