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    Simply the best dogs! <3

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    These two dogs and doing stuff with them! and fishing.

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  1. Dog got small cut on eyelid

    We had to do two weeks of this liquid anti-infection eye drops after Thyme took a stick to the eye. They had to flush it out too, as some splinters were present we couldn't see. Infections in that area are awfully close to the brain (plus our eye was also injured, and we did not want to lose the eye!). If your eye doesn't seem to be coming better after a couple days, or god forbid starts to get worse, get yourselves to the vet.
  2. I have mentioned on and off for years my desire to have a GPS tracker for the dogs! Alas all the ones popular overseas do not work reliably in Australia and the oh so popular radio ones do not work so great in the environments I go in (forests/mountainy), cost way way too much and came with undesirable features. But at last! By pure luck of mispelling the UK GPS tracker I was considering buying and being shown an Australian GPS tracker, I have two! They're called the NutTAG SEEK GPS (lol). I have had them 3 weeks now and I am pleased as punch! I even made me coworker go for a wander with one and tracked her down ;) The key was to buy the ones used by vulnerable people (e.g. elderly with dementia, children with disabilities). Turns out they come with a "pet owner" app option but they're still obviously geared to people. E.g. "Fall notifications", an SOS button, stationary timing alert. As an added benefit, they don't cost too much more than the imported UK dog ones but they're locally supported (the head office is in Melbourne) and I was heavily reassured by all the companies that use them compared to kickstarter based dog collars. They DO have a little sim card in each. I get a whole year free with telstra as part of my purchase, then next year will need to buy a $30 year plan. It's $30 for a whole year (+/_ SMS costs), I find that acceptable. They're intended for continued monitoring on people, but I am only using them for dog outings such as walks to track our kilometres or offlead outings as safety (plus humorous running maps!) My dogs wear breakaway collars at home and I would hate for the breakaway to come off in play and for Thistle to think "hmm, free chew toy!". It does have a geofence function I don't have turn on, that would send alarms if the dogs left it. They're pretty small and light weight. You access it through both a free phone app and a website portal. In emergencies you can extend guest access to people helping you to follow the tracker. Also! It can have up to four emails AND four phones to send alerts to! I am very excited by the two way call function. The dog side answers automatically, and I can turn speaker on remotely to (theoretically) talk to someone who has found the dogs but I am hoping to play around with teaching a remote verbal drop! It would take practice as it does distort my voice some. There's lots of different tracking modes. I have been doing "15 second beeps" on our outings. 30 seconds was just not frequent enough, they cover so much ground in 15 seconds and I want to share maps of their walkings! But you can change these remotely to save battery power in the event of a dog being lost with it on. Cons: The charge on/off alert isn't very accurate. I turned it off as I was getting charge on alerts while on outings. The little pouch is clearly for attaching to people's wrists or on a necklace or something and for humans not bouncy bouncy dogs. I added some velcro strips from bunnings to the pouch in matching black to ensure my GPSs stay IN the collar attachment Haven't had them drop out from satellite yet, but they can drift by about 15 metres. This doesn't fuss me as I'm pretty sure if I've lost the dog and I am now within 15 metres, I will find them. They only come in black, and I bought two. I attached hairbands to them to differentiate as they are "linked" to a profile. The hairbands are also a back up attachment to the collars. Here are some amusing pictures of some of our walks so far: You can just see our little colour coded hairbands! When they are charging they are awfully cute: Here is our first test walk, with the "beeps" sent at 30 second intervals. I did not yet realise I can disable the check in pins from view. But each checkin has a time stamp and the like: For Thistle, she blew off a recall a 56 and I let it go. At 60-61 she blew off another recall to go into the duck pond so I went over and leashed her. She was grounded for rest of the day from offlead shenanigans While Thyme still got to run about and stuff. I like that in this one you can see the moment I realised the 30+ ducks were NOT going to move off the path and was forced to leave the path to go around them :') My dogs are pretty good, but they're not "walk through the middle of 30+ ducks" good There's a playback function at assorted speeds, kind of amusing to watch it zip all over the place when off lead!
  3. Car Sick

    Aww poor little mite. T2 would get car sick as a puppy and intimidated by the car itself. I tried to make it as quiet as possible for him. I borrowed a puppy sized enclose crate (like the ones for planes? Where they cannot see out so it's nice and dark?) and filled it with softest of blankets, one of the heated puppy minder toys and a toy he could lick peanut butter off. I also found he was less car sick with the crate in the middle of the car (strapped in to avoid movement of course!) than towards the back or the front of the car. I think it was the most stable area for him. Yours may prefer the front to the back, but I think the stable enclosed darkened environment really helped him. After awhile he started just falling asleep in the car after he was done with his distraction toy which made his trips much easier. Even now as an adult, he has self conditioned himself. Once in the car starts he curls up in his spot and falls asleep. He has no desire to stand up or look out the window or anything while the car is in movement so I expect he still feels a bit poorly about vehicles but he is not throwing up, drooly or distressed. He just...curls up and takes a nap.
  4. Im really afraid to walk my dog

