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The way the dog was treated and handled was not okay.  When a dog says "no" that emphatically you don't force him unless it's to save his life (like pushing him out of the emergency exit of a plane that's about to sink in the ocean).  If the dog won't jump in to reach his trainer, already in the water, then the water is too rough for him to handle.  A leader goes first to lead by example.  I get a dog who doesn't want to go into the water after a toy, then I go in and encourage him to follow.  The fact that he got pushed under is proof the dog was correct in his assessment.  The handler shoving him in is an Equus africanus asinus.  I would never have allowed it to happen to one of my dogs.

I won't be going to see that film.
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I can see how an average Joe could look at that video and think "ABUSE!" The commentary from the person shooting the video didn't really help when he was mentioning having to just throw the dog in. I honestly feel bad for the dog myself, I agree a ramp may have been better, or a dog more willing to swim in churning water could have helped the situation.

On the other hand PETA are extremists, and the thought of them protesting theaters is scary. Especially for any SD handlers wanting to go see it. Verbal abuse and taunts is not a good way to get your message across.
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http://globalnews.ca/news/3199162/peta-plans-on-staging-protests-at-a-dogs-purpose-screenings/

Article appears to be copyrighted so no quotes.

Basic gist is that TMZ leaked a video of a GSD being forced into a pool full of turbulent water to film a scene and PETA dislikes that. The dog was submerged at one point and the filming was paused to assist the dog.

I don't see a fearful dog. I see an unwilling dog, and an uncomfortable dog but not a fearful or abused dog. I don't think he/she should've been forced off the side of the pool (a ramp would've been much better) and maybe they could've cast a different dog that was more willing to swim in churning waters for that scene, but I don't think this constitutes abuse.

PETA and other animal right's activist groups will allegedly be "taunting" those who buy tickets and enter the theater so those with sensitivities to verbal abuse should beware. Please be especially careful if you're in a big city and planning to see this movie with a SD. They may target you and your dog going into the theater and have time to prepare an ambush of you coming out.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by ember on January 20, 2017, 09:56:51 AM »
That's a great idea! Thank you. We're driving to training tonight, so I'll try it.

Max is 11 months old.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by snow0160 on January 20, 2017, 09:48:22 AM »
When I started training my rat terrier (not my SDiT), the trainer talked about car sickness, especially in puppies, and gave us instructions on how to do a deep ear massage (near the base of the ear) that supposedly helps to kind of trigger pressure points to reduce nausea.  Kind of like folks who tap behind their ears to reduce nausea.  Anyway, can't think of what it's called, but I'm sure if you google doggie ear massage car sickness or something like that you can find it.  I think it falls in the category of "can't hurt, might help."

This is good advice.  I really do think puppy stomachs are less strong just like little kids. How old is your dog?
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by Cocoajensen on January 19, 2017, 11:08:39 PM »
When I started training my rat terrier (not my SDiT), the trainer talked about car sickness, especially in puppies, and gave us instructions on how to do a deep ear massage (near the base of the ear) that supposedly helps to kind of trigger pressure points to reduce nausea.  Kind of like folks who tap behind their ears to reduce nausea.  Anyway, can't think of what it's called, but I'm sure if you google doggie ear massage car sickness or something like that you can find it.  I think it falls in the category of "can't hurt, might help."
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by ember on January 19, 2017, 10:29:54 PM »
I had him at work this evening before dinner, so there wasn't much in his stomach, but he did vomit it up, poor guy.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by snow0160 on January 19, 2017, 10:18:40 PM »
Lucky had a few vomiting accidents when he was a young puppy.  I made an extension for him in the backseat so he can be fully stretched out like in the back of an SUV.  He was scared of riding in cars in the beginning but now loves it. I used to be afraid of having him not being able to pass the public access test--specifically the car portion but now when I say "up", he jumps in without hesitation.  I think it can be caused by fear/ anxiety, feeding too close to the car ride, or car sickness.  I know my dad takes Dramamine for car sickness. Dramamine is Dimenhydrinate, which is basically Benedryl and you can give it to your dog for long car rides.   I am what to do about a service dog since you need them to be alert after a short car ride.  Perhaps at lower dosages, it would not cause them to be drowsy.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by ember on January 19, 2017, 09:04:41 PM »
It's food.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Car sickness?
« Last post by Kirsten on January 19, 2017, 08:02:22 PM »
When he throws up, what does he throw up?  Is it clear, white, or yellow?  Is it foamy?  Does it contain food or just clear-ish liquid?
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