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About suziwong66

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    Hoomum to labragoats: two chocolate & one black

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  1. I’m still crap at getting pics.
  2. I am training 18 week Soda to be a Therapy dog and a competition dog - two very different purposes with two very different training schedules. Inside there is no play - i work toward him relaxing on place; it helps i have two adult labs that model this for the newest pack member. If he’s not being supervised on place then he’s in his ex pen and if he’s not in his ex pen he’s in his crate in the open plan living area. In the evening he practices being passed around to whoever is home for a relaxing lap cuddle. We are teaching him to switch off. Inside is boring and snooze worthy.
  3. We were looking at pet insurance this past week. Soda (14 weeks) came with 6 weeks free pet insurance. From what we compared and discovered there are only 2 or 3 underwriters for pet insurance. Depending on the policy, you could have an excess (most were about $150) or not (then you paid a higher premium). Many of the things we wanted coverage for, were not available. Even extra routine cover wasn’t worth the bother. Eg You could claim $80 once for one item only, in a big list of things like desexing, behaviourial, training, osteo etc For an extra $10 a
  4. TBH i think you’re under pricing. I paid $3000 for Soda (black lab) this year. Excellent breeding paired with excellent puppy raising of a working dog line.
  5. https://youtu.be/nbX9hLXEHdc
  6. Soda turned 14 weeks this past Sunday. i am super crap at getting pics; i never have my phone on me when we’re training. We had our first cafe outing this week.
  7. Leerburg are my go-to online training resource. I’m a Michael Ellis fan and his marker training system.
  8. I haven’t taken many pics (need to get onto that)! Introducing Herzhund Fancypants Sodapop - Soda for short. He arrived here in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. He’s such a lovely even tempered puppy who has the usual lab food drive lol and, so far, bounces back quickly from any uncertainty.
  9. Rosie Cheeks is a Tapua bitch (you probably already know Pers) and this is her 2nd litter. Different sire for this litter.
  10. Phone Steve...seriously just do it and discuss what can be done before a board & train (if that’s what you’re looking at) because he does skype and phone sessions too. i waited nearly 6 months for a 2 week board and train with him a little over 2 years ago. Best money I’ve ever spent. I have such faith in his methods with training, raising and rehabbing dogs that i’m picking up one of his lab pups from his latest litter on Sunday.
  11. We are expecting our next pack addition next Sunday and it will already have exposure to a collar and harness and i will add a leash to that immediately by having it wear a light leash around the house and in the expen all day (fully supervised when pup has gear on). I find it really useful because my dogs don’t get all stupidly excited if i produce a leash to go out - I don’t want them jacked up before we go out. I also toilet on leash for a long time so i can teach evacuate on cue so having them on a leash is no big deal to them. When i finally take the leash off in the house, i make sure
  12. This bittersweet situation highlights the problematic renting system and pets. We moved back to Brisbane in 2016 and it took 3 months to find a rental that would allow our two inside despite a long history previous training, crating and recommendations from previous rental managers that we and the dogs are excellent tenants. We were lucky in that my OH’s company paid for the move and the 3 months of short term accommodation with our dogs to find a suitable longer lease home. In the end we were so desperate we took the only one offered at the end of 12 weeks - totally unsuitable for 2 labs as i
  13. Our last feed is about 2 hours before bed for pups - eg around 7:30 - 8pm for a 10 pm bed time and 6 am wake up. For a newly arrived pup i will set the alarm for 2 toilet breaks during the night but that usually fades to none, quickly. Pup goes out on leash - no chit chat or play - when they evacuate i say ‘do wees’ and then praise and we calmly go back inside. We crate our dogs at night their entire lives. Pups are in a crate at bed height next to my bed for the first few months so that i can hear them if they need to toilet. Then I graduate the crate to the end of the bed, or out into the op
  14. I would suggest that you focus deeply on engagement games to develop her value for you. Micheal Ellis is a big promoter on early engagement and you can access his video content via Leerburg.com He starts with developing food value and marker training to build value, focus and communication.
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