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    Certified Dog Trainer - Training School - Registered Breeder
  • Birthday 08/01/1960

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    Nowdays its the Australian Shepherds that fill our home but in the old days it was the beautiful German Shepherds
    Own and operate my own Boarding Kennel and Dog Training School where we work to create happy and well adjusted family pets. Off lead play skills mean you have a dog that can go anywhere and fit in.
    Sorry not into dog competition myself, but each to their own.

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  1. Vets and lack of knowledge

    Like in any profession, there are good and bad .... and the indifferent.... Vets are no different. Personally it is not a problem for me as I learn as much as I can about my breed and health issues, so that I am equipped and ready to question any of the vets. However as a professional Trainer and also as a breeder - My biggest issue is that most of the public are guided by the vets and believe the statements given as gospel... however the vet has a tendency to give throw away lines without giving the clients the full breakdown.... also there is minimal time that Vets spend with clients to cover the health aspects with their animals. Now when I talk with my training and boarding clients or when we have Breed Information Days is that I now have to go thru the various aspects of health to give as much information and references to provide the alternatives to the 'Marketing Hype" that is being feed to the vets and hence being passed to the public. My main beef with the Vets is on the following topics. 1. DESEXING - Vets still seem to insist on puppies need desexing at 5-6 months.... often using scare tactics of - prevents cancers, it prevents males from marking and reduces aggression issues... Note all of this is actually showing up to be incorrect information yet most vets seem to be completely obsessed with this..... 2. VACCINATION - Seem to be ready to throw around the annual vaccination and no further discussion, very few seem to offer any alternative information. 3. DIET REQUIREMENTS - it is almost standard to hear vets reciting what we read on the packaging and in the Pet Magazines... "dry food has all the nutrient value your dog will need"..... "use a good quality dry food (just like the one we have here on the shelf)"....... "don't feed human food it is unsafe for your pet"...... "don't feed raw diets" I have met some great vets... both going back to the 70's and 80's and also some now... I am sure there are many... but as we see Commercial Companies start to take over local vet practices we are going to find less and less good vets as they will just become employees of the Corporate and hence will be hamstrung my the idea of producing profit.
  2. Boxer dog and compatible breed companions

    As a trainer and a breeder - we never recommend someone getting a second dog until the first one is at least 2.5 years old... that way the first dog has matured enough to be more settled with a pup coming into the home... It also means that you create a great bond with your first dog and when the second pup comes you can also give this pup the chance to bond with you... Also your mature boxer can help your new pup learn the ropes - otherwise you might end up with huge problem of two outrageous teenagers that can go over the top. I would stay away from breeds that have heat problems, such as the frenchies etc, If you want a short hair dog I assume you don't want lots of dog hair so you might want to forget about labrador as we find they are one of the biggest for hair loss in the kennels. you need something that can play at the level of a boxer... surprisingly some of the wire haired breed might suit... schnauzers and cairn terriers are fabulous and have great energy without a silliness that will wear out your backyard... another I love is the Visla but some can be a bit stress heads so really talk to breeders about their dogs... one of my all time favourites is the Loggoto - amazing dogs who just keep on keeping on but are really steady and sensible. Best of luck - but really think about waiting till your dog is older....
  3. One of the big things to remember is that the nutrient levels shown on the packaging are all PRIOR TO ANY COOKING.... hence we know that heat changes the elements..... therefore what they say on the packaging is actually... well BASICALLY BULLSHIT They can say it is lamb.... just because it came of a sheep... but what part ... it can be the crap bits that are all left overs that once upon a time... normally go in the bin
  4. Actually see that Rodney Habib (planet paws) has put up some information about this article... probably worth noting that the author is actually involved with the major dog feed manufacturers.... Which can often happen when you search about the authors on various articles.... Recently also read a comprehensive article in the Pet Industry Magazine about the future of pet food.... the article didn't talk about the food or the quality or lack there off... in fact it actually discussed the future marketing objectives of the Pet Industry about how the millennial generation want to know about the science behind the food and that want to know the food is made in a 'kitchen' not in a factory.....with fresh ingredients just like when they go to a restaurant themselves and want the food presented in a certain fashion..... Which made me think about the new advert I have seen where someone is in a restaurant and places an order and the waiter takes the order out the back to the 'kitchen' where the 'chef' then chops up some lovely steak whilst another is washing and chopping fresh vegetables then it all gets poured into a bowl (which they show a hint of pouring in some kibble)..... and then carried out on a tray to the DOG..... We have already seen many of the dry food products now coming out with names that sound natural... 'Earthborn' 'Natures gift' etc... the marketing spin they were talking about means we are going to see appearing in the future will be products with names like SV786 - marketing to the tech savvy owners as well as more of the 'holistic' mentioning for the future yuppie. The Big Companies are going to fight against the raw feeding because they don't make profit from those who do it themselves.... so watch out for the bullshit heading our way about how many of our 'natural' products are going to come under fire for the danger of bacteria etc.......
  5. If you only have had the pup for a few weeks. Then I suspect the breeder should refund the purchase price of the pup.... if it was only a few weeks, then the pup would have had the tumour already. Not that this would be something the breeder would realise. As far as costs for treatment it would seem unreasonable to expect the breeder to reimburse costs that you incurred... after all I imagine it is unlikely the breeder was given an option as to conduct $5,000 work of vet work... If I had been advised of some health issue of the pup I would really insist the dog was returned. Refund the amount and I would put the pup down.
  6. Aggression towards other puppies.

