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    Hi!

    I'm new to the forums so I'd just like to give everyone a warm hello.

    I'm the proud owner of a 4 year old black lab who is my world. I have recently been through the ups and downs of life, working in the corporate world, starting my own business, it going broke

    I've now come to the conclusion I need to start something in an area I love, so even if it fails I have the time of my life doing so. And this is where I need your help.

    I just wanted to know what the biggest problem you face as an owner is. Whether there is something that you'd pay to have delivered on a monthly/weekly basis? Or just anything that you just wish could make your life easier!

    Since I'm asking a lot from you I'd be more than happy to throw my business knowledge around to those that may be interested!

    P.S. His name is Woody

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    Hi Aussielab

    Have you ever read "maverick" by Ricardo Semler.... his dad taught him that having a business fail - is how to learn to get it right. Unfortunately my brother had a go at starting his own business and he started it at exactly the wrong time - and we all lost a lot of money. I didn't lose anything I couldn't afford but he was still mortified by it and hasn't had another go at starting a business which I think is a bit sad.

    His main failing was getting into too much debt and several of the buyers of his product - reneging on deals they'd made. Not to mention the input costs doubling or tripleing in the first couple of years. He had assured me that the buyers couldn't do that and that he would be fine with a drought and fuel prices and fodder prices doubling. Well erm... not. Ah well.

    So what is my current main dog related problem - not sure I could pay for this without getting into trouble but I'd really like my council to comply with the local government act and actually enforce some or all of the laws and bylaws they have... They're into some really dodgy stuff at the moment.

    So I guess some of what I want is in the what would you do if you were in charge of the country thread...

    dog stuff - I'd like roo jerky to be easier to get and in a more consistent size so I could store it more easily.

    I'd like stronger dog toys. I'd like some bungee dog toys that are stronger - I was thinking of making some out of 4 strand plaited bungee cord and (recycled) seat belt webbing with some fake fur sewn on for doggy interest... You can bungee toys from OS but they're the wrong size and far too easily destroyed.

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    well training dogs would be simplest idea. Working with dogs to teach for general people with no time to and help with problems, over just a buy and selling items for dogs.
    there are plenty of course around, A lot of study and work required for qualifications. Most course's give plenty tools/methods for dog training and handling ect.
    but never really get down to the core truth's in understanding of dogs in my opinion.
    But in reality the core truths can be a bit much for some to handle.
    Last edited by spiderwick; 08-27-2014 at 10:54 PM.

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    Stronger dog toys, yes please. Stupid prices.

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    I would also like a dog club that's a bit like a boot camp gym thingy

    That's fun for both handlers and dogs, and where the moderately dog obsessed like me can meet up once a week or so and do dog training in a class setting and learn new things.

    At the moment - most of the dog clubs in my area use punishment based methods either on the dogs or on the humans or both. And it's no fun. There's nowhere to go for followup to basic obedience training unless you're into some sort of competition dog sport and there is nothing more boring than waiting around for your turn at some element of obedience competition. It doesn't have to be like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    Stronger dog toys, yes please. Stupid prices.
    X2 !!! I'm thinking something that a Pitbull x Mastiff on steriods and Meth couldnt destroy if their life depended on it.

    Failing that a weekly supply of cats delivered to my house would be cool to. But like a bird gets it's wings clipped so it cant fly take away their ability to climb or jump.

    I'm just joking about the cats ......unless you could do me a really good price of course.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    X2 !!! I'm thinking something that a Pitbull x Mastiff on steriods and Meth couldnt destroy if their life depended on it.
    I've heard bricks are fairly durable

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    I've heard stories told of Malinois who will eat bricks and concrete...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    X2 !!! I'm thinking something that a Pitbull x Mastiff on steriods and Meth couldnt destroy if their life depended on it.

    Failing that a weekly supply of cats delivered to my house would be cool to. But like a bird gets it's wings clipped so it cant fly take away their ability to climb or jump.

    I'm just joking about the cats ......unless you could do me a really good price of course.
    if i had a dog on steroids and meth... i'm sure it would only get as far as the steroids before i got to the meth.
    Be someones worst nightmare.... steroids make them as strong as the hulk.... and meth.. oh god no....

    hyacinth - that's a good idea. Dog training boot camp?
    could have different kinds of parts to it, could have a more serious boot camp for people wanting a good work out for themselves and there dogs.
    also maybe a more relaxed camp for fun and training and socializing.
    Maybe even doggie resort for owners and dogs to enjoy and relax and just have fun and socialize with other people and there dogs.
    Could have somewhere with everything. training classes , agility courses, luring courses. doggie pools. off leash area's everything
    Last edited by spiderwick; 08-28-2014 at 06:03 PM.

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    At a really basic level we used to do a class of about ten people and it was tailored to each person's fitness and doggy experience eg you could do stuff running or walking, you could do stuff on or off lead depending on where your dog was at.

    There was loads of distraction training incorporated too - so people got rock solid stays happening but the newbies would start up close with their dogs leads still on...

    We'd get newbies every month as they graduated grade 5...

    but if it really took off there is heaps that could be incorporated...

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