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  1. The red flags for me in this situation are the other people in the home. The person himself might be able to cope OK .. although maybe not an ideal situation, but apart from the obvious physical dangers of trips and nipping and scratching, there is likely to be maximum confusion for the pup, which is not good for any pup, but perhaps especially problematic for an ACD.. Is the breeder aware of the hoe situation the pup is going to.? How much is the breeder likelhy to bew able to provide guidance and assistance if necessary?
  2. Many towns have FB Lost and Found pets pages, where you can post a description, or photo if you can get it of a lost dog, even when you can't get hold of it. Our local one will put up 'Seen" posts .. that can at least give owners a clue as to where to look. If you can get hold of a dog (I always have several leashes in my car anyway) then first port of call is probably the Council .. but if it's after hours, then calling a vet office you know will often give yous ome guidance as to where you can take them, so that their chip can be read and the dog kept safely. The time I needed to do this .. was with friends fortunately, so we were able to corral the two dogs running near a busy road ... we put them on the lost and found pets FB page, and called a vet office, which said the local vet emergency service would keep dogs overnight till things were open again. As it happened , just as we were finishing those calls and going to head to drip the dogs off, the owners turned up. So the dogs were safe for the time being ... though apparently they were serial offenders . The owners as well as the dogs.
  3. What the others have said. You are to be congratulated in that you recognized that in the changed circumstances, you could not meet the dog;'s needs, and you did the aprropriate thing, which would have been in your contaract with the breeder ... you returned her to the breeder so that the breeder could find a more appropriate home for her ... whcih is whaat has happened. Everything has been done in the best interests of the dog, and while of course you will be sad, you need to be glad for the dog.. When the time and circumstances are right for you, you will be in a better position to get a more appropriate dog, and start a new relationship. Noone, including yourself, should blame you for making a tough decision to put the dog's best interests first.
  4. Although the prices may seem eye-watering, it's worth remembering that apart from the time and effort that has gone into breeding those dogs .. from lines going back generations, and the time spent working them up to expert level.... it's worth also considering that the price paid would probably represent a year or two of stockman's wages, let alone cost of diesel, that the dog and its offspring will likely save the buyer, and future buyers of offspring.
  5. Oh they do worry us as they get older don;t they. Per my vet, the SDMA test is more diagnostic of kidney function than BUN and Creatinine alone. Do hope you get some good news.
  6. The giveaway for vestibular disease in one of my dogs,and a couple of other dogs I've seen with it, is nystagmus .. uncontrolled repetitive movements of the eyes usually flickering from side to side.
  7. Can I say I really like the way you're thinking this through, and the questions you are asking here. As far as gong to a show and talking to people is concerned, it can be a bit hard. Probably rule #1 is don't try to talk to someone when they're obviously busy getting a dog ready to go into the ring in a short time. Just take your time to have a wander and have a look at the breeds that you like. It's worth looking at the ANKC websit to see the list of breeds and the groups that they're in. Some make a lot of sense.. like Group 5 .. Working Dogs .. pretty much msot of the stock working breeds. Others have a weird and wonderful mixture. A good approach to not so busy people is to appreciate their dogs, and ask about some of the characteristics. That would be an icebreaker. On your question about Rally and Obedience. Obedience is a much older discipline, and is very formal. The dog/handler team are told what to do by the judge, and the exercises are laid out in the rules, and how penalties are to be applied. Handlers are limited in what they cansay to their dogs and when. Rally was introduced to have a rather less formal competition, which still requires good formal obedience skille .. heeling, neat sits. downs etc., but allows the handler to talk to their dogs, and encourage and praise them as they make their way round the course, which consists of a set number of 'stations' where there is a sign indicating the action to be performed by the team.. Some of those will be turns, others, things like have the dog sit, walk around the dog returning to heel position, and then once the station is completed, move on to the next numbered station. Handlers (without dogs) have a period to walk the course and work out what they will be required to do. The handler is responsible for getting round the course, once the judge has told them to start. So in that sense, it's a bit more relaxed,
  8. I'm basically a dog sports person .. obedience, Rally and Agility, but I was lucky enough to get a show quality boy from a WA breeder, who when she found I had a mentor (who she knew) who wanted to show Rory for me, he came to me on Main Register. So I was lucky not to have to learn to handle, but it took a while to sus out the system. For their Champion, they need to accumulate 100 points ... which they get by winning at Breed level, based on the number of dogs and bitches in their breed they beat ... then if they win Best in their Group, iit's more, and then Best in Show .. beating the winners of the other 6 Groups ... more still. My boy started his career with a Best Baby Puppy in Show (!) .. no points for babies ... and finished his title just after his 2nd birthday with a 21 point Best of Breed and RUnner Up in Group 5 at Launceston ROyal, under an International judge ... a bit exciting. He has gone on to be a Tri Champion (Tracking and Rally as well as conformation) and Neuter Champion .. he was neutered at age 9, and has titles in Obedience, Agility and Dances with Dogs as well. So you never know where things will lead you. Definitely go to any shows you can get to, and get to know some breeders whose dogs you like. And as far as other disciplines go, wa is the home of some great positive dog training, so have a look on the Dogs West site to see what ANKC affiliated clubs might be near you.
