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  1. Am I going crazy?

    It is hard - so much ignorance must become hard to ignore. I don't know Rotti's well, but everyone I have known have been wonderful, gentle dogs. My only advise is to 'be alert but not alarmed' (showing my age here Mr Howard :-)). He is only 9 months, so he is not fully matured. When he gets older he may start to 'push his luck' or have times when he is being a 'jerk' - and because of his size and jaw strength the impacts (and response by other people) of that behaviour will be different than if the same activity was done my a (for example) sheltie or whippet. Most dogs who go through the 'teenage' stage start with body language (this the alert comment), so you can 'nip it in the bud' if needed. But if he is a well adjusted young citizen, I don't think he would go Cujo without notice. I would love to suggest a good response to the comments, but I am not that witty unfortunately :-)
  2. Whilst the idea of a register sounds good in theory, there are lots of drawbacks (some noted above). Another one is that a breeder can have a sound line and be doing everything they can (so be rated well on a registry), and then one of those 'things' crop up that has causation linked to genetics, how they are raised, nutrition and just plain luck (eg: HD) - the owner is then looking at the breeder, the vets and the registry as dodgy, unethical and untrustworthy
  3. What type of dog should I get?

    To me it depends on the 'non dog' persons attitude - are they neutral or against? If one person in the household just isn't in to dogs - then that is fine, as long as one (or more) people are, then it will most probably work as the dog (or whichever pet) will get the interaction, care etc that's needed. But if someone is against the pet idea - then there will most likely be friction etc. EG: Dog barks a couple of times (even the quietest dog will hear/see something). If that is met with yelling/blaming etc, then it will go pear shaped quickly. Dogs are going to bark, dig, annoy, shed, interfere, get in the way, cost money etc etc. If that is understood accepted, then these things soon are ignored/forgotten in the whole picture and the good far outweighs these things. But if the 'no dog' person says - you can have one as long as it doesn't bark, shed, dig etc etc - and especially if they are not the most tolerant person - then it will be an issue. Back to the question about 'which type' - I would recommend not a working/herding breed or a terrier due to energy and intensity levels - perhaps a whippet (as long as it clearly knows chasing cats is not on :-))
  4. 4 months old, Jap Spitz with 1 testicle

    Given it was there and easily felt at 8 weeks, I would give it a bit longer before being too worried. Did you feel it at 8 weeks? I am wondering where it was (they can be very high and able to be gently moved down, or they can be actually down). If you don't know how to check yourself, it may be beneficial to find out how - then you can check him quietly. I have known 'shy' boys who were very hard to check when they were stressed or excited (like at a vets) - but they were easily found when checking them gently when they were nice and quietly sitting on the lounge in the evening. By 4 months I would want them to be 'findable' in some way, and at 6-7 months I would want them fully down. Some boys have them showing loud and proud at 8 weeks, others have one (or both) who move up and down for a while.
  5. You may be surprised at the condition of his back teeth once they are cleaned. I have just had a dental done on my SWF. I knew he would need to have teeth removed, but neither the vet or I knew how many until he was under. He ended up having all incisors removed (a couple were ok, but leaving just a few odd ones would have caused more issues than taking them all out). His back teeth looked dodgy, but all they needed was a good clean. So now he has a perfect mouth from his canines back, but nothing across the front. I wouldn't remove good teeth just to avoid a possible surgery later on, but if they are terrible, then even if it is a big procedure, it would be better than him living with mouth pain. Animals are too stoic for their own good, particularly when it is not something they can hold up like a paw A cat story - years ago I had an old cat. Her teeth were bad, but after discussion with the vet we decided not to remove them as she had such a tiny mouth he was concerned she may end up with a broken/weak jaw due to the roots being so big. She was an old girl and as she started to slow down and sleep more I initially put it down to age. But after 6 months I went back and told him that even though she was eating etc, I thought it was pain, and that I wanted the surgery - with full understanding that if he encountered significant issues with her bottom jaw I understood that he may have to put her down on the table. I have never cried so much - she got through the surgery so well and within a week I had my 'kitten' back - playing, running, talking, stalking me in the bedroom etc etc. Her mouth must have been so painful - and it was on my watch. I have never felt so guilty.
  6. thanks Scratch - will check both out Boronia - thanks for the suggestion, but I would prefer one that was purpose built for the arm (which I need) - she is a 'special' one :-D
  7. Hi, I have a RC collie, and to groom her myself I need a proper grooming table (with the arm for her lead etc). I used to show, so know how to groom etc (that part is not a problem), but she is a bit of a precious child (most polite term I could find :-D) so I need the right set up. IE - if the table is not completely stable she will make it worse by shaking, shuddering etc. If she is not tied, she wiggles, fights, complains etc. In a nutshell - if the set up is right, she is an angel. If it is not the right set up, you would swear she has never been groomed in her life (and she is a fully trained ex-show dog - so she knows what to do, she just also knows how to get around things). I have been getting her done at a grooming place - but that is silly expensive and inconvenient - so I am going to get a table and do it myself. Any suggestions on either where to buy a good second hand one, or recommendations on a new one? It will only be used at home, so features such as being light, easy to move, fits well in cars, looks new etc aren't important. Just needs to be a safe, sturdy table thanks
  8. Debarking

