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  1. Actually, there are fairly onerous and expensive legal requirements with which dog breeders in NSW must comply. https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/299803/Breeding-dogs-and-cats-code-of-practice.pdf https://ablis.business.gov.au/service/nsw/animal-welfare-code-of-practice-breeding-of-dogs-and-cats/16905
  2. I haven’t had this problem, but here are a few suggestions... Get a vet check in case the combination of moving quickly and curving to the right is aggravating arthritis, hips or elbows. Split the figure 8 into elements ... focus on the clockwise circle with the dog on the outside. Make it fun and rewarding. If I’m not satisfied with some aspect of my dog’s heeling, I like to do lots of short sessions inside the house, rewarding with food “planted” on convenient surfaces. When practicing the clockwise circles, use an excited voice and demeanour to energise your dog. Once your d
  3. It sounds as if Clive has a near-perfect life. As for Bobbin, the time may come when you need to set boundaries on her behaviour. I remember being delighted when my tiny, very timid Birman cat copied my larger cat’s behaviour in asserting authority over my large dogs. But her behaviour escalated until she greeted my German Shepherd at the front door with hisses and posturing then, when I called the dog round to the side door, chased her around the house and through the living room. I intervened with a foot stamp and “that’s enough”. She understood (cats are much smarter
  4. I’m not sure about breeds, although I’d add Miniature Schnauzers and Clumber Spaniels to the list of possibilities. However, if I had such specific requirements I’d see if I could find a breeder who was looking to rehome a retired show dog, rather than gambling that a pup would grow up to be suitable for the job.
  5. I agree with the OP to some extent. There’s a risk of losing capabilities if there’s no selection for them. Routine use of AI doesn’t worry me; if a breed or line of dogs loses the ability to achieve natural matings, that’s an inconvenience for breeders more than a issue that affects dogs. Routine use of Caesarean sections is different, because the breeder has no way of knowing whether that bitch could have delivered those puppies naturally. The day may come when that breeder or a breeder of subsequent puppies cannot access the vet when necessary. In that circumstance,
  6. I use layers of VetBed as bedding. I usually buy it from stalls at dog shows but it looks like you can order it here, https://www.petnetwork.com.au/collections/premium-quality-vet-bed-dry-bed I’ve found it to be chew-proof. I recently saw a piece that had been purchased more than 30 years ago and it was almost unmarked.
  7. I agree with Scratch. I’d also add leash-free backyard games and independent exploration of the backyard if possible. Leash-free exploration lets him choose his own pace and direction, which is good for development of muscle and coordination. Games are good for mental and physical development and will make him more attuned to you. Hide and seek games are excellent. Hide a toy or part of his dinner in the backyard and send him to “go find”. Substitute backyard activities for much of his formal walks until you have addressed the pulling issue. He shouldn’t be given too many opportunities to rehe
  8. Yes, I was surprised to see the Bolognese on the list because. I thought I’d seen them on show catalogues. I’ve checked the site again and it is the Australian National Kennel Council FaceBook page. The notification was posted by Tracey Barry.
  9. I just noticed this on the ANKC FaceBook page: “Please note the following FCI recognised breeds have been added to the ANKC business system and their breed standards are available from our website. Yakutian Laika Cirneco DellÉtna Tornjak Bolognese Beauceron (Berger de Beauce)” I’m curious. Does this mean that applications have been lodged by people wanting to import these breeds?
  10. Definitely. I have no wish to own a Merle dog but I find the science of coat colour very interesting. I’d heard of cryptic Merle’s but the one “cryptic Merle” I’ve seen was actually much more like the M81m (M32) dog, but with Irish spotting superimposed. I I think (hope!) most ANKC breeders are aware of the risks of Merle-to-Merle breeding. I’ve never seen an obviously double-Merle purebred dog. I’ve seen a few farm-style short-coated collies or koolies with markings that made me wonder, and I’ve also seen an almost-certain double Merle “pig-dog” type dog on the back of a truck; it
  11. This is a fascinating explanation of different expressions of the Merle gene. http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/on-biology/2018/08/03/the-genetics-of-merle-coat-patterns-in-dogs/
  12. I was able to see full text and supplementary data by clicking on the Present Study Referenced link at the bottom of the original post.
  13. There are several adult German Shepherds available from kennels on the Dogzonline German Shepherd breed pages at the moment. An adult dog might be a safer bet than a puppy for a few of the breeds you’ve mentioned, including GSDs. I’ve owned several lovely GSDs but when I was training my last GSD I saw some highly overexcitable GSDs come to the GSD club for training.
  14. Be ready to line up for puppy in group. That’s where I found the catalogue most helpful - I checked the numbers in the breeds later in the group, so I knew whether I had time for a coffee break and when to take my dog for a toilet break.
  15. Chase looks wonderful. I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly.
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