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  1. I have no clue to this one's breeding but I have often wondered whether she is a collie saluki. She has endless stamina, is far too clever and loves rabbits but definitely knows best and will stick two fingers if she decides you are being thick.
  2. https://www.deerstalkinguk.com/magazine/2017/06/01/dogs-for-deer-tracking/ The British Deer Society also run deer tracking courses leading to qualifications. I trail live deer with my lurchers strictly on an amateur basis as part of wild life watching and they find nearly every time we go out. I keep mine on a long lead while tracking. A dog whose natural quarry would be deer seems to avoid being distracted by other scents and to stick to the trail best. My best one is a saluki cross bitch with a very high prey drive ( a nutter really!). But I am sure some more professional people than I am will be along with more useful advice!
  3. Have a look at their Facebook page, click on About (top left), there is an email address there. In my experience, they will try and rehome a dog to fit in with your family. People lying about their circumstances are taking the chance they will end up with an unsuitable dog who will then have to be rehomed again. What no rescue will do is place a very boisterous, nervous or nippy dog with children so best not to get too keen on a particular dog who may not be good with kids or one who has separation anxiety if you work full time for instance.
  4. No, i would not, but I do not think women were really to blame. If they had known, I do not think any of them would have decided to take the stuff. Big pharma offers you a supposedly safe tested way to stop feeling like hell, how many would say no? It is easy to be wise after the event. A lifetime of heartbreak and regret is not something anybody would choose.
  5. I have one bitch with multiple allergies now treated with Apoquel as immunotherapy was no longer working. She was horrendously itchy without treatment and had to wear a cone all the time to stop her tearing herself up, she is fine now on the Apoquel. As your pup is not itching it might not be allergies. If the new vet cannot find anything I would give him a chance and see if he comes right after a good while on decent food plus an effective worming programme.
  6. Just came across this and thought some of you might be interested: https://www.(!64.56:886/chriswalksuk/ (you do not need to do FB to view)
  7. The one dog I knew in the (very) old days who killed by holding onto the throat until the prey was dead was a greyhound/saluki x pure whippet. He would grab a hock and lame the animal enough to slow it down then brought it down by grabbing the neck. The only marks he left were four canine holes in his prey's neck. I have no idea whether he had inherited this killing behaviour or whether he passed it on and the owner is no longer around to ask. This was before the fashion for bull blood and he definitely had no bull in him. He was 25" and 24kg and never took anything larger than a roe buck or doe.
  8. I agree with you about the whippet x telling the pup off up to a point but I now muzzle my intolerant male whippet x saluki around pups as he reacts exactly the same as yours. He has however occasionally drawn blood where a canine has hit the pup 'by mistake' and split the skin (no actual bite). He probably would not damage a pup seriously but I will no longer take the chance it might escalate. I know what his jaws can do.
  9. Mine eat plenty of vegetable matter picking up rabbit and deer droppings!
  10. Females need a certain amount of fat in their bodies for the reproductive system to work properly. Being ultra fit and lean can stop periods in women athletes.
  11. I am also surprised by how slow and tentative the hounds are. I have seen a fox caught by running hounds, one second it was there, the next it was in pieces! We may disagree with her, but you can't beat her for sheer guts. May make your blood boil but still awesome!
  12. My home reared dog learnt to be steady as a pup but the two rescue bitches are learning. I teach the command "back" at home by facing the dog and walking towards it until it moves backwards. Eventually I use the same command for 'emergencies' when out. If a deer crosses our path for instance I will face the dogs and use the "back" command. I am afraid I am still at the stage of having to roar rather than whisper but it usually does the trick. Which is just as well as three 25 kgs dogs against a small 50 kg old lady could mean face plant in the mud! Having said that, I was really glad the OH had hold of the youngest bitch the other day when a stupid roe buck decided to run in circles around us in the woods. She completely lost it, thankfully the other two with me did not join in.
  13. Don't use shampoo regularly as it dries up the skin, once in a while is okay. You may well see an improvement as he changes his coat. If he was short of energy it might be a thyroid issue but no worries about that if he is fine otherwise. Start brushing him every other day with a slicker brush if he is rough or long-haired (gently, the spikes can upset some dogs) or a soft rubber curry comb if short-haired to help him shed and stimulate the oil glands in the skin. You should see an improvement after a few weeks. Also make sure he has been wormed with a complete wormer like Drontal plus or Milbemax (not the Bob Martin rubbish).
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