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Thread: Double Problem: Boarding Kennel Near Adelaide Needed for a Timid Dog

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    I agree. My ACDx were relatively useless before about 6 or 7 months. But then so was I with the effects of chemo but we muddled through, lol.

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    Yes any real training shouldn't start before 6mths in any breed.
    But the trainer would prefer the puppy had the correct upbring prior to training I'm sure.
    Unless ofcourse we're talking about kelpie sheepdog trainer/breeders as some of them seem to think dogs can live on chains & in very small holding pens with little to no stimulation till of an age ready to train. Bad luck if dog dosn't make a workdog because it has no skill set to make a pet without a lot of work on someones part. Not saying they are all like this but I have seen plenty that are.
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    FIL's dogs train each other.
    From when they first get there they are taken everywhere in the front of the ute. When herding they bark from inside and watch the others. They graduate to chains on the back and bark from there then on the ground following what the others are told.
    They are also loved pets with him too but not inside dogs.
    I have seen drovers with small pups following herds. The worst was 3 small pups following a mob. Far too little IMO to do this.

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    Yes I think have an older dog guideing & helping train an up & comer is the best if your've got the dogs to do it.
    I know working dogs that have a great life & live outside it's the mass breeding & training methods & those who copy them that get me upset.
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    Exactly. Totally agree. One pup of mine did not go to a farmer as a working dog as his are chained all the time.

    We have gone OT, sorry.

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    Hello guys,

    I just wanted to let everyone know how we went.

    So if anyone needs a Kennel in the Adelaide area I think Topspot Kennels in Echunga are well worth a look.

    We went there on the weekend and already then it was apparent that Debbie (the owner) is very good with dogs. Nero was a little nervous initially and didn't want to go anywhere near her - not even to take a treat. But she did exactly the right thing - she just ignored him.... and got him curious

    We agreed for a trial night and yesterday morning I dropped him off. He was still a little nervous - probably because I was Some hours later I got a message from Debbie saying that he has settled in beautifully and is already jumping up on her demanding pets!!! I had a hard time believing it, but when I picked him up this morning Debbie opened the kennel to let him out and he was all over her!! He never ever does that with strangers! Never! He was even trying to lick her face!!!

    She said, when he got to meet the other dogs he was initially a little shy and stayed between her legs. He does that with us as well and I take it as a sign that he trusts her. Anyway once he got used to them, he was happily chasing around with them.

    No signs of distress whatsoever. Right now he is lying next to my desk, snoring away. Tired out from playing with all the other big dogs, which takes away my last worry. The only thing I wasn't so happy with, is that the excercise area for the dogs could be a bit bigger - but it's very obviously enough running space to tire him out

    So, I have happily booked him in for our holiday and have no concerns whatsoever that he won't be well cared for.

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    So glad you have peace of mind.

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    What great news.........
    Nothing worse than ruining a holiday by worring whats happening at home with loved ones.
    Sound like it may end up being a positive exsperaince in general for your dog & may help with the shyness.
    Hope you have a great holiday.
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    Woo hoo

    Topspot did great things for my dog too. I wish the exercise space was bigger but it doesn't seem to bother my dog at all. And I agree - the dogs love the staff and you can't ask for much more than that.

    I am sure that Debbie is equally happy you had a trial before you had your main holiday.

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    great to hear of a good kennel in the hills, there are also 2 other companies i have heard of that enlist families to look after you pet in their homes, they are called Don't Fret Pet and Hounds at Home. i actually did work experience at The Dog House Kennels in Hahndorf years ago, ( that's where i grew up) but haven't been there for years.
    Last edited by miss jayne; 01-20-2011 at 12:08 AM.

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