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  1. keeping an eye on this for future reference!
  2. thanks again for all the replies folks..its been really helpful we've got no dogs but have had experience keeping (bigger) dogs.... ive made plenty of my own mistakes with learning how to raise our own pets which is probably why im a little frantic about doing things right with these little ones.. Stopping the walks and having more playtime in the yard with them..considering maybe one walk every 2 days.. We're letting them stay in the house longer whilst we're in the kitchen etc trying to let them stay in the house whilst we're home as much as possible (what they're used to with their own owners).. My Gosh i forgotten how much dogs pee everywhere to mark their territory... any tips with this? right now walking around im using a squirt bottle and spraying them where i dont want dog pee.. eg outdoor table legs and drenching areas with dog pee with vinegar/water (50/50 mix)
  3. Obviously there's alot of concern but it appears the first post was not read properly. So ill try again and hopefully there will be more useful feed back. 1) No specific instructions given - plus i dont agree with the ways these dogs were raised on some levels. They are tiny pampered house dogs with food/water available whenever and how ever much they want with plenty of play time but no walks. Right or wrong, i cant continue this whilst looking after them simply because i am not home 24/7. 2) Water is left them. Clearly im not sure about usual practice with crate training + dog pee, so have decided to leave water with them until i get some guidance from here. Obviously its summer. Thanks for the reminders. The SINGLE reason why they are being left inside the crate during the day is because its much cooler inside than outside. They are tiny dogs and im worried they cannot handle the heat. PLUS the actual owners keep them in the house most of the time. More than open to suggestions by the experienced owners on a better way to approach this. 3) just to clarify about time spent in the crate... Mornings = outside toilet break whilst i get ready, then walk, then feeding time etc roughly 2.5 hours. Evening they are outside of the crate from 6pm until we sleep (may also include another walk see next point). All up i would say roughly anything up to 8 hours outside the crate. really not enough? It seems like people only read the "30 mins walk" part from my first post 4) If you read the post properly the actual walk went for 30 mins (ran out of time) and there was a question if a further walk in the arvo for 30 minutes would be good. They are not huskies nor working dogs. So the concern is on over exercising or exhausting them. Right now plans are to let them tell me when enough is enough until someone more experienced here can guide. FWIW they are not in a crate per-se but a portable dog fence set up in the house since we have room. Any comments on food ? Thanks again
  4. Hi folks looking for some advice whilst looking after a friends 3 small dogs (mixed breeds).. Plans on daily routine are: - Evening: let them sleep in the crate, no water. - Morning: outside play/toilet break/water . Then 30 mins walk (trying to determine how long is enough). On return home, some more water & kibble/dry food. - Day - return to crates with water - Arvo - outside play/toilet break/more kibble - repeat... Can someone help with these questions? 1) During the day, im assuming its ok to leave water with them. Concern i'll come home to pee everywhere 2) Any dramas with feeding some food after the walk? or should this be done before the walk in the morning? Plans are feeding a 2 small portions of food per day 3) I was really suprised they were ok with 30 mins walk this morning!! they're little dogs i would of thought 15-20mins was heaps. Should i keep to once a day or twice a day @ 30mins? 4) General feed back on above? Thanks in advance!
  5. thanks again for all the replies... we've finaly met the dog... im no professional dog assessment analyst (or whatever the correct term is)... but the dog seems very very relaxed and placid... didnt respond to me grabbing its paws, checking its teeth, followed my lead on a quick walk with random changes in direction. having said that.. it has had very very limited time with the rescue group..who could only pass on feedback received from the kennel the dog was taken from...no idea if stray or private surrender...only rough idea on age...almost a 'what you see is what you get' kinda vibe because no guarantees could be placed on dogs behaviour later down track (fair enough?).. well we took the decision to wait a few more weeks and see how the dog goes (assuming he isnt rescued before then) and in light of some other posts here, i think it is the right decision.
