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  1. Microchip issue for new puppy

    NSW chips don't show as registered in QLD (or any state except NSW!).If the pups were chipped in NSW before being transferred to QLD (weird but possible) that would explain why chips showed no registration details in QLD. Submit the form and see what happens.
  2. Worrying behaviour? Please help?

    I'm so glad that you realised that your dog was looking to you for direction. Dogs don't always react the same way on leash as they do at home, especially those working dogs which have have a very strong guarding instinct, which is the case for for both sides of Missy's heritage. If you do want her to put up with unwanted pats/handling by strangers when on leash, then do take her to obedience school. Most clubs are non-profit community clubs, there is an annual fee but it is quite doable for most people out of work. Once a week attendance on weekends and short daily practice at home other days. plus a lot of fun and meeting other dogs and people in your area!
  3. Cocker Spaniel - update in my post

    So very sad. I was under the impression that breeders had virtually eliminated Cocker Rage from the solids. Decades ago, it was certainly a serious problem in the breed. Itis very rare these days. Run free at the rainbow bridge, dear boy.
  4. French Bulldog Thread!

    Hello Savvy. It really isn't normal for two dogs to happily chew on the same bone at the same time, and your older dog is trying to teach the younger pup to stay away from him when he is enjoying a bone. Quite often the best way for peace at chew treat time is to let each dog have it's chew separated from the other. Crate training can achieve that , or putting the baby puppy in an exercise pen with his chew so that your older dog cannot steal it, or even simply letting each have their chew in a separate part of the house or garden. I really can't recommend feeding them out of the same bowl either. Puppies have different nutritional requirements and should be on a slightly different diet. For a whole heap of good reasons, which I shan't go into here it is always best to ensure that each dog has their own bowl and to discourage them from approaching one another while eating.
  5. Advice please

    For the dog to be of show/breeding quality it would have had to be purchased as an adult. Puppies only ever have "potential" and can never be guaranteed. And to purchase an adult you would not have done your due diligence unless you had asked for proof of breed specific health testing first. The puppy buyer is also expected to practise due diligence in that they should always ensure that parents have been screened for breed specific conditions, either by DNA screening where possible or by veterinary testing. This is especially the case where a puppy is purchased with a hope that it will grow to be of breeding quality. Anyone planning to breed is expected to have researched problems within the breed and what sort of screening tests are available to avoid those problems/ So to answer your question, you would most certainly contact the breeder to advise that a particular hereditary condition had cropped up in one of their stock. This is to help them plan future matings to avoid producing more stock with that condition. You would probably not really be entitled to ask for a refund unless the breeder had stated in advertisement or in writing that their stock was free of that particular condition. If the hereditary condition was one that was rare and not well known in the breed and is not a condition for which screening is done then the breeder is not at all liable - it is just pure bad luck.
  6. dogs paw cleaning cup?

    I'll pass on the paw cleaning mug thanks!! Good old damp washcloth will do me just fine!
  7. RSPCA in the news

    @asal did you mean to post that in this thread? Or are you comparing animal abuse laws with child abuse laws?
  8. Luxating Patella op recovery

    Crate rest is usually advised, so it should not make her worse.
  9. RSPCA in the news

    Not the first time that one of the state RSPCA's took no action on a report and then suddenly become involved after media interest. Watch this space ....
  10. DNA testing for mixed breed dogs

    That is ia typical Bull Arab type mix, (although I have to say that the minibull is unusual, Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier is more common, but if they found more minibull than anything else I guess it really was in there.) I second what Juice said, the Bullarabs that I have fostered were so lovable.
  11. Genetic bloodline testing

    The only thing I can possibly suggest would require you to have multiple samples of the "bad" bloodline from different dogs on hand, together with their relationship to each each other, so that you could then determine whether or not your boy has any relationship to most of those samples. I would hazard a guess that you don't have those samples, though. I'm sorry this has happened to you. Now that you know his pedigree is not accurate, please report the whole thing to DogsWA and do not consider breeding with him.
  12. Rescuer found guilty

    She is no longer allowed to be associated with that rescue, according to one of the articles above.
  13. Grooming dogs with black nails?

