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  1. Can you put in a dog door? Option B is sleep her somewhere where she can tell you she needs to go outside. Right now she doesn't have much option if she needs to go. Have you changed what you feed her recently? She's not feeling guilty by the way, she's feeling anxious and potentially anticipating being punished. Generally a dog will not willingly defecate in their sleeping area.
  2. She looks great. Why on earth do people buy coated breeds and then want to clip them short???
  3. In many cases, but not all. Not every dog from every rescue has been assessed or fostered for any length of time, if at all, and not necessarily in family situation with young kids. I'd want to know that for sure before consdering any rescue dog.
  4. Agree. I'd rate the following as smooth coated family dog prospects that deserve to be known better: Pointers Whippets Rottweilers
  5. You are right that socialising a pup with children is important if it's to be a family dog. However some mature dogs have already had that experience. What ages are you kids?
  6. I wouldn't leave any pup/dog in a bathroom all day if I worked..
  7. Anything beyond "puppyhood". I'd be inclined to say 2-3 years and up.
  8. Do Whippets creep you out?? If not, I think you might enjoy owning one.. or two.. or Well, you get the drift.
  9. How much do you enjoy grooming and how much coat do you want to maintain? Spaniels and Setters aren't the easiest of dogs to keep in show coat and groom for the ring.
  10. But how do you know that is her hypothesis? It is just a topic name she started on DOL. I don't think we're imagining it. Corvus:
  11. I should have just waited for the more articulate artillery to arrive I find this a rather charming comment. I'm trying to work out who has just been offended. I find it a refreshing admission. The question is of course is THIS science flawed? Some of us think so and why is that so heretical??
  12. Aw thanks Aiden2 I guess no-one likes being called a weirdo outsider just because of what they do for a portion of their day It's a bit like being called emotional and biased because your observations are based on experience, not data. ;)
  13. I' jumping back from the love or hate scientists bit here and wondering at the above. This whole thread was started on the basis of survey information on some dogs (mostly greyhounds) being compared to a shyness/boldness axis defined especially for humans, then that information being used to project a result across a varied group of dog breeds. Does this seem completely ridiculous to anyone else here?? Seems like anthropomorphism taken to the extreme. And, you just try and keep my dogs away from a "novel" object!! I suppose my questions are more basic. Does it matter and if it does, why does it matter?
  14. Yeah but those are physicists. Totally different ;) One is an engineer. :cool:
  15. They already exist to some degree Weasels - they called universities. ;) Some young folk go in to one end and never re-emerge. It's just a job tho - I consider myself a member of the public and community, my OH is a tradie, I mingle with all sorts of people. I hope I don't end up finding a hidden cache of unemerged young people in the basement now Great there's some nightmares - 'night of the living undergraduates!'. Undergraduates still have hope.. its those with tenure who are lost to humanity
  16. They already exist to some degree Weasels - they called universities. ;) Some young folk go in to one end and never re-emerge. And they spend their lives learning more and more about less and less and lose the ability to engage with anyone other than scientists. Hell, they've even developed a sitcom about it.
  17. Cascade is also OK. The key issue is the % content of raspberries. I have syringed it neat down Darcy's throat before. I think from my reading that the practice has its origins in SW NSW and Victoria but I can't swear to it.
  18. No flaming here. I was just being pre-emptive. It's still early in Perth and I'm a little sensitive until I've had a few cups of tea :D Science can also learn from people on the ground (no big revelation there I know). Anecdotal evidence can trigger research. The raspberry cordial research on cures for bacterial contamination in water is a classic. I gather someone got onto the fact that farmers were using raspberry cordial as a cure for scouring in piglets and other young animals and tested the "why". Turns out its very effective for some kinds of bacterial infection/water contamination and now the Australian Army use it to assist with water decontamination. I keep a bottle in the fridge for when Darcy looks like he's about to succumb to haemorraghic gastro.. I think it may have assisted a couple of times. It has to be a minimum of 25% raspberries though - not the Cottees stuff. ;)
  19. Here's the thing though. We can theorise about how dogs think and we've been doing it for years. It doesn't necessarily mean we're right. So anyone suggesting that the science "must be right" and the observations of those who live and work with any particular breed of dog are 'biased' needs to reflect very carefully about that. I'm all for furthering our knowledge of dogs. But theory needs to be tested. I hope that's the next step for Corvus because right now her theory doesn't hold water for me. Science is not gospel. It's not immutable and it's sure as hell not always accurate. That doesn't mean its not worthwhile.
  20. It could be a whole range of issues including balance. I'd not be jumping to any conclusions.
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