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  • in reply to: Questions about sample collection and social media posting #5503

    hazel beeler
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    I FINALLY got Bear’s kit last week, and he was extremely uncooperative about the swabbing–the swab fell on the ground and the preservative spilled!! I noted this on the release form, so if that renders the sample useless, you won’t go to the expense of analyzing it. I gather I will eventually get a new kit for him if the sample is no good, but after waiting all that time, I am dismayed. Next time, I’ll make sure to have help holding that bouncy guy and keeping him under control.

    — Hazel

    in reply to: Interesting Behaviors #5450

    hazel beeler
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    Re dog that circles when on leash, thus tripping/tangling the person, basic obedience that teaches heeling should solve the problem, regardless of its original cause–the dog will learn to stay to your left.

    in reply to: amazed by the thinking process of my Labrador #5535

    hazel beeler
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    A long-ago Norfolk Terrier, Ace, did something that left my husband and me slack-jawed. He was painting the end of the house, and had a drop cloth spread across the width of the deck, with pieces of scrap lumber holding the outer edge down. Ace came trotting around the corner and onto the drop cloth, and we both told her “no” (we didn’t want her to step into paint splashes). She backed off carefully, and the next thing she did was cross the cloth by bounding from board to board, so she could get across without setting foot on the cloth. It was, my husband said, the sort of solution a literal-minded small child might have come up with. So what if border collies can remember gazillions of commands and names for objects? I think problem-solving is a major indication of intelligence. (And don’t get me started on all the delightful attributes of the late, great Ace.)

    in reply to: Interesting Behaviors #5432

    hazel beeler
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    I was surprised that smiling wasn’t on the behaviors list. I’ve had several dogs that smiled.

    — Hazel

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