    I think there are two different situations in play - the anxiousness, and one of the ways it is being exhibited (barking). Working on the anxiety is a must and is a long term management situation. I don't imagine that anyone who has responded believes otherwise. BUT - having a dog who continually barks to the point that three different sets of neighbours have lodged formal complaints, is an issue that needs to be addressed as well. I would imagine having an owner who was (totally understandably) agitated with each bark would not create the calm environment that is right to help a dog relax. A barking dog can result in neighbour complaints (already happened x 3), council issues (already happened x 3) , being forced to move ((already happened x 2), PLUS worried about some crackpot taking matters in their own hand and opening a gate, poisoning a dog etc etc (already threatened). And until the anxiety is controlled, it is difficult to identify the root cause. The barking may be completely as a result of the anxiety, or it may also be a learned behaviour, or she may just be a noisy dog - or it could be a combination of all three. Debarking is surgery - so it has the risks of every surgery - and as I said, should never be a decision made lightly. However, my thought is that if it results in lowering the anxiety in the owner, the neighbours and the dog (no collars, no being told to be quiet etc), then it is not cruel when other things have been tried. It will remove one part of a complex problem
  9. Debarking

    I am sitting writing this listening to 'huff huff' coming from my suburban backyard at 7.30am on a public holiday - and neither Belle or I could care less :-). The backdoor is open and 5 mins ago Belle was sitting with me (as my other dog is still doing) - then Belle heard something (or nothing) and ran out the back huffing. Her voice sounds like a quiet cough - she can hear it, but it is very quiet so not offensive at all. If it is late at night with no ambient noise, I can just hear it from the front of the house if she is in the backyard. Noisy traffic, lawnmowers etc drown it out completely. She is not an anxious dog, but is sensitive and 'soft' in temperament. If she wasn't debarked, she couldn't live in suburbia, and even on more land, would be a wreck as she would constantly be getting told to be quiet - she seriously never shuts up, she makes her own stimuli if there isn't any :-). She actually enjoys barking (or huffing) - in her case it is a joy. But debarked, she is happy and healthy. Her temperament is what it is, but she is never told to be quiet (or in anyway limited) - and she loves to bark:-) I don't believe it should be the first solution (or even the second or third) - but when it is required, it is a blessing. Find the right vet, ask plenty of questions, make sure they have a good success rate regarding the right volume - and then I recommend it. You will be amazed at how much stress will be removed from you, your girl and the neighbourhood.
  10. I am extremely lucky as have 2 unfenced 'dog park' areas near me. One is about 2 acres, several large grass areas with pockets of old gums scattered around. The other follows a water way (sometimes 20m wide beside it, other areas opening up to 80-100 m wide. Not sure how long, I have walked 2km and not found the end). And, I have dogs with good recalls, so can let them run/wander without worrying they will tick off. These are great - if I come across a dog that is too full on or pushy we simply move to another area. Touch wood I have not experienced an aggressive dog there - I am guessing because its unfenced they don't go there as they can't control it. I did go to one of the smaller fenced dog parks once - didn't like it. The ground was hard/stoney, too many dogs chucked in together getting in each others space. Even if that was my only choice I don't think I would go there. A friend of mine has a dog with a dicky recall (works perfectly when he can 'hear' his owner, but strangely suffers from periodical deafness ). Once a week they travel to the other side of Adelaide where there is a fenced dog park which is a full oval - its huge and is lovely grass. A perfect solution for them
  11. My brothers whippet absolutely loves the water - will happily dive in regardless of how choppy it is. This morning it was beautiful - and I was pleased to snap these This one looks like he is all alone This one shows the ball he was retrieving :-)
