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  1. Feeding / Food aggression

    HD, I've had some extremely resource possessive foster dogs and I can absolutely understand your stress. Managing dogs like that is NOT simple. It's stressful, it's constant and one slip can result in someone getting hurt, so there is always that underlying fear of something going badly wrong, even after considerable work on the problem. Personally, I found a covered crate to be the best way to keep them a bit calmer. Dog and food go in the crate, cover is one with just the front panel open, dog doesn't get let out until they've definitely finished. On top of this, crate was placed in a corner, to limit the directions of approach by people/other dogs. This means the dog only really has one direction to watch and they feel a bit safer*. The other advantage of the crate is that it gives you a safe barrier for training. The idea is that the dog can gradually learn that people/other dogs near their food = better food and/or treats. Pick his highest value food/treat and use that to help him associate your presence near his bowl with delicious treats. It can be a very slow, frustrating process, but if you have good training help, you're already ahead. *Should point out that this area needs to be tightly managed, so that people/other dogs aren't just wandering past. The crate should be his safe little cave, not a trap that allows his competition to "corner" him.
  2. Sighthounds

    Woger the Womble (Bortique Sleep Now In The Fire) The OH wasn't super keen on a borzoi (too big, too hairy, not a whippet) but this little fluff-face changed that as soon as he arrived. He's revoltingly cute, gentle, cuddly, clever and just perfect. I waited two years for it to happen and he's been worth every second of the wait
  3. My comment was directly related to the OP's question. Stop trolling, go back to your doctor.
  4. Asal, my patience with you has reached an end. Not everyone wants to constantly hear about your obsession with the RSPCA. Thistle made you a thread, stop railroading completely unrelated topics.
  5. There is a difference between unsustainable population growth caused by events outside of our control (such as weather) and the growth caused by deliberate activities, such as feeding wildlife. In the case of the roos I mentioned, they were all destroyed. None starved to death, but their deaths could have been prevented if people just kept their bread crusts to themselves. This isn't a whinging greenies thing, this is about the health and welfare of the animals. Anyway, could we not turn yet another thread into RSPCA/Greenies/Animal rights bashing? Big D wanted to know if his dog might be part dingo, not about swamp wallabies on RAAF bases and how it's all the greenies' faults.
  6. Easiest way to get an idea of correct weight (for most breeds) is to just feel the back of your own hand. You'll be able to clearly feel bone, under a thin layer of skin. That's what the dog's ribs should feel like. If you have to poke through half an inch of fat to find ribs, it might be time to ease off the food a bit. As for body condition scores, the bits of the dog you're looking at really shouldn't vary too greatly between breeds, so the charts are generally a pretty good way of assessing body condition. Waist is a good place to start- it really doesn't matter how "stocky" a dog is, there is limited muscle around that loin area so there should be a waist. There is also very limited muscle over ribs, so again, these should be easy to find. On the other end of the scale, all dogs should have normal muscling over their eyes, and if this is absent (unless associated with advanced age), it's a good indication that inadequate nutrition has been an ongoing issue.
  7. Pretty much this, but I would add that if they're having grand mal seizures, in my experience, their temperature can skyrocket from the exertion, and obviously, the longer the seizure, the hotter they get. For us, this wasn't a huge concern- he was a smooth-coated dog, living in a part of Australia that doesn't get all that hot, and he was always kept inside- but if your situation was different, like a seizure that happened outside on a hot day, the dog could get hot enough for it to be a problem.
  8. Asal, habituation is a very real problem in native wildlife and it never ends well for them. Down here, a few years back, an entire mob of eastern greys had to be destroyed because they lived in a local reserve, had become very habituated to humans feeding them at the BBQ areas, and were starting to become aggressive in their begging for food. Even "cute" wild animals can be very dangerous, if they're coming into close contact with humans. The other issue is that supplemental feeding unbalances population. The animals become dependent on the extra food to sustain a population that could not naturally exist in that region. And then when the extra food is withdrawn, the excess animals starve. The solution is to make sure no one makes that mistake again.
  9. Snake aversion training

