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dee lee

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  1. I'd love to be able to take my dog on public transport. Or into my office block at work. But aside from that, I'm lucky, I live in a very dog friendly area. Lots of offlead/onlead parks & no problem taking her in shops, sitting outside cafes/pubs etc. Many of the pubs around here now even allow dogs inside! I don't understand why it can't be like that everywhere in Australia. I do agree though, with getting dogs exposed early to those kind of environments. I'm in the inner city and I'd guess that the reason most dogs are relaxed & well behaved when in public, is because they are used to it. (Not that there aren't exceptions!!) As a result they are welcome in shops, cafes etc.
  2. Wow. I was quoted $700 by my vet! (Though there is a big difference in size between a Cav & a GR)
  3. The space thing should not be an issue. There are plenty of dogs in Europe and the US, as two examples, that live in apartments and they're not all small dogs. It's the quality of life not the quantity of space. Yes, my set up sounds like a similar size to you (if not smaller) & we have a golden retriever who copes just fine. It just takes planning to make sure they get enough exercise outside the home. BUT... I've just started working full time again & with her getting older (she's 9 now), it's much more of a juggling act (no more jogging together = twice the time for us both to get exercised before work). I'm arranging a dog walker a couple of days a week to break up her day. I reckon, once you do a bit more breed research (don't get a working breed!) & are aware of the extra work you'll be taking on, you can do it. But I'd recommend an older dog not a puppy & dont worry about the bonding thing - ours was 2 when we got her & she was my shadow from day 1.
  4. I had one as a kid/teen & she was amazing! Sweet happy fun family dog. Really easy to live with, she was my best friend & companion. :D We considered getting another one last time, but to be honest, I wasn't up for the fur (I then adopted a goldie, so I'm not sure what happened there! :laugh: ). And they are barkers. Still, I can't recommend them enough as a family dog. Always up for anything & so sweet. :)
  5. I adopted my gorgeous girl from GRR, & they were so very lovely to deal with. They found me the perfect dog. They get a lot of enquiries and care a lot about their dogs, I know they have a number of criteria that prospective adopters need to fulfil- the fence height being one. I don't think that's a bad thing.
  6. I just put my dog back on a course last week- we are past 5 days 5 pills & she's not had leakage since day 4. (& how hilarious it's like viagra for dogs!! :laugh: )
  7. Very good points raised. I'd strongly advise against getting a dog with problems with small children. Dealing with the dog's problems (which, trust me, can't always be fixed like Annie's) can be a very tough call when you have a small baby/toddler and another dog. You don't want to make life that hard for you and your family. I did it when my kids were little & I bitterly regretted it. My current dog is a blissfully easy family dog who has no issues. She's the best dog in the world for us. I'd just wait for the right dog to come along.
  8. My dog is very easy to live with, very biddable & is on lead 90% of the time, so I'll admit it, her recall is a bit crap under distraction. The problem is that aside from trigger situations (which I am very alert to and ready to respond), she will always come if I call- though it may take longer if she's found something to sniff or check out. The only time she's offlead is at the park, so I'm fine with that. And now that she's older, even if she sees something worth bolting for (a seagull or sky writing) she doesn't get too far before she decides it's not worth the effort & comes back. :laugh: If ever I have had someone babysit her, they are told to never let her off lead outside fenced areas. I'm highly tuned to her triggers, but I don't trust anyone else to be.
  9. I'm starting back to 5 days 9-5 & getting mummy guilt, for both the kids and the dog!! :laugh: My dog gets a 5-6km early morning (6am) jog about 3 times a week, a short run & fetch the other 2 days. I am lucky kids get home between 4 & 5 & I'm thinking of getting a dog walker a couple of days. Honey is getting on now (9 in feb), so seems ok with things.
  10. I think sometimes the work you put into a difficult dog creates not just a bond but a sort of codependency. The intensity of the relationship can be overwhelming. I've gone from a highly difficult dog to an easy dog & while I found it a relief & immediately bonded with my new dog, it did take me a while to adjust. The dogs had wildly different approaches & needs. Perhaps you are expecting too much? I know my easy dog is just happy to coexist with me (as long as she can be near me & get pats!), she's so relaxed & sweet & well, just there! My old dog required much more work on all fronts and her energy dominated the house (she was a staffy x). I can see how you could miss that & feel something is missing. :)
  11. I will run my Goldie in the early morning cool if it's going to be hot, but I feel if us humans are ok for it, she's fine to go for a walk anytime of the day. We stick to the shade though, because I can't stand the full sun on a hot day, so I imagine it'd be very unpleasant with all that fur! I feel that as long as she is hydrated, we are only walking and stay out of the full sun it's preferable that we get outside rather than sloth in the heat at home.
  12. Oh goody, a gripes thread! :laugh: I find the onlead vs offlead arguments really stupid. My local off lead parks aren't fenced in and at any given time, there will be at least one or two dogs onlead- usually because their recall is crap (in the parts of the park with water, this will include my dog, whose water/duck obsession overrides everything!). It's really not hard to respect other owners who chose to keep their dogs on lead, & if you can't stop your dog approaching such a dog, then maybe yours should be onlead too. Especially if it "hates" onlead dogs. Personally, if I see an onlead dog in an open park, I'm erring on the side of caution, assuming it may not be dog friendly, and keeping my dog clear if it. And balls. I take a ball for my dog to the park, and yes I expect it may attract attention from other ball loving dogs. So I try and keep out of range of any likely contenders & grab the ball if I see one coming. So I know the risks & don't get angry if our ball gets nicked (my dog is a non-contester & drops it every time), but geez I get frustrated when I have to chase some naughty little shit whose owner can't catch it & get me back my ball. And bully dogs with ineffectual owners. Geez, if your dog has more balls than you, go see a trainer. Don't just let your dog bail mine up and bleat "stop.. stop..." then glare at me when I loudly tell your dog "NO" and yell at you to get it away from my dog & put it on lead. MORE THAN ONE TIME. Grrr. That said, I rarely have problems at the park. I've learnt to keep moving, that prevents a lot of issues, I've observed. My dog isn't very social though, so that helps.
