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    As I thought it is a case of hindsight is 20/20 as I saw one of the forum members said in a thread. I am just glad Maxi is in our life. I have taken the cautionary measure of getting some pet insurance. I know it was a case of the horse is already bolted with his knees, but I just want to be sure Maxi can get the best care if anything else rears it's ugly head. I have got an optimistic hope this is the worst he will ever suffer in his life time.

    I just get a little upset that Maxi's siblings could have been sold on main register, but I bet their new owners are not notified and so the cycle continues

    Well on to a happy place, I'm going to have a good search around the forum about lead work and how to go about it. I know it can be done as my daughter has seen a lady whos cavies walk beside her without pulling and asked the lady how she got her cavies to walk next to her. The lady's reply was a lot of hard work. But it gave me hope for future walks. At the moment he just thinks its playtime. Please Tell me it's normal cavie behavior when Maxi refuses to give eye contact when I give him an instruction or he does it in his own good time very slowly LOL - thinking it could be adolescence kicking in?

    I will be sure to ask Newsfie about her pups recovery process. Thank you for the heads up. At the moment he is really hating the fact he's on restricted exercise ruling out rough and tumble play with his cat cousin Paitience is need but hard to explain this to an energetic boy who just wants to bounce around the place.

    Talking about pics... Where can I find pics of your four beautiful fur kids. I am still working out how the size limits for uploading mine. Today i have worked out how to attach but not the pic uploader, tool. I will get there eventually.

    I really appreciate the time you take to reply with helpful words. This might be off track but I thought Id share how my username came about, my boy's registered name is, Maximus Kelinu - he was named after my father as Maxi is the only grandson he will be getting from me. Maxi's name means - The Great Michael. Funny thing was when I told dad I was naming a puppy after him he was stoked but got confused when we shortend his name until I explained the translation to him now he's back to being stoked about his furry namesake. Can not wait till they meet each other for the first time hopefully Xmas time.

    Would like to upload a funny vid of maxi playing with himself in the mirror. He still loves seeing himself in the mirror at 10mths. Just got to work out how LOL...

    The photo is of Maxi resting contentedly after his op...Vet said stoned was closer to the mark... Oops IPad won't allow me will try to post later when at my computer
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    Its really funny but my cavies have always been really good when walked individually, but all together they seem to get a bit cometitive and end up pulling me down the road.

    But someone suggested a harness on the market that stops them pulling as the clip on is at the front and not the back...so there not pulling against the harness (like reindeer..) and it worked a miricle. Cant remember the name but if you goggle "stop pulling harnesses", it just comes up.

    Yes, its normal spaneil behaviour to ignore you when there something else going on. When mine were small they were terrible, they would get on a smell and nothing i did could retain the focus. But i worked with a local trainer for a while and she taught me some skills to keep them paying attention, and I think also as they get older they get a little better too.

    Recall is especially important with these little critters as they never get ANY ROAD SENSE, I had a really bad experience a few tears ago, after going to a friends place, i was negligent in not tying my little boy into the car when he was about 1 year. At the last minute, i decided to stop at a shop, and as i got out, he shot out from the back and was on the road in an instant....I was calling him thinking, "this is it, game over, he never listens to me" and by some stroke of luck he stopped and came back..first time ever.

    Needless to say, recall became a training they were going to excel at...whether they liked it or not....
    Lmao @ your dad being stoked at his new grandsons name....

    I also have trouble with a lot of the features here,,as I am tec challanged.... but there is a help thread with directions and "how to's"

    I would LOVE to see your pics and videos....we do a lot of that here!

    One more pointer....I hope you are not intending to get chickens some time in the future.... Cavaliers LOVE chickens..............for LUNCH!

    See the thread "The gang and the NEW fort knox chicken house"............


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    How cute do your fur kids look.

    I to did have a little scare with a door left open and my little man did the bolt. I am soo lucky it was late a night and no cars were around. And yes he did think it was a game and kept running... The thing was because he is black it was so hard to see him in the dark and all I could think was Cane Toads and cars... Very scary . Maxi has been to puppy preschool but I really need to find a good trainer in my area, just worried about how to know if they are any good, I do like the Ceaser Milan approach of being the calm assertive leader. The hunt for a trainer will continue and we are going when we get the all clear for normal activity.

    Well I know I wont be getting chickens or feathered species in the future...Cause I've seen the way Maxi sits and eyes the birds off in the cages at BestFriend petshop. Licking his lips because he is salivating that much.... I have even put a ban on guineapigs because Ive seen how Maxi plays with my daughters ZuZu pets when he gets an opprotunity to get hold of one.

