|It's not a dumb question! I think they all start out as black and white then most turn. I thought they all turned gray but we have a 1 year old sheepie-girl that is still black and white. http://www.pomeroys.com/EmmaDarby/AboutU196.jpg So I guess some turn and some don't.
I hate to use the chemicals on our dogs but everytime we add a new sheepie we have found they've had fleas. So we've used Frontline on the ADULTS... on the puppies we used a spray from the vet specifically for puppies. I can't remember the name. Maybe someone else here does?
Congrats on your new pup!
|Thanks, I just saw you're from Michigan..So am I..Do you know of any good dog parks? Also on your puppy the spray took care of it? Im just worried because he has SOOO Much hair.|
|bsbgirly43 where in Michigan are you?
I'm in Redford and Bentley & I go to the dog park on Hines Drive near Merriman Road.
I know there are others in the metro Detroit area - Jill - where is the one you & Clyde go to?
|We don't have any dog parks here... people have been trying to convince the city to designate an area for one. Are you from up north or down south?
Don't let all that hair scare you We had to treat 3 oes puppies that we purchased. All 3 came from Texas where the fleas are fierce. I'm sure the instructions will be different depending upon the product you use... with the spray we used, I had my husband hold the little stinkers while I sprayed the mist on them. I started at the neck and parted the fur in layers as I sprayed. I sprayed just enough to get them damp then let them dry. I covered their faces with a towel so they wouldn't breath it or get it in their eyes. I then put also some of the repellant on my gloved hands and worked my fingers through the fur on their heads/faces. It took care of the all of the fleas for us. We have only treated our dogs when we brought a new one in because that one always had fleas. Otherwise, we don't use the product.
|Well I'm kind of all over the place right now. My house is in Howell..You probably don't know where that is..But I go to Eastern Michigan so thats Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area and I have an apartment in Jackson. Im not sure where you are..? Redford...is that near Troy? Theres a good dogpark in Howell but its way out of the way...but im looking for something between Howell and Jackson...Ypsi or Ann Arbor would be good or even Lansing (my dad and brother live there)|
|I'm in the Northwestern part so I'm way across the state from you. You might be able to contact some trainers, pet stores like PetSmart or maybe the Chamber of Commerce?? to see if they know of one closer to you. Sorry I'm not of much help.|
|We go to the one in Pleasant Ridge, which is right by the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak if that helps for a landmark. It's right across the freeway but you have to pay for mine. It's cheap but requires a passcard to get in. It's to keep the riff-raff out. Just kidding, they want to do a bunch of improvements and that's where the money is supposed to go.
You should have no problem finding one in Ann Arbor though:
|Thanks for the link, Have you ever been to the one in Ann Arbor? I have never heard of that one before!|
|There's one in Howell at 230 Norlyn Drive called E-Z Dog Park, 6 fenced acres so it's off leash. Look on www.doggeek.com for more info. Welcome to another Michigander/ian Someone else here is moving to Howell, she's getting her puppy in December I think.|
|I just found a park in Lake Orion on Joslyn Rd, they have swimming in the lake for dogs Might be a good place for a Michigan picnic next year.|
|I would recommend Advantage flea control drops to get rid of the fleas quickly.|
|No, it's a bit too far for me (especially since I have a park pretty much in my backyard!) but I know the regular parks in Ann Arbor are well kept and nice.
I find that with dog parks, it's not the facility so much that I care about-- it doesn't have to be super fancy or anything special-- the important thing to me is the atmosphere of the park and how people interact with the dogs as well as how they let the dogs interact with each other. I've been to some parks where people freak out if they dogs even walk too close to one another and, God forbid, a dog humps, that dog is immediately blackballed as aggressive. I went to a park once where Clyde was trying to get a little Westie to run so he could chase him (at our regular park, he has a Westie buddy he always does this with). He barked once at the dog and started running around him, all excited, and the Westie's owner ran over, scooped up his dog and told me I needed to control my dog before he "hurt someone." He went to the corner of the park, put his dog up on a picnic table and wouldn't let the dog down. The worst part was, the dog wanted to play with Clyde, it was the owner that didn't want him to!
I've been to some parks where people freak out if they dogs even walk too close to one another and, God forbid, a dog humps, that dog is immediately blackballed as aggressive.
I remember taking my second puppy to an obedience class years ago and one of the altered dogs was constantly trying to hump her. I remember how horrified I was I didn't know they were simply being... well... DOGS! And they played rough too with all this growling and stuff! Yeah... I was very uninformed. A lot of people just don't understand dog behavior let alone sheepie behavior. And they're afraid that Foo-Foo will get hurt.
I just KNOW that if I took any of my girls to a dog park I'd be expelled. Not that my sheepies are mean, they just play different. The love to chase/herd is very evident. I wonder why that is? Gotta keep looking for some acreage near by...
|Can you get the advantage flea control drops at any pet store? I have found the basic shampoos arn't really working. Is there somewhere else I need to go to get them? Or do groomers do that?|
|You have to get advantage from the vet.|
I just found a park in Lake Orion on Joslyn Rd, they have swimming in the lake for dogs Might be a good place for a Michigan picnic next year.
That's the good one I kept talking about. Someone told me that the fencing is questionable though so I wanted to just take Clyde the first time to check since he won't run.
Holly, did you say you're home this weekend? Maybe you, Jil and I could give it a try. Jil and I have set up several dates to go and we just haven't made it yet!
|Just happened across this online. I manage a website that might answer a lot of these questions: www.detroitdogparks.com
|Hey, how about THAT?!!
Now THAT's Customer Service! Bring the links to you!
|That's very handy to have around. Thanks!
I think that might be newer because I was looking for something similar last year online (a listing of all parks) and nothing existed. This is great!
|Thanks Shelly Jill, the one in Clinton Twp is by the court, when you go out to your Mom's we should try that one, the Mt Clemens one is by the jail.|
|I've been to the Mt. Clemens one a few times. James's mom likes to take Buddy there. There seems to be a lot of poo there because people don't pick up very responsibly. It's nice though-- benches, trees and a little playground.|
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