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  1. My previous dog has rescued my grandmother twice, with no training at all! My grandma used to live with us and was sometimes unsteady on her feet, she would go for short walks around the block and once she fell over at the end of the street and couldnt get back up. My dog kept on whining out the front window (something she had never done before) until i took her outside and she took me to my grandma. I have no idea how she knew, grandma was very softly spoken and I dont know how she would have heard her from more than 10 houses away! Years later we had a similar incident happened with grandma falling over in the backyard and she kept running between grandma and me until we we could rescue her~ Current dog has only been useful at teaching me to pick up after myself as otherwise she will steal my socks for attention :P
  2. I dont know for sure if a wide collar isnt a worrying sensation but I don't get any stress signals from dogs when using one and most dogs are unlikely to move away from a tight flat collar (due to pulling) without any prior training, which they do do with ecollars? So if it is aversive, i would say it is considerably less so!
  3. "and i'm really happy that Australia is starting to catch up on dog training philosophy, and be more open to use corrections, just wish NSW could catch up with them but at least prongs aren't illegal lol ^_^" this is the part of your post that is bothering people. Firstly, moving to positive reinforcement IS catching up with dog training philosophy around the world, going to corrections is dog training of the past, outdated methods that have since been improved upon~ more and more countries and states are banning the use of e-collars, prongs - not the other way around! http://www.ava.com.au/policy/613-use-behaviour-modifying-collars-dogs If you are having difficulty using positive reinforcement based methods for your dog, i would suggest working with a professional positive reinforcement trainer - they can help you problem solve where you might need help, sometimes we understand the concept but applying it involves a lot of mechanics, precision and reading body language. We can sometimes think our dog is stubborn when really he doesn't fully comprehend what you're asking, or you may not have the right motivators for your dog Best wishes
  4. I'm not sure what the point of this video is...? I think some things effect different species differently, just because you put a e-collar on your neck and you dont feel any pain doesnt mean it isnt super uncomfortable for the dog, there are stress signs - whale eye and yawning etc, in the video straight after he puts "pressure" on the dog. Secondly the dog has no clue what he's meant to be doing! He's just standing there looking around being "pressured" to the point of being uncomfortable enough to have to move to figure out what is going on~ Lets say aliens/some evil git could make devices that feel like something "weird" is happening to us ~ perhaps something that feels like your oesophagus is vibrating and going to burst, and it would be super worrying for us, but it may not register the same way as pain. Perhaps we too would wonder why we were feeling a sensation, look stressed and move around a bit to figure it out. Obviously I don't know how they feel to dogs, but perhaps its just a very worrying sensation, or a feeling of doom, general uncomfortableness. I would rather not train with that! I dont want my dog to think bad things happen when they go to far from me, but that good things happen around me - this may not seem like a huge difference but to me it is important! So the dogs main problem appears to be dog pulling on lead or listening to the owner outside - how i would train this is 1) change to a different collar so that the sensation is different to what the dog is used to - typically i go for a wider collar than the dog was wearing to distribute any pressure on the neck 2) practice indoors first, i would set up scenarios of having the dog on leash and if it gets tight call them back to me for high value treats, then i would add distractions (low value treats/toys on the floor) high value ones for turning to me at leash pressure, 3) stop calling the dog back and wait for a response when there is leash pressure, reward the dog for making correct choices 4) train outside with distractions once the dog understands the concept that leash pressure = turn to owner 5) phase out food rewards so that progressing forward on the walk is the reward - I dont think its fair to cause a dog discomfort when you haven't even trained them what you want them to do! #my2cents
  5. i personally wouldnt have an aversive on (prong collar) if there was any chance that I could get frustrated enough to use it! I train mostly with shaping... I used to get frustrated until I tried to have people shape me to do simple behaviours (and tried on other people) - it is incredibly difficult even getting someone to lift their left hand or walk in a circle with marking and rewarding behaviour - i'm surprised that our dogs manage to learn anything at all when people can barely do it! Trying it on myself made me realise how hard it would be for them - so if my dog is not getting something, I: reward her effort and attempts, make it even simpler/take it back a level of difficulty go back to doing something she is great at praise her for working so hard for me when i don't even speak her language am just grateful she's wants to play my silly games and learn tricks with me, give her a cuddle we play tug/fetch and i think about how to break it down to even smaller components, or get the right level of arousal (thinking is harder if youre too excited) before attempting again Oh and letting go of the "rush" to train something, progress not perfection! Theres a quote that says "if a flower doesn't grow, you correct the environment, not the flower"
  6. Does fasting include no water

