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    Hey fellow dog lovers.
    I don't have anything particularly fascinating to say, other than I am the proud owner of Terry, an eight year old jack russel foxie x, he is quite a porker (guilty of feeding him bread ) and most people think he is still a puppy as his nature is so very sweet. Terry lives outside because he has proven himself un-toilet trainable, and we can't afford to send him to obedience lessons. But he is quite happy out there! I give him my old clothes to snuggle into, and when he cries I spray some of my perfume on his blankies so he can pretend I'm with him when I sleep over at a mates house.

    We are getting a new puppy, an inside dog! At this point we're looking at a small breed, a chi, a pom, perhaps a Maltese etc. I'm not really sure what I'm getting as mum is keeping my Christmas puppy a secret, but I know she's had her eye on some of the local shelters.

    I'm a year 11 student, I plan to become a neurologist. In my spare time I read to elderly where my Nanna lived (R.I.P) and I'm a big movie/book/history/science nerd, drives my man and my girlfriends crazy! I have quite a lot of piercings and I'm getting my first tattoo soon. I'm not a hoodlum I swear, just have diverse tastes. . I love to read and learn, which brings me on to my next point.

    I would LOVE any information anyone would like to give me about getting a new dog, how to introduce the new baby to Terry, toilet training etc. I have borrowed many books from the library and visited many websites but my personal preference is for first hand knowledge. This is a family member, I want to make sure I'm not just a good mummy, but a great one!

    I'm apologetic if my introduction was incorrect...I wasn't quite sure what to write here. I have been lurking for a fair while but I hope to become a regular.

    Cheers, Disney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    I'm getting my first tattoo soon. I'm not a hoodlum I swear, just have diverse tastes. Cheers, Disney.
    Hi Disney... to the forum. I too have tattoos (and I'm 40) I have one on my shoulder that took 7 hours (huge lotus flower with yin/yang in the middle) and a smaller one on my right ankle.

    You have joined the right Forum. We love our dogs and will be happy to help you

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    Hi Disney... to the forum. I too have tattoos (and I'm 40) I have one on my shoulder that took 7 hours (huge lotus flower with yin/yang in the middle) and a smaller one on my right ankle.

    You have joined the right Forum. We love our dogs and will be happy to help you

    Cheers
    Oh that sounds lovely! If it's not too intrusive, I'd love some photos! My mother is getting her first tattoo, she's always wanted one and being nearly fifty one I insisted she take the plunge. She's concerned people will view her as mutton dressed as lamb so showing her that plenty of intelligent respectable ladies have tattoos would be simply wonderful.

    I've had very nasty experiences with staffies. Our next-door neighbours have always had staffies, and one of them ate my cat. Another ripped off a little girl's face, and the other punctured someone's tire!
    Ever since I lost my Sally when I was five, I've been extremely biased against this breed. As someone who clearly has a wonderful report with this breed, I was wondering if you could shed some light on this for me. I know for a fact these people are loving puppy parents, so why were these dogs so vicious? I would really love to know so when I visit them I don't feel frightened of their dog.

    Cheers, Disney

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    I am puzzled about why you haven't toilet trained him. Also it's the humans that need the obedience training more than the dogs, ie you need to learn how to teach the dog what to do, there's almost zero point sending a dog elsewhere to learn "toilet training" and the like because - you won't know how to follow it up so it sticks and also he will be toilet trained for "elsewhere" but not your place, so you will need to start over, and you will need to know what to do to start over.

    I suggest getting a female dog next as they are less likely to lift their legs on things like people and chairs. Also if the female dog is desexed very young eg before 6 months, it will be less likely to "mark" over interesting smells.

    And if you clean up dog pee with bleach - you just encourage more peeing in the same spot because old beach and old pee smell pretty similar to a dog.

    I am worried that you will find out with the new dog, that it's not Terry's fault he's not toilet trained but the blame belongs to his family of humans.

    Some of the dogs you mentioned on your list like the Pommeranian and the Maltese need regular grooming and crutching. Not sure if you can afford that if you can't afford to go to obedience classes - my club charges $50 per year. Professional grooming and crutching costs about $50 per month. I don't know anything about chi. I do suggest you try for a short coat dog.

    And read what the sticky (stuck to the top) threads in the puppy section say about Back Yard Breeders and Puppy Mills and don't buy from a Pet Shop. There are lots of really cute little puppies in rescue shelters that need good homes, and lots of breeders who care about their puppies going to a good home and will help you with any problems you might have.

