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  1. I have nothing bad to say about him. Very passionate with what he does. Genuine person with a great ability to train dogs.
  2. Desensitising her is a great idea! Does she love food? If she does, whenever she's eating her meals pull up some noise videos on YouTube and play them on very low volume (so that it's under her threshold of where she gets scared), and do this when she ever has a bone, or kong, etc. Over time you can slowly increase the volume, but it is so important to not ever go over her fear threshold (meaning, the point where she gets scared. We don't, under any circumstances, want her to associate the house, her food, etc, with the scary noise. We want her to barely pay attention to the sounds). I know it's not much, but it's just something that can be done at home. However, I can't stress enough how important it is not to go over that fear threshold...so if you don't feel comfortable doing this then please don't...it's merely a recommendation for if you feel confident in doing so. Mark Singer is a dog trainer with a great reputation who is now located in Melbourne, maybe he could give you a hand? CLICK HERE Also In Line K9 is another in Melbourne with a great reputation CLICK HERE. I just saw your location says VIC, and with the description of trains and the CBD I can only assume Melbourne...clearly I've never been to Vic before :laugh:
  3. Just bumping this question as I'd really like to know the answer. I would suggest there are individual differences SG - the research is very sparse. Thanks TSD, sorry I missed replying to this before. This issue is something I would want to take into consideration if I was going to use an e-collar (and hopefully good trainers do) because it seems to me that if a dog does get used to a level and needs an increasingly high level of shock/stim/whatever to get results then it propably isn't a good tool to use. I used e-collars in the states, they can be a great tool. You want to be working on the lowest level possible. So I have tried an e-collar myself, and it isn't a shock, or horrific at all. As others who have tried it will tell you (if they are working on their lowest level) it's just like a quick tingle that gets your attention. I used Dogtra collars as that's what the company I was interning for used - so the levels from 0-120 were constantly changing. In a quiet environment the dog could be on 8, but then outside with other dogs and cats, the lowest level that would get their attention would be 70. But it all depends on the individual dog. So I don't know what brand of collar she is using, but she may need to change the level at the dog park as that is a much more stimulating environment than a walk down the street, for example.
  4. I don't think they are rare, so to speak, but just a tip on obtaining a good quality one. Research breeders that have dogs that you like, and put yourself on a waiting list for a pup. That's how I got my schipperke Biscuit. Yes, I played the waiting game for 4 months, but before he was even born his litter was spoken for, and he was definitely worth it! I also have his breeder's advise for life, and she has always been such a great help. Definitely recommend finding a breeder you trust and like their dogs and then wait for the perfect pup for a few months if you can :)
  5. Well done Ivy that's an awesome result! Koda is very cute :D Rusty and Biscuit also love playing with the hose, but Rusty prefers to dry himself on fences instead of trees :p LP they are so cute! I really like the powder merle (with all those terms I hope I'm getting it right! I'm speaking of colouring of pup in first picture) :D And sorry for my late reply, but thank you again so much for all the information LP. I really appreciate it. Rusty has been so good lately, and I do really like Aussies. One day I may have one again, as I just love their versatility, but next time I will do a lot of research in getting a pup that suits me, and my lifestyle. I am not slandering Rusty's breeder in any way, shape, or form. She is fantastic, very ethical and always does best by her dogs. As it turned out I had my heart set on Rusty, and ended up with a mismatch in personality between him and Cherry - 2 bossy dogs with very strong personalities doesn't work! But on a good note, this weekend he finally got his ADX title! He is doing so well now, so proud of him! Wow, haven't been in masters agility since I had Cherry running 2 and a half years ago!
