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Thistle the dog

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  1. Boxer dog and compatible breed companions

    I reckon bull dogs and frenchies might struggle to keep up with your boxer. Staffordshire bull terrier are smallish-mediums compared to boxers but pretty similar in play style. Maybe could meet some of those to see if you would like?
  2. Thistle The Work In Progress

    Everything was cancelled due to rain today. Lure coursing the OTHER lure coursing dog school my rallyo and tracking lessons so took the dogs somewhere special
  3. Barking collar advice

    I’m hoping you got the owners permission before using such a tool (assuming this is the Lhasa apso). Perhsps someone one else can take the dog for a LONG walk so you can get some rest? Thinking you are probably feeling very tired and desperate.
  4. Wild dogs and dingos

    Midge is s confirmed first upright ears! Look at their size! i wonder if her healthier pet diet contributes to stronger ears? The remaining two feral puppies are flop eared. The red mum appears pregnant again. Hoping they succeed in catching her
  5. Can I lock a dog in a small room?

    I’m sorry too many of my rabbits have been reject school bunnies. They were all vicious nasty things brought on by improper handling and pokey fingers ;) you wouldn’t believe the riot act I gave my dad when he gave littlest sister a rabbit. I was Not Impressed. Not until she is at least 13! And only that young becayse I’ve trained her on bunny manners ;)
  6. Can I lock a dog in a small room?

    It is good to ask questions about future scenarios that may or may not pan out. There are People on DOL tend to early judgement and dismissak. Please don’t mind them, there has been lot of good advice given! If the things you you have found here currently have you hesitant on a dog or cat - no harm in waiting. Your child will only get older and better able to live with a dog. You don’t want to rush in to it. Not a race Perhaps in the mean time you could join a dog walkers group or breed specific meet up group and ask if they would mind you and your child to join them? Then you can teach him how to be around suitable dogs in small increments and help him succeed in that before whole scale bringing a dog home. The older he gets, with more practice, the easier it will be for you to find a suitable dog or have one find you. Or you might find a dog doesn’t suit you in which case I’m given to understand some places do do cat meet ups. Or maybe neither, you may end up a mini goat person ;) It it would also give you more time to see how different breeds work with your child and how he might interact with them so you can better plan if it’s the way to go. More breathing space to think things over. Edit. Definitely no rabbits - see maddy comment. They’re really not great for young children.
  7. Thistle The Work In Progress

    Thistle singing the song of excitement because she knows when we're going bush: Just looked so very handsome in their ruffwear palisades (Thyme's is empty, too young for weight). Then they went through a bog in them so all stinky and muddy now! I have them hanging in the laundry with the heater on. What a smell!
  8. Tracking

    We had our first tracking lesson today and wow!!! Thyme did so well! Obviously at the start he had no idea what was going on. He checked out the first article and was rewarded (at the source as per noseworks because trainer didn't specify). He started offering drops all over the place, presumably thinking that was the goal or targeting on...idk...leaves. I had to linger on the second article for him to notice and again rewarded him at the source as per noseworks! We continued on the trail, he did the second 90 degree turn but I think out of pure dumb luck. However.... he found the third article (tiny wooden stick) and dropped on it before I had even noticed it! What a little star!!! Then back on to our person, who he jumped all over in excitement. Don't think he completely gets it yet, but very promising start! :D so much fun watching him sniff sniff sniff Photo from his warm up break (with tiny thistle feet in the background) ( tried to find the tracking post we had expressed interest in before but couldn't find it, this one doesn't seem too old tho!)
  9. Dog coats - where to buy

    Yes those are it. He’s a (large) English springer and I ended up getting him a “whippet medium” which I think is about 55cm long. I eyeballed it and got lucky on size. I think they’re the mother snugglers? I bought them at a stall not online. They’re very soft and the pattern is reversible but don’t have the inbuilt snood.
  10. Dog coats - where to buy

    My lot have Annie’s Coats and D&D coats. Come in wide variety. I’ve got both polar fleece to outdoor coats and rain coats. They fit my English springer and bull arab style mix very well
  11. Can I lock a dog in a small room?

    It’s a bedroom, not solitary confinement. It’s no different to a crate, play pen or kennel or backyard. Introduce it slowly and in a positive manner. Literally the same as crate training except the crate is a whole room and they’re able to move about. Food. Water. Chew toys. Puzzle toys. Bed. Heres a quick guide: https://www.google.com.au/amp/dogtime.com/reference/dog-training/16567-teaching-your-dog-to-be-alone/amp If if it doesn’t suit that particular dog you change your approach but no harm giving it a go if you plan and prepare. Unfortunately dogs can not be with most family members 24/7 so better to plan and build their skills for coping with alone times asap rather than just dropping it on them one day. The earlier you build it as routine the less upset the dog will be when you actually *have* to leave it alone. Obviously start out small and don’t just pop then in it for 4 hours up front short of an emergency.
  12. Can I lock a dog in a small room?

    I don't see the harm in using a whole room versus a crate. It will give the dog somehow quiet to retreat and rest - provided you introduce it to the room much like you would with a crate. Lots of treats. A bed. Some toys for the dog. Don't keep them in there for too long, keep them involved in your life in other times of the day and frequent potty breaks if you get a young puppy. With the crate, I'd worry about the child putting fingers in and inadvertently hassling the dog when trying to rest. Would make sure nothing in the room for the dog to destroy or be injured by. No electrical cords, bags, sentimental value photos. All potential chew toys. But a couch and a bed, water, food.... really nice and quiet Don't forget to enroll the dog in a puppy class, to get that extra help on helping the dog fit in to the family.
  13. Crocodile eats beloved terrier that had spent a decade taunting it

    Bad owner. I dislike that ABC news is talking it like it's some kind of tragic accident and not incredibly bad pet ownership. They have even had interview specials on the dog's antics last year and nobody said it was bad ownership - just let the owner carry on. It's not like this was an accident. He might as well have just tossed the dog in the croc's mouth. Dip shit idiotic owner
  14. Is this backyard safe?

    I wouldn’t expect a greyhound, being a larger dog built for running horizontal, to make such a vertical climb. Not impossible but very unlikely. Could chainsaw them down a size? @Maddy
  15. Springers And Field Spaniels

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