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    Quote Originally Posted by findeb View Post
    Oh no, haha, she's not fat, just a cuddly girl she looks right at home with the family ...
    She is certainly cuddly, like a wombat. We are making progress every day and she is becoming more comfortable with the rabble of our crazy house.

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    That's amazing, so happy you are seeing daily progress ...

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    Default Serena brought me a present

    Hey all,

    I was out in the garden this morning doing some watering, fertilising and checking on my orchids. Serena came down with me as she loves frolicking in among the veges and chooks. Anyway, I was bending down to have a look at one of my plants when i heard Serena growl and make a lot of noise at behind the shed. I didn't think anything of it and just kept on doing my thing. A few minutes later I stood up and stepped on something soft and furry. I looked down and there basically at my feet was a very large, and very dead rat that Serena had brought me. I was so excited none of my previous dogs have ever done this before. What a little terrier!
    Just thought I'd share.

    Adrian

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    Aaaw... such a nice pressie!

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    Oooh ‘Ados’ – remember when you first posted this – oh - about a month ago !

    Hi, I thought I would post here because I am struggling with our new staffy ……….
    And - now this clever little pup is bringing you presents ! WoW - I am soooooo very impressed !

    I hope you don’t have any snakes around – but she is doing her bit – by getting rid of the rat population !

    So any doubts you had – now should be long gone after this ! Looks like you have a very special pup who is very much at home with you lot now ! Earning her keep and doing chores !

    Fantastic update ! Keep them coming - please ! I get a smile on all 4 of my cheeks reading things like this !

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    I'm about to buy a bunch of rodent traps because my evil hound loves hunting them and digging up bits of the garden in the process but she doesn't want to take the fun out of the game by harming any of them.

    I'm pleased she also leaves unharmed the resident blue tongues (found a baby one the other day). At least they eat the mice.

    Note: the traps I'm getting will allow lizards and natives to be freed unharmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Oooh ‘Ados’ – remember when you first posted this – oh - about a month ago !



    And - now this clever little pup is bringing you presents ! WoW - I am soooooo very impressed !

    I hope you don’t have any snakes around – but she is doing her bit – by getting rid of the rat population !

    So any doubts you had – now should be long gone after this ! Looks like you have a very special pup who is very much at home with you lot now ! Earning her keep and doing chores !

    Fantastic update ! Keep them coming - please ! I get a smile on all 4 of my cheeks reading things like this !
    Thank you guys. Here are a couple of other things that have progressed - Our recall has improved greatly. She now comes to my call almost 90% of my recall on the busy off-leash dog beach and that is despite the distractions of other people and other dogs; yesterday afternoon, she came out to visit us, kids and all and seemed quite comfortable (but not entirely) enough to take the fish from my fish and chips we were having at out makeshift backyard picnic. All in all, as you said RileyJ, things are getting better with Serena which is essentially thanks to you guys here with all your great advice. More to come so watch this space.

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    take the fish from my fish and chips
    hopefully with permission?

    new foods always make sensitive dogs uncertain. With mine - I provide some competition. If she doesn't eat what I offer, I eat it and she's more willing to try it next time. Tho sometimes that doesn't pay off - she's never going to like oranges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    hopefully with permission?

    new foods always make sensitive dogs uncertain. With mine - I provide some competition. If she doesn't eat what I offer, I eat it and she's more willing to try it next time. Tho sometimes that doesn't pay off - she's never going to like oranges.
    Absolutely with permission - i'm not the kind of bloke that gives up his fish and chips so easily. So far I have found that Serena loves: Freshly cooked liver cubes, kangaroo tails, chicken mince, cooked chicken, t'bone steak and fish. She prefers fresh treats to dried ones, although she does like liver that I have dried like jerky in the oven - but will take fresh treats over that every time. She loves, loves cheese too.
    We haven't done anymore work on sit command because she seems very confused and unsure as to what to do and I don't want to force it on her. Any tips concerning this would be greatly appreciated. otherwise, she is coming along very well and we love her more each day.

    Adrian

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    Hi Adrian

    My dog is occasionally a bit confused about sit too, I keep thinking I should give it a new name. Part of our problem comes from the obedience training where after the first month - they expect "auto sit" ie sit with no command.

    Tho we have the signal going fairly well most of the time. The signal - from any distance looks like me holding a treat in my hand so fingers and thumb together, and then making a motion like I'm holding the treat in front of her nose and then lifting it up and over the top of her head - slowly. As she tracks the treat with her nose, her bum hits the ground and I say "yes" and hand over the treat.

    This method is called "luring" and you want to drop the treat in the hand fairly quickly and get the treat from somewhere else after the sit has been completed successfully.

    Other methods just involve having control over your dog eg she's on lead, or she's waiting for her dinner and then just waiting for a sit and saying "yes" and rewarding that.

    You could also train a nose touch... and then use her "targeting" your hand to get the sit or stand and maybe even a drop and definitely leg weaves. It does get the palm of your hand a bit snotted up tho.

    Personally - a raw roo tail might be ok but I wouldn't feed the smoked or dried roo tails or pig trotters or anything dried/smoked with bones in it. Once in a while like once every few months might be ok, but daily or even weekly might cause bone splinters to accumulate in the gut and cause a blockage or just splinters causing problems at both ends.

    I sometimes feed my dog roo jerky - and sometimes she eats it too fast with not enough chewing and chucks it all up (yuck) but I'm pretty confident there's no bone splinters that might perforate bits of her on the way through.

    I know so many dogs (including my own) who have accidents or problems with bones I think it's just not worth it. Other people do just fine with their dogs and bones. One friend who has a bull terrier - spent $6K getting a bone out of her dog's aesophagus and chest as her dog managed to inhale the bone and get it stuck. She was trying to eat too fast because of the dog next door saying rude things to her.

    Dogs aren't that bright when it comes to food. However now that the dog is fully recovered - she gets bones again. Go figure.

    My mum got chicken mince from the butcher for cooking dog dinner. What the butcher didn't tell her was the mince was actually minced carcass and should have been fed raw (actually whole carcass is better but dogs sometimes inhale those and get them stuck too). So our family dog got a blockage and a lot of money was spent at the vet getting that sorted too.

    These days when I buy meat or bones - I never say it's for the dog. Actually sometimes if there is a bit of extra mince - I put some in her dinner (dinner casserole meatloaf stuff) and some in mine (spag bol). So it better be human grade food.

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