    I am really loving this forum think I am getting a bit addicted the people here are sooo very nice and sooo very knowlegeable. I was reading the discussion thread about the substitution of pet medicine with human ones, between yourself and Newfie, I had read alot about people suggesting human medicines replacing vet perscribed but like Newfie said you have to know percentages calculated on weight. Think Ive got to get a better relationship going with my Vet before I can even contemplate this also knowing whats in your medicine cupboard. I was worried about the metcam Maxi was on vet advised to finish the bottle but I thought I could have stopped earlier as he didn't look to be in pain after 5 days and doing the mad minute (figure 8 inside, outside) run which scared me but Maxi thought it was fun, but it was food for thought... even the one about vaccinating older dogs do they really need it?.... I am just having sooo much fun and learning heaps.

    I think it worked - Pic of Maxi after op the one where the Vet said Stoned more closer to the mark LOL

    No it didn't work apparently I dont have the permission to perform this action...

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    Oh, maxie is adorable... Im so happy hes on the road to recovery, I cant imagine how worried you were.

    Yes, this is a really good forum for knowlegable people, we have some great trainers who do it for a living and just a lot of folks who care about there dogs. Many have different opinions, so you just take it all on board and choose whats best for you.

    Newfie is amazing, she must have a houseful of interesting workable, not over the top training and health facts, and the thread re "doing a titre test rather than vaccinating makes really good sense to me because if you research, you will find many health problems they are associating with vaccinations. But like anything, if you have the info, pro's and cons, you can make your own choice remembering this vaccination regime hasnt changed since it became gospel in the 50's, and the drug companies and vets are making a fortune, so UNBIASED factual information suggests if they have a titre test, and their immunity is still there.....they dont need it.

    And with 4 dogs, having a list of human medicines that ARE exactly the same or similar to what the vet prescribes can only save money.

    I now keep the old jars with the name and dosages on the human stuff the vet prescribes, and when my girl does another triple twist mid air and ends up with a sore back i have the valium jar and dose rate and also a human equivilant anti inflamatory as well if she needs it.

    I am not knowledgable on training (but getting more into it)and tend to just look into a solution if a problem arises. I also like the Caesor Milan approach, and on one episode he had a dog training for the special forces but was going to fail because he wouldnt walk on slippery surfaces. I remembered that when one of mine refused to walk up a flight of stairs. I used to pick her up, but then put his solution into practice and it worked REALLY WELL and we never had that problem again...so yeah, i love his approach, from an amatuers point of view...

    The other lady JEN, who was getting a new Cavie pup a few weeks ago (posts above), was having a bit of trouble with the breeder and she was quite upset...she should have her pup by now but hasent come back to the forum ..so im thinking things didnt turn out for her sadly.

    Anyway...great to have you and your darling maxi here, will love to hear your journey with him...

    My friend has a Black and Tan female like Maxi, she called her "snickers" ...chocolate on the outside, caramel and nutty on the inside" Hehehe....
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    Yes I was wondering where Jen was, this is ashame as I was soo looking forward to seeing new cavie grow up. I was browsing through Newfies album and saw an amazing pic of collective group of Newfies what an amazing experience. I often wonder if Maxi misses the company of another furry friend at night.

    Your friends puppy sounds like Maxi's twin sister...LOL

    Hey about Ceaser, I've noticed since I've been watching his shows even before I had my Fur child Maxi...That he is yet to do a show on a cavie with issues...I figure this is something positive for my boy LOL...Just hoping I don't mess up with him.

    Hey do you know or can recommend any trainers around the sunny coast.

    Keep posting the antics of your kids love reading about them and seeing them in action...

    When I get my own bit of oz I would love to have a Ruby cav...love the fire look, just so warm and toasty.
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    I always thought the reason we never see a cavie on Caesor Milan is because they are such sweet little angels who dont have behavioural problems.....Well, thats half true

    My trainer i had years ago was great but has since moved away so cant really reccomend anyone ony someone NOT to go to, bark busters as ive heard some negative feedback by the ones on the coast, but i will ask around and see what i find, what suburb are you in?

    Hope Maxi is continuing his road to goo health
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    I spoke to soon apparently in the final season of the dog whisperer the will be a cavie owned by Huge Heffnor (the guy who owns the playboy mansion) apparently his cavie is getting beaten up by one one the Bunnies dog. But hey our guys just want to be loved by everyone they really don't understand violence do they...

