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  1. Just curious about these harnesses, do they all work stopping the dog from pulling? How does it stop them? Do dogs just not like the pressure on their chest or something? ETA dont worry just got on my laptop to have a look properly
  2. Gus was always going to be gus. Maple is coningsburgh maple syrup because I wanted something that resembled her colour. Floyd is so named cos the litter were all named after pink floyd albums/songs and he is Obscured by clouds.
  3. Yep I have seen Blair, Matt and Amanda and they are just like the above poster has said, no nonsense, no overcharging but are very good... Very happy
  4. Yep totally agree... They took excellent care of my old man when he was sick last year... But PLEASE do your research into how you want to train your pup before you go to their puppy preschool, it is total chaos with pups of all ages let to run around and barrel each other over and very "old school" methods of teaching pups how to do things. I would NOT recommend it. ETA- the puppy preschool isn't run by a vet or vet nurse, but by one of their clients.
  5. I had one of my Labradors flown up from Melbourne to Sydney when she was 8weeks old. I think I used dogtainers. They collected her from the breeder in Toolern Vale and put her on the plane and I went to the airport to pick her up. I could have got them to deliver her to me, but I wanted to be there at the other end to smooch her! She was absolutely fine, it's a short flight and I think most pups at that age are fairly oblivious to things... Well mine was anyway! Lol
  6. My black and white gsp pup always lies in the sun, he must get so hot! I don't get it, give me air con any day!
  7. Hi ladies, I finally found some coconut oil for Gus, and I just wanted to ask those that have used it, how much do I give him? He weighs about 30kg at the moment. Ta
  8. Thanks so much for your suggestions everyone. I might try the OMega Care or Coconut Oil first because of course we have just started a big bag of food. I will also give him a good wash this weekend with some moisturising shampoo like suggested. Will let you know how he goes...
  9. My 12yr old choc lab is really struggling coat condition. He has fully recovered from his "gut" infection/inflammation, has put on weight and is back to his normal goofy self. I am currently feeding him pro plan senior with a tin of sardines or raw eggs, but his coat and skin are still horrible. His skin is really dry when you brush him he has flakes of "dandruff", and his coat is really really wiry and coarse similar to a wire-haired terrier, it isn't at all soft and lab like. His coat colour is pretty good now that he has dropped most of his winter coat but its just the texture of his coat I'd like to try and fix if possible. Does anyone have any suggestions?? TIA
  10. Highly HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the puppy preschool at concord animal hospital! Absolutely fabulous positive reinforcement based training, lots of info for new parents. Run by a lovely lady called Sine. I travelled from western Sydney to attend this class
  11. Thank you for the suggestions... Will be definitely getting his guts right and some condition on him before worrying too much about his coat- just had a moment while my son was asleep to ask the question ;) Ta
  12. Hi all, My 12yr old lab has just been in hospital for a week with a weird bowel infection. They are still unsure as to what it was that made him so sick, anyway, he is all better now and back to his normal crazy self. He lost a lot of condition quickly and his coat is dry and really ugly! Is there any food in particular that I can give him to help get his coat back in awesome condition? The vet said I can start reintroducing normal food from tomorrow (hes on chicken & rice at the moment) so if all goes well I would like to start giving him something a bit extra from next week onwards to help his coat. What's your coat secrets? TIA
  13. I think whoever did it is very talented! Must have taken a while to do
  14. I have probably one of very few labradors in the world that can not swim. She has never worked it out. Even with someone going in with her trying to support her back legs she has no idea. It really is quite embarrassing!! Lol
  15. I've very happily used calabash kennels in Arcadia.
  16. The lab breeder I have my name down with has field labs so are a lot "finer" boned than the usual show lab.
  17. I don't have any ambitions to go out and win every single trial I enter, but I would like to aim for qualifications. I wont be able to try every weekend or all weekend, so first and foremost the dog has to be a family pet. Not saying it wont be exercised everyday and just kept in the backyard, but it will need to be happy to just go with the flow. IYKWIM
  18. The one thing stopping me from a GSD is that- I know this is going to sound bad, but I want to be able to take the dog EVERYWHERE, including kids soccer games, to the park etc and I think other people would be more accepting of a lab or GSP than a GSD... oh its all too hard! :laugh:
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