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  1. How did you go? I don't have any helpful advice - other than make sure you get the right size... :)
  2. I use a hook and eye on my kitchen doot that leads to the rest of the house. Has been very effective for many years. Hook and eye? Yes made of metal. I have the eye part (circle) screwed into the door frame. The hook is attached to the door. When door is closed hook goes into the eye. Meaning door can not be opened easily. A determined person could force door open but that would be the case with a lot of locks We considered something like this - and I think the problems come with securing the house while away? A dog door provides some security (obviously a skinny person can go through it). But the original post is proposing to allow the dog in and out of the house while they are at work, I think? We rent, and didn't come up with a suitable solution. The best solution was for sliding doors (entire panels you can shut into them vertically). Without modifying the existing door, it is a tough one. Possibly, a variation on the eye/hook thing that can be locked?
  3. The dog park Momo and I frequent has 5 or 6 different Vizslas that visit - and boy are they active dogs! They're lovely, but so high energy! Just red blurrs going round and round the dog park. Definitely keep that in mind - they're kinda big too. A lot of dog.
  4. Thanks for the tips. Will listen. How pretty is that countryside?
  5. Hey - this might not be appropriate to your dogs needs but is worth considering - https://www.petcloud.com.au/ sort of like homestay for dogs? I have a friend from the dog park who does the sitting side of it, usually only 1 dog at a time though. You might find someone who can meet your needs on there?
  6. I couldn't get past the silly questions. I assume they have some kind of purpose but they stopped me from going any further. Sorry. I'm usually happy to participate but that style of question just really stopped me.
  7. drewob

    Toilet Training

    We tried them - but they ended up being a fun thing to shred. When they were used it was very hit and miss as to if they'd be pee'd on.
  8. I think some of the problem with the contact/response time is that a lot of the breeders do it for the love of the breed and as a hobby. This is great for the dogs and the breed - but it means it isn't a business and they most likely don't have the best IT support or website. This is also possibly further compounded a lot of breeders being retired/semi retired - hence not fully up to speed with websites etc. This isn't intended as a criticism, I love looking at the photos on breeder's pages - but often the websites are a little unloved and out of date. I would suggest phoning where possible then using email as a back up.
  9. I agree with this. The ones I've met are all pretty rad little dogs.
  10. Not much love for the ol' Tibetan Terrier on here - so I'll have a crack at the questions. Not an expert just an owner of one of these rather fabulous dogs (yes I'm biased). 1. What is my relationship with the breed? (ie breeder, first time owner etc) First time owner - Momo - female, desexed, currently a little over 12 months old. 2. Where and why was the breed first developed? I believe they originate in Tibet (obviously) but the current breed is traced back to a dog that was taken to England from Tibet in the 1920s. 3. How common is it in Australia? Not very - a handful of breeders on dogzonline. We live in Brisbane and are only aware of one other one about. I'm sure there is more but it isn't common. 4. What is the average lifespan? I've read about 12 years. 5. What is the general temperament/personality? Smart, playful, trouble (in a good way). They really play well with other dogs and enjoy people company. 6. How much daily exercise is needed for the average adult? Moderate? They seem adaptable to the owner, but Momo enjoys a morning walk and an afternoon dog park visit. 7. Is it a breed that a first time dog owner could easily cope with? Probably. I'm not going to lie - it has been challenging at times. Crate training etc. They are strong willed little dogs. Needed a lot of consistent positive reinforcement. They're quick to learn but will also challenge anything they're not a fan of doing. Toilet training was fun... 8. Can solo dogs of this breed easily occupy themselves for long periods? They can seem prone to separation anxiety and do really love spending time with people. Momo likes us to be near - but often wants to be 'alone' near us. We've observed her mostly sleeping whilst we are out for long periods. Ideally we'd be with her full time but she seems ok with the separation. 9. How much grooming is required? Variable. More required during puppy blow. We tend to keep her in a puppy cut to limit brushing required. If keeping as show dog with long coat then lots of brushing required. 10. Is it too boisterous for very small children or for infirm people (unless the dog is well trained)? Momo plays very will with small children and is curious and gentle - however like any animal this requires supervision. Being a smaller dog (Momo is small for the breed at 7kg) she isn't likely to knock kids over. 11. Are there any common hereditary problems a puppy buyer should be aware of? Not that I'm aware of. Our breeder did the required genetic testing to avoid hereditary issues. 12. When buying a puppy, what are the things you should ask of the breeder? (eg what health tests have been done (if applicable) and what is an acceptable result to those tests so the buyer has an idea of what the result should be) Buy from an registered breeder - ensure genetic tests are done.
  11. ...eats raw food for dinner then rubs her beard all over the new sofa! ...barks at the neighbours motorbike EVERYTIME he comes home ...brazenly steals socks then parades past with them to get a chase going
  12. Tibetan Terrier! They love excercise, full of energy, sociable, no shed coat aside from puppy blow but does get long and either needs brushing or regular grooming (so that doesn't meet the requirement), bit smaller than a medium dog - upto 12kg. Our girl is equally happy on a long walk or lazing on the couch. Loves people and other dogs. Not sure how she feels about swimming yet, but did really enjoy our visit to the off leash beach. Pretty smart breed, willing to be trained for treats. Sometimes slightly too smart.
  13. I'm in the pro dog park camp. I accept the risks but Momo the Tibetan Terrier has WAY to much fun to stop taking her now. The little girl can run and scrap with the biggest of dogs. I think it depends on your dog and finding the right dog park, at the right time of day. We somehow always end up going at Pug-O'clock which is pretty often - those chunky little guys and girls love a dog park and make it fun for all.
  14. Hey, I ordered a tag from here: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Brushed-Stainless-Steel-Bone-Pet-ID-Dog-Tag-Personalised-Laser-Engraved-37mm-L-/261885398852?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&var=&hash=item828de071d9 Very happy with it - it came within a week and looks good. Drew
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