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SkySoaringMagpie

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  1. For me it would depend a lot on how much of the semen I had and how difficult it would be to repeat the mating. If it was the last straw of a dog I could never collect again I would want to know the bitch was fertile. If I can easily get the semen again, in a breed like mine which is hard to place, I would go with the maiden rather than breed a litter just to check she was fertile.
  2. Too many variables I think. As others have pointed out, how do you know it's prey drive as it's traditionally understood (ie, going after a prey animal) or dog aggression? The only way to know would be to observe the dogs over time, something which you don't have the luxury of in most of these situations. A mini foxie once got in our yard - he scrabbled under our 6 foot chain wire fence. I found him as one of our Afghans was stalking him with intent. Both dogs were moving extremely slowly, and my take is that it was dog aggression based on dealing with an intruder, not the kind of thing y
  3. Agree with Rebanne, I wouldn't leave it. The COE says this for DogsWest: A member shall provide to all recipients of dogs sold or otherwise disposed of by that member, written details of: 2.30.1 The breed characteristics; 2.30.2 Vaccination record and / or requirements; 2.30.3 Responsible dog ownership information; and 2.30.4 All documentation required by the member’s Member Body, including a written receipt clearly stating whether the dog was sold with or without a Certificate of Registration (Main or Limited) and any other conditions. For the purposes of this Code "with or without
  4. Likewise, plus she apologised. If you post for advice, advice is what you get. If you want affirmation, just say so and we all know what to do then.
  5. I'm actually just asking a question I thought was an interesting one. Just because no lure courser has ever mentioned it doesn't mean anything really... it must be nice to be able to idly speculate on this without having any worries about potentially losing something you have put years of effort into with ever harming an animal. These sorts of comments are dangerous right now. The baiting stuff is worse than a lie, if it had not been for the baiting scandal the vast majority of LC participants would have had no idea what baiting even was in the first place. It has been put out there by
  6. I hope you are right, however with no exposure draft of the legislation it's a bit hard to know whether they have impacted show greyhounds, for example.
  7. No, they didn't exactly. They suggested it apply to "coursing dogs". The exact wording is: "(1) A person who: … (e) keeps or is in charge of any animal of a prescribed species at any place used for the housing or kennelling, training, trialing, training or racing of coursing dogs, is guilty of an offence." They did not define what they meant by "coursing dogs", which is problematic, as the Commission report flagged. My guess would be they didn't define a breed because they didn't want to leave an exploitable loophole whereby dubious racing activities could shift to another breed (e.g. whip
  8. No, they didn't exactly. They suggested it apply to "coursing dogs". The exact wording is: "(1) A person who: … (e) keeps or is in charge of any animal of a prescribed species at any place used for the housing or kennelling, training, trialing, training or racing of coursing dogs, is guilty of an offence." They did not define what they meant by "coursing dogs", which is problematic, as the Commission report flagged. My guess would be they didn't define a breed because they didn't want to leave an exploitable loophole whereby dubious racing activities could shift to another breed (e.g. whip
  9. I think this is something some people would only understand once they have been to a try out day and seen a dog who is brand new run eagerly after the zippy movement of a plastic bag. For those wondering why a dog would chase a bag, we all know that dogs respond to movement by chasing in other contexts (frisbees, sticks, balls, toys etc). There is nothing about a plastic bag that makes it intrinsically any different from a ball if you want to talk drive. And dog owners don't throw guinea pigs around to get their dogs to chase balls, it would be a nonsense to think anyone would.
