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  1. Redirect the energy, using a lure, rabbit skin on a bit of string, to give the youngster something legitimate to go for, and don't let them off the lead at the same time. Half the trick of good training is not to let a dog get into the habit of doing something you don't want it to do. Once it's got into a habit, far harder to get them out of it. There's no point shouting or telling the youngster off, and if you do they just grow to see you as a spoiler of fun. It will grow up eventually, but it is up to you to protect the older dog, and keep the youngster engaged with fun games.
  2. It's interesting to note that when they did experiments in Russian fur farms, trying to breed foxes for increased docility, their ear carriage changed to flop ears, as well as the colour of the fur. Maybe that same gene which increases tractability/trainability is also responsible for the dropped ears of most domestic canines.
  3. How old is the pup? With very fast growing pups they often outgrow themselves in sometimes bizarre ways. If he's destined to be big and leggy with it, it could be he's just going through a horrible stage. As Socks says, get him on a properly balanced raw diet: meat, bone, offal, minced veg. Don't exercise him too much or let him gallop about like a nutter all the time. There's a time and place for serious exercise, and whilst pups do need regular exercise, it shouldn't be charging around flat out. A bit of lead walking, let him run around for an hour every day, but don't try and build up muscl
  4. the black and tan Airedale gave the black body, but the legs turned out brindle as the sire was all brindle. Only one out of the litter came out black and tan, the rest were solid coloured: red, red fawn and the one in the photo, black/brindle. Pic of the Airedale dam below
  5. Partly the angle, as her back looked a lot longer in real life, but she was very straight of stifle, which lessened her overall speed a lot. Very quick and nippy round cover though.
  6. I think that the reason my Airedale lurchers were fast enough was that they weren't a first cross Airedale Greyhound. Depending on the Greyhound used, of course, it would be more likely they'd be heavier than the ones I had, which were actually Saluki coursing dog to a Redline Airedale. The Airedale herself was built like a brick outhouse, but the Saluki gave the offspring a much lighter build and longer legs than many first cross Greyhounds I've seen when put to a stocky breed of dog. Like AndyD89, I love the Airedale temperament and intelligence. Really honest, hard working dogs.
  7. I honestly don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me if locally to the region they come from there are different varieties. I couldn't find any reference to different types online though. Maybe it's a similar situation to the Belgian Shepherd: the Lakenois has practically disappeared from what I've read.
  8. I just read about how he replaced Martyn Ashton in a film after Martyn broke his back. Here's a video of Ashton on a customized bike for the first time since he was paralysed: what courage! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX_hn3Xf90g
  9. Make sure there's enough fat in the diet. Dogs on low fat diets seem to be more prone to dry/cracked pads. Especially in winter when their feet are often wet and cold. Just like we can suffer from cracked finger tips in cold, wet weather, so do dogs sometimes have issues with their pads.
  10. Made me laugh, that. Common sense at last .... oh dear, seems that most folks nowadays are sadly lacking in that rather essential trait.
  11. We did a massive bank on the edge of an old brick pit, once. 12 ferrets, stop and long nets. After a couple of hours the ferrets were knackered, the dogs too, from running escapees across the floor of the pit. I think we ended up with around 18 rabbits, and there must have been dozens more.
  12. I think those sort of places should be renamed rabbit cities: never seen anything remotely like that down here.Incredible.
  13. Nature is so incredible: our imaginations cannot even conceive of such a wealth of diversity and beauty. Imagine seeing a vast flotilla of these in the open water. It's easy to see how ancient mariners came up with tales of monsters and such like emerging from the depths.
  14. Yes, a sickening reminder of what we have lost. Still angry after all these years. But great to see these dogs in action. Are their coursing rules similar or the same to ours?
  15. Very often, unless you see a small dog with a rabbit, you don't realise quite how small it is! Great photos of a smashing looking dog. Signed: a bit green with envy LOL
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