    We were told water is fine at night time but to take it away first thing when you wake up in the morning
  7. Reducing plastic in relation to dogs?

    Theoretically you could bring eco-friendly bags or a washable box to the butcher when buying the meat? Depends on the quantities and where you buy it~
  8. There is the pillow one? https://www.petstock.com.au/product/dog/kong-cushion-protective-collar-medium/53668 I think it would be less comfortable than the plastic one on hot days and your dog might be able to still reach the spot depending on location (if it was on the front toes or something)?
  9. Haha @Scrappi&Monty she is always just a little bit cheeky! Monty must have been in the Christmas spirit a bit early Me too @JulesP I think the one i go to right now definitely would, but they would actually end up being more expensive/time consuming than the patties right now!~
  10. A little bit of an update: she has transitioned to mostly big dog barf patties and is loving it! She still gets raw meaty bones each week and some additional tasty bits and bobs occasionally (sardines, cottage cheese, eggs) and a tiny bit of dry food I have to actually pick up her food bowl when she's done as otherwise she keeps jumping on it and then looking at me expectantly to fill it up again - she never really used to be into dry food unless it was in a treat toy or if she was doing tricks for it~ One happy dog!
  11. how do you wash your dog face

    I wash my dog in the shower with the removable shower head For her face i reduce the water pressure slightly, gently hold her (long floppy) ear down and spray on her muzzle gently then shampoo and rinse in the same way. For the top of her head i try to direct the water down her neck and move her ears forward out of the way slightly. She loves having a shower and hasn't had any ear issues with this method - but if she didn't like water on her face id probably try the face-washer and diluted baby shampoo method?
  12. Dog left in hot car dies ...dog walker sends txt message

    Sorry @PossumCorner that wasn't meant to be a slight against ALL pet carers - I am also a professional pet carer btw~ I, personally, do find it hard to trust someone with my dog after hearing such stories - the above lady from Signal Station Dog walking has 4.6 stars on Facebook (only 5 reviews though). IF i was looking for someone i would want good reviews, insurance, pictures and trust - but even in regards to pictures: I was at my local park a few weeks ago with my dog and a lady came in with a van of 6 dogs (none of which were hers), she let them run around in the park for no longer than 6 minutes, did less than 1/2 a lap of the oval, all while taking photos and angrily yelling at dogs to hurry up then bundled them back up in the van... I'm pretty sure the owners would have received 'happy snaps' of their dogs at the park and probably paid for a lot longer than 6 minutes of park time! (yes those are assumptions) I definitely don't think all pet carers are like that! I just think choosing one you trust with your dog is not easy
  13. Dog left in hot car dies ...dog walker sends txt message

    Wow...how does this even happen!? Makes it so hard to trust a dog walker or sitter - almost everyone has great reviews on their websites and pages!
  14. What is the difference between pet meat and human meat suppliers? Ive only seen one so far and its a bit far to go every week~ Is it just regular meat that has been frozen past the human consumption date? or is it a different quality of meat (more hearts and less muscles)? Does it have preservatives or additives not allowed for people? I occasionally buy Mowgli meat or mince but i cook it within hours and only keep it for a few days in the fridge
  15. oh wow that is quite cheap... the one near me has cheap(ish) bones? about $2 for a bag but theyre not very meaty ones or $4 for two meaty bones (two lamb necks or marrow bones or spine) i'm not sure about the price of offcuts as they arent displayed - the $10 a kilo stuff is referring to thighs drumsticks and mince type meats