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  1. I know someone who frequents Noah’s Crossing Vet. She has a littermate of my Malinois, who has been going there since she brought her home. Worth contacting them at least, the pool looks really nice.
  2. There is a similar sport called GRC – Gameness, Relationship, Control. It includes treadmill, weight pull, spring pole and wall climb. It’s something we are looking at getting into, most of us have working bred Malinois that love to run and bite, it’s just another outlet without the seriousness of bite sports like IGP. Some of us have dogs that excel and thrive on these sorts of activities, and we get enjoyment from our dogs being genetically fulfilled
  3. Some chemists will also compound medications for pets – one of my rats had to be on antibiotics a few weeks ago, and it was something I looked into as the liquid was a bit gross.
  4. Unless you want to show, and since you say you’re not interested in breeding, then you have no use for mains registered dogs and most breeders will not hand that over willingly.
  5. My two don’t have coats on to empty at home because it’s a quick dash and back in and they have some tree cover, but they do at training etc because we have to walk around to empty. If I take them to the field to stretch and sniff they wear one, but if I were to play fetch or something they don’t as they’ll get hot. My GSD has a long coat and wears one so I don’t have to deal with trying to dry him, my Malinois has a smooth coat and very little fat and thinks nice days that are mid-20s with a breeze are cold, so she wears one because she takes too long to warm back up. Labs are built to go into icy waters, but a walk around the block in the rain isn’t producing the same heat as swimming, so if you think he’s still chilled after a good towelling, it may be an option.
  6. It’s nothing special, brands like Meals for Mutts are similar at a better price – $200 for a 20kg bag is ridiculous. The only ‘ground breaking’ addition is hemp, which you can add yourself and is probably better to do, so you can control dosage. It’s not uncommon to have bits of other kibble through the bags, mostly bits that are dyed red and green, as well as bone shapes, that don’t look too dissimilar to Lucky Dog or Whiskas kibble. They also remove reviews that have any negativity, as well as questions, and they won’t clarify who actually makes the food.
  7. I’ve seen BCxAusShep going for $4k, BichonxMoodle for $8k, chi crosses for $3.5k+ and the same woman has another litter of ‘teacup’ chi’s for over $4k. It’s insane, and a lot are duping people by stating they’re registered, but it’s through RPBA and similar.
  8. Wellness Core now has a grain inclusive line – it is my backup if my Diamond Naturals order doesn’t arrive on time. I’m not a fan of grain free, I fed the Meals for Mutts single protein range when I first moved away from raw as it doesn’t have legumes, but when I fed formulas that did my dogs stank. While there is correlation, though no proof of causation, between legumes and DCM, I’m opting to steer clear.
  9. Petstock are currently cleaning out their K9 Natural stock, I’ve seen some people get bags that are usually $180 for less than $50. Might be worth having a look at stores closest to you. Pet Circle is usually not too bad on price as well, and My Pet Warehouse often has specials.
  10. I use black kongs for mine to download into, and I have goat horns in the outside pen. Be careful with bitter sprays – we used to use them for rug chewers when I worked with horses, and no matter how careful I was it always got up my nose and in my eyes and it burns.
  11. Taking hold of the puppy's collar, disengaging it and saying no is not traumatic, and the action of holding the collar should be something that is conditioned from day one. If you don't do that for fear of upsetting the dog, you are doing your dog a disservice, as well as anyone that may have to catch or hold the dog in the future and is redirected on. If poodles were so sensitive to not be able to handle that, they wouldn't be in the Fab Four for service dogs, especially psych work.
  12. I have a Malinois, I still get bit on the regular, though as a young puppy she used to flat out attack me. When it was time to show her that that isn't appropriate, I just grabbed her collar, lift up a bit, and said no. Don't make it a big moment, but show that it isn't appropriate and it won't get them anywhere. Once calm, start a game, but only when they're not trying to bite you, otherwise you'll just reinforce the biting. Re grooming, look into the Premack Principle ie bad thing first, then good thing. Common example – eat your veggies, then you can have dessert/tv/game etc. If he tolerates grooming, he is rewarded with something he likes. I have been using it for nail grinding – sit still for a nail, get food/toy.
