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  1. I wasn't a harness person until I started training Nix through k9 Pro. Zig was always a bit of a puller and he was trained out of it. Nix has NEVER been a puller and only had a harness until she was about 5 - 6 months old. If you train them right, dogs don't pull on a harness or a collar. Get onto Bec at K9 Pro for some tips on training for no leash pulling - it is a dream program and so easy to implement (and it works). Just in case anyone hasn't seen her yet: Ironklad Amstaffs Girl on Fire (Phoenix or Nix for short).. Just turned 13 months old.
  2. For a puppy, I like the Puppia ones (they slip over the head, like a shirt and then the strap clicks up the back). Nice and soft for a puppy. I still use the largest ones as car harnesses for both my blockheads.
  3. I have a bull breed here that was diagnosed with HD when he was very young. From the get go, we have used a chiro to help keep him aligned, he has regular injections (cartrophen or carprofen - something like that).. Last year (he was 4 yeas old at the time) we finally did stem cell therapy, after updated x-rays showed he had HD and ED, with his right hip being quite severely affected) His cells were harvested and two weeks later he was injected with his own cells in all joints. It was something like a one in one hundred chance but he had a 'flare up' from the injections in
  4. Good write up Rebanne and so true. I often questioned myself with Ollie dog years ago - where do you draw the line for treatments of terminally ill animals?? I stopped all his treatments and he still lived another few years, so we did well. But when his time arrived, it was quick and my gut told me he had enough. I still remember the vet saying that he could put him on a drip for the day but I would be back there again next week but it would buy us some time.. We had all the time, we needed - Ollie's timing was beyond bad (we had lost my husband just 3 weeks earlier) but I just couldn't br
  5. Yep, he has come from being the most distracted dog, I've ever known, to one that actually likes to work.. We sure have come a long way - with the help of a few trainers and instructors over the last few years..
  6. Thanks - there were some amazing dogs and handlers there. Our judge said it was the most impressive CCD ring he has seen in a while. It was challenging, even for the more experienced handlers and dogs with some of the distractions. There were a few of us that were real newbies to the ring and it was a bit nerve wrecking (I know it was for me - I was actually looking for excuses not to go ahead the day before, as you know). Thanks everyone - I am still in awe of my lad. He really did me proud on the day.
  7. Thanks guys - we are pretty happy with our pass and look forward to competing again soon.
  8. After my nerves almost getting the best of me - we finally entered and PASSED our first obedience trial. With a qualifying score of 90/100. The judge said he hasn't seen such a high scoring CCD ring in many years and that we should all be very proud of ourselves! 2016.7.9 Zig passes CCD Obedience trial by Jodie, on Flickr
  9. OK. To the OP, please don't feed your dog chicken necks - I am sure there would another suitable alternative. My point was more to hide some sort of food around the yard (or where the dog hangs out most of the day), so it gives her something to do while you are out. Giving her something she is ALLOWED to do, may keep her amused enough to NOT do the things she isn't allowed to do.. I find dogs become troublesome, mostly when they are bored.
  10. It definitely sounds like separation anxiety. First things first - start putting up everything you don't want trashed because it will take time to get settle the dog and retrain. Have you considered a thunder shirt? I have had good success with one for my lad - he only has anxiety when he is in unfamiliar places but we put his thunder shirt on and he is a lot less stressed. I have had a couple of foster dogs with issues - crate training helps heaps (especially when the dog sees the crate as a safe and secure place to go. I cover my crates with a sheet - over the top, down the front and
  11. It seems like a lot but they're all completely handmade from scratch (so a lot of time goes in to them) and the quality is amazing - it will last the lifetime of your dog easily! Mine still looks as good as the day I got it at least 3 years ago. Yep, totally agree with Mel - the quality is outstanding and they will easily last a lifetime. My lad swims in a couple of his and has had one of them for 4 years and it still looks and feels like a new collar.
  12. Another Ruthless fan here... Zig has 4 collars and 4 leads from them now - I adore them. The work is beautiful and you can't go past the quality.
  13. Thanks TSD, right now it is looking extremely promising.
  14. Thanks, it is good to hear others experience with it as well. I am glad to hear your client is doing so well!
  15. It's been a while since I posted but thought our journey might help others. I found Ziggy at the local pound nearly 5 years ago no. At the time he was about 6 months old.. I always thought he had a funny gait and seemed 'stiff' in his back legs all the time. At about 18 months old he kept limping and we initially thought it was a knee issue. Our vet did x-rays and it showed quite bad HD in his right hip (he had some serious wear on the ball joint from where it was rubbing against the rest of the joint). His left hip was also showing wear and tear but not as bad as his right hip. So we hav
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