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About suziwong66

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    Hoomum to two chocolate labs: Mr Naughty Pants and Pocket Rocket

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  1. Need a good vet

    My vet is a little out of your way, but not ridiculously out of your way, and I am really happy with them since arriving back in Qld in 2016. Coorpooroo Vet Clinic, 181 Old Cleveland Rd. They are more expensive than the vet i was using in Adelaide. I pay about $20 more per bottle of Propalin which i buy every 3 months. I was quoted between $400-500 in Adelaide to get my bitch spayed and it cost me about $700 here. In general the annual checkup for vaccinations costs about $100 more than my Adelaide vet. That said, i'm very happy with them. So since coming back to Qld, I've had my bitch spayed, yearly vaccinations of both dogs when necessary and they're good when i need to talk about skin management with my boy who has environmental allergies. They were excellent Easter-time last year when Wilbur ate 5 hot cross buns; they took over from the Emergency Vet Clinic and made sure he was closely monitored and appropriate kidney function tests were done. They have been sooooo accommodating with Laikey who has been very reactive until more recently. When she needed to be in recovery after spaying a year ago, i took in my crate and we set it up in an exam room for her post surgery so she wasn't exposed to other dogs in crates in the recovery room. In the past, when i've asked for appointments for Laikey, they have given me appointments when other dogs won't be waiting in the waiting room to reduce the arousal she would experience etc Two weeks ago, i took Laikey in for her yearly vaccinations for the first time since she went to k9-pro for her train and board program to deal with her reactivity. Linda (the vet we usually see) was wonderful with Laikey; spending lots of time with Laikey to allow her to relax and bond with Linda before doing the injections and exam.
  2. Do dogs ever die peacefully in their sleep?

    Our German Shepherd, Keiran, looked like he died in his sleep, but I suspect he had a heart attack while laying in his outside bed. 15 minutes earlier he was at the front door making a weird coughing sound that made me think he wanted to go out for a drink and a wee. So we let him out. 15 minutes later my husband went out the back to call him inside and found him laying in his bed. He looked asleep on his side, but he was gone. He was 10 and left a huge hole in our family. In fact, i couldn't have another German Shepherd's after his passing. We moved on to labs. Our first lab passed in 2011 a week before his 14th birthday; we made the decision that it was time. It broke my heart saying goodbye and i felt guilty taking his life away even though I knew it was the right thing to do. His body was failing him. From those two experiences, i can say that the easier experience was not having to make 'that' decision but i know that i may well have to make the same decision again in the future since we now have two dogs and i don't think it's common for dogs to die of old age in their sleep.
  3. Two boisterous Labrador brothers

    Litter mates are particularly challenging to train as they bond with each other so closely and it's harder to get them to bond with you and focus on you. That said, you will need to start training them individually before you can train them together. Your issues sound very much like a lack of basic life skills: place training, sit, recall, loose leash walking etc The first thing i would be getting is crates and using them to teach the dog self regulation; Susan Garrett's Crate Games DVD is excellent for this. Search this site for Steve Courtney's (k9 pro) NILF (nothing in life is free) as it's another good training exercise to teach self control. From what you describe Gus and Murphy get very aroused during play which can cross into a fight easily - control their play so that this doesn't get worse. In fact, i'd highly recommend contacting k9Pro to discuss training options as you'll have your work cut out for you with litter mates and no training experience. I've had labs for more than two decades and over the past 3 years, i've had my first challenging lab. After working with my young bitch for 3 years and also engaging a behaviourist trainer (which was costly and didn't give me any real results) I decided to contact Steve last year. It was a decision that I have never regretted. Our 'problem/challenging-child' is so easy to handle and a joy to be with. My older lab certainly appreciates the calmer sister he now has.
  4. My dogs have been incredibly useful in helping me finding my innate talent...picking up poop and vacuuming extraordinary amounts of chocolate lab fur!
  5. Importing Breed not recognized by ANKC