    There are also breed specific rescue organisations. There is at least one regular poster here, who rescues pugs - they're small and cute with a manageable coat. However I might be biased but I have the distinct impression - the smaller the dog, the smaller the brain, and the harder to train. So if you can't train Terrible Terry, how could you expect to train one of these. I'm a bit worried.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ers-truth.html

    and this one has lots of info about how to choose puppy and how to choose where you get one.
    Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily

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    Hello & welcome, I have a couple of tats as well. My favorite is the Tarantula on my neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I am puzzled about why you haven't toilet trained him. Also it's the humans that need the obedience training more than the dogs, ie you need to learn how to teach the dog what to do, there's almost zero point sending a dog elsewhere to learn "toilet training" and the like because - you won't know how to follow it up so it sticks and also he will be toilet trained for "elsewhere" but not your place, so you will need to start over, and you will need to know what to do to start over.

    I suggest getting a female dog next as they are less likely to lift their legs on things like people and chairs. Also if the female dog is desexed very young eg before 6 months, it will be less likely to "mark" over interesting smells.

    And if you clean up dog pee with bleach - you just encourage more peeing in the same spot because old beach and old pee smell pretty similar to a dog.

    I am worried that you will find out with the new dog, that it's not Terry's fault he's not toilet trained but the blame belongs to his family of humans.

    Some of the dogs you mentioned on your list like the Pommeranian and the Maltese need regular grooming and crutching. Not sure if you can afford that if you can't afford to go to obedience classes - my club charges $50 per year. Professional grooming and crutching costs about $50 per month. I don't know anything about chi. I do suggest you try for a short coat dog.

    And read what the sticky (stuck to the top) threads in the puppy section say about Back Yard Breeders and Puppy Mills and don't buy from a Pet Shop. There are lots of really cute little puppies in rescue shelters that need good homes, and lots of breeders who care about their puppies going to a good home and will help you with any problems you might have.

    There are also breed specific rescue organisations. There is at least one regular poster here, who rescues pugs - they're small and cute with a manageable coat. However I might be biased but I have the distinct impression - the smaller the dog, the smaller the brain, and the harder to train. So if you can't train Terrible Terry, how could you expect to train one of these. I'm a bit worried.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...ers-truth.html

    and this one has lots of info about how to choose puppy and how to choose where you get one.
    Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily
    Thank you for the info.

    We've tried to toilet train him. I got him when he was twelve weeks old and we attempted to train him for over a year, and every year for four months since then we try to train him. We've tried crating, pee pads, my boyfriend's parents are very renowned breeders and they've come over to attempt to help and he just...Can't seem to learn. I'm aware this is most likely our fault but there's nothing I can really do about it other than keep trying. We've had him tested to see if he had a UTI or some other issue but he's perfectly fine. He is great on a leash, he knows how to sit, come, stay, shake hands, kiss and play dancies, but he just can't pick up toilet training. We keep his kennel right on the porch near the laundry door so if he's upset at night I can hear him and I go cuddle him. He does love being outdoors. If you have any other suggestions I'm happy to hear them because I'm totally out of ideas.

    We're getting a mutt, not from a BYB, pet store or anywhere like that, we'll be getting our new addition from a rescue center or off one of our breeder friends who needs to give up a dog for whatever reason. We want to be very careful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malinois-72 View Post
    Hello & welcome, I have a couple of tats as well. My favorite is the Tarantula on my neck
    Wow! How do you not be afraid of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Wow! How do you not be afraid of that?
    I LOVE Spiders, all types. I also have 6 Native Tarantulas in tanks in my loungeroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Terry lives outside because he has proven himself un-toilet trainable, and we can't afford to send him to obedience lessons. We are getting a new puppy, an inside dog! At this point we're looking at a small breed, a chi, a pom, perhaps a Maltese etc. I'm not really sure what I'm getting as mum is keeping my Christmas puppy a secret, but I know she's had her eye on some of the local shelters.
    Look...I don't want to come across nasty here, but wouldn't it be better spending the money a new puppy would cost on obedience training for Terry? Also...I am concerned about the new puppy thing. Terry is already at your house and outside, but you want your new puppy inside. If you were Terry...what would you feel in that situation. He is to stay outside, but new puppy is to be inside with you...hmmm. I think that could cause some serious issues. I don't believe that Terry can't be toilet trained. It takes time and dedication from the owners...as it would with the new puppy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneygotpierced View Post
    Wow! How do you not be afraid of that?
    ohh there's a simple answer to as to why Mal isn't afraid of he's spider tat

    "its cause he himself is more scary than he's own tat

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