  6. Hello by All4aBiscuit, on Flickr An old photo, but I love it! This is Cherry, my first dog who had been nothing short of amazing. She was a rescue so no idea of her breed, but common guesses are staffy, but have also had a fair few for boxer a small few for kelpie, ACD. Who knows! She is very smart, cheeky, and agile. Love everyone else's beautiful dogs. I love the second photo of Sarah! And Didi is one fine looking bedlington terrier ;)
  7. Voted :) What a wonderful program :D
  8. Beautiful photos of Ivy :) LP, thank you so much for your comprehensive replies! I will admit, I was only 14 when I decided to get an Aussie. I wanted an ACD but my parents drew the line there as they were 'too much dog'. I spoke to a lot of Aussie people and learnt of how 'willing to please' and 'devoted' they are, as well as their friendly nature. I love dogs that are 'one person' dogs, and a bit wary of strangers. I just got a lot more dog than I anticipated haha! Rusty is a LOT of dog to handle. He is high drive, and while I wasn't anticipating that, as the pair of us have matured and learnt so much, I actually quite love his temperament, and think he'd be awesome as an only dog. I always feel safe with him because he is such a great guard dog, and I love the breeds versatility...obedience, agility, herding, and am hoping to get into PIO or KNVP whenever it starts up here. I wouldn't trade Rusty for the world, he has taught me soooo much. But anyone who thinks an ACD is more dog than an Aussie...well, my Aussie matches a good ACD :laugh: I think it is important, too, to match a new dog/breed with the current one. Cherry is a very gentle, sweet girl, who would prefer to be on her own and meander around the garden, even as a young dog. Whereas Rusty is very boisterous, and what I thought was Cherry 'aging', was actually her too afraid to wander out of her 'safe spot' for fear of being jumped on/bowled over by Rusty. I realised this after Cherry became a puppy again since they've been separated! Poor girl. But Rusty and Biscuit get on fantastically which is good! Also, seeking Aussie people's opinion on this. Rusty hates being inside with other dogs (so we don't allow that to happen, Cherry was attacked inside and that was my fault for not shutting the door properly as she managed to sneak in! Stupid me ). His whole body language changes, he just gets sooo uncomfortable, he much prefers being outside. I like a dog that likes to be with me, inside, on the bed, etc. But I don't worry about Rusty, he likes to be outside, that is ok...I just found it strange. However someone said "well Aussies were bred to work stock, in huge open spaces, and look after them out in those open spaces too. So he is hard-wired to prefer being out in the open, not cooped up". I found this very plausible, and thought it could explain how Rusty gets so uncomfortable in more enclosed situations...thoughts on this? Sorry if I've been extremely messy in writing this, in a bit of a rush!
  9. Hi Paws22, welcome :) There has been some wonderful advice given here, and well done on you for going down the registered breeder route :) BC's are a wonderful breed. I don't believe that to raise a well adjusted BC that you 'have' to compete or take part in any dog sports. Will they enjoy it? Of course. But majority of people I know who own BC's simply socialise, go to obedience classes, and enjoy good walks and games of fetch on the beach on in the park. They couldn't care less for dog sports, but the BC's don't care as long as they are spending time with their 'people' :) I think the key is to find a GOOD breeder, who will match a pup to your lifestyle. I have seen very nice dogs from 'Etherial' (I think that's how it's spelled) and can highly recommend dogs from Delgany, up here in NQ. The dog's I've seen out of Delgany seem very stable, sociable, and well adjusted dogs who also do quite well in the show ring :) Hope I've helped, good luck in your search...and once you get a pup, pics are compulsory ;)
