Thistle the dog

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  1. I believe the lost dogs home does things like this. I did something similar at my workplace except it was my own puppy so easily organised without extra hoops. Alternatively you could you organise a kind of weekly field trip to the rspca to exercise/train dogs. I think it'd be neat if you could organise a group training session where your students get to handle and learn how to train dogs and the dogs get to practice basic obedience. You'd need to coordinate with someone at the rspca. I was a field trip bus driver for my old uni, would Melbourne uni have something similar? You could search local dog schools schools and contact the trainers to see if they'd want to advertise a puppy socialising opportunity? Get students to wear beanies or walk with crutches etc to really help the puppies generalise. Puppy's come to them or they go to the classes. I like the idea of foster opportunities if your dorms are ok with it. Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs. Fosters needed for all and can help students give something to care for and destress
  2. I use stainless steel screwgate clips and carabiners. aldi was selling a bunch of small ones recently but any old camping, hiking, fishing store etc should have them about.
  3. ah lets see if i can do this. size limits... he is growing like a particularly floppy weed ^took this about 3 weeks ago ^couple of days ago ^last week, in the city at work (hence, tie ;) ) and here is a recent video of them playing
  4. On this anniversary of Thistle being attacked, we have a guest over. Thistle has not barked or growled once! She has done all these incredibly normal dog things: - when i opened backdoor for thistle to come in if she wants, she came right in and head straight to the lounge even though she knew an unidentified stranger in the house - sniffed hello - after sniffing hello she decided it was cuddle time with this person she met once before, jumped on couch and demanded cuddles - more cuddles - was able to be left alone in the lounge with the guest while i took puppy out to potty without freaking out, panicking, going to her kennel/a corner - only became a concerned "small" dog (hunched up and went low) a couple of times when being walked towards to. would hunch up and crawl away while pointing butt at guest and wagging (my go to when she has "this mood" is to stop going her way, ignore her and let her come out of it herself) Thyme was all over the place excitement of a guest, he's a run over, sniff, run back to me kind of guy. Never had her not bark or growl at a person before even her best human friends get a tentative BOOF...sniff sniff sniff puppy therapy is helping!
  5. Yes that accurate one for me turned out to be pretty accurate! and fun, I like that it did a % match against a lot of breeds so I could read all the "runner ups".
  6. Yeah I was shown the system! I registered on it with help so now can update it myself. But prior to that, they just wouldn't change my details over and would only put in the "note" section that she's owned interstate! Had an email to that effect too It's water under the bridge now, got the chip updated, but it was such a stressful venture I don't want to repeat it! I go on road trips a lot, and sometimes to NSW. I'd hate for some ranger to get lazy and only look as far as the phone number on the nsw registry (which wasn't my number!) and hand her right back to the pound my rescue pulled her from. Imagine if I was in the situation these owners were in! I can imagine the made up facts already, "dogs only run away for a reason (or maybe got lost...), this dog is so scared must be abused (surrounded by strangers is scary!), this dog is so skinny must be abused (drops a kilogram each day she stressed!), this dog flinches at sudden movements (she's a timid dog!) must be abused must be from a bad home (or she's shit scared in a strange place with strange people and is just a timid but loved dog)". I've got notes on all my chips and even the physical ID tag stating she's a scared but loved rescue because people are so eager in the lost dog groups to fabricate stories of abuse if the lost dog looks tired or scared or muddy or hungry. I feel for these staffie owners.
  7. More noseworks down, they recently started weekly short classes. So I'm going fortnightly with both dogs I think. Thyme's a run-screamer lol. Thistle is still lacking confidence, I think it's purely cause when a dog working there no other dogs around so it's just her and the people standing nearby. Kinda creeps her out. I recorded her working and her video will be used in a scared dog behaviour presentation seminar type thing. Lots of pretty typical "i'm scared" signals clearly given. Thyme is helping though, he comes out and she practically turns into a social butterfly, and when he gets put away she keeps a bit of her courage. Thyme's pretty solid and chill. Can't wait for my new clicker to arrive so we can start working on that. She's been enjoying having a little buddy. Thinking by end of April I'll have them running together while I'm at work (he'll be much too big for his puppy pen by then anyway).
  8. I've not noticed any difference in reactions to muzzled dogs on the trains/ in Bunnings than you'd get from an unmuzzled dog. "Everybody knows" those are the rules so it's very unlikely anyone is going to suddenly treat him like he's aggressive...and you'll also be helping to fight against that stigma that muzzle means aggression too. It's good for him to be familiar with them anyway in case of emergencies. Ive got a Baskerville - decorated as such in the pink above for social goings like train and Bunnings. And ive got an adapted greyhound muzzle for more active uses like not eating rubbish on hikes. Ahd it's just good manners to mive your dog away from ppl who may be uncomfortable or scared, muzzled or not. It is public transport, variety of people. Not everyone likes dogs and that's ok. If you go out, follow the rules and do your best to be a considerate commuter, you're improving everyone's views of dogs out and about! do suggest avoiding peak hour, tails are easy to miss and easily trodden on. Also suggest the first or last carriage as quieter options. Vlines are a no.