    If her nails aren't getting worn down by daily exercise on hard surfaces such as pavement, then you really have to take in the job yourself between grooms. Only getting her nails clipped when she is at the groomer won't get them short enough really. I am a fan of using a dremel to file down nails, weekly on fast growing nails, as they need it on others. Lots of great advice already given here for you to check out.
  14. Cocker Spaniel - update in my post

    That sort of home is like hen's teeth to find, it sounds like it was meant to be! Best of luck to the dear boy!
  15. Ha ha Fidget does Earthdog - because the ANKC list of approved breeds is basically copied whole from the US Earthdog list, her breed is not an option and the officials have to list her as a Manchester Terrier! She competes in disguise LOL!!! The DogsVic Earthdog committee tell me they are going to petition the ANKC about the situation and also about adding a couple of other small breeds that were originally developed as vermin hunters but missed the US list.
  16. Dropped pasterns in puppy

    So what did you replace the puppy food with? Yes a whole heap of growth problems from loose pasterns and knuckling to joint dysplasia in later life can be caused by the wrong food or the wong ratios of food or exercise. Vitamin C can't hurt even if it probably doesn't help. The only calcium I would add to his diet is natural calcium with the correct balance of phosphorous etc in the form of raw edible bones like chicken necks or especially chicken carcass. (LOL actually the average chicken carcass would be two ot three times his size so take care that it doesn't eat him!! ) or raw powdered eggshells. Walking his on gravel as you were told can help but please be careful that you don't then cause other more severe problems by walking him too for or too often. He is a baby and doesn't need long walks. One other simple thing that you can do to help him is make sure that his feed and water are in raised bowls. You will need to keep adjusting the height as he grows. The aim is to have him just starting to tiptoe when he is is eating or drinking. This gentle stretching helps put muscles and ligaments in their right places.
  17. Cocker Spaniel - update in my post

    Has this boy been successfully rehomed yet @Her Majesty Dogmad?
  18. Food Advice Please!

    Yep,with dials. Even before dials there were telephones. I distinctly remember playing on the floor at age 3 of 4 while my grandmother vigorously turned the handle to make it ring at the exchange. And I had gotten it confused with the meat grinder I think, because I can still remember my disappointment that no mince came out if it. heh, heh saw this a while back and splurked my coffee!
  19. I wouldn't put him through a vet visit just because he is shedding a bit, unless his coat is getting so thin and brittle that his back and flanks are like belly skin. And he looked fine to me in the picture you posted the other day. Can you think back to this time last year were you having the same problems? Many dogs "blow" their coat once or twice a year. Yes this can certainly happen with short coated dogs too although I do admit your hair sample above does look mostly topcoat without much undercoat in there. And yes, some seniors can start to shed more heavily as they age, others do not. It can be tricky as increased hair loss can be a symptom of of quite a few different conditions but is rarely the only symptom in those cases. The seniors I've had that did thin out in coat when they aged I suspect might have been having an old age thing of not being able to process some diet components as easily as they did when they were younger and I tended to increase the sardine portion of their diet to compensate. If, after 6 - 8 weeks of extra sardines their coat does not show a distinct improvement then I started thinking about when was their last seniors blood work up and to book them in with the vet. +
  20. Food Advice Please!

    You can also buy Nutrigel online or from any large stock feed merchant or pet store. It is made by Troy so searching for Troy Nutrigel on line will usually find the bargains - but don't get mixed up with the very very similar product Troy Nutripet LOL I seem to remember that Nutrigel was made by Ilium which is apparently now owned by Troy - I can't find any reference to when Troy labs took over Ilium so that probably was back in pre-Internet days. I feel so ooooooold when I come across this sort of thing!
  21. Approriate dog fencing

    Well that actually makes sense to me, even for chihuahuas. Remember that fences keep other dogs OUT as well as your own dog IN.
  22. Tooth extraction Perth

    The quote you were given seems fairly reasonable to me. You could check around but I doubt you''ll find a vet significantly cheaper for a dental. I haven't before heard of the SA vet payment plan that Marg mentioned but do consider borrowing a lump sum from Centrelink against your pension. The best thing about doing that is that the repayments are totally interest free and also pain free in that they take out their repayments each fortnight so you don't need to do anything. For others looking for ways to spread the pain of a large vet bill, have a look at VetPay where, after being pre-approved, you pay a percentage of the bill to your vet yourself and VetPay pay the balance, which you then repay to VetPay over time (with interest but I'm told cheaper then the average credit card interest rate). Not all vets participate in VetPay though, so check first.
  23. I second the recommendation for a Bichon Frise - they are as smart as a poodle but you are less likely to strike one with a health problem. One is advertised here. Another breed that would suit you very well is the Havanese. The Havanese is another member of the Bichon family but because the coat is always brushed out it is more like a Maltese in ,looks except that the Havanese comes in a variety of colours. Breeders advertising they have puppies for sale can be found here. Edited to add that ha ha If I'm going to start a reply and then get distracted and come back a couple of hours later to finish it I really should ceach to see if other replies have been posted in the meantime! Glad to see the Havanese jumped to the minds of others as well!
  24. English Toy Terrier (black & Tan)

