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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Children's probiotics for my dog

    Stress is stress. Physiologically speaking. So excitement and over arousal can produce similar responses to fear! It’s just that the former is - mostly - good stress!
  4. Children's probiotics for my dog

    Psyllium husk is a much more effective option than oats.
  5. Children's probiotics for my dog

    What you describe isn’t all that unusual to be honest. I feed edible bone (chicken frames) some nights and balance that out with psyillum husk on other meals. All my dogs receive dog specific probiotics every night. The canine and human gut microbes are very different. You won’t do harm but you will waste your money. At the moment I’m using Blackmores Digesticare: https://www.vetnpetdirect.com.au/digesticare-60-multistrain-probiotic-for-companion-animals
  6. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    Always the way
  7. Rose Hip Vital - Experiences Please Any Animal

    All my dogs (3, 8 and 12 year old) receive the following daily, based on discussions with a US sports vet: Probiotics: https://www.vetnpetdirect.com.au/digesticare-60-multistrain-probiotic-for-companion-animals Omega 3 (there’s a small breed version): https://au.iherb.com/pr/Nordic-Naturals-Omega-3-Pet-8-fl-oz-237-ml/43656 4-Cyte for Joints: https://www.vetnpetdirect.com.au/4cyte-canine-joint-treatment I haven’t been keen to put them on Rose Hip - I’m not quite convinced on the science. My youngsters receive amazing chiro/massage from a human and canine qualified specialist every 4 weeks with Zig seeing him every 3 months. I do massage and light trigger point work on them several times a week. That’s made such a difference to how they ALL move.
  8. Weight Loss - what is safe rate?

    @Loving my Oldies also try making him work for his food just a little. It actually improves satiety just by doing the searching and finding and consuming small amounts.
  9. Buying a puppy

    So...my last 2 litters, pups have sold for $1750 each. First litter I just broke even on costs (not including my time and travel). The second litter I had 7 pups with 2 still born and 1 put to sleep at 5 weeks after x-rays. Surprise, surprise I didn’t break even with that litter either. An honest question - would puppy buyers prefer I doubled my prices so I could treat breeding like a business and answer emails within 7 days? Personally I’d like to breed affordable pups, raise them to the best of my ability and place them in the best homes possible. Truth be told no-one is privileged to have any idea what’s going on in someone’s life at any one time. Yes, I’ve slipped of late in terms of getting back to people but sometimes things happen that you can’t control. Trust me, if I could change my current circumstances I would.
  10. Snake aversion training

    I have 3 active (2 working lines crazy active) who are inside when we are not at home. They have been conditioned to relax when I leave since they were pups - exercise, training, food toys and large pens as youngsters. They wait until I get home before they start playing, wrestling and pinching shoes!
  11. Buying a puppy

    I’m drowning in Christmas puppy emails at the moment. I will follow them all up with a polite reply but it is hard work! And yes, I breed once every few years and clearly state on my website that I have nothing available until mid 2019.
  12. Puppy

    What does your vet say? I’d be seeing a repro specialist for a start.
  13. Crate training our new puppy?

    I haven’t had a chance to check your link but if you look on this page of my website you’ll see Ginny as a youngster plating crate games. Her mum, Em is in an open crate on the right and Ziggy my Dalmatian is on the left as distractions: http://www.thornfield.com.au/living-with-a-fieldbred-ess.asp My favourite training resources are here: http://www.thornfield.com.au/links.asp with a few fun videos too
  14. Puppy transportation interstate. Costs involved?

    I use Jet Pets. I just ring with an approximate puppy weight and I usually add the cost of a crate as my puppy people find that easier. I pick up the crate and have it at my home for a few weeks so it smells like the litter and pup can get used to it.
  15. Red Fox Labradors

    Interestingly the working line Labs and Goldens are a deep golden colour and the show lines tend to be more pale. I know of one Fox Red Lab who is from UK working lines.