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by Nettle
Sat May 18, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New rescue, and grieving Mr. Fundog's Death
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: New rescue, and grieving Mr. Fundog's Death

Fundog, this is so sad, and I wish you strength. We are all here for you any time.
by Nettle
Thu May 16, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3266
Views: 401899

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

Back to the cost/benefit analysis with the squirrel aspect. Or indeed the rabbit aspect. An experienced dog won't chase if there is no chance of a catch. The mental measurements of speed, trajectory, % chance of escape are made so fast, but people don't realise and call the dog "stupid" if it doesn'...
by Nettle
Wed May 15, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3266
Views: 401899

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

It's a fascinating question. I suspect dogs 'grade' prey with a cost/benefit analysis eg more meat on a deer than a rabbit and no more work to catch it, cats can hurt and there isn't much meat on them, therefore do we only catch cats when there is nothing else? Or is everything prey until some thing...
by Nettle
Wed May 15, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3266
Views: 401899

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

It's one of those "it depends" things. Jas lives with a cat, finds him/her fascinating, knows he shouldn't get too involved - so when he sees/scents one outside, he's still fascinated, but knows to be wary. Dogs that have not been steadied to cats (I do this with all mine) or who have killed a cat o...
by Nettle
Tue May 14, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3266
Views: 401899

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

The dog reacts to the specific prey. So a lurcher would kill rats the same way as a JRT, and a JRT would run after a deer up to the point where it outpaced him/he couldn't see it. Then he would probably follow its scent or else metaphorically shrug his shoulders and come back. As for focus - it has ...
by Nettle
Mon May 13, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2
Replies: 3266
Views: 401899

Re: What are you and your dogs up to today? Part 2

:evil: Relatively few people - even among professionals - know what "prey drive" means. A lot of trainers think it means chasing a ball (oh per- leeeeeze) . As for the RSPCA - grassroots staff are often very good: higher officials markedly less so. I wish animal rescues in general would wise up abou...
by Nettle
Sun May 12, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Baby Miles - off leash with many other dogs (and non-dogs)
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Baby Miles - off leash with many other dogs (and non-dogs)

It's lovely to watch, isn't it?

Even though you know what's coming with adolescence - you know once he's through that, the lessons you've taught him now will hold up in the future.
by Nettle
Sun May 05, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Baby Miles - busy Saturday (alert - lots of pictures)
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: Baby Miles - busy Saturday (alert - lots of pictures)

What lovely photos. I especially like the "Am I doin' all right, Dad?" number 5. All the different dog conversations would be a terrific training aid for brand-new dog owners (and those who don't speak 'dog')

He is in superb condition too. Just right.
by Nettle
Wed May 01, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Dog Training Advice
Topic: Introducing a demmel
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Introducing a demmel

That's excellent! Well done you and Jas.
by Nettle
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Can You Add?
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: What Can You Add?

Thanks for the input - some very good additions there. A is pretty sensible with things like food and poo bags, and it's in a town so shops within walking distance.
by Nettle
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What Can You Add?
Replies: 3
Views: 91

What Can You Add?

Friend is stepping in to look after a dog for a week in its own home, owner having been let down by dog-sitter. Friend (let's call her A) has previously owned one dog, a lurcher, which was a rehome already trained by me, and who died about 10 years ago. Dog to be looked after is a lurcher too, which...
by Nettle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ridgeback and the City
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: Ridgeback and the City

What an attractive shopping area.

He is certainly getting fabulous socialising. Great job being done there, Ari.
by Nettle
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weaning off afternoon walks
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Weaning off afternoon walks

They are such sensitive flowers, aren't they? Hope the fleece works.
by Nettle
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weaning off afternoon walks
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Weaning off afternoon walks

5 minutes of real fun is better than some other dogs get in a whole walk. Not Jas of course because I know he gets great walks, but I do feel so sorry for some dogs I see out "walking" which is really dragging along while owner is on social media.
by Nettle
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Weaning off afternoon walks
Replies: 24
Views: 511

Re: Weaning off afternoon walks

Yep, he's a big fan of hide and seek, though it's tricky in the garden as he can see where I'm hiding whatever it is! I'm experimenting with home made flirt poles, but have the problem that he catches them in moments, and then chomps through the string rather than enjoying the toy! I've made anothe...