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  1. Golden retrievers and exercise

    GSPs, Viszlas and Brittanies have all been mentioned but have you considered an English Pointer (Pointer)? They always seem to get overlooked in the 'large active friendly' breed discussions. IME, a showline (emphasis on the showline) Pointer is a fairly mellow house pet but still with an insane amount of stamina out of the house. My boy could run or trot all day. He can also not leave the house for 3 days and only get slightly antsy. If you have other dogs with good off switches to lead by example with a puppy they get the hint. Generally they are very amicable with all sorts of people and dogs. My boy isn't super outgoing but not a mean bone in his body, so gentle and sweet.
  2. I have an almost 3yr old showline Pointer, my first and only (and likely last). He is a lovely sweet, silly dog. In general they're a great active family dog. He is actually really quite biddable and loves to work with me but my main issue with him is maintaining engagement outside the house, he is so intuned with his environment so that has always been an uphill battle for us. He's not a deep thinker, it's pretty easy to get him to do something. Common issues I was wary of going into the breed were separation anxiety, extreme energy requirements, destructiveness, timidness and hit or miss recall. He doesn't have separation anxiety but he isn't an only dog. His energy requirements aren't extreme, he could go all day if I needed him to but has an amazing off switch and copes well with dry spells without exercise (which from what I've observed is not typical of the breed). Outside of the puppy phase he is great around the house, very few casulaties other than the odd tissue or shopping bag. He is a lot more timid than I'd like but I think that a lot of that is due to faults made by me during early socialisation but they are very sensitive. His recall is really good but their natural tendency to run hard and fast and not stick close gives me so much anxiety that I rarely let him off leash if it's not fenced. That's a me problem though. My favourite things about him are that he is a massive pacifist, never witnessed a shred of aggression from him and will tolerate a lot. Loves to cuddle. Really really loves to cuddle. He's super fun loving and impossible to not feel joy around. I will just never own another because of the shedding. I thought I could handle it but it's just too much for me!
  3. Daschund Killed in Park in Pakenham, VIC

    Yes I've seen that video, I don't think it's clear at all whats happening other than the 3 dogs rushing the staffy and some commotion occuring behind a partition. Given the staffy and lab mix are the same colour and you can't see anything other than a white blur jerking around it's hard to tell what happened and when. I guess it doesn't really matter at the end of the day to anyone but the people involved. But I don't agree with the sentiment of a lot of comments I've seen around that this case has sputted of people thinking that its okay to walk aggressive dogs unmuzzled and that any loose dog deserves to be attacked/the leashed dog's owner is faultless because the loose dog is 'in the wrong'.
  4. Daschund Killed in Park in Pakenham, VIC

    See, I don't think it was a four dog fight considering there is no mention of any of the other dogs including the staffy suffering injuries which you'd think either party would want to mention to make their cause appear more sympathetic? I reckon the 3 dogs aggressively rushed the staffy family, mum's dropped the leash and the staffy has grabbed the first dog it could and the others have bounced around on the sideline. I could understand trying to protect your child but in the cctv she walks her child away from the fight and then brings him back there to stand right next to the dogs for over a minute. Why would you do that if you genuinely thought you were in danger of being attacked? The child looked late primary school age too so perfectly capable of being left a safe distance away. And the moment the dachshunds owners showed up and gained control of their other dogs and had to try and get the staffy off their probably already dead dog and risk getting bitten the staffy owner should've intervened as they weren't at risk of being injured and were letting things go well beyond reasonable defense. I feel bad that this has been made so public as it should only be a matter between both parties and council to resolve but I read the original fb post very shortly after it happened and the dachshund owner really just wanted to know who the woman was to report to council and posted it to her own fb and her friends proceeded to share it. That wouldn't have happened if the staffy owner gave their details and if the staffy owner really was the victim surely you'd want the other dogs details too? I will be interested to hear what the council says as I suspect the staffy probably has a history which is why the woman didn't stick around. Just because the dachshund was in the wrong doesn't mean the woman's behaviour and lack of control of her dog after the intial threat was over was okay. If someone runs a red light and nearly hits you, then crashes their car and you are the only person around, you still have to assist that person! You don't get to just drive off or stand there waiting to see how the situation resolves itself just because they caused their own accident.
  5. Daschund Killed in Park in Pakenham, VIC