    'Asher' you are correct in saying that this is due to different factors.... Some dogs are not very adaptable - they can find social interaction difficult - yet they can fit outside of the 'norm' and the procedures that many trainers will often recommend don't really fit. These dogs like to have the world work to their schedule. Dogs can be nervous and try to scare other dogs away... or .... somewhat arrogant / frustrated when others won't play the way they want. Each dog is an individual and when addressing these types of issues there is no - "one solution" because there is no - "one motivation" for the behaviour. It is often worth thinking of kids in the school ground - they have to learn how to adjust and adapt to fit in with different groupings of kids. For some it is easy for some it takes time and others seem to really struggle. But learning how takes practice. We run workshops for dogs to build social skills. Our own dogs mix with many dogs and have broad skills which makes it easier for the dogs that struggle, It is also the humans who have to work out when to step in and when to let the dog alone to learn by trial and error.
  7. Aggression towards other puppies.

    Looks like you have a JRT type... don't be alarmed, this behaviour is quite normal... 6 month old terriers (especially JRT types) get too big for their boots and think they can take on the world... this really has nothing to do with the dog being entire but more just the age he is - basically he is now a teenager and he wants to make his own decisions - You have to create boundaries.... if you don't this behaviour will continue and become worse... There is no problem letting him have off leash play, but sounds like you need supervision with someone who understands how to create good social play. He needs to have patience.... this starts at the basics.... walking on the lead... he is not allowed to pull - if he seas another dog he is not allowed to bark or pull on the lead... you have to make him wait and wait and wait - don't make him sit just let him fiddle around on the lead(not pulling) until he realised you are not going to change. ..then you make him wait and wait again - until he stops and just watches.... until he becomes calm. This requires you to be calm and patient.... when you go to a park or walk in the street if he starts to yip or growl or bark you stop and correct him... you need to stop the mouth from taking charge of his actions....
  8. Pawshake Dog Sitting?

