Our 5 year old maremma was born with extremely cow hocked back legs. As he has grown, obviously a large dog due to breed, he has developed arthritis and has weakened muscles in his hips/legs. He currently has a series of steroid injections every 6 months for 4 weeks at a time and has pain meds in between if needed. He has also just started on 4cte for dogs. We have tried many different things like fish oil tabs etc, but nothing with too much success. We love our dog more than we can begin to express and will do anything to help him and prolong his time to what ever extent we can. We have seen some extremely treatments on the show for dogs who have completely lost the use of their back legs and wondered if there is anything more we can do/consider to help our dog?
I have a borderemma, maremma cross border collie, female, she is quite big and boisterous! Not sure the best age to get her desexed. I keep getting mixed information from breeders. She has the chracreristics and size of the maremma breed and only has the border collie exact markings.
I am currently trying to bond my 5 month old maremma pup with my chickens. While the coop is a bit too small to put her in with them, she does sit outside the coop and I let them out to free range as often as possible and she is with them. She is very interested in them and will often just sit with them and watch, but I am concerned that sometimes I find her picking them up and even shaking them. She even drags them around with their head in her mouth. I have been concerned several times that the chickens may be killed by her. I have been stopping this behavior as I am concerned that she may kill them and even develop a taste for it. Should I let this over "enthusiastic" behavior continue? Is this bonding? The chickens submit every time and seem quite accepting although I am not sure just how much "enthusiasm" they can take. I only let them out when someone is supervising.
I'm looking at getting a Maremma pup. I live in a rural area near the coast. I would like to take the pup walking on the beach and hopefully swimming, as it gets hot at the beach. Should I choose a different breed ? The dog needs to be social enough to cope with beach goers.