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  1. What should I do?

    Quoting because I think this is just a beautiful post that expresses what so many of us are feeling. 6 dogs into my adult dog owning and training life, I still don't know what is worse .. the gentle passing of a much loved 15 year old who had shared many adventures, or the shock of a sudden loss to an accidental poisoning, or as in your case, the shock of losing a young puppy so suddenly when it was reasonable to think he might be out of danger. Among the old/longtimers here, we've shared those events and grieved with the humans and the other pets. Never feel bad about coming here for support .. some threads can go a bit pear shaped at times, but this is on the whole a caring and supportive community. (Thank you @Troy)
  2. New Puppy - Transport - Fly or Drive?

    Just to reassure you some more ... my current 2 Border Collies came from interstate ... the older boy right across the country .. 2 flights with a 2 hour changeover in Melbourne. He flew overnight , and arrived down here bright eyed and bushy tailed at 10.30. He was 10 weeks old. My youngster came from up country in another state .. so 3 hour car trip. time waiting at the airport, 2 flights .. stopover in Melbourne - delayed flight (VIrgin Freight made sure I knew about the delay) .. arrived about 10.20 pm at night .. quite happy . Well raised puppies are resilient little critters. My guys have had no problems flying or travelling on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry . Now the nerves of the owner ... that's a whole different story!
  3. That's quite a range of hugely different breeds, But anyway .... I know of no resource which would cover all breeds. Your go to source of information for particular breeds would usually be breed clubs, and long established and respected breeders will sometimes have comprehensive information on their websites. Be aware that it is a changing landscape too .. as new genetic tests are developed .. some important, some not so much, as @sandgrubber has pointed out. And there are tests which while the results can be indicative, they are not definitive. I'm thinking of polygenetic and multi causal issues like joint problems .. hip dysplasia in particular. (In such cases, breeders whom I respect will also be paying attention to familial lines, and the incidence of problems in particular lines they may be considering using. I would be taking each of those breeds and finding some good sources of information on the particular breed.
  4. Studies About Dogs

    That's interesting @sandgrubber . IIt will be interesting to see if there are follow up studies.
  5. Golden Retriever Breeder

    That is very upsetting. A couple of thoughts about trying to contact the breeder . - I'd keep a dated, timed and written record of all your attempts; If you're really getting nowhere, then you could try seeing if you can get help with the contacting theough Dogs Victoria - assuming the breeder is a Dogs Victoria registered breeder; you could try contacting the Golden Retriever Club of Victoria to see if they are able to offer any advice; it might be possible for your vet to contact the vet who did the pup's fist vaccination and microchipping - it wouldn't be unreasonable for your vet to ask the initaial vet if there had been any signs of problems apparent at that time; and there's always snail mail … if Australia Post still have the registered/certified mail option where you get proof of delivery/receipt. Did you get any information about the eye and heart health certificates of the parents? I do hope you can get some information which may help your puppy. It might be worth asking for a referral to a veterinary cardiologist for a specialist opinion too.
  6. That is excellent to hear. Trust me, a helpful and supportive breeder is gold!!!! Be sure to keep up that relationship if you can. Good breeders love to know that their pups that they have bred and raised carefully are in good loving homes.
  7. Am I the right owner for my puppy?

    Some great advice here. A couple more things to consider. I would definitely be crate training your pup. It will save your sanity, and his. Basically .. using a wire crate, which you can put some sort of cover on when you need to, make it a wonderful place for pup to be … for short periods of time at first … with super good things ..like meals, stuffed Kongs or similar etc. happening in the crate .. then … make sure you train a release word - that is going to be the permission word for the pup to do things like come out of the crate, come off the mat (the place training that @Rebanne was talking about, going out or in the house doors, the gate, out of the car ...etc. etc. My 3 year old Border Collie girl is still on the crazy side, so she has spent time in her crate after meals, so that she can learn to relax. It gives their cortisol levels a chance to go down. My dogs sleep in crates beside my bed, so I can know when they need to go to the toilet at night .. like last night .. 3.30 am … so the lead goes on, pup is taken outside to toilet praised for that,, then back inside and straight back into bed in the crate, with a treat. So my young one has a lead on as part of her normal day. Initially she would get a treat every time the collar went on, and the lead .. so again, it becomes a non issue. You can actually just sit down with the pup anytime, inside, and play lead on, lead off with pup sitting with you ..treat for lead on, no treat for lead off … high value treats to start with. Then take the behaviour outside. Your pup does need to get used to the outside world .. but frankly, I would not be trying to take a 10 week old pup for a street walk on a lead. It would be better to just sit in the front yard with the pup and lots of treats and just let him watch the world go by. You can do the same thing if you take the up in the car to somewhere not too overwhelming, and just sit with the pup so that he can take things in, but doesn't have to do anything. Once he knows some basic behaviours, like sit .. you can ask him to do those while he's somewhere watching the world. Again .. lots of rewards for what he's doing. If he's fearful, it will take time and patience and respecting what he's telling you, to get him comfortable. It will take as long as it takes, There is no rush, as long as you're getting him out and about to see and hear the world without having to actually interact with it. And the more relationship building games he plays with you, the more he will have confidence in you. There are some great force free trainers on line. Kikopup's YouTube channel and her Dogmantics site have great material. and you can also check out Zak George on YouTube, and Spirit Dog Training;s website.
  8. Cavalier or toy poodle?

