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3 hours ago, doratheexplorer said:

This is what I'd get if i wanted a dog, although I don't mind fewer than 4 legs.  One more more thing though - rescued from a dog's home.

 

My last 3 dogs have been rescues.

 

First was very nervous, she thought the fishermen were going to hit her with their fishing rods so barked and growled at them as we boaters past.

 

Second was the dog in my Avatar, best boating dog ever, would do whatever you asked.

 

Third is my current GSD, he is the worst boat dog ever. Despite 5 years of continuous training he remains very reactive.

 

Barks at every dog on the towpath, passing boats, fishermen, ducks, swans, pretty much anything that moves really. 😣.

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We have a small non shedding rescue mongrel. Makes a great boating dog. Isn't under your feet all the time, boat stays relatively clean and is easy enough to lift on and off the boat when we are moored against high walls. He is also a very strong swimmer which helps as he has a habit of falling in.

 

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12 minutes ago, cuthound said:

 

My last 3 dogs have been rescues.

 

First was very nervous, she Th ought the fishermen were going to hit her with their fishing rods so barked and growled at them as we boaters past.

 

Second was the dog in my Avatar, best boating dog ever, would do whatever you asked.

 

Third is my current GSD, he is the worst boat dog ever. Despite 5 years of continuous training he remains very reactive.

 

Barks at every dog on the towpath, pass g boats, fishermen, ducks, swans, pretty much anything that moves really. 😣.

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He is beautiful though. Always loved Alsatian/GSD. Ma & Pa always had them. Being publicans they were the right dog to have. As some will know, I also love Staffies and now have two JRTs. Only got them in the hope of tripping up MrSmelly when he came onboard.

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9 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

He is beautiful though. Always loved Alsatian/GSD. Ma & Pa always had them. Being publicans they were the right dog to have. As some will know, I also love Staffies and now have two JRTs. Only got them in the hope of tripping up MrSmelly when he came onboard.

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To be fair your too are sweethearts innitt. They know a good looking bloke and came and sat on my knee if you recall 😁

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11 minutes ago, mrsmelly said:

To be fair your too are sweethearts innitt. They know a good looking bloke and came and sat on my knee if you recall 😁

Thank you. We have taught them to be nice to everybody. They do forget occasionally.

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58 minutes ago, Nightwatch said:

He is beautiful though. Always loved Alsatian/GSD. Ma & Pa always had them. Being publicans they were the right dog to have. As some will know, I also love Staffies and now have two JRTs. Only got them in the hope of tripping up MrSmelly when he came onboard.

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He is by far the most challenging dog I have ever had, (I've had 5) and the only one who I have sought professional help for training with.

 

That said he has been the most rewarding dog I have ever had, even though progress has been slow.

 

I realised on the first day of ownership that I had bitten off more than I could chew when it took both wife and I with two leads and collars to walk him.

 

Despite being 14 months old when we got him, he had not received any training or socialisation. Initially his previous owners kept him in the house with their Staffie, but because they didn't neuter either dog, the Staffie got pregnant and had his pups. Then the Staffie began attacking him, presumably to protect her pups, so they banished him to the garden. There he began to bark incessantly at the neighbours dogs, until the council imposed a noise abatement order, which is when we rescued him.

 

Since then he has achieved the highest level of obedience award at his dog training school, but reserves his best non-reactive behaviour for when he is at school... 😣

 

That said he is very friendly with people (as the handful of fellow forum members who have met him will testify) and absolutely loves children (although he couldn't manage a while one). Only joking - he is great with the grandkids!

 

It is such a pity that we have not been able to completely eradicate his reactiveness to other dogs. He would be close to the perfect dog if only I had succeeded.

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4 minutes ago, TheBiscuits said:

 

Maybe he's just a cat person :D

 

 

Well he was described as cat friendly!

 

We had a 20 year old cat when we first got him, but the unfortunately the cat died before we could try to properly introduce them 😣, although he did seem interested in it and didn't bark.

 

Since then he has added cats to the long list of animals to bark at!

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My preference is the Rottweiler (on my second at present),but a similar large dog that the "dog racists" perceive as "nasty",but are actually just like any other dog!,will do...As I have said on a previous post,"everything on the towpath slows down for a rotti!"👍...Also,black dogs operate in "stealth mode" on a dark towpath!. 😄

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4 minutes ago, Leggers do it lying down said:

My preference is the Rottweiler (on my second at present),but a similar large dog that the "dog racists" perceive as "nasty",but are actually just like any other dog!,will do...As I have said on a previous post,"everything on the towpath slows down for a rotti!"👍...Also,black dogs operate in "stealth mode" on a dark towpath!. 😄

 

We had a Rotti, the softest thing ion the planet (far softer than the Andrex lab puppy)

She had a good life. Sadly missed.

