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    Rehoming a Greyhound

    Euclid11 - you might already know about Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire and TIA. If you haven’t done it already, perhaps you might want to discuss your requirements with their helpers. If you are near S8, it might be useful to call in at Bradway pet shop because IIRC the proprietor has some involvement with one of the rescues. Greyhounds seem to look relaxed and easy to get on with but maybe a bit risky to let them off the lead.
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    Puppy needed for autistic son

    Stealthy - organisations like Guide Dogs for the Blind sometimes have to reject older pups in training because of some quite minor problem that would make them not quite right to be used by a person with sight loss. These dogs are usually still quite young and might make a suitable pet for your son. Older dogs can be a better bet for some people. If you are interested, it is possible that member Fabcakes might be able to advise because IIRC she has a guide dog herself.
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    Puppy needed for autistic son

    Stealthy - generalizing about the traits/merits of this or that breed of dog can go very wrong because there can be different personality types within any one breed. It might be worth considering going back to one of these assistance dog charities in order to take their advice on what to look for in a suitable dog. Failing that, why not take a trip to Discover Dogs next month? You would be able to look over many different types of dogs and discuss the matter with experienced breeders/owners. The Kennel Club has a puppy finder section and this should go some way to helping you to find a suitable pet. Look for a breeder who knows their breed inside out and who has been breeding for some years because they will be in the best position to advise about temperament. A calm, gentle disposition can be the result of careful breeding for good temperament. It is really important that you find a suitable pet so take your time and be very careful. You want a well bred and socialized puppy from an owner who has bred the pups in the home and have therefore been accustomed to handling and household noises. Goes without saying that you want to see the mum with the pups and have a good look at her to make sure that she is the mother. Good breeders will question you carefully and will want to help. They will also give you lifetime support.
  4. While there is some truth in this, not all of it is correct. There are some very good complete products on the market these days in a variety of formats eg air/freeze dried, cold pressed, extruded, freshly cooked, wet. Home cooked dog food is a good way of feeding a dog as long as the owner has done the research and gets the proportions/nutrition right. It is particularly important to supplement with calcium because it is unlikely that a dog will get sufficient from the diet unless given bone. Pure Pet Food sell Vegi Mix which can make home cooking for the dog easier. Just add protein of choice. It has added minerals. There are some companies who are starting up in selling fresh cooked dog food, Butternut Box being one. They are very good products but are expensive at the moment. This method of feeding dogs seems to be catching on and it could become quite trendy, as is the case at the moment with raw food. If it does, hopefully it might bring prices down. The website All About Dog Food is a useful starting point for anyone who is looking to improve their dog’s diet.
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    Can dogs really smell your fear?

    Whether or not dogs sense fear is not the issue. How you feel about the situation is the important thing. You have asked these people to put the dog in another room and they have declined. It’s up to you whether you visit them but if you want an opinion, mine is that I would not go. I always put my dogs in another room when people visit because you cannot assume that everyone likes them and it is common courtesy to make visitors feel at ease.
  6. Kaytie - possibly you already know that all dog walkers do not necessarily read Sheffield forum. You have also not mentioned the road where you live so it is unlikely that your post will solve this problem. It clearly bothers you so maybe you need to be a bit more imaginative and proactive in finding a solution to this. We don't know your particular circumstances, but how about securing the lid in some way or turning the bin around so the lid is not so accessible? Perhaps something like this might help. Alternatively, a sign on the bin might elicit some cooperation from the dog walkers in your area. If you don't have too many steps, could you get some help to park the bin closer to your property? Perhaps a ramp to wheel it up? If none of these suits, maybe a close circuit television to find out who the culprit/s are?
  7. It’s good that you are wanting to do your best for her and that you are pragmatic. Your choice of a behaviourist rather than a dog trainer is sensible and I hope that you can find a good one who has a positive approach and can help you and your little dog. Hope that you enjoy each other’s company for many years ahead.
  8. I cannot help you with a specific recommendation but perhaps it might be helpful to have a look at the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors website. As the dog is an adult, I think you should be realistic as to what you can achieve with her. Perhaps with a gentle approach, and time she might improve a little but in my experience it is sometimes better to accept some behavioural limitations and to create a comfortable environment for the dog. A behaviourist could well assist you both in achieving this. Good luck and I hope that your little dog soon settles down.
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    Seeking German Shepherd Pup

    Bambi2356 - there are currently six litters listed in the Yorkshire and Humberside regions of the Kennel Club Puppy Finder. If you are experienced with the breed you will know that GSDs are prone to genetic disease, particularly hip dysplasia so do some research first. Before you buy a puppy, make absolutely certain that the sire and dam have had all the important screening tests and that the breeder is experienced. You might have to pay more for your puppy but it could save you a lot of expense and heartache in the future.
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    Dog walking in packs

    It doesn’t help because we were discussing dogs being walked on roads without a lead. The information in the link is not pertaining specifically to this. Also, a ‘rule of thumb’ is just that and might not be actual law. It was a long time ago that I looked into the issue of dogs being walked without a lead on a road but at that time I was unable to find any legislation which indicated that it was prohibited except in streets that displayed a sign. There are some dogs that are well trained offlead and are under the control of the owner.
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    Dog walking in packs

    vwkittie - the last time I checked, and discussed the matter with a dog warden I was surprised to learn that it is not an offence to walk a dog on a road without a lead but you must be in control of it. However, if there is a sign on the road (usually sited on a lampost) stipulating that dogs must be on a lead then yes, it is an offence not to obey. The local authority should know of all the roads in their area that are covered by this bylaw. If you could provide a link to the appropriate road traffic legislation it would be very helpful.
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    Dog walking in packs

    There may be some roads and areas in which dogs have to be on a lead, in which case there should be signs. Some local authorities are considering enacting bylaws stipulating that dogs are kept on lead - link.
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    Dog walking in packs

    Teeny - I admire your confidence and ability. However, you can never trust any dog 100%. Even highly trained working dogs sometimes err. Dogs are dogs and prone to instinct and drive, particularly when in a pack. Also, you never know what is round the corner. One off lead aggressive dog can cause mayhem. There is also the need to consider how other people feel about large numbers of off lead dogs; some would be quite alarmed, particularly in view of the fact that there is only one person in charge of the animals. Kidley's post is spot on. Dog walkers should use a lead at all times and only take a safe (small) number out at one time.
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    Any staffy owners ,help needed

    It is hardly surprising that she is always hungry. As has been said, you are over exercising your puppy. She is burning up calories that she needs for growth and this is the reason that she is hungry. She needs calm and rest between short exercise sessions. If you carry on with your current regime, not only is there the potential for joint problems, you run the risk of behaviour problems. Calmness needs to be taught and encouraged. Follow Nikki-red's advice re KC guidelines. Next, choose a better quality food if possible. Look for something that has a named meat source at the top of the list of ingredients. If the word 'derivatives' is mentioned, put the food back on the shelf. The ingredient list should be crystal clear so you know exactly what you are feeding your dog. Look for circa 30% protein or more and a minimum of 14% fat.
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    Rescue Cat - Neutering

    Contact either Cats Protection or Rain Rescue = Rain have been running a programme about neutering and speying very recently.
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