Okay, so I have my new SDiT here...Shimmy, a standard poodle. Bred by a friend of mine on the flyball team...I tested the litter, and picked this one as the SD. (she's in training for a friend who currently has a Standard poodle SD that will be retiring in the next year or so)
Anyway. I got the list of instructions and what she knows. There was a warning saying that she likes to drink excessively and then throw up. So she's tethered for now, so she can be with me, but not near the water bowls, as I have three big water bowls down for the six dogs and six cats in the house. It's not an option to put the water up...so I'll have to control the poodle puppy instead.
She's 5 months old, and of normal energy level for a puppy of this age.
She's quite well trained, and knows many things despite her young age.
The thing is...another friend has one of her littermates...Mia. I picked Mia out of the litter for the performance pick. She's with my friend as a potential breeding female, and as HER performance dog (her mini poodle is very straight in the back legs...). She ALSO has the habit of drinking large quantities of water and then throwing up. We have to keep her out of my kitchen when they come over to play.
Now, they're both out of the same female...who apparently doesn't have the water problem...but the dam's SISTER (who is with another friend of mine...she was also a potential breeding female that got spayed instead) has the same problem...she's 6 now and will still drink an entire bowl of water and throw up. She also has to be kept out of the kitchen when she's visiting.
Can this sort of thing be passed down genetically...is this a problem with something internally, or is this just a bad habit learned because water was given sparingly for housebreaking or something?
"I don't have any idea if my dogs respect me or not, but they're greedy and I have their stuff." -- Patty Ruzzo
"Dogs don't want to control people. They want to control their own lives." --John Bradshaw