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Cindy and Raine Training Agility

Cindy and Raine Agility Training

Cindy's dog Rush is recovering from a leg injury, so she decided to take Raine, our 6 year old female Malinois, back to agility classes. This video is the first time Raine has done agility in 3 years. Who says dogs don't have a great memory?

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Dog Bite

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Warning: these photos are very graphic!

We are always looking for photos of people who have been bitten by their dogs while trying to break up a dog fight. If you send us photos and the story on how the accident happened we will put them on our website with the hope that your mistakes will help other people realize how dangerous it is to try and break up a dog fight the wrong way.

Dog Bite:

Hello my name is Tanya. I have a 2 year old Jack Russell who bit me and thought these photos may help. I am including a letter that I have sent out to people and rescue homes so that you can have a better idea of my situation, incase you wish to use my photos.
Any questions, please feel free to email me back.


Hello everyone. I hope this finds you all well.
About 3 weeks ago, my boyfriend Jay and I adopted a beautiful 2 year old female and spayed Jack Russell named Sassy. Sassy also just received her distemper and rabies shots and just started her heart guard pill and we treated her with Frontline Plus.  

Sassy's previous owner claimed that Sassy was his niece's dog and that his niece went off to college so she had to give her up. He never told us that she had an aggression problem. Once we found out that Sassy did have an aggression problem, we tried to contact the previous owner immediately and he would not return our calls. Although our Sassy has this problem, she is also a very sweet and smart dog! Jay's cousin is a former trainer, and together, they have been training her and have had great success. Sassy is a great walker and she loves to play. She is already well into her first few commands.  The problem is that she is also a random biter. This wouldn't be the end of the world, as we believe that all animals deserve a fare chance and it takes dedication and time to help an aggressive little Jack. Our issue is that it's not just us in the house, we also have my 15 year old daughter who lives with us and we can NOT take a chance with her safety or anyone else's! All we want is for Sassy to have a chance with people that know what  her special needs are and that may be able to help her find a good life in a loving environment. If you can please help us!  Jay and I are prepared to do everything in our power to make this happen. If any of you know any NON KILL rescue homes or anyone who is willing to adopt her who is aware of her issues and does NOT have children, then please get back to us as soon as possible. We would be greatly appreciate it.

Much love- Tanya and Jason

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Question: One my dogs licks excessively after she eats to the point that her belly swells. What would you suggest?

First I want you to know how much I enjoy your website.  Lots of good info and quality products. I have a problem I hope you can help me with. I have been feeding raw for almost a year. I feed chicken quarters, chicken liver, venison, pork, and raw eggs. Recently one of my dogs has started licking excessively after she eats. It looks like she is licking the end of her nose or the roof of her mouth. Sometimes she licks so much her belly swells. You can see her deflate when she burps. This is scaring me. I don't know why she is doing this or what to do about it. I considered taking her to the vet,  but she will say it's the diet I'm feeding and probably prescribe special food. I feel a raw diet is best and don't want to have to put her on kibble. Any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated.


Cindy's Response:

What breed of dog is this and how old is she? Do you feed whole leg quarters and other animal parts or do you grind her food?  Does she eat very quickly and gulp her food? 

Cindy Rhodes

More Info:

Thank you for your quick response. She is a 3 year old lab/golden mix and a therapy dog. I feed twice a day. Boneless in the am which she eats quickly, but I don't think she's a gulper.  In the pm she gets a whole leg quarter and organ.  She eats this meal slower than my other dog, but they both eat pretty quick. I really appreciate this.


Cindy's Response:

Does she do the licking after every meal, or do you notice a pattern to it (like only when she gets eggs or chicken or beef)?  She may have a sensitivity to a specific protein, which would upset her stomach and cause her to lick, which may cause her to swallow air.  Keep a diary of when she does this and what she eats.

I’d also maybe try giving her completely ground meals to see if that helps.  I think I’d also try a dish like this with ground meals, to see if slowing her eating down somewhat makes a difference.

This is kind of like a guessing game, where you need to rule things out and see if adding or subtracting different variables makes a difference.  I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health.


Question: We have 5 dogs and are thinking about adding a 6th. Can this puppy be added to our household?


I found your site and felt compelled to reach out.  I had 6 dogs. All of my dogs are neutered or spayed and rescues. My oldest, a female German/Rotti mix died from Degenerative Myleopathy at the age of 9 1/2 in November (3 months ago). She was the only one that could deal with the American bulldog. He started urinating in the house after her death. We took him for tests, but the vet said he is healthy-but depressed. I recently began interacting with a Golden Retriever female puppy that was for sale thinking she has a docile temperament that could work with the bulldog. My husband surprised me with her yesterday. I made him return her.

The thing is I am afraid. We have a blind female Newfoundland that is sweet with the other dogs but afraid in general. Our other 4 are males  have issues with each other. The Dane/pit mix and American bulldog have engaged in horrible fights. For the past two years, after a horrible fight, we do not allow them to have contact with each other. The Saint/Sharpei mix, who was also blind but had cataract surgery, and the Pit/Dobie mix, who is really mentally retarded b/c his former owners threw him out a second story window to kill him which resulted in severe neurological damage, ganged up on the American bulldog (when my husband stepped outside for a moment and someone had knocked on the door during that time) and sent him to the hospital. It cost 9000 to save his life. Now, no male dog is to be left with the bulldog. This has been the rule for the past 2 years as well. When we are home, we can have all the dogs, except the Dane and bulldog interact, but when we aren't home, everyone is separated!

I know the dynamics here are precarious. The three boys and the Newf interact reasonably well, BUT a fight is always possible-especially if one of them has caught a rodent.  I have an air horn for these situations. The American bulldog has a personality that is loving but fresh. He doesn't want to start problems, as the Dane does, BUT he conducts himself in a way that is unacceptable. He is always standing with his groin in the other dogs' faces and even tries it with me. When I try to move him away from me, he is quick to try to bite my face-as he does with the dogs which is why they don't tolerate him. Although I love him, I don't enjoy him. Last night, he was amping up with the Golden puppy and we had to keep disciplining him. We are aware that he is fresh but all the discipline in the world (nothing abusive) doesn't seem to be able to correct it. As sweet as the Golden is, I don't think it would be fair to her or the pack to bring her in. My husband says that I am being a drama queen and it can be done. I think the dynamics here are already compromised and enough is enough.

Can the sweet puppy be added or should the line be drawn?

Thanks for the time you spent reading this.

With happiness,

Cindy's Response:

I think adding a puppy to this situation would be very difficult and not something I would recommend.

Until the dogs you have now behave perfectly, why would you want to add more stress and chaos to the environment? I’d give all your dogs a crash course in pack structure, especially the Dane and AB. 

Start with our groundwork program and Pack Structure for the Family Pet.

I’d also recommend Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs.

We also have a number of eBooks, which include topics that may help you. 

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more information on this topic, see our Q&A on Adding a New Dog.


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