The Spotted Devil

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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. Yes!!!! Not without a few false starts and bit of creativity and assistance from me but ended up with a 20 min tie. Just call me "Stud Master" Then from Geelong I drove to Bridgewater to run two days of retrieving trials for my club! Em was not happy about not running in All Age. I'm exhausted!!!!
  2. Could be a flurry of excitement! I'm going to try for a natural mating tomorrow - see if the young lad has figured it out yet. Might try for another fresh AI just in case. Although it looked great under the microscope. Really want to do my utmost to make this happen.
  3. Yes, fingers and paws crossed here too. Fresh AI yesterday as my Em wouldn't tolerate the inexperienced young stud dog fluffing around any longer
  4. This question is difficult to answer - you need to talk to your breeder about their vaccination protocol. Just because they've had their last needle doesn't mean that it takes immediate effect. You should also talk to your vet about risk in your area - if they see parvo cases a lot I would err on the side of caution. If they very rarely see issues relating to unvaccinated dogs then I would take more risks. Not socialising your puppy for months is a huge risk in my eye.
  5. Ok so that's a great start. I would use the same tricks as for puppies. Firstly make sure the dog is well exercised and done some brain work. So physically and mentally tired. Then pop him in the crate with something to chew and only let him out when he's quiet. Just as you did. You might need to build this up over time. At night I would simply put the crate near your bed. Once he's sleeping through the night gradually shift it further from your bed until it's where you want him to sleep. A cover over the crate at night might help too. Mine all sleep in my room anyway - unless someone is in season and then I leave her crated in the lounge room. They ALWAYS get a big biscuit for bed time which tells them where they are sleeping. In a crate, in my room, in the car, at a friend's house, in the tent...
  6. Is he scared of the crate? Or will he go in ok?
  7. I have not seen one comment on social media - showing circles - thinking that's ok. As Diva said it's been widely condemned. Just because it happened doesn't mean the entire dog world is complicit.
  8. I was out with my crazy dogs working them in the field on the weekend. Not trialling, not showing. But doing what they were bred to do. That's my ultimate judgement of whether they are worth breeding. But I can't even share photos or videos here because it's too politically incorrect! So perhaps I'm just making it up lol
  9. I don't use anything for doors, gates, cars or food. I expect my lot to offer and hold a sit...the bowl of food or my hand on the door (or gate to chook yard) is the cue to sit. Then I release them one by one on their name...anyone who makes an error (including one paw up, that's you Em!) goes to the back of the cue
  10. Photos please!!!
  11. Well I did of course! Haha
  12. Mine have JRG blood in them @DogsAndTheMob
  13. How fabulous. Those dogs would have no idea of their impact, just doing what they do best. Wow. I hope that I have the privilege to breed such a dog one day.
  14. First things first....when I'm teaching my pups a "give" or an "out" from tug etc this is what I do: Initiate a game of tug with lots of verbal encouragement and interaction from my other hand (gentle pushing on the shoulder for example), keeping the pup in fairly low arousal (as in not a WILD game of tug - it might only be for a few seconds) Freeze. Don't pull the tug away, touch, talk or do anything. As soon as they lose interest and release the tug, I mark "yes", say "get it" and reward with another game of tug. Rinse and repeat. Pretty quickly I switch it up. When they release the tug I continue to freeze. Most puppies will quickly default to a sit. "Yes! Get it!" and play again. Over time I will increase the duration of the sit Time to add a cue - "give" or "out" then freeze, dog lets go, sits, "get it" Time to increase complexity - when the dog is holding a sit, introduce distractions such as movement of the tug BEFORE you say "get it". Pup will almost certainly move. Just an "oops!" is all that's necessary and freeze again. Very soon, my babies are holding a sit without command whilst I whack the tug on the floor. It's great for impulse control! Leaving something on the ground or the bench - well I'm a great fan of Susan Garrett's It's Yer Choice games - no commands but teaching the dog about permissions. The problem with using a cue is that the dog will unlikely "leave it" 100% of the time. You say "leave it", they pick it up and suddenly the cue "Leave it" becomes a cue to "Pick it up"! Trust me when I say this is absolutely true. It's simple learning theory.