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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. Oh gawd i had to stop half way through; what a moaning, groaning old fart! I call my dogs my furkids...we have a bunch of toys for them, take them out to cafes and restaurants and shockingly we have boundaries in the home. I'm surprised anyone engages his services with his attitude.
  2. Human hair conditioner

    This is an excellent thread DOLers! I've been using Aloveen oatmeal shampoo and conditioner on the norty brown dawgs for years - but it's still an expensive exercise when you DIY! So today, i bought the large pump bottles of Dermaveen oatmeal shampoo and conditioner for them. I wash both at home pretty frequently (weekly during summer due to allergies) so we go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner and Malaseb and other topical creams etc The Dermaveen is on special at Chemist Warehouse ATM. I'm happy to be saving some money
  3. I'm looking for a good training club in Brisbane's southside (i'm open to private training clubs/businesses too); i've looked at several of them online, but you can't tell what a club is like without being a member for a length of time. I'm looking for one that uses positive reinforcement (actually uses it and doesn't just say they use it and then some trainers just do what they want) also i'd prefer a club that hasn't got issues with internal politics (i left my last club because it was just too painful with issues between the 'old guard' and the 'new guard' surrounding training methodologies. And does anyone have any experience with the Labrador Retriever Club of Qld?
  4. Confused new dog owner

    They are, aren't they? They put one up of Laikey of her first week. The change is incredible.
  5. Confused new dog owner

    I would recommend you contact k9-Pro - they have a number of training/behaviourist support options from Skype consults to board and train at all different price points. If you consider board and train, expect a waiting period of 6 months as they're incredibly busy. If you'd like to see some of their work, go to their FB page and watch some of the videos. When we were still in Adelaide we worked with Amy from Advanced Behavioural Canine with some great results and then relocated to Brisbane and our 3yo bitch went backwards and then some. Six months ago we contacted k9-Pro to discuss board and train and she flew out this morning for three weeks of work for her anxiety. I have every confidence in them to help us give her the quality of life that we want for her; we consider the cost an investment in her future. ** Edited to add: Laikey arrived at K9- Pro on Monday afternoon. She started training on Tuesday. Today, i was shown a video of her first time training in a room with other dogs. Laikey was walking loose leash and not barking or reacting to the dog that was working less that 2m away from her...She hasn't been in any proximity of another dog (except our other lab) and not been anxious or reactive in over 3 years! I have been working on her anxiety and reactivity for all of that time and haven't had anywhere near the results that Steve and Bec (Laikey's Trainer at K9 Pro, whom is a DOLer) in three days. So, i stand by my original recommendation of approaching k9 Pro.
  6. Labrador Retreiver breeder recomendations

    I second Pauline and Pete/Tapua and i also recommend Ruth Bone from Boskyrhomb Chocolate Labradors. Ruth is the breeder of both my labs. Ruth is in Ballarat and is well experienced in flying pups nationally if you choose an out of state breeder, which i did. I was living in Adelaide both times we got Boskyrhomb dogs.
  7. Show us ya Puppies!

    here's my two norty brown dawgs; this was taken before we left Adelaide, but it's still a relatively recent pic of the two of them. Wilbur (5 1/2) on the left and Laikey (2 1/2), the photobomber, on the right.
  8. Boarding Kennels Brisbane

    I think I know the one. If so yes very active in show circles, 'top' breeders, big winners, judges even if I'm not mistaken, but big failure at boarding from every one I've ever talked to that have used them and a person I knew went for a job interview and walked out! I'm sure there are great dog people running great facilities but there are some that seem to rely heavily on 'reputation' they don't match with service Sounds like the one - i boarded Wilbur with them once; never again. Rats ate through the food container i gave them, he was a filthy mess when he came out. The dogs were all just left in a large dust bowl of a yard all day long and as we left they made a snarky comment about Wilbur. I think you may have us confused with some other kennel. We do not and have never had rats, all dogs are bathed and clean before they leave, and dogs do not spend the day in a dust bowl. As far as somebody walking out on a job interview, I have never heard of that either. Anybody is welcome to come and inspect our premises anytime during office hours. I have also just checked our computer records and we have never had a dog or cat called Wilbur board with us. Please reread the thread; the discussion was about a kennel in outer ADELAIDE that Gruff and i are acquainted with. You are incorrect with your assumption that the discussion was about your kennel in Brisbane.
  9. Yes, our two are always crated inside when visitors come. We do it so we can control the environment for both the dogs and our visitors. One of our labs is an over friendly boofer that is all over everyone like a rash and the other is anxious about strangers. If our visitors are okay to having the dogs let out of their crates, we then do it separately so we can manage each dog's weakness; our aim is always for the dogs to have low value for visitors so we don't encourage meet and greets but do reinforce quietly sitting while visitors are present. The only time we do a meet and greet is with our anxious girl; when she's calm we allow her to approach a visitor's outstretched open palm. Our visitors are asked not to pat her, but let her control the level of interaction. She may just sniff their hand and return to me or she may sniff around them or not approach them at all.
  10. Zencrate

    i like the design which makes it look like a coffee table and could be easily incorporated into my loungeroom; the dogs have their den to relax in while we're watching tv at night and i can still use it as a functional lamp/coffee table.
  11. Vet Brisbane

    Is there a particular vet at Coorparoo clinic that you prefer? I raw feed and like late desexing too so they sound like my kind of vet.
  12. Vet Brisbane

    I can't find my old thread asking this question; so sorry for the repeat. We've recently relocated to Brisbane and moved into a house on the southside at Wishart. I'm looking for a good vet that will listen and discuss options etc doesn't push products, isn't didactic regarding their preferred issues like early desexing etc. I generally don't like large chains; my preference is to develop a relationship with an individual vet within a smaller practice if possible. I don't mind travelling to a certain degree. Any recommendations would be appreciated. TIA
  13. A friend's son and girlfriend have decided that their second dog isn't fitting and have decided to rehome the dog. They haven't found a rescue org yet and are advertising on facebook but i'd really like to be able to give them some solid info of reliable good rescue orgs that they could surrender the dog so it can be responsibly rehomed. We have only recently moved back to Brisbane so aren't in the know regarding reliable and responsible rescue orgs. Can anyone please give me any info they have on responsible Brisbane rescue orgs - i think my friend's son and his g'friend are on the southside if that makes a difference. thanks in advance.
  14. Dog Nails

    i persisted for 6 months with Dremel training; labs love their food, but Wilbur would not take to the Dremel despite always using the highest value treats of salami, bacon, chicken. He at least lets me cut his nails with clippers but i still have to offer bacon etc and need OH to keep him still. I would prefer using a Dremel; i hate clippers as i'm always scare i'll take too much off or that the dogs will pull away at the wrong time
  15. The Dogs Of Dol

    it's a garden cart from Costco.