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    Thornfield English Springer Spaniels

    Animal Welfare Scientist/Cat and Dog Behaviourist.

    PhD in Human-Dog Relationships

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  1. Lab proof dog beds

    I do like the Snooza D1000 BUT whenever my dogs shred beds I see it as a response to needing more mental stimulation....boxes to shred, food enrichment, more training etc.
  2. Chicken Frames

    I feed frames twice a week - one, two whatever works and depends on the size. My dogs are working fit so very trim. I change their meal quantities nightly so I have no "rule".
  3. Hips

    I had Ginny's x-rays done yesterday and yes, they will be going to Roger Lavelle. He did her Mama's and were exactly in line with my vet's prediction. I have spoken to a specialist at Monash Vets and Penn Hip is good for some breeds. USA Field Bred Labs, for example. However I don't know of any Field Bred ESS breeders who test so it's not very useful. If anything Penn Hip would compare my girls with show lines. So I will be sticking with ANKC for the time being. When I can justify the expense I will do both so I can get a handle on Penn Hip.
  4. Plastic chewies

    I’m not big on plastic chews. I give them goat horns instead. My Springers adore them.
  5. Nipping around butt area

    Anal glands sound like a possibility. If you aren’t confident in diagnosis I suggest popping in to see your vet.
  6. Night regression please help :(

    If he's LUA I pretty much can guess who bred him lol - great to see more LUA pups out there. Congratulations! At 14 weeks - pups are teething, growing, eating more, less, getting more confident or going through a fear period. All these things can disrupt the regular routine. Certainly my Dalmatian has always felt the cold terribly. He is now 12.5 years old, has got his best winter coat on (from the USA of course!) and is about 30cm from a roaring fire Also my pups always sleep in a crate until they can relax for an entire night - way too many distractions for a pup lying on my bed or their own. And as soon as they wake up they need to toilet. So it may be that your pup is waking up and then needing to toilet rather than the other way around. Once they demonstrate they can be responsible pups they can sleep where they like. But try to play with the cats at 2am? Back to the crate for the night. They quickly get the message!
  7. The old puppy exercise question

    Hahahahaha Springer pup on leash Been there. Got the t-shirt Crazy bloody things! I always say to my puppy people that walks are about training and socialisation. Ball and frisbee chasing is prohibited. Controlled retrieves are a different matter. Free play and off leash training is the best exercise. And as someone with working Springers I have a REALLY good chiro they visit regularly.
  8. New breed in Australia

    I had a Catahoula pup in one of my classes. Gorgeous but a LOT of dog. Way too much for his inexperienced owner.
  9. Don’t discount sudden onset protein intolerance. Happened to my Burmese cat - after an exclusion diet it turns out she can eat chicken and fish but throws up violently and pulls chunks of hair out on beef, lamb and turkey. At 15 she’s a different kitty.
  10. My girls (16kg and 19kg) get a level scoop and Zig (26kg) gets 1.5 scoops.
  11. I use the same brand. My Dally has never smelt better
  12. Buyer breaching contract of sale

    Agree with Anne. Contracts are not legally binding. My approach is to spend a long time getting to know the puppy buyer and developing a relationship. Then it’s about ongoing support and education. If I included my expertise and time in the price of a puppy I shudder to think how high that would be
  13. Lagotto or GR/Pooodle cross as first family dog?

    The issue with the poodle crosses are that the coat can be unpredictable. Will it be low shedding? Maybe, maybe not. It’s luck of the draw. Are you prepared for the high amount of grooming required?
  14. Desexing a Bernese Mountain Dog

    Personally at least 18 months for a medium breed. Let their growth plates close and musculature develop. The gonadal hormones aid in both. So I would allow one season for a bitch and hold off as long as possible for a male. My Dalmatian is entire, 12 years old, never sired a litter (I breed working Springers) and an Agility Champion. Best dog ever. I encourage my puppy buyers to keep at least the males entire as long as they feel comfortable. There are pros and cons to desexing.
  15. Pennhip Cost and Procedure

    Personally I recommend desexing not before 18 months for my working Springers if at all depending on bitch vs dog. I am VERY careful about who I sell to and they are mentored through any issues. I don’t Pennhip but AVA hip/elbow scoring so I can’t help with prices. Love Bernese - wouldn’t desex until at least 2 years old personally.