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  1. I've changed from annual C5 to the three yearly for parvo and stuff and an annual for kennel cough variations. Working for us. I don't want to go without vaccinations because I've seen what some of those diseases do - for dogs, and equivalently what happens to the unvaccinated in humans (have a deaf cousin, and I personally was at kindi with a lot of kids in calipers that could not walk without crutches cos of polio - and those were the lucky ones that weren't in lung machines. I do like to wait a year or so when a new vax comes out - before getting it (if appropriate) because when it hits a much greater population - sometimes the drug companies find out things they did not during the drug trials.
  2. have you tried a cool mat or gel mat? He might sleep on that if it's cool he's looking for. You could put it on top of a hammock bed to get him off the ground a bit. And also train him that the hammock bed is a good place to be. I got a super cheap hammock bed and my dog doesn't like it because if you don't get on it just right - it can tip up or move where her older hammock bed doesn't do that and she's fine sleeping on it. Also helps that the older more sturdy one - has foam over the frame of it and hession not plastic shade cloth as the hammock part. If it's a "chemical" based cool mat - they stop working after a couple of years tho they are still soft to lie on, not so cool. I also put mine in a cover made of an old flanny sheet which helped make it less slippery. Dog liked it. I liked sitting on it too.
  3. I'd try putting the jump up and down on cue... I've got "tail worky" and "paddle" (foot pumping) on cue but I don't know how I'd get "jump" other than - "over the agility jump" on cue... instinct drift - ie when there is no training the dog will revert back to instinctive behaviours... so - always training. Especially impulse control and Its Yer Choice.
  4. Noice... Mine didn't learn stay until I learned about reward based training and proofing and NILIF ie you have to hold a stay in front of your dinner... can't do anything about the drool but the stay is excellent. And we have added to that game - "catch the bikkie"... which is also part of back back (back up). Haven't yet got her to back up towards me - she only backs away - probably something to do with where the reward is coming from (she likes to see me).
  5. personally - I would avoid any breeder of bull terriers in Oz that calls them "English Bull Terriers" Cos that's not their Australian breed name. It's just "Bull Terrier". In SA there is a bull terrier club - if I wanted one I'd start with asking members of that. They can be an awesome dog. But there have been a lot of genetic problems - especially heart disease leading to very short lives (around 10 years) with miserable old age.
  6. At least he's not doing what most teenage boys do alone in their bedrooms...
  7. you got a stay or a wait coming on in there? or is that implied by a sit/drop/stand (control position) cue I used a "wait" cue to park my dog over there while I went and talked to a lady with four italian greyhounds about a sand piper nest up the beach... bird is being really persistent despite all the human and dog traffic. And she stayed there like an absolute champ. All I could say is you've got iggies not poodle crosses... cos she's not perfect. It is very useful tho.
  8. If you want something a little bit better quality... Podcast Tim Ferriss (4 hour work week book) and Susan Garrett - on dog training. Susan Garrett - follows methods developed by Bob and Marion Bailey and their stuff is based on Skinner and Pavlov. Zoo training of animals is way ahead of many dog training environments... Glad you're catching up, Scrappi and Monty. The stuff is definitely new to a lot of people - especially the David Mech stuff. But I would just share his video - not some pirate version of it. Ie this. And if you want some more recent research on Wolf behaviour... Shawn Ellis is really interesting. and before him - Farley Mowat went out and lived with wolves and what he described - is probably more accurate than the debunked stuff that Cesar Milan follows. Note - the book is way better and non fiction than the movie. I read it in the mid 70s, and it's taken a long time for the humans to stop trying to exterminate the wolves and give them back some habitat. This may also help with your enlightenment
  9. I use mostly yogurt - not much - couple of teaspoons per 600ml or so. I sometimes use a tiny bit of promite or vegemite dissolved in hot water. And she seems to love the water that gets drained off pasta. It's a tiny bit salty and quite a bit starchy so that would make a good iceblock. And she sometimes eats plain iceblocks. I could possibly also mix in grated cheese - she loves that stuff or shredded chicken or whatever sandwich protein I'm using (ham, chicken, salmon etc).
