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  1. 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
  2. That’s obscene. Edit. My reaction is more about the $1,500 adoption fee.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Puppy Culture may be a good resource for you. https://shoppuppyculture.com/products/showing-training-bundle
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. Have you enrolled in puppy preschool - I’m assuming the one reference to an 11 year old dog rather 11 week old pup was a typo? A quality, force free puppy preschool will include instruction on home alone training as well as other important things like how to properly socialise to the world around them. You should start now - from 8 weeks actually, rather than waiting until vaccines have finished. https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf A heads up that this particular breed mix can be prone to separation anxiety, so if you/they think you’re seeing signs that it’s beyond what is developmentally normal for a puppy, getting on top of it with one-on-one training +/- early referral to a behaviour vet is wise. I had my parents do the former with their toy poodle as he had a high level of distress when away from my mum’s sight for even a second and was escaping from the house when alone. No problems with separation now as an adult. Good places to look for dog trainers: https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/find-a-professional https://www.deltainstitute.edu.au/accredited-trainer-search
  14. I would choose a healthier pup. In this situation you’re not just looking at the immediate challenges of crate rest. But also an earlier onset of arthritis and, as twodoggies alludes to, a higher likelihood of behavioural problems/illnesses like anxiety, aggression, reactivity and noise sensitivity, due missing those important milestones, and also due to being in pain at critical stages of development. More about socialisation as there are many misconceptions: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf And studies about the impact of pain on behaviour: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00017/full https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7071134/ If you proceed with pup, extra care and an alternative approach will need to be taken during the critical socialisation period to help steer things in the right direction. Here are the best places to look for dog trainers who can help you with this: https://www.ppgaustralia.net.au/find-a-professional https://www.deltainstitute.edu.au/find-a-trainer I would look specifically for someone who takes behaviour cases rather than just running puppy classes. They’ll be more knowledgable about the things I’m talking about and can do one-on-one consults. Polite Paws Sydney can do online consults and classes if needing to go that route. https://www.politepaws.com.au/training-services.html If you proceed with pup and later on need a vet behaviourist / behaviour vet, here is where you can find one of those: https://www.anzcvs.org.au/chapters/veterinary+behaviour+chapter And do ensure you have a rehab vet or physio for aftercare. Best wishes whatever decision you make.
  15. Canine Arthritis Management is an amazing resource that you’ll want to check out. https://caninearthritis.co.uk
  16. I can’t seem to send you a message with more information, but try Pharmacy for Real or Clayton Central Pharmacy. Both post if needed and were recommended by vet behaviourists (so have good quality control). Bova is the most expensive I came across in my travels.
  17. It’s their superior sense of smell! Some meds are disgustingly flavoured (hello Lovan) and notorious for rejection. You could try putting it in a plain gelatine capsule (chemists stock them) or have it compounded into a flavoured suspension? I have it on good authority that chicken and fish are particularly tasty. Also, shout out to our Papillon who used to cheek medication then spit it out behind the furniture when no one was watching and you’d find it days later. Edit. Our compounding chemist was particularly well priced if you’d like his details.
  18. Are you buying the Antinol rapid from your vet? If so you can possibly buy it cheaper online, which wouldn’t be a case of your lovely vet ripping you off but that they typically don’t have the same buying power as the big pet supply stores and chemists.
  19. Sudden behavioural change is a red flag for medical problems. I’d get a thorough wellness exam at the vet including bloods and assessing for pain. You could also consider getting a checkup by a rehab vet or physio, as they can pick up on things that a GP vet might miss in a consult (stress/adrenaline can mean dogs don’t show obvious pain). I’d be shocked if a dog her age wasn’t ouchy somewhere, and the potential role of pain in ‘problem’ behaviour is well established. It could be that she hurt herself when startled by the noise. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7071134/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180320100719.htm While you wait, I’d try to give her calming things to do, rather than high adrenaline activities like fetch. You could play dog relaxation music like Through A Dog’s Ear, try adaptil (if you have cash to splash on it), give her something to chew or shred, play scent games like tossing food on the grass to sniff out, gentle massage if she likes it, and go for walks (ideally somewhere more natural vs street) where you let her sniff to her heart’s content.
  20. Indigo is at VSOS now. I can’t link to their Facebook post, but they are in urgent need of blood donors for her and other patients. https://vsos.com.au/blood-bank-program/?fbclid=IwAR0pHozwhG8kbhPcX2O4Dx_tqoF5766TzWC2TNC4MJEkBE08VobneqWqqtM_aem_AUe00nlDBoKig-TTU1I4YBjM5eIA05LE_VpTQjRFKkeWV8PVuliTRpROWrGqpExdryM
  21. Welcome to DOL. When you’re looking at photos of dogs or meeting one on the street, be sure to go beyond appearance. Research their temperament and care requirements too, such as coat care, mental enrichment, physical exercise, and veterinary costs - both standard and if your dog were to have a condition that is common in the breed. The same goes for cross breeds where you need to be knowledgeable about the component breeds. You won’t just get the coat you desire from one breed and the temperament of the other. Poodle mixes for example can have coats that are many more times difficult to care for than their component breeds. Crossbreeds aren’t automatically healthier dogs with hybrid vigour either. My multiply-crossbred rescue had a 44% coefficient of inbreeding, which is far beyond even the most unhealthiest bottlenecked pedigree dogs, and this was reflected in his health. All of which is to say, there are breeds that I love the look of and interacting with, but I know I wouldn’t be the best caregiver for them as what we want out of life clashes. I’d hate to give a dog a sub-optimal life, or contribute to the numbers of pets in shelters. I’m sure the same applies to you too. Oh, another thing to be aware of is that puppies can sometimes look quite different to their fully grown counterparts, such as changes in coat colour and texture. I disagree. I think it can be a jumping off point. If my parents’ neighbours hadn’t bought a Papillon in the late 80s they’d have had no idea that the breed even existed. It was a perfect match both in breed and the pup selected by the breeder. The mistake would be to see a cute pup and buy it without doing any research. Simply asking a question on a dog forum doesn’t mean someone is about to do that, especially when they’ve gone to a purebred forum where members are likely to have specialised knowledge of different breeds.
  22. Welcome to DOL. I think it’s something that they can technically do at any time, but I think they usually wait until dogs finish their heat cycle. That might be outdated information though. I’d call your vet and ask. The vet nurse likely knows the procedure. If you’re struggling with the mess and protecting her while she’s fertile, I’m sure someone here will be able to give you advice. I’m not that person having only had desexed males.
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