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  1. It does seem a different way to go about things. I'm presuming that the rescue does actually pull dogs from the pound before it finalises the adoption otherwise the would be adopter could go straight to the pound. I've no idea if that rescue gives support to new adopters or takes the dog back if needed - those things would be an improvement on a direct pound/shelter adoption.
  2. That just sounds weird. EDITED TO ADD: Okay on the rescue's page at PetRescue they state: " was founded in 2016 to help promote dogs currently in Hawkesbury Companion Animal Shelter." So it looks to me like they pull from the pound when a firm adoption query is made but not before. And comparing their adoption fee with the pound itself, they are actually slightly cheaper than adopting straight from the pound plus you get to meet the pet with your current pets before adoption (I don't know if the pound does that). My personal preference is to have pound dogs fostered for at least a few weeks in a family home before being adopted out as I think you can match dogs and homes better, but there is no law saying it has to be that way. It is all upfront as long as you read the rescue's page.
  3. Ah ok, so they are not pretending that the dog is anywhere else, but what you are saying is that you have knowledge of the pound's adoption procedures and they are not strict at all?
  4. Staffy and Australia Bulldog

    OK so you are confident with the breeder (I probably wouldn't be, but I'm not you). You do need to know that sometimes flat faced, drop eared dogs can have problems with other dogs being unable to read their expressions. The mere fact that eyes are placed facing forward in a brachy breed can be interpreted as a hostile stare to a dog that has eyes on either side of the head. You quite probably have noticed some dogs appearing to take offence at the mere existence of your partner's dog. The good news is that you are getting your staffy pup at an age when she is still learning to interpret dog stances and facial expressions. So if you take the time to carefully socialise your pup with many different dog types (NOT at a random dog park but in carefully monitored situations with your friends and neighbours dogs) then you won't have any problems with your staffy not getting on with other dogs. In a nutshell, if you take the time to train her correctly, you shouldn't have any problems.
  5. That seems particularly shoddy - listing a dog that is not in their care. I have no problems with a rescue sharing a dog that is in a pound, it might get that dog adopted even though they have no space for it; or sometimes rescues will list an impounded dog in the hope of attracting a foster home, so that they can take it from the pound. In either case it should be made quite clear that the dog is in the pound, and not safe with the rescue.
  6. A little nervous, breeder advice

    Both you AND the breeder need to feel comfortable with the decision to purchase. Just because they advertise on DOL and/or show their dogs is no real indicator one way or the other, it does mean that they are registered ANKC breeders though. Not having their own online page doesn't mean anything much except that they are very unlikely to be a puppy farm. If I were you, I would spend a bit more time talking with the breeder on the phone, asking then about their expectations for the kind of care they want the puppy to have, what are the characters of the pups and what sort of written advice they give with their puppies. Also, if you have a friend or relative that you trust in Victoria, you could ask if they could visit the puppy on your behalf. I don't see any red flags in what you have said, but if you just don't feel comfortable then you could wait for a litter closer to you that you can visit before purchasing.
  7. What to feed Amstaff

