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  1. 1429686161[/url]' post='6680960']
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    Considering pet sitting and dog walking requires no skills or experience I think any course can only be seen as a good thing!

    How sanguine you are :) Have a look at [**kirty**'s thread - I think it was **kirty**, I'll check]. She is an extremely experienced animal person and still had an event. In another person's hands, this could have been disastrous.

    I think Clyde means that anyone can do it. It's not like for example, teaching where you do actually need a degree to get the job.

    Us "dog people" on Dol might go looking for someone with credentials and proper training as we know what might happen, but it's not going to stop the 15 year old down the road wanting some pocket money walking dogs after school. For that person, the sheer basics is surely better than nothing.

    Thanks Lisa, that was exactly my point thumbsup1.gif

  2. 1429049924[/url]' post='6678194']

    Hi, I'm bringing home a Labrador puppy in a few weeks and I'm just wondering opinions on leaving the puppy while I'm at work on a covered deck with his crate and play pen during the day with plenty of toys etc to keep him amused. I have time off initially then for the first while I'll be coming home from work at lunch time to let him out etc. will also spend time with him before and after work giving him exercise and affection etc and as soon as im home he can come inside if he wants. My house is just really small and I don't have anywhere I can lock him in, the house has the laundry in the garage but it's a massive garage and I'm worried there's more things that could hurt him in there then on the deck so I was thinking the deck/pen would be a better solution? As he gets older I was going to give him full access to my huge (puppy proofed) backyard. I'm just wondering if I should be worried about someone stealing him from the backyard or is that my worry getting the better of me, I live in a really good neighbourhood have high fences and padlocked. I'm researching so much but this particular part about stealing I'm worried about. I'm aware of the separation anxiety part but I'll do the best I can in that sense potentially a dog walker middle of day if he's struggling after a little while but Im hoping exercise before and after work would be enough.

    Put him out in the garden. He's a puppy smile.gif He will love digging, eating dirt and doing what puppies should do in natural light and sunshine. He will toilet all over your deck and then you will have to break the habit. He will then eat the deck, as puppies do.

  3. What do use instead of Epiotic? That would be helpful.

    I don't put anything in ears. I check them each groom but have found if I don't use product and the clients sticks to that too then they stay clean themselves (once they break through the oily stage which usually happens once you stop using product). If they have a large ear leather and its a little dirty then I use Kleo Ear Cleaner (I don't put it in ear, I squirt on cotton ball and wipe), otherwise I carefully clean it when they are being bathed. It (Kleo) is a rebranded product of the old Leo cleaner which is great stuff and has not ever caused an issue. I don't like putting anything in ears unless it is a scripted vet product for a medical issue. I have also heard good things about the PAW product that RMS mentioned above.

  4. Epiotic we run a mile from no way would we use that down our dogs ears & funnily enough the people with issues we ask do you use epiotic :rofl:

    I agree. As soon as clients stop using that stuff, ears clear up. I'm lucky in that my local vet and I are on the same wave length and our opinions seem to bounce off each other, most of the time - Epiotic aside. Years ago I would bend over backwards trying to help clients with minor issues that they would otherwise see a vet. I don't anymore. Now I send the dogs off to a vet, ears, skin, anal glands etc. I don't do anal glands and I generally don't pluck ears, if it comes out easily I will do it a little but I don't do the hard core plucking if it's say a Schnauzer who has never been done before. They get sent to the vet. Same with problematic nails. Anything that may cause pain, bleeding, licking etc etc I will not touch. The vet can do it and the dog can hold it against them. :) Besides, most of the time if the complaint has gotten to that stage I get the poos and figure the owner can fork out to look after their dog and get it treated. If they don't provide medical care for the dog then I don't book it in again. I'm at the stage where I only want sunshine and lollipops in my business. Have whittled it down now to awesome clients only, most of them have switched to my preferred vet and we stay in contact with each other if a dog is needing vet care which might affect their groom. If a dog needs vet treatment they are whisked off to see the vet pronto. Works well for me. Happy days :)

  5. She's toileting once a night so when she cries we can take her out for the toilet and then straight back to bed with a treat or something.