    1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc) I own, occasionally show and do Earthdog with a gorgeous ETT! Although I have bred, trained and shown other breeds more more than half a century this is my first ETT. Fidget is now almost 3 years old. 2. Where and why was the breed first developed? The breed is a smaller version of the Old English Black and Tan Terrier ( a very old vermin hunting breed now extinct but the English Toy Terrier is a direct descendant.) In the 1800s in the UK the "sport" of rat pitting was very popular and one goal was to have the smallest possible dog killing the most of rats in the set time period. So the Old English Black and Tan Terriers were bred down to a smaller size. In 1848 a black and tan terrier weighing just 5 1⁄2 pounds (2.5 kg) named Tiny is recorded to have killed 300 rats in less than an hour. Rat pitting was outlawed in 1873 in the UK. Coincidentally the Kennel Club of England was formed in the same year and its very first show has a respectable entry of Black and Tan Terriers both in the Standard and Miniature varieties. By 1900, however, the standard size Black and Tan Terrier was seldom if ever seen. However, a new breed, developed by crossing the Whippet with the Black and Tan Terrier had become well established by then and was known as the Manchester Terrier. In the 1920's the Kennel Club decided that the Black and Tan Terrier was no more and listed two new breeds in lieu: The Manchester Terrier and the Black and Tan Terrier (Miniature). In 1962 the name of the latter breed was changed to the current English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan). 3. How common is it in Australia? Rare. Early this century, the UK Kennel Club declared the breed at risk of extinction and opened the stud book to allow the toy variety of the US/Canadian Manchester Terrier to be re-registered in the UK as an English Toy Terrier(Black and Tan) in order to widen the gene pool. (The US briefly recognised the Toy Manchester Terrier as a separate breed from the Manchester Terrier from 1938 to 1958 but before and after that date considered them two varieties of the same breed.) Australia has followed suit and also currently permits US and Canadian toy variety Manchester Terriers (or sperm) to be re-registered with the ANKC as English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan). So some lines are direct descendants of the extinct Black and Tan Terrier and some are not (which does create some controversy amongst breed adherents both in the UK and in Australia). 6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult? Being a tiny breed, not a great deal of physical exercise is needed. Most would get enough daily exercise in a small courtyard as they are a very lively breed and keep themselves fit. However, at least one daily walk is needed for mental health or boredom might lead to yapping. As they are a very intelligent little dog they do need quite a lot of mental enrichment. 7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with? Yes, provided that they learned about and provided sufficient mental enrichment to avoid creating a boredom yapper. 8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods? Mine has always had other dogs or cats as company. I suspect the answer to this question should be no, not easily. However. if enough mental enrichment is provided and/or a large enough area to safely explore there is not likely to be any problem behaviour. 9. How much grooming is required? Very little. The major part of grooming consists of keeping an eye on nail length and dental cleanliness. Coat is single and smooth - in fact many of them can be too thinly coated and bare throats are not unusual in this breed. 10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)? Certainly it can be a tripping hazard for infirm people. Even if untrained and boisterous it isn't heavy enough to knock over a small child - however the risk to the dog of being severely injured if a small child falls over on top of it, or picks it up and drops it is quite high. 11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of? combined with 12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be) As far as I am aware none of the breeders in Australia currently do the screening tests as recommended by the UK breed club. According the breed club in the UK, breeding dogs and bitches should be DNA screened (or clear by parentage where appropriate) for the following conditions: Von Willebrands Disease Type 1 Juvenile Dilated Cardiomyopathy Xanthinuria Breeding stock should also be screened for Patella Luxation. Ideally both parents should be screened as clear but if the other parent is clear than the mildest level of LP then the breeding is sanctioned. Breeding stock should also be BAER tested for hereditary deafness and should only be bred from if unaffected. Additionally the breed club lists the following conditions to be aware of, where no screening methods are available: Heat Stress Demodectic Mange Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease Eye Conditions - Various different conditions of the eye that can present themselves at different stages of life. The include glaucoma and primary lens luxation. Cataracts are also found within the breed, but these usually do not become apparent until maturity.