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    Hi everyone on DogForum

    My names Hayleigh and I'm sharing this account with my partner Luke.
    We recently just bought our first pet 3 days ago.
    Her names Kelsey and she is a 10 week old Rottweiler x Kelpie. We bought her from our local pet shop just 5 minutes before the store closed. We had a hell of a time racing to the shops just to get her before anyone else thought about it. I had seen her earlier that day and decided she was for us.

    We live in Ipswich area though its a strong possibility we will be moving to Perth within the next two/three years.
    I've lives with animals since I was a baby. My parents owned a bulldog and labrador when I was just 18 months old. The bulldog always tried to eat my toes (so I've been told) and the golden lab (Edison) always stood defending me.

    The earliest dogs I remember being apart of my family were two shitzu x maltese's. We owned them at different times. The first dog named Millie and the second Hannah. I trained and looked after both pups. Eventualy I tought Hannah to walk without a lead. I loved her lots but after miss treatment/playing she learnt to bite so we had to get rid of her. As far as I know she went to a good home to be trained to warn her new family when her companion child stopped breathing in the middle of the night due to some respiratory problems. I miss her alot <3

    Luke grew up with a beautiful rottweiler named Kirra until she was put down a few years ago. From what I've been told she had a gorgeous personality. She was excellent with kids and made a good guard dog. She was an indoor/outdoor dog and slepts with all the family members. She loved smooches and cuddles. She was very effectionate. Unfortunatly she grew old and frail. Luke still has photos and she is always dearly missed.


    Kelsey is the first dog Luke and I have both paid for essentialy making her our first dog. She playful and fearless. Lukes family ownes a shitzu x maltese named Diesel whos been with them three years. Kelsey loves tormenting him as he is not a very sociable dog. She chews everything atm and we are trying to teach Kelsey her name. She is very placid any other time then when she is running around with Lukes nephews. We hope to breed her with a pure bred rottie when she comes into heat on her first or second time. After her first litter we are going to get her de-sexed.

    We are excited about how much joy she is bringing us
    We look forward to meeting new members and learning new tips and tricks amoungst the forum.

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. And congratulations on getting your first dog. I couldn't imagine life without a dog myself.

    I do have to warn you though, you are going to cop some flack here over your decision to let your dog breed. Whatever your reason may be, I would strongly advise you rethink this. Or at least read this first: http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...you-breed.html and any other resources you can find on this. If you still decide to go ahead, make sure you have the money and the energy to cope with complications: http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...may-arise.html

    But after that warning, where are the pics of your pup?!

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    I am just going to say Hi and welcome
    Pets are forever

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    Hayleigh63

    Congrats on your first dog.

    Nobody with a purebred registered Rotti is allowed to let it mate with your dog - it's against the ANKC code of ethics and can get them expelled (no more dog shows or competition for them). So that leaves you with people who have dogs that look like Rottweilers that might not be and have no code of ethics - though they might still be nice people. But you're unlikely to get any of the genetic health testing that could help prevent major vet bills later for whomever ends up with the puppies.

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

    Breeding is expensive, messy and can be emotionally traumatic (Eg if some of the puppies or the bitch are sick or die). If you mate a bitch to a much bigger dog, chances are she will need a c-section to deliver safely.

    This is the RSPCA list for what responsible breeders do.
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    Queensland are in the process of regulating dog breeding.
    Queensland standards and guidelines for the welfare of animals: Breeding dogs | Primary industries & fisheries | Queensland Government

    The new regulations set standards for the place where the breeding and puppy raising can happen, and the education of the breeders - they have to be trained... etc. It's quite strict.

    I hope you take your new puppy to puppy preschool and dog training school or club too. She will need lots of opportunities to socialise with other dogs to be well mannered and polite with dogs and people. Puppies from pet shops often miss out on important socialisation opportunities so the owners need to work a bit more after they take them home.

    Your puppy may also need follow up vaccinations, it should already be microchipped (QLD law) but you will need to transfer the microchip registration details to your name. You may need a vet with a microchip scanner to do this - ie one database that I tried to register with - requires this.

    And your puppy will need regular treatments for digestive worms, fleas, heart worm and maybe paralysis ticks. Hopefully your local vet can advise.

    And all new puppy owners can learn heaps from this website:
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

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    Thanks guys for the welcome.

    Beloz and Hyacinth you have both given me and my partner something to seriously consider. I hadn't yet read up on breeding regulations but all things considered the idea scares me a that Kelsey would possible have to have a c-section or could develope breast cancer the longer she isnt de sexed. I want the best for our girl and I think Luke and I have to have a serious talk about it. Thank you for letting me know this.

    Other then the breeding factor Kelsey has been micro-chipped, vacinated and wormed. Luke has to worm her because I stress at the idea of how we have to go about it.
    In a few days she is due for a booster and at the end of the month we have already enrolled her into puppy preschool. Im so excited to take her there she is really playful and I reckon she will get on well with other dogs. Its a good chance for Luke and I to learn aswell.
    We are going to get her some flea preventing treatment soon.