    There's an awful lot of money to be made out of pet owners, and even more people willing to exploit that fact. At the end of the day, you do what works best for you. Personally, I prefer reward-based training, raw feeding, keeping my dogs inside and I use Advocate. Those things work for me. I didn't arrive at that point without accruing a certain amount of understanding of each issue- because I feel that decisions should be made based on all available information- but I don't obsess over them. In saying that.. I raw feed, we only buy locally raised meat, slaughtered by a local producer to very high ethical standards, and yet.. I'm currently sharing Cheezels with Wallace You have to have some fun in life. (Or in this case, alarmingly orange cheese powder)
  10. I know this is definitely in very poor taste (and I feel terrible already) but.. the first thing that came to my mind was.. "How does the dog like babies"?" If there is a hell, I'm quite possibly going there.
  11. You're the one who felt the need to pick a fight because you disagreed with me? I find it a little rude that you picked the argument and now you're whining that I'm wasting your time.
  12. Don't let anyone guilt you into making decisions for your boy. You know him best, he's under the care of a vet who has offered you good advice, and you seem very aware of his triggers and how to manage him. I know of a few epileptic dogs who have/had infrequent seizures and for those dogs, they remained infrequent. Other cases might be different but you're keeping good track of things and if the situation changes, you can always reassess. I absolutely understand about the guilt though. It's hard enough watching your dog going through a seizure (more so because they can't understand what's happening), it's even worse when other people decide to lay on the guilt about your management decisions. I had people tell me that epileptic animals should simply be put to sleep. And as someone with a human family member with epilepsy, that sort of thing is incredibly hurtful. Those sort of people probably mean well but.. it really doesn't help.
  13. It's certainly an interesting issue. In our case, was there already some underlying pancreatic issue, at only 6 months old? Seems unlikely, but I suppose not impossible. Or was it the outcome of his combined medication (PB + KBr), as it is known to predispose some dogs to pancreatitis, which may perhaps lead to malignant cell changes? Seem unlikely but again, not impossible. Was he just unlucky enough to have epilepsy, and on top of that, develop an uncommon cancer that also caused seizures from BGL drops? Seems unlikely but.. you get the idea. So far as our vets could tell, his blood tests had always come back good. His liver function was good, CBC and WBC were always as expected, glucose had never raised an eyebrow. But the trouble with insulinomas is that levels will be erratic, and so you have to get lucky to catch a major trough. For us, maybe it had been going on for a long time but we never caught a break with the blood tests. It's impossible to say where the epilepsy would have gone, if the cancer hadn't got him first, or even if it was definitely the cancer that caused the increase. The increase started at a very young age (well and truly by 18 months) and that just seems unlikely young for a dog to develop that sort of cancer but.. I don't know. Epilepsy can be a tricky thing to deal with. I have a human family member with epilepsy (from a brain injury) and hers were terribly controlled for a long time (getting so frequent and increasingly severe) and then a simple change of meds and.. not a single seizure in 10 years. Brains..
  14. Canine Circovirus

    This. My limited understanding of it, is that it's a fairly recent find, and would require PCR to confirm. Also, that it hasn't been found in Australia. If you'd like something to worry over, tularemia type B was found in Tasmania in few years ago. First recorded case in the southern hemisphere.
  15. German ban on Xmas adoptions

    Maybe it depends a lot on the sort of dogs you rehome? I can't say I've ever had any requests for holiday toys for the kids. I have rehomed dogs around the christmas period (one girl was only a few days before christmas) and all are still in their homes, and very loved. In fact, when it comes to families adopting, I can't say I've ever had a family tell me that the dog was for the kids. I've had parents turn down dogs that their kids were mad for, because the parents didn't feel the connection. Most sensible adults want a dog they're happy with, because it will be a family member that they have to live with. I honestly don't think we give the general public enough credit. The overwhelming majority of my adopters have been sensible, good people who want to help out a dog in need. And I suspect that they're probably about the average. That's not to say that idiots don't exist, but I don't think it's sensible to tar every potential adopter with the same brush, or to punish people in advance.