    No i'm no longer is SA, I'm now in Qld and will need to check the legislation here. I'm not looking for a new pup any time soon but I will be courting my current vet for an exemption if necessary when the time comes. Thanks for taking the time to post the links.
  6. Yes every dog may be driven by biology, but the problem of your dog roaming due to his sexual drive (or any other reason eg a habit that he's been allowed to perform and repeat at will) is your negligence of your responsibilities of being a dog owner by not complying with legislation regarding roaming dogs which is put in place to keep ALL dogs safe (both the roamers and the dogs that the roamers come in contact with and people). So yes, by neglecting your responsibilities as a dog owner you are also, by extension, neglecting the care and safety of your dog (and potentially the safety of the entire small breed bitch next door). An NO, it wouldn't happen to any dog owner passing judgement in this thread if they're being a responsible dog owner and effectively containing their dog before sexual maturity, during sexual maturity and post desexing. The roaming, post desexing, may not abate as you have allowed the behaviour to go on unfettered forming a habit going by the inference outlaid in your original post: "He's always been a roamer...he likes to take a short walk and come back". Some dogs, even post desexing, will continue to roam when nearby bitches are in season if not contained and sometimes they will continue to roam just because they can since they are left with the freedom to do so. If you want to stop your dog from roaming and upsetting your neighbours; the answer is simple - effectively contain it pre and post desexing.
  7. Importing Breed not recognized by ANKC

    My last vet in Adelaide is up to speed with the research regarding early desexing and fully supported my decision to desex my labs between 20-24 months and never ever tried to persuade me to do it earlier. When we took our youngest lab in for her final vaccinations my vet (new to me at that time) made the offhand comment "i'll see you when she's 6 months old for desexing", which opened the dialogue for us to discuss my desire to leave her entire until 20-24 months. After my vet heard my argument regarding the long term health benefits and that i was quite capable of containing her during her season and we discussed the pros and cons in regards to the research, my vet was supportive of my decision. Unfortunately, my previous vet in Adelaide is no use to you; sorry. I'm not looking forward to navigating through the red tape (if it's at all possible for a non-breeder) when we are ready for another pup.
  8. Puppy issues overnight

    I train pups in a similar fashion to Dogsfevr. Pups sleep in their travel crate at bed height next to me until they can no longer fit into it (for both my current labs it was about 12 weeks) and then i swap it out for a wire crate at the end of my bed. I let the pup wake me up to toilet it; have never had an accident with any of my crated pups. I don't keep toys in the night crate and i don't feed pup in the night sleeping crate. Pup goes out on lead and i train it to evacuate on command, i praise and we go back inside - all very low key. Pup goes into crate and then it's lights out again; low engagement and plenty of calm from me. In the evenings, pups sleep in a living room crate while we're watching tv etc and we also actively teach them to relax on a mat (they're usually tied out on a mat until they learn no to wander). At bedtime, pup comes with me to their bedroom crate. After a few months of sleeping in a crate at the end of my bed and they've established themselves as being able to hold onto their bladder all night, I move them out to their crate in the living room. During all this time, i also train using Susan Garrett's Crate Games DVD. Both our labs (3yrs and 6 years) sleep in their individual crates downstairs; i lock the crate doors to make sure there is no playing during the night. Occasionally i have left their crate doors open at night and they've been found out of their crates but over on their mats asleep. The general rule, is that if you come downstairs early, don't engage with the dogs; and thus they have never learned to get excited in the morning when family members get up and come downstairs. I can't tell you how convenient it is to have dogs that evacuate on command; totally worth the effort.
  9. One of my labs has constant itchy skin and some level of skin and respiratory allergies that we constantly manage. From my experience with Wilbur, the itching is the least of the issues (unless he's scratching and breaking the skin) but i do make sure to bathe him weekly in summer because it cuts down on the pollens that are on his coat - I use Malaseb when his skin has erupted into sores (Dermaveen/Aloveen when no eruptions are present) and neocourt twice daily on any eruptions. Wilbur also has a drippy nose when the pollens are bad - when the itchiness and drippy nose are bad i give him a 60mg Telfast tablet once a day on the advice from our vet. We also keep his ears very clean because they also tend to be itchy when the pollens are high. If he's having a good run with no skin eruptions, occasional or no drippy nose and not too much scratching and no ear issues, i cut down on the baths - it's about 'all round' management for us. The level of itchiness and scratching that you described your pup having, wouldn't even blip on my radar, but thats not to say your dog doesn't have allergies. Perhaps a trip to the vet to allay/confirm your fears.
  10. Crate/Playpen Sharing thread?

