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  2. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    Good for you for being open and responsible. No specific advice, but this reminded me of when I was getting my previous girl .. born before there was a DNA test for Collie Eye Anomaly. Affected pups were only discovered at a 6 week check with a vet ophthalmologist. I knew that CEA was a possibility as her grandsire was a carrier, so her dam could have been, although the breeder had tried hard to find a non-carrier sire, but since she was not going to be for breeding, just for performance, that was not an issue for me. So I got a phone call from the breeder after the pups had had their 6 week check, and 'my' pup (2nd pick .. breeder was going to keep the pick) was CEA affected. The breeder said it would be completely understood if I didn't want to take her, but that she had arranged that the ophthalmologist was happy to talk to me on the phone if I wanted to call him .. I was in another State. So I did call the specialist and had a really good chat with him .. he was particularly concerned that I wouldn't be wanting to breed with her .. I wasn't! ,,, but he felt that she would be fine for obedience and agility. So I went ahead with the purchase, and had my lovely girl for the next 15 and a quarter years and had heaps of fun with her. She saw the specialist once a year for 4 years, just to make sure all was going normally … and I'm happy to say that her blood sample may well have made a contribution to the discovery of the gene responsible for the defect, and the DNA test which now ensures that with responsible breeding, there are no more affected dogs. The whole process was so open and pleasant, with full disclosure and discussion. I was absolutely happy to pay the full price .. but her lovely breeder discounted the price because she wasn't able to deliver the perfect puppy she had been hoping to send. So on the basis of that experience, I'd say that full and open disclosure and discussion of options before completion of the purchase is really important. I wish you and the puppy all the best.
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  4. Help with barking

    I agree you need to get professional help that will also set you up for success and new baby issues especially with a dog that has food guarding issues . I think you need to look at what the household plan is going to be with dog v baby and start setting them up with a new routine and weaning them I to change given one dog already has issues and the other is either barking to simp,y be a barker or not knowing how to cope with noise Your barker may bark at the baby crying ,it may show lack of coping at that time . Look at buying the baby noise CD and start playing it at all hrs . Start training the dogs to the pram. Start training the dogs to accepting time out from you when feeding the baby as I gather you are working on a plan with crawling toddler and food guarding
  5. Help with barking

    A bunch of force free trainers have moved things online. For the dog/baby stuff, get Dr Lewis Kirkham’s Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant book and CD set, and look up all the Family Paws Parent Education stuff. But you need help for this given all the rest that’s going on. I’m going to send you a message. Hope that’s ok.
  6. Help with barking

    Thanks for your reply. I thought I’d try my luck here for to see if anyone had suggestions. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get much professional help at the moment due to the Coronavirus restrictions.
  7. Help with barking

    I can't help with the barking but don't panic, you have a bit of time. New born babies usually sleep through anything for the first few weeks ( doesn't mean they aren't also crying a lot ) I'd suggest you get some professional help, would be quicker then trying this and that on your own.
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  9. Help with barking

    Hi everyone. I haven’t been online here for quite a while. I have two dogs, some of you may remember me posting about my first dog who has quite severe resource guarding, OCD and anxiety. He is doing quite well. I am posting today about my second dog. He is amazing, such a gentle and loving boy but he is a barker! We got him over a year ago from a lady who lived in the country so I think when he moved here to the suburbs with us he just started barking at any noise he heard. Hearing people talk outside, hearing other dogs, hearing a door open from the neighbours house, sometimes he barks when I can’t even hear anything! The thing is I am pregnant with our first child.. I am so worried about his barking when the baby gets here because who wants a newborn to be woken 10 times a day by the dog barking, not me! So I’m after some advice.. does anyone have any suggestions how to stop or at least cut down his barking? Unfortunately we cannot use food for training due to my first dogs condition. I appreciate any help and advice, thanks in advance!
  10. Cats may get Covid19

    One tiger tested positive. Other big cats (3 other tigers and 3 lions) in the zoo showing symptoms but not being tested. Sedation of big cats is dangerous. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/04/08/mystery-how-tiger-caught-covid-19-has-experts-chasing-their-tails/
  11. Cats may get Covid19

    There is a report of some tigers returning positive COVID-19 tests... Bronx Zoo I think... T.
  12. Cats may get Covid19

