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post #11 of 16 Old 05-08-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for your insights... I had no idea just what being a pointer really meant. I personally really do think he would be better off on a farm, but as they would never let him go, no matter how miserable three of them are, we are back at square one.

I've just recently moved here to Cape Town, and my horses won't be joining me for some time, I can't really offer to take him along on long trails alongside a trotting horse. I really can't do much at all!

David was taking Louis to specialized pointer training classes, but due to his work/traveling, went inconsistently, and apparently Louis fell behind do much, and was so disruptive, that he was actually asked to leave.

Callie does not take him to any training/classes at all. Perhaps to do so would be the advice I should give her?

Would a quiet second dog be the hugest mistake, considering their lack of space anyway?? I don't think they could afford another one though. And they very much live in the city, I am afraid.
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A friend's son was in the US and called to say he wanted to get a rescue greyhound off the track. I warned his mother about how these dogs live and how little they know except to chase the fake bunny. I also told her about long daily cycling trips to keep the dog exercised. Her son moved out and refused to take the dog. I'd suggested prior to the dog's arrival that they build a large containment unit for when they go out as this is what the dogs were accustomed to. Ah poor dog, no heart to crate it and they came home to find their living room furniture in shreds.
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I see the common theme here is the dog needs exercise by the bucket full which is no doubt true. I realize you said your friend is strapped for cash at the moment but, assuming it is not practical for your friend to do it, is there anyway they could hire a neighbourhood kid with good endurance and a bicycle to take him out for a good long stretch of the legs on a daily or every other day basis?
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Would sufficient exercise root out the problem of the dog's separation anxiety? Or is that an issue that should be addressed simultaneously?
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-08-2013, 11:53 PM
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Would sufficient exercise root out the problem of the dog's separation anxiety? Or is that an issue that should be addressed simultaneously?
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I think you have a whole bucket load of things going on here -

- not enough 'working' exercise
- not enough brain utilisation
- an owner without the ability to differentiate between human emotions and dog behaviours

The dog and owner would probably both benefit for the lady owner going out on these big proposed bike rides. Exercise is good for depression, and a regime of required excercise should be good for her.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #16 of 16 Old 05-09-2013, 09:04 AM
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Like everyone else said. This is a working dog who needs honest to goodness work. My motto is "A tired dog is a good dog", this goes for puppies and all working breeds. They live to work.

I never will understand why people want to have working dogs in a 2 bedroom apartment with no yard and crated all day. Sure, there are exceptions to the breed.

I do think a second dog would help. But they should go to the shelter and find an older, calmer companion dog that is use to being inside. The last thing they need is another 6 month old pointer.

FWIW, this is just coming from someone who wouldn't be sad if she never had a dog under a year old.
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