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  1. Just about every pet spaniel & setter I groom ends up with clipped off ears! 
    If there is no reason such as showing, and it is an impediment to fun, and annoying to fix, just clip it off.

    Actually Around the world the Irish & English setter are often shown without pendulous ear furnishings, especially the UK I believe? 

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  2. Dingo isn’t the first thing I see either. maybe kelpie, shepherd, staffy mix or who knows what! 

    And be aware if you are in SA as your profile suggests, that it is illegal to own or keep a Dingo or Dingo hybrid or mix as a domestic pet. There are very real repercussions and it won’t end well for you or your dog. So probably best not to suggest in any way whatsoever to anyone that you suspect there may be Dingo in your pet dog.


  3. I wouldn’t get a dog in that situation. Like others have mentioned, every time you enter Australia your dog will be placed in quarantine kennels. 

    perhaps look at what help you could be to local animal shelters & charities in the locations you visit, and in your local area at home.

    it will give you the chance to help dogs abroad and at home, and give you valuable experience for the day you may settle down from travelling and are in a better position to have your own dog. Perhaps you could also look at spending the money saved on moving your own dog around the world, to help dogs in need around the world 



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  4. I like purebred dogs. 
    and I like mixed type dogs

    i understand that ‘responsible breeding’ is not exclusive to pedigree breeding. 
    in fact,  the limited gene pool & purity mentality of pure bred breeding is less than ethical if you really understand that it can only go in one direction! 
    No amount of genetic testing can undo the damage that ‘purity’ has done, if ‘purity’ is insisted. 
    It would actually be more ethical & responsible for domestic dogs as a species, to allow much more out crossing and mixing of genes. If science were applied here instead of the headlong slow motion train wreck of purity, domestic dogs might have a brighter future. 
    trying to lock in forever, just a 100-150 yrs (for the most part) of  ‘breeds that we know and love’ is nonsensical for the long future of domestic dogs. 


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  5. If you get the Wahl bravura or the Wahl super trimmer you don’t need extra batteries. The clipper charges in a charging station. You just remove the whole clipper from the charger and use it cordless ( or if it’s gone flat and you want to use it straight away you can remove the cord from the charging station and plug it directly into the clipper and power on). The clipper will come with an adjustable blade that should last years if just using for home use & touch ups. The clipper will also come with some black plastic extension combs that can be ok for home occasional use on clean well groomed coat. The extension combs it comes with are a bit pointy and stabbier than the colour coded slide on ones the pro groomers tend to use. 
    so really, for what you want, just the clipper kit as purchased should suffice. 
    steer clear of cordless clippers that have interchangeable batteries like the Arco, where just the batteries sit in the charging station and you snap the batteries on & off the clipper itself. You may eventually need new batteries & you cannot use these type of clippers with a cord.  


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  6. 31 minutes ago, sheena said:

    Yes. That’s it 


    PetNetwork is a good pet wholesaler for grooming supplies to the public and professional. They’ll be happy to advise you and also are a good resource for spare parts, service & sharpening 



    these are the best comb attachments for the 5in1 blades. Much better than what comes with them 



  7. The Wahl super trimmer or Wahl bravura ( there’s a new updated Bravura called something else, shaped like a sex toy! And I don’t like it as much as the Bravura)  I prefer ones that are rechargeable but can also be used corded ( you can take the cord out of the charging unit and plug it into the pins on the clipper) rather than ones that just have interchangeable batteries like the Arco. I don’t like the new Asian ones like Shernbao. 

    my personal preference is the Wahl super trimmer. a powerful 5in1 adjustable trimmer that can be used corded or cordless. Mine last for years with daily salon use. 

    you can also buy a slide on comb attachments for the 5in1 blades and the Wahl super trimmer and the Wahl Bravura are powerful enough to do longer comb attachment trimming on clean well groomed coat. The 5in1 adjustable blades go from 9,10,15,30& 40 blade lengths which are all very short and will chew through anything you throw at them. For longer comb styling, slide on the attachment of choice, set the blade to the shortest length (40) and it will shape and style longer well prepared hair 

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  8. This doggy pops up on a doggy daycare page that I follow. I reckon it’s one of the funkiest mixed breeds I’ve seen in a while, and I see a lot of dogs! 

    there’s one that comes into my other job as well. I call him the sun bear! He was booked as a corgi x. But he’s not at all. He is like the most massive shepherd you could imagine, on stumps, and probably 60kg. We were expecting maybe. 10-15 kg dog to arrive! 
    not everything with short legs is a corgi mix!! 


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  9. Another spaniel to consider would be the Field Spaniel. All the ones I’ve met have been calmer and more sensible than most of the Cocker Ive known. The fieldy has a more moderate coat as well. 

    funny you should mention dachshund. I was thinking about this post earlier and the standard wire dachshund popped into my head! I adore dachshund my preference being the mini wire and mini long. Some of them are mouthy barky dogs but definitely worth considering. They are kinda like stretchy terriers really. 

    Edited to add... I read your post again and still think a Border Terrier fits like a glove! 

  10. This will sound harsh but think about it like this.......


    youre living in your house enjoying your life and then you are suddenly forced to share the house with a person who is rowdy and attacks you .  How would you feel even if that person then moved to a granny flat in your back yard.......your still not going to enjoy living in your house anymore. And how would you feel if a loved one that shared you home with you, began giving that new person equal attention? 

    Please think about how the dogs feel living every moment of the day like this. Even when separated there is still anxiety.

