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Everything posted by ~Anne~

  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.
  15. Wow, good luck with their cleaning routine. There is a very elaborate and thorough cleaning regime with these trains between services. After each cleaner bows to the train, then enters, they run through a very precise process. I've sat and watched them on the platform, waiting to board the freshly cleaned train.
  16. As an added thought - how do you know it’s demodectic? There are two mange mites - demodectic and sarcoptic. If you live in an area where there might be foxes, wombats or if your dog has come into contact with other dogs, it could be sarcoptic mange which is highly contagious.
  17. Demodectic mange definitely has an hereditary link in chronic/severe cases. The mite, as stated above, lives on all dogs and the immune system normally deals with them and keeps them under control. In dogs with compromised immune systems, the mites run riot. To ensure that is what you’re dealing with, you need a skin scraping done at the vet. The drug of choice to deal with mites is ivermectin, but it’s use is regulated because it’s toxic. If you do a search in this forum for demodex or demodectic mange, you’ll find oodles of info and discussion. I once took in a rescue who had almost no hair left on her body and was one massive skin infection, due to demodex.
  18. My cats eat grass and vomit it up on my rugs with great regularity! I was also under the perception, I think told to me as a young child, that cats and dogs eat grass to aid with digestion and digestive upsets. My cats don't seem to know this though... they just do it. I could stop it by removing the grass I planted in their cat run, but I figure it must hold some value to them and their instinctual ways, so I leave it growing and cleanup after them. More fool me I guess.
  19. Clothier holds great perspective into the matter. Great opinion piece. Thanks for posting the link up.
  20. A survey and only 2000 dogs actually tested - I call this an article not to take too seriously. I confess to only reading the first paragraph or two because of this. It’s logical to assume that breed characteristics do indeed play a role in behaviour. We purpose breed canines for character as well as looks. It can’t be claimed it doesn’t hold any weight in aggression, affection or any other behaviour. The really poorly perceived behaviour is due to a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of dog owners but breed characteristics play the biggest part in this behaviour.
  21. Interesting, although I’m sure it backs up the anecdotal evidence we all carry in our minds regarding terriers, brachys and other breeds. I was surprised though at how poorly the Frenchie did overall in comparison to the Pug. Thanks for sharing.
  22. Its always has amazed me how willing people are to hand money over for an animal they've never met in the flesh.
  23. It’s probably very unlikely you’ll get a response. Looking at the OP’s profile - they haven’t visited DOL since 2018. You could try to message them to see if it triggers an email notification.
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