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  1. Staffy and Australia Bulldog

    Yes avoiding blue to blue matings is a good idea. But there is still the problem that the blue does not meet the breed standard and if the black dog had a blue parent - you still have a higher risk for problems that go with that colour. You should be concerned about that part. What is "reg testing"? Have you actually seen any of the documentation? Maybe "reg testing" is only to check fertility - and not about preventing genetic problems in puppies.
  2. Quiz on canine body language

    Yeah there was one with the dog licking its nose. I get the exact same expression - when my dog wants something ie food... and she knows there is food to be had. And i can't tell from the photo whether the dog is looking at someone with food or looking away from something that makes it feel uncomfortable or it wants to appease. If the quiz said that the focus of the dog's attention was where the camera is - then maybe I would have scored higher... but erm I couldn't tell if the dog was looking towards something upsetting / exciting or away from it...
  3. Whose off-leash dog beach is it, anyway? Answer: not your dog's

    @Little Gifts I am continuously surprised at the limitless supply of stupid people. I have indeed seen people with babies having picnics on the ground inside of quite small dog parks. I don't know why. Maybe they brought a dog and wanted to be somewhere it couldn't nick off if it was off lead? Around here - it's often not clear that it's a dog off lead area. And dogs are often off lead when and where they are not supposed to be. When evil hound was a puppy we were at the beach playing with a kelpie that I thought would help me bring my dog back to me as I had very little if any recall at the time... My dog spied a mum with a baby in her arms and a toddler on the sand by her feet, and took off, the mum and I were both horrified... I'm chasing my dog but about 5 meters out from horrified mum - my dog drops to her belly, crawls three meters and then rolls over upside down. Which completely diffused the situation. Had she dived in and put her mouth on the toddler - even if it was just licking - I don't think the mum would have been laughing. I can't tell when the average staffy charges up whether its intentions are good or evil. We get charged a lot, and if I don't know the dog, the more direct and upright the charge is the more anxious I get. And I've seen people let dogs off they think are friendly and then that dog proceeds to hump and bully and fight every other dog in the park. My dog spends a lot more time on lead than she used to because she's not nearly as friendly as she used to be. Why people let their dogs approach on lead dogs - I don't know either. And all they can say is don't bring your dog if it's not friendly. what they mean is - don't bring your dog unless she can tolerate the most extreme rude doggy behaviour... sigh.
  4. Quiz on canine body language

    I got 12/19 and I would have some good arguing about the interpretation of some of the photos. If there was video that showed movement that might be a little bit easier. eg were the ears really up and back or down and back? was the mouth really relaxed or not? were those eyes wide open or not - I don't think so... stuff like that. ie sometimes I didn't think the description matched the picture so I got a lot wrong. Plus my dog - I know her and some of the descriptions do not result in the behaviours suggested... especially the submission type ones.
  5. Whose off-leash dog beach is it, anyway? Answer: not your dog's

    PPS this seems to be the original version - haven't listened to the recording yet but... https://www.3aw.com.au/neil-mitchell-should-children-be-banned-from-off-lead-dog-parks/ Neil Mitchell 3aw talking to Neil McMahon - journalist and clueless dog owner. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish dog owners had to pass a written test before they are allowed to own or look after a dog. To show they know how to care for the dog and they know the dog rules and they know where to get help for training if they need it.
  6. Whose off-leash dog beach is it, anyway? Answer: not your dog's

    Ps this is a good reframe of the problem - from the grumpy dog owner POV he just wants to say hi https://kamalfernandez.blog/2017/09/22/he-just-wants-to-say-hello/ I would post a link to Susan Clothier's article - which is now an e-book with help for the rude dog owners and "free" - if you hand over your address details and etc. FFS. found a better link. I don't know why it didn't work the first time. https://suzanneclothier.com/article/just-wants-say-hi/
  7. Whose off-leash dog beach is it, anyway? Answer: not your dog's

    our beaches are definitely shared areas - people who come to just enjoy the beach usually have no clue what the "dog rules" are unless they own a dog. Most of the dog owners have no clue either. So I leash my dog every time we go past children, and often if we go past anyone that does not have a dog tho it's pretty easy these days to keep her away from those people, and on leash if I see bicycles !!! or the local ranger or garbage ute or other vehicles. And for every poodle cross except the ones she is friends with (which confuses the hell out of poodle crosses she's not friends with - tho she was really good last weekend - several stranger poodle x got in her face and she remained calm for all of them except one who probably trod on her). So I think that whole article was written by someone who thinks there should be no rules. I am surprised the police came tho. Normally they would say "is your baby injured? no? call the local council then." never mind that it's very difficult to get the local council ranger out after hours. it is not ok for your dog to lick strangers, especially children, it is not ok for your dog to pee on the beach boot camp equipment or swimmers towels or raid the treat pouch of someone having a swim with their dog on a hot day. it is not ok for your dog to rush up to every other dog on the beach who might be old and sore and grumpy - you don't know. it is not ok for your dog to be so far up the beach from you that you can't catch it if there is trouble. and (this happened to me) it is not ok for your dog to bite someone who has treats. I didn't call the police and the dog owner never came back to that beach. It was a lab.
  8. Are prawn tails/carapaces ok?