  10. What a lovely thread, have really enjoyed reading these posts! The one about Bear the toller just melted my heart Huski, Wiz sounds like an awesome dog! I love dogs with a great off switch, that will still work and work as much as needed :) Red Fox, gorgeous dogs. And I love the description of Tassie devil on crack, I'm going to have to steal that one for Biscuit He does look like a tassie devil crossed with a fruit bat too :laugh: It's hard for me to pick just one thing. Biscuit is such a special dog, I love everything about him. Perhaps the thing I love most, is his devotion to me. He is still friendly with other people, and will work for them...but at the end of the day I know he will always come and work for me if I ask him. He follows me everywhere. At the moment he is outside the office room window, sitting on the generator, awaiting my next move :laugh: I love how cheeky Cherry is. If you've seen the movie Red Dog, that's exactly Cherry's personality! She's everyone's dog...she knows how to make people feel so loved and appreciated by her. She gets what she wants, then onto the next person :laugh: I always love her enthusiasm to learn new things! I love how keen to work Rusty is. While Biscuit will only work for a few minutes at a time, Rusty will go and go and go. He's a lot of fun to train that's for sure :)
  11. Love reading through all these stories! Some truly amazing dogs here :) I always feel safer when my dogs are around. My heroic dog was Lassie...no, she wasn't a collie, which is what I originally wanted :laugh: I was a stubborn 8 year old who didn't get a collie, but instead, an amstaff mix, but was calling her Lassie - much to my parents horror :laugh: Anyway, when she was about 4 I was puppy-sitting a little cavalier mix for 3 weeks. She was a small little thing, just about 13 weeks old. We took the 3 dogs to the beach (Cherry, Lassie, and the little pup), as it was an overcast day and there was noone there, I let them off the leash. I was playing with them by the waters edge, when all of a sudden a big powerful crossbreed came running up behind me and latched onto the pup. It was shaking her like a toy, I honestly thought he was going to kill her. Dad came running down to try and stop it, then all of a sudden Lassie came barrelling through, and beat up the bigger dog, giving pup a chance to run away. Poor thing was screaming and shaking, I carried her the whole way home. I was so proud of my Lassie though! She was an amazing dog :) IMGP0678 by All4aBiscuit, on Flickr
  12. I remember seeing that dog on House Husbands a while ago, and yelling out "It's Rusty!" :laugh: As a joke of course, but I knew it was an Aussie straight away and it's the same colour as Rusty :D Thanks MDD :) I was exactly like you, young and naive, I just wanted a red tri male, didn't even think of temperament! And also like you, I'll be putting in loads of research for my next dog! I originally wanted an ACD, and have done lots of research and chosen a breeder, but now I want to get into schutzhund so have been consider breeds like mals, GSD's, rotties. There's actually a lot of breeds I can't decide between at the moment so hopefully I get lots of experience in the US then I can decide on something when I get back :laugh: ETA: I hope I don't come across as disliking Rusty, either! I love him to bits. He will be much happier as an only dog, it is just a shame that not everyone is as consistent as I am with training. He needs strict boundaries but I am the only one doing so, which makes things very difficult. I still have fun training him though, he's an awesome learning dog and so much fun to work :) I have been out of obedience with him for a while, doing a CDX trial this Saturday after agility, he has been awesome in training but will have to wait and see how he goes in trial conditions!
  13. Hi everyone, I have an update! Thankfully yes, it definitely is a cruciate ligament rupture. I know, doesn't sound good, but it's a lot better than being something to do with her lumps! The new vet was very nice, confirmed what the other vet said, and also had a look at her lumps. He said that they have characteristics of benign tumours which is good. I feel so much more relaxed now knowing for certain what we're up against. We'll do 8 weeks strict rest, treating her as if she's already had the surgery, and see if there's any improvements. If there is, we'll continue that way, if not we'll opt for surgery. Thank you so much to all of you for being so helpful and supportive, I really appreciate it
  14. Thank you hannahrjb and ness Have Cherry booked in to see a different vet, at a different surgery recommended by DOLer Whiskers...will let you all know how it goes :)
  15. Thanks pers I will try my best talking them into it...I always have money set aside for my boy just in case, so if they give me permission to take her to a different vet but won't pay, I'll just use that money. If it is related to the lumps, I don't know what I'll do. At least I'll be able to take her out though for trips to the beach so she can enjoy the time she has left (she is on strict rest at the moment, just in case it's cruciate ligament). Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst I 'spose