    I wouldn't treat her after an overnight toilet trip. Just keep it quiet, don't look at her, keep it dark etc, you don't want to stimulate her or condition her to expect a treat, when you want her to go back to sleep. Good luck, she sounds adorable - some pups are more challenging than others!

  6. 1420337350[/url]' post='6622695']

    Sorry - didn't realise he was short a dog ...

    Reading back what I wrote I sounded a bit snippy, sorry! But yeh, he's down a couple of men and his older dog is getting too exhausted hence bringing in the new girl.

    thanks Jrg, no grey vets here I don't think but I'll pass it on.

  7. It's not really what I asked Persephone. He is trying to find a way around having to resort to that. He has brought the dog in as he is desperately short staffed so no, he can't do without an "employee" for any amount of time. If he can't find a way around it then he will opt to spey, but a $3500 working dog, he would rather keep entire for now. Hence wanting to look at something temporary for the bitch rather than the dog.

  8. My neighbour has just phoned to ask some questions about his dogs. He has registered, pedigree working Kelpies. His main dog is about 5yrs old and entire, he has just brought in an 18 month old bitch. He would like to keep them both entire but is concerned about the bitch when she's in season. His sheep station is not his place of residence but he goes there each day to work and he has farm hands also with entire working dogs. He is concerned about one of them getting to his bitch. He is hoping there is something he can give the bitch to temporarily stop her seasons. If worse comes to worse and he has no choice he will desex her but the male is a valuable working dog and he'd like to keep that option open.

    We discussed Suprelorin for the dog (I'm not too familiar with it), he is concerned about it affecting his working ability too. He is on 1000's of acres and the dogs work hard. It also doesn't solve his issue in always needing both dogs to work and working the bitch when in season with other working dogs around.

    Any help from experienced people/breeders would be appreciated.


  9. 1419299957[/url]' post='6616197']

    It was my wife that asked this question. She has done endless amounts of research re GSD working line breeders. In all research nothing bad about Von Zane came up. They are on our list to consider if we decide to get another GSD once our girl goes over the rainbow bridge, she wants one I don't.

    I bet you end up with one then laugh.gif

  10. yeah I don't know either, maybe it's the imidacloprid that bothers her for some reason or the combo of two chemicals at the same time or maybe just the fact that it's a spot on(she becomes very skin touch sensitive around her shoulders). Whatever the reason the reaction is very clear so we just avoid it now.


    Yeh, there's no way I'd risk it too. Permoxin is good stuff. A PITA but it works and more cost efficient too which is always a bonus!

    I moved to where I am to escape the ticks but it won't be long until they're in my immediate area. I only have to drive literally five minutes and there are ticks now. They are moving closer each year.

  11. I am a groomer and don't agree with clipping certain breeds, Labs included. I explain to the owner why but if they still want to go ahead with it then I do it. Having previously operated in a high risk tick area I have clipped all manner of breeds which make me inwardly groan. Like someone else pointed out if it means they will have the dog inside then it is better for the dog. Although I don't know why ppl don't research how much their breed sheds prior to purchase. Sometimes it's just a change of circumstances too.

    I have Maremmas and they live through 40+ temperatures. I don't clip them but in summer they get regular goings over with a high velocity dryer to blast out all their excess coat. It helps a great deal. They dig holes under bushes and manage to keep themselves comfortable on the hottest of days. So long as your dogs have plenty of shade and fresh water available they will be fine.

  12. I strayed from what my dogs breeder fed straight away. He was very old school and fed puppy pal and pet mince which looked horrible and I would never continue on with that. She now gets Big Dog Barf, Ziwipeak, chicken wings and necks and lamb flaps, sardines, eggs and healthy left overs. I think saying to stick with what the breeder feeds is to general and its good to do research into what your own beliefs are on feeding your pet as most breeders have many dogs and price often times would have to be a consideration.

    Same. I am have not ever feed what a breeder has fed. I'll start them on it but then change it over.

  13. 1411082346[/url]' post='6565035']

    I think it's an incredible disservice to farmers to suggest they only care about the deaths and mauling of their animals because it hurts their profits. These are people who come out in the morning, sometimes every morning for days, to find the animals they are responsible for opened up and spread out across the grass, sometimes still alive. Hard to look at dingoes the same way after that.

