Pets

Old Trainer

How to derail your dog’s train of thought

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We wrote you last spring about Yip, our 18-month old Lab. He was impossible on the leash until I followed your advice about making him sit and look at me every time he went wild. Now, when he acts up, I make him sit and he behaves perfectly. What I don’t understand is why. Would you please explain why the training process works so well?

Pets

What’s the deal with C-sections?

Well, I’m not sure who delivered the first baby of the New Year, but I got to deliver the first puppies! Three little girls, all delivered by cesarean section. Happy New Year! And preceding them was yet another C-section, safely delivering 10 – yes, 10 – puppies to a young mother dog, Zoey, who weighed only 26 pounds before she got pregnant. Wowzers!

Old Trainer

Dog’s submissive urination issues can be fixed

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Sadie, a 1-year-old mixed breed – the vet says golden and Aussie probably – showed up at our door last fall. She is so sweet we adopted her and we love her. The problem is she urinates when any human approaches her. If I leave for any reason she does it when I return. What causes this problem and how do we deal with it?

Pets

The Lost Turkey

Sooner or later a turkey is bound to fall off the truck. I don’t know how it happens nor why it seems to occur only at this time of year (turkey production is no longer seasonal), but there you have it.

Old Trainer

Will my dog sink in the snow?

DEAR OLD TRAINER: We are going to Tahoe for Christmas. My dog is Mitzi and is short. I can’t remember what kind she is, but she is short. I am afraid Mitzi will sink in the snow and I can’t find her. My dad said to ask you if Mitzi will be OK. I don’t want to go if Mitzi will sink. I am 10 and might not be able to find her.

Pets

Pets of the Week

Merced County Animal Shelter: 2150 Shuttle Drive, Atwater. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Open 10 a.m. through 3p.m. Saturdays. Adoption fees for pet of the week are $35 for dogs and $15 for cats. If an animal is adopted before the newspaper comes out Saturday, another animal can be chosen in its place. For more information, call 209-385-7436.

Old Trainer

Keeping your dogs in shape

DEAR OLD TRAINER: Rebar is a year-old border collie/blue heeler mix. I just started him on Frisbee. I’ve been told Frisbee is hard on them because of the high jumping and landing. Is Rebar too young for Frisbee? My last dog was the same mix and he caught a Frisbee and lived to be 19?

Pets

Mac the mountain lion presents a mystery at Applegate Zoo

You would think that making a hotel reservation in San Francisco 10 months in advance might guarantee you would show up on the appointed day. You would think that by talking about this proposed trip to your fellow staff members, every day, all day, starting a week in advance, would promote your cause and that you would, indeed (for once), be on time. San Francisco isn’t that far away.

Old Trainer

Trust your dog’s instincts

DEAR OLD TRAINER: I work late, so I walk Layla, my Belgian shepherd, at midnight in a nearby park. We don’t usually see anyone and, if we do, Layla ignores them, but the other night a guy was walking toward us and Layla got between me and the guy and gave a long, mean growl with the hair on her back standing up and her fangs showing. I apologized, then scolded Layla, but she just kept snarling at the guy until he left. How do I train her not to growl?

Videos

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange

The Tuolumne River was flowing big just west of La Grange on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. A big storm heading into the Modesto-area and the Sierra foothills is likely to increase the river flow and also raise the chances of more water being released from Don Pedro Reservoir just to the east. (Brian Clark/bclark@modbee.com)
Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange 0:33

Tuolumne River flowing on a quiet Sunday near La Grange

Perfect attendance leads students down the red carpet 0:43

Perfect attendance leads students down the red carpet

Get a glimpse of the damage to Oroville Dam's main spillway after several days of running at 100,000 cubic feet per second 1:39

Get a glimpse of the damage to Oroville Dam's main spillway after several days of running at 100,000 cubic feet per second

Jasmine Xiong on Falcons' playoff win 2:04

Jasmine Xiong on Falcons' playoff win