  9. That was a horrible thing to have happen to your pup, @MadisonC. It"s fortunate that his physical injuries are not worse, and also that the other dog's owners have taken responsibility - at least that's one thing off your mind. It's quite likely, since it had already started, that the uncertain behaviours in relation to people is not directly related . That sort of age can in some dogs be a time when they might experience another fear period. And it's unlikely that it has to do with Ace still being entire. It might be worth trying to get in touch with a specialist vet - specialising in behaviour. You'll find a list of them here https://www.anzcvs.org.au/chapters/veterinary+behaviour+chapter - you'll need to scroll down to get to the lists .. and then you can scroll to the list for Victoria. (I personally know 2 of the vets on the Victorian list.) Lockdown might make things a bit difficult, but some may do online consults. You might also get some useful general information in a couple of the Susan Garrett Dogs That podcasts.. This particular one https://dogsthat.com/podcast/45/ is relevant to your situation. In the meantime, distance is your friend ..as I think you're already doing. I like the ;emergency; turn and go .. just a U turn, preferably with you stepping in front of your dog as you turn, and trying to stay very cool for him .. treats if he'll take them. Please keep us updated as to how Ace is going.
  10. Good for you for checking that with your vet. I would be making sure that the area is not one that's used by large numbers of dogs, but I have certainly done that sort of thing with pups. Socialisation is not just meeting other pups .. the more important things in some ways are seeing and hearing the big wide world. And you do know that photos of said puppy are really important .. DOLers love their puppy fixes..
  11. A super nice fellow at our dog club has a lovely Whippet boy called Obi ... getting on now, but the nicest dog, and the name really suits him.
  12. Following on from what @persephonehas said, it might be useful for you to do some fairly serious record keeping .. noting things like activities, time of day, particular behaviours noted, possible triggers noted .. that sort of thing. Then as a general principle, you would be concentrating on staying within the pup's comfort zone, and making distance for him away from things he might find concerning. As we can't see your pup, we are basically only suggesting possibilities. 9 months of age can be a time when pups can go through a fear period, so it is really important for the next few weeks not to put him in situations that he finds stressful or worrying. At the same time you can concentrate on building up pup's confidence by using reward based methods and teaching him tricks for instance, or setting up scent puzzles for him .... treats hidden in boxes, and making a big happy fuss of him when hne gets things right or even nearly right. There plenty of tricks online ... have a look at The Wonderdogs, and at Kikopup on Youtube. ANd you mnight find some interesting information and ideas in Susan Garrett's podcast series ... you can find them at www.dogsthat.com/podcast. This one might give you some ideas for some fun exercising in lockdown time. Episode 32: 20 Easy Ways to Exercise Your Dog at Home - DogsThat
  13. In most places with lockdown, getting veterinary treatment for an animal is an allowed reason for leaving your house .. but probably not further than the specified distance. Check with NSW Public Health website. It's likely the vet will be doing car park handovers, so check with your vet about the protocols they are using. So the 12 week vaccination should not be an issue. And in terms of puppy training and entertainment .. have a look at a game often called It's Yer Choice ... helps puppy to learn not to mug hands, and eventually, to leave food on the floor until/unless given permission to eat it. And little recalls, hide and seek, chasey games .. pup chasing you, all help to build the relationship between you and the pup (always rewarding when the pup find.catches you, If pup is wearing a collar , get pup used to you touching and eventually grabbing the collar being a good thing ... always rewarded with a treat. If the weather is nice, you could sit outside in your front yard and let pup see and hear the world go by. Oh and we would love to see photos of the small one.
  14. Such a hard situation to be in. But I think you are doing entirely the right thing by consulting with veterinarians specialising in behavoural issues. And IMO, your consideration of the pup's quality of life is key, as is the safety of your granddaughter. You might find this blog post from a lovely, positive dog trainer in the US, who made the extremely hard decision to euthanise her lovely, but mentally unwell young dog. She makes reference to an internet group called "Losing Lulu" - a support group for people who have had to make the hard decision fro behavioural euthanasia of their dogs. https://k9infocus.com/losing-lulu/ It seems to me that our primary role as carers of pet animals is to ensure as far as possible that the pet has the best life we can provide with progessional help - which as @Rebanne points out, is not necessarily the longest life.
  15. That's going to be a tough time for you. No personal experience here, but a friend had a pup of about the same age, who had elbow surgery .. only one leg, I think, but the outcome was excellent. You might want to ask about using a sling, like a HelpemUp to help in the early stages .. you can make a useful weight bearing assist sling by cutting the narrow sides out of fabric supermarket bags .., you can google how to do it. And you may find the Facebook Group Orthodogs helpful, for information and support. It's US based, but has members all over the place, and when I was looking at it a while ago, it was a supportive and helpful community. And just a thought, as well as looking at a confinement strategies, you will also need to consider your flooring .. if you have slick flooring .. boards, laminate, tiles .. you will probably need to fins dome nice non slip cheapo mats or runners to make the flooring safe and non-slip. Another consideration s that different dogs have different reactions to sedatives/painkillers etc. so keep advoacatiing for your pup if you';re worried or unhappy about how the pup is going. I do wish you good results with the surgery - it will be worth it.
