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Dory the Doted One

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  1. Well, it only took what felt like a BAZILLION years...but we finally achieved a training goal and got our first pass in tracking.
  2. It's a bit of a shame that a dog that gets a title in obedience/herding etc doesn't get more of an exemption from councils. Especially as they like to bang on about responsible ownership. I would figure that's a greater gauge than desexing status. I know there is some discount, but it's a bit pathetic on its own.
  3. What about a job as ratters, or do only cattle and sheep apply?
  4. 14 kg Dory cross breed is a pretty good alert/guard dog. Not sure how effective while out walking though. She would probably nip an intruder, and if they hurt her they'd have to face an enraged dog owner :laugh: Trust me, hurt my dogs, pray you have ambulance cover.
  5. Rottweilers despite their short coat shed something fierce. Not as bad as a GSD, but it's amazing where you find it.
  6. "Where's my Kiss" Willow will then gently nose punch you on the face. No tongue. Dory can do an impressive 'Beg'. But the bestest trick ever is just being themselves and brightening my day.
  7. I don't have any cows, nor plan on having any in the near future. So that side of their original purpose is not a requirement for me. We did give herding a crack, but as I'm much more interested in doing IPO with Willow we found that some of the things we want for that, aren't conducive to sheep work at this time. Perhaps at a future time when she's a bit older, who knows. Now considering I love doing IPO, temperament is important...but considering the number of breeders of Rottweilers in Australia who test their dogs on the field is a very, very, very small minority (can't think of any of
  8. We are still doing tracking, mostly on ovals to avoid grass seeds and other summer time perils (ants...grrrr....ants). We are starting to get good article indication with Willow!!! And considering she has had quite a large break from training lately, I was pretty pleased with her last track.. Even if she did indicate the corners by dropping...hey...at least she's thinking it through!!! Dory still charges through it all, doesn't want to stop even when she gets to the end. :laugh:
  9. 1 hammock bed, 2 pillow type beds and 2 crates. Dory has nicer blankets in her crate because she doesn't shred things. Willow gets old towels... She shreds things. Despite this both dogs seem to prefer the unadorned floor. And occasionally the couch, usually when they want something and they are being cuddly. I would love to buy more beds, but I choke at the prices for items the dogs clearly won't use.
  10. Yep. And I often say, "Do you mind?" When they do gross dog things or get in my way. I also talk to patients as well. I've had several conversations re: barking and howling. They never listen. lol
  11. I've felt like that about dogs before, I found once we started doing fun stuff together, such as training that it helped the bond. And yes, not comparing them to previous dogs. It's okay to miss those dogs, but part of the fun of new puppies is the individuality they bring and the new stuff we can learn from them. At least that's what I love about it.
  12. Dory - check out vent locks from Clean Run. You can lock the rear door half open - they are brilliant and I use mine all the time. Will do! Seems so pointless having dog cages when you don't feel safe leaving the car open for them.
  13. We don't charge. Never heard of the practise before.
  14. I've got lockable cages in the back of my car, and I'm still not game enough to leave the back up. People are serious idiots, and we've had instances where people have tried to put their hands in the car to pat the dogs. In one case they tried to push us out of the way to do so!!! We told them one of them could be a bit protective, don't pat. (Yeah...and it ain't the Rottweiler :laugh: ). I live in fear. Cos I know Dory would definitely bite someone's hand if they poked it in there. And I'm not 100% sure of Willow if I'm not there. As for Bunnings, well I don't even take them into
  15. I'm keeping my goals small this year... Willow: BH and a Tracking Title. Dory: Tracking Anything else will be a bonus.
  16. I think cost can be a bit prohibitive when you start adding up all the membership fees for various clubs and activities. I would imagine people scale clubs by benefit. I would have at least 4 clubs I'd love to join if not joined. And that's just the priority ones.
  17. I don't think dogs can be naughty. When I look at Willow's 'naughty' behaviour all I see is a bor d dog who had found something rewarding. Or a dog that had learnt to up the ante to achieve a desired outcome. Some of that can look like naughty behaviour, it can certainly be very annoying and inconvenient. We've not consciously punished her. We just put stuff out of the way, put appropriate stuff in the way or redirected the behaviour. I love watching her problem solving and her efforts to manipulate her environment. :)
  18. And some of us weirdos take pride in our Cross Breed Scruff Mutts ANKC rego papers enough to want to get them. Even if it is only as an associate and there is no list of parentage. :laugh:
  19. What do you think is a fair price, fabel? Not being bitchy, I'm honestly quite curious. Whenever someone thinks something is too expensive, my first thought is...well how much do you think it's worth? Do you think that if a litter is small, the puppies should have a higher purchase price?
  20. Before being a vet nurse, I would still insist on holding up the vein for my pets. It is the best, last cuddle position. I was lucky to have vets that knew I could handle and how much my pets meant to me. The ones I find the hardest are the literal dump and runs. They've left it till the animal is in a borderline cruelty state. But other than that it doesn't faze me. I try to be the best comfort to the animal I can, and so does my boss.
  21. Can't remember Dorys Gotcha Day, so Willow's birthday seems to have defaulted to Spring Treats On The Dogs Day. Hmmm...matter of fact, my birthday usually turns into that too. :laugh:
  22. Bah. Willow is in season, all I hear all night is licking and slurping. She's pretty loud and sloppy. But I must be getting used to it or I'm exhausted. :laugh:
  23. I don't either, everyone wears whatever appealis to me at the time. I don't either. It comes in either Lge or Med. lol That's as fancy as it gets.
  24. Hi there, Liz from Belgian Shepherd Rescue here. Actually the main focus of the rescue was the mothers. Unfortunately the only real evidence I have is Facebook messages to my team whereby I say, "I want the puppies out of there but i am more worried about the adults as they'll just be bred from again regardless". Unfortunately other than screen grabs and copy+pasting I won't be giving out my Facebook password any time to prove that! You'll either have to take my word for it or like you say, be a cynic and choose not to believe me. Either way, they're all out of that environment which is the
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