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    Yes, I agree that they are largley sloths all day. I have Pugs, they are sloths all day and all night. However, they are not meant to be caged for 8 hours a day either.

    As I said, I find it confusing that people can jump up and down about re-homing a dog but think it is fine to crate one all day.
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    Yep and that's what makes life interesting. Differing views.

    I personally dont like confining my dog. I would much rather she was out in the yard with Barney. But at the moment this is how it has to be.

    We do have crates, but they are for transport or sickness/injury (Barney gets bad legs sometimes and has to be crated for a day or 2 for the inflamation to go down)

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    I read some research about dogs kept in kennels eg police dogs and customs dogs etc. And the research said unless the space they were in was greater than about 10sqm, ie bigger than your average house room, the dogs didn't do much while they were locked up. If they have a bigger space eg 400sqm back yard, things were a bit different.

    My dog isn't crated except for training and if I take her out somewhere and need to keep her safe - I don't tie her to posts, I put her in crate instead. It's standard practice at dog competitions and much safer for the dog than tie ups.

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    Crate-training is a very helpful tool, for all the reasons Hy listed and more. If you have no way to separate your dogs, crates or rooms will help...but you need a behaviourist. Especially with fighting bull breed females. Bitches often fight to the death and believe me, they can hold a grudge.

    Personally I leave my dogs uncrated during the day, mostly because someone is almost always home and there are 4 of them and no arguments. They have free access to the yard and all of the house, all they do is sleep anyway. I have had one of them on rest due to injury before, and the crate was invaluable! I use a soft crate for Carl when my SO sleeps over or when we're at someone else's place or at training, but if I did crate inside regularly it wouldn't be for 8 hours. My max would be 4, just because dogs do need to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs.


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    I spoke with Steve from K9, he gave me some great help and I'm consulting a behaviourist this week. They seem to have calmed down quite a bit, the problem is that they have never fought whilst I've been around. I think thats due to me putting the fear of god into them.

    I attached some pics of them. Darla is the 12 month old. Weighs just under 20kg and has really long legs. Cleo is the 5 year old, weighs 29kg.

    Darla's parents were pure bred Shar Pei and Bull Terrier, Cleos parents we not so much pure breds...Im not sure where she gets her size from but one of her parents was definately a bull terrier and she definately has some whippet in her...
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    llmoose

    love an update. Hopefully Steve's help and local behaviourist will go a long way to sorting things. I think if they've been fighting, there's a good chance they will go again, ie things often gradually get worse unless you take steps to make it stop / prevent.

    Your pointy eared dog reminds me of the pharoah hound and similar dogs.

    My fav Melbourne behaviourist for advice - not that I've met her - has recently had brain surgery so I suspect she's going to be out of action for a while.

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    Sounds like you have found some help..great pics
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    Thanks for the update.... sounds like your on the right track... Muzzles are not really great for staffords, I've seen many not last more than a couple of mins.. I would never leave one on and expect it to be there when you returned...

    Crates can be a great tool... I have crates and runs outside... my dogs would rather be inside in their crates than outside in the runs.... the doors of the crates remain open most of the time and they are used constantly... I only have one dog who will not stay in a crate, never has and as he's now 13 prob never will... they are great for times when you need to have control of all the dogs at once... and when you have multiple dogs I think they are great....

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    Another great development... Today Darla (the 12mth old) decided she would jump the back 7ft fence. We live behind an abandoned dairy farm and the ranger picked her up trying to take down a sheep in the paddock. I'm just about at my wits end with this dog but would never think of euthanasia or sending her to the shelter. I'm trying to save up so that we can afford the services we need but they keep costing us more money! Another $200 today...

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    Quote Originally Posted by llmoose View Post
    Another great development... Today Darla (the 12mth old) decided she would jump the back 7ft fence. We live behind an abandoned dairy farm and the ranger picked her up trying to take down a sheep in the paddock. I'm just about at my wits end with this dog but would never think of euthanasia or sending her to the shelter. I'm trying to save up so that we can afford the services we need but they keep costing us more money! Another $200 today...

    I had a beagle a few years back, Cost me about $1500 In fines..

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