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Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by Shineillusion, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. Shineillusion

    Shineillusion New Member

    Hello everyone. I've just become a member, and have been busy viewing posts, and offering a few comments. More to come.

    But a bit about me. Currently I'm working as a pet groomer, mostly dogs, a few cats, and the occasional small animal, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. I also groom birds.

    Over the years I've explored a variety of careers, including vet tech (it doesn't pay as well as grooming), chiropractic assistant (insurance companies are devils to deal with), post master relief (governmental agencies are also devils to deal with), and more. I'm also a certified veterinary nutritional consultant.

    I've bred and shown miniature smooth dachshunds and bull terriers. How's that for a combination? I've also handled many other breeds at shows. I currently own a longhaired standard dachshund who is a therapy dog, and is in training for obedience competition. I like to say he's a genius, but I suppose I'm biased. He's definately one smart little guy, though.

    My roommate is a behavioral psychologist who works with 'problem puppies' in behavior modification and training. Her behavioral training has helped me a great deal in my obedience endeavors. The most important thing I've learned is training through problem solving rather than conditioned response training. So you'll probably be reading some responses on training that may sound a bit odd, but trust me, the techniques work, the results can be spectacular, and they're fast.

    I like big words and speak pretty much like I write. And I have a tendency to bloviate, so responses will typically be long. I also have a wicked sense of humor.
  2. someday

    someday New Member

    This is a great place to learn and share ideas. I look forward to reading your posts! Oh yes, you must post pictures of your pups...we're crazy for pictures. :D
  3. nern

    nern New Member

    Welcome to the forum! :D
  4. goob

    goob New Member

    The bull and Dachs combo isn't as strange as you'd think :lol:

    We have a couple APBTs (not quite the same as BTs, but their heritage is similar), as well as a mini Dachs. I've been a bully person for years, but the evil hot dog (as she's generally known) has taken me in with her big personality, and I have the feeling there'll be more in my life :shock: My aunt officially signed the Dachs over to me on x-mas (after the dog's lived with us for 6 yrs, long story), so hopefully I'll be trialing her in obedience and tracking sometime in the not so distant future. Would be more than happy to hear about some of your experiences with your boy, as I've ran into a few snags along the way with Annie.
  5. Aqueous

    Aqueous New Member


    As someday mentioned already we'd all love to see pics. I've always said that once I move out my next dog was going to be a bull terrier, I love those guys!
  6. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    Welcome to our little family! I look forward to hearing about your training methods.
  7. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    welcome! and do looking forward to conversations and recommendations

    whata a certified vetinary nutrtiional consultant. Do you work with vets and guiding them in nutrition or do they recommoned you and you are independant?

  8. elizavixen

    elizavixen New Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    My brother has a little mini-dachsund. The thing pees everywhere when she gets excited. lol.

    I am a grad student here in SC. Not currently employed. Probably never will be b/c I suck at interviews. Thinking I may open up my own business - a dog food business in my hometown b/c there currently isn't one. That is just a dream though.

    I have 1 dog, Indiana, a male St. Bernard. He is about 16 mos old or so. He is big but very sweet but also very bad. Obedience training is coming along very slowly with him. He has ADD/ADHD I have decided. Among other things. But we get along good. I also have a cat. Punk. He is missing an eye and quite a few teeth (long story). I recently lost my other St. Bernard, Samantha, the greatest dog in the world in November. I am contemplating becoming a foster home. Still deciding on that though. I would like another dog but I don't have any time for any more problems so....not sure what to do.

    Ok. I think I have rambled enough.
  9. Dukesdad

    Dukesdad New Member

    Sounds like you will be a great contributor and we all love a wicked sense of humor. I can see we will all have to keep a dictionary handy also. :D
    blo·vi·ate (blō'vē-āt')
    intr.v. Slang., -at·ed, -at·ing, -ates.
    To discourse at length in a pompous or boastful manner:
  10. Nik

    Nik New Member

    lol, good one Dukesdad, thanks :y_the_best:

    Welcome aboard... see what I did there?
  11. HereinDecatur

    HereinDecatur New Member

    welcome! Looking forward to reading your posts! I also worked in a animal grooming salon back in the early 90's for awhile.
  12. abbeys-mom

    abbeys-mom New Member

    Welcome to the forum!!!

    I have a grooming question for you, I will post shortly.

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