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  1. I don't agree with Bark Buster's training methods and have heard plenty of people have no success with their methods. As it's a franchise this does vary from operation to operation... there may be some franchisees that have some dog training skills who may be better than others. In general though, I wouldn't recommend a franchise like this... people buy into them with no dog training experience, attend a 2 week training course and then they are on their own. If you are looking for a private trainer, look for someone with years of experience, qualifications (NDTF/Delta) and who uses methods that are scientifically proven to work. Bark Busters uses some weird methods (throwing chains and yelling "BAA" at the dog just to name a few) that have no scientific backing. The best trainers I know in Sydney are www.K9PRO.com.au.
  2. How did you go with finding a trainer? I am a dog trainer based on Brisbane's northside and am happy to help if you still need a trainer - www.synergydogtraining.com.au
  3. Dog Poo Composting

    I have a similar system except I cut the bottom out of my bin and buried it in the garden. I just toss the poo in there and every now and then I add some soil as well. The earthworms from the garden do the rest, this system just feeds the garden (no edibles in this area) but it works pretty well.
  4. I'm doing some reading up on OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans) which isn't considered common in my breed but it seems to be becoming more prevalent. The information on the web is varied with differing opinions on heritability and not really a whole lot on how to keep your dog from developing it. Is it considered a genetic condition (or partially genetic) in your breed? Is there any screening that breeders do to test their stock like we do with hip and elbow scoring? What prevention strategies are suggested to help avoid developing the condition?
  5. Hi, I'm looking at potentially importing some semen from New Zealand and am trying to work out a rough idea on approximate costs. Obviously there are going to be a lot more fees than using a local dog for a natural mating but can I get some ideas on what all of it will cost? Can you lovely people give me an idea of what these things might cost?: - collection fee? - import/transport fee? - storage fees? - vet fees here in Aus for the actual AI? - any other fees that I've missed? - Obviously there will be a stud fee on top of this too.
  6. Border Collie Pics

    just one of the very cute photos of my puppies, they are now 4 weeks old. It's too hard to upload many to this forum so head over to this facebook album if you want to see more photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1578920992323965.1073741832.1564451990437532&type=1
  7. Border Collie Pics

    Tay, daddy is the very handsome Kerodan Colour of Money - Cash :-)
  8. Border Collie Pics

    Blink had her puppies last Sunday. 8 in total, all doing really well. Here are a few photos of the little guys and girls :-)
  9. Opinions?

    Asalei, yes it was Phil Thomas' diagnosis :-)
  10. Opinions?

    she has access to tiles and the a/c is on when it's hot. She did seem a little out of sorts until yesterday but her temperature finally started to come down last night and today it's down to 38.8. She is on antibiotics and I'm keeping a close eye on her behaviour and temperature.
  11. Opinions?

    thanks for that info Steve... I'm still learning (this is only my 3rd litter) and all the guides I've read say that temps over 39.5 are a concern which is why I took her to the vet in the first place. My usual vet and the emergency vet both agreed that the temp was a concern but neither are overly experienced with breeding. I guess I can chalk it up to experience... an expensive experience at that :-)
  12. Opinions?

    I know it's normal for the temp to be up after whelping but the last 2 days it's been up above 39.5 which is why I think there might be something else wrong. Her temp is still 39.4 several hours after I brought her home from the vets.
  13. Opinions?

    My bitch had a litter of 8 on Sunday morning, very healthy puppies all are doing really well. Since they were born though I've noticed that she's had a pretty high temperature (over 39 degrees constantly), other than the temperature she's been eating and drinking well, being a really good mother and everything else seems pretty much textbook. Yesterday I took her to my usual vet because this high temperature was starting to worry me. Vet gave her oxytocin and an antibiotic injection and said if she doesn't improve take her to the emergency vet because of course today is Christmas Day! She had some darker red discharge which was thicker and smelly yesterday afternoon after the shots but her temperature has stayed up. This morning it was still high so I took her to the emergency vet who after consulting with a reproduction specialist vet over the phone decided that it could be either Metritis, Mastitis or Eclampsia... all of which the repo vet usually starts out treating with surgical fluid administered over 4-5 hours, calcium injection and antibiotics. So that's what we did. Her calcium level was normal, her boobs feel normal and a swab of her discharge showed no abnormal levels of bacteria. Her temperature still has not come down and I'm wondering if it's all been a great big waste of time and money? Has anyone had anything similar happen or any ideas on what it could be? I'll be continuing to take her temperature and watch her and I guess I may never know what it was...
  14. I keep one in my training bag as a spare. It's super light weight and only really suitable for people who's dogs are very calm in a crate. Once you figure out how to fold them up its not too difficult. I tend to use it during a training session to send a dog back to for short breaks. I'd never leave a dog unattended in one so it's not really useful for competitions or even around the house...
  15. My girls certainly act the part if there is a barrier between them and the person they are barking at... once that barrier is no longer there they just jump all over the person in question and give them kisses. I have been broken into with the dogs loose inside and there wasn't even a peep out the dogs, either they slept through it or welcomed the intruder in and showed them around. As a watch dog they are great but definitely useless as guard dogs!