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  1. I've been very lazy photography wise so only have this shot of a huge grasshopper\locust I spotted. He had ferocious looking legs!
  2. They're there now and as wonderful as usual! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Decent puzzle toys of varying difficulties..
  4. Not sure if it's only on my end but most of your photos aren't displaying?
  5. Will there be any info about the dogs put on the website at some point PM? Anything about where they've come from or potential social\behavioural issues someone considering fostering should be aware of? Have any of them had any training or been working etc?
  6. Sometimes it helps to see teaching loose leash walking in action so this is a pretty good video showing one way to do it dog pulls!
  7. Cute pics!
  8. Sorry Mjosa but I have to say I disagree with some of this. A crate shouldn't be a place of punishment and timeout doesn't necessarily teach a dog anything. Feedback has to happen the moment a behaviour occurs or the pup will have no idea whats going on. By the time they're carried to a timeout area the lesson is gone. Rather than allowing a situation where you feel you want to punish behaviour you don't like, its best to manage the environment to make sure it doesn't happen in the first place (or again). Anything you don't want in a pups' mouth should be out of reach and if that's impossible an exercise pen (or crate if you have to) is handy when they aren't being supervised. I agree free range isn't great until you know they can be trusted. To keep a pup busy with things you want him to do, you need to make sure you have plenty of enrichment on offer. If he's left with nothing to do, or with things he doesn't chew or play with then he'll find his own entertainment and it might not be what you like. Mental enrichment can also include behavioural or trick training as well. Hopefully every day some type of training is occuring, Poodles are smart little dogs and most animals love to learn new things. This is a series of great videos on things to train a puppy to help create a well behaved adult. It wouldn't matter your puppy is a bit older, the lessons will still be valuable for you both Kikopup:  things to train and not to train
  9. Could you look for a house sitter who could stay at your house and look after both him and the house maybe?
  10. I second the YouTube links Mrs RB posted, they cover behaviours which help make a lovely pet to live with. Here's some articles for you too. Resource guarding. Lots of hints and tips to avoid it escalating. Fearful dogs. This has information on learning how to counter condition and de-sensitise to help with different degrees of fear or anxiety. If he hasn't had much exposure to the outside world some tips here might come in handy. Resource guarding. Dog to dog (just in case you see any of that). Its definitely not your dog being naughty or bad, that infers he knows the difference between right and wrong which isn't so. They simply do what works for them. I'm not sure I would be inclined to stand at your dogs bowl until he comes to eat though. It may be quite intimidating while he's still so new to you and his environment? Maybe simply pop him in his crate so he feels safe and can eat in peace then let him out and remove the bowl (not the other way around). In time once he knows his food won't be messed with you can approach while he's eating, add high value food to his bowl and walk away. That will start to build a more positive association with being approached while eating. Good luck, hopefully you both bring each other lots of happiness
  11. Are you happy your current dog actually likes dog company? If he plays with other dogs what type of dog does he gravitate to or away from? Will they be living together or visiting each other daily? If they'll be living together the only thing I would suggest is the first year especially it's best to focus on the individual dogs needs separately. You don't want them becoming too reliant on each other or totally focused on each other. So individual walks and training sessions etc. Make sure they can handle being apart for extended periods of time as you never know when you may have to take one to the vet or boarding kennel etc. Will you be expected to train your parents pup too? Two young animals needing decent individual attention can be a lot of work. Its nice having two dogs who get along and give each other company though
  12. What a gorgeous little baby! Please share lots of photo's so we can enjoy him or her growing up
  13. Lovely photos everyone! Im late after a busy weekend but I found a nice park to walk the dog. I'll have to remember to go back when the lilies are flowering, they always add a lovely burst of colour.
  14. I agree with what has been noted above too. All behaviour has a reason so if your dog is exhibiting a problem behaviour it's because it is fulfilling some need he has. As RP mentioned he could be in defensive mode or maybe he has learnt he gets your attention by barking? Something about barking is paying off for him to continue doing it. It could also be his secondary fear period kicking in making him extra sensitive to the goings on around him. To help him break the habit of barking can you control his time in the yard? It might be a bit simplified but you might have to go out with him and take some extra yummy treats cut up small and scatter handfuls on the ground. Make sure you take it in to account with his meals, or better yet feed all his meals this way. Once he is happily searching for food and eating it outside you could then split his meals and feed him each time you're out there and you hear a noise. You would do this until you get to the point that he hears a noise and looks to you for food. Once he hasn't been barking outside for a good length of time (it could be a few weeks) there should be no reason he wouldn't be okay out there without you. If its from boredom, it might be worth upping his mental enrichment so he doesn't try and make his own entertainment. You could feed his meal stuffed in a kong, kibble in an empty milk container, newspaper scrunched around kibble then stuffed in a taped up box, kibble dropped in a pit of balls,a wading pool of sand for digging, treats stuffed under the sand to be found when digging, obedience or trick training etc. Enrichment is great to keep active little minds busy and engaged. Good luck, barking can be very worrysome because you just wait for a neighbour to complain!
  15. I'm getting in one day early (for me) this week. Im getting lazy and seem to only be using my phone! My Camellia bush is full of buds this year, I can't wait to see them all flower.