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    Certified Dog Trainer - Training School - Registered Breeder
  • Birthday 08/01/60

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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. Puppy aggression towards younger puppies

    I have been running training classes - pups and adults for over 25 years. What you have is a teenager... he is basically behaving like a spoilt brat... he knows he can get away with it with younger pups but he is a bit more careful with the older dogs... for now anyway.... You need to BLOCK this behaviour... he needs boundaries.... There is nothing wrong with saying NO... and I don't care what the Politically Correct 100% positive reinforced trainers want to say or object to when I say this. We are starting to create a society that brings up children and now dogs without respect and boundaries. Creating boundaries is not about hitting the dog... it is being firm and determined. I have dealt with many situations of this nature and experience will always beat the book theory. If you don't create better manners now he is going to start to push the line with older dogs as well. You may also find that he can start to get snarky about kids being in his space.... Best of luck and any problems if need be scoot around and find a trainer who can help your dog learn good manners with all different dogs.
  2. Puppy Vet Checks

    Actually you can have a pup off to a home at 7 weeks under state laws.... getting a vet check is really just a precaution for the buyer... chances are IF the pup is from an ethical breeder they would have had their vaccination around the 6-8 weeks and have their health check then. But then you may not know the vet the pup went to and you decide to have your own vet check. A cost for a vet visit is likely to cost anything from $60-$120. They usually change a fee of approx $60 and then it seems vets always find things to sell you... so it is easy to spend another $60 without there being any issue. Vets will often try to talk you into buying their dry kibbles as well as worming, flea prevention treatment and other assorted items... Much of which is available at any pet supermarket or online as well. Don't be afraid to check the pricing.
  3. Questions for breeders from prospective buyers

    I don't worry about what the other breeders in my breed do - the Aussie Club do very little if anything towards helping or educating the public - there are not huge numbers of them in this State and they are spread far and wide... most seem more interested in showing and hence perhaps little time for anything else. So I just do my own thing...... Holding a M&G is just my way to help new people learn about the breed.... people who have been involved with me over the last 10 years with the breed enjoy getting involved... and it is a great way or us to get together. So I don't worry that it might just be the same breeders making the effort... the main thing is you get to meet some wonderful families and these are the ones that will make great homes.
  4. Dogs NSW rego V'S Master breeders ?

    Personally... If the breeder is NOT a member of ANKC I would run a mile. The MDBA is a secondary system set up because they aren't happy with the rules of the ANKC, they don't and can't know anymore about the ethics of an individual breeder as there is no personal checking to verify the individual breeder and their setup. Hence no real difference than the ANKC really just pay your membership fees etc and join up - as long as no one complains about you then everyone stays out of your hair. I believe the member of DOL referred to on a previous post (Steve) who founded the MDBA is also on Dogzonline and has been for years... but then most of the members of Dogzonline don't know each other personally... After all this is just an online social media.... we can all be something here that may or may not be true. Hence being a member on here is no recommendation in itself. The best thing is for your friend to visit the breeder and learn about the individual, perhaps even to get some recommendations from previous puppy people about how supportive they found the breeder... also to view the health testing certificates, particularly the hip and elbow forms... If unsure about what these mean you can probably contact the Golden Ret Club to ask for more specific info.
  5. Chemo Experiences

    As a trainer I have come across quite a few people who have gone thru various cancer treatment programs with their dogs. Apart from the huge costs.... (figures spent ranging from $5,00-$15,000) In general they have all felt that the stress and strains on both themselves and the dogs where not really worth it... Instead they felt they would have been best to just aim on enjoying what time they had. Personally in 2008 had a horse (owned from weaning) with lymphomia and was told he would have 3-6 months to live and would continue to drop weight till eventually he would collapse and have to be put down - treatment for horses was not an option at the time. We spoke to a naturopath who made up a herb mix for increasing his immune system and cleaning his bloods... he went off ALL processed feeds and was given only plain chaff with the herb mix. Within 3 weeks he looked better and was eating well... the lymphoma sores was still around his sheath and occasionally would burst and bright red blood would rush out for a few minutes and then stop. The naturopath said this was normal and the sores actually reduced in size. But he was back to his old self. We started riding again at first just gently and then my young daughter started learning to ride him (13yo on a 16.1hh Clydie Cross) She attended clinics and even started some competition on him... 3 years AFTER diagnosis we stopped riding him and he just enjoyed being around the paddocks, a further 3 months he started to loose weight but was still perky and then one day just didn't wake up. He lasted 3.5 years from diagnosis (nearly 17 when he died) - with good quality of life... but it taught me to learn about feeding and to read all the labels.... Since then all my dogs have been on raw diet... no bloody dry food (there is no such thing as good kibble - read the label and google the ingredients). Still believe if I had put my horse onto a clean diet from the start there would be a good chance he might never have developed cancer.... all the sugars and salts in the pellets.
  6. Questions for breeders from prospective buyers

