• Ha! Lovely dogs. If we hadn't ended up with Odie by mistake, I always had in mind that i wanted something lurcherey.

  • On a rare occasion a dog that for whatever reason isn't well socialised will panic and run away squealing which is literally the opposite of dog language for please stop chasing me. Not enjoyable for anybody, even if Otto is just reading the dogs body language.

    I do wonder if its possible for a dog to be oversocialised as a puppy. Otto has spent 15 to 20 hours every week playing with dogs he is familiar with from the age of 16 weeks. Nearly four years now. Maybe he just doesn't understand that not all dogs want to ruff and tumble or that some dogs don't "speak dog " very well.

  • One thing we have noticed is that we encounter far more nervous or poorly socialised dogs in London parks than we do in the other places we take Otto with lots of dogs.

  • I think we’re fairly lucky where we live (north east Bristol) - we’ve had one run in with a badly socialised, aggressive dog in our 3 or 4 months of having Odie. We’ve got lots of open spaces around here, which I guess means it’s relatively easy to own a dog in our area, and to socialise it with other dogs in a controlled manner.

  • Ah the old 'biteyface'. My whippet's favourite game.

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  • Blue's starting to accept Crumpet. She's desperate to be friends with him and tends to be over enthusiastic and invasive of his space but she's learning to give him a bit of room! Only took a couple of swipes and some hissing.

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  • might a well be benny he is playing with there, I'd have believed it was him, if you showed me the pic after they finally meet ,

  • That's Max. I think Max was about a year old when that photo was taken...

  • Terrifying monsters. :)

  • This kind of thing took well over a year for our dog and one of the cats, the other cat mainly lives in the kitchen or outside now.

  • I think it helps that he's a very confident cat and has lived with an over excitable dog before. He's not as independent as most cats either, he mostly just likes hanging out with us so is maybe less inclined to just piss off until the dog thing blows over.

  • It's ours first dog, so they're doing OK really.

  • Hello. First post in this thread, askin some advice. We would like to get a pupper. We already have a cat, eight chickens and a cockerel, five beehives and two kids under 4. We live in a rural village with lots of garden and walkies.

    What stopped us until now was that we both worked in london, but obviously that’s changed and likely pretty permanently.

    Neither of us has had dogs before. Reading about medium sized breeds that are good with kids and cats has brought us to the German Shorthaired Pointer. Does anyone have experience of the breed? Some say they need lots of attention/walking is it more than usual?

    Any other breed advice? Thanks in advance x

  • If you're not too fussed about a particular breed I'd recommend having a look at a rescue. Not sure if you've read up-thread but I've just adopted a dog from an organisation called Underdog International. We gave them a description of our lifestyle and our home and they basically picked us a dog based on that. In our case we needed a dog that was good with cats, good with young children (I have a 6 month old niece) and happy living in a busy city with a small garden but they have dogs that would suit any circumstances really.

  • Thank you! Sounds good will check em out.

  • Has anyone got a recommendation for a slow feeder that isn't incredibly easy to flip? We've got one of the ones below but Crumpet has worked out that if she drags it to the centre of the room and flips it over she gets to inhale her food just as quickly as with a normal bowl. It's got a few anti slip dots on the bottom but maybe something with a full silicone base that sits more flush to the floor is a better bet. Failing that I might just attempt to attach the current one to something wide and flat enough to be unflippable.

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  • Viszlas are known to suffer separation anxiety if left alone for too long so pretty much anything over 3 hours and we need dog sitters. This is compounded by one of our dogs not liking children - she got upset by a child behaving unpredictably and has never got over that. This isn’t helped by our other dog being a frustrated greeter, he mouthes a lot and likes to grab hands on guests arrival, it is pure excitement but very intimidating for people not used to dogs. All of this limits our social interactions but given the devoted companionship we get from the dogs we are happy with the compromises we have to make.

  • Still needing a home? We have a few questions

    What’s it like with adults, children, other dogs
    History - why being rehomed

  • I have a GSP!- my dog coming up for ten years old now. As with most dogs & people partnerships, everyone's generally really biased positvely on their choice, but with as much objectivity as I can offer, I think as long as you can carefully manage the early stages of accepting and teaching that the existing livestock is off-limits as prey, you shoudl be good.

    The beauty of my GSP is that she is extremely trainable, really very keen to please and food motivated, so with a bit of skill and patience on our part, can train to do pretty much anything within reason. Really sound with my kid when we got her (kid was about 8) , they're still best frieinds. He stared uni in october and she still looks around the house for him now and again.

    As with all puppies, the early years with bundles and bundles of energy is where you need to be on your game to channel that into something positive. I used to take Madge for ten mile + bike rides, never really managed to tire her out.

    I've had a few dogs over the years, cross breeds mainly, and I'd say that my GSP Madge was /is one the easiest to train . Mind you, she is still a pain at greeting people who come in the house, she's all over them with excitement, not aggression - never really managed to sort that out. But thats on me not the dog.

    TLDR is Yes GSP great but also yes, they need plenty of exercise- like all / most dogs- we do mainly 4 mile walks daily off lead, with much longer bigger at weekends and all is fine.

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  • Thank you so much, very useful take on it. She sounds superb. Might be too much for us to take on for the next few years, but will consult with OH.

  • Sounds idyllic already!! Before we got our dog we were recommended Ian Dunbar's "before you get a puppy" (e)book by some friends and even our local vet. It was the single most useful resource I've come across. I highly recommend reading that before you make any decisions on breed, or anything else! I can send you a copy if you don't have it or can't find it online. It let us know what we were in for and got us ready for some challenging (and loving!) times

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I want to get a dog but I have to work, how does everyone on broadway market do it ?

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