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  1. I have a very high prey drive working line GSD ... and at the age of almost 9 years old he is just starting to "mature" and settle down but still has his crazy moments.  Most days he is like a 2yr old on red cordial ... and if you give him an inch he would take it a mile.  Our boy is very smart so you have to keep one step ahead of him and be very firm in dealing with him ... but having said I have never had an issue with his attacking my aviary birds and he has a spectacular recall. 


    If you really want a GSD find a good breeder and discuss what you are looking for and they can help you pick the right pup for you.  There are GSD clubs around the place - it might be a good place to start looking and talking to people.

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  2. My current boy loves training and seems to understand everything you say ... even when I told him he isn't going to get to play until after his bath (which he really didn't want to do) so he takes off and I find him sitting in the hydrobath waiting to have his bath. This was something he had never done before as bathing usually was a two person job to get him in ...

    Our previous boy made it seem like he was being tortured during obedience training - he did it but it was very unenthusiastic. He learnt by watching others and just did it himself ...

  3. I have used the halti, gentle leader and the black dog one on our previous dog ... and our boy ended up slicing open his nose and pulling out of a number of them ... because once he found he couldn't go forward he backed up and pulled shaking his head.

    It was ok for normal walking and if I could get his attention before he reacted and moved him away ... but if he started reacting then it did very little to control him and he always ended up getting hurt ... and don't forget to back-up collar.

  4. Looks interesting ... we usually compost ours ...

    that is what I do - just scoop it from the lawn and chuck it in a 60 liter drum and leave it to the worms; that works, but takes a while till everything is broken down and turned into compost without any signs of pooh.

    This anaerobic digestion process has some advantages over the normal worm composter - it is totally sealed and obviously it is much faster (takes just a week). However once the bucket is closed I guess it is not a good idea to open it every time I find another poo on the lawn as it would allow air / oxygen to get into the bucket compromising the anaerobic process; hence I would have to store it somewhere else till I can start another batch - that offsets somehow the advantage...I might just stick with my worm compost system.

    You would probably need to have to have a couple of buckets - one in action and another holding the waste for the next load. If you had lots of poo to deal with you might need more systems ...

    I had tried worm dog toilet but I think I kept killing off the worms because I would forget the rule about "do not add poo for at least a week after worming" ...

    We just brought the round compost bins from Bunnings, dug a hole about half the height of the compost bin and then placed the compost bin over the top of that. We have two bins and move them maybe every 18 months or so if that ... we use one until it is full and then let it sit while we use the other bin - when the second bin is almost full we then relocate the first bin to another location within the yard - everything is well and truly composted by then - it is either used to full any holes in the yard or added to the garden. The compost bin's don't tend to smell - we also add lawn clipping, shredded paper, old potting mix from pot plants that get re-potted, and even extra kitchen scraps that don't go to the worm farm.

  5. Who is the course with Tilly? Could you add a link please? It's something I'd like to do too. Not prepared for much here either.

    The website is http://www.dogfirstaid.com.au/courses.html ... the courses are 5hrs long and are run at 51 Wellington Street, Virginia and also Bankstown, NSW. They have a Facebook page as well - which I how I came across them. I have booked into the session on 2nd April.

  6. I have just come across a website for a Dog First Aid course in Queensland ... and have decided to book myself in.

    I have a number of first aid kits and have had First Aid Training (for humans) for a good 15 to 20 years … and some basic common sense ... so I thought I would be ok when something serious happened to any of our dogs ... after all we are in Brisbane and there is Emergencies Vets not too far away.

    A number of years ago one of our dogs sliced an artery in his leg overnight and I found him the next morning laying in a pool of blood but thankfully still alive. It was at that point I realised that while I had first aid supplies, I didn't really have enough to deal with that particular emergency (I used up all my dressings and bandages that morning).

    I then went about setting up each of the dogs a first aid kit based on a number of possible emergencies (hit by car, stabbing - our dogs are security dogs, snake bite, cut feet, dog bite / attack etc) ... but over time I have become lax and have not maintained the kits. Stuff had expired or been used but not replaced.

    A little while ago, on a Sunday morning of course, our dog injured himself - not one but all four feet were badly cut up and again I found myself again unprepared to properly treat his injuries (I had bandages and dressings but no saline to flush the wounds and the dressings had deteriorated etc).

    It got me wondering ... how do you think you would go in a true emergency?

  7. I have saddle bags for my GSD. I use it when I take him hiking and to carry some water, his water bowl and some first aid items. The advantage I found was when we started the walk ... the extra weight he was carrying slowed him down a little bit but as we got closer to the end of the walk when he was getting a little tired, the water was all but gone so the weight was much less.

    My boys are working line, very fit and very high energy ...

    Make sure the bags fit well and each side is even in weight ... and keep checking to make sure they are not getting too hot under the pack. Also be aware water sloshes around a lot ... so I found collapsible water bottles (1litre or smaller) better as you can squeeze the extra air out.

  8. We have parvo in our area and we had a 6 month old rottie die from it ... so our dogs received the third puppy shot. Our vet also recommended it due to the circumstances.

    Our youngest wasn't well after the second shot and it was suspected he had a reaction ... but I opted to go ahead with the third shot anyway.

  9. Our working dog used to whine when he is on lead but not moving ... in a crate or car he is quiet. We were warned that his line were all vocal dogs.

    It was a pain when his handler is hiding and waiting for an person to actually enter the premises (couldn't do anything until they had entered the premises for a break & enter charge) - the dog was warning the potential offenders in his excitement and anticipation of some fun. He now has a tug toy attached to the other end of his lead and he holds this in his mouth - which thankfully keeps him quiet.

  10. I usually give my boys chicken breast and pumpkin cooked and then mashed together with a little water or salt reduced chicken stock (usually water if they are a bit dehydrated or not drinking enough) ... feed this until the stools are firm for a day or two then gradually add their regular food to this with a little natural yoghurt.

    Stress, change in diet, change in water etc all contribute ... take it slowly.

  11. Find yourself a good puppy preschool ... preferably one that is connected to a good dog training club that will allow you to continue on with more training.

    Puppies are like children ... they need firm guidance/rules and consistency. Give them an inch and they will take it a mile.

    It seems like only yesterday my youngest was a cute and tiny little baby puppy full of hyper energy ... now he is a 4yr old full of hyper energy :D

  12. I don't even call into the shops to grab a loaf of bread or milk when I have the dog/s with me ... it can be an absolute pain when I am taking him/them for a walk and we walk past the shops on the way home ... but then come back once I have taken him/them home again.

    To me it just isn't worth the risk - but it would be good it they had walk-by shops for this purpose. Walk up to the outside window and grab my milk or bread without entering the shop :laugh:

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