    What about your club looking at this whole thing from a different perspective. Get the club to run a couple of Meet and Greets each year. Anyone interested in getting a pup of your breed can organise to come along to an open day. This is a chance for prospective buyers to meet the adults and see the activity level and trainability of the dogs. It is really important for families to make decision based on the Adults and not be swayed by the cute pups. They also learn about the testing available and what issues to consider when looking for a pup. They can have a chance to meet different breeders on a semi social environment where everyone has the chance to show their true personality and not feel they need to "tick the right boxes" to be accepted for a pup - After all, it is important that the breeder and buyer create some sort of connection so that ongoing support can be offered if needed. Myself and a breeder friend have run these Meet & Greets for the last few years as a way to promote our breed. We try to organise families to visit once we have mated one of our girls - we even invite some of our previous aussie people to come and provide a mixed group of aussies for the prospective buyers to meet and chat - It is actually a lot of fun and we have met some great people. Some keep in touch hoping for a pup in future, some get puppies from other breeders (which we are more than happy about) and some even decide the breed is not suited or they are not ready. We see it as a big chance to educate the public about what an ethical breeder really means.
  7. Cruciate Ligament issue

    18 months ago my Aussie tore the CL. We took her to Michael Bell in Craigieburn Vet Clinic.... He is a bit of a specialist as they have always worked with Greyhounds plus he is a regular to the USA with some of the leading orthopedic people over there. He performed an operation on my then 8 yo girl... We kept her quiet as best we could for a few months... then she had a tendency to carry her leg a little for about the next 6 months or so.... but about 12 months after the operation she was back to normal... no issues since. They don't put any steel plates so unlikely to have some of the issues with arthritis later on. Plus the cost there was under $1400 whereas other clinics up this way are wanting $2500 - $3500.
  8. Purebreds!

    We now know this was a bogus report - owner admitted that the dog died... Often there is more information than we know... so sometimes worth waiting to see what the true story is.
  9. Purebreds!

    Promoting Pure Breeds - is a job for all breeders of all breeds. We have run 3 Meet and Greets in January - had 20 groups of people - We did not have any pups due for about 5 weeks - in fact we didn't even have the pregnancy confirmed yet) - so it is not about selling pups as we told them all that there is no guarantee that we can have pups for them but happy to help them in their research. We are also able to recommend if perhaps another breed might suit them. This is a chance for them to come meet the dogs (not cute puppies) and see if this is a breed for them. To learn about the adult dogs and what is involved in breeding, feeding and also a chance for us to educate them about how the ANKC works with health testing and what shows, obedience comps etc are all about.... We see this as a public service to help improve the image of breeders with the public and the side issue is that we get the chance to meet great people and learn about them so we can source the right homes when we do have pups. Remember : People we can influence to see that breeders of pedigree dogs are helpful and working to improve - Now have some information to help them when discussions about dogs come up with work colleagues or family. Every one you influence can effectively influence 10 others.....
  10. Purebreds!