    These online groups can only check so much... They say they verify their sitters Quote "Just a note that the admin team does check every profile and you can see at a glance how the Pawshake team has verified their identity, be it through phone call, email, SMS or Facebook. I hope that helps! " Anyone, with any background can set up a phone number and email an SMS or have Facebook... this is NO VERIFICATION as to who they actually are.... what name they are using or even if they have had a criminal record for theft, animal cruelty.... There is no POLICE CHECK...no WORKING WITH CHILDREN CARD.... no COUNCIL APPROVAL.... no INSPECTION OF THE PROPERTY/FACILITY... not even to sight a DRIVERS LICENSE... I'm not saying you won't meet some wonderful people offering pet sitting in either Your House or Theirs.... however any Joe Sleezy Blog can set up the account and join..... Sheese... the 'Millenials" will see to accept anyone or anything as long as it is recommended on Google or social media..... Let the Consumer beware!
  9. Hot spots between toes

    The metho doesn't need to be used for long... just when you see an outbreak - perhaps for 1-2 days and you break the cycle before it has a chance to get full blown. I wouldn't be having any vaccination at this point as her immune system is already overloaded... After all Vaccinations don't need to be done annual... three yearly has been approved by the AVA.... ref: Dr J Dodds... and also another reference is an article "Annual vaccinations are they necessary" by Dr. Bruce Same on www.vetsallnatural.com.au Also avoid worming etc... until the skin is back to normal.... One thing I will say... personally, don't really believe there is a better quality kibble.... they all have additives.... instead consider the option of the Vets all natural complete mix instead... he also has one for skin sensitivity....
  10. Hot spots between toes

    Have been involved with dogs over the last 40 years (boarding kennels, training and my own).... Have often encountered dogs with this problem and was told by a vet in the 80's how to treat it.... not always 100% but it would never do any harm.... However I will explain and you are free to try. The skin is inflamed usually by grasses.... hence why it particularly affects between the toes first. ...especially at certain times of year when the grasses are growing.... this is aggravated by the dog licking/chewing the affected areas.. can often send up a bit of a chain reaction thru many parts of the body particularly in between the legs, under the throat etc. When you go to vets they seem to want to prescribe creams or tablets, which do seem to help... for a time.... and when you stop the treatment the condition returns - expensive and frustrating and vets don't seem to offer any other treatments except to do skin samples to try to work out what the dog is allergic to. The big problem is that the dogs immune system is compromised and the tablets and creams continue to degrade the immune system. They work for a time but are often just masking the issue and not actually solving the problem. The objective is to make the dog comfortable, prevent the dog licking/chewing, and let the system repairs its self. This is done two ways.... I have successfully treated hundreds of dogs with this manner over the years... have even had vets admit (reluctantly) that this is valid. 1st - diet - raw is best as you will get a better balance of gut bacteria (which the tablets are compromising) thus will start to help the skin improve from the inside out.... remove the dry food which has too many salts etc..... add plain greek yoghurt (costs $8/kilo at Aldi) which will also help to feed the gut bacteria to create a better balance. - within about three weeks you should see a much better coat coming thru... 2nd - reduce the itchy skin... buy some metholated spirits (bottle costs perhaps $5).... have a small bowl and dip the feet into the undiluted metho and then you can use some cotton wool and dap metho onto any other hot spots on the body... The metho will dry out the skin and reduce/stop the dog itching... no bandages as the objective is to let it air out and dry up.... don't worry if the skin is hot/rash/'pimply the metho will not hurt the dog and is not tasty so often the dog doesn't want to lick it anyway. You can do this in the morning and again in the evening. Perhaps repeat the next day and by the third day you should start seeing a big improvement in the feet and the dog will loose interest in the licking... Once the feet at more stable then after a few weeks you should see the diet starting to help the skin... just keep an eye on the feet as it might flair up again as the grass is growing... then a quick dip into the metho to stop the cycle again.... Best of luck - you are welcome to ring me if you wish to discuss
  11. Getting papers for adopted dog

    I suspect it would be Nigh on Impossible.... You need the person shown on the ANKC as owner of the bitch to apply for new papers.... then You need a trail of paperwork for the breeder of the boy... which is 14 years ago.... and if the registration wasn't completed by the breeder then you no hope... Your best bet is to get the papers for your girl and then look at perhaps breeding her to another dog...
  12. Borders vs Aussies?