  10. The whole thing only has the status of a recommendation right now. If the NSW Government has half a brain it will not adopt these Recommendations given the shaky basis on which they were made (no consultation, no understanding of the sport). But remember that the NSW RSPCA did want it to extend to all sighthounds. The Commission didn't go that far, but it is a warning shot from the RSPCA about how far it wants to intrude into people's pet owning. I note also tho' that both the QLD and Vic RSPCA run lure coursing at their public days including the MPW in Victoria. So, left hand, right hand
  11. I agree it is not a foregone conclusion and I'm fairly confident the NSW Government will see reason, but not completely confident. Stupider things have happened and so we can't be complacent. I disagree that it is understandable to make the link. Lure coursing has NOTHING to do with racing in a practical sense and I cannot find a way to place it in the Commission's terms of reference. Given the Commission's desire to explore the history of coursing (also, IMO, not really all that relevant to racing) I can see how it ended up there but it shouldn't have. If they had bothered to talk to us
  12. Did you read what she wrote? And did anyone read what Diva wrote upthread? I will tell you where the companion animal phase out stuff kicks in. There are two Recommendations in that report that have nothing to do with Greyhound racing, but which, if implemented, would penalise pet dog owners that the report itself acknowledges are law abiding and NOT engaging in live baiting. It's important to understand that the original policy position of the NSW RSPCA when lobbying on these Recommendations was that any coursing heritage breed - whippets, afghans, salukis etc - should be required to be
  13. Except breeders have been well trained to keep their campfires low and stay off the track - say too much get too obvious about who you are and what you do and you are likely to be wallopped. Those who have more than one or two dogs who have a genuine interest in seeing it stay as it is are the least likely to make waves and shout about it . We are divided -where are the dog related groups who have stood up for the greyhound people where are the dog related groups who join with us to fight crap legislation - where are we if they need us. How many dog related people and groups are going to go
  14. Sighthounds are very varied in their responses to running with other dogs, running after a lure and running after live game. There are an infinitely variable combination of attributes and approaches. I think we need to be wary of claiming anecdata about particular dogs and extrapolating that to the breed. The bottom line is that with appropriate management and training, a sighthound can make a perfectly good home companion. Just like any other dog. I was reading something overnight from a very experienced OFC and LC judge. She said that the authors of the greyhound report should spe
  15. well sadly I doubt that will be enough to give a tick to those who breed them. Im pretty sure that what they were intended for and how that impacts on their health might be part of the case they try to make against them - but apart from that when you look at a champ back when showing dogs began and you could argue the type was designed to sit on a lap etc one now Im not sure thats a good defence. Feb 2016 vets in sweden have called for them to be banned as well. We have to face this somehow. I have a land race breed that is very much about function with no health issues related to its co
  16. For various reasons lure coursing is unlikely to be where greyhound people end up, assuming they end up anywhere and don't just give it away. For a start, lure coursing is unsuitable for many track greyhounds who have been trained on oval tracks. The attributes that make a dog a good racer don't necessarily make it a good courser, and vice versa. Those who have been participating in LC for the last 12 months know this from personal experience. Plus there is the whole business of there being no money in it.
  17. Put up the evidence please. Which vets and which venues. ANKC LC is not being run in Victoria yet, so I will be interested to hear who else is running it. If you can't put up the evidence you need to edit your post and apologise.
  18. The routine here is that no dog is rugged inside including the Salukis. Our main heating source in winter is a slow combustion fire or the dogpile on the bed so there are heat sources the dogs can find. And all our dogs are inside overnight. So no-one is cold. Outside, we live in Southern NSW where the morning temps where the dogs go into the runs are often below zero, and day temps can struggle to climb into the low teens - tho' it is usually alpine weather with sunshine. The Afghans are not rugged, they are happy to sit outside on a hard frost in -5 temps. The Salukis get woollen op sho
  19. The work is an important point. A number of people I know wrote submissions, DogsNSW worked their butt off, and a friend and I went and visited our local member, and I know we were not the only ones.
  20. I have the DVD pack and it's a great resource as Espinay says. I also bought the exercise booklets for my puppy packs. A lot of what she says is material you already know, but it's gathered together in a scheduled, easy to use manner with practical examples on the DVD. I am a fan, but I was when she published 'When Pigs Fly".
  21. Or, I know my breed is the best, and therefore not any idiot should have one. At the Royals when the punters see our pretty dogs being well behaved I like to try and put them off by telling the male of the family that they are very much like 25 kilo cats. Like Espinay I would rather lead with the downside and filter out people for whom it's not going to be a good match.
  22. Don't stick with the blame. You now know not to trust dogs or people that you haven't already vetted yourself. So you have learned something that will prevent this happening again. The posters in the thread who say that judges won't pay it any mind are right - in any of the breeds who have jobs, including gundogs, scars are not a drama.
  23. Listen to the lecture Espinay just posted. It will tell you more about the history of your breed and the reasons for variations in styles than any forum and the lecturer is a hugely influential figure in Labs. Even if you don't have labs, but have another breed, it is an excellent listen for anyone wanting to reflect on type and function in their own breed.
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