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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. Socialising a dog - daycare?

    I am using daycare to brush up on (one of my) dogs socialisation ;) I was very picky, and am currently trialing between two different daycares. One is run by dog trainers, and newer. While the other is not run by dog trainers, but is long established with lots of local insight. When choosing the day care I aligned a lot to these blogs: https://www.dogdecoder.com/is-doggie-day-care-right-for-your-dog/ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-01/dog-daycare-the-secret-life-of-pups/9662418 (I know! Shock horror a news article being informative on both pros and cons!) and made sure they'd let me do spontaneous inspections (have done on both already ;) ) No cons so far, but I'm keeping an eye on T2 and his overall mood to make sure he is not being negatively affected or picking up bad habits. So far nothing much, except that he is being more confident with big dogs (we had some incidents on lead with big dogs scaring him which has damaged his confidence recently) and his "separation from me fears" seems a bit less intense (one day he just couldn't cope with having me at a distance and not getting to me. It is...odd). Those are why I enrolled him so win/win So I'm going to let him stay for now. Currently we are once a week but I am thinking once a fortnight and then maybe once a month. If he seems to lose interest or enjoyment, I will stop. Both daycares have been honest about his promising-but-not-perfect behaviour and whats he's up to and send me videos so I can judge his body language too. Currently he is loose and curious and inviting to play T1 obviously is not day care suitable so I haven't even considered it for her. She is too big, too energetic, too rough, too unsocialised, too triggered by movement for it to be enjoyable or educational. It would just make her and the other dogs and the handlers stressed if not unsafe.
  2. Thistle The Work In Progress

    oh have not posted in a long time! Thistle is seemingly clear of bone cancer and just under a casual watch and see every body was so nice and helpful while i freaked out for two months. We were given a ramp to make the steps easier and had people drop by to walk her for me (as they were separated while she healed from the biopsy so she was kept indoors while I was at work). Everyone was very supportive Thistle also has her Rally Advanced title now in addition to Rally Novice. We have been attending some trial classes held by judges to help practice her in the environment. I hope to get her Rally Excellent then get started on the RAE this year (Thyme got his Rally Novice too. I think I'd like to try obedience with him) We have made contact with Thistle's sister's owner! They sound very similar, except her sister isn't so scared of people. Hopefully this year they are going to meet They are in Sydney! (However this might mean Thistle is a touch older than I thought, as Lilah's bday is known) Thyme has started daycare! I thought it might be a good experience for him: Today Thyme went fishing! Didn't catch any fish but lots of nice photos of him on a boat and they are both still idiots who wrestle every morning when they think i'm not watching:
  3. How to cool down your dog???

    I have this poster printed out at home because it covers warning signs, what I can do and when to go to the vet all on one page: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/dog-health/heat-and-pets i did have one day last week (42c!) where I was getting quite concerned about thistle so we all took a room temperature shower to help her cool down. I even took her temperature and that thermometer is now clearly marked for dogs only after where I put it!
  4. Feeding / Food aggression

    Your situation sounds really complex and unique - but you’re getting in the right people to help you manage it best and identify what is going on. On ways to feed and keep separated for your safety and other dogs safety - a remote food dispenser might help reduce the safety risk as you do not need to manually put a bowl of food down. Would still get the food ready out of the dogs sight until your VB can help.
  5. Article on vet shortage

    I have been following a Vet on twitter who talks about the challenges, the stress, the abuse , the high work hours and unrealistic expectations. It has really opened my eyes to what a tough and unappreciated job they’re doing. My latest vet Vet trip I made a bunch of shortbread in the shapes of dogs and bunnies to hand to staff at my vet clinics. I also gave them all some google reviews too so they can get public appreciation. there was another article this week too about vets and wildlife and the difficulty of treating. I’ll dig it up : https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-14/what-happens-after-you-take-injured-wildlife-to-the-vet/10712866
  6. Neighbours treating Puppy Badly

    Oh man that's horrible. Just adding to the choir - record and document everything you can with photos and videos. Contact your local council range and local police for advice on who you can report to in a remote location and what you legally are able to do in your area. Even though they are not immediately close to you, they can advise you on what you're allowed to do in your local area. The ranger may be distant but it is also their job, by contacting them you can get this dog on the radar and have them schedule a visit - that is better than no visit or awareness at all. Your local police can certainly come check the dog in an urgent situation (e.g tied up without water/tangled up without water). Call them on the local number - they can talk to your neighbours and / or seize the dog for you to avoid you having to do the confrontation. Record everything with photos and videos where possible. Those are your best evidence. Avoid anything illegal, as it will come back to bite you in the ass and won't benefit the dog in the long run. However if you happen to glance out your window and see the dog immediately drowning/strangling you are absolutely allowed to run over and free it. Then knock on the door and politely let them know their dog was strangling, and do they want help setting up a dog run.
  7. Foster Dogs

    Awww I hope it goes well and he settles in easily
  8. The Kelpie - Tony Parsons

    The penguin site will just send you to their sellers, who are all sold out. Bookfinder is the site you want to use, and to search by ISBN if you're after the 2010 book and not the 1992 book. There is currently one result but it's the old 1992 book being sold under the wrong details, so a false flag. Otherwise, just check the link every other day for new or used ones popping up: https://www.bookfinder.com/search/?author=&title=&lang=en&isbn=9780670073597&new_used=*&destination=au&currency=AUD&mode=basic&st=sr&ac=qr Being it's a bookstore selling it on ebay, no harm calling to confirm if it's The Kelpie or Australian Kelpie: the essentials
  9. I really hope they can identify what exactly was so unique about this food (and/or its combination with other factors) to have caused it.
  10. Pet Pads For Dogs With Incontinence

    Mine are called “simple solution” the medication we are on is incurin! It requires a vet prescription but my vet clinic kindly allows me to book refills over the phone then go pick up. Dosage varies dog to dog.
  11. I’ve found most vets are quite happy with you calling to clarify medical advice or ask a question. They might not be able to answer straight away if there’s an emergency going on (fair enough in my books) but they’ve all been quite good at getting back to me and phone calls are free compared to a visit! eg. Thyme is my first male dog...so yesterday I called to get a phone description of what is acceptable swelling and redness post-castration lol. It went in to a lot of detail but I appreciate the run down as I didn’t know if the morning swelling was normal or not.
  12. Introducing gsp puppy to my 18 month old gsp

    AWwwwwww! In a year when they wake up the same way, you will have the most perfect comparison picture.
  13. Pet Pads For Dogs With Incontinence

    I bought a reusable dog diaper from pet barn I pop it in the wash in the morning. Then I dint have to remember to buy pads because it has an inbuilt one! Works well alongside medication to keep T1 dry and her beds pee free.
  14. Introducing gsp puppy to my 18 month old gsp

    I love the plant theme! wow they’re such gorgeous dogs. I’m sure they’ll mature into a great pair of friends under your guidance
  15. Introducing gsp puppy to my 18 month old gsp

    I was very cautious, had a puppy pen set up with places for the puppy to hide if he felt overwhelmed and let them meet through the pen to suss out actions. Then repeated inside the house with another pen. Take it slow and calm. Plenty of time for crazy shenanigans when puppy is bigger and more durable. I was pleasantly surprised, miss big and over excited was very gentle and considerate - although still quite intimidating for a little puppy. Whenever puppy seemed to be getting overwhelmed (e.g. would roll over or go flat) I would calmly walk between and shoo my older away to allow some space. I didn't leave them alone unsupervised for a full 5 weeks, then slowly started letting them have 5 minutes alone, 10 minutes alone etc. Puppy's are such fragile things, so I was really mindful of size difference.