    It sounds like if the owner of the dachshund pulled up in a car that maybe her dogs got loose? Which depending on the circumstances on how that happened isn't really her fault per say. *edit just saw in the dachshund owners reportof events the dogs were inadvertently let out of the yard which checks out with the pulling up in a car part of the cctv* Regardless, a dog that will kill another dog that is not a huge threat to it (you can punt a dachshund with your foot) should be muzzled in public because accidents happen. People drop leashes, dogs slip their collars, slip out of cars, get out of yards etc. You can never guarantee that you won't ever come across a loose dog. And even if the dog is being illegally walked off leash, it doesn't deserve to die in such a traumatic way. It sounds like it was a sustained attack where for the most part the staffys owner and the staffy werent in real harm of being attacked. Imo as soon as it became clear it was a one dog fight, the other owner was risking their own safety to save their dog and your dog is relentlessly mauling another dog? That's not a fair retaliation and your dog is not under your control. If this was a child that had ran up to pat a dog without asking (which is irresponsible of the parent) and been ripped to shreds we'd hardly be debating who is in the right. The facts are the dog displayed an unwarranted degree of aggression, its owner did not assist or control the dog and it sounds like from what I've read the staffy was known to be dog aggressive so should've been muzzled anyway. I have little sympathy for the staffys owner if the dog was known to be DA and given how they handled the situation and really don't care under what circumstances the dachshund was loose. It didn't deserve to die, even if being irresponsible the owner didnt deserve for their dog to be killed like that and the staffys owner should've been just as in control of their animal as everyone is chastising the dachshund owner. Just because your dog has a leash attached to its collar does not mean its under effevtive control. And this is coming from someone who walks a muzzled dog. Not because she's bitten anybody but just because I know she doesn't like dogs getting in her face and I'd really rather not roll the dice. No matter how annoying it is to have other people ruin our walks by letting their dogs offleash where they shouldn't I would never forgive myself if my dog seriously injured or killed another dog. It's not a major imposition to muzzle your dog and you can't just rely on keeping your dog on a leash as being effective control if you suspect it's capable of extreme aggression to dogs or humans.
  6. Are Dog Parks Worth the Risk?

    I live in the inner city with a small yard. My english pointer has a good recall but not to the point I trust him in unfenced parks in the city and the only fenced areas that dogs are allowed off leash near me are... dog parks. My pointer is extremely dog social and pretty oblivious to aggression so is generally not phased. You can lower the risk by getting to know the park users, picking a time it's not busy, and being extremely pro active. I follow my dog and make sure I can recall him or within arms reach to intervene. I might talk to other users but always have eyes on my dog. I closely observe the body language of all dogs and generally keep him close when a new dog enters to suss them out. I won't hesitate to leash up and leave the second I get a bad feeling about a dog rather than leaving anything to chance. I intervene and leash up for a time out the moment my dog is being rude or is being bothered by another rude dog to allow tensions to settle. And I'm not afraid to tell someone when their dog's behaviour is inappropriate for the dog park. My dog is large and not likely to react to confrontation so I am rarely confronted with a situation where he may be at risk but I can see why with a smaller dog the risk might not be worth it. For me it gives my dog the freedom to run off leash safely and play with other dogs which he enjoys but it is not the main way I exercise him (we go maybe once a week or fortnight). My other dog I never took to dog parks, just normal parks or beaches that had off leash areas. She has been attacked so many times by other dogs that she is not a fan of being approached by strange dogs and for my own peace of mind is now only walked on leash. I kind of prefer the fenced in dog parks because its easier to have a full handle of your situation. I can see everyone there and keep an eye on the entrance and have as much control as possible over the situation which is a lot harder to do in an expansive off leash park. I do wish they had a ranger pop in more often to some of our local parks and warn people off bringing their dogs. It sucks that some people don't see how inconsiderate it is to bring aggressive dogs to the dog park where they are one of the few places city dog owners exclusively have to utilise. The last time I tried a new park I saw one such owner, brought a massive GSD on an e collar that was on edge and hackles up the entire time it was there and constantly lunging and snarling at any dog that even looked at it funny. It was ultimately not following up on its confrontations because it was getting yelled at and nailed with the collar but if the other dogs had not been so submissive it could have easily boiled over. I leashed up before it enterred because it was snarling on the other side of the fence and left the second it was away from the gate, I don't bother hoping for the best anymore, I always assume the worst as losing out on some park time is not worth losing my dogs lovely disposition to other dogs or his safety.
  7. Didi :)

    Had a bit of time on my hands lately and was scrolling through this thread in the lead up to Didi's 5th birthday this week. So many great memories with my girl which seem so long ago. I'm so glad she has fit so much fun and love into those five years. We don't live by the beach anymore (now we are on top of a valley!) She has slowed down a lot and gotten a bit chubby in middle age but we are currently on the path to fitness now that I'm living somewhere I can walk both dogs together easily and my parents aren't around to stuff her full of table scraps and treats. She has been such a good big sister to little brother George who has been with us for over a year now. I love seeing them interact and watching him drag the silly puppy antics out of her. Thought I would share a few photos of Didi (and the pointy interoper!) for any of you still around that remember her when she was but a wee pup and I was new to the whole dog thing and full of questions!
  8. Dog Attacks in Australia

    Done but just a suggestion, perhaps clarify what is considered an attack? In my instance the target was my dog who got attacked and I was bitten in the ensuing scuffle but the dogs were not trying to attack me so to speak. I figured the survey was more aimed at attacks directed at humans but it wasn't clear if other situations could be considered.
  9. Importing Breed not recognized by ANKC

    I am in the municipality over from Brimbank (Hobsons Bay) and am able to have an entire dog no questions asked. I mean he is limited registered but its not like they asked for any proof of that... just went and paid my fee and got my rego tag on the spot. Strange that a neighbouring municipality would take such a strong stance, would just result in a lot more people not regostering their dogs rather than encouraging it if you ask me. Hobsons Bay is a really nice place to own a dog though if you'd consider moving over this....
  10. I started seriously considering breeds for my 2nd dog at least 2 years before I got him but choosing the exact breed and breeder was a quicker process as ideal timing presented itself. I have been fairly opportunistic with both of my dogs (especially the first one). I made sure with the 2nd dog that I had a better idea of what I wanted and made sure I got the important things right. Neither dog has turned out perfectly how I anticipated and while it would've been nice if I could go back and change a few things, I would never change having the dogs I have. Maybe things would've turned out differently had I made different choices or waited longer for the 'perfect' pup both times around... but at the end of the day I have 2 dogs that I love and more or less suit what I want and need in a dog so who's to say they werent the perfect one for me all along? I have seen many people get burnt by being too hasty and settling for 'near enough's good enough' but many more where it all works out just fine, I guess your criteria will end up shaping exactly how long you'll have to wait!
  11. What sort of dog should i get?

    Pointers (the english variety) can be somewhat aloof and in some lines, timid with strangers. My boy could be a bit timid as a pup but with growing confidence is growing into a dog that is mostly indifferent toward strangers. He is friendly and has a soft temperament but is not overtly affectionate or interested in seeking attention from strangers. They tend to be massive clingy sooks with their owners though and normally a breed that gets on well with other dogs. On the higher end energy wise and resort to destruction easily if bored/understimulated. Full grown they make great running companions. Difficulty training recall is a very real concern though as even showlines are very birdy and they are QUICK. So if you are planning offlead bush and beach adventures, potentially not the best match.
  12. This is George :)

    Yes one of his many amusing quirks is that he likes to stand up and look over every fence he comes across... even if that fence is see through!
  13. This is George :)

    Didi is also doing well! She is four now, slowed down a fair bit in the last year or so but I think George is doing a good job at keeping her young. This whole puppy experience would have been absolute hell without her being so patient and understanding and it is also much easier to manage a two dog household when one of them is such a good girl!
  14. This is George :)

    I realised that I kind of just mentioned I was getting a new puppy several months ago and disappeared again It feels like he's been here for ages now but he's only just turned 6 months old! He is a very strange dog! Keeps me endlessly amused with his antics and just how absolutely strange he is but he is turning into a very lovely dog, albeit a bit of a scaredy pants but oh well. I had no idea how Didi would handle a new sibling as we hadn't so much as had a doggy guest in the whole time of owning her. She wasn't the biggest fan during the first couple of months after the initial excitement wore off but they seem to have everything worked out now and are good buds for the most part! Here are some of my least horrible phone photos from my brief time with George
  15. Thanks guys, he's such a lovely puppy, exactly what I was hoping for I hope the next week flies by, I can't wait to bring him home! Yes his face makes me melt every time I see it, he has a perfect little spot between his ears for kisses haha. I'll definitely pop in and update every now and then! I'm hoping he'll turn out a bit like his father who is absolutely stunning