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  1. oooh found it :) http://www.dolforums.com.au/topic/248013-because-i-was-asked-in-another-topic/page__st__15__p__6169281__hl__estate__fromsearch__1#entry6169281
  2. that's the problem problem when the keywords are "will" and "dog" :)
  3. We will definitely bring it up with intended and family but in my experience, people can get weird after someone dies so you just never know what will go on if it’s not written down. Or worse, that no one speaks of them at all. Though thinking about it, this is one of only two people who will be able to get to our GSDs without some scary growling when we’re not home. It’s more just concern they won’t be contacted by the family and therefore asked to take the dogs.
  4. I can't find another thread on this though I'm sure it's been asked. We're doing up a will and were wondering, do people put the care of their dogs into their will? What sort of provisions do dog-owners have? Do you also leave money to the care of the dog? We'd hate for our dogs to be sent to the RSPCA/pound by family when we have friends who would take them, or we'd like them to at least consult the breeder/trainer to see if they know someone who would take them.
  5. thanks all, glad to hear it has worked for others. They do seem to be the type who wants to be able to say "it's just me" for him to settle. They seem to be pretty confident people who don't hate/fear dogs so I can't see him being aggressive when they meet. He only displays aggressiveness(hackles, making noise) if someone shows a lot of fear or dog-hate behaviour, flinching, exclaiming when he sniffs them, creeping to the house over-cautiously(like a criminal), etc. But luckily he obeys when we say 'outside' and he's not a threat to bite etc. Though he also doesn't appreciate when someone previously welcome attempts to re-enter the house. e.g. If we let a tradie into the house, all is good best friends, dogs goes and lies down so we leave the room, but if the tradie goes to his ute to fetch a tool and tries to come back into the house: "no entry! woof woof. my owners aren't here! only they can let you in!" certainly vigilant and thorough...
  6. We have recently got a 2nd GSD. He is sooooo different to the first in personality! I grew up with spaniels and I loved them but looking back they were all really similar in personality. Not so with our GSDs. GDS 1 is so gentle and CAREFUL. I gave him some cake in a box, he carefully opened the box with his teeth, then licked the cake, he has never barked/whined at us just stares really loudly. GSD 2 stamps through the world, everything can be gone 'through', 'around' is not in his vocabulary. He stands all over GSD 1, will sit on your face... he barks to say hello, grumbles when he's hot, whines when he has to get up for a drink. They do however both have the expected 'temperament' - confident, brave, smart, loyal, alert, cheerful.
  7. We've had a lovely older couple move in next door who don't have dogs but are in the garden a bit and our GSD has taken to barking at them when they pass by (rarely barked at dogs next door or neighbours before). They have asked if they can meet him so that he gets to know and like them - then hopefully won't bark. Would this work? It's hard to tell if it's just a really loud "hello! I see you there! I still see you!". It's certainly not the "there's someone coming up our driveway I don't know" hackles-up sort of behaviour. My OH works from home so we ALWAYS call him inside when he barks but he doesn't seem to get the message... I have a feeling he's just being a really loud sort of social. It's also difficult from a training perspective because he do want him to be alert and protective - just want to to stop with these specific people.
  8. Del678

    Second Dog

    Thanks for your responses. That's prett much what we thought before the internet got to us :) glad to hear it can work. As always, it sounds like the key is being an active owner, putting in time and effort.
  9. Del678

