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    We haven't met any kangaroos since. But I know where to find them, so if I have time, I'll take her over for another training session soon.

    In the meantime, I've started "child proofing" her! Kids are really her biggest temptation. She cannot resist running up to them and jumping all over them, even babies in strollers! I think it has something to do with her foster carer who had a 3yo and a 5mo. She must miss them.

    So yesterday at our dog walking spot I put her on the lead when I spotted a grandmother with 3 kids ranging from 3-4 to about 8, Banjo's prime 'targets'. And walked closer and closer to them and hung around a while so I could reward Banjo for looking away from them. I eventually tried to explain to the woman what I was doing, but she wasn't a dog owner and looked at me as I was a bit loopy.

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    I had a real fright when i took Diesel out onto our salt lakes down the road. It was dusk and we came around the corner and the roo hadnt heard us until we were pretty much on top of it. it took off and diesel was off like a rocket... good thing is it went through some long grass and diesel couldnt see were it went.. funniest thing was seeing diesel jumping up out of the grass trying to see were it went. He came after a few calls but was still very excited and looking for it. i always have him back on the lead if i spot one now, though i have no doubt hed bring a roo down very easily, but being young still hes not quite smart enough ( all 60kgs of him)

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    When I lived out west Brisbane near Gatton we had a 1m high joey mistakenly jump our fence into the yard. I spotted it first but the dogs got there before I could get to them to tie them up. They went into (best way to describe it) a trance like state where all they wanted was that roo. I did not exist to them at all. Took me a good five minutes of chasing them to grab hold and literally drag them to the closest shed and lock them in.

    That was a horrible day and it was the only time I really didn't like my dogs at all. The joey was okay, he had a few scratches and was bitten on the nose. I was kicked twice by it while trying to get the dogs back (lucky it was a baby). I still have scars from it now. We were too far away for the wild life rescue people to come and pick him up or help it and he just jumped away and hopefully the stress of it all didn't kill it!

    I won't be letting my dogs close enough to another one ever now. We have them jumping in the paddocks behind our house, but they all seem to stay well enough away. The dogs are more interested in the cattle.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    It's scary when they manage to surprise them. My old sighthound brought down 3 roos in her life. Didn't know how to kill them, but they would've probably died from stress afterwards. (I called the ranger to check up on them as I didn't have the nerve to get close enough to them to do anything.) And she only weight around 25kilos! But she had the hunting instinct so deeply ingrained in her, I never managed to train it out.

    When she got old, she'd still chase them occasionally or try to ambush them, but there were 2 occasions when we unexpectedly came across a roo only metres away from us and I called her and she came straight to me! Those were some of the proudest moments of my life.

    Fortunately most dogs are really bad at spotting anything if it doesn't move, so I usually see them before they do. But I can't count on that, so we'll continue with this training.

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