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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. Designer dogs

    You could give resources to help identify puppy mills so they can avoid, encourage them to meet the parents, inspect where the puppies are living etc. encourage them to keep an eye on the oodle rescues too. The kinds of information that is important when buying a dog regardless of the breed or mix thereof to ensure they’re getting a healthy and happy puppy or dog. Set them up to succeed and enjoy their new companion.
  2. Is your dog afraid of the cold?

    I wouldn't say afraid, but certainly uncomfortable! When cold, Thistle gets downright cranky. But she has nice cosy pjs and a little brother to cuddle up with. They are very stackable and will pile up in the one kennel in winter.
  3. Are we stressing our dogs out?

    Hopefully this will lead to more research? Interesting about the gender differences. As sandgrubber says. Some it will be a genetic or early development part of them, some will come on by environment, poor health, poor experiences. Today, Thistle has been super worked up from the moment she awoke. She has no trigger to be so, but I had an awful fright over a family members health last night/today and I expect even though I am focussing on continuing our weekend as I would - that she is picking up on it and acting out. Be it hormones, my behaviour, my facial expression. My usually rather chill little gal* has been an over aroused screaming demon. I expect as my tension and cortisol levels decrease/decompress over next few days - so shall hers. Interestingly, neither of my dogs are bothered by thunder or fireworks. I am thankfully blessed that way. The new neighbours took up drumming last weekend and thankfully my two dogs after the initial "what the f*** is that mum?!" have decided it's no big deal. Can't say the same for the other neighbours over-viligant pom, poor old thing is quite upset. *I know she's a scared rehab dog, but I promise she's not usually an anxious or overexcited individual without good reason.
  4. Horrible treatment of HUNTING greyhounds

    The plight of the galgo. I follow some of the organisations involved in trying to help the dogs left over and it is heart breaking
  5. Suggestions for teeth cleaning please

    I play gentle tug with a silicon cleaning sponge every couple of nights. Thyme particularly likes the double sided small one for molar chewing action. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByRjOn-j3G0/?igshid=1an8h3m900azp I keep meaning to leave a review somewhere for this unexpected cleaning use :’) It was a post post office in line impulse buy
  6. Dogs walking off leash

    Mum didn’t raise no litterbug!
  7. Studies About Dogs

    Oh I do love when things become open access to read. These are all open access! Factors associated with success in guide dog training https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787808000786 Contexts and consequences of dog bite incidents https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787817301168 Dog and owner characteristics affecting the dog–owner relationship https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787814000343 Owner-companion dog interactions: Relationships between demographic variables, potentially problematic behaviours, training engagement and shared activities https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159106000736 Grain free diets for utility dogs during training work: Evaluation of the nutrient digestibility and faecal characteristics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405654518303081 (poop!) Odor mixture training enhances dogs' olfactory detection of Home-Made Explosive precursors https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844018314890 (I just contributed to a similar detection project!) Training for eye contact modulates gaze following in dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347215001608 Can you spare 15 min? The measurable positive impact of a 15-min petting session on shelter dog well-being https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159118300777 (Genetics and biochemistry of) Iditarod Sled Dog Race https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0092867412002334 Factors associated with long-term success in working police dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159118301977 Ability of dogs to detect cows in estrus from sniffing saliva samples https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030212009162 Social factors influencing cortisol modulation in dogs during a strange situation procedure https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787815001574 Electronic training devices: Discussion on the pros and cons of their use in dogs as a basis for the position statement of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787818300108 Individual and group level trajectories of behavioural development in Border collies https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159116301113 Seizure-alert dogs: a review and preliminary study https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S105913110200225X No better than flipping a coin: Reconsidering canine behavior evaluations in animal shelters https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787816300697 The quality of the relation between handler and military dogs influences efficiency and welfare of dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159106001547 Dogslife: A cohort study of Labrador Retrievers in the UK https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167587715002329 Behavioral and psychological outcomes for dogs sold as puppies through pet stores and/or born in commercial breeding establishments: Current knowledge and putative causes https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787817300102 Inconsistent identification of pit bull-type dogs by shelter staff https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S109002331500310X Validation of a short odour discrimination test for working dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159114003086 Anxiety and impulsivity: Factors associated with premature graying in young dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159116302775 Performance decline by search dogs in repetitive tasks, and mitigation strategies https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159115000611 Breed, age and gender distribution of dogs with chronic hepatitis in the United Kingdom https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1090023311004734 Comparison of the effects of different kibble shape on voluntary food intake and palatability of weight loss diets in pet dogs https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034528819302280 Aggressive behavior of dogs kept as companion animals: Classification and influence of sex, reproductive status and breed https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0304376283901116 Relationship between attachment to owners and separation anxiety in pet dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S155878780600116X
  8. Dogs walking off leash

