The reason that the dawgs get a wash down (or at least a good rinse) after each hunt and/or training session is not only to get them clean before coming back inside, and in the warmer months help to cool them down, but it also gives me the opportunity to check them thoroughly for burrs, thorns, cuts, etc. The 30" elevated shower base makes it easier on my back and lets me do a better job of examining while washing.
Rusty, our Labradoodle, is an unusually expressive dawg. He knows how to make his wants known and he frequently "talks" to me with body language ... seriously. Rusty is a "toucher" ... he likes to be up against Carol, me or one of the other two dawgs. Just light contact is often enough but if he wants something he'll paw lightly ... at first. If that doesn't get the message across, he'll paw with a little more emphasis and quietly grunt at the same time. If we ignore him he does "high 5s" and will bark!
Last night he taught me a new one. He laid on the floor next to where I was sitting and began pawing my right leg. I asked him what he wanted and he began gnawing on his right rear foot. I must have ignored him (in his opinion) because he pawed me again, barked and started to chew at his foot again. Light went on! I checked that foot and he reacted as if it was very tender. A brief probing and I found a small sand burr down in the pocket in the middle of the pad and toes. He wasn't able to remove it on his own and had been asking Daddy for help. Checking further, I found two more on other paws but apparently not causing him pain at least at that point.
This morning we'll check the dawgs more thoroughly and will do a property search where we train as I've never ever fond any sand burrs in the almost 7 years we've owned this property.
Yes, they do know how to get our attention.
HK does the same thing, especially as her mealtime approaches. She has done it one time when she had a tick where she couldn't get at it. She wasn't quite as specifc as Rusty in identifying the problem area, but she did get me to do a thorough body exam and I found the little bugger.
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
I love it when they let you know what they want so clearly! Good luck finding and rooting out the sand burrs, Jim!
Mine normally do that when they want food! I wish they would do it to signal distress!
Good boy Rusty.
Sand burrs are the worst!
What a smart pup Rusty is
That's the way to train Dad, Rusty! Good luck finding and getting rid of the sand burrs, Jim.
Jackie, Champ, and Buddy
What a smarty pants.
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