  9. He is lovely, I'm already seeing Thistle being a little more confident when he's around. His manners need some work but well, he is a baby. He's also missing one of his balls so I hope that shows up or i might have to desex earlier than planned (6 months or a year old instead of 2 years like planned). I can feel something just in front of his penis but i dont know if its his missing ball or his belly button lump. either way, tiny. i'll ask vet in april at his final c5 vaccination. they did just have a minor tiff. i didn't see what caused it, im inclined to think he was bothering her when she was having a lay down based on the location, but she loudly told him off and chased him away. but no actual contact made, just a nasty shock for him. we did some calming exercises for both to ease hurt feelings then i popped him in his pen to give her a break (thistle did just start a new dog school today so is more tired than usual, so thyme can go to my usual one) but overall i quite like him, for a boy and a puppy lol ;) also i got a new camera, a d5200! I broke the mirror box in my d3100 :'( I am still learning how to use it but so far so good!
  10. This is a fear of mine, I'm so glad I finally got that damned NSW chip into my (Victorian address) name in addition to the national register. The rangers I called insisted they put a note that she's on another register in the notes and rangers would respect that and left her contact details in her old ?pound? name but I was paranoid and I'm glad a user here helped me to set the account straight so I don't need to worry when I'm in NSW that they'll give her to someone else because they wouldn't accept my VIC address. That NSW chip though...I'm never going to buy another dog that's come by way of NSW, the NSW chip details are too much of a pain to change.
  11. We just had our first noseworks practical! It was long! We are both so tired and big metal crates are pains to lug around. But the new noseworks building has doggy runs and I did a test run with Thistle sharing a barrier with a lovely lab and she seemed okay with it (holdover from pound days?). So might book out a run next time. Considering all the people about she did really well. A bit nervous, as to be expected, but she remembered her job and would sniff out the scent. We only got as far as the box, any more and she would focus on the people and look at them like so we kept it simple and easy to build confidence. At one point she did her stand in a box trick, someone took a photo of it but I haven't seen it yet. But did get this pic: Lol! Thistle, rude! They are just starting weekly noseworks sessions! So I can go back more frequently than every 4 months. That will be fun. And since the secret is kind of out the bag, this is thistle's "therapy puppy" ;) He's an english springer, after months of failed attempts to get a welsh springer (bad luck mostly, with a side of poor communication), I turned my gaze to the english and there he was, out of the oven, of age and ready for a home. He came home a week or so ago and I can now comfortably say i think he'll work out. Currently they are kept separate when i'm not around but I'm hoping around April they can run together. The run down is he is a very chill young man, confident and forward but not overly so. He listens to other dogs reasonably politely for a puppy, already toilet trained (bonus! We have had accidents, my bad, his preference is outside at grass) and takes most things in stride. He dislikes cars, metal surfaces and being alone (baby tho). He will start puppy school in kew, same place as Thistle but an hour earlier. So if anyone is selling a car barrier, that'd be handy, so they can be safe in my car. Otherwise I'm going to rotate who gets formal training each week. He's already met Didi. and everybody getting along pretty well, which makes me happy. Changed my instagram
  12. That did the trick!
  13. Hi all, My manners minder's down stay function has been randomly turning off. I checked the battery and it going strong. I've got it set for 15 second increments (as i thought maybe it was toggling itself off into sleep mode), but it will still randomly turn off from down stay to the usual standby. I even thought maybe I wasn't pressing the downstay button so I been watching it and it definitely turned off and I had the button sitting on the table so I didn't accidentally press it! Any solutions? I scoured the manual and google but haven't found any similar issues. Not sure how good warranty is for an imported item. Had it about 8 months now.
  14. Thistle cut 1/3 of her paw pad off on friday's walk. idk what on, i cleaned it, put her in her crate until it scabbed over and gave her some baytril and she's been on strict bedrest. She does not like not being allowed to go fast, no walks just brain games. It has scabbed over quite nicely. I think some grass jabbed it last night so she made a fuss over that for a minute but was walking on it again soon. She's a slow healer though. Her c5 is due tomorrow so I'll mention it in the check up, but don't expect much.
  15. This website will tell you what registers your pet is on (excluding NSW's dumbass closed register): http://www.petaddress.com.au/ Just type the chip in! I think if WA he'd be one of the usual registers, but cause you're in NSW he'd have to be on NSW's dumb register too? (I say dumb because it took over a year to get Thistle's NSW chip updated to my Victorian address. Kind help from a user here on navigating that overly complicated field so now we can travel north victoria/NSW worry free!)