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  1. Dammm....not boding well for the future. Thanks everyone!
  2. I am going to 'inherit' my mothers 12 year old Tenterfield Terrier soon and he has a few issues. A few years ago he had crystals in his urine and he has been on R/C Urinary ever since. I will have to take him to my vet when I get him as I don't rate his current vet but in the meantime does anyone know of any conditions that cause hair loss as he sheds white hairs at a rapid rate of knots. He doesn't have any bald spots but you can always tell where he has been because of the white hairs left behind and I don't fancy them all over my floors so fixing the problem would be great.
  3. Dogsfevr, agree....after so many years of having to think out of the box with terrier training I have to start thinking differently with this dog. I spent years trying to explain to obedience class instructors that terriers are totally different to train than say a working dog or whatever. Now I feel that those years of training are counting against me as I am stuck in 'terrier' mode....if that makes sense. I have this dog walking calmly on a lead which was my initial goal....but it has to be on lead. I tried giving him a big box to investigate yesterday as I think he needs to
  4. OK I watched those videos thank you! Home School the Dog. I have done about 6 weeks of lessons on that but got a bit lost wondering how I was going to adapt it to the type of excitable behaviour he has. We have a lot of land here and I don't have any trouble with his recall....except that I might get bowled over when he comes galloping in!
  5. Thanks for the videos which I will review shortly. I have been challenged with excitable and sometimes aggressive terriers for many years as well as having my share of large dogs so I am not new to this but this particular dog is off the scale with excitability and he combines it with being a 40kg flying missile sometimes, so it's like terriers on steroids but one you can't pick up or manipulate. Eg. yesterday he was doing his loops on/off the dog bed and he flicked the dog bed hard into my shin bone. I have a big bruise today and walk with a limp! Dogsfevr can you tell me how you are
  6. Does anyone have anecdotal evidence that these kind of excitable dogs get over it? I have never had a dog that I couldn't talk to or pat and it's hard. I guess I am asking for a light at the end of the tunnel. It has been good discussing this as I have clarified things in my mind. I can now say that (1) I want the feet on the ground and (2) I really want to be able to pat him and talk to him without him turning into a complete idiot.
  7. Thank you all for your responses. Diva, I do try not to interact with him when I go out the back door during the day but it can still bring on the air leaps, etc. so I am gathering this would not be the best way for him. I will try the food scatter and see if the leaps improve but you are right when you say his current behaviour is dangerous. I have to find something that works for him. The leaping and jumping behaviour started at his breeders, so he came to me like this and even though I have improved some aspects, this leaping behaviour remains. I will look at that Fenzi Dog Training
  8. He is not jumping up whilst I am facing him so I don't know if the solution would be the same as in the videos Pap.K. I am talking a dog that on his hind legs is over 5ft tall so almost as tall as I am. He never tries to jump up when facing me. He waits until I am walking away from him and then he will criss-cross behind me whilst leaping in the air so that his tongue can get my ear, shoulder or head. It is VERY annoying. However on a more positive note I have trained him to go 'on the bed' before he gets fed so I don't get mugged. eg. he hears me making his food and immediat
  9. The impulse control is considerably better since my last post but one behavior remains and it is extremely annoying so I would really appreciate any ideas you can suggest. A large running dog enthusiastically leaping into the air and sailing past the back of my head or my shoulder isn't my idea of fun and this happens most time we walk outside. Seeing as the dog stays outside during the day he can get very excited when we walk outside to do something and then the behavior surfaces. It's not that he is separated for long periods as we are home most of the day and he has a bed o
  10. Thank you both for your replies. I will sign up for the Home School program. It sounds great! Physical activity presses all my dogs buttons. His brain leaves his body and he is very easily distracted.
  11. I now have LOTS of time to devote to training so I would love to hear any ideas to improve low impulse control in my young boy. We already do all the usual things like waiting for a release to eat etc., sitting on his bed to wait for things, waiting to walk through doorways. He has issues controlling his happy dance, his brain just seems to switch off so there are times when I have 35kgs of dog sailing through the air around me. His exuberance is sometimes quite scarey.
  12. Ahhh, you haven't seen him in other situations....but yes I am also, now, not a headcollar fan. The first time I have tried it so now I can speak from experience eh!
  13. Yes, I do believe I will 'make it so'. Thank you for the blessing!
  14. No slap down Pers. I have used martingale collars for years, I really like them, but this dog was such a very big handful at training classes (I had a large martingale on the dog) they recommended I use the K9 bridle and me, not being one to rock the boat and always willing to try new ideas, went along with it. 30kg dog and growing...wilful and not at all like my previous dogs. This one is a training challenge who is even now capable of great naughtiness. The bridle does give more control but how anyone could think it is easy to put on a large 6mth old dog that doesn't want it on begga
  15. I now have two sizes...the small is a bit too small and the medium is a bit too large....but I also have to say it is NOT easy to put on, especially on a large young dog that won't keep still. I have been known to lose patience with the damn thing at this point.
  16. I have used Advantix on my dogs for many years and always found it very good. Because of the rain we now have a lot of mosquitoes and I was thinking of buying it again however I came across masses of complaints on line saying that it had either killed or adversely affected many dogs. Does anyone have any experience of this? I know that there will always be the odd dog that will react to medications but the number of complaints absolutely amazed me. Also has anyone recently noted that Advantix actually does repel mosquitoes?
  17. We have had two different sizes of these (grew out of the first one) and I have to say I definitely more control of our large breed dog however I can't help but wonder if they might damage the neck used long term (even if it is not jerked around). Would appreciate your feedback if you have used one on your dog....not just about possible neck issues but overall as a training aide. I just think there must be something better? I have to say they are a real pain to put on the dog.
  18. Does anyone know if there is someone that can repair Wahl electric clippers in North Brisbane? There used to be one at Margate from memory but it has been ages since I have been there. Mr.Google is only showing Gold and Sunshine Coasts as the closest.
  19. Yes, off label and I will ask the vet too. Thanks for that!
  20. Thanks for all your replies. Sounds like it is... hopefully.... something that he will grow out of but in the meantime I guess I will have to fork out for the Cerenia. I can't believe it is soooo expensive! Diva, can you tell me the dose rate for SeaLegs please?
  21. I haven't tried human travel sickness tablets. I asked Mr Google and he said I could give Dramamine but not absolutely sure on dosage. I have certainly tried to desensitise the dog in the car by practicing getting in and out, feeding, etc. but it seems more like it is an actual travel sickness rather than being stressed about being in a car....but I will start doing that again. I don't have the stereo on, there is no one in the back, the car has air vents in the back and I have the air conditioning on and there is no swoosh swoosh sounds. He is too big to put in a crate so he just has
  22. I have a young large breed dog who suffers from terrible car sickness. It is proving very difficult to take him anywhere in the car. I especially want to continue to take him to training lessons but I end up with a drooling and vomiting dog. I have taken him to the vet and managed to get the vet to provide a couple of Cerenia tablets. It seems like travel sickness isn't something vets get too concerned about as I had to really push to get the Cerenia but if I can't take him out in the car without having vomit over the back seat he is going to miss out on a lot of socialising. I have been
  23. Prime Roll Kangaroo & Pumpkin have worked really well. I diced a whole roll and then froze it in 125g baggies....somewhat of an endurance event but happy with the results. It just shows that you get what you pay for....no upset tummy with the more expensive rolls.
  24. Thanks for all your suggestions. I was thinking about the Prime rolls as they can be single source protein. The lamb puffs sound interesting but not sure if it would upset the gut.
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