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About Starkehre

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  • Birthday 07/08/66

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  1. Phoebe has puppies!

    Congratulations Reb and Phoebe. 4 beautiful babies. So sorry for the lost puppy and hope Phoebe continues to do well after her procedure. Sending love, sniffs of puppies and energy and toothpicks for you Reb xx
  2. Phoebe has puppies!

    Good lord!!! LOL, Phoebe is huge. Hopefully it will all happen pretty soon
  3. Miss Em Is Having Babies Too!

    Come on Em...we are all getting very impatient
  4. Phoebe has puppies!

    Very exciting Can't wait to see the bubbas
  5. Dobermanns and other dogs

    All Dobes are definitely not like this. Difficult to say what went wrong, but more often than not (regardless of our experience and qualifications) unless we highly socialise them (guarding breeds) to other dogs and continually right through the first 3-4 years this can happen, particularly if it is stamped on them with their parents genetics. Neutralization is ideal, but tricky to getting the balance right unless you are prepared to work on it almost full time. Getting that perfect level of confidence and relxation being around novel dogs without our dogs becoming overly stimulated or valuing the other dogs too much can be hard or almost impossible for some people, again regardless of experience. Since neither of your dogs hit the fully finished dog by the time they became DA, it is likely as you say you did everything right. There is most definitely a genetic predisposition in DA and this may be your answer. Also it has been documented that early desexing of dogs can predispose them towards becoming DA. Personally I think the reason for this is more about the reactions from other dogs towards neutered dogs, rather than it being about the lack of sex hormones in your own dogs...but who knows? Such a shame though really. You must be highly disappointed. Was your 2nd boy from the same breeder? I'm sure your breeder is ethical and breeds lovely dogs. But if it is dog social dogs you want, next time you will have to research breeders who put a lot of emphasis on ensuring the genetics behind all their breedings are ticking this box. We have very much the same thing going on in our breed.
  6. Mange??

    Fantastic. It's wonderful you got straight onto it
  7. Mange??

    Yay Ben, so glad you have it all sorted and a plan to move forward. I'm sure it will start to settle down over the coming weeks. Take this time to do plenty of research into avoiding over vaccinating and drugging when and where possible. Also perhaps look at a raw diet if you have not already. You need to build this pup's immune system and try to prevent it taking any backward steps I hope the vet explained to you that all dogs carry demodex at all times. They live on all dogs. When we see the skin being affected and the hair loss this is because the demodex have increased in numbers and are taking over. This occurs when the dog's immune system is compromised. This can be happen when a bitch comes into season (so hormonal based) or after vaccinations, cortisone or contact with any pesticides or other poisons or disease. Sometimes it is impossible to find any reason (idiopathic) but just be aware that there is an immunology issue there. Your pup may grow out of as usually happens when pups mature or there may be some immunology based problems on going. Some common ones are are yeasty ear fungal infections, skin allergies, hot spots.
  8. Mange??

    I don't know that I'd necessarily say low as such. More like poor and/or compromised at times. Rottweilers are another breed with less than ideal immune systems particularly as juveniles, hence they are quite susceptible to contracting parvo as puppies where other breeds or individual dogs may not.
  9. Socialisation