  16. I'd suggest you treat the door dashing as a separate issue. You can work on both things separately. For the door dash, IMO it's really worth teaching door/gate manners .. training an alternative behaviour .. e.g. for my two .. I put my hand on the door handle, they sit, I open the door .. if they get up , I close the door, if they maintain their sit, they are released to go out the door. It doesn't have to be a sit .. just a stationary behaviour .. I like the sit because it's clear that they are thinking. When I'm training, initially, I might reward the sit at the door with a treat or two, then pause ..but once they get it , the permission to go out the door is their reinforcer. Oh,and I build in my going out the door first while they maintain the sit .. if they don't , again, they've lost the opportunity to go out straight away .. small pause, try again. Same rules apply for exiting the car.
  17. Oh that is really disappointing. I haven't actually dealt with them for some years -- just because I haven't needed to ... but many hyears ago, I think they would have been more helpful.
  18. Have you tried the Black Dog people? They would probably be interested in your feedback anyway .. and they might actually have an older version one somewhere. Worth a try. http://www.blackdog.net.au
  19. It would be helpful to know the total number of administrations , so that the %ages could be compared. It's also a consideration that the US does not have paralysis ticks, although they do have erlichiosis. It's a risk/benefit decision that needs to be made having regard to the consequences of use or non use in particular locations and circumstances.
  20. @Nepal_AU.. To my eye he looks lovely. I've been watching a friend's Brittany boy growing up, and your boy looks very similar to that dog at the same sort of age. They go a bit gangly, then sort of catch up with themselves and while still leggy, look more balanced. So I wouldn't be trying to put more weight on him, provided he remains happy and active. I probably wouldn't be going for the high protein either..... that cantend to promote a bit more growth than you need in some breeds. And well done fro getting a Britt to stand still unaided for a photo.. two photos!!
  21. Yes - there are lots of games you can play with your pup inside to get her exercised, and train at the same time .. Hide and seek .. you hide, she finds you .. treats and party. You can do that many times. As long as you don;t have slippery floors, you can play chase games ... she chases you .. again, treats and party when she catches you. Until she's had her second vaccination, you can take her out in the car, and then carry her in your arms so that she can see the world .. start to get used to all the noises, and sights. I'm another who really dislikes dog parks. I want to be more valuable to my dogs than other dogs, or a ball.
  22. You may be experienced with other people's dogs, but as I'm sure you understand .. it's like other people's children ... you don't have to do all the preliminary stuff,a nd you can give them back. Seriously .. IMO , it's better to start with a breed which is more likely to want to learn and to please you. My experience with other people's dogs of the three large breeds you have mentioned, is that they are quite difficult to train for happy and safe urban living, because of the primary purpose for which they have originally been developed. They are also less common, and therefore your opportunity to choose is more limited. I would counsel ... definitely 1 dog at a time, and get that dog pretty well trained before you embark on the next one. Think seriously about why you want a dog ... what do you envisage yourself doing with the dog, how much time and money are you going to have to spend on purchase, training, vet bills etc. I would also be looking at breeds which are inherently more likely to want to interact with you and play and learn with you. This will b e breeds that are specifically bred to work cooperatively with humans .. like the herding and retrieving breeds, and the primarily companion breeds . .. some of which can be super smart and capable of learning and performing all sorts of things .. like Papillons I know who have gained Tracking Champion titles, Agility Champion titles, and Dances with Dogs and Obedience titles. There are no absolute guarantees about long and healthy lives, but researching and choosing breeders carefully, looking at their lines and the length and quality of life of dogs in their lines. But you have to remember that accidents can happen, as can just pure bad luck. '
  23. Tassie


    Apparently according to the news report I heard, this guy was a mule converting the cash deposits for scammers overseas.
  24. Poor CLive .. being such a good boy with the pesky cat ....LOL ... but that's pretty good.
  25. I had a spayed BC bitch who was on oroxine for hypothyroidism (only symptom extreme bilateral hair loss .. all fixed by oroxine. Vet was running bloods for a suspected UTI, and I asked if they could include the in house thyroid function test.. When I went back to get results, uI had my apparently healthy happy dog with me.. UTI was fixed .. and the vet asked if she had been vomiting or anything .. I said no ... he said she certainly looked healthy and happy which he was very pleased to see, as some of her bloods would have suggested she had pancreatitis... which he could see she didn't have.j So I think sometimes the levels for an individual dog can be out of whack without necessarily meaning anything sinister. She certainly needed to be operating at the higher end of the normal range for thyroid function levels.
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