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  1. Or soon to post suspicious looking links that scream scammer or hacker.
  2. Her ill health and pain would be contributing to her changed behaviour: up to 80% of dogs with problem behaviour have chronic pain of some description which when treated improves their behaviour or resolves the problem entirely. However, it sounds like she may also have a genetic predisposition to anxiety which was impacted by her spay – these days it’s understood that hormones help with confidence. And given her age we can also start to wonder about canine cognitive dysfunction (dementia), though if you ask me, 10 isn’t super old for a chi! I’d see how she goes with her treatment, but if her fearfulness and barking continue I would go back to your vet. If they are unable to help you, which is possible as it’s a bit of a niche area, look for one with a special interest or further qualifications in behaviour. They can determine whether she has an anxiety disorder or CCD, and if so what treatment she needs to feel better. Once she feels better you should see her behaviour improve. In the meantime you could try things like playing calming music for dogs - I really like Through a Dog’s Ear, and giving lots of other enrichment opportunities focused on relaxation and supporting cognitive function. Scent-based activities can be particularly calming and suitable for dogs of all ages and abilities. Some over the counter products that can be suitable for mild to moderate fear/anxiety/stress include Adaptil, Zylkene, Purina Calming Care, and certain speciality diets from Royal Canin and Hills. These products may not necessarily be suitable costwise or appropriate for her as an individual, and you should speak to your vet. I just know that many people are tempted to go out and buy stuff that is suggested to them online, and these are at least evidence-based unlike most things on the market. Finally, don’t let her age make you think that improvement with her fearfulness and barking isn’t possible. My chi mix was only diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder and canine compulsive disorder (doggy OCD) at 10 despite being anxious from the get-go. Getting a diagnosis and treatment plan from a veterinary behaviourist along with ensuring contributing chronic illnesses were treated made a huge difference in his quality of life. He lived to ~15.5 so that was a 3rd of his life spent feeling better within himself and consequently behaving in less exasperating ways (he too communicated his feelings by barking a lot). Some links for you: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/2/318 https://www.anzcvs.org.au/chapters/veterinary+behaviour+chapter https://dogdementia.com https://www.amatterofmannersdogtraining.com/single-post/2017/06/18/enrichment-for-fearful-dogs
  3. That’s obscene. Edit. My reaction is more about the $1,500 adoption fee.
  4. It won’t stop a dog determined to attack, but for everything else you’d be surprised at how often a big handful of treats thrown at a dog can stop them in their tracks, giving you time to make a getaway while they sniff them out. I once stopped a reactive dog who had escaped from the circus by throwing liver treats of all things. As a bonus, you don’t risk aggravating the situation or scaring your own dog in the process.
  5. I know this is probably an annoying thing to say, but I’d start with a vet check and see what they say. I often come across people who spend an awful lot of time and money trying to fix things themselves, getting no answers, when if they had got help up front it would have been more economical and their pet wouldn’t have had to struggle for so long.
  6. Sorry for your losses. You could try asking Donna Marszal or Sharon Spooner of Mondelise. They are the NSW Papillon Club president and secretary. Or if your Paps were from a different state/territory, their respective clubs. I found the breed community wonderful in helping me identify our late Papillon’s breeder; she had passed around the same time but I now know her prefix (we didn’t have our dog’s papers) and can go about finding relatives that way. https://www.facebook.com/papillonclubnsw?mibextid=opq0tG https://www.papillondogclubofnsw.com/contact-us.asp https://www.dogzonline.com.au/breeds/member.asp?name=mondelise If all else fails, another thing you could do is look through the DogzOnline breed pages, and when you see dogs who look like family check their pedigree. You may find as I did that the same names appear time and time again, names that don’t appear with dogs who don’t feel like family. You can also play around in the breed archive once you have more prefixes. I couldn’t find the four you mentioned. https://papillon.breedarchive.com/home/index
  7. Puppy Culture may be a good resource for you. https://shoppuppyculture.com/products/showing-training-bundle
  8. I love Kelpies and Border Collies but am unsure if I’d have one. I can meet mental enrichment needs but am unsure on the space and movement front, and they are so big!
  9. PSA people who say this end up being chosen by a Chihuahua. You don’t get a say in the matter, they just decide you’re their person. Having a Belgian or GSD increases the likelihood.
  10. I see this is an old thread that has been bumped up, but if you’re still looking you could try the Swimply, Sniff Space and Sniff Spot directories.
  11. I wouldn’t. My chi terrier mix almost choked on a big wing after downing it in one go and they are much bigger than necks.
  12. Hi Ben, I’d go to the Pet Professional Guild Australia’s advanced directory, leave the search field open to QLD (i.e. don’t go more specific), then in the pet care section select all relevant options – that is, include things like house and pet sitting, not just pet resorts or boarding. https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/Member-Search?&tab=1 The majority of those listed are qualified force free dog trainers, and there’s also a behaviour vet there. When you click on their profiles, you’ll also see who does aggressive dog consults, which may be a further mark of potential suitability. If they can’t do it themselves, ask who they would recommend whether that’s an individual or facility (and perhaps places to avoid if they are open to answering that). The industry is pretty well connected. Note that sometimes dog trainers don’t mention it on their own websites that they offer pet/house sitting if it’s something they only do occasionally, so if you navigate there and there’s no specific page it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t offer it anymore. Good luck!
  13. This may not be a factor with the wire fox terrier, for all I know they might be fabulous in this regard, but I don’t think one should complain about unethical breeders, purpose bred crosses or the people buying these dogs if you’re not prepared to support newcomers.
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