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  1. Thanks! It’s interesting, isn’t it? I’m still not convinced the dog understands it in the way it’s portrayed though.
  2. I can’t see the links you’ve added as I’m not on social media. I do have TikTok and can watch the vids without an account though and I’ve seen a lot of videos with dogs pushing buttons. I’ve often wondered if they’re legit communicating or the dog is just tapping anything knowing it gets attention when it does.
  3. Not many in rescues shelters - says who? In NSW impound facilities, it’s up to the impound officer to assign the dog a breed label. These are guesses based on looks. The breed knowledge of the officer giving the label is, in my experience as a former rescuer, largely very poor. Many dogs, which are small and hairy, are labelled ‘terrier x’. Another common label is ‘staffy x’, especially if there is any brindle in the coat. The dogs in impound facilities represent the intake area for that impound facility. For example, at Blacktown it was medium to large breeds, often staffies and the like. Up the Hunter, it was a lot of kelpies and similar. Head out west and you’ll get a lot of pig dogs and Bull Arab types. Out Leppington way it was terriers. In an area where there are a lot of oodles, they will definitely be represented in impound facilities. Oodle buyers and owners are no different to any other average dog owner/buyer.
  4. I'd argue on the 'a lot of oodle breeders are genetic testing their dogs'. Its probably a helluva lot more accurate to 'some' oodle breeders, or even some purebred breeders, are genetic testing.
  5. What surfaces are you walking him on and how fast and how often are you walking him? It could be surface related or speed. Can you change this in someway, and reduce the length of the walks? The idea would be to build up the skin thickness slowly. His pads may be super soft if he spends most of his time on carpet, for example, and then once a week has to walk on a hard concrete surface at a fast pace for the walk. Alternatively, you could train him to keep the shoes on. Put them on at home - distract him from them - reward him when he leaves them alone.
  6. You’ve asked this question of the wrong forum. You’d need to ask a child psychologist or child behaviour forum. I agree with Loving my Oldies statements above. It’s probably size.
  7. Agree. Your first statement goes back to our earlier conversation around dogs being humanised. Dogs are animals and humans misjudge them greatly, preferring to think of them as little humans in fur suits.
  8. Congrats! Photos please. My daughter is about to take possession of a cocker puppy. I’m almost as excited as I was when she gave me my first grandchild.
  9. His ear tattoo doesn’t stand out much either given he is dark, but it can be seen.
  10. Thanks. It’s certainly another option. I think ear tattooing would be far more suitable on a cat. There’s too much hair on the abdomen to see a tattoo easily. Here’s my boy and he’s a short haired cat.
  11. That’s a pretty good idea. I’d never heard of it but it makes sense for female dogs anyway. Male cats, and cats in general, would be a different matter.
  12. And a lot of them are very bloody cute! I'm a fan of buying specific breeds for specific reasons but I think the world has moved on when it comes to what many consider to be the ultimate - the purebred dog. The average every day person just wants a dog that meets their idea of a good dog. They don't care about bloodlines or genetics - and why should they? Its pretty obvious that genetic issues are there in every breed, pure or not. We shouldn't think of the oodle as competition or the total demise of purebreds. Its just another choice for dog owners. Cat purchasers have had unfettered access to moggies forever and no-one raises an eyebrow. The moggie is not thought of as lacking value nor are they considered to be a poor choice compared to a purebred cat. Purists will continue to look for pure and the specific characteristics and looks they want regardless of oodles.
  13. Be careful about assuming the breed sandgrubber. Media articles always claim they're 'pitbulls' when they rarely are. The description reported in the article is: The two dogs, one black and the other brown and white, were described as short and stocky with a medium build and coarse hair. It seems most of these 'writers' (note, they're not journalists in the sense of the word) would rather go for the sensationalism and attention grabbing language of 'pitbull' instead of accurately reporting the incident.
  14. This behaviour is completely normal for a dog. The puppy is being taught boundaries and respect about the older dog’s possession - in this instance, food. Some dogs have tighter boundaries than others when it comes to food or toys. Had the older dog actually used its teeth to bite or attack the puppy, then I’d be concerned. Dogs discipline their young differently to us. It seems harsh and aggressive but it’s normal canine behaviour. You’ve learnt a lesson too, along with the pup. Your older dog highly valued his treats and food. Keep the pup away when there is food involved. Feed them separately.
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