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    Guess the vets price

    How much?!? Here in Thailand I was quoted 230 quid for a full MRI chest scan for myself. Sure, the cost of labour, rates, etc, is higher in the UK, but not 6 times higher. An MRI machine costs the same wherever it is. £1500 is an outrageous price.
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    The value of letting a pup be a pup

    My four year old from the backseat the of the car....we're waiting at the lights to turn right. Him: 'Daddy, why don't you like the builders? Me. 'Oh, it's not I don't like them, they're a bit messy maybe and I don't like the way they... Him...interrupting: "Is it because they're a pack of f*cking cowboys? His 6 year old brother in the other back seat...bouncing with glee and pointing: 'Daddy! Daddy! Doozie used the F word! Doozie used the F word!'
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    The value of letting a pup be a pup

    There, in a nutshell. Anyone following this thread, read and learn. The easiest and best way to train a dog is to maneuvre it into a position that it really wants to do something, and then allow it to do what it wants to do while giving it a command at the same time. Eventually the dog will follow the command regardless of its own motivation. There's never ever confrontation.
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    The value of letting a pup be a pup

    That's my point. Every 8 year old kid on the planet could learn to tie laces in 2 minutes. A three year old might take weeks. Unless you genuinely need to teach early - why try and force the pace when waiting a while will cut a load of work.
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    The value of letting a pup be a pup

    Dogs are like kids - they mature at different ages. With kids, you get parents wanting them do do this or that at 3 or 4 years old. and they becomr absolutely distraught if Johnny next door is tying his laces, or spelling his name before their own little Kevin. The reality is that -with a bit of encouragement - they can ALL tie their laces and spell their names before they get to 8 or 9. Likewise with dogs. Everyone is in a fearful hurry. Fine to play around teaching a 10 week old pup to chase you when called, but at the end of the day it's far easier to train a dog at 5-6 months than it is at 3-4 months. They're that much older and grasp what I expected if them that much quicker. If it's any guide, I used to train border collies pretty successfully for farmwork and trialling. and I never bothered teaching a dog much more than its name until it was about 7 months old. For one thing it saved a lot of unnecessary running and shouting! As you said, spend the interim time getting to know each other...
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    What type are these?

    There's such a beast?
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    New Season In France

    That would be a pity Blaise. As I commented months ago - last year even?- I have really enjoyed this thread and am grateful for the knowledge and information that I've gained from it. Never having put a dog to ground in my life, your thread has opened my eyes to the sport of badger hunting and blown away a whole bunch of preconceptions and misconceptions. Don't listen to the snipers. What you have to know is that one of the less attractive traits of modern Britain - and it's a recent one that's grown up over the last 20 years or so - is that every Tom, Dick and Harry genuinely believes that they have a right to tell everyone else how to live their lives, despite that such an intrusion would, on the rest of the planet, contravene the most elementary good manners. Consequently you get 'badgered' (pun intended) by these E-collar comments. The irony is that the people busy telling you how you should conduct your sport are the very same ones whose own sport has been MADE ILLEGAL by the intervention of other busybodies with the exact same mindset as themselves of minding other people's business for them. It would be laughable were it not so tragic. I see you have started another thread, presumably to divert the E- collar hijackers, and hopefully they'll all disappear off over there. In the meantime please don't stop posting. This is arguably the best thread on these boards.
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    When the shit hits the fan.

    It sounds like your bitch had a lucky escape. That stuff is dangerous. https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/blue-green-algae-risks-to-dogs/
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    wonder lust

    No, haven't had a dog of any kind for years. It's the chief minus of having itchy feet. To be honest, now I've satisfied the urge to travel I'd love to come back to the UK and if I did, the first thing I"d do is get myself a dog. But not having a spare 60,000 quid to put up as a bond for a visa for the wife, thanks to Theresa May I'm basically exiled abroad for the rest of my life - unless me and the kids were prepared to leave their mother behind.
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    It never rains .....

    I'll stand corrected - it just seemed a bit strange is all.
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    wonder lust

    I'm writing this from Thailand - been going back and forth between here and the Middle East for 16 years. It's OK, but there's nowhere to run a dog.
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    It never rains .....

