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  1. I can ask those who are involved in these sorts of things over the weekend if you'd like.
  2. ‘Awful, terrible, shocking': McGowan government to outlaw puppy farming By Lauren Pilat February 9, 2020 — 2.28pm Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size West Australians will no longer be able to buy puppies and dogs from pet shop windows if the McGowan government’s legislative reform against puppy farming and animal cruelty gets the green light. Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday said the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 will be introduced in Parliament to end the breeding of dogs in poor conditions, prevent overbreeding and crackdown on illegal breeders. The McGowan government is driving legislation to outlaw puppy farming. CREDIT:RSPCA Mr McGowan said the new laws would mean dogs would be traced throughout their lives via a central registration system, allowing authorities to identify dodgy or illegal breeders and shut down their operations. “Under these laws it will be an offence to engage in puppy farming across Western Australia, we’re going to outlaw this awful, terrible, shocking practice and make sure as best we can we protect the interests and welfare of dogs across our state,” he said. “We will also be providing assistance to pet shops to help them transition to dog and puppy adoption centres meaning they can re-home displaced and abandoned dogs.” Maylands MLA and Puppy Farming Working Group chair Lisa Baker said some WA pet shops sourced thousands of puppies a year from illegal farms from over east instead of selling pedigrees responsibly sourced from the Canine Association of WA, DogsWest. “This legislation will make our dogs and puppies safer, reduce the opportunity for illegal puppy farming and encourage better welfare for all dogs … it supports good breeding practices and responsible pet ownership,” she said. “You won’t buy directly out of that shop window anymore ... now you’ll go to an adoption centre at an appropriate time, play with the puppies, have a look at them, spend time with them and think about your decision.” Ms Baker said 200 charities across WA last year placed more than 3000 puppies and dogs in homes. RSPCA WA chair Lynne Bradshaw welcomed the reform, which she said promised to deliver the most significant animal welfare improvement in WA since 2002. “Right now, dog breeding is totally unregulated and anyone can breed as many puppies as they want,” she said. Loading “RSPCA WA inspectors deal with many cases where unwanted puppies and dogs are simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves.” Ms Bradshaw recalled recent cases of animal cruelty in which puppies were dumped in a shopping bag in bush near Collie, a box of 10 black and tan puppies with their umbilical cords still attached dumped near Narrogin Creek; and a litter of puppies dumped at a rubbish tip in Esperance. The full costing of helping pet shops transition into adoption centres will be announced in coming months along with dog standards and guidelines dictating to pet owners how to best care for their animals. If the legislation is passed in Parliament, registered breeders will still be able to breed while other dogs must be de-sexed by two years of age, unless exempt. https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/awful-terrible-shocking-mcgowan-government-to-outlaw-puppy-farming-20200209-p53z5p.html
  3. Best Online Program

    I love Ivan Balabanov’s Possession Games. My dog has very little drive, and while it’s still a struggle with him, there is a noticeable difference. He also has Chase and Catch, which I utilise more. He was here in Perth at the end of last year, and it was brilliant. https://www.trainingwithoutconflict.com/training-videos/ I hope he comes back next year when I have my Malinois :D
  4. Did you condition it ? Put it on nose, reward. Put it on nose, reward. Put it on nose, reward etc. Then slip it over head, reward. Slip it over head, reward etc. Few steps, reward. Few steps, reward etc. Each step taking a few days. When I conditioned my ecollar, he wore it for a week without it being on, then a week of stim and reward, with either food or ball, then a week of using it on known commands, before using it for anything new. I'll be ordering a pinch soon, and will have a similar process.
  5. The Prime rolls are way better quality than the supermarket ones. What about something like stuffed trachea ? I’ve bought salmon stuffed beef trachea from a raw supplier for when we had a week of 40 odd degrees, and Atlas had them frozen. I’ve also stuffed the rabbit patties in a venison trachea I had from a beast I got part of.
  6. We got Atlas at Christmas time, and he really struggled with the heat. We did frozen water bottles in his crate at night when we turned the aircon off, and it wasn’t unusual to find him draped across one, or curled around it.
  7. Getting dog to play

    If you can get her to tug, let her win when she's trying her hardest. Look away and give the tug (not necessarily let go, but take the pressure off) and be a bit 'Argh ! You got it !' They will try even harder, and become more engaged. Michael Ellis, Leerburg, Larry Krohn etc have some good youtube videos about playing tug.
  8. Not Dogs, but Falcons

    Oh. Duh.
  9. Not Dogs, but Falcons

    They're Peregrine Falcons
  10. DNA test curiosity

    I recently did an Embark test, you make an account when you activate your kit and so far the only people who have seen the results are the people I've shared the link with, as far as I know. Edit: you can make the results not public
  11. There's already a lot of good comments telling them how idiotic they are. I mean, I used mine on my back/shoulders the other day because my sister has my TENS unit. According to this one, with a study they can't produce evidence of, I should have brain damage.
  12. I just stick it down their throat, close their mouth and blow in their nose if needed. I started with Atlas when he was able to start on Milbemax and have little resistance. I recently got Sentinel and of course he won't have anything to do with the giant chews, so they have to get shoved down too. He loved his Meloxicam though.
  13. Thrifty eaters

    My GSDx is on a bout 1.25kg of raw with a higher fat content and I'm always having to adjust as he's up and down. Currently sitting at 32kg, was 30 a few weeks ago. My mum's Koolie x gets like 300g or something and is starting to get a little pudgy, and that sucker never stops moving. Mine's also still intact, the other was neutered at 5 months.
  14. I only know of Hills c/d, I don't think Purina have one.
  15. Dog Poo bags left at the Beach

    Our street is over run by feral cats, they don't belong to anyone to keep them contained and microchip them. The ones that live in the front yard of the house across the road have had at least two litters in the less than 12 months we've been here; they've gone from 6 to about 20. The rescues are bursting at the seams as it is, and there's no homes for them.
  16. Decent inexpensive dog food brands?

    Applaws or Beyond are the only supermarket brands I'd feed. Maybe Farmer's Market. Leaps and Bounds, which is a Petbarn brand, doesn't look too terrible.
  17. Raincoat

    I have this one, but in why-the-hell-are-you-so-long size.
  18. Is something like Simply Seaweed an option ? My GSD can be a lazy chewer, and his back teeth were getting a bit yellow. Since adding SS all the build up is gone and his breath is much better. I've just put one of my trainers on to it, will be interesting to see how his dog goes with it.
  19. Kibble+raw

    Raw and kibble don't digest at different rates, and freezing will not kill bacteria, only parasites, which is usually only an issue in wild game. If you're feeding a good variety, supplements shouldn't be needed. Organs contain essential vitamins and minerals, so having a good rotation will cover bases. Only secreting organs (liver, kidney, spleen, brain testicles etc) are fed as organ; heart, gizzards, tongue, lung, tripe etc are fed as muscle meat, because they are made of muscle. You could add anything really, a friend adds fish, eggs, chicken wings, chunky minces to her kibble. Any vegetation is better off being blitzed as it is hard to digest cellulose, and will go straight through. You could add things like spirulina, greens powder, mushroom powder; I mix with flaxseed oil and freeze in molds, and pop one out at meal times. I also make bone broth and kefir and freeze as well. Whilst grass fed is better, it's fine to feed whatever you can get. I would double my budget if I used grass fed, so I stick to my current supplier. I also don't balance every day, but over a fortnight. The only time I would bother balancing every day is with puppies, and even then I was a bit lax. I find it tedious and have even been doing prep daily instead of making them all on one day and defrosting during the week.