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    Hi Everyone

    As you know - I created a thread in the early stage were we are looking for a new family member. In this thread I've learnt a lot of facts from bad to good, ups and downs of breeds that we are choosing from. Here is the old thread that I created and closed, I hope others (potential new owners) can pick up some valuable information from this thread.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...companion.html

    After a long search, studying and brainstorming with different breeders, we finally found the breed that we like to welcome in our small family. We decided to welcome Cindy our American Staffordshire Terrier. Photo of Christian and Cindy in this link.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/my-dog-ph...ian-cindy.html

    Alright, the reason I am creating this thread is to keep everyone updated of our family's progress. We realized that this is an everyday learning stage for our family, not just one off thread from the forum, it is a serious family commitment.

    So for the first update:

    1. A forum member messaged me about Raby Dog park last month . Yesterday we all went to the park, Cindy's first time in an enclose park environment with other mixture dogs. Funny that she is the only female and the rest are big males. So you can imagine what happened next when we got in. Males (all males, like me) got excited and bam! all over Cindy. The breeds are American Bulldog, GSD, Staffy, Pugxbeagle, cocker spaniel, Bull terrier and French bulldog. 5 minutes being inside the park, others and my partner said let her go, when I did she started playing with other dogs and very friendly towards other people.

    Our Son thinks he is a big boy, started playing with the dogs, and got ran over by the American bulldog twice, fell 3 times after the GSD swept him and licked by the bull terrier. We stayed for good 1 hour then we went home. My Partner, Christian and Cindy laid in the lounge area while I was cooking Dinner - everyone had a great time.

    2. Puppy school this Wednesday, I will keep everyone posted.

    This is all for now - if you have suggestions or comments, please share.
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    Sounds like she's settling in well mate. Good stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    Sounds like she's settling in well mate. Good stuff.
    yeah mate - she enjoyed it yesterday, like I said the 3 just stayed in the lounge while cooking dinner, they're all buggered.
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    Thanks for the update pbk1776

    It sounds like you have your own personal tribe now. Regular dogs do tend to be all over the new dog in the park - until they work out who is what and get all the tail sniffing done. It does help if your dog is ok with that, and it seems she is - which is fantastic. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Thanks for the update pbk1776

    It sounds like you have your own personal tribe now. Regular dogs do tend to be all over the new dog in the park - until they work out who is what and get all the tail sniffing done. It does help if your dog is ok with that, and it seems she is - which is fantastic. Enjoy.
    Yeah after all the sniffing for a good solid 5 minutes she became alright and knew what to do to stop the sniffing. tonight will start puppy school
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    Hi pbk. I'm so glad you finally found a beautiful dog to join your clan.

    It's great that Cindy enjoyed playing at the park and got used to the dogs overwhelming her when she arrived. From experience at the park, I have seen many-a-dog owner do the same thing as you and have everyone tell them to let their dog free and let the dogs sort themselves out. While this can sometimes work out fine, given how excited the dogs were to meet her, this can sometimes end badly. If not introduced properly to other dogs, Cindy may learn that running up to another dog's face, crowding it, sniffing wherever she likes and being boisterous is the way to approach all dogs. This is actually quite rude (think walking along the street and having a random stranger run up to you, put their face right up to yours and start grabbing you hands and clothes etc while talking very erraticly) and can be quite intimidating, especially to small dogs.

    It's good that you left her on lead for the first 5 minutes too. Most people walk in the gate and take the lead off to let their dog bolt away from them as fast as possible. I have found the best way for me to enter the park with my dog/s is to check out who's in there and if there are any dogs I haven't met yet, I keep my boy on lead and approach them first to introduce them calmly. This can sometimes take a while if there are a lot of new dogs there, but I find it is also a perfect time to teach my dog to walk properly on lead, even if there are other dogs running around playing.

    I'm so happy for you and Cindy. Good Luck at puppy school today. Can't wait for more updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    Hi pbk. I'm so glad you finally found a beautiful dog to join your clan.

    It's great that Cindy enjoyed playing at the park and got used to the dogs overwhelming her when she arrived. From experience at the park, I have seen many-a-dog owner do the same thing as you and have everyone tell them to let their dog free and let the dogs sort themselves out. While this can sometimes work out fine, given how excited the dogs were to meet her, this can sometimes end badly. If not introduced properly to other dogs, Cindy may learn that running up to another dog's face, crowding it, sniffing wherever she likes and being boisterous is the way to approach all dogs. This is actually quite rude (think walking along the street and having a random stranger run up to you, put their face right up to yours and start grabbing you hands and clothes etc while talking very erraticly) and can be quite intimidating, especially to small dogs.

    It's good that you left her on lead for the first 5 minutes too. Most people walk in the gate and take the lead off to let their dog bolt away from them as fast as possible. I have found the best way for me to enter the park with my dog/s is to check out who's in there and if there are any dogs I haven't met yet, I keep my boy on lead and approach them first to introduce them calmly. This can sometimes take a while if there are a lot of new dogs there, but I find it is also a perfect time to teach my dog to walk properly on lead, even if there are other dogs running around playing.

    I'm so happy for you and Cindy. Good Luck at puppy school today. Can't wait for more updates
    Thanks Bel , what you've said is spot on! I left her on leash for solid 5 minutes, let the other dogs come to her and see how she will react. My partner checked the other dogs and other owners, she introduced our family very well. As soon as my partner told me let her go, then that's what I've done.

    By the way everyone, the only negative thing we noticed that, one of her leg is longer *right rear. This tends to make her look like wobbling while running. I am not sure about staffies, but I know when my GSP had this issue before, vet told me that is normal when growing, can anyone please confirm this? thanks
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    Quick update from last night's puppy school

    Unfortunately because of the bad weather there are only 2 dogs, Our AST and a Beagle
    Everything went ok, she just way too excited to play with the 10 wks old beagle 1/4 of
    her size. We are now training her to remember the command, sit, stead, chow *food/dinner
    stay and walk. I will score her 6/10 from last night, she just want to play with my boy and
    the other puppy.

    Also, learned from the vet and trainer about her breed and they given me the advise not
    to leave her alone with the our Son or other kids, because of her breed. Which I understand
    and we already implemented in the family even before getting her.

    Anyway that's the update, next school is next Wednesday.
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    Cheers for the update. 6/10's great compared to Mojo's first class. He just hid under my chair the whole night like a big sook.....the next few weeks where amazing watching him come out of his shell. They grow so fast, so make the most of it and enjoy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    Also, learned from the vet and trainer about her breed and they given me the advise not
    to leave her alone with the our Son or other kids, because of her breed. Which I understand
    and we already implemented in the family even before getting her.
    I'm sorry, but that comment from the vet annoyed me. Their advice should have been to never leave ANY dog unsupervised with your kids, though I know that not all of us here always adher to that once the kids are a bit older. It shouldn't be dependent on the breed and that comment tells me that your vet may have some misconceptions about bull breeds. If he would have said that about my dog, I would have been very annoyed with her.

    But anywho... Glad that the session went well. I hope next time there will be more dogs too for her to meet. I wouldn't expect too much focus from here at this early age and with that much distraction though.

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