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Old 02-07-2014, 11:51 AM
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So, Ponyo backwards sneezes a lot. Mostly when she's excited or just waking up for the day doing her first rounds.

Lately I've really been trying to work on an "out of sight" stay, but when she begins to backwards sneeze, she feels the need break a sit and even run off a little (she never goes and hides, she kinda just wants to "walk it off" I think.) Me and my husband never freak out, we kinda just go, "Ponyo's quacking!" (then we quack, too) and make a little command for it so she won't have a complex about it (I don't say that during when I'm trying to train), but I think that will give us real off leash trouble if I ever decide to take her that far.

Any suggestions? Or will this little quirk of hers break our dreams of advanced training?
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Are you training with a collar? A collar can press on the trachea and cause reverse sneezing. I'd have a vet check her for collapsing trachea, which is not uncommon in the breed.
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I agree with Tracy and have the trachea checked out. In the meantime, you can work on strengthening the trachea by getting your chi to sing or howl or even bark on command. I don't recommend quaking with your chi when he has an episode as this may keep/make your chi excited and the sneezing will continue or get worse. I've found it helpful to talk to them gently and calm them down until the sneezing resides. During these episodes, calmness is definitely key.
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for the responses!

She has a little collar for fashion purposes that her tags hang off (so loose that when she runs it bounces) but any walking or leash training happens on a harness and always has.

My husband and I definitely do not get excited when we say "Ponyo's quacking" ... we kind just say it quietly as a "matter of fact" type of statement and quack once or twice at one another as a "funny game" type-thing so she doesn't get scared and neither does he. Should we stop doing that altogether? Sometimes we don't even say it at all. We only really say it for my husband's benefit (lol the first time she had an episode he was terrified! It was one of the more adorable things I've ever seen him do. "OMG IS SHE OKAY?!" It was when we were all in bed and he was VERY concerned. It was adorable. )

Thanks you very much for the advice!!! I will get her checked out. Even when I put her in the bath tub at work I never put a noose around her neck. I will definitely get her checked for collapsing trachea. What are treatments for that? Will those treatments reduce her reverse sneezing?

.... I'm not sure I want to teach her to bark or howl. She's wonderfully, beautifully quiet. Perhaps the "collapsing trachea" is the reason for that?

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Delilah honks like a goose. I always did what Lisa recommends, held her, stroked her and rubbed her throat to get her to stop. I have since learnt a new method, and it works instantly. Put your fingers over her nostrils so she has to breathe through her mouth, no more honking or quacking. I wonder if over time the dog would make the connection and breathe through its mouth on its own?
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Whenever she does it, we kinda just let her be and she totally gets over it. She'll go "honk" and "quack" but as soon as she's done (anywhere from between 3-20 seconds) she comes right back and sits in front of me, like, "Ok. I'm done. We still training?"
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I think that you can still go forward with your training. My dogs go naked, as one caught her jaw on the others collar. Nothing happened, I was right there. They are microchipped. If she does this in 'school' just repeat the cue and start off again.
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Delilah honks like a goose. I always did what Lisa recommends, held her, stroked her and rubbed her throat to get her to stop. I have since learnt a new method, and it works instantly. Put your fingers over her nostrils so she has to breathe through her mouth, no more honking or quacking. I wonder if over time the dog would make the connection and breathe through its mouth on its own?
I used to have a chi that had really bad reverse sneezing too. I found pretty much the same solution you did. Whenever she would start sneezing, I held my palm up to her nose for a few seconds. Worked every time, although I was never sure why it worked.
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