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  1. What's the budget? Lots of high end vacs listed, but not everyone wants to justify a big handful of coin on a dust collector.. Vax power 5 pet - decent specced machine at a good price point.
  2. I couldn't start to imagine the challenges of having two puppies developing together. It would be near 24/7 hands on action. Especially since you've described your own personality/attention to detail/tendency to over think. Ultimately it's your decision though. In regards to socialisation, I personally wouldn't try and structure it too much. Involve the animal in the things you do (and the things you'd like to do together) and work within the puppy's comfort levels. The whole process isn't about exposing them to 'everything', but rather having them form 'positive experiences'. The examples you shared earlier with animals not crossing bridges, stairs, steps, etc don't need to be formed in the first 12 weeks imo. It's more that you have a bond and trust, and the skill set to train and reward the behaviours you want. If the animal hesitates it doesn't mean you need to force it to overcome that fear, nor do you need to moddy coddle. My experience is quite limited, however all my research around socialisation indicates that the main goal is to ensure negative experiences are limited, and that in many cases, while through good intent, people inadvertently cause quite a few unwanted behaviours through over socialisation.
  3. The more I think about it, the more I come to realise that it is largely subjective as well. The relationship between dog and handler must also influence the challenge, given that the definition of challenging is: testing one's abilities; demanding, then just about any dog can and will be challenging in at least some regard... and depending on the owner/handler, their ability and their patience then the overall experience could be defined as challenging, frustrating, or quite easy. I could sit here and name a list of things that I've had to actively pursue and work on with our puppy. The challenges faced, and also how I could envision them running amuck if not addressed. On the other hand, there have been some things that have been quite easily addressed, or not even presented as an issue and could probably form an equally impressive list.
  4. Great hearing opinions from those who in particular have had multiple animals and experiences to compare to. It appears that challenging can be any range of things... but on the whole a more challenging dog will ensure you're always dealing with something and need to stay one step ahead, where a less challenging temperament will still require strong leadership but perhaps not as much forethought into how particular situations may unfold. Seems it falls more along the lines of temperament than breed as well. Some of the challenges you mentioned corvus, reminded me of our little humans... always trying to work out how to get whatever they want! And on that note, it seems quite a few people also seem to lack a bit of skill or leadership/consistency in that regard too.. another can of worms.
  5. I wouldn't over think it. If you put the dinner out for 15 minutes and the dog doesn't eat. Take it away and it misses out. It'll be hungry for the next meal. If you want to offer something else at the next meal I doubt the dog has intellect to say I refused the last one, therefore I get this one. More likely it's just hungry and it has some food with a little more appeal. Double win. If your puppy refused the dry biscuits and then after it turned up it's nose you immediately gave it something better it may make the connection. I don't think anyone here is saying give the dog a choice. Simply consider adding a bit more variety under the same feeding schedule.
  6. Thanks. I'm not fond of black dogs, and neither is the other half. She and I don't know why we got one.. Has a nice coat. It's actually got a very little brindle undertone through it. You only really see it when the light hits her a certain way and it shines a soft brown. Her sibling was pure black with a white tipped tail.
  7. Still continuing with the training, putting a lot of work into building variable rewards and trying to incorporate more life rewards in to daily activities rather than just food. I think back when I started this thread it may have been a bit too early in her development to try and vary the rate and type of reward, and I was concerned about her being only food driven. As she's become more familiar with the environment and all the exciting things around it, learnt some impulse control, and also what my expectations of her are, I've now been able to mix things up a bit. I'm big on the "good girl, let's go get a treat!" when she's listened and I have nothing. We race back to the house and grab her something delicious. During our walks I've been starting to use a bit more leash pressure to indicate what I want. If she gets ahead I firm it a bit. If she stops and looks back we both continue on. If she tries to pull on I simply wait her out and then walk the other way when she looks. Hopefully this will translate into less verbal cues from me (leave it, good girl, wait, let's go, etc etc etc). Big effort has gone into walking in general as it engages her mind a lot and seems to be a good way to keep her busy. We incorporate a lot of proofing of other behaviours in various places, under various levels of distraction while out an about too so it just makes sense. Attached a few pics that I also posted over in the photos section, but seems appropriate to keep em here too!
  8. She's 18.5kgs and stands around 56cm tall at the shoulder. Might fill out a bit more over the next couple of months.
  9. Quick 1st post in this section. Our 9-10month old female mixed who-knows-what breed. Picked up from a rescue shelter at approx. 8 weeks old. Shaping up nicely.
  10. So you would say that it is intelligent dogs are the more challenging breeds? Energy level and drive is quite variable too. In certain situations our puppy has endless drive and motivation. In others she is very casual.. I find it very difficult to shift her into and out of her drives. IE if she is very worked up it takes her a while to calm down again. That doesn't mean she doesn't follow cue. She does, but at a higher energy and rate. If she's chillin she's very much plod along and her following of cues is the same slow pace. Just trying to get my head around it. It almost sounds as if all dogs are challenging and not for beginners, in one way or another.
  11. I think you just need to mix it up a bit and make it interesting by the sounds of it then! In comparison, our puppy is 9-10months old and we feed dry twice a day (less in the morning, bigger meal at night). It's rarely just dry biscuits though. At minimum it has some warm water on it, but usually a whole lot more. We sometimes throw a frozen chicken neck on top. Sometimes we have left over meat or stock/broth from when the family cooks up a couple kgs of chicken stock. Raw offcuts from any meat we prepare for dinner (chicken, lamb, beef, etc) but try to minimise the fatty content. Once to twice a week she gets a nice big meaty frozen cut of beef neck to eat. Any vegetable scraps (bar onion) from dinner prep get saved and added. Rice and pasta the same. Failing that a raw egg mixed through is a really quick and easy add in flavour and nutrients. We also have a toddler in the family so half eaten snacks (yoghurt, bananas, watermelon, apple, etc) also gets added and either used as training treats or on the meal. And, we've also changed flavour of the dry food 3 times between 8 weeks to where she is now.. Often 2 bags open together, either blended a bit or mixed up a bit (training and meals). Kong get's stuffed with all of the above in any given combination. However, our dog is far from fussy and will eat anything without too much of a 2nd thought.. so while not a straight comparison, the point is that you have loads of flexibility in how to spice up a meal and make it more exciting and enticing.
  12. The reason I ask, is that my limited experience has shown some things our puppy has picked up and learnt easily, while others have taken a lot of hours of patience and practice and even then are still a work in progress. IE over excitement and impulse control with other dogs and the environment.
  13. Could it be that the lazy dogs are easier in the sense that they'd rather sleep than actively engage their environment when they are bored, and actively engage their owner when they are not.. where a more challenging (independent) dog is more likely to find a means of entertaining itself, be it wandering, chewing, digging.. etc?
  14. That's kind of how I looked at it too. The biddable types, while easy to train are also much more reliant on their human. A dog with a bit of independence will be more at ease with being left alone for a while, but in turn is probably more inclined to question your requests rather than listen and follow blindly. So what we're both saying is that there isn't really any easy breed. All breeds you could get lucky and get a dog that gels easier, or one that takes more input and pushes your buttons a bit more, but regardless it's a matter of what you put in, is what you get out?
  15. A lot of this tends to revolve around the dominance theory, however on the other hand that has been shown to be debunked and isn't promoted by the positive reinforcement crowd. Is it simply that some particular dogs require more patience and consistency than others? And if that is the case, is it specifically a breed quality/temperament or just a character trait of a particular animal?