alpha bet

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About alpha bet

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.....
  5. 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...
  6. 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.
  7. 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 !!!!!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I have my home insurance thru the Commonwealth Bank but the DAB is actually thru MRA insurance which costs approx $500 to $600 a year
  12. Think perhaps the title of this topic is not actually accurate. This guy is actually a bit of a dick... he obviously thinks he is onto something new... which anyone involved in training in at least the last 10 years has already re-hashed this topic..... After all Dr Mech actually is debunking the use of the term 'alpha' - rather than just dismissing the term of pack - after all a pack is just a collective term for a group of canine. Sad to think that the future of dog training may well be left to guys like this..... who thinks that anything from the past is a lie.... (and that is quoting him)
  13. Husband runs a fencing company... and I run a boarding kennel. We started out with chain mesh as it is cheaper and allowed us to have large paddocks at an affordable price... Initially everything was chain mesh, Pens of 10m x 2m and 4 paddocks 40m x 10m. However we have just revamped the kennel block and have replaced the chain mesh on the outside pens with welded panels. However I will say the chain mesh lasted 12 years with various sized and temperaments of dogs.... which is very different to housing your own dogs which will put much less stress onto the fencing. So you might want to consider the costing if you are just looking for your own dogs.
  14. Personally I am disgusted with Vic Dogs lack of response when these Breeding Regulations were first discussed with the Dept Primary Industries back some 5 years ago. Vic Dogs seemed happy to accept the bill then which allowed for the 10 entire bitches as they felt this wouldnt affect most of their members - so they just rolled over and let the Government just push their bill thru... and then 2 years down the track more amendments made as well as control being handed over to the Department of Ag - who actually see having responsibility for dogs/cats as being a fly in their ointment as they are dealing with far more "important" farming welfare. When this was first raised back in 2010 Vic Dogs (ANKC as well) should have started working to push our cause... to fight against the politics as well as starting to implement systems to regulate their own breeding members. Welfare Groups / Individuals use social media to fuel outrage with the public for their cause. Just look at the often horrendous photos that are often posted of poor filthy puppies lost in dark sheds or livestock covered in blood and jammed into cages. Governments traditionally respond to welfare groups who can drum up enough media drama by introducing legislation. Usually by engaging some public servants with little if any experience in the field who probably sit around a table, drinking latte, chatting to the welfare groups and coming up with what they think are some 'good ideas' and then write their draft.... which gets hacked around for a time and then handed over for a rubber stamp. Well the rubber stamp has cometh..... Now ALL breeders have been lumped into the same basket as the puppy farmer and BYB.... Our biggest fear is that this legislation hands over the power for decisions to our local council bylaw officer... these public servants have no knowledge or understanding, all they do is tick the boxes without even having any opinions.... it doesn't matter what you think or say... if you don't tick their boxes they have the power to shut you down...... BEWARE THE PUBLIC SERVANT AT YOUR DOOR.....
  15. She bought a pup interstate "spur of the moment" for her daughters 16th Birthday... which means she spent little time looking to see if there was any pups available locally. Paid for the dog and then pays for further costs .... I wonder whether she has ever given money to a bank in Nigeria ? obviously she would also believe the used car salesman when he says "it was only driven to church on Sundays, or pays good money to go to seminars about how to become a Millionaire without having to work..... No sympathy here.... Some people are just dumb... and will likely get ripped off because they don't do some basic research... There will always be stupid people who will get sucked in because they are lazy.