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  1. Bah! My eyes are misting. Lovely gift.
  2. Too good not to share!!
  3. Hi Cavmum, I'm sorry to hear not all is well with your Cavalier! It must be quite scary to hear your puppy growling, especially when you have kids. In relation to being "firm" it is actually incredibly important that you DO NOT punish or intimidate her for growling, including by saying "no!" Growling is not a bad thing to do. It is a warning sign. Your dog's voice. She's saying "Hey! I don't feel comfortable with xyz! Please stop!" So your job is to help her become more comfortable with whatever you are doing, where it is important to do so, and for this you do need expert help. Some dogs just don't like being cuddled, kissed, picked up or disturbed when resting and that's ok (some humans don't either!). Some of what you will learn will be: - Changing the emotional state of your puppy so she feels less threatened by your actions - Teaching and rewarding other behaviours like getting off the couch herself and walking away when she's uncomfortable - Learning how to manage your puppy's environment to lower stress - Learning about dog body language and how to interact with dogs, which is incredibly important for your kids in particular. - Setting your puppy up for future success in general, in particular with noises, people, animals, situations, etc. You are currently at the tail end of your puppy's Critical Socialisation Period so the clock is ticking loudly here. If you punish or intimidate your puppy for growling she will be liable to start SKIPPING the growling part and going straight to snapping, biting, etc. You don't want that! Or, conversely, your punishment may lead to learned helplessness (depression) which you don't want either. Behaviourists cost money but it is an investment. You will have 15 or more years with this dog, and it will be much cheaper to get good help now then leave it until later. A stitch in time saves nine especially when you're dealing with a puppy. Another alternative may be to return to return the puppy to the breeder. The behavioural trainer that Westiemum posted looks good. Here's another list though not all do behaviour consults. An even better thing to do would be to get a consult from AVBS or call to see if they can recommend a behavioural trainer near you. Here are some articles about growling that you may like to read: 5 Steps to Deal with Dog Growling How to Handle a Growling Dog Grouchy Canines: Dogs who Growl or Snap Also take a look at this: The Canine Ladder of Agression — when you see low key signs of stress/agression it is your job to lower the stress (again, don't punish or threaten your puppy!) so she doesn't escalate. Since you have children, also take a look at the videos on this site: Stop the 77 And this fantastic resource from the Vic Government: Pet Town All the best with your puppy but again, please don't try to go this alone or leave it to worsen. Please seek help now. Early intervention is the best possible thing you can do for your puppy and family.
  4. There is! Look here: condition score chart dogs.pdf
  5. There's a found Tibbie x at SDCH.
  6. A cat attacked my little dog. A cat that had been stalking him for a number of months and was considerably larger than him. This was true predatory behaviour when we were out on a walk, my dog on a leash as required by law. I was being very careful walking well away from the cat's property but it went a long way out and sneaked up from behind. Thankfully neighbours were around to help. It is not hard to contain a cat. Keep them inside with suitable environmental enrichment if you cannot afford a cat run or those roller things for fences.
  7. Have you tried putting it in a food dispensing toy? Bonus mental enrichment!
  8. Haha! Pretty flowers too.
  9. Same. My Chi x was attacked by a much larger cat who had been stalking him for months and Council just rehashed the "cats are allowed to roam" garbage. Thank you and agreed.
  10. Welcome to the forum. Your dogs are adorable! Perfect names too!
  11. To my knowledge there's three locations for nose work classes at present in Sydney / surrounds: k9 Nose Time at Castle Hill Positive Paws at Campbelltown The Dog Project at Fernhill (Wollongong) Pet Behaviour Vet wants to start classes in the southern suburbs (Sutherland Shire / St George area, not sure where exactly) sometime in the future. But scent scramble is only at Castle Hill to my knowledge. You can use toys as rewards in nose work though I haven't seen it done.
  12. Nah you should totally go! It's funny when I went to the k9 nose time sniff n go recently the vast vast majority of dogs there were Border Collies. Border Collies as far as the eye could see! I was thinking, what is this, an agility comp? You should take your legit scent hound to add some diversity to the proceedings!
  13. New workshops have been announced for 2017 if anyone is interested!
  14. Been a while since I last posted here. The Sniff n Go was so much fun! Highly recommended. Though I do NOT recommend accidentally locking your dog in the car with the windows all closed on a hot day. Thankfully the NRMA was very close by and prioritised us! Mind you when they got him out the car was still nice and cool thanks to all my prep! Our indoor search was a bit of a write off but I did learn from it. He immediately found the first hide when he walked in the door (it was right at the threshold) but I put him off going to it by doing the start line procedure I normally do. He apparently knew there was a hide on a stuffed elf too but was also put off by that. In the end he didn't indicate anything in the time given so I assume he was a bit stressed and lacking in confidence. I was probably still keyed up after the car shenanigans too which wouldn't have helped. The outdoor search went well though, he was only two seconds slower than the dog who was fastest overall on the day! We got some great photos too including a few of him with his little snout shoved into a Christmas cracker haha. I also got complimented on how I worked the wind. We started Intro to Odour (Birch) on Wednesday and it was so great to be back! Malcolm was so unbelievably excited, he was crying in the car and trying to break out! Interestingly, he found the first hide immediately but did not take his treats. He seemed put off by the birch scent and confused about what we had done to his favourite game. He was fine from then on, though, and bounced back quickly after knocking a box over. Yesterday he was much improved anxiety-wise. I am sure his nose work class had a lot to do with it.
  15. Hi Robyn, We don't that type of companion dog registry here (called Emotional Support Animals in the US), but you can get dogs registered as psychiatric assistance dogs. They have the same rights and responsibilities as other assistance/service dogs (seeing eye dogs etc) so are a step above an ESA anyway. It sounds like your son would qualify in some way, given that he is on the disability pension, but it's my understanding that you need to train the dog to perform tasks to specifically address the individual's disability ("being there" isn't enough, as beneficial as that is!) and the dog must also pass a Public Acesss Test. MindDog would be the organization to ask about the process involved and some contacts to help you start the training process: A good place to start would be their FAQ In terms of your neighbour, do you think it would be worthwhile talking to the police?