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  1. Some great information above. In regarding rehoming - there are two sides to the coin. The issue with you keeping him is that it will require work to fix. You are going to need to find the right solution, do research and stick to a plan. It is highly likely he is not 'nasty' per se - but he has your measure at the moment and has no hesitation in putting you in (what he thinks is) 'your place' If you are not willing/able to put in the work, stick to the plan and become the grown up in the relationship, then issues will occur. And unfortunately that often results in a dog b
  2. Hi, the above info sounds like great suggestions. And you are doing so much to help him have a full and long life :-) I haven't dealt with this exact problem, but like the idea of a 'safe' word. So that regardless of what it is, he learns that if you say 'pineapple' that means whatever it is won't hurt him. And then in 5 years if all of a sudden he hears/smells something for the first time (eg: a train), he doesn't have to learn the train is safe, cos he will know he is surrounded by an invisible forcefield when he is protected by the verbal 'pineapple'
  3. If there is a reason, responsibility and a plan (testing, registers, ongoing selection and a thousand other things) - then the creation of a new breed (as opposed to random breeding and spending more time coming up with an exciting sounding name than animal management/care/responsibility) is in itself not something I immediately dismiss. All breeds started somewhere - there may have been a plan, or they may have come from function led breeding - but every one came from humans deciding what they wanted and doing matings with different dogs until they reached their desired outcome -
  4. agree with the above - some times an animal is simply too dangerous to be in society, and three attacks to me puts this dog in that category. From what I read, the owner may not have helped the situation (dog escapes control 3 times - seriously??? why not major precautions after the first attack), but there are also times when a dog is just straight out aggressive and unpredictable. I do get a little tired of the 'but he/she is so fantastic with my dog/child/cat/whatever'. How does that minimise/excuse repeated attacks? Imagine that as a 'defence' for a human - "oh
  5. Unfortunately the word 'purebred' has a different meaning across different organisations/animals. Eg: many horse breed associations consider an animal to be purebred if the 'unknown/outcross' is at least 3 generations back. So even an 'educated' animal person may not find the 'his grandfather was half staffy' as a red flag. And a pedigree is just a document of lineage back X generations. I could create a pedigree for the mutt down the road - Sire was Fluffy (by Oscar out of Hairy) and Dam was Bump (by Henry out of Speed). Voila - if the detail was correct, I can honestly sell
  6. Hope no one minds me hijacking this thread. @Boronia, re https://vetproductsdirect.com.au/catalogsearch/result/?q=Vetalogica+Tranquil+Formula is this something that can be used as needed, or does it need to be given every day? And does it dope them, or just take the edge off? I have a dog which hates thunder (starts panting and wants to sit on me etc). Happy as a lark with rain and other weather, but the slightest distant thunder sets her off. I have not explored medication as even though she is anxious, she does not panic and there is no danger of self harm (she doesn't try an
  7. Hi, I imagine a lot would depend on how the agreement was documented. In some cases 'verbal agreements' can be binding, but proof and evidence are more tricky (independent witnesses help). I suggest reviewing all written communication (including social media, emails, texts etc). Fingers crossed the breeder has a case and it does not end up 'lesson learnt' :-(
  8. I initially thought that the breeder may not have been 'taking the puppy back' due to distance and ravel restrictions/difficulty etc - but it appears that is not the case. Whilst it could all go great and be a win for everyone (including the pup), it has the potential to be a minefield. As well as the above mentioned issues with paperwork and vet check fees, there also needs to be questions about who is responsible if something comes up health wise later - breeder could say 'you didn't buy it from me - see the person you bought him from' and the other owner could say '
  9. thanks sandgrubber - that is definitely a logical requirement
  10. If the article is accurate - another example of 'one rule to fit everything' will be a fail. The exercise requirement is unnecessary, unrealistic and will rob many dogs and humans of wonderful relationships. My SWF has never been a 'walker'. Even as a young dog he didn't enjoy long walks. Around the block, to a park for a potter and down the beach - loves them all (both as a young dog and now he is older). 'going for a walk' - nope - he does it, but it clearly doesn't float his boat. My brother has a disability which makes walking difficult. He has a whippet whi
  11. I am not an expert, but from my understanding the reason why backtracking can confuse the dog is because of the amount of scent. IE - I am running north for 1 km and then stop and start running back the way I came. After 250m I turn left (if the terrain is helpful there may be a ditch I can jump over or something else that limits the evidence of my turn). Dog starts tracking and heads north. When he gets to the 750m (where I turned off) he has a very strong scent going straight ahead (double scent) which he would follow. He then gets to the 1km mark and the scent 'disappears'. Even when
  12. I haven't looked at it - but from what is above, it is not worth the pixels it costs. The difference between identify and authenticate is massive. All this will do is identify a prefix exists, not authenticate those who are using it. The dodgy will simply ring a breeder and ask for the membership number so they can check it with the ANKC. Then use that information to pose as the person. mmmmmmmmmmm
  13. Very difficult for you and your family, but I fear it is more difficult for your dog at the moment. I truly appreciate what you are going through, have been there. I would like to comment on the information you gave that your sister will pick him up etc. This WILL cause him pain. It is not possible for one person (or even two) to pick up a large dog without squishing or holding bits firmly. If you put your arm under his bum, the hips are being squished. If you put you arm under his belly, you are putting pressure on the belly, his spine will be impacted and h
  14. As persephone said - it is not realistic to expect compensation for something just because someone says it's so. Regardless of whether it is a puppy, a horse or a dishwasher - contacting someone and saying 'there is an issue, I won't provide any information - but give me money' is (at best) naive and unrealistic or (at worst) likely to escalate and become nasty. I would strongly recommend putting everything in writing (email, SMS, snail mail). Even if the conversation is verbal, make (and keep) notes and follow up in writing (... thanks for the information/update, as I said ...
  15. I collected a puppy that was about the same distance away years ago, and going by car (with another driver) was a huge success. Puppy got to know us gently (hearing, smelling us etc without pressure if that makes sense), and the car (and crate) became his safe space. The crate was on the back seat and after a while we opened the crate door and he could chose to stay in or come out on to the back seat. Frequent (puppy timed) comfort stops also meant he was house trained on the way. He never made a mistake in the house when we got home. Please note - this was long before dog seatbelts an
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