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  1. It's only a stage he's got to go through. Grit your teeth and try to engage him in meaningful pursuits. Castration is, in my opinion, not a cure all, and long term it won't do his body any good at all: weaker bones, muscles etc. The teenage stage can be a pain in the butt, but it will pass eventually. Just be firm, fair and get him on side with you by working and exercising him hard. Never had any dog castrated, despite living with entire bitches. Of course they need to be separated when a bitch is on heat, but once they realise that they must bow down to you as pack leader they tend to accept
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    ohh shit

    I remember my parents swimming off the coast of Cornwall when I was a little kid, watching a basking shark swim past them, like a railway carriage, so huge. Seen from on top they look weirdly similar to giant tadpoles! Or did, to my child eyes at the time.
  3. Just as with people, the genetic markers for cancer can be inherited. I lost a bitch at 8 years old due to mammary cancer, after I bred from her, both her daughters succumbed to the same thing at the ages of 9 and 10.
  4. Sorry to hear about your bitch. I've lost several to mammary cancer over the years, mostly between 10 and 13 years of age. They were all entire bitches and some had had litters and they were all fed a really good balanced raw diet all their lives, so I can't blame rubbish food. My own vet said that unless you get them spayed before their first season the risk of mammary cancer increases year on year each time they come into season.. But, given that spaying before maturity brings its own problems (weak bones, urinary incontinence etc) I wouldn't ever do that. As cancer in humans is increasing
  5. I think that all of us over a 'certain' age were brought up believing that you had to dominate a dog, both physically and mentally. It's so good to read all these posts where people have realised that the old, hard ways don't actually produce the team mate and companion we appreciate. I know I've come to appreciate my lurchers so much more. Accepting what they are, their different instincts and traits, depending on what is in their breeding, and working to channel those traits rather than just trying to change the dog into the thing we think it should be, is so rewarding. The bond, the feeling
  6. I found that lurchers with a fair bit of Saluki in them needed carbs as well as flesh and bone or they didn't keep the weight on when coursing twice a week. Rice, pasta and bread: not all at the same time. Those without any Saluki tended to do very well on no carbs.
  7. But what sort of dry food? If it's cheap shite then it won't be worth the bag it comes in. You only get out what you put in. And also, I don't think that having food on tap is helping a dog's appetite at all. They tend to pick at it, feel constantly full so don't really guzzle down their food as a dog is designed to do. Dogs' stomachs are designed to eat fast until full, then not eat again for several hours, even pups over 8 weeks of age. BTW, its feet look great.
  8. I love this sort of happy ending story and how great that she was a decent working dog too. There must be so many dogs either with rubbish owners or those who have no idea what their dog is capable of.
  9. I've always followed this advice: if it moults, strip it, if it's a non moulter, like some Beddy types, then clip it. If you clip a dog that should naturally moult, then the fur never grows the same again, grows woolly and weird and you have to keep clipping them forever.
  10. Yes, it's very good stuff. Used to use it all the time on the coursing field, really helped keep fatigue at bay. I even drank it myself from time to time when exhausted and thirsty, kept me going better than any human product, even though it's not designed for humans. Also good for dogs that pant a lot and dehydrate through losing too much fluid that way. Can't recommend it highly enough.
  11. It's a different lifestyle, for sure. Slower, and so much closer to nature. We see otters, grass snakes, all manner of water fowl, foxes and muntjac pass by the boat when we're moored up without even giving us a glance. When the dogs are inside, that is.
  12. There's a metal bridge over a lock on the Ouse near me that plays musical sounds when the wind blows from the west. Love it.
  13. I think that these sort of habits should disappear in time, as presumably she learned this in the nest, which maybe wasn't cleaned out as regularly as it should have been? Just wondering. But one thing I would say is that to feed a wholly satisfying diet you need to add stuff the pup can actually chew, rather than simply swallowing ready-prepared nuggets, no matter how 'good' it is supposed to be for them. Chewing satisfies the emotional and psychological dog, rather than just filling its stomach. It's one thing to feed a correctly balanced raw diet, but quite another to provide the dog's less
  14. So she's stubborn, strong-willed, intelligent and obviously chock full of hunting instinct. If you're taking her out hunting at this age you've not got a hope in hell that she will think you are more interesting than all those scents and sounds. If you have an adult dog that is very obedient, sees you as the pack leader who takes them where the hunting is good, then she'll learn the right thing from it. If not, then she'll be off to do her own thing, which is far more exciting than staying with boring you who only tells her not to do the stuff she wants to do. I routinely took pups out with se
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