    Have been running a Training school for 25 years in a semi rural area and hence have worked with many breeds, especially the working breeds of border collies, kelpies, etc... Have also bred 20 litters of Aust Shepherd so will give you some ideas of how they differ. One standard answer to the difference between Borders and Aussies... is that Aussies have an off switch... ready to get up and run around when. needed but then lay down and just hang out in the house quietly. A Border Collie (as with a Kelpie) is primarily bred as a Sheep Dog - requiring stealth and focus which boarders on fixation. Great for a sheepdog but not so adaptable for a family lifestyle. However the Aussie is a Ranch Dog, therefore the Aussie needed to be more versatile - it needed to work sheep AND cattle both in the fields and in yards. Also to let the rancher know when someone was coming to the farm, to chase the coyote/fox away from the poultry, not to mention they also hung around the house looking after the kids and keeping the family company. This required an Aussie to have a stronger mental ability to allow them to adapt to these different roles. In our classes we generally find the Border to be more reserved with strangers or in new situations. They can be unsure when meeting new dogs and tend to give off the vibe of being a little nervous, thus often other dogs don't feel to comfortable around them. Many Borders are unhappy to have strange dogs approach and will give nervous snaps... Generally most Aussies are very positive with meeting new dogs or people, they might wait quietly to see how things go but are willing to make new friends. Other dogs also seem to be comfortable and interested in Aussies, probably due to the more relaxed attitudes. With coats this can vary in both breeds - Often Show Borders are heavy coated whereas the working lines are more close and low maintenance. Again with the Aussies, many in the show scene seem to favour the big heavy coated dogs which look more glamorous but then there are also many (in and out of the Ring) that have a shorter wavy coat or lighter undercoats - some lines seem to throw the easier coats but it is really a bit hit or miss. I have one girl who has a straight lighter coat with less undercoat but has still produced offspring with some heavier coats Of course there are variations within any breed and you may find some breeders work very differently to others in the way the pups are raised. The first 12 weeks of a pups life can definitely set the pup up for success. It is not enough to just say that puppies are raised in a family environment (easy for people to talk the talk / but much harder to walk the walk.
  13. Does anyone know what the prefix was for Fiona McCoy - and has this been reported to Dogs Vic.....
  14. Why dogs eat poop

    In response to 'talking dog' - with regard to helping to empty the anal glands..... If feeding Vets All Natural adult complete mix... you will notice there are some full oats sitting on top of the complete mix once it is soaked... I always thought that perhaps these full oats had just missed being crushed but then Bruce Syme had an article about the anal glands... the whole oat soaked goes thru the dogs system and then out, this helps to clean out the intestines and also push to empty the anal glands. Pretty clever idea.... For others feeding raw who want to help the anal glands... the same can be done even just feeding the dog some corn kernals.... (not the cob) the corn doesnt break down hence ends in the poo again doing the job of helping clean the anal glands.
  15. vet suggested kibble not raw?

    Juice, as an idea to think over.... I run a boarding kennel so get loads of different dogs and have seen many things over the years. Had a few occasions where I have had bully breeds who have come in and seen them really get a bit lacklustre and unsteady - each time it has turned out that dog had a blockage... one had part of a ball stuck and had to have an op to remove. The other two had eaten something different... one had eaten a rabbit just prior to coming and about 4 days after I took to the vet as we thought she was off colour and we kept watching and saw she was straining to poo... Vet gave her stuff to help her pass the rabbit.... The final one had been given chicken carcass... the bone and compacted in her gut and caused inflammation in the gut. In the past I had a GSD pup who ended up with telescope bowel and some of the bowel removed. Over the years we found he could not process bone... he tended to grind it down and then it would compact in his bowel... We learnt the signs and as soon as I realised he had compacted I would give him a big does of oil and water in his dinner or even squirted down his throat with a horse injection... I'm always keeping an eye on the dogs poo.... also their habits... Might be worth thinking about.