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    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemiannic View Post
    We thought we were just imagining when Ralph would say "I love you" or "hello", sounded very clear, but thought no one would believe us! Unfortunately Ralph can't talk any more because of his tracheostomy. The cat also says "hello"!


    Hi BOH..

    I'm so glad it's now 3 of us SBT owners that say our SBT's can clearly say words. Lets hope others don't think that we or our dogs are looney's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Hi BOH..

    I'm so glad it's now 3 of us SBT owners that say our SBT's can clearly say words. Lets hope others don't think that we or our dogs are looney's
    I always used to think I was imagining it, but so glad I wasn't! It is one of the things that makes SBTs so very special!

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    Mortisha was able to say a few words, all as clearly as a person... there was never a doubt when people heard her.... if I repeated a word to her she would eventually repeat it back... However I have to say her knickname was 'gutter mouth' she always ALWAYS had the last word, every time you walked out the room she would mouth every time you walked into the room she would mouth... One day I was feeling very down and sitting down having a little cry and she came up to me put her head in my lap and said "I love you" well that ended the teary session... Now I"m not suggesting that she did it to stop me being sad, but she knew it would get her a pat.... she truly was one in a million dog...

    PS she was also a TV star - Sale of the century... Totally wild (they did a story on her diving into the pool) and she had a spot on a series called - Last Man Standing,...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mydogau View Post
    I guess its easier to re-home that when they are called staffy x's. If you call them Bull terrier, pit bull, pig dog or anything else, many ppl won't want them. There aren't too many (that I am aware of anyway, I could be very surprised to hear otherwise) who will give a pit bull a chance, because of the bad plugging they receive in the media. You alway hear about dog attacks involving them, but surely there are many more we don't hear about, that these dogs aren't involved in at all. I was bitten by a dog when I was walking one morning, few years back. Didn't look anything like a bull terrier. When I reported the attack nobody cared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    Danm staight, Bully.
    I saw a beautiful Bull Terrier( I think it was. those are the ones with the major roman noses?) the other day. I think its the first time ive ever liked a bull breed. nope, second. i saw a really lovely staffy that day too. i like their personality so much, im actually considering one for my next dog.
    Get one of each

    I just went for a huge walk with Kaos, walked past this house and a lady was coming out the gate Kaos just gave her the biggest grin and looked up and went all wriggley and kept smiling, lady ended up on her knees, in her work clothes having a cuddle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer View Post
    We recently visited a number of dog shelters looking for a new member for our family.

    I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say a good three-quarters of all the dogs we saw were described as Staffy or Staffy X. It quickly became something of a running joke between us (not out of disrespect you understand, but out of sheer repetition).

    I guess one possible explanation is that Staffy genes are particularly recognisable in a mongrel and therefore tend to get mentioned first, but I suspect there's more to it. I suspect that either Staffies have been particularly fashionable lately, or they have character traits which lead to them being surrendered more often.

    Has anyone else noticed this, and if so, what is your theory?
    I have not had a chance to look at this forum for ages but just noticed your post Brewer.

    There are many over represented breeds in pounds & shelters in Australia. Staffies & Staffy mixes are one of those sadly.

    I coordinate the volunteer group at Hawkesbury Pound & also photograph & give a brief assesment of the dogs there.

    There are some breed specific traits that are attached to different breeds & this is taken into consideration, though I cant stand "labels" and always take a dog on face value.

    In the majority of cases dogs will always offer you an enormous amount & are very happy to work with you. A dog, it's temp, nature & ability is very individual and what they offer is often related to a number of things. For example a good critical period as a puppy, good socialisation, basic training....or lack of.

    In terms of listing their breed, most staff are experienced at this. There are definate physical characteristics & features that you are able to recognise. Having said that there may be more than two or even three features of different breeds that can be recognised.

    At times the dog is chipped. This can also be wrong...we have a Female listed as a Kelpie x while she is much more Rotty than anything else. We also have a Lab x who is very much a Greyhound mix.

    At Hawkesbury we change the breed on their kennel cards if this happens.

    Breeds who are over represented are often from your typical BYB or Pet Shop.
    (Pet Shops are now buying large numbers of BYB puppies) Unwanted/Unplanned litters also play a huge part.

    These dogs are often very poorly rehomed at the point of sale, there is no advice or screening process offered, nor a safety net if something goes wrong.

    Puppies are so cute when they are little...We have large numbers of dogs surrendered & dumped between 6 months & two years of age.

    When you ask them why they are surrendering the dog they will tell you they are jumping up on the kids in the yard. When you ask them if they have offered any basic training to address the behaviour they will tell you no.

    It important to note that the same dogs are very responsive to training & correction when we work with them. They learn VERY quickly & they LOVE to work to please you.

    I meet goodness knows how many dogs at Hawkesbury & I can honestly say they will make fantastic companions with a responsible dog owner. ALL dogs need & deserve this.