    Here are a few photos of our little miss trouble
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    Hi Hayleigh, welcome to the forum! Kelsey is adorable.

    I'm going to have to agree with the others re breeding. When I first got my little girl I wanted to do the same, but then came to realise it was better for her if we had her spayed - the reason was purely due to her size and then I joined this forum and learned why back yard breeding shouldn't be done and the possible risks involved etc. In my opinion there are far to many dogs on council kill lists to justify unnecessary breeding of more dogs that could end up in the same position. At the end of the day though we need to put our wants aside and the dogs welfare first. Despite popular belief bitches don't need to have a litter of puppies and male dogs don't need to get one in before they get neutered! Lol poor Harley only ever got to hump a teddy and his blankie! Haha

    There are a lot of very knowledgable people on this forum though, I've learnt a lot since joining

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Hi Jadie

    Thanks for the welcome. I agree with you we have to put our dogs needs before anything else. After a good chat Luke and I agreed we would get Kelsey de-sexed asap.
    The photos of your dogs are awsume, how long have you had Harley and Bella for?
    Im looking forward to finding a walking buddy for Kelsey either on this forum or in puppy preschool so she can become a social dog. I want to introduce her to cats and other animals too so she dosent dislike them when she gets older as its a possibility we will get a cat in the future.
    I also want Kelsey to be my exercise partner.

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    Oh thats great to hear then she'll thank you for it! Haha the kelpie in her will love lots of exercise. You just have to keep in mind that she could become quite big due to the rotty in her which means its best not to have her running long distances and doing overly strenuous exercise until she's nearly fully grown as it can cause issues with joints and stuff!

    I've had both of mine since they were 6 weeks old Harley's just turned 3 and Bella is about to turn 2 next month!

    I'm not sure we have many members over in Ipswich, I think most Qld members are south brissy, bay side or north side!

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    Hi Hayleigh63

    Glad you reconsidered about breeding this one. She's lucky to have you. And she's gorgeous. Will need lots of tough chew toys...

    If you really want to breed - consider visiting some dog shows or joining the club of your favourite breed and learning a bit about it first.

    Luke has to worm her because I stress at the idea of how we have to go about it.
    It usually involves feeding a tablet or chewy. The chewies get hoovered by my dog - she loves them. But at the moment we're on the tablets which are much less fun for her - taste yuck and smell yuck - even to me. Like the old wormer milkshakes that mum used to try to get me and my siblings to drink - eeewww.

    So I put peanut paste all over the tablet and then put that inside a sardine and hand feed that to her. She rarely bothers chewing that so there's no problem - until it flushes her through... So I give to her in the evening so all the dodgy craps happen during the next day. Pink poo. So far nothing very wormy - despite her best scavanging efforts.

    You could reasonably expect your puppy to be a little bit quiet the day after a vaccination or a wormer.

    For a puppy - a reasonable guide to exercise is 10 minutes per month of age - so she might be good for a 15 minute walk now, and then would need a rest. Though being part kelpie - she might not understand that. But being part Rotti - it's important to go gently for the future health of her joints.

    We find plenty of cats around the neighbourhood to practice "look at that" with.

    So you teach your dog "look at me" or "watch" by giving her treats for looking at you, hide the treat, and only hand it over if the dog can look at you and not the treat...

    And then when you see a cat, back off enough distance the dog can respond when you say "watch me" or even just say her name. And give her a treat when she can look at you instead of the cat (or jogger or car or bike or other dog) when you ask.

    I find amateur sports crowds are great for socialising puppies. There are loads of people there - stay away from the bbq and kids with food - cos you don't want puppy learning to snatch. And make sure they greet your adorable puppy one at a time. And toddlers tend to go for the eyes so watch out for this. And I use "not a toy" a lot. And "no you can't hold her" and "no you can't pick her up" and "no she doesn't like hugs", and lots of pat here (My dog loves belly rubs) - do watch out for the kid that overbalances and falls on the dog instead of patting it. Ie you need to be ready to shield dog from clutsy or naughty children.

    There must be some cricket around where you are? Or soft ball? Or ag shows? It's definitely ag show season here.

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    Thats awsume Jadie I could imagine how close your bonds are with them.

    Kelsey is really good when it comes to walks. So far I've only taken her around the block on several occasions but Im going to increase the distance a little this thursday.
    I've been told about their joint so Im going to be extra careful with her and at this stage we are only going to be walking. When shes pretty much an adult we are going to start jogging or running.

    Hyacinth thats a really good idea on how to feed worming tablets I'm going to try something simular next time round so it wont be as stressful for us or for Kelsey, thanks.
    Also I'd like to try teaching her the "watch me" command. Its a really smart idea. She's pretty good like that anyway. Shes a mummys girl and she listens to me well.

    I havent heared of ag shows before? But I'm sure I'll find something if I look around for sports clubs. She prefers tug-of-war over fetch so I'll take that one into account ^_^
    Btw I'll just say I'm loving the friendlyness around this forum Lost of interesting posts, tips and the members here are really relaxed.

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