  13. I show my dog my hands, but she never believes me! She looks under them. :laugh: We have a strict, no food off the table policy & she rarely gets food separate from her meals. Yet she is ALWAYS hopeful. I blame it on visitors who can't ignore her big brown eyes & sneak her food against my wishes. It hasn't taken much to have her focused on the once in a blue moon opportunity. I don't use treats for training either. She is very biddable, gets a lot of exercise, and I'm not into formal training for fun, so we just do a bit of behaviour reinforcement with praise for reward. She'd love the treats, but that's because she's a Goldie gutz.
  14. Oh no, T. I'm so sorry. Big hugs to you.
  15. My dog would have to be restrained from chasing them (& possibly killing them, she's a retriever but I don't think I'd like to test her) & I'd have a horrible holiday because she'd be so fixated on getting to them it would drive us all crazy. So nope, no chickens for us.
  16. Goldies are the ultimate family dog in my opinion. :D Mine is exceptionally gentle and affectionate with small children yet can be very active with older boisterous kids too. We adopted her from Golden Retriever Rescue- we decided on an adult (she was 2 at the time, she's now 8) because my daughter was nervous of dogs & puppies were too jumpy for her. If your friends are concerned about the littlies getting knocked over, they might consider an older dog past the jumpy puppy stage. I've met many goldies since owning one, & they all exude a lovely sweet calm temperament. Obviously there are bound to be exceptions to the rule but I've yet to meet one. Even the big bouncy puppies tend to be easily calmed when overexcited.
  17. After the neighbour submits a noise complaint, they are asked to provide a log of the barking, then the council sends an officer to record a log as well to validate the claim. FYI, If your dog is being complained about, in the first instance the council will send you a letter telling you about it and advising you to undertake measures to prevent it or the process will escalate.
  18. Bloody greedy goldies, mine used to do the same with our cat litter! Would walk out of the bathroom going "crunch crunch". I ditched it and used newspaper. It was still a race for the poo but at least she wasn't ingesting the litter. I know not all cats are ok with newspaper, but it's worth a try? (Much cheaper too!)
  19. My Goldie has an English cocker friend & I'm always struck how similar they are. I find retrievers and spaniels a good match. If I had enough space for 2 dogs (in my dreams!) I'd lean that way.
  20. Yeah, I don't "do" ghosts either. :laugh: I'd guess there is something she can see/hear/smell that you can't (being human and not a dog with better senses) and because it occurs irregularly & because she's sensitive, she reacts. Could be just about anything- rats, a vibrating electrical noise... if she doesn't know what it is it's more likely to disturb her too. Dogs can be trained to pick up on earth tremors, seizures etc, their senses are so much sharper than ours.
  21. All I could think was "what is wrong with that GSD?". :laugh: I swear that Goldie is the spitting image of my dog in all ways. Colour, face & the ability to literally inhale food- did you notice the way the last pieces of spaghetti got sucked in?
  22. Jed, with kids & a decent suburban yard, why would you rule out retrievers? We have kids, a tiny house & a small courtyard, & have a Golden Retriever- she probably gets more exercise than most dogs, through necessity. I think it's a popular misconception that the larger the dog, the larger the home needs to be.
  23. I'm confused about the kid thing too. From my experience most breeders were concerned about toddlers with dogs- with your youngest being 5, I can't see the problem. School aged kids are much more robust & sensible, and kids and dogs are a match made in heaven!! Anyway... I'm a big advocate for larger dogs, IMO, while they may be bigger as puppies, they aren't more boisterous than a small/medium dog. I've seen crazy little pups go way nuttier than big pups. But, I note your repeated mention of jogging? I've learnt that not all dogs are created equal in the jogging partner stakes. My Goldie kept up with me for a few of her younger years, but not so much since she turned 6- which is pretty young still. She still comes with me, but only on shorter runs & not every day. It's just a breed limitation I've discovered. Then there's the fact that for the first 18 months, you shouldn't jog with pups. Not a long running career if you choose the wrong breed. Just something to consider. I know I'm keeping that in mind for my next breed.
  24. My dog is a total love tart, anyone, anywhere will do if they offer pats. But I know her heart belongs to me. :) And maybe my youngest child. If we cuddle, my dog has to squeeze between us- & I'm not sure who she is jealous of! Or maybe she just wants to get in the middle of her two favourite people. It's quite sweet, if a little tricky at times... :laugh:
  25. Lol, I do lay it on thick a bit when it comes to my dog! :laugh: But I do want to temper my glowing review with a touch of general dog ownership reality- dogs are all very different & you have to be prepared to roll with various problems that do pop up. Even within one breed, no two dogs are the same & even if you end up with (and I hope you do) a gorgeous pup or dog perfect for you, that dog will at some stage cause you to have to deal with "something". It may be that a neighbour moves in with a roaming cat that stirs your dog up to bark & the neighbours complain, or that your dog ends up with hotspots, or develops a bad habit of humping others at the park, or any number of unanticipated naughty things. Trust me, there will be something... (eg my "perfect" dog chases sky writing!! ) so you just need to understand whether you get a Goldie or any of your other breed choices, you need to be prepared to deal with whatever pops up. But it will be worth it. :)
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