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

 

We had a Rotti, the softest thing ion the planet (far softer than the Andrex lab puppy)

She had a good life. Sadly missed.

 

 

 

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Not only stealth mode at night,but impossible to lose in a snow storm!

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My girl (elsa) at 10 weeks old

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Same dog today..Still going at 14 years 3 months!??

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17 minutes ago, ditchcrawler said:

If I was looking for another dog I would consider a Staffy

A much maligned breed! Some of the softest dogs I have known have been staffies but unfortunately, a lot of owners seem to allow them to become obese and they are unable to run around and play like a "normal" dog.  Mind you allowing your dog to be obese is not just confined to staffie owners and it is such a shame to see the likes of labs  so overweight that they waddle along and their back end action is affected by carrying too much weight. 

 

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1 hour ago, sueb said:

The best is a GSD. You walk into them rather than fall over them. Ours were never allowed on furniture. They are large enough to repel borders and are able to get themselves out of the canal.

yeah, borders are repulsive.

 

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10 hours ago, haggis said:

A much maligned breed! Some of the softest dogs I have known have been staffies but unfortunately, a lot of owners seem to allow them to become obese and they are unable to run around and play like a "normal" dog.  Mind you allowing your dog to be obese is not just confined to staffie owners and it is such a shame to see the likes of labs  so overweight that they waddle along and their back end action is affected by carrying too much weight. 

 

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I don't think people know what a dog of the correct weight looks like anymore!!

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11 hours ago, haggis said:

A much maligned breed! Some of the softest dogs I have known have been staffies but unfortunately, a lot of owners seem to allow them to become obese and they are unable to run around and play like a "normal" dog.  Mind you allowing your dog to be obese is not just confined to staffie owners and it is such a shame to see the likes of labs  so overweight that they waddle along and their back end action is affected by carrying too much weight. 

 

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Indeed, Staffies are lovely natured dogs when  brought up properly.

 

When a dog is the correct weight you should be able to:

 

1. Feel its ribs but net see them 

 

2. See a discernable narrowing of its waist when viewed from directly above, and,

 

3. See a discernable "tummy tuck" where the stomach rises to meet the back legs, just after the rib cage.

 

If you cannot meet all three criteria then the dog is overweight.

 

It is so easy to check but the majority of dogs you see fail on at least one point.

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11 hours ago, ditchcrawler said:

If I was looking for another dog I would consider a Staffy

Staffies...Will take the shortest path between point A and point B,does not matter what is in the way!!...Friend of mine had one that hated water.She rolled in fox poo,so he put harness on her and held her in the shower tray.His girlfriend turned the shower on,and the dog went from sitting in the shower tray,straight through a stud wall and into the bedroom!!🤣...I was witness to the whole event!!

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23 hours ago, doratheexplorer said:

This is what I'd get if i wanted a dog, although I don't mind fewer than 4 legs.  One more more thing though - rescued from a dog's home.

I have heard it is difficult to get a rescue dog if you live on a boat?!...Apparently,it is because you have no garden!?.🤪

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10 minutes ago, doratheexplorer said:

Really?  Even though it's possible to get a guide dog if you're a blind liveaboard?

I have been heard from a few people that the R.S.P.C.A. wont give you a dog if you live aboard!?.😐..... Rotti rescue will tho!.👍

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11 hours ago, Murflynn said:

yeah, borders are repulsive.

 

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or, of course, borders are cute dogs - collies and terriers - and I would agree that an Alsatian (that was the name we oldies are comfortable with) would easily repel members of either breed.

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20 hours ago, Naughty Cal said:

We have a small non shedding rescue mongrel. Makes a great boating dog. Isn't under your feet all the time, boat stays relatively clean and is easy enough to lift on and off the boat when we are moored against high walls. He is also a very strong swimmer which helps as he has a habit of falling in.

 

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he has grown into a lovely adult.    have you tried letting his eyebrows and beard grow?

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41 minutes ago, Murflynn said:

 

he has grown into a lovely adult.    have you tried letting his eyebrows and beard grow?

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We do let him go woolly occasionally but he gets his beard filthy and he is a pain to keep clean.

 

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Much easier to keep him clean and the house and the boat clean when he is clipped shorter.

 

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