    A good breeder will always give a diet sheet so that you know what, how much and how often to feed through the various growing stages, if pup does well on this there is no real reason to change. Once pup is an adult you can experiment with different diets. Please accept that a good breeder knows the needs of their lines best.
  8. It sounds like you are already making progress, albeit slow. I'm not sure at all that she thinks of the office as the dungeons of hell and therefore your husband as a demon, really that is pretty unlikely! Maybe she was one day scared by a plumber?? Who knows? We are unlikely to ever know what has triggered her fear. You can take her on leash into the office, but I don't think it will result in any sudden epiphanies, nor do I think that it will cause any harm provided that you yourself are relaxed and laid back, ditto hubby. But if you try that hoping for a major change, you will probably be subconsciously anxious - in that case it may easily be counterproductive. Patience, patience, patience. Patience and demonstrating that OH really cares about dogs and is no threat is I think, your best tactic. Food givers are carers, in most dogs' eyes. If the time-out scenario is helping YOU relax, then continue with that as well. If you tense up when you notice her getting ready to bark her "Stay away from me!" threats at him and if she is picking up on that body language, it might be reinforcing her, just a thought.
  9. I agree that a greyhound would be perfect. Those without prey drive can be found I have peripherally assisted in the rehoming of several that live amicably with dogs cats and other small pets - the trick is to have your name listed with an ethical grey rescue that does temperament test thoroughly. You just MIGHT get first shot at an unadvertised one that is the perfect match. The vast majority of available greyhounds come from the racing industry, it is actually surprising that a percentage have low prey drive, but it is true - just make sure they are sourced from a reputable breed rescue that temp tests properly. In this regard, GAP has the largest numbers, and therefore, low prey greys being a percentage of the population, the most low prey greys available in any given time span. I would be surprised if, having regularly contacted the trustworthy greyhound breed rescues (and unfortunately there are some that cannot be trusted ), you weren't able to source one within four or five months if low prey drive is the only major factor. If other factors, such as local sourcing, pattern or colour also come into it in a major way, then yes, it will take longer. An adult (4+ years) Golden Retriever from a non-working line should also suit, if budget is not a factor then a rehomed ex-show dog might be ideal. There a a couple currently listed in the DOL breeder pages, one of these might suit very well. If the GR breed club in their state has a FB page, why not message that page and ask if it is allowable to post that you are seeking a laid back adult used to kids and cats? Never any harm in asking. Although a fair few adolescents of this breed move through rescue, due to the usual puppy-buyer-didn't-realise-the-cute-puppy-needed-training-and-is-now-unmanageable syndrome sadly common in all breeds, adults are not all that common in rescue. The household involved can submit an application to GR rescue who are VERY careful in matching homes and adoptable dogs, from memory that rescue won't discuss it at all without an application. An enquiry or application is NOT a commitment to take on any dog that a rescue offers, it is a template that helps ethical rescue match homes and dogs. I urge people, in general, to contact multiple rescues with details of their needs and lifestyles in advance of that rescue advertising a particular dog. Once you do have a dog that suits you, it is of course, courteous, to contact all the others you have contacted to let them know that you are no longer looking. @ShadesOfGrey,apologies for the novel, I know that you know most of this and have found out which rescues are not ethical the hard way! It is just that I try to keep aware that this forum is open to, and read by, non-members and so I try to give advice that will help people who are testing the dog search waters for the first time.
  10. I doubt whether the five minutes time out is going to harm her psychologically, but nor do I think that it will do anything to stop her fear of your OH. I agree that your hubby coming home needs to be associated with good feelings like food and treats! Which is why I suggested that he serve their evening meals but possibly the storm of treats will work just as well, as long as she doesn't (as you fear) associate it with her barking at him. I'm curious, though. What happens on weekends or public holidays/days off? Is it just him coming through the front door at the end of a workday or does it happen if he comes inside after an errand or watering the lawn or whatever? I imagine she eyes him sidewise and avoids him the rest of the time, is that right? Does she ever see him with one of the others in his lap while he watches TV or something? That is often reassuring to a scared dog, to see another dog being cuddled. I couldn't agree more on just be patient!! It will take time and do continue in your efforts.
  11. Hello everyone!

    to the forum! Normally I would say that your first step is to decide on a breed that will fit well into the lifestyle of your household. There are a number of breed selector quizzes if you google, here is one that I like to recommend, even though it is US based. Once you have narrowed it down to a handful of breeds start your research. I still believe that choosing the right breed for you is essential, but I am beginning to think that choosing between baby puppy, older puppy, young adult or adult is even more essential for a household's first dog (even when household members have previously been part of other households with dogs.) Far too often (and please don't take this personally) I have seen households choose baby puppies with the best of intentions, not realising the time commitment needed to raise them successfully, only to surrender or give them away or sell them when they become adolescent and destructive with no training. Or, and this is common, the poor dog is banished to the backyard with only occasional contact, a sort of garden ornament, to annoy the neighbours and suffer boredom. All that just means that please please also research the hours each day needed to attend to the different age groups, and decided on how much daily time you can spare before you decide on the age group that will suit you best, remembering that daily training time is generally heaviest in the older puppy/young adult group (which baby puppies become, don't forget!) There is also play time, exercise time, grooming time and bonding time - bonding time can include all the above! It will all revolve around both time available and level of commitment. I am so glad that you came here to ask - too many seem to think that it is like choosing a new lounge suite or something, when it is more like adopting or fostering a child. So take a few quizzes, narrow down your choice of breed and age, then come back to tell us a bit about your household's lifestyle and we will all be happy to share advice and make suggestions as to where you can meet those breeds!
  12. And I think our friend E will say that the average Smooth is more hyper than the average Rough! I could be wrong we will wait and see!.
  13. Collies - (rough And Smooth)

    Old thread. Maybe this answers my question before I ask it ... are there any breeders/owners willing to comment on a Rough Collie and/or Smooth Collie Dog Breeds 101 thread if @Troy chooses to start one? I was looking for one to link to an enquirer about the breed but there isn't one. (yet).
  14. Coat care is not complex. Just good solid brushing, a couple of times a week. As long as your daughter is aware of what is needed and is committed that should not be a problem.
  15. You can get laid back Rough Collies which do not have the full on working temperament and perhaps that's the way to go? Many of the pet RC's that I have met are not as demanding as, say, the average Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, Kelpie etc. I think you should be safe in talking to Rough Collie breeders. A good breeder will choose the correct temperament in a puppy or if you want to be 100% sure, look for an older dog whose temperament has already stabilised. She might need to be sleeping in a queen size bed if she wants to share though ! A Shetland Sheepdog looks much like a Rough Collie, is much smaller but tend to be much more active and have a different temperament than Rough Collies. There is a 14 month old RC girl currently advertised in NSW in the breeder's pages.