    I have labs (a 3yo bitch and a 6yo dog) - when they were pups, they slept in a pp40 hard travel crate (next to my bed) from 8 weeks until it was too small for them. We bought a 36" pen for inside and a 40" outside pen. As fully grown dogs, our bitch sleep in a 36" crate on wheels and our boy sleeps in the 42" version. We have purchased all of our crates and pens from Vebo Pets in Sydney and had them shipped to Adelaide, where we were living when they were younger - they are sturdy and well made and we haven't had any problems with them. Edited to add: you should probably ask Troy to move this thread into the General Dog discussion area as it doesn't belong in the breed sub forum area.
  11. Pet Friendly Accommodation

    We recently stayed at two pet friendly places. The first was when we were picking up Laikey from k9-pro in Londonderry. We stayed at Hidden Valley Retreat Cottages in Grose Vale, not too far from Londonderry. They are very basic; no tv, but they do have dvd/tv with a few dvd's available. No internet or phone connection at all. The cooking facilities were a little too basic. If there were other decent and okay priced options, i'd probably use them instead of Hidden Valley Retreat Cottages. But when you're desperate for dog friendly accom, the options are limited. The bush property is lovely and private though; lots of space for ball games and each cabin is nestled into it's own cleared area and surrounded by bush. We also stayed at Bonville Lodge in Bonville on our way back to Brisbane. They have two options; a small cottage and a larger suite with lounge at the other end of the main house. The gardens are beautiful. There are no cooking facilities inside the accom but there is a kitchenette for tea/coffee, breakfast etc. It was a bit pricier than we'd like given that the place is getting a little tired. The hosts are very hospitable. Coffs Harbour is a quick drive from the lodge and we there are food options there.
  12. I agree with previous replies; Pauline Gill's work (Tapua) in the area of assistance dogs (Labs) for PTSD/Autism/Diabetic Alert etc is excellent. She has a FB page under her Tapua Breeder's prefix. If Pauline can't help, she will undoubtedly point you in the right direction. There is a FB page called Koda for T1D Miranda - Miranda is a little girl with T1 diabetes and Koda is her alert dog - Koda is also a Tapua dog.
  13. Soft Crate Search

    I have 2 k9+ soft crates and they're awesome. They've been on flights as excess baggage during our interstate move and were fine. I like that if anything goes wrong, i can get them fixed etc Great service and the bags are fabulous and can fold up into the top flap of the crate.
  14. Chicken Frames - Perth

    When we moved from Adelaide to Brisbane 18 months ago, i was looking for chicken frames for over three months...low and behold my small local butcher sells them for $1 per bag of 4 decent sized frames. I had tried Woolies, Super butcher and another couple of large butchers and i kept getting rancid chicken frames from them at much higher prices. Don't discount your local butcher in your local shopping centre for being a good supplier; they often turn out to be the unexpected hero! My butcher doesn't buy boxes of chicken meat; they buy the whole bird and then cut them themselves. I buy 8 bags of frames every fortnight and my butcher always has a ready supply - ring your locals and see how you go.
  15. Totally agree with this! One of ours was with him for 3 weeks last month and we've had wonderful results after three years of increasing reactivity. We've consulted other behaviourist trainers with nowhere near the same results.