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  1. What should I do?

    Don't feel the need to rush into anything. You'll know when you're ready, don't push yourself to be ready sooner When you do add a new little life into your home, you won't be replacing Kane nor will it change your feelings towards him, so do what feels right for you at the time
  2. Toilet training

    It is worth looking up what a shy toileter is as it sounds like she's developing into one with pooping. Make sure you never reprimand her, none of that old school bollocks about rubbing her nose in it and no shouting and grabbing her as she starts to toilet. Go back to putting her on lead when you go out to toilet (so she can't go off and have a party) and walk back and forth for an least 10 minutes - walking encourages toileting so it is giving you a better chance to catch the need to toilet. When she poops in front of you don't interrupt and give her a really big reward at the end, a few small easy to swallow/no need to chew treats (ziwipeak is excellent for this as you can make the treats tiny and the scent and meatiness means they tend to love it) and a low volume but excited vocal reward too. She needs the reward to be pretty amazing to make her want to toilet outside and in front of you. If you want to add a cue, I followed the advice of (I think it was dogmad?) someone on here and used the word/cue when they were doing the action the first few times and then saying it a before and during. Chihuahuas are sensitive, make sure you don't punish or yell at her, no accidentally surprising her either is that can be scary for a little pup.
  3. Vaccination

    Most puppy schools allow unvaccinated puppies (or puppies not finished their schedule) as they clean the area with f10 or similar beforehand anyway - so ask around and see if puppy schools have places available for you and your puppy anyway Just make sure you use a puppy school that is not just a free for all play session it's not great doggy manners to constantly run up to other dogs and get in their faces. PK has given some great tips, so definitely give those a go
  4. My sister has a havanese and he goes everywhere with them. They're young professionals who work and party a lot and he is so easy and fun he goes to wineries etc with them all the time but copes with them working not from home. Probably wouldn't be hard to train as he's smart but they haven't done much training with him, fwiw. The shih tzus I've met have all been great dogs but definitely more stubborn than the havanese ime.
  5. Fish diet for dogs

    I think the croc is from vets only nowadays
  6. Fish diet for dogs

    If you get grossed out by whole fish, maybe give the prime100 salmon and tapioca rolls a go along with the mfm dry? Accessible at most pet supply stores.
  7. That absolutely sucks, but glad that you feel you're getting on top of it. Also excellent that you felt comfortable enough to ask for help - especially given saying I have a scratchy throat and breathing issues right now in public is confronting even when you can pinpoint the cause
  8. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    My Max (13y old mini schnauzer, who has always been a jumper onto and off walls, beds, the backs of cars etc) is on the antinol as well - he has pretty severe arthritis in his wrists (from an injury when he was 18mths) and while he's not a spring chicken now he is noticeably better. He was on the joint guard and an msm product (the paw osteocare) but the antinol definitely helps him a lot more than those.
  9. Bowel obstruction

    You can probably make the Baskerville muzzle work if you gaffa tape the bottom access holes - he can still breathe etc through the side and top holes but then he can't smoosh his mouth down onto the contraband?
  10. I had a cat who, when he had dementia, would walk into his covered litter tray and once his front two feet were in would pee (with his back end still out of the tray), proceed to scratch around the litter as if he were covering his eliminations, then turn around and walk out. It was a genuine disconnect for him. So maybe the pees near the door are similar?
  11. SPD Roll advice for puppy

    I think the prime100 spd range have a couple that are suitable for pup's - turkey and flaxseed I think. Maybe the wild boar as well? I'd check the salmon and tapioca one to see if that says for all life stages as well. I think the frozen barf is a great option though - plus the dogs usually seem to enjoy it. Might be worth looking at some of the brands like ivory coat or savour life that have some lamb puppy options to see if they have chicken in them too. Though the meals for mutts has always agreed with my mini schnauzer who has grass allergy issues.
  12. Puppies required

    Tbh I think getting any kind of dog, be it purebred, crossbred, rescue, puppy or adult, will be pretty hard right now. Everyone has decided now is the time to get a dog. I know there was a litter of Brittany's in Vic that went to their homes in early April because a family member got one - but they had been on the list for about 8 months and developed a very good relationship with the breeder. Sometimes you just have to wait. I've heard field spaniels are excellent dogs too, so it may be worth checking them out? Or the Welsh Springers seem to be hardy dogs of a similar size to the Brittanys, though whether these types of dogs are too drivey for bike work I've no idea.
  13. Lameness in 13.5 yo husky

    Might be worth trying a green Coles bag to help take the weight off his back legs for a bit? Take out the plastic floor and cut leg holes in the bottom so you can use the handles as a way to support /carry his weight a bit? Cheaper than a support harness and will help you see if it helps the old boy at all
  14. Tasty food

    Max has been off his food but happy for little walks etc since he did his acl may last year. Nowadays he is getting a varied diet of some k9 naturals, some dry (savour life ocean fish or roo), some barf, some wellness canned food (he prefers the gravy ones), occasionally some Ivory Coat or black hawk gf canned food, and some ziwipeak or providore sprinkled over. He doesn't get all of this every day but I'm finding that varying the canned food flavour and the mix every day is keeping him eating pretty well. He's always been fit not fat (for a mini schnauzer that's important) but he's still now slightly on the skinnier side of fit tbh. He also gets a good squeeze of some nutrigel in his dinner too. I tried a whole lot of different things but it seemed to be the variation that really made the difference. He's 13 and only started to slow down properly when he did his acl. He still goes for at least one walk a day and one wander and sniff a day too fwiw. He gets antinol for his arthritis in his dinner.
  15. Puppy vaccination vs socialisation

    I often tell friends with puppies that they can carry the puppy and let them see, smell and her the world while not touching the ground or really meeting other dogs etc - all of that is socialisation. I think petbarn have a decent puppy school program that isn't a puppy free for all play session? Probably expensive given it is petbarn but I don't know the price so that is a bias. Socialisation versus vaccination is a debate that only you can answer what makes you feel comfortable, but everyone will have an opinion.
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