    https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/dogs-and-cats/responsible-pet-ownership-program/dogs-and-public-places Unfortunately many people think they're above the law for multiple reasons and will indeed have their dogs off lead in all manner of places without consideration for the safety or perceived safety of others. These same people are usually shocked and surprised when leash laws tighten up some more. Thistle and I were followed by one SWF down a street quite persistently today, until I threw the bag of dog poo at it*. My next option was going to be heading past the junkyard dog (he's an angry dog) then directly towards the 3 lane road. I find owners are suddenly very quick to call their dogs when they see that you're going to cross a busy road to get away from them. Shouldn't have to do that, but that's how people be. I have seen dogs off lead in the middle of melbourne city during peak hour. Some people are just plain inconsiderate to others. No matter how well trained, it's a dick move and unsafe move. * I returned 10 mins later to reclaim the bag of dog poo
  9. Words don't come easy

    Aww so sorry
  10. Setters

    I've been keeping an eye on munsterlanders, and unfortunately only the large in Australia at current. Unless you would be satisfied with a smaller sized large ;) The Pointer and Setter Field Trials (Victoria) are running this weekend, when the results come out you could scan the kennel names to get an idea of where to look? https://victoriangundogclub.wildapricot.org
  11. Recommended Vacuum for Pet Hair (Great Dane Shedding)?

    I've got the dyson cinetic big ball. I didn't go for the one advertised as the "animal owner" one, and instead just got the standard one with the usual head attachments. I really like it, especially that it rights itself when I know it over. Plus it is strong and bagless. I wasn't intending to get a dyson, it was just the one that demonstrated best at the best price when I went in to harvey norman in person. I went around to every brand rep they had on the floor, had them demonstrate the vacuum and tuned out when they started talking about all the extras or trying to predict what I wanted. If you can, go into a store in person to try them out - even if u end up buying one online cheaper somewhere. Helps you get a good feel for their suction power.
  12. 37 animals seized from storybook farm rescue

    Has anyone heard about the court case? It was meant to be last week I think but I can’t find any records or news articles
  13. In my face

    I find Thyme (springer) is not a super cuddly dog. He much prefers to be laying on my feet to cuddling up. Thistle (not springer) on the other hand. I think she is secretly trying to suffocate me the way she shoves her head under my chin and attempts to smother me. I encourage and guide into laying by my side under my arms/crammed into my armpit rather than let her get into the position in the first place. Sometimes she will still try but I will just coax and nag her until she’s back in the desired position. Then give her a good pat and tummy rub for doing so.
  14. I need to stop my dog eating stuff while out walking

    Add your own food guard over about these areas would likely be more than sufficient. You don't needs to do up the sides like the greyhound person did, just the bottom areas so dog cannot smoosh face into the food and get that way. Tape between these gaps as an example: Still able to drink, relatively good airflow, can reward from above. Much like the UK yard muzzles for greyhounds, except those would not fit a staffie at all. Baskerville size 3 or maybe 4 would likely fit. Sorry Perse I REALLY hate the jafocs and my bias shows
  15. I need to stop my dog eating stuff while out walking

    I disagree, the jafcos are absolutely shocking for airflow. The condensation from the dogs own mouth rebounds back on itself, the whole area heats up quick, it's not good for drinking through and near impossible to reward in. It's really bad for extended walks or anything of duration, especially in warm weather. Night time and cooler weathers possibly suitable but I wouldn't risk it person. Buying a good open muzzle and then filling in the gaps yourself necessary for the dog (it likely won't need as much as those poop eating greyhounds) allows much more airflow. Plus, if it restricts it too much the tape is easy enough to remove and start over. Jafcos....not much adjustment option at alls. (I really hate jafcos sorry!! any other muzzle but a jafco or those fabric bite restriction ones. so badly designed for activity)