    Just because YOU “love both dogs so much” doesn’t mean THEY will love each other. YOUR love doesn’t necessarily translate to THEIR love.

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  11. Oh I agree. I personally wouldn’t lobby for tighter laws. I was more just suggesting things that the OP might think to do. We have plenty of laws, guidelines, etc that  are poorly enforced as it is. Perhaps I should say lobby  for better enforcement, in as far as that particular aspect of all of this goes. 


    I had another crazy idea years ago. And that was to cap the purchase price of dogs. Say $300 for example. So no dog bred in any environment could be worth significantly more money than another. Would that change anything? I’d love you to pull that crazy idea apart for me! 

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  12. 6 hours ago, BoStoNmAdNeSs said:

    This particular person has removed themselves from registration with the ANKC.

    Delivers dirty puppies from a large van, multiple cages with many other pups into city locations.

    When a puppy farm is brought down and the authorities finally catch up with them - pictures emerge of squalid conditions and dogs in terrible condition and health. People and members of forums such as this post their comments as to the 'horror' as to what they are seeing and feeling. They say things like "if only we knew...we would have acted or helped or attempted to do something".



    So how can you act on what you know? I applaud you for recognising what you see, but how do you act on it? Maybe go into the council office that covers the area where this breeder is located & have a chat about what you know & whether the breeding  operation aligns with council policies, whether roadside sales of pets is allowed under local or state laws etc. 

    unfortunately if they meet all the local government criteria, and cannot be seen to be breaking any animal welfare laws, one can you do? You can sort of start to see why many of these operations are busted through covert surveillance! 


    As an aside, I like to look at the reasons why we have what can be perceived as less than desirable commercial dog breeding facilities. 

    A couple of decades ago there was a strange shift in attitudes regarding dog breeding. When the first few of the really horrible cases of puppy farm busts hit the media, there was naturally an outcry, and the cogs began turning in the “war against puppy farms” . In the race to legislate them out of existence, all that happened was pedigree breeders sort of shot themselves in the foot, where it became positively taboo to actually breed dogs! Breeders eyes suspiciously breeders who appeared to breed volume as well as or in favour of showing and ‘hobby’ breeding. The phrase “oh I only breed when I want something for myself” became the cry of the respectable pedigree breeder. 

    At around the same time, breeders of all colours where marginalised to city fringes & rural areas, further from their market and further from scrutiny by the masses. 

    Add to this the law makers busily deciding what constitutes a puppy farm and how & where dog breeding facilities should be run, basically making it legal to run large scale commercial dog breeding facilities. For whatever reason, pedigree breeders thought they’d be exempt or able to side step these laws, but in fact, to law makers, dogs are dogs, no matter their parentage, where they come from or who breeds them. 

    The owners of commercial breeding facilities can quite legally say that they are registered breeders, licensed breeders, breed papered dogs etc, because it’s true. It’s just a different version of all of those things than what the ANKC system offers. 

    Morally & ethically, we all know that large scale facilities with 100’s of breeding dogs is never best practice for dogs but it can all be legal these days

    Theres a whole new generation of puppy buyers coming through now who are going to find it ever increasingly difficult to decipher what class of registered licensed breeder they are dealing with. 

    These people have grown up online. When I go online around pet sites, all the advertising that pops up is from designer dog puppy farms. Never once have I seen an ad from an ANKC breeder.

    If ANKC breeders want to claw this back, they have to breed dogs, in volume, and not see it as some sort of offensive thing to have a few quality dogs breeding for the pet market. The current supply & demand has to be met somewhere, and while fewer and fewer pedigree dogs are being bred, it’s not rocket science that the market turns to where there is supply. Easy to access, in their faces, supply.

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  13. Are the city locations retail outlets? If so, see if the retail outlets hold and membership with any pet industry associations. Pose as a puppy buyer and see if you can get names of individuals or names they operate under. Are the puppies the correct age and have vet work according to state legislation and animal welfare acts etc etc. Find out as much as you can. Information is power. 

    The RSPCA can only act on existing law. Lobby to tighten laws. 

  14. I implore anyone operating in the animal industry who is disgusted by and decries puppy farming, to take a long hard look at themselves if they support PIAA in any capacity. They are this countries biggest fans of puppy farming! 

  15. Because of shit like this for a start....... government turn to industry bodies like the Pet Industry Association of Australia  for advice when drafting legislation......

    check out the retail and breeding directors. Between them they own the countries biggest commercial dog breeding and retail puppy point of sale .....and all the other ‘respected’ companies there. 



    And most of these big shiny commercial puppy breeding facilities are council approved, and hold all the licenses they need, and operate within animal welfare guidelines. So the RSPCA can do little about it


    And.....money talks 



  16. Everyone else has great advice. 

    I would also install a baby gate ( the 1 metre high version) or an internal screen door in the laundry so that the little guy doesn’t feel so trapped. I understand not wanting to upset the cats and letting them have their own sanctuary in your bedroom. So by having a see through barrier at the laundry, your pup might be a bit happier, while still contained in the laundry. 


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  17. 2 hours ago, tdierikx said:

    How in dog's name does anyone justify keeping any dog in kennels (shelter kennels at that!) for TWO YEARS!?!?!? If that was any other rescue organisation, the hordes would be baying for blood... grrr!


    AWL should know better...





    Unfortunately it sounds like he may not be the easiest of dogs to place. I realise none of it is his fault.  

    I worked with Fox Hounds years ago. I admire them a lot. I even dream of owning one. But they are not a simple breed to accommodate in a modern urban world. I hope the big guy can find a soft place to rest his old bones