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  1. I was wondering if anyone can PM me or tell me the rough cost of a pet Sheltie puppy in Australia currently? Maybe a run-down of how much is involved with health testing as well and how much this effects price. Have a few families i know with children over 5 that are considering getting a sheltie but also persuading them not to get an oodle is a consideration as well, cheers
  2. I have a friend who is looking to get a bichon frise for a pet. She has two kids 6 and 8. Can anyone give me some more specific information on the breed? What kind of questions she should be asking the breeder? Any info on grooming? I see there are only 30 odd breeders aus-wide. How long would you expect to wait for a pup? 1-2 years? I would expect to pay around 2.5k for a pet pup, is that about right? Feel free to PM me the names of breeders that you know and trust. Thanks.
  3. i know where this park is and its a dodgy place where you could easily be mugged so that may explain why the guy was carrying the knife. Anyway I think too much blame has been put on the guy stabbing the dog and not enough on the owner of the lab. From what I understand the guy is walking his puppy and is rushed at by two off lead dogs with no owner in sight. The guy has had previous bad experiences with other dogs attacking his dogs, so totally overreacts, is paranoid, mentally unstable, skittish or a combo of the above. I didn't think it was necessarily a case of random animal abuse but I could be wrong..
  4. question for any northerners. I swear I went to a beautiful dog beach around hillaries a few years ago. It was wide with flat sand. and the water was calm and quite shallow for a good 30-40 metres out. I went to try to find it again the other day, went to a dog beach just off Mullaloo or whitfords avenue, there was a guy with a coffee stand selling tennis balls and that. Beach was narrow and had dog poos bins about every 25 metres. Definitely not the one. Does anyone know the beach I mean?
  5. thanks for the replies. Yes showdog you are right, this dog is very active. I give her a 2k walk and I feel she could easily take double that. Regarding the brushing, I have taught my dogs to tolerate being put on their backs on a table as I feel I can brush their bellies better and also cutting their nails and foot hair is easier from this angle
  6. Im minding my friends pup for a few weeks. She is a malt shih Tzu, she must be nearly 12 months old now. I haven't had a pup of my own for about 4 yrs now so im a bit out of practice. Anyway dog is driving me nuts. She is overweight and hyperactive. Jumps up a lot when excited, Cant relax inside unless she is in her pen. Dog appears to be really hand shy. When I try to pat her she either mouths at my hand or drops herself on her back like she only wants to be touched on the belly not on the chest or back or head. However when brushing her she wont let meput her on her back to brush her belly. She is a little better after some exercise but not much. Dog pulls on the lead also. Ive been given the retractable lead. She is still on the pal puppy food which says you can feed til 24 months. She also does this thing where she stands on her back legs and flails with her front legs to get attention, thinks that's been rewarded in the past. Any help for me and owner would be much appreciated.
  7. it was about 4 degrees early morning but still a sunny 21 during the middle of the day. Very mild winters here
  8. thanks for that. Do you know roughly how much per panel it is?
  9. Thanks, that's about what I thought. Hey what percentage of labs get hip dysplasia anyway?
  10. hey does anyone know can you still buy hardifence from bunnings? or preferably im trying to get some 2nd hand panels cheap from gumtree or the quokka but they seem to be scarce. I want to replace 8 panels in my boundary fence. Only one panel is broken, they are leaning over though. But still im trying to do it cheap as I can only expect the neighbour to contribute to half of the one broken panel. and has anyone painted hardifence? and did it improve the appearance? my backyard and the neighbours shed together look like some kind of horrible fibre cement jungle.
  11. actually RS just wanted to ask you something. Whats a pet lab cost you from a reg breeder with the hip n elbow scoring and the PRA and the EIC testing. Got a friend who has fallen in love with the gumtree lab with the no health testing. She is kinda committed too pup having paid deposit and such. She has seen both parents and both seem like happy healthy dogs. So it may turn out ok but I was thinking price from a reg breeder would only be 1000-1500 anyway and lots of choices being a popular breed?
  12. anyone know what the rules are in WA? My dog only 3kg so probably wouldnt survive if it was attacked by a dog with a big weight advantage
  13. yeh and thats the thing you think you might apologize when you realise your dog has scared another dog owner and you are right outside your own house
  14. yeh well its not like i really want the dog declared dangerous or anything. But there was the point where the dog could have attacked mine and the bloke is 20 metres away doing something else. Obviously no front fence or anything.
  15. Just walking the dogs around the neighbourhood. Last week i walked past a park on the opposite side of the road and had someone's dog run onto the road trying to get to my dog. Thank god it eventually turned around and went back to its master. And tonight i was walking in half light and had some dog come at my dog from no-where. It had some coat on it that tied around the front of its chest, but for a second i was thinking breast plate. Anyway the dog come right onto the footpath and was looking to get at my dog who was trying to hide behind my legs. I had to yell at the dog and was thinking about kicking it when the bloke who owned him was at the door of the house with his keys about to go in. So he called the dog and it came. Obviously he had just been out with the dog and is one of these people who dont believe in leads. So no harm done really. But i look back at the bloke and no apology or anything. So i was thinking is it worth reporting people for things like this? Would the council or ranger likely do anything?
  16. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-12/renewed-debate-on-real-impact-of-victorias/4817846?section=vic sorry if its been posted already but did anyone see this video? I find it incredible that Peter Walsh is saying he wants legislation changed to put more onus on owners to prove their dog is not a pit bull X. Think he may even want vcat scrapped and just give more power to the ACO's who breed identify? And why is someone who is Minister for Agriculture and Food Security dealing with companion animal matters?? and clearly not listening to the experts.
  17. i have met a subordinate amount of people, walking my dogs on the street who want our dogs to meet and play and say hello, just because they are similiar sized SWF's. They normally use those hideous extender leads. I dont see the need for it as my dogs are only interested in a quick sniff and then continuing. The other group i met is the bull breed/kelpie/BC group or general medium size X breed dog group, the dog is generally under 18 months old and the owners are generally young and they make an arse of themselves with an uncontrolled dog at the dog park and you dont see them again after a while.
  18. i get more pissed off with the people who walk their dogs without a lead, like they are bragging that their dog is so obedient that it doesnt need a lead.
  19. hey does anyone know of a good behaviourist or trainer NOR. I have a friend with a really clingy Cavalier. It has separation anxiety issues. Im not sure how bad is it, but apparently it gets plenty of exercise and attention but is still very needy. I think it must be close to a year old now and its still quite mouthy. Any suggestions of training routines she could try before she goes to a behaviourist?
  20. You cant expect people to know these things, well not about natural foods at least. Vets are rarely going to go into depth about diet when you take a pup in for a vaccination and often they dont give the best advice on dietitics i.e give eukanaba or hills science its the best food and we sell it and dont feed raw or the dog could choke
  21. anyway vet put her on anti-biotics as there is a secondary infection and prednisolone. Apparently if its a recurring problem they can do skin scrapings and find out exactly what pathogen is causing the irritation...
  22. Yeah it could be staph I will see what the vet says. It's definitely not fleas. Think it's either plant material or dead skin
  23. Yeah it could be staph I will see what the vet says. It's definitely not fleas. Think it's either plant material or dead skin
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