    every summer at my fave off lead beach - there are mass crab deaths after hot days... and the Labradors have a great time cleaning them up. The main problem would be over eating. Puffer fish - definitely kill a dog. Dead crabs - not so much.
  9. Hidden Fence containment

    I've seen them used successfully - you have to do the right training and you have to have a dog that is not "collar smart". Personally - i think I'd rather not. It does mean putting an electric collar on your dog and teaching them the "escape" method ie to escape the zap - you must come back here... I'm thinking if you can train that - you can train them not to nick off. It is possible depending on the collar - for a frightened dog (eg thunderstorm) to blast through the fence pain and keep going and then the collar will be out of range - but they can't get back home cos they will be zapped returning. The fence at the house I'm in at the moment is not secure if my dog decided to jump it - and she's trained to jump agility... So i don't leave her outside alone when I'm not home. There are many reasons to keep a dog inside when you're not home... can't eat baits, and it's more of a deterrent to thieves, council can't take your dog...
  10. Dogs love us, not just for the food..

    or even the original article...with better pictures eg a dog in an MRI - new book for the christmas list now... Study on dogs and love and food https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/science/gregory-berns-dogs-brains.html Dr Gregory Berns, 53, a neuroscientist at Emory University in Atlanta, spends his days scanning the brains of dogs, trying to figure out what they're thinking. The research is detailed in a new book, What It's Like to Be a Dog.
  11. I never got to see the power hour... might have been done on an internet free day. The final IYC video is still up on the FB page as best I can tell... The FB Page "Free Dog Training Workshop" https://www.facebook.com/groups/freedogtrainingworkshop/ Susan Garrett Q and A (take the spaces out if you're cutting and pasting the link to another browser like I do) The link works if you're on the facebook account where you have access to the page ie only members of the page can view. ht tps://www.fa cebook.com/susan.garrett1/videos/10213848677949959/ https://www.facebook.com/susan.garrett1/videos/10213848677949959/ The original instruction video is here - she's done some additions and edits for the summit but essentially red cattle dog that likes to bark a lot... its yer choice (IYC) for Tim Ferris - the long version of how you do IYC with the red cattle dog mix. http://dogsthatlisten.com/tim/ 2 hour podcast full of good stuff... Podcast on dog training with Susan Garrett and Tim Ferris http://tim.blog/2016/11/14/susan-garrett/ Agility page... (less active at the moment) https://www.facebook.com/groups/H360FreeAgilityWorkshop/ Other stuff *start updated 6th Sept 2017* with fb live Susan on the Verandah doing selfie - this one is a bit woo (not enough evidence based stuff) 7 tips to help your dog live a long and healthy life! Tip 5 Video on importance of trimming dog nails Dr Leslie Woodcock - includes Susan's blog link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM4HQDb1Ef0 tip 6 (11mins 30 seconds in) - nutrition supplements DOGgeviti ~ http://doggeviti.com/ Coupon code: SAYYES10 and 1-TDC http://1-tdc.com/ *end updated 6th Sept 2017* sdfs
  12. Potential Owner Seeking a Breeder

    what - like this one? Samoyds are lovely dogs.
  13. Hi all Ian Dunbar Q and A about an hour good stuff 5 mins in reactive dog stuff about 18 mins in (maybe earlier) how to layer up foundations... first you do this then this then this... about 34 mins in - he talks about puppy fear period - the science is bad on this (tiny sample size, appalling setup of experiment, no control on variables) - ie no evidence for that. But lots of good evidence for the importance of "socialisation" from the second the puppies are born - that gentle handling and good experiences with humans is very good for puppies future relationships with humans. w ww.fac ebook.com/doctor iandunbar/videos/10159186675 970117/
  14. Just HOW many steps? Sheepdog in Spalding, SA .

    I didn't think shearing or crutching could be done without mustering... erm I'm sure someone will tell the reporter (spot the city slicker).
  15. Variable reinforcement schedule

    i'm completely biased in favor of Susan Garrett's training - mods might delete this cos it's a shameless plug But she's doing something called an "its yer choice" summit - with so far about five or six videos going through how to train its yer choice. If you search "free dog training workshop" on facebook and find a big purple banner - that's it. And there's links in there to her webpage for it which has links to all the videos in order (and that will cost you an email address) and some reading material too. Eventually (in about a week or so) she will open up recallers to the mailing list she builds for this. That's for anyone who wants to do recaller$.