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Old 08-23-2018, 11:18 PM
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hi, so glad she is doing better, ahh yea its easier to see how she's using the bent feet in the photos. My dog uses her feet like I use my hands & does that too, she also uses her mouth as I use my hand. Maybe she didnt like the ear washing, dogs can be weird about their ears being cleaned! She's got really expressive eyes & she is giving you some looks alright! haha I've never had a moody dog, I guess that's just her way of letting you know how she feels. The paw on you in the first one with the eyes does look like asking. Does her owner know what she wants? Does she do it to him? You could suggest a few things to her when she does it, like when mine does it, it's to get my attention & she wags her tail fast to say yes when I suggest right. Or try showing her things like toy, treat, lead, hubby on the phone, & see her reaction. It could be all of those & more. Yeah Fresh is best is what my dog thinks about food.
She just hates water on her. Even if I don't wash the ears. Did a baking soda rub on just her undercoat and washed off with water, she didn't like it either. The hubby is a workaholic and doesn't spend as much time with her as before.

It could be the belly rub or she wants to play-mouth which I am still trying to correct. No idea why she likes it so much with me when she doesn't even do it to the hub. I gave her treats that day too, but she doesn't do too much liver. Grain/gluten free bread scraps is her favourite.
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There's reasons why your dog doesn't like these things so I suggest not doing them or changing the way you do them. Personally I don't use baking soda or flea shampoo, I dont spray her or use a hose, waters not too hot or cold. I make it an enjoyable experience & she's ok with it. She is not moody. Dogs don't get moody for no reason.
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Dogs definitely can be sensitive and moody! The first picture of her putting her paw on your arm is something my current dog does all the time. He'll just randomly put his paw in my hand or wrap it slightly around my arm or put it on my leg. For him he wants something, attention of I'm ignoring him, he could want reassurance if we're in a stressful getting, he usually wants treats or a belly or chest rub.
He's not shy he rolls over and puts his paw on my hand and pulls it toward his belly or chest then holds it there and won't let go lol. But he only lets me and people he knows and trusts do that. Strangers he leans on their legs and asks for butt scratches, which he never asks me for.
He hates water too. Won't play in or drink from the fountain or sprinkler in the dog park, won't go out if it's raining or snowing, I can hold him to hose him but he hates it.
He's got the very expressive eyes and face and gives me the tortured guilt tripping look complete with the dramatic sigh for any little thing. People at the park laugh at us all the time. He'll misbehave, like ignoring me calling him and go bark at a stranger or chase a rat and I'll say leave it and call him. If he ignored me I'll say ok no can which means dry food only for dinner. That gets him racing back full force, yes he understands he knows what cans are and gets very excited. But he looks at me like I'm the worst most abusive person in the universe.
Sometimes he goes and sulks and won't eat and stays alone in another room. Then happily eats and is happy wagging again when I call him and cajole him with belly rubs and Pat's and lots of attention.

Very moody. And very sensitive, that's just the nature of some dogs, much more than others. I've never had a moody dog before so it was an adjustment. Ive had a moody horse for almost 22 years but due to their size people don't spay female horses since it's major abdominal surgery on a thousand pound animal and risky so hormones make them moody. Understandable.
Treats, praise, playing their favorite games, attention, petting favorite spots, usually help moodiness.
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Dogs definitely can be sensitive and moody! The first picture of her putting her paw on your arm is something my current dog does all the time. He'll just randomly put his paw in my hand or wrap it slightly around my arm or put it on my leg. For him he wants something, attention of I'm ignoring him, he could want reassurance if we're in a stressful getting, he usually wants treats or a belly or chest rub.
He's not shy he rolls over and puts his paw on my hand and pulls it toward his belly or chest then holds it there and won't let go lol. But he only lets me and people he knows and trusts do that. Strangers he leans on their legs and asks for butt scratches, which he never asks me for.
He hates water too. Won't play in or drink from the fountain or sprinkler in the dog park, won't go out if it's raining or snowing, I can hold him to hose him but he hates it.
He's got the very expressive eyes and face and gives me the tortured guilt tripping look complete with the dramatic sigh for any little thing. People at the park laugh at us all the time. He'll misbehave, like ignoring me calling him and go bark at a stranger or chase a rat and I'll say leave it and call him. If he ignored me I'll say ok no can which means dry food only for dinner. That gets him racing back full force, yes he understands he knows what cans are and gets very excited. But he looks at me like I'm the worst most abusive person in the universe.
Sometimes he goes and sulks and won't eat and stays alone in another room. Then happily eats and is happy wagging again when I call him and cajole him with belly rubs and Pat's and lots of attention.

Very moody. And very sensitive, that's just the nature of some dogs, much more than others. I've never had a moody dog before so it was an adjustment. Ive had a moody horse for almost 22 years but due to their size people don't spay female horses since it's major abdominal surgery on a thousand pound animal and risky so hormones make them moody. Understandable.
Treats, praise, playing their favorite games, attention, petting favorite spots, usually help moodiness.
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It's actually my leg. She tends to paw me/touch my leg/arm or give me those emotional looks when I'm busy on my phone and she touches my phone out of curiosity as well. However I think she is not used to be yet as I am only her caregiver. She is my husband's dog. However she is a cross between different breeds (her parentage has 4 or more), of which her 2 dominant breeds are "will breeds" so she has quite a temperament. What some people call dramatic. She needs time to settle, so by the second day she was back to her normal self. She is very happy to see me these few days though and will lick me and give me a "submissive grin".

@[email protected] just testing out something I read on the net. No way am I going to use the peroxide so just trying out the safest for her. I know her fur is turning reddish-brown because of the sun, but just seeing if it will bring back her actual, original colour. Not going to bother about it anymore.

There are some dogs who hate showers too. Maybe she is not used to it or the pin brush as the owner hardly showers her, poor thing. I heard once a month is good, but some do it even lesser.
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