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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    I can tell you we have a dog in right now with VERY similar issues, and he is coping ok- to the point wher he comes and stands near me now when I'm cleaning his run. Today I absentmindedly reached down to pat the dog standing by my leg.... Only to realize who it was later ! I'm wondering if being around the other dogs has helped.
    Thank you so much for this!! I cannot tell you how much that has cheered me up. It's actually exactly what I hope for - that the company of the other dogs will help him getting over his fear. It's been my experience in the past - with other dogs around he is a different dog. In fact I think he shouldn't be an 'only dog' but my partner needs a bit more hassling before he can agree to a second dog

    The lady from Topspot Kennels has gotten back to me. She is reluctant to take him on, which makes me think that she is probably exactly the right person - if that makes any sense. She doesn't want to be in a position where she is stuck with a suffering dog and us out of reach. The first impression on her and how she runs her kennel is very convincing.

    I'll take him there tomorrow morning for a look and perhaps (hopefully) agree to a trial day or two to see how he goes.

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    I remember the days when most breeders did not let their puppies go until ten weeks. I think my newfie two pups ago was one of those. She adored people. i just think some dogs were born with certain personalities that cannot be changed and only coped with. Sound like you guys are coping well.
    I think maybe you need to do the rounds of the local kennels and see which one feels the best to you. It is amazing what you can pick up from "feel". Even talking to the staff will give you an idea if the place is suitable. Don't necessarily go for the best looking place, but the one with the happiest dogs, especially their reaction to the staff. I recently went to a kennel and if I had gone for waht it looked like I might not have liked it. but seeing the response of the dogs to the staff was amazing. i would pick a place like that anytime.
    Also if the staff show empathy and give you some ideas as to how they would deal with the dog, you will again get some idea.
    Good luck in your search. I don't live in Melbourne, but if I ever have to leave my dogs I will leave them in Melbourne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Thank you so much for this!! I cannot tell you how much that has cheered me up. It's actually exactly what I hope for - that the company of the other dogs will help him getting over his fear. It's been my experience in the past - with other dogs around he is a different dog. In fact I think he shouldn't be an 'only dog' but my partner needs a bit more hassling before he can agree to a second dog

    The lady from Topspot Kennels has gotten back to me. She is reluctant to take him on, which makes me think that she is probably exactly the right person - if that makes any sense. She doesn't want to be in a position where she is stuck with a suffering dog and us out of reach. The first impression on her and how she runs her kennel is very convincing.

    I'll take him there tomorrow morning for a look and perhaps (hopefully) agree to a trial day or two to see how he goes.
    Good idea to take him to visit & see if you could get a trial 24hr period to test him probley.
    If your not happy about anything try another actully I would at least visit 2 or even 3 before I decided.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundybear View Post
    It's going to be tough,
    10 weeks is too late to get a dog and have it adjust to the new environment properly.By that age they typically don't bond well with humans.
    I stand corrected on that point

    @ Hyacinth that idea came mainly from when my family has bred cattle dogs, most of the litter was always spoken for by the time the pups were born or before, but my grandfather would not let anyone take a pup before 8 weeks and anywhere after 10 weeks they would not always make a reliable working dog and were more likely to be problematic, so I guess I was off track.
    I didn't mean to spread any misinformation sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I don't live in Melbourne, but if I ever have to leave my dogs I will leave them in Melbourne.
    Newf: If you ever need to kennel your dogs and are happy to travel out of Melb a bit... PM me and I will give you details of where I work. They are not a perfect kennels, but I would be comfortable leaving my dogs there for whatever that is worth. Plus.... I work there and wouldnt pass a chance to have some Newfs visit!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    ... The first impression on her and how she runs her kennel is very convincing.

    I'll take him there tomorrow morning for a look and perhaps (hopefully) agree to a trial day or two to see how he goes.
    Margoo: definitely do the rounds of the kennels. As already said, the ones that look best to human eyes do not always suit a dog best. The kennels I used to use (before I worked in one) was the most horrendous looking place, but the care the dogs got, the staff and the suitability of the setup from a dog's perspective made all the difference. I'm a firm believer that plastered walls, pretend-y beds and a widescreen TV do not a great dog atmosphere make (but just my opinion)!

    I would imagine that the stay in the kennels, if successful, may not make that much difference when your dog returns home... most canines are just not that good at generalising... but if he can have a comfortable stay while you need to be away, well, that's one stress off your mind for the future, I hope :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villain & Flirtt View Post
    Margoo: definitely do the rounds of the kennels. As already said, the ones that look best to human eyes do not always suit a dog best. The kennels I used to use (before I worked in one) was the most horrendous looking place, but the care the dogs got, the staff and the suitability of the setup from a dog's perspective made all the difference. I'm a firm believer that plastered walls, pretend-y beds and a widescreen TV do not a great dog atmosphere make (but just my opinion)!
    I absolutely agree with that. There is a kennel not far from us that offers all of the above and much much more for the 'pampered pooch'. Perhaps there are dogs who care, but Nero is certainly not one of them. After all his favourite past time is swimming in a muddy, dirty, stinking dam and rolling in some seriously disgusting stuff


    Thanks for all your answers guys. It's really helping that you're not making fun of me for being a hysteric 'doggy mum' Hope we'll be ok tomorrow *fingers crossed*

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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    I absolutely agree with that. There is a kennel not far from us that offers all of the above and much much more for the 'pampered pooch'. Perhaps there are dogs who care, but Nero is certainly not one of them. After all his favourite past time is swimming in a muddy, dirty, stinking dam and rolling in some seriously disgusting stuff


    Thanks for all your answers guys. It's really helping that you're not making fun of me for being a hysteric 'doggy mum' Hope we'll be ok tomorrow *fingers crossed*
    Hey, we can't criticise hysteric doggy mums! We've all got some of that in us ('specially me )

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    I'm not surprised I just had a look at Lacey's pictures in the Foto Thread...
    OMG ... she is SO gorgeous!!!!

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    I think a litter of cattle dog puppies on a farm that were not getting much (or any?) human contact or petting, might be a little bit weird about humans.

    However a champion kelpie trainer - doesn't like to take on a dog before it is 6 months old and then he picks the friendly one.

    I find my dog is getting better with age. And yet the best training time is supposed to be before 6 months - go figure.

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