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  1. Hi Jaque, I see some alarm bells in your other thread so first up please read this and consider seeing a veterinary behaviourist first. Some listed here. Either way definitely take your dog to a vet to rule out other illnesses and conditions that can cause or worsen behaviour problems. Re. trainers, have a look at these lists: Animal Behaviourists (people with PhDs in behaviour) Dog/Behavioural Trainers and generally speaking, Delta and PPGA are good starting points. One of the issues with the dog training industry is that it's self-regulated, so anyone can call themselves a dog trainer or behaviourist even if they are using outdated pseudoscience and old school techniques known to do harm. So you need to be careful. For example, let's say your dog is barking because he panics when people walk past the door, which I think is likely. Punishing him will worsen this fear and increase the likelihood of him escalating to aggressive behaviour, even if it temporarily suppresses the barking. What you'd need to do is work on desensitising and counter conditioning him to his triggers (aka making them neutral or positive things) and teach and reward relaxation. And if an anxiety disorder is underpinning these issues, be aware that behaviour modification (training) alone may not be enough in which case a good trainer will know when to refer you on. I hope this helps and all the best with your dog!
  2. I never ended up using them but Akuna Pet Resort was recommended to me by some veterinary behaviourists, behavioural trainers and owners of dogs with anxiety disorders. Those of us with anxious dogs have some exacting standards, lol. However, it has since changed owners and it's possible that they have changed their procedures and how they interact with dogs. So as always you'd want to judge for yourself. I've seen some good reviews of Calabash here but their setup makes me think they would only be suitable for social dogs. It is very free range.
  3. I'd wait until he's fully house trained to go to a lay person's house or have them stay at yours as they may unintentionally reinforce behaviours you don't want. In the meantime there are some dog trainers who do house/dog sitting at yours or theirs. I posted a couple in your original thread. Just check they use reward-based methods. I think being looked after in a home environment is preferable provided one does all the necessary checks. I hope your puppy feels better soon.
  4. You can buy pet first aid kits, so maybe check what they include. I'd add saline for flushing stuff. If it's for your car a flat board for transporting a dog in case of injury and maybe a blanket or towel. A basket muzzle. An emergency collar and leash. Copies of important info e.g. microchip, vax/titres, other health info A space blanket.
  5. This. There are also very few stockists of non-restrictive, highly adjustable and high quality front-attach harnesses: (Balance Harness not to be confused with the Black Dog brand Balance Harness)
  6. But if you're clumsy, cutting your own fringe might be a bad idea!
  7. Anything that is solely Praziquantel e.g. Virbac or Droncit tapewormers.
  8. How big are they? I'm struggling with the perspective! And may I suggest using dog breeds for comparison?
  9. Malcolm's current favourite is his Kyjen Wobblerz Monkey, a sort of soft toy version of the Kong Wobbler. Today he played with it for 1.5 hours with only a few short breaks (it's on hard mode) and for half an hour of that it was completely empty. Oh and he's no longer (yay confidence!) cautious or gentle like the puppy in that video. Gives it a solid whacking and performs an enthusiastic playbow jumping manoeuvre that looks like CPR but is much less effective. GIVE UP THE KIBBLE, MONKEY. He thought he saw it hanging from someone's car one day. I swear the world went into slow motion and soft focus as he saw his long lost friend in the distance. He was SO HAPPY. If it were a movie Chariots of Fire would have been playing, stopping abruptly as we got closer and the Evil Twin came into view. Poor Mal. He was so disappointed.
  10. It's weird isn't it! Incidentally one of our local dog parks has a community noticeboard and I'm pretty sure someone's put up these posters:
  11. That was mowgli not me.
  12. I looked into it. On closer inspection I noticed it doesn't do tapeworm.
  13. Are you specifically referring to on-lead dogs who rush humans and/or dogs? Because I know at least two NSW councils who fine owners of loose dogs in on-lead areas. It doesn't matter if the dog is friendly, rude, aggressive or minding its own business, nor whether or not it can be recalled.
  14. Some links as promised: Enrichment stuff: AWLQLD Food dispensing toys Entertaining your dog Sprinkles for Dogs Dog body language: Subtle Signs of Fear & Anxiety Doggie Language Starring Boogie the Boston Terrier Ladder of Aggression Why see a VB: Info from SABS Why obediance training won't fix your panicking pet Other: AVA Polite Pets Resource Guarding Prevention and Treatment Welfare in Dog Training Adaptil - may help but probably not by itself
  15. This looks like it might be good to attend. It's geared towards trainers though, not clients. There will be presentations with local speakers in each state.