    Maxi is going great guns, he still not weight bearing fully on backlegs as every now and then he will skip, but we are working through this, the lump he had was fluid and has since gone down. Vet checked him over and happy with his progress. He is not in any pain just thinks he is. He does this funny little handstand cartwheel thing mid stream when lifting right leg parallel to his shoulder then carries on walking evenly bearing weight. Vet and his hydro guy said he is going great guns.

    We're in the Caloundra area. Checked on the net and Looked at a mob called DogTech International, they have individual as well as group sessions, positive rewards based. Haven't rang them to ask questions, not sure what to ask. I will definitely not bother with barkBusters, even the name sounds a bit off. I'm just putting feelers out at the moment, look to book sessions when Maxi gets the all clear from Vet. I know Maxi will enjoy the social aspect of classes as he loved puppy pre-school. Which we attended at his vets, Im sure he thinks when we go to the vet he is going to see all his puppy mates as he is always in such a hurry to get inside. Which I thought he would be a bit cagey about since hi op.

    How are your fab four traveling, are they full of beans or do they just want to snuggle in this cold weather?
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    He will love the social aspect of the classes and become a social butterfly... Its amazing he dosent get nervous going back to the vet after all his trauma..i guess thats because the staff are so great with him.

    I am out the back of Tewantin, so on the other end of the coast. How is maxi coping with the cold?

    My lot pretend they are cold, but we have a lovely fresh water stream 1 min from home and as freezing as the water is....they still swim anyway... Except my little princess Ruby, she dosent like getting her feet wet...

    My brother died on Thursday, and took Ruby to cheer up my mum, she is our little care bear and seems to instinctivly know when people need a hug . Cavies have an amazing ability to know when you are unwell or upset, maxie will show this side of himself as he grows.

    You are so lucky to be owned by one of these babies, and despite your shaky start with his health....you will never regret it!
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    Sorry to hear about your Brother i hope you and your mum are coping...What you say about cavies caring, I think I've witnessed that in Maxi because the other day I was missing my daughter when she was at her father's maxi was wanting cuddles or I should say was quite happy to let me cuddle him and I got a few kisses as well which was a bonus to cuddle time.

    He also recognizes voices. As when talking with my daughter on the phone she wanted to say hello to Maxi and when I put the phone near his ear he did the head turn thing (whats going on) then he proceeded to look around the back of the phone then the front... It was like I can hear her but where is she at...

    My boy is coping reasonably well on the colder nights we put our jacket on and snuggle. Although have noticed on the colder mornings he would rather stay in bed than follow me outside for my morning coffee. Thought it was because his legs might be stiff but have decided it the colder mornings as on the not so cold mornings he is happy to follow ( smart puppy he is )As for the water thing I think he would be a bit like Ruby no feet wet please. As he tends to wait till the morning sun has dried the grass before he attempts morning toilet ritual.

    I am already glad to be owned by my boy, just keen to make sure he's as happy being in our lives. So I tend to stress a lot about doing and whats the right thing to do with Maxi's health and happiness.
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    Hello, Im new here and have loved the breed since my mother bought a blenheim cav when I was little, since then our family has always had cavs, now I have my own cav (before him I had a cocker spaniel for 12 years) and love him dearly but he has developed an EXTREEMLY annoying habit I was hoping the good people here could help with. Toilet training....grrrrr! When I bought him home as a pup he was 12weeks, I gently crate trained him and he was perfect (a few slips but over all perfect) I was at home with my baby, so home full time and really concerntrated on this for 2 months, he was perfect, as an inside dog with little kids this is really important. I went to work, we had a regression - we worked on that and again he was perfect. A few months went by then we went on holidays, I couldnt take him so rather than put him in a kennel I left him with my sister, she has other dogs of whom he has met and played with on several occasions prior to leaving him there for a few weeks. There too he was an inside dog, my sister reported in the seccond week he started peeing/pooping on their bed. NOT HAPPY! When I came and bought him home he did it at home too, caught him in the act and bought him back to basics - crating. Ok now he is good inside in the day time but at night poops if not locked up, even with toileting at 3-4 hour intervals. this has been going on for a month now and I am getting tired of toileting a dog at 3-4 hour intervals at night. Any suggestions? I have tried the positive reinforcement, rewarding for going in the right place ect.. but tried to leave him free last night and he is still pooping/peeing at night. I tried puting him on the verandah and this still happens (even with light on /off) what do I do, surely I dont have to keep him locked up at night forever. Any hints ideas please!

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