    So very sorry that you lost your lovely Misha too young. That sort of sudden loss really hurts, especially when it was unrelated to the other condition you'd been managing. it's good to hear that her breeder stuck by you. She would have been devastated for you too.
  9. Everything you've said sounds OK from my point of view. As @jemappelle has said, many people - myself included- have bought pups from interstate without having seen pups, or parents, in person, or the breeder. You've done good searching, and in current circumstances, you are probably lucky that you are actually able to get a pup from a reputable breeder. I would not be concerned about not being able to pick up the puppy from the breeder's home. Although the risks of COVID are diminishing in places, the flu season is just getting going and if a breeder or family member is in the vulnerable group, then they will be super cautious -- rightly so. I probably wouldn't be too worried about the photo quality or lack of videos .. again if the breeder is older, and/or not tech savvy,
  10. Dog Dance

    Wow - how beautiful is that! Thanks for the find!
  11. Can someone help me with this

    Yes . as others have said, it depends on the breed … each one will have a range of conditions with a range of inheritance. Some can be completely ruled out - by breeding 2 genetically clear dogs, while breeding a genetically clear to a carrier will produce a mixture of completely clear or carriers.. Carrier status for conditions like Collie Eye Anomaly in my breed… Border Collies .. means the pups will not be affected, but if they are to be used for breeding as adults, the person breeding them will need to find appropriate and genetically (DNA tested) partners. In answer to your questions .. yes, indeed .. any good breeders will have their litters health checked by a vet .. if necessary, at birth or soon after, but at the very least, at about 6 weeks when they are taken for microchipping and their first core vaccinations. In several breeds, pups will be tested for any hearing deficiencies too. Hope that helps.
  12. loose lead walking

    Don't be discouraged about that. There are years of happy walks ahead of you. This is a perfect time to be playing relationship games with him, in short sessions, which will build up the value he has for you, over other things.. like rocks! .. in the environment. There are lots of games - which hopefully your trainer will sow you .. that you can play indoors or out, and just for a couple of odd minutes.... but many times a day. Think of it as one trainer described it, as coffee break training .. or things to do while the kettle is boiling. Hide and seek is a great one for building fast recalls, and most dogs really enjoy it.
  13. loose lead walking

    Good to hear he's well enough for walks. Think of the walks as a training exercise, rather than thinking of getting any distance at this stage.. You can use tools like front attach harnesses, or head halters = one that connects to the collar at the front as well as the lead at the back .. helps to prevent accidental jerking.' With both of these tools you need to condition the dog to like or at least tolerate them first, and practise using them in quiet situations... using your treats. There are lots of force free methods … best practised in quiet environments .. an empty sports field for instance,, where you can do lots of 'doodling' short distances .. as in a few steps, with lots of smooth turns .. you just change your direction, reward dog as he responds to you and catches up with you .. rinse and repeat. If he starts to pull you change direction .. the idea being that he gets the idea that he's going where you go, rather than pulling you where he wants to go. YouTube resources you might find helpful .. look for Zak George, Kikopup, and Glasgow Dog Trainer.
  14. Bowen Therapy

    Not dogs and can't help with a recommendation (wrong state) .. but I had great results - over a longish term from a really skilled Bowen practitioner (and remedial massage therapist) who was able to fix shoulders that were on the way to being frozen. I certainly have friends on the mainland whose dogs benefit from regular Bowen sessions.
  15. Bowel obstruction

    Oh the poor lad! But so glad the vet check went so well. Now just wrap him in bubble wrap!