    In Victoria we have had a fair bit of promotion by Dogs Vic about pure bred dogs... Because of the State Gvt wanting to bring out more rules to restrict breeders (including us). So Dogs Vic hired a marketing dude to work out a promotional package to get our point across. Thankfully it seems to have worked and perhaps ANKC state clubs will continue from this experience. I think the spin off has been that more of the public are becoming aware of the difference between pure ANKC dogs and BYB or commercial breeding. However personally believe that owners and breeders of our ANKC pure bred dogs need to follow this up with helping the public understand more about what is involved with the pure dogs. Explaining to people the difference with the health testing and breeding to blood lines that will enhance the dogs so that we can avoid issues like poor bites, bad elbows or eye problems. We should help educate people who approaches to ask about your pure dog, even if the questions are pretty ignorant like "bet those dogs cost a pretty penny?" - We should see it as a chance to re-educate them about how the system works and in fact that the purchase price is only a small part in the cost of owning a dog. cont...
  11. Victoria already has Boarding Kennels under a registration system... It is called the Domestic Animal Business... (mind you there were still regulations before this came into effect but now they have just make it more complicated) - it is overseen by local council... and to get a DAB then the council Officer inspect and consider each facility against a code of practice... Business such as Pet Sitting also requires a DAB but generally there are plenty of people who go on Facebook setting up for pet sitting and don't follow any of the protocols. In NSW I suspect there are already regulations that determine boarding kennels - again by Councils. After all if you want to run a business (or even just want to have more dogs than allowed by local laws you need to go to council and get a permit. That means that you have to show you meet the requirements. Oh and by the way the new regs for DAB for Boarding Kennels actually decreased the minimum amount of space required for a dog. (I suspect that the Dept of Ag got consultants who just went to one of the biggest commercial kennels and then used what they had as the minimum standards).... Unfortunately it now means that any new kennel that sets up can actually buy a factory and build pens that are the minimum 4.2sqm and leave the dogs in the vinyl and pretty coloured concrete walls. No way I want the RSPCA having the control over us... after all this is just a way for the RSPCA to look at getting more funds.
  12. All very nice in theory... however when you consider that most countries already have dogs in rescue waiting for homes... why would you bother bringing over from other countries. Costs would be prohibitive.... to bring a dog to Australia you are looking at minimum $5,000. One thing to spend that money on a family pet... but for a rescue dog..... really !!!!!
  13. bringing home a second puppy.. 8 or 14weeks

    There are many factors... certainly if the breeder can take the pup back for the 10 days would probably be the best option. Otherwise I would be discussing with the pet sitter to see how you feel. It is quite a bit to ask for a sitter to mind such a baby and it is also when you might find your older dog starting to put in some blocking behaviours when the pup is getting to full on. This is normal for the older dog to give some reprimands to the baby but it might be something that your pet sitter will be more stressed with as she might be over cautious on your behalf.
  14. Thoughts on Vets All Natural

    We have been using VAN for the last 4 years and have weaned and raised the last 7 litters with their puppy Complete Mix - have also encouraged new puppy families to stay with the product and about half are still using it with great results. The advantage of VAN is that it has the minerals added in a dry format so the benefit goes direct to the dog... also it is an Easy way for the average family to go raw. The Base Diet is : (Australian Shepherds) 1 cup of soaked VAN Complete Mix and 200gm Kangaroo or Beef chunks. (my local guy also adds some of the offal, heart, kidney etc) Extras : We then add yoghurt once a day, drizzle some olive oil a few times a week and an egg once a week. A can of salmon or tuna is included in the food at least once a week. Dogs also get bones or lamb flaps perhaps twice a week and any leftovers from our family meal. Perhaps once a month I cook up a vegi stew - silver beet, cabbage, pumpkin, apples, carrots I ran a cost comparison with using this diet with what I feed the dogs in the boarding kennels. The Base Diet cost about the same as using the average supermarket kibble with supermarket dog log. Advantages: Smaller poo that is short dark sausages instead of soft squishy pale brown blobs. Improvement in coat softness and better natural cleaning of the teeth.
  15. Millions of years of evolution have developed a dog to be a carnivore and an opportunist (meaning they will also eat fruits, plant material, nuts, insects and dead things they find). One interesting fact... dogs on a full raw diet have a gut pH of around 2 (highly acidic) dogs on a commercial diet will have a gut pH of around 5 (neutral). Hence take each of these dogs and they eat a mouldy old dead bird (yummy) and the dog with the low pH has the acid to break down and destroy any bad bacteria before it gets into the system and causes longer term trouble. NO KIBBLE can recreate the food values of raw.... all the nutritional value that is written on the label is all PRIOR TO COOKING.... and anyone who watches any cooking show knows that we change the food when we cook.