    The other peice of advice I would like to offer is never judge a book by it's cover You would be suprised what is hidden underneath.

    Some of the nicest dogs I have met have been rough diamonds with hearts of gold!

    Hope this helps..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy View Post
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    The other peice of advice I would like to offer is never judge a book by it's cover You would be suprised what is hidden underneath.

    Some of the nicest dogs I have met have been rough diamonds with hearts of gold!

    Hope this helps..
    Well written advice Billy, and I have quoted this last piece you wrote because my dog is this description all over. I recently adopted a 15mth old brindle boy (registered as a staffy cross). We began obedience training 4 days after getting him home. We are now up to week 5 (next Tues). One particular lady who also goes to the training has had nothing good to say about my dog since the start just because of where I got him and that he is brindle. But she has only seen him 4 times, and he has never behaved in a manner to earn her negative opinion of him except he barks at everyone's dogs, including hers. He has the biggest heart of gold anybody could ever imagine. SOOK, loves affection, loves being with us. He is an absolute charm to have. Such an easy dog to train. Yes he barks at other dogs and doesn't appear to want to be sociable with the ones at training, and he barks when someone knocks at our front door. But who's dog doesn't. That lady has judged my dog by his covers and will never learn just what he is like on the inside. But that doesn't matter. We love him, thats all that counts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mydogau View Post
    Well written advice Billy, and I have quoted this last piece you wrote because my dog is this description all over. I recently adopted a 15mth old brindle boy (registered as a staffy cross). We began obedience training 4 days after getting him home. We are now up to week 5 (next Tues). One particular lady who also goes to the training has had nothing good to say about my dog since the start just because of where I got him and that he is brindle. But she has only seen him 4 times, and he has never behaved in a manner to earn her negative opinion of him except he barks at everyone's dogs, including hers. He has the biggest heart of gold anybody could ever imagine. SOOK, loves affection, loves being with us. He is an absolute charm to have. Such an easy dog to train. Yes he barks at other dogs and doesn't appear to want to be sociable with the ones at training, and he barks when someone knocks at our front door. But who's dog doesn't. That lady has judged my dog by his covers and will never learn just what he is like on the inside. But that doesn't matter. We love him, thats all that counts.
    That is beautifully said mydogau! and stuff the lady at training. You know that you have a wonderful, loving dog and you have taken responsibility to make sure he is trained. Good luck to you and your beautiful boy. Hold your head up proudly that you have a dog that loves you and you love him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mydogau View Post
    Well written advice Billy, and I have quoted this last piece you wrote because my dog is this description all over. I recently adopted a 15mth old brindle boy (registered as a staffy cross). We began obedience training 4 days after getting him home. We are now up to week 5 (next Tues). One particular lady who also goes to the training has had nothing good to say about my dog since the start just because of where I got him and that he is brindle. But she has only seen him 4 times, and he has never behaved in a manner to earn her negative opinion of him except he barks at everyone's dogs, including hers. He has the biggest heart of gold anybody could ever imagine. SOOK, loves affection, loves being with us. He is an absolute charm to have. Such an easy dog to train. Yes he barks at other dogs and doesn't appear to want to be sociable with the ones at training, and he barks when someone knocks at our front door. But who's dog doesn't. That lady has judged my dog by his covers and will never learn just what he is like on the inside. But that doesn't matter. We love him, thats all that counts.
    Congratulations on your new addition Mydogau. Training is a fantastic gift for you & your boy and great mental stimulation as well

    I heavily promote training when doing introductions with families looking to adopt. Not only for the many behavioural benefits, it is also a great way to develop a bond with your dog & see how unique & clever they are!

    Have you spoken with your trainer re the barking, I am sure they will have some good strategies, it is not at all uncommon esspecially for young dogs/puppies.

    When this happens at the pound I distract them with food (if they are very food driven) So while on lead I offer them food for walking at heel, sitting when i ask them to and responding appropriately with other dogs in their pens. Most often i find that they completely ignore the other dogs, they are consistantly looking to me as the reward from me is of far better value.
    Verbal praise is also very important, so lots of good boy! and reward with food.

    Before they know it they have walked past two rows of dogs, showing many different responses.

    I only use really tasty treats (small peices of cooked chicken, sausage, lamb & beef, or small peices of raw steak etc) The better the treats the bigger the reward & the harder they will work for you.

    As far as the other person at training, there is always one It is symbolic of a closed mind & a sterotypical view.

    It is a shame she doesnt focus on the positives, but it is her loss.

    Full credit to you for responsibly working with your new boy! I for one take my hat off to you, there is so much to look forward to & the world is at your feet

    Oh, it has been a long time since I have visited & I notice a Thank you part at the bottom...I dont know how to do this (not great with computers) though Thank you to those who said Thank you!

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    Billy, you probably met 2 of the dogs that I pulled out of HP last Tuesday - if you go to the rescue forum, look for the threads about Tallulah and Rio! I think what you are saying about hearts of gold especially applies to Rio!

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