  10. Does it add any new information apart from the words of an enthusiastic kid in his bedroom? New studies? Wolves and dingos and other dogs - do sometimes work together in packs when there are enough food resources to sustain them but they're mostly packs of family groups - not random strangers. At the park, and beach - I have noticed that my dog has her "special friends" that she greets enthusiastically and will protect when threatened. Hence you can get one "rude" dog being ganged up on by all the friends protecting each other. But that's just my observations not a scientific study.
  11. Christmas shopping crazies - combined with school holidays. I hate going near shops in december and january... But I still have to buy food.
  12. There is an agility club called k9 agility which has quite a few Susan Garrett fans (and at least one Say Yes instructor - Katie K on their contacts page). I think there is a wait list for actually joining and participating and they've probably stopped over summer... I would put me down on the wait list (if I lived in Vic on that side of the bay), and I would show up on their training nights for over there to the side distraction training. And try to make friends and get advice on the foundation stuff (well behaved healthy and strong puppy). I would also email Katie and ask her to recommend (or be) a trainer for you. There are at least 30 Victorians I know of that are signed up with Susan Garrett's Handling 360 course and that's all about positive training (tho some of the newbies might still be adjusting). Katie should be able to help.
  13. True - ususally many reasons why dogs do things - wish we could just ask them! :) Ooh love Susan Garrett - hadnt seen that one before I should probably clarify that i'm not after training consultations or even a few weeks obedience course at this stage - she is perfectly behaved in 99% of situations :) I'm after a sort of weekly or ongoing type obedience class that i can use for distraction work with lots of dogs around on leash ideally outdoors in a park - i train with her a lot so she's got the basics down quite well (sits/downs/loose leash walking/recalls/settles on mats etc) and we do a lots of tricks and are able to work in most settings - the hardest setting so far being when we are moving around in obedience classes in parks :) Is KCC park anywhere near you? That's a bit south of Frankston if I remember right. There's often something going on there with lots of dogs on lead. But a lot of obedience and agility classes shut down over summer ie from December through Feb cos it gets too hot to train - too many days get cancelled to make it worth while trying. Ours have all finished in SA. Tho I think there's New Years at Gawler. That sometimes gets way too hot. for now - the dogs are in numbers at the beach - but mostly off lead which can be exciting - depending which beach you are at. To up your distractions where you can't find other dogs, you can try moving things at home - like tethered balloons or bowls of fave food, or you doing weird things during a stay, or playing music ... (can you get a finish when you're sitting in a chair? on the ground?...) Did the spotted dog provide you with some trainers or classes?
  14. Some dogs will put up with anything - and some won't. Personally I don't see why dogs should have to put up with anything from a child (or adult). I've explained to a fair few children - that a dog is not a toy and if you don't back off when a dog tells you to - bad things can happen. Teach the child what the signs of an uncomfortable dog are... not the late ones (eg growling) but the early ones. Also teach the child how to be friends with a dog - ie not by chasing it... but by being fun to be with and knowing when to stop and have a break. And then it's up to me to look after my dog. To pay attention to the signs she is uncomfortable - and they come way before growling... White eye, looking away, lip licking, getting up and leaving... if the child is persisting after I say stop - then I take my dog away. It's just not worth the risk of leaving teaching good manners to the dog. I thought Autistic kids were usually pretty good about rules? They do well with rules and structure, mostly but it's up to the adults to be consistent. Crate training is a good idea. As long as it is really clear - the crate and the doorway to the crate and a space arms length from the crate - are child free zones. Protect your dog. Children can be really cruel because empathy is one of the last things their brain grows into.
  15. Peeing and scratching to let your dog friends know you've been by - is not the same as dominance. I did observe my dog check a p-mail that was quite high up a post, and then elect not to pee there - like she wanted to keep her presence unadvertised. That was interesting. Must have been a very big scary dog. Most of the time she adds her message. dog trainers around melbourne - I agree with PM TSD. Meanwhile you might find this helpful. It's a podcast you can download and listen to - I usually load them up on an mp3 player or my phone. Tim Ferris interviews Susan Garrett on dog training... 2hours and 4 minutes jam packed with dog training for an awesome family pet includes descriptions of its yer choice, restrained recall, call once game, collar grab, how to potty train and more. Most of all it covers why you use reward based training (faster and better bond) and why you don't use punishment (fallout).