  12. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    I have looked at both videos -and I did not see any aggression - I saw a happy, confident puppy who wanted attention and has worked out how to get it. Extremely difficult, but when those needles (teeth :-)) nip, jumping and going 'ouch' is a perfect response in his world - so much fun. I think he is a cheeky poppitt who knows he is well loved and the centre of attention - and boy, is he is doing what any youngster (dog or child) will do. An idea is if he is barking and bouncing for attention - try growling (literally grrrrrr - doesn't need to be over loud or threatening, it is an expression of displeasure - mid level volume and 'sharp/quick' - hard to explain, think verbal nose tap) and then ignore him. Often that works. The plan is that the 'grrr' would have him putting 4 feet back on the ground and stopping the bark, and then ignoring him is 'oh - well that didn't work'. Think a child coming up constantly and interrupting an adult conversation (attention seeking interruption - not something wrong) and every time the adult conversation stops, both adults acknowledge the child, one of them bends down to eye level and spends time explaining that they are talking and they really, really will play after, but would it be ok if they let mummy have a few minutes to talk with their friend, they then walk the child back to wherever they were playing etc etc. The child comes back 5 mins later and the whole thing is repeated. Each time the child gets 5 mins of attention - they don't care that the adult has said "NO' - they wanted attention and that's what they got. The other option is, first time there child interrupts, make sure nothing is wrong, and do what happened in the other example (explain, walk the child back to the play area etc), the next interruption adult looks at the child and says 'enough - I told you not to interrupt, go back to playing please' and then goes back to the conversation - neither adult stops talking to each other and ignore that the child then sits on the floor, tugs on mums dress and then moves around in eye line of the adults. After about 2 mins the child goes back to playing - they wanted attention and they didn't get it. Without the 'reward' of attention it was boring. Obviously this is not every time - children (and pups) thrive on interaction and fun. But sometimes you need to be the adult in the relationship and set the boundaries. There is a time for play, and a time for quiet. And quiet usually starts with no stimulii (all of this is easier said than done - pups are cute and who can't smile just by looking at them :-))
  13. must say it is funny (in a sad, sarcastic way) how pet shops (and internet and public) get it so wrong - and that is not a new thing. Many years ago ('80s or '90s) I was at a major shopping centre and the pet shop had a pup - cant remember exactly the cross but it was small to small (maltese x chi or chi x silky terrier etc) and the pup had HUGE feet and front knuckles and it had a relatively "boofy" head - the rest of the pup was smallish/cutish and sometimes a pup needs to grow in to their head, but if I saw those feet and knuckles on a staffy pup I would not have been surprised. An hour or so later I saw a family proudly carrying their new purchase through the mall. I can only wonder what ended up happening when their little bundle of fluff grew and grew and grew. Hopefully by then they were in love and accepted it for what it was, not what they were expecting
  14. RuralPug - was the sad icon because you didn't agree with what I wrote? or because you agree that (sadly) it is true? Edit - so sorry, typed your 'name' wrong
  15. I agree - they are crossbreds. I have a SWF, he is a gorgeous dog and everything I could possibly want - but he is a crossbred, pure and simple. People often ask what he is? - what were his parents? - was his father a maltese? - he looks just like my moodle, aren't they perfect! - is he a moodle or a (insert other type of oodle here)? My standard answer is - "I have no idea, I think his parents were whoever went past at the time - he is a crossbred of some sort". But, ...... people like labels - who wants to buy something called a crossbred or a mongrel? In the last 15 or so years has seen a shift away from 'ordinary'. Everyone is an expert and the increase in TV and the introduction of the internet and social media means to get attention you need to have catchy names or be an individual. There is also the 'hybrid vigour' tag which is hard to combat - especially (flame suit on) when *some* pure breeds have become more extreme - be it in coat length, or shortness of muzzle, or size of shoulders, or angle of hindquarter etc. These are not going to be fixed by crossing a (insert breed here) with another random dog - but Joe Public does not necessarily understand that - and if the first 10 articles on a google search give him the same message, that is hard to combat