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  • Birthday 10/08/1984

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  1. Aussie Pics

    Been a long time since I've been in here as the small human takes up a lot of time! Epic is over 600mm and 16 months old now He just kept growing. Is still a dingbat though and waiting for his brain to catch up!
  2. Aussie Pics

    No coats here, I am in Canberra and mine are quite happy running through frosty metre high grass at subzero temperatures...
  3. My criteria usually goes on drinking. If mine stop drinking they go to the vet. Likewise if they can't keep water down while fasting (throwing up) they go to the vet too. If it's just diarrhea they get fasted for 24 hours.
  4. We call the spot stealing behaviour "oozing" because it's like she just oozes into our spot :laugh:
  5. Problems At Feeding Time

    I think it depends on the dog. My dogs are gutses of the highest degree. Honestly, people say their dogs are food motivated but mine take it to a whole new level :) Anyway, I tried swapping food with one of my dogs and all she started doing was swallowing things whole if I came near her. Now I just do minor interruptions occasionally, putting extra food in their bowl or patting them gently and walking away. I've found this works much better with my dogs than taking food from them. I teach "give" and "leave it" as separate commands trained using a mixture of food and toys if I need them to spit out or leave something gross. It's a different command for them though, their dinner in their bowl is different. (BTW I've had to take their bowls away before and bones etc in emergencies or if I've given them the wrong thing by mistake and I have had no issues)
  6. Problems At Feeding Time

    Edit: Oops sorry I see you've sorted the issue. Will leave my reply anyway in case it helps anyone :) I started off feeding the puppy in their crate and the older dog outside. Then I gradually moved them closer ie. crate and same room, both outside at different ends of the yard, both outside a few metres apart. I always supervise at first but from a distance as I found watching them makes them more paranoid. I only step in if one goes to eat the other's food and redirect them back to their own bowl. I've done this with two sets of dogs now and find it works well. I work up to them eating about 2 metres apart, I never expect them to share food. They never get fed bones together. My younger dog eats from one of the special bowls as I found he was forgetting to breathe while eating. They do help.
  7. It's not that cold in Canberra yet.
  8. Aussie Pics

    It was a bit of an effort, especially fast pace LOL!
  9. Aussie Pics

    Little brag from me - Ava got her 10th quallie for her Rally Advanced Excellent title on the weekend so we can add RAE to her list of titles. It was actually 20 quallies as you need 2 passes in each trial so it was a bit of a long slog!!!
  10. Time To Trust With A Soft Crate?

    I'm in the same situation. Epic is too big for his 36" wire crate but pretty sure he can't be trusted in a soft crate yet. I am going to trial him in our old crappy soft crate (which is bigger) overnight and see how he goes with that.
  11. Which Puppy Breed Should I Get?

    Our first dog as a couple was a large (35kg) rescue GSD cross and he was amazing. We searched for an adult dog whose temperament suited our situation (both full time workers). He got a 30-45 minute walk of a morning, outside during the day while we were at work then came inside and spent the evening with us. I did obedience classes with him, not the most obedient of chaps but soooo easy to live with and the sweetest dog you'd ever meet. Honestly he was quite independent so while he enjoyed his time inside with us at night (he spent 90% of it on his dog bed) he was quite happy to toddle outside and snooze there of his own accord. On weekends he got trips to the dog park, I took him to my husband's sports games, markets, playdates... I miss my gentle man so much Now we both work full time, baby on the way, and have two active working breeds. It is a LOT of work. Edit: My GSD x shed a LOT more than my longer haired Aussie Shepherds. He shed like a demon LOL!
  12. Beginners Obedience Training

    Agree with this :) Personally I think that my dogs have benefited from the environment a dog club provides but some do find it tough. I have a very excitable and boisterous 7 month old and he does really well in classes, it also provides me an opportunity to work on overstimulation issues in a more controlled environment than say, out on a walk. Enjoy your classes! :)
  13. Desexing Pet Male Dogs

    This. My pup is only 7 months old. No undesirable behaviours yet. I do believe that desexing earlyish is the best option for the "average" pet owner.
  14. Aussie Pics

    Epic is growing up :) He's 7 months now.
  15. Exercise For Fast Growing Puppy

    I'd let 'em rip, so long as the exercise isn't resulting in trauma (eg, falling off things, collisions) that may damage bone structure. Has anyone had a case of a high-energy pup given loads of free exercise turning out with problems because they were given freedom? I've never have. We let him go feral when he's outside :laugh: