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  1. Krikkit

    What is your boxers favorite house appliance?

    Hi Martha, it's a thing that attaches to the hose, to wash down a car, boat or caravan (or anything really). The water goes through and makes a brush in the centre go round really fast and it makes a whirring noise ... a source of great joy to a Boxer :lol: A pic here - ours is an older...
  2. Krikkit

    What is your boxers favorite house appliance?

    The oven and hair dryer here :) Ruben's very favourite is the Swirlon - he loves water and the hose at the best of times, but add the Swirlon and he is truly overjoyed. Hours of fun (for him, not so much for us) :rolleyes: Sharon
  3. Krikkit

    Just go out!

    Found the solution (and realised that I am, indeed, an idiot) - had to go to town to do the mail, picked up the car keys and everyone raced to the door :rolleyes: Will have to remember that for the next very chilly morning :lol: Sharon
  4. Krikkit

    Just go out!

    It's winter here and the temps are well below normal - about 6 deg C this morning. The Boxers and the token Boxer seem to be on a strike about the weather. The last time anyone went outside was 4.00pm yesterday - so that's about 17 hours inside! I open the door every 15 minutes and they just...
  5. Krikkit

    Help in Motivating...Please

    What type of training issues are they having? Is this for the trial ring, or just general 'around the home' things? Your parents may need to think a little creatively about motivation. A friend of mine lets her dog play with an empty ice-cream container as a reward. With my silly male, I...
  6. Krikkit

    Very frustrated Boxer Owner

    I clicker train my dogs :) Sorry about your pups eyes, have never seen that reaction due to a GL. Hope she is back to normal soon. Another option may be a no pull harness, have you considered one of these? Sharon
  7. Krikkit

    Misbehaving for Pet Sitter

    See what your thoughts are after meeting the sitter, but it might be better off for Finnegan if you request a new person. I can not leave my dogs with my mother in control as they walk all over her - nothing bad, they just do what they want (things they don't dream of with us or other...
  8. Krikkit

    How does your boxer melt your heart?

    Nearly everything they do :) I'd have to say it is our 'oldies' that get me. I love watching Layla run and wrestle with Bindi, she is so grey yet acts like a three month old, and watching Bella tear around the agility field at 10 is wonderful. Sometimes feel like crying as I know the time...
  9. Krikkit

    boarding two - together or separate runs?

    I hear you on this. Same thing here - book in my five and we only get a 5% discount on one (three runs). And, I supply the food! It works out to be a total of AUD$80 per day, with me providing the food. Have given up, the dogs just come everywhere with us now smashicon Sharon
  10. Krikkit

    Very frustrated Boxer Owner

    I second Dan's suggestion of buying the book 'Culture Clash' :) If I could only own one dog book that would be the one. Re the Head halter - they are wonderful and I find them an extrememly useful tool for frustrated owners ;) In saying that, they are just a tool - if you want to use it...
  11. Krikkit

    Need To Know If I Am Doing This Right

    Our kids are crate trained, and love their crates, but I've never actually used them for housetraining. Have found them very useful for 'alone' training - except for Bella who had confinement issues. The main reason we crate train is because if they ever go to the vet they will be crated...
  12. Krikkit

    Titus has cancer!

    I'm so very, very sorry :( Sending all the best possible thoughts to Titus and your family. Went through this with Rebel - the Pred helped a great deal. In his case the chemo did not work (but I'd definatley go that route again). Our oncologist and vet were extrememly supportive and...
  13. Krikkit

    opinions on mattress style dog beds

    We started using the mattresses when Bo, Reb and Tess were in their teens (and were slower and a little arthritic). The type we use are the supportive foam. Did not get the springs just in case someone decided to trash the beds :rolleyes: My crew always choose the mattress over the softer type...
  14. Krikkit

    Help with heeling on a leash

    Hi Jen, if it does not bother you, then it's no problem at all :) I don't mind my crew sniffing and things when we are on walks. I like to let them sniff and enjoy being a dog using their nose. If I want to move on I just tell them we are going to continue our walk (a verbal cue, 'let's go'...
  15. Krikkit

    Help with heeling on a leash

    No matter what you do, you will have to be totally consistant and keep on trying for ages :) He has had more than a few weeks of pulling, so he has to learn a brand new behaviour - not pulling on lead. If you do a forum search you will find heaps and heaps of threads on this. There are quite...
  16. Krikkit

    Riding in the car

    Get the harness - dogs need seatbelts if they can not be confined in a vehicle by other means :) You just fit them in the harness, and plug it into the seatbelt thing and everyone is safe. Sharon
  17. Krikkit

    Prayers for my Ginty..... Surgery on Wednesday

    Pam, sending lots of good thoughts and love to the beautiful Ginty (and you). Take care, and give Miss Ginty lots of hugs from us. lovicon Sharon, Bella, Layla, Ruben, Amy & Bindi
  18. Krikkit

    Reese Broke her Toe

    Layla broke her toe (front foot) running down the beach - in the end we had to get that toe amputated :( It's not uncommon for dogs to break a toes(s). On the bright side most heal with no complications. In Layla's case it was no so much broken as smashed.. Am sending healing vibes to...
  19. Krikkit

    What blend of breed do you think my second dog is?

    She is very cute :) She looks like an 'All Australian' (or maybe GSD x something or other - has a bit of a kelpie look about that checky face). Sharon
  20. Krikkit

    Hot Dogs for Training

    Training treats are generally cut up into very small pieces. It also probably depends on the dog - Layla can't cope with too much hot dog, but is fine on baked liver, cheese or roast chicken (in the 'higher value' treat range). The others can have hot dog with no problems. I tend to mix up my...
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