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  1. Why are standards so general and open to interpretation? Why not have actual measurements and angles to work by? As mentioned above a "long" neck could mean anything. Breeders could end up with giraffe necks because that's what the standard says!?
  2. I feel the responsibility lies with breeders mostly. They need to actually breed for the betterment of the breed, not to win in the show ring or appeal to the pet fashion at the time. That requires bravery and confidence. Judges also need to take some responsibility as they have a big impact on the changes in dogs, due to what is winning in the ring.
  3. I think it's more importantly the individual dog that you choose as well as the breed. I couldn't go past a lab in your situation. I have five of them and they interact beautifully with my four children. My youngest child is only two and I can have the whole pack out playing with her within any of them knocking her over etc. Of course this has come through training and selecting the temperament that I like. Labs are also one of the breeds that genuinely enjoy children's affections.
  4. Yes. I did send her back. Her breeder was very good about it, although she didn't think there was a problem, it's not something I was comfortable with. Especially as she was to be a show and breeding prospect, but even so, having her on the farm with all the dust and grass etc. would have been uncomfortable for her. Very happy with my new pup.
  5. I can't remember answering g this question, but would it not just be that dominant will suppress recessive?
  6. Well, he's decided just to do it on his own. Now trotting along (still needs work of course) on a loose lead and feeling happy about it all
  7. Thanks everyone. I don't take him on long walks on leash as such. It's more on leash for training sessions, practicing circles and up and backs. We walk with the other dogs off leash around the farm. He is quite playful and energetic then so I might try some leash training with the other dogs creating a bit of enthusiasm. I love his laid back personality so I wouldn't change it for the world, but hopefully I can teach him to put on a show when needed!
  8. I have them and have found them to be good quality.
  9. Mr Casual.
  10. Reading the loose leash thread has prompted me to start this one. My beautiful 14 week old lab has a gorgeous laid back nature which I really enjoy. However, I'm planning on showing him and he's quite lazy on the lead. He'll plod along but would prefer to walk! I'm trying to get him a bit excited and lure him with treats, which works to some extent, but would love any tips to try and put a bit more energy into his gait.
  11. I would just avoid her if you can and ignore her if you can't. If your dogs are behaving you shouldn't have a problem. You just never know what's going through some people's heads?
  12. Just research the breed a lot so you know all the right questions to ask and ask plenty of them. A good breeder with have a wealth of knowledge and should answer all your questions.
  13. Sounds like you are doing a terrific job and have already gotten some great advice. The only thing I might add, is that you need to let go of feeling sorry for him. It will only reinforce his tension. Although he had an awful start in life he won't be able to move on if his humans don't. Forget about his past and just keep working with what you have now.
  14. I think you will need to research breeders and contact them to tell them a bit about yourself. You will need to expect to wait awhile as very rarely there are just pups waiting around to be sold.
  15. I could possibly help you. If you'd like to PM me we could discuss details.