    I'm not pro or anti dingo, but I do see the argument play out a lot where each side accuses the other side of not caring about animals. Where in reality, each side is just choosing to care about the animal they are closest to. There's no winner here.

    Not just profits but lives!! Livelihoods!!

  14. 1411075788[/url]' post='6564988']

    I've made the assumption in my reply (so disregard if incorrect and take it as general info/view), but I'd take a guess and say that you're are a farmer yourself? In which case you have a profit based vested interest. May I ask what sort of live stock farming if you do? Sheep, Cattle? Some trials and studies have shown that with cattle farming Dingoes can actually provide positive profits (lets not fool ourselves this is about money), by allowing the land to provide more feed by controlling rabbits, roos etc, this two fold helps with smaller native animals. They also assist in keeping water holes in better condition for the cattle by acting as a deterrent for cattle to simple hang around them all day or for excessive periods messing them up as many hooved animals can do.

    These same trials have shown that incidents with Dingoes and cattle are very low, there is a rare low risk the odd calf may be taken but overall the positives far out weigh.

    Sheep can be a bit of a different story, being a much easier target, especially if traditional food sources are scares for the Dingo. However there are alternatives, used all around the world that for some reason Australian's are not so willing to use? That's right we are far from the only country that farms live stock and also has top order predators that may interfere with our profit. Guardian dogs are just one option.

    Dingoes are social pack animals, disrupting these bonds packs by shooting, baiting, trapping or whatever bonds only serves to makes issues worse. As would happen in a human pack (family). Allows easier infiltration of wild domestic dogs and also having effects on general behaviour.

    I would also like to thing someone on a forum such as this is an animal lover and wouldn't support the inhumane treatment of our native creatures, 1080 baiting for example is a barbaric thing, banned in other countries but somehow acceptable practice here. Something our current rulers are looking at doubling to 4x a year instead of 2x , as we know they are in the pockets of the money makers.

    Threat to human life? Really, clutching at straws now. Dangerous? They are far far more scared/wary of people than we need to be of them. I experienced this last weekend first hand, wild dingoes only fed, not hand raised .

    You're right about one thing though, we (humans across the world) are too populated, and that simply is the problem, not the dingo, not the wolf, not the tiger, lion or whatever else. There are simply too many humans on this planet and for financial gain, be it yours or whoever elses it comes down to scarifying native animals, often top order predators to start with, essential to the overall ecological balance. But if you feel that this isn't the case, nor important and as you put such animals should only be conserved to look at through cages then I feel that's a very sad view to have on our planet all for the sake of money.

    Just jumping on a plane so have to be brief. I think you've misunderstood me, I'm not meaning to clutch at straws it was just my very simplistic opinion, I don't profess to know much at all about it. Yes, I was raised on the land, sheep and cattle. Now just a hobby farmer small acreage and breed poultry. I hate 1080 awful stuff, yes family have used it a lot and have seen working dogs also lose their lives because of it. I have livestock guardian dogs but they've really only come to the fore here in oz more recently. Mention it to the old timer farmers and they look at me blankly. I am interested in what you are saying, as I said my view is very simplistic and probably resonates with most of the general public from farming backgrounds. Intersted in the other dingo prevention options for sheep farmers as you said lgd's just the one option? Sorry for typos, in a rush, in hawaii ATM so Aloha!

  15. "As no doubt some of you know Dingoes are somewhat of a persecuted native animal in Australia, and especially Queensland where outside of National Parks (a small % of the state) they have the same pest classification as a Cane Toad or Rabbit !! Ironic really when they are the best resource to keep pests such as rabbits, foxes and feral cats in check while also keeping native control of Kangaroos etc"

    I'm not sure if the answer is that simplistic. What about threat to livelihoods ( fArming) and potential threat to human life. None of the other pests are quite so dangerous (except for a cornered, antagonised roo). I hate foxes and despise looking out my windows with one trotting down the paddock but if I looked out and saw a dingo you could bet I'd be reaching for a gun. Sorry, I love dingos and absolutely they should be bred and conserved but we are too populated now to have too many of them roaming free keeping down our introduced pests. Just my take on it, I'd be interested in other opinions.

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