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  1. Just another thought. Maybe it’s worth having your mature golden have a thoroughly good vet check. The puppy may be highlighting issues such as sight or hearing loss, or chiropractic issues, that until puppy arrived she was managing to live with without anyone really noticing. Dogs are very good at adapting, and sometimes even quite significant issues can go unnoticed. You might find nothing, but at least that’s ruled out then.
  2. Yep all pretty normal. Good advice above. Don’t make too much of the puppy histrionics aside from calmly checking there’s no real damage. There’s usually not! Goldens like many gundog breeds, are renowned for being quite strong on ‘resource’ guarding ……food, toys, spaces etc. Youre getting a lesson in the fact that dogs are free thinking individuals with instinct and drive of their own, and a will to act on them. often the biggest mistake people make is getting between the natural flow of things when introducing dogs together.
  3. I understand it might be difficult to crate larger dogs in this situation but I’d honestly prefer my own dogs (if they can be lifted in a carrier) to travel in the carrier. I’ve always crated my dogs in the car. I can’t stand them bouncing about, and when I see my clients attaching their dogs to the seatbelt points, I always think it seems dangerous and uncomfortable. I feel like saying for Christmas sake, get a crate!
  4. I also thought the tone was a bit punitive. My favourite way of training for a calm sensible dog is to withdraw attention at the slightest hint of ‘undesirable behaviour’. Watch them try hard to work out what they need to do to get your attention back! Of course the occasional gruff noise or bit of a push but I find the hands off silent ways far far better and lasting for both the dog and the humans!
  5. Dryer like this we call them HV (high velocity) or force dryers in grooming. a thorough bath, blow dry with a HV dryer using a flat ended attachment or large circular attachment. Once thoroughly dry brush through with a slicker brush lifting the coat up or back with your hand in sections and brushing it down. Finish with a medium toothed comb the HV dryers make an enormous difference. The budget ones have risen a little in price to low 100 ish now we use very powerful dryers upwards of $500 , but the $100 ish dollar ones are fine if you’re just doing a few dogs or one pet now and then. as someone mentioned above your dog is likely coming into coat change which can get a bit ugly on thick coated dogs. Vigilance and consistency and great tools…… a couple of months his adult coat will settle and then you’ll just get seasonal changes. Desexing really does make a big difference to some BC coats. So so much bigger and thicker, and not as easily shed out.
  6. I re read your OP a couple of times this morning because the one breed I think really ticks your boxes is the Standard or Miniature Poodle depending on the size you want. Coat seems to be the only con, and there’s no shame in shaving a poodle down to its knickers every 6-8 weeks. Something you could learn to do yourself. Everything off with a 7 blade (you have basically have a dog that is the shape of a Doberman underneath) also the PBGV. Again coat, but hand stripped, just raked through and kept a bit rustic or clipped, it’s not a difficult coat and if you’re open to mixes, the ‘Labradoodles’ with the straight (shorter often wiry textured and low maintenance) coats are some of the very nicest dogs I’ve ever handled
  7. Ruling out those mentioned above the Dalmatian was one that sprung to mind. Pity we don’t have Entlebucher or Appenzeller
  8. If I’m not mistaken poodles are 1 breed categorised by size across the 3 sizes. They are not 3 breeds, rather 1 breed with 3 sizes variants each classed within minimum & maximum height range. … (4 sizes in some parts of the world, where there is a size between mini & standard. If the dog is destined to be a pet, then I see no issue at all regarding the eventual size of the offspring. As mentioned above double check all the health testing.
  9. Thank you to the other posters for explaining that dog parks are not ‘socialising’!! I wanted to add that but couldn’t quite get the words right!
  10. Why take her to a ‘dog park’? She’s obviously not interested in the other dogs, only their balls, leading to problems. I’d leash walk & Also just play with her on an oval or reserve with a ball on her own.
  11. I’m seeing a quite disturbing trend of owners actually referring to their dog as ‘son’ and ‘daughter’.
  12. so many health problems. Big ones of course are MVD and CM /SM Those alone would be enough to put me off. Then there’s eye problems, breathing problems, skin problems, ear problems, structural issues, feet tend to break down, naso-digital hyperkeratosis is pretty common, short life span and as a groomer I can tell you many of them have insane coats once desexed. Many of them bark a LOT too! you might be lucky and get one of those things, or some of those things, or pretty much all of those things. I find they start off fairly vibrant happy little things with nice coats but go down hill pretty fast. I really wish it were different. They have lovely temperaments if you’re after a fairly soft dog, but that’s where it ends for me
  13. The only way to actually diagnose CM is with MRI scanning read by someone who really knows a thing about it. I truly believe ALL registered CKCS should be scanned at a certain age as a routine health test before breeding. CM is a condition of degrees. The dog doesn’t have to have major visible symptoms like screaming and air scratching to be affected. Breeders who say ‘ oh my dogs are not affected’ are usually basing this on how their dogs behave and the feedback they have on pups they’ve bred. The ONLY way they can honestly say they’ve done all they can is if they scan their breeding dogs. As a groomer of over 30 yrs, I honestly wouldn’t go near the breed. One of the saddest unhealthiest breeds I can think of from what I’ve seen on my grooming table over the years.
  14. Non ANKC breeders version of ‘papers’ is just different. Sometimes it’s from an alternative registry like MDBA or a club registry or just something the breeder made up with a few generations of the pups family on it. That’s actually still a pedigree. We all have one. Many breed outside of the ANKC because, as we’re discussing here, it’s near impossible to start breeding inside of it! when something is set up to be exclusive, which the ANKC certainly is…….. you can only expect that those excluded might start doing something different. For whatever reasons, ANKC seem to think it has purchase over everything dog, but by it’s very nature, is extremely exclusive.
  15. I’m grumpy as heck that I can’t do earth dogs or lure coursing with my new dog because he’d be on associate register but entire. The ANKC lose out on a lot from this.
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