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  1. I am not sure how much other countries have heard about the bushfires which have been burning in Australia over the last week or so. New South Wales and Queensland have had multiple fires, with 5 fatalities, around 600 houses burnt and over a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of farm and bush land burned. Smoke from these fires have drifted to New Zealand. The smoke has caused Sydney to have some of the worst air quality in the world. And it is not even officially summer yet. Many fires are still not contained, and may not be contained until next year. We have been having multiple days over 40 degrees celsius (104 fahrenheit) in the last couple of months in these states. Our usual fire danger season would not start until late November, but we are already having catastrophic fire danger days, and total fire ban days. And yes, in Australia our fire danger ratings start at low-moderate and end at catastrophic. Total fire ban days mean you can't even have a Weber BBQ burning (charcoal BBQ) at risk of a fine in excess of $100,000 or prison time. Anyway, much of what has burned has been prime koala habitat, and many are feared to have been killed. They have been sending a koala detection dog in after the fire has passed to try and find any that have survived to see if they need medical treatment. Here is an article about the dog. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/bear-searches-scorched-bushland-for-surviving-koalas-20191118-p53bl5.html There is also a video about a lady who took off her own shirt to save a koala who was running into a fire, but it contains footage of the injured koala crying. It was too upsetting to me to want to post it. If you want to find it you can probably google woman rescues koala. The koala has survived, badly burned, but is getting treatment and is able to eat. I am nowhere near these fires, and I am not sure if anyone on these boards is, but this is a tragic situation and I feel it deserves to be known. Most of our firefighters are volunteers, and they have come from all over the country to help. They are true heroes.
  2. Congratulations on your rare levitating dog!
  3. I believe it is accepted in Australia that you can have cream Kelpies. I know that they are often used in Australian movies as substitutes for dingoes. So it is possible? http://www.hnrworkingkelpies.com/Cream.html I am not sure the face looks completely Kelpie like to me, but it could be the angle. I found this working kelpie stud. Absolutely no guarantee of quality, but when you scroll down the previous litters, there are quite a few which have some cream pups in there. https://www.karmala.com.au/pups-for-sale/
  4. Pixie is so gorgeous! You can just start to see hints of her growing out into a dog, like she is moving into that in between stage where she is sometimes a puppy still, and sometimes a gangly dog. That is a super fun stage, enjoy!
  5. I have four boys, three desexed, one who is not. They all get along really well. Lost one boy, added another and still have a great group who get along well. That is a personal preference.
  6. I love the sleepy eyed, ear up, ear down photo, Pixie is so sweet, she really suits her name.
  7. So sorry for your loss. No matter how long we have them, we always wish it could have been longer.
  8. Ouchie! It is so hard that they cannot tell us why and where they hurt. That would make life so much easier. But I do agree that foxtails are horrible. I usually have to clean paws every time my boys come inside, so I end up checking paws daily almost without thinking.
  9. She is precious, and I love the tricks you are training. Keeping her mind busy is so important. If not, you can find the picture below to be so true.
  10. So, with a new agility dog to train (hopefully), this looks, really good. How were you signalling it? Verbal or gesture?
  11. I am so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for the update. And, just in case you hadn't noticed, your boy is absolutely gorgeous!
  12. Thank you for the update tamapup. Patience and persistence! I spent ages with a dog who I had to work with about forty feet from the other dogs at dog school because he went ballistic whenever we went closer. In the end, he went to Grade 4 (non- trialling) at dog school, got a rally novice title and competed and titled in agility. I cannot tell you how many tonnes of treats I shovelled down his gullet to get to that point!
  13. One of my boys used to respond to Nexgard/Nexgard Spectra with diarrhoea too, although not bloody. Mind you, he had a sensitive gut to a lot of things. Pixie is precious, I have slight puppy envy right now. Keep the photos coming, she is adorable and we love seeing puppies grow!