    Oooh I've been there! But now I quite happily walk an excitable springer and a reactive bull arab cross in tandem on harnesses. It took time to get to this stage, but it has been worth it to build all our confidences. It's amazing what practice and good experiences can do to help you all be at ease! Our most recent success was double dog loose lead walking in our harnesses pass two reactive labradors * and I'm pleased as punch with my two idiots. What you will find most beneficial to help you with your new(ish) found fears is practice and good experiences for you both. This is where exposure in controlled and safe environments will help you most, and by extension help your lead handling so you're not sending all your nerves down the line to the canine end. Every time you pull him close and on short leads from fears, you are setting him on alert and alarm as well regardless of how he is attached to you. But knowing that and not doing it are very different things! I had that problem with my springer, and it was repeated practice in a managed environment that has helped me regain my self control on that and his leash reactivity pretty much disappeared. The circle method for loose lead walking helped with the rest of it and instead of reacting back he will circle around me and keep following (excitedly lol but he's a springer) You could practice walking in places at a safe distance where people are most likely to be responsible - eg. a pet store or at a dog sports event. I personally just spent my weekend lurking around the corners of the Dances with Dogs workshops (to see how my dog would feel about it (would need a few more visits to find out) and then wandering around looking at sheep (Thistle would dearly like to chase so wanted to practice some loose leash circle-handling and self control ) But honestly I would highly encourage some kind of group training environment - having a person who's hands are NOT occupied by a dog at current goes very far to helping ensure you can get some controlled positive experiences in being in and around other dogs - even if you need to start further away for your own comfort level. And as your confidence and good experiences grow, so does your dog's positive experiences and skills. Not only the support of a trainer, but you will hopefully get some human support as well. It is understated, but I think having supportive people who see you working hard and cheering you on is very important to rebuilding your own confidence and progressing DOL can help with that as well, but the in person support is absolutely valuable so I hope you can find some. Even if it is just a new walking buddy to help you settle your nerves. I got my walking buddy from DOL * I don't hold it against the guy, he's clearly working on his two dogs with some lovely custom looking head halters. I wish him the best of luck and will ensure we take another street if we see him again to let him have his confidence building successes too
  5. Bull terrier puppy mill

    Thanks LG. What a depressingly poor result. I am glad the husband informed the inspector and kickstarted their removals, do wish it had happened much much sooner. At least the dogs are out of such a poor situation. I follow some of the foster carers and new owners on social media. The challenges they face are so sad, but I am so pleased to see them blossoming into themselves. I do wonder where DogsQLD is in all of this, I have vague recollection the majority were registered pedigree. 135 puppies bred over two years doesn't at least warrant a check on the facility? Purebred dog bodies should be upholding good standards and care, and ensuring such.
  6. BBC: Dog language; Play

    That is so good! Too many think their dog growling and being really rough and constantly correcting other dogs is “good social skills”. Good dog social skills are much more subtle!
  7. Be Smart. Don’t be like Me!

    I went one further. I have a dog freezer and a people freezer
  8. Degenerative Myelopathy

    So sorry
  9. The downside of DNA testing

    Gremlins
  10. The downside of DNA testing

    Just passing by, but this came out this past week and covers much the same of breeders potentially overculling (by way of neutering) dogs for assorted reasons (colour, eye shape, genetics of assorted levels) that might otherwise help keep the gene pool flexible. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2019.00241/full?fbclid=IwAR1c97kFeUc-hAWes-6w2RY2fYkcLcu3NNJ6VNytrO_wR3mMCvda89AvrZs
  11. Attack in Melbourne

    The police did try shooting to distract it as it was still attacking the disabled man at the time they arrived but that didn’t do much. Contrary to movies police can not go around shooting will nilly in a suburban environment at a rampaging dog. This has happened very near me and is the hot topic in the community local group. I really feel for the son and his mother. Its so sad. I hope they get a biopsy or some kind of closure. And lots of counselling and support for what they witnessed. Such an extended attack.
  12. Beautiful brindle dingoes

    It’s a public Facebook link, just some lovely photos showing dingo variety: https://www.facebook.com/groups/266767616828579/permalink/1148004072038258?
  13. You solved the puzzle! What a particular little fella.
  14. Not sure why they require you to step forward into the dog when asking the dog to heel, bit hard to picture. I like to train the dog without the leads first. Then practice the lead movement without the dog. Then combine the dog and the leads. (This is so I do not confuse the dogs by waffling about with the lead too much) This video explains the front, the flip finish and the return to hell. The two videos below are this video, just they should play directly at the relevant bit. The heel where the dog goes around your back: and same video but the preview should start at the right point, the flippy heel of flip: in ANKC rallyo these are called the "finish left" and "finish right". so many different names for the same things, but they are quite possibly my favourite skills. Some judges do not like a flippy pivoting aspect to the finish left
  15. NSW Greyhounds now muzzle free

    Hopefully the mandatory leash rules will remove next, to become one more based off the individual same as other breeds and mixes of. It was the only thing stopping me from greyhounds way back then.
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