    I ran on two puppies from the one litter 18 months ago. When I decided to do so I full well knew what I was getting myself in for. I was familiar with litter sibling syndrome and how much extra work I would have to do. Although I am not a qualified dog trainer, I have been training dogs for almost 30 years and I consider myself fairly dog savvy. I have raised many puppies. I work from home and don't go out unless it is to dog training, trialling or showing. So if anyone could pull this off successfully it would be me in my then current situation right? Well, yes I did pull it off and I did a pretty good job too. But and there are plenty of huge BUTS...there's puppies were never allowed to run together, they still aren't. It is constant separation and juggling of puppies. My hips are shot now from all the constant bending over when I had to pull them apart if I accidentally let one slip through or I was trying some quiet "place" time in the living room. They get along great, always have. The issue is that they will launch into rough play too quickly and that is not a good thing. This is how dogs hurt and injured. Vizslas are a lighter breed, so less risk of injury but they play bloody hard. So 18 months on, we can have both of them free in the living room with us whilst watching tele. I can ask for "place" and it is pretty reliable that they will stay. However, as soon as I am distracted they will start playing. I allow land sharks in the drop position sometimes but it is on my cue. It is really bloody hard. I definitely ticked the box of them not becoming co dependant...except if I leave the house with them both in the car, reach a destination and take one out. totally my fault because I did this when socializing everyday, which you have to do for at least the first 12-16 weeks but I try to do it at least every other day also until 6 months. So, now back to basics working on that one. I should have been leaving one at home, but thought I would save time doing it this way. Literally everything must be separate for them for soooo long, allowing together time as a very small part whilst they are adolescents, otherwise you will run the risk of always having co dependent issues. I find the average pet person is getting two dogs because mostly because they want to see them playing and running together and enjoying one another's company, especially for when the owners can't be there. So this is why I would never sell litter siblings or recommend puppies of similar age to the one pet home. Separating puppies and extremely full on raising is not what they envisage as wonderful puppy ownership and they'd be right. it is bloody hard work, extremely hard. It comes down to the over familiarity that happens when dogs who were born together, then live together forever. They play too rough and what starts in laughter usually ends in tears. Rough play can end in fights. Again, I'M 95% pleased with the job I have done. Nothing surprised me, I knew exactly what to expect and I got it. Would I do it again? Not in a pink fit!!! It near killed me, I had to have 6 months off work and still have kept business slow deliberately. I actually don't feel like I have ever quite recovered.
  10. Leg weights after surgery

    Does it actually need to be weight or will the additional muscles and rang of movement created when strapping a TTouch Pad to it do the same job? That is what I would do. Easy to make or buy. It will create him to lift him leg higher on his own therefore using the muscles well.
  11. Mange??

    I'm with the others in thinking it could be demodex. What you are calling puppy mange is demodectic mange caused by an over run of the demodex parasite. It can be often found in young dogs and puppies because their immune system is still immature. But make no mistake it can get very nasty very quickly. Staffords don't have the best immune systems as it is, so if it is demodex, what you are seeing is definitely something to be mindful of going forward and may present in other ways throughout...such as skin allergies and other immunology issues. It could be a graze or contact allergy, particularly with it being closer to the mouth than eyes which is demodex usually appears first. Have you checked your yard of other places your dogs visits for wandering dew? I wouldn't be waiting, I'd be getting it checked out, best you know what it is.
  12. Long term carers?

    A 5 month old Boxer is likely going to be considerably full of beans, a real handful and will require significant training and socialization. I would imagine if she is only cared for with a bare minimum attitude you will not like the dog you return to. You will need to add to your requirements that she will need constant socialization (introductions to different environment and social situations in a calm and controlled manner) as well as ongoing basic life skill training at minimum. I wish you all the very best in your search, but have a feeling it is going to be too expensive for you and potentially best for her to be rehomed. I know you don't want to consider this, but I doubt you will find a better option.
  13. Starkehre babies?

    Oh wow TTD, what a beautiful thing to say, thank you. I really lucked out with Callie, she is so amazing. I cannot believe how far she has come given Bonn is her first ever dog. It's really lovely that you can trust Bonn and Callie in that way. She has worked her butt off to gain such excellent impulse control on Bonn. You feeling that way would be mean so much to Callie as well as it does to me I hope it has helped Thistle also. I am very proud that all of the puppies are not at all reactive towards novel or known dogs. It's something that is always so high on my list and we worked hard on it during the first 9 weeks. Even the owners who have not continued with our prescribed training still have great non reactive dogs. Again, your very kind words are greatly appreciated. xx
  14. Phoebe has puppies!

    Oh wow, you know how much I just lurve GHs Reb. Cannot wait for these babies to come all the best xx
  15. Miss Em Is Having Babies Too!

    That's so exciting TSD. Not long to go now. Looking forward to seeing it all happen xx
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