  6. thanks so much to everyone for the informative posts! It has been really helpful to us and where we are in the adoption process at the moment. We've found a dog we're very interested in from a rescue group's website i used to browse alot on… time to see how the rescuegroup stands up against some of the issues discussed here.
  7. what if the rescue group has a close working relationship with the kennel/pound/other that it sources the dogs from? could you trust the assessment passed on from them? or even assessments provided by private surrenders?
  8. How much observation time do rescuers need in order to make an assessment? Is this a case by case scenario or minimum 1 week for example? I imagine that given the number of dogs they have dealt with they should be able to make a fairly accurate assessment fairly quickly.
  9. no children or other pets - that said we frequently visit relatives with pets & young children so have explained this and emphasized the importance of the dog being social. Right now we have spotted a particular dog and will do a meet and greet soon… the dog has only recently come under care of the rescue group so they haven’t had much time to do a full observation (fair enough)… but have relayed positive comments from the kennel/pound/wherever the dog was taken from.. The rescue group have also reassured me they do not attempt to rehome with any signs of aggression (human or dog) which is good to know.. We are aware the breed we are interested in (staffys) do not have the greatest track record with being social dogs if not socialised properly. In addition, we are mindful of “staffys” that are up for adoption are actually mixed breeds (ie the poor result of backyard breeding) which presents a risk because who knows what you are getting.. The option to get a puppy instead (or worse.. a different breed if my other half commands it lol) but our hearts really go out the dogs in pounds/rescue groups so we want to try this option first, but be sensible about it.
  10. what an fantastic thread.. We have been wanting to get a dog for a LONNGGGGGG time... and now am considering to adopting one from a rescue group. What i wanted to ask, is what should prospective new owners of rescue dogs do as part of due diligence process (couldnt think of another suitable word) prior to actually adopting the dog? So far we are asking the rescue group alot of questions and have arranged to do an initial meet with the dog. However the rescue group have even commented there is always going to be a risk with some of these things because its a rescue dog (fair enough).. thanks in advance.
  11. so how do u guys go about raising a staffy pup given that most of us work 9-5.. and the amount of energy these have at such a young age.. iam focusing on when the dog is a pup - presumably if raising is done right, the dog will be easier to manage during adult hood with 1 - 2 walks a day and some toys to play with during the day.. no idea how this would work with a pup tho..eg if i was to buy one aged 8weeks
  12. skuzy

    Buying A Pup -

    this is pretty interesting feedback.. because to be quiet honest.. i was expecting "no" responses from everyone... because raising a litter (im speculating here) can involve any number of pups (2-8??) and i cant imagine the amount of time + effort this would require from breeders to implement! hats off to you folks who do!! it has helped me re-adjust my expectations when choosing a breeder tho =]
  13. hi folks.. one quick question.... are staffy pups really energetic? bumped into my neighbour who now has one.. approx 3 or 4months old... WOW alot of energy.. and was not expecting that. It this just simply puppy hood?
  14. Hi Folks I havent bought a puppy in a longgggg time but am looking to get one in the next 1-2years. Ive seen various vids by Ian Dunbar some articles which me slightly confused when looking to buy a pup. eg Im currently reading an article here http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/happy-birthday-puppy-training-time-another-paradigm-shift-puppy-raising and it says, "Basically, far too many people purchase eight-week-old puppies that are not housetrained, not chewtoy-trained, have not been taught to come, sit and lie down on cue and are not sufficiently socialized to people, even though by eight weeks of age, the Critical Period of Socialization is already nearly two thirds over. Furthermore, many new puppy owners are unaware of the extreme urgency of maintaining errorless housetraining and chewtoy-training programs (which also prevent the development excessive barking and separation anxiety), teaching manners and continuing to socialize puppies with people during their first couple of months at home. We are really neglecting early puppy development and missing out on this narrow window of opportunity. Far too many untrained puppies become tomorrow’s shelter dogs." So my question is: - Do registered breeders actually do this? i.e. all the training / socialisation mentioned above by 8wks?
  15. seirously im so sick of people pointing the finger and simply blaming breeds.
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