  13. I would do premade, especially for a puppy. I used to do full DIY and whole prey, it's a pain, and there is no way I'd shortcut it with supplements. My preferred would be Proudi, then Big Dog. If I could avoid an astronomical feed bill, I'd love to do premade, but I have two large sport dogs who already eat a ridiculous amount of food.
  14. Lure coursing, Noseworks, Tracking and Track and Search. Maybe an ET. She has extreme prey and hunt drives, and I'm competitive and want titles
  15. The only thing that doesn't apply to her, is if she is registered with in overseas registry, she doesn't have any import papers as she was born here. All the other registries are for either pedigreed purebreds, or working sheep dogs/BCs/Kelpies/Koolies. I've looked at all the forms and regulations inside and out, but I can't 100% make it out. When I emailed asking for clarification, I was told to send paperwork supporting her working and government agency lines – paperwork that doesn't exist. Her dam and sire's sire have Bloedlijnen Registration Numbers, but it's not that hard to get those. All I would have to do is flick off an email with her name, my name, her gender, breed and DOB, my state and country, her dam and sire's BRNs and names, and any titles she may have. God, this is so confusing.
  16. Maybe someone here is able to clarify for me, because I'm not getting anywhere with my state body. I have a KNPV Malinois. She has no formal pedigree, her sire is now with a government agency, her dam is from lines utilised by those who produce dogs for the same work. The bitch has a Bloedlijnen Registration Number, which is an informal Dutch system, the dog does not. I know both dogs, I know the parents of these dogs, the breeder knows the lines well etc. My bitch does IGP, and I would like to do some ANKC sports, but as there is a possibility she could be used as a brood bitch, the Associate Register doesn't work for me. I am just after clarification that she could be registered with the UKC on their Performance Register, or a Single Registration, which would then allow her to be registered on the ANKC Sporting Register. If not them, then is there another ? I just want to do more sports
  17. My bitch has an overbite, it didn't develop until after 8 weeks old. The vet that does my routine stuff freaked out and wanted to remove, was talking about braces etc for a dog that does bite work Took her to my other vet, who is familiar with this issue, and he just cut the lower canines with nail clippers to stop them damaging her gums – the deciduous teeth act as a guide for the adult teeth when they come in, and removing them can make it far worse. I know of two dogs from the same litter that had the same overbite - 1 had the canines clipped, went on to a government agency. The other had the teeth removed, has since had thousands of dollars of surgeries, and it's mouth is a complete mess. My bitch is the only one in her litter with the issue, and it is slowly correcting itself. Hasn't affected her grip at all, she even had a tooth abscess and ended up being rushed to the vet when her face blew up, and was biting like a crocodile the day before.
  18. Me ! I don't know much about Eagle Heights, it's worth trying them. I would personally stay away from Melbourne due to some involved, may be the same person you were referred to. It may be worth reaching out to SA directly, or even WMA or WGSDCA. Being that there are restrictions and issues with training protection in Victoria, it's not going to be easy. ANKC obedience and tracking are completely different, IGP is very precise, and the tracking style is very different.
  19. The fish and potato doesn't have an appropriate calcium:phosphorus ratio for a giant puppy. I do have a Malinois, not a dane, but I am using Diamond Naturals Large Puppy, and I'm incredibly happy with it. I was using Meals for Mutts Large Puppy before, and was disappointed my dogs did so poorly on it as my GSD had done well on other formulas. I have the Wellness Healthy Balance and Complete Health formulas as a back up if my DN order is delayed/I forgot to actually order it. All 3 seem to be within the guides posted earlier. My guys also get a duck necks, bone broth, sardines/salmon fingerlings, kangaroo prey mix stuffed Kongs etc in addition to their kibble.
  20. I can ask those who are involved in these sorts of things over the weekend if you'd like.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. ‘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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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