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  1. So my little girl (Boston Terrier 10 mnths) chases any bug that flies and eats it and she's pretty good at it. Moths being a particular favourite. I do my best to discourage her and when I'm around can, but she'll find herself on her own never the less and fill her boots with moths and gnats and whatever. My worry is bees, wasps etc which I know she'll go for when she comes across them. Part of me, a big part actually, sorta hopes she grabs one and get stung because that'll teach her more than anything I can do but..... ... should I be worried? What if she swallows one
  2. Thanks for that. Ripley was the result of a lot of research to get the right breed for me - or more importantly that me and the home and lifestyle I could provide would be right for the dog. 2nd step was making sure I found a breeder where I could see the parents and indeed previous litter (there was only one but 5 beautiful pups now beautiful healthy dogs). If I could give any advice to potential owners it would be know the standards you'd accept and then don't go below them just because of availability.
  3. Bite inhibition training.... faked... for dramatic effect - just to show you got to take one for the team.
  4. You can plant a hedge. Get a mature Lilli Pilli or similar. I'm doing my whole backyard fenceline with them for privacy, getting 1.8-2.0m mature for $110 au each (mind you I'm getting 12 so there's some discount there for quantity). Dog won't try and jump a hedge, also give you some privacy from that neighbours window.
  5. As if she owns it, which I guess she does. The amount of people when I tell them her name that then assume she's a boy... I always think - do they not know? Galaxy's greatest hero and they DO NOT KNOW?!?!?
  6. For the record. I got my girl and she's magnificent if a bit naughty and an awesome farter - clear rooms, clear houses, clear neighborhoods. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHd1DZaQYfQTj-NP-TAR0fA?view_as=subscriber
  7. Thanks for that post and the links. It's the sort of personal experience advise I was after. I'm gonna mix it all up a bit. Drive down to the shopping centre to just to walk among crowds. Do puppy socialisation classes and maybe even extend it into some basic training courses (just for the socialisation with dogs, though I'll take whatever I learn on board) and yeah I think I will use a doggy daycare once a week or fortnight just to make some doggy friends. I've found one that has cameras in the place so you can spy in on your smart-phone to satisfy yourself you're getting what you
  8. Well thanks for that, it's the kind of info I'm after - how it works socialising your dog. Dogsandthemob I'm in a semi-rural area just turning to the edge of suburbia so walks in the park and around the neighbourhood is fine and I will be doing that, but I just know that I could walk around for hours and there's no guarantee I'm going to come across many people or dogs to socialise with. That's why I'm after something.... regular. ESPECIALLY at the beginning. I'm looking for something to expose the pup to as many other dogs (especially) and people as I can. That's why t
  9. I'm getting a staffie next year, didn't arrive at the choice ill-informed or by whim. I've researched hard on breeds for a match and then on both of the specific breed and breeders and I'm confident in my choice. I think I got most things covered but a little concerned on my options for socialising the dog. I want it comfortable in the presence of other people and other dogs and other situations. I know a lot of that is up to me and I'll do the best I can and I'll start from day one. but there's only so much I can do without seeming like the weird bloke following people around with
  10. I was interested reading this, and the replies. And yes I acknowledge there's many legit reasons a breeder just doesn't answer you, but having been enquiring about puppies for 6 months now I share Heath's frustration. Like I said, I acknowledge people are busy and all the rest - but when a breeder adverstises puppies for sale now or soon as per the search filters on this very site (Dogzonline) and even more frustrating they've got their own website where you go to and they ask you to "contact us" via this online form or supplied email or even supplied phone number - and you don't g
  11. I was on this forum a few months back asking for advice on Boston Terriers as I'm semi-retiring in March, moving into a house (currently in a unit) and i want a dog to grow old with me. Over the last few months though I've been leaning more and more now to a staffy, I have my reasons not least of which is the robust health of a fit staffy. Which brings me to my query. I've been going through the registered breeders on this site and frankly there's a squillion of them and I know from stories related to myself there's... let's just say some breeders more concerned with the health of
  12. Thanks for all that Boston, have PM'd you and anything you'd like to add you can respond by PM if you wish. I DO want your advice, definitely do.
  13. I have messaged him, but he hasn't posted anything on this forum since 2017 so I'm not holding my breath.
  14. The one I'm referring to says they expect to have puppies available in the time-frame I'll be looking and have invited me to apply - I have to pass their test as an owner, which I take as a good sign. But again, I'd like to know if I can name them on here and see if anyone's had any experience with them either first hand or word of mouth with any of the breeds they breed - good or bad. But I don't want to breach forum etiquette if there's a no naming policy, So, can I?
  15. Am I allowed on these forums to directly name a breeder to ask if anyone's had any experience and/or opinions on them? The breeder in question breeds a number of breeds, not just Boston Terriers, for show. The premises all look professional and clean via their photo's but I'd like to know if they've got a reputation that people know of, either good or bad.
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