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  1. So sorry Aussie, it's a very distressing situation to be in Just one small thing that I found helped when J started crawling, was that I heavily rewarded the dogs for moving away when he came toward/ too close to them. Gave them an acceptable behaviour they could easily implement to be in control of the situation, as long as I made sure they had an escape route. Otherwise just everything you're already doing. Hugs
  2. Yes this was the clincher for me. I tried out a club in Adelaide that was like this and it just stressed out my dogs too much having people yelling and pulling chains right behind them while heeling in a circle. Watching people being told to yank their tiny puppies around and getting told to punish my naturally obedient worker for not doing something she'd never been taught to do was crap too, but the effect it had on my dogs who normally love training was the deciding factor in never going back. Edit: having said that, they did really well at a mixed-philosophy club in WA because the location was bigger and they did heeling in a row instead of circles so were less affected by what others were doing
  3. According to The Taxonomy of Australian Mammals (2015) the dingo is now Canis familiaris. Which makes more sense to me based on phylogeny (its relationship to other canids) and reproduction, than either Canis lupus or Canis dingo.
  4. Denise Fenzi's follow-up blog > http://denisefenzi.com/2015/12/31/controversy/ Edit: I tell my dogs no all the time. It means 'no, you aren't getting the rest of my lunch so you might as well sod off now'
  5. considering that there is usually only one bitch in a pack allowed to reproduce I guess without 24/7 supervision you wouldn't be able to use both for breeding, so this is IMO a very unique scenario. For sure you have a lot of experience with your dogs, nerveless I doubt that the dogs' knowledge about your expectations would prevent them from fighting to sort out the rank if left for some time without supervision. That's generally only the case in low-resource environments. Give them enough food and water and it's on like donkey kong.
  6. Constantly. I think good manners being automatic is a good thing :) But since having a toddler I also find myself acknowledging their feelings and telling them what's about to happen. That's probably a bit OTT
  7. Or maybe they just think 'e-collar your dog or have them die horribly' is a false dichotomy.
  8. Yep. Or don't say anything. The person with the offlead dog has the responsibility to keep theirs away from any on-lead dogs. Don't worry about the other owner and just focus on helping your little buddy.
  9. That's pretty much my position too. Plus I don't trust the equipment to work consistently and not to malfunction. Plus I have sensitive dogs. Weez was bitten by an electric fence 2 years ago and he still acts unpredictably in the area it happened. The physical pain would have sucked but it's the confusion and that really messed with him, especially since paddocks used to be one of his few happy places. So although we have a high risk of snakebite I rely on mowing mowing mowing, keeping the prey population down, and supervision. Any training to leave reptiles alone we can safely get in is just a bonus.
  10. Why do people choose to be vegetarian, or boycott Nestle, or decide not to smack their kids? We map out our personal lines in the sand on how we interact with the world and try to live by them as best we can. Some people choose to draw the line at yelling, some at collars, others at pliers on the ears. We constantly weigh up which course of action is most acceptable to everyone's wellbeing and will all come to different conclusions about how that path looks.
  11. I'm yet to find a trainer in SA I would trust to use a clicker with my dogs let alone a collar remote.
  12. My dogs would absolutely try to drag a tree along!
  13. After trying a few restraint options I currently walk Weez in a blackdog tracking (y-front) harness. It's pretty good, my only small issue is some fabric sticks out the side which looks weird but probably doesn't affect anything. I still walk Chess on a sighthound collar but might buy her a y-front harness too if I ever have some spare spondoolies. I don't really care if he pulls though. He only walks on lead 1-2 times a fortnight, he mostly runs around nude in paddocks.
  14. I would wait too. High needs babies are all-consuming to live with if you end up with one. And things like trying to walk 2 dogs with a pram (I couldn't do it, but fortunately my bub loved to be worn in a carrier) and getting to training around nap times can be tough. It may well be fine of course! But it's impossible to say ahead of time.
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