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  1. callum104

    Starting out, new dog

    Cheers, will have a look
  2. callum104

    Starting out, new dog

    Yeah, first I need to register myself to then be able to register the pup with the spanish galgo federation. They do a blood test to prove via dna that his pedigree is correct. Then it's basically finding a regional event I can go to and registering him. They control it a lot here since people starting importing greyhounds and mixing them and they were beginning to lose bloodlines. Now they have separate events for national dogs and imports (greyhounds basically). Not sure how to go about it in the sense that I've heard that they like their dogs to have seen only a few hares before starting competitions or they learn too much and cut corners, predict the hares movement etc and that doesn't win points. How did people prepare hare coursing dogs when it was legal ? The point system they use is imported from England, but the only vids i've found of hare coursing comps outside of Spain is Ireland with greyhounds. It looks like basically a straight line sprint so very different to spanish coursing. In terms of hunting you have to buy "permission", private land normally looked after with hunting in mind with a gamekeeper etc. Prices vary but for just rabbits and hares it seems to be cheaper and you pay per year. Also depends on how many days you can hunt there, size of land etc. A guy I know has offered to take me to permission he has with hare but obviously until next year the pup wont be near ready. Not sure on the punishments for going on public land over here but I know people that have done it without problems.
  3. callum104

    Starting out, new dog

    A few pics from the other day
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    Starting out, new dog

    Thought that i'd post an update on the pup. He's now almost 6 months old, much bigger and stronger and I'm beginning to socialise him a lot more as the temperature has dropped and dogs are allowed to go to the beacg again where I live (lots of dogs around). Currently he enjoys terrorising the local pigeons and I've definitely noticed a lot more prey drive than in my whippet. Maybe because the whippet is from show lines. Can also notice that he has a lot more natural endurance, just letting him run around as much as he wants but he never stops. In general lovely pup to be around and apart from taking a part of the wall on the terrace back to the brick he hasn't destroyed anything yet when i'm working etc.
  5. callum104

    Running dog size?

    Weighing 22kg atm...got a bit of puppy fat and have noticed that hes put on a fair bit of muscle recently
  6. callum104

    Running dog size?

    My young dog is almost 6 months old and is around 24/25" to the shoulder. Obviously every dog is different but just wanted to know what kind of size he's on track for as he's my first "bigger" dog... not sure about grow rates etc. He's galgo español but I suppose he'll develop similarly to a greyhound as they're of a similar size usually as adults. Cheers
  7. callum104

    Kibble

    Obviously a raw diet if done correctly is the best for the dog. But kibble is much more convenient and sometimes we don't have the choice. If you're going to use kibble read the ingredients on the packet (normally the ingredients are in order of quantity most to least). If one of the main ingredients is corn, corn starch and other things a dog shouldnt really be eating then avoid it. The best results i've had from a kibble has been with premium britcare salmon...it's gone up a fair bit in price where I live though. Also be careful mixing kibble and meat. Try to give them separately if you do end up mixing...e.g meat in the morning and kibble at night as they dont digest at the same speed and can cause problems. An intermediate could be good quality canned food as it is normally less processed so i'd assume less nutrients are lost.
  8. callum104

    Starting out, new dog

    Lovely looking dogs! The facial markings on the brindle one are really unusual. Yeah he's "de los montes" lines. His sire is "distinto de los montes" son of "tara de los montes" both well known coursing dogs. I'll put up a bit more info when my girlfriend gets home, she's got the full family tree.
  9. callum104

    Starting out, new dog

    Have always had an interest in dogs in general (ive always had terriers but later became interested in running dogs). I've lived in Spain for 5 years and have a 4 year old whippet but hes from show lines and has never worked. Recently, encouraged by my girlfriend we decided on getting another pup. We came across a galgo from good coursing lines and went for it (if anyone is interested there are a few videos of parents/grandparents coursing on the internet that i can post). He's currently 14 weeks old and has been with me for 2 weeks. He already has a decent recall and i'm now teaching him to retrieve. Is there any advice you'd give to someone about how to go about getting started, books worth reading, training etc? I know it's important not to overdo it but is there anything specific that i should be doing? The idea would be rabbiting/mooching and maybe hare coursing if i can find something fairly closeby. He's eating a diet of meat, offal and a bit of veg and is almost as big as the whippet already so going to be pretty big. Can already tell that they mature much slower than whippets, i guess becauae of the difference in size. I've also seen there are a few users who travel to/live in spain so any insight in the laws etc over here hunting with dogs (I'm in the catalonia region) or experience with breed would be really helpful. The first pic is of him before he arrived, the black bitch is the dam and thought i'd throw in a photo of my whippet...not a bad place to live! Thanks for any help
  10. callum104

    Sighthound Temperaments

    Yeah, probably from their past lives as you said. Sounds strange but a lot of people here with dogs don't care for their animals the same way as the UK. Doesn't seem in the culture. Every year there are thousands of dogs abandoned at the end of the hunting season (don't know if it's because they were no good or they can't be arsed to look after them) and lots are killed by hanging, burning and even by being thrown from cars. Absolutely mental but this kind of treatment explains a bit why the ones I see (generally rehomed) tend to be so nervous. Obviously it's not everyone but must a significant number for the sheer amount of galgos abandoned - in the South it's more common, and seems like if you drive on a motorway or go to the countryside at the end of the season you're going to find one at somepoint.
  11. callum104

    Sighthound Temperaments

    cheers for info and advice guys, much appreciated!
  12. Hi, Been thinking of getting a dog in the next few months (mainly as a pet but would like to give lure coarsing/racing a go) so I have been considering a sighthound. Could anyone give their opinion on typical characters/temperaments? As I've always had terriers - jack russells and fox terriers - I'm a bit worried I'll miss the cheekiness of terriers (they can be right b*ggers but it makes them what they are). At the moment I'm thinking about a whippet or maybe a saluki, but over here in Spain there are a lot of Galgos and Podencos if on the offchance someone has any experience with them too? Cheers, Callum
  13. callum104

    Hi Folks

    Welcome Gollum, I have the same problem with one of my ferrets which i recently got who is now 7 months old. I think i will try some of skycats ideas. At the moment im holding it with one glove on but it is alot calmer when i handle it now so i might try it without a glove and risk a bite. good luck with your ferret, Callum
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    NEW MEMBER

    Hello and Welcome
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