    You'd think we'd be a bit past intentionally infecting animals then killing them. Still, in the interests of science ..... @sandgrubber aside from the ferrety/stoatie beasties, are NZers looking at the possum invasion and thinking "we wish".
  13. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    I would not put in writing you will pay so much towards the procedure & the reason being they may decide to pick the most expensive vet around which will cost you more . It would be better to drop the price of the pup taking out what the estimated cost of surgery will be . The issue here is pet insurance for the new owners may be a problem as you have rightly so informed them of a pre existing condition so they will head straight to there vet where it will be noted in the system .So UTI 's may not be covered . Forget there a lawyer ,you are dealing with a puppy owner . First job is to inform them ,let them know what the pros/cons are off the issue ,send them the vets report which wont be massively detailed because there is the unknown in rectifying with age BUT it backs you up . Ask them to think about it as a family .Personally i would send a follow up email with it all in writing not just verbal . Then make sure you have it clearly written in your puppy contract that they are buying this puppy fully aware of its diagnosis & have been made aware of the potential outcomes . Lawyer or not you would have to do the same thing . This isn't a massive issue BUt it can be a tad costly for UTIs so important people are made aware . UTI can become an issue ,a good vet will absolutely suggest allowing 1/2 seasons to help assist if not severe .Even if not severe the UTIs can be just a bigger pain so surgery still the open . We own a bitch slightly inverted & she has no issues what to so ever . We groom a English Springer Spaniel that had constant UTI,sore vulva & drama's until she had the surgery than all good
  14. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    ..and well done on being a thoughtful and responsible breeder
  15. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    Thank you, everyone! This is some great advice. I also appreciate your kindness in your answers. Take care and stay safe!
  16. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    I agree with the signed agreement but as well, put everything in email. Even if you tell them over the phone, follow up by clearly confirming what you have discussed (even send the vet report if you wish). Lawyer or not (sorry that you feel intimidated), just be clear in writing of what you know and what you're offering, and they can make their decision. It's probably not going to be a huge drama anyway, things happen. It's nature. They might just need your extra assistance to get through the bumpy bits.
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  18. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    Tell them up front, offer to take puppy back when she has her season (if they feel they can't cope), and if you wish, offer to go halves in any corrective surgery. Not all the costs though as they have taken her with full disclosure. This would be as a good will gesture only not because you have done anything wrong. Sh!t happens at anytime. Ask you vet what they think the surgery would cost so you have an idea. Make sure any agreement is in writing. Just a simple letter saying X has purchased female puppy with possible inverted vulva, recommend to allow puppy to have one season and if it doesn't self correct, then you will contribute x amount of dollars ( or 25/50 % ) to corrective surgery. Or same letter without the contributing part but saying you would refund part purchase price upon the bitch needing surgery, and include at same time of desexing. Just because your buyer is a lawyer does not mean they are any better or worse then others.
  19. What to do when a puppy has an inverted vulva.

    We have gone through this with our bearded collie puppy, her breeder hadn’t realised before we got her, we found out after multiple urinary tract infections. Our vet advised us to let her have a season and then wait another 3-6 months before desexing her, if it hasn’t corrected itself then she would have corrective surgery at the same time. I would give your puppy buyer all the information and let them make the decision if they take the puppy or not, maybe you could offer to refund a certain amount if she does end up needing corrective surgery.
  20. I have a beautiful litter of 8 labrador retrievers. Everyone is healthy. They are six weeks old and we have our first vet appointment this week. I noticed last week that one puppy seems to have a mild, inverted vulva. I have not noticed a rash or that she has trouble urinating. I called my vets office to talk to them about it and she said that she would look at it and determine if it was mild or what might have to be done. Either way, whether it is mild or not, I need to talk to her new owner about it. They want her as a family dog and are not going to breed her, but she is a very intimidating lawyer and I wondered if anyone has any suggestions about what options I can offer her. Do I just tell her I will return her deposit and find a new home? Do I let her take the puppy with the understanding that she is as-is? I do not want her to take the puppy then sue me later. I would rather find a loving home for the pup or keep her myself than have trouble from this buyer in the future. I want to be a responsible breeder and I want to do what is right for the puppy but also her possible, new family.
  21. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    well Barbra Streisand solved her problem, she had her favourite dog cloned, think she has three now? found it https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/style/barbra-streisand-cloned-her-dog.html
  22. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    Yes, I think so too. I sure as hell hope so.
  23. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    It’s a troll .
  24. Hi all, I would just like to say that I am withdrawing this ad. This is due to the fact that since I am home now I seem to have managed to explain to them that while their enthusiasm for their work has not gone unnoticed, they don't need to keep practising and they seem to be understanding, not that I'll be putting the house on a bet that this is the case.
  25. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    If you're paying that much for a puppy, make sure you're getting your money's worth. Have the parents been screened for health issues and congenital defects that might occur in either breed in the mix? How are the parents housed? Many 'designer' dogs are bred in poor conditions. How are the puppies being raised? Does the breeder not only offer, but expect to provide lifetime care? A responsible breeder will be prepared to offer advice and support through the entirety of your dog's life, and will take them back into their care if for whatever reason you can no longer keep them. When purchasing a puppy, this is the bare minimum to expect-- and $2600 is a lot to fork out if you're not getting the bare minimum. If you're after a particular temperament, buying a mix is not setting you up for success. They are by definition a mix of two different breeds, and you're not going to know what traits will be present in your puppy. When the time is right, most probably when you are not caring for an ailing senior dog (and when the covid-19 threat has passed), perhaps meet some purebred dogs at a dog show and talk to some breeders. Your new puppy can never be your beloved old dog, but your best bet in finding a similar temperament will be in a recognised breed with predictable personality traits. Wishing you well; I can imagine it must be so very tough for you to prepare for the end of your special little friend's life. Take care.
  26. Exercises for low impulse control

    Look up Susan Garrett’s It’s Yer Choice.
  27. I hear you!! My cray cray girl goes completely OTT even now, so we have to take time to do the settling .. and the focus, and then when she starts "working" she can't help barking for the first few minutes. If it gets extreme, I fold my arms and turn my back on her .. and if necessary , move away from whatever it is we're working on. That usually helps her to get her act together, because she really does want to do things. She's calmest of all when she's tracking (trained and handled by a friend … hmmm .. maybe that's part of it .. but I think Pippa has also worked out that if she's barking and dong cray cray she can't get the tracking right, and she does have a strong work ethic. Even tracking, it all happens fairly fast .. but she has also over many short practice tracks, learnt to be calmer and concentrate. She's being trained footstep tracking method, and has been built up in small increments over the years.
  28. Thank you both for your replies. I will sign up for the Home School program. It sounds great! Physical activity presses all my dogs buttons. His brain leaves his body and he is very easily distracted.
  29. Getting A New Maltalier Puppy.

    He was perfectly happy .... he just always looked extremely relaxed ....for all of his 15 or so years ...
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