    Second Dog

    We're thinking of getting a second dog. Our desexed gsd is nearly 2 and we would like to get a second dog. I've read raising two puppies together is a terrible idea but what about getting a second dog as the first is approaching adulthood (though in some ways still very much a puppy at 2). Any tips or rules multiple owners could share? Especially of big and/or working breeds? Rules we've heard: - no unsupervised play or together time in general - have new puppy spend a lot of time just with owners so gets bonded and therefore obedient to owners due to drive to please, rather than to other dog - I've read conflicting opinions on walk/train together/separate - we are the alpha, not the dog. One concern is that in the process of bonding with puppy and keeping first dog away or outside when other is inside, the first dog will feel rejected. Am I just humanising? So much online seems to be against multiple dogs and yet we see people with two seemingly friendly happy dogs all the time in our area. So confused!
  10. Glad to hear it's a normal thing to do. Thanks!
  11. Is it ok to trim the extra long hairs on the dog's penis to avoid him spreading the wetness after toilet trips? (being VERY careful of course. Not looking to trim right back as hair would obviously provide some buffering to impact and dirt, but so it's not so much of a paint brush as OH called it.
  12. Funny thing is, i know she's 9 but up until i got my own puppy, she was jumpy and playful and hyperactive herself, like a typical springer, which is why i thought she could handle it. It's only when he's around that she behaves solomn and 'old'. She obviously also felt betrayed by my getting another dog. Wouldn't look at me for hours. I think you're right though, looks like we won't be having anything but short visits.
  13. Funny thing is, i know she's 9 but up until i got my own puppy, she was jumpy and playful and hyperactive herself, like a typical springer, which is why i thought she could handle it. It's only when he's around that she behaves solomn and 'old'. She obviously also felt betrayed by my getting another dog. Wouldn't look at me for hours. I think you're right though, looks like we won't be having anything but short visits.
  14. I've been taking my puppy male gsd to meet my mum's 9 yo female springer spaniel since 9 weeks (vet knows health and vaccination of springer and ok'ed it). Puppy being playful followes springer everywhere, pawing her, jumping, play-biting at her ears. But she obviuosly does not want to play and gives him warning growls but he just doesn't get the message and won't leave her alone. She even went upstairs (where she's not allowed) to hide. I haven't seen either 'submit' in ways i would recognise. My question is, is it going to take her biting him for him to get the message that she doesn't want to play? I'm concerned bec i was hoping we could continue to baby sit for mum when she holidays and vice versa but am worried they'll fight.
  15. Thanks for all the feedback. He was sick once more after finally eating a bit last night then tried to eat his sick (i ended up having to hose the lawn in the middle of the night bec every time we went out for toilet he'd go back to try eat it)... So i think he was creating a self-perpetuating sick cycle for himself. He's back to his old self this morning thankfully. Yes he is vaccinated and we had met the vet on monday and he got the all clear. Stress is possible... I have been trying to get him used to my being away a little bit at a time which does stress him out (takes longer to calm down when i get home than the time i was out). Thanks.
  16. Long time reder, first time poster. I just got my puppy GSD on Saturday so I'm a paranoid new mum. I know it's prob nothing but... Pup vomited at 7am, ate bfast fine, ate lunch, vomit 4pm, won't eat dinner, vomit 7:30. It's mostly wretching as hasn't any food to throw up. He's under my feet 24/7 and the only non-food thing he's eaten is a bit of grass at toilet time and maybe licked up a few ants. He nibbled some nasturtiums yesterday afternoon before i stopped him, but if they upset him i think he would be sick last night not today. As a side note he's on a high quality food which was what the breeder had him on and hasn't been given anything else. should i be worried? What should i look for and at what point of being sick and not eating should i start to worry? Should i pick him up some yoghurt as i heard that's good for their stomach health etc.
  17. Seeing and there's no other answers... Relationship: Grew up with springers. Now just a regular babysitter for my mum's Where and why: england, gundog. They would flush out and fetch game birds and possible rabbits to. This makes springers very naturally inclined to fetch, run around in circles, and chase ducks from your pool. One we taugh to fetch would bark bark bark until you threw something for her she loved it so much. She woukd fetch and chew anything but ironically and unfortunately died (put down) with mouth cancer. Common? I see them every now and then. Lifespan: ours get to 14 or so. They will run like crazy until their last days. Very little slowing down in old age. Temperment: happy, bouncy, Playful. They SPRING!!! Also smart and recognise family heirarchy. When i left home after many years of studying in front of our latest,, she disappeared for a few moments then brought a pack for highlighters to mum, dropped them and looked for an answer. Aw moment. Exercise: yes please! They will keep going and going for as long and you let them. Down to about an hour by the time they are 10 but then will be ready to go again after a short break Solo? Yes. Does fine. They aren't a barking dog. While they love to run aounrd and love people, they don't get destructively bored and will lie in the sun for hours or just sniff around pretty harmlessly while you're out at work. Just be sure to give them love and exercise when home so they don't get loenly and sad. They are happy being an outside dog but like all dogs prefer to be part of the family inside. First time owner? Absoluetly. Healthy, easy temperment, easy for basic training, friendly, just be sure you have time to walk them. Grooming? Here in qld we keep her hair short in summer. They don't shed much. Just have to watch for knots and burrs in their long hair. Also need to keep their beautiful floppy ears clean and watch for ticks etc. Young children and old ppl? They are soft mouths so might play around with kids but would be pretty incapable of hurting them if they wanted to. They will nip if annoyed but that would take a lot. Only issue might be jumping on little (and big) people or playing a bit too energetically. Hereditary: possibly but we've never had any issue before a ripe old age. I think ears, eyes and gums because they are a floppy faced dog... One vet offereed to give the latest a face lift... Very amusing. We declined. Puppy buying: not sure, they say get a bright awake puppy but ours was sleepy and she's perfect now.
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