  14. On this topic, I have one boy who is seven and entire. I have had several people tell me that if I want to keep my entire male healthy, particularly in relation to his prostate, I need to masturbate him, because entire males need to ejaculate regularly for their own health I must be a bad owner because I have never done this.
  15. I hope this is not offensive, but this photo kinda looks like - front half intent but goofy fun loving Kiran, back half super canine athlete! It is an amazing photo though.
  16. I have never tried sit on the dog myself, which was why it was not my first or even second suggestion. I am very glad that crating worked eventually. Persistence and consistency will work. The other goal is to watch closely to try and catch him before he starts getting very overstimulated. Try to learn the markers of him starting to get worked up, and catch him before he is in full flight, and it will make things easier.
  17. Ears go crazy around the time adult teeth start coming through. If you have not already, chew proof everything! And get lots of chew toys ready for your puppy, because she is abut to go through teething, most likely. I wish I had more photos of how different my puppy's ears had been from day to day, so keep on that camera!
  18. Oh yes, the inevitable question of "What is she/he?" that those of us who have anything other than the traditional long coat black and white border collies invariably encounter throughout the lives of our dogs - welcome to the club! I have a red merle, two black tri colours, one new short coat black and white, and until last month had a white face black and white. Invariably I would get asked what type of dogs they were. In Australia, I often get asked if they are Coolie/Koolie , or Australian Shepherd, or Kelpie, or I simply get told that they can't be Borders because they aren't the right colours or coats. One of the loveliest comments I ever received was when I first started agility and a stranger told me that you just had to look at my white face move to know that he was all border collie, even if he did not have a pedigree.
  19. Agree totally with the advice above. Also try calling her, treating/praising her, and then letting her go back to the fun stuff she was doing, so that she does not associate coming to you with the fun always ending. Also, if she eats, take her outside to toilet. If she drinks, take her outside to toilet. High likelihood of an accident if you don't. As puppies, they have limited bladders and eating and drinking seem to trigger them. This will improve each month as she grows, but safest thing is regular (and I mean frequent) trips outside.
  20. There is another way of teaching self control to a dog which does not involve a crate, but does require long periods of time commitment from the owner. It is a way of teaching a 'long down'. There was a post called "Sit on the dog" a while back where this was discussed, but basically you put your dog on a lead, put the dog in a down, put the lead under a foot or under the leg of a chair so only a short length is available, sit on the chair and then sit and read a book, magazine, watch Netflix on your phone, whatever for half an hour or so. Do this in a park, in your yard, in your living room, wherever. There is some debate about this being a dominance exercise, which is a theory which has been essentially debunked by modern animal behaviourist research, but the exercise itself may be useful if you approach it more as an opportunity to positively reinforce quiet, settled behaviour.
  21. It sounds as though he may be either overstimulated or attention seeking when he behaves like this. It is difficult to be sure from your description. If it is over-stimulation, he is not yet able to settle himself, i.e. he has not learned the mystical 'off-switch'. It comes naturally to some dogs, others need help to learn it. If it is attention seeking, he has learned that you respond when he behaves like this, therefore it is self rewarding (and it may just also be fun!) In both cases, the answer is simply to respond in the same way - a consequence of this unwanted behaviour is time in the crate. This is not a punishment. It is simply a force of nature. Say calmly something like "Uh oh, someone needs a time out." and then just put him in the crate until he calms down. If he naps, even better. A filled kong or other chew toy, to emphasise that this is not a punishment is good (although not every time, or he may start to do this to get the treat!). Once he is calm, you can let him out. If he does it again, rinse and repeat. Over and over until he learns. Be aware of something called an extinction burst, where a dog escalates their behaviour because it is no longer getting the desired effect, before they give up entirely. An alternative would be to teach place, by training him to lie on a mat, and rewarding calm lying on a mat for longer and longer periods. But if he is as over the top with furnishings as you suggest, and he is already crate trained, I suggest the crate would be best.
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