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    Maybe he needs a home as an only dog. I fostered a young kelpie and found her a potential home. It didnt work out so I bought her home. She tried to get in the faces of my dogs big time and nipped me in her excitement (perceived as biting by the home who tried her out).

    I soon got her sorted on the biting and my dogs sorted her on the issues of the in your face play. But she was perceived as in your face, bitey and difficult to control dog by people looking to adopt. But no way she could stay with me indefinitely, I have enough dog flesh on my hands already.

    It seemed like it was going to be very hard to rehome her. Then we found a male triathlete who worked from home and had no other dogs. The kelpie was totally perfect for him and it worked out well. Best home ever for this girl.

    Sometimes it just takes time but the prize is the perfect home for the dog.
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    Bernie, my heart goes out to you. I don't have advice or know what to say but you have a good heart. You have saved Brian, you gave him a home and you have his best interest in mind. I hope it all works out for you and Brian either way. Big hug!!

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    Adding a second dog can be super stressful. I was very disappointed at how Rude Roxy was to Nero at first, and how indifferent he was. And I was also thinking of returning her, as there were quite a few issues. I'm now just glad I didn't. She stole our hearts and has become Nero's BFF. So, it's their loss if they give up so quickly. I feel sorry for their dog because with these people's expectations is not likely to ever get a companion.

    Have you tried a halti or a gentle leader? Works wonders for Nero...

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    I hate people like that. Situations like that occur regularly with rescue dogs. They return them after a few days for what sounds like minor issues that are likely caused by the dogs not having had time to settle in yet. But like you, the rescue is always glad that they don't have to leave the dog with someone who clearly isn't committed to making things work for them.

    I think lots of people, when they get a second dog, assume that their first dog will be leader of the pack and can't bear the idea that it may turn out otherwise. Also quite silly.

    I'm really sorry it didn't work out for Brian. Maybe you should just keep your ears open in case that perfect family for him is out there?

    No idea about harness, nor about giant dogs. Hope you find a solution that protects you from further harm.

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    Bernie, if you are unable to help him, it may be best to rehome him through a rescue organisation...? Perhaps explain the situation to them and offer to be his foster carer so you still have a say in where he is rehomed. They will be able to scan the applicants with forms etc and he will be able to go to a family that will be able to work with him.

    I'm surprised but at the same time not surprised that they returned him given the growling. New dogs are meant to be given space when entering a new house to allow them to adjust at their own pace. The fact the female was respecting his space with a little growl was a good sign but hey what can you do.

    If you want to keep him and work on his walking issues, I'd suggest getting in a professional trainer to help you. We can offer you all the advise and suggest all the tools but it sounds like it would be best for you to speak to someone that can actually SEE Brian and work with you one on one to help with these behaviours. This will save you injuring your foot again.

    On the note of the foot, and pardon me for asking, but is it possible you have a condition such as Osteoperosis or similar that may be causing your injuries from Brian. It's not common to break bones in your foot from a pulling dog. I only ask because it may benefit you to look into this and strengthen your bones if possible to prevent further injury.

    I hope you are healing well.

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    Oh wow, sounds like a good idea that he is coming home. They don't seem very on to it at all. New dog, new environment, new family... of course it will take time to settle in.

    Have you tried a head halti or the front clipping harnesses for the pulling? Head halti worked wonders for Harley.

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    Thankyou guys for all the non judgmental support.
    He arrived home in the afternoon, after his 2.5hr trial in his new home. Rather upset as you can imagine. Declined a bone even! Just velcro dog to my knee.
    This morning, he's his romping goofy self.

    I have got brian onto silky leash training, and he's no longer a puller on walks. But at the sight of a dog to play with, he's lunging off toward them. On the lunge, his feet will dig in to get a good take off, and his foot, has been on the top of mine as he takes off. bernie has done this too in the past. So whilst i dont need the harness for walking nicely at heel, i need it to prevent sudden take off's.


    we had a family meeting last night, and have decided that he can stay. We will (I will) manage the situation. this morning managed by me being on a bike, as dogs trotted alongside in the rain.

    I'm going over to a pet stockist today, with Brian to check out chest harnesses. the gentle leader style are unsuitable for molloser breeds i think? Due to the control being across the bridge of the nose. Its already squashed enough to prevent good breathing through expert dog breeding to ensure this is so <go figure? I think i need the front clipping one like you suggest jadielee.

    Getting a trainer in sounds great. Nehkbet helped out with him via here in past. So perhaps a visit down to geelong is in order. I'll pm you Nehkbet < spelling?

    Apparently he was totally fine with the horses and bulls at new home. Just watched them from a down position, as Bordeaux's are bred to do. Nice one Brian! I was very proud that the control and restraint he now shows when i am around him and familiar live stock, exists without my presence and new livestock.

    Osteoperosis. Pawfectionist, you may have something there. Ive had 3 broken bones over the past year. But as they have been fingers and small foot bones, ive not gone to Dr, as there is no treatment other than strapping it up, which i do myself. So next time i go to quak, i'll ask for testing.

    Gonna pm Nehkbet now. Time for a trip to the Geelong beach and Brian friendly folk. Id love an assessment of me, handling brian, and some tips. Im astounded at how stubborn these dogs are!

    I had my son's pups, transporting with us on a trip to Philip island last week, meant brian could not sit in his usual place on trailer of ute, just had to sit a foot further to the left, do you think the stubborn bastard would comply? Nope. I had to put the leash around his parked butt, and dragged his carcass the extra foot i needed for pup. But he'd shimmy back to original spot before i could tether him. Grrrr. That was his spot, not harleys! and nothing i could say/do was changing his mind. Sometimes you have to work 'around' a mastiff's nature, as you wont get anywhere dragging his carcass lol

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    Work boots like construction workers use to protect your feet?

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    Hi Bernie, I'm sorry the other family didn't work out for Brian, and hope you are able to get a solution to your injuries. Di-Dee's suggestion above might be the go, when your foot heals, you could maybe try steel-capped shoes - you can get some that look like joggers, not ideal for hot summer days, but better than having broken foots.

    Your stories make me laugh out loud ... I can picture Brian not moving aside in the ute for the pup, even when you've moved him - stubborn bugger ...

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    well, ive been wearing flip flops, so ask for trouble. Its hot here! But will be wearing proper footwear now.
    Took Brian for walk on new harness. Works fine, but not really pulling. So had to get all 3 together, and walk close to the lake, as he'll jump in on a huge lunge if im not careful, and has taken me with him on one occasion. He tried to jump in, and kind of span in the air, and landed facing me. Confused the shit outta him, made me laugh!

    So, Brian on right, on harness, Pohm on left loose leash walking and role modelling nice behaviour (a new position for her, she's usually right, but flexi) and Bernie off leash. And the harness works. Lots of praise when he's in position and he's prancing and nice eye contact frequently with that dolphin smile.
    Thenn lunge into the lake attempt, and spinning to face me again. He's not getting anywhere with his lunging. So settles more and more into walking at slow, then medium, then fast, then slow pace game.

    A success.

    Prevents the lunging forward.

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