    Sorry, but that doesn't sound quite right. Dogs don't break their bones easily at any age, but especially when they're pups playing around and their bones are still green. Unless his garden is full of rat holes...
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    teaching recall to a bull x

    Dog training is 90% conditioned response, so like training a dog to do anything, the most important rule is to only give the command when you're in a position to enforce it. That doesn't mean you should bash the dog, but if you tell him to come, he should come at once - there should be nothing optional about it. And it's a slow, step by step process over a month or more. So to begin with, only tell him to come when he probably wants to. Then make a fuss of him when he comes. When that gets entirely predictable, tell him to come when he might not want to, but isn't particularly distracted. If you walk or run away from him while giving the command, he'll almost certainly follow. Make a fuss of him again. Rinse and repeat until that too gets entirely predictable. At some point though, you're going to want to tell him to come when he doesn't want to - and almost certainly - sooner or later - you're going to see the dog say to himself 'F@@@ you, this is more interesting' and he'll deaf you out. That's when you run to him and give him a bit of a shaking by the scruff. Now you're got his attention, you put some distance between you and call him again. If you're not in the habit of bad-using your dog, he'll come immediately. Big fuss again. And so on and so forth..Eventually the dog will always come first time. A couple of key things. 1) If you're not sure he'll come back, or if you're not close enough or in a position to get at him if he doesn't - don't give the command in the first place. Dog training is nearly all about conditioning an automatic response to a stimulus, and you can condition a dog to ignore commands just as easily - in fact more easily - than you can condition him to obey them. 2) Never ever call the dog to you and then give him a doing for not obeying a previous command, because you're basically teaching him that coming to you is a dodgy business. The result will be one of these dogs that half comes back and then circles around out of range - usually before bu@@ering off again to do what he likes! If you're going to chastise a dog for anything at all - you must always go to the dog - even if it means running 200 yards. 3) Don't be impatient. The key to training dogs is little and often and consistency. And loss of temper (despite that we've all been there!) is ALWAYS counter-productive. 4) I'm editing in one last thing. With a young dog, it's helpful to keep training sessions and general exercise, etc, separate activities. That way both you and the dog will know what's expected of you when 'school' is in session. Of course, later, when you're confident that the dog will return, stop, wait, look back, or whatever other commands you've taught him, it's fine to practice them anytime or anywhere - in fact it's what you should do. But when the dog is still struggling with getting the hang of what you want of him, or if he still imagines that he has the option of doing what he's told or not, it's best to only give commands under controlled circumstances, away from distractions. As I said above, if you rinse and repeat often enough and consistently enough, eventually the dog will just automatically obey wherever he is because you'll have conditioned an automatic response. Then you're home and dry for the life of the dog. It's worth spending a bit of time on.
  14. There will never be a repeal of the ban. Most voters have never ever even seen a dead rat. A rat to them is a blood relation whatsisname - sorry, the name of the kids cartoon escapes me- but basically a furry cartoon whose killing other than by humane injection is tantamount to blood-thirsty murder. It's how the country has become. Ironically, on the continent they seem better able to resist the ignorance, aa evidenced by Blaise's excellent thread over on the digging dogs forum (see below).But in Britain the country is lost, and the hunting ban is just a symptom of that loss. I can hear my old father yet...''I don't know why be bothered to fight the war'. He died in the 80s but he could see what was coming diwn the pike.
  15. In which case I suppose it could be argued that provided the resulting dogs meet the breed's weight and size specs, then a smattering of greyhound blood might actually improve the whippet breed by making the dogs faster and stronger and widening the gene pool. I don't know about whippets, but I do know with border collies that if the dog in question had won a specific number of ISDS sanctioned trials, the International Sheepdog Dog Society would, at one time, have allowed for the registration of an unpedigreed dog - thereby giving it kosher breeding papers to let it into ISDS registered lineages. The argument went that the border collie breed was about working sheep, and so it would be self-defeating to exclude a well-proven sheepdog from the gene pool simply because its owner was missing a bit of paper. The sole criteria was working performance. But of course that was 25 years ago, and maybe the ISDS has gone all kennel-clubby these days. However, like I say, I don't know whippets or how those who race them judge the breed, so maybe I'm comparing apples to oranges. But one thing's for sure. In anything from dogs to cattle, to geraniums probably, among aficionados breeding out is always going to bring up the 'pollution' v 'improvement' controversy and raise hackles. So it's probably important to bear in mind that there are real and legitimate arguments with merit on both sides, and not to allow differences to become personal or friendships to be destroyed. Life's too short. After all, when all's said and done it's just dogs chasing after stuff...