Mar
15
2010
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Dog Tricks – Whippet – Urban Rescue

Well, after a long break from filming, we’re back with Season 3! Season 3 will be airing in Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide, while Brisbane and Perth play “catch up” with Season 2. So once we get to Season 4, everything should line up nicely. I know that sounds complicated, but don’t worry – all you need to remember is that if you’re looking for show notes for the current episode, the easiest thing to do is use the search box towards the top right-hand side of the site. Just type in a keyword that is relevant to the episode in question, for example “tricks” or “Border Collie”. Who knows, you might even find something else useful or interesting!

Anyway, enough ramblings, on with the
Notes for Episode 1, Season 3 – first aired Monday 8 March 2010, Channel 31 Adelaide

Tricks with Juli Gestier

De-barking

Whippets

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Dogs

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Sep
02
2009
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Rottweiler – Bruce the unruly Border Collie – More on dog breeders

Notes for Episode 13, Season 2 – first aired Wednesday 2 September 2009, Channel 31 Melbourne

Season 2 Episode 13 screen grabs

Rottweiler

Sidney Aarons – dog training with Sam and his Border Collie, Bruce

More on dog breeders

    Steven Pam’s rant on breeders:

    Personally I have always liked mixed-breeds (mongrels), and the concept of providing homes for dogs from animal shelters. Indeed my own “Kosmo” is a shelter mixed-breed.

    However, as we’ve discovered dozens of breeds and met their wonderful humans over the course of making this show, I’ve developed a great respect for pure breed dogs as well.

    I’ve also discovered that there’s a difference between a dog breeder and a good dog breeder. So here are my thoughts:

    There’s more to breeding dogs than putting together two examples of the same breed (or different breeds, for that matter – but more on that in a moment). There’s an element of art and a significant amount of science to it. Good breeders are attempting to bring out the best in their breed – and although every breed has a written standard, this is open to interpretation, and each breeder may have their own idea of what is best.

    If buying a dog from a breeder, don’t be afraid to ask what they’re doing to ensure they breed healthy dogs, what they’re looking for in the breed (or what their ‘ideal’ dog would be like), and if they can show you relevant paperwork. A reputable breeder will be more than happy to answer your questions (they love talking about their dogs!).

    A good breeder should also have lots of question for the prospective dog owner. Most breeders that I meet are very concerned about getting their dogs into the right homes. If a breeder seems more interested in taking your money and letting you go, you may be well advised to look around some more.

    Finally, a word on ‘designer’ breeds like Spoodles, Cavoodles, Labradoodles, Groodles, etc. As far as many registered breeders of ‘traditional’ breeds are concerned – and probably animal shelter operators as well – they are generally to be avoided! But being independent of any such groups, I’m free to express my own opinion on this…

    Almost every breed started out as a “designer” breed at some point. After all, that’s what breeding is all about: designing a dog for a particular purpose. Some dogs have a longer history than others, but essentially all but a few were created this way.

    It seems to me, then, that the problem is not the idea of designer breeds as such; it’s when backyard operators seek to profit from the demand for the fashionable breed of the day – and rely on the ignorance of the general dog-buying public to do so.

    It’s quite possible (and indeed likely) that many of the so-called “breeders” of these animals simply bring together a pure-bred – but essentially random – example of, say, a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, and then go ahead and advertise them as Groodles. None of the rigor that goes into a proper breeding program is employed. The results are therefore unpredictable, and the breeder could be unwittingly (or uncaringly) bringing out the very worst – in terms of health issues or temperament – of both breeds; and producing many dogs that are destined for the animal shelters and/or euthanasia.

    Therefore if you’re shopping for a “designer” dog, it would seem to me you should be asking the breeder the same questions about hereditary diseases, temperament, and philosophy, that you would ask a breeder of traditional breeds. If they are unwilling or unable to answer, move on.

    Acquiring a dog is a big decision and not one to be made impulsively. All to often those are the cases that end in dissapointment at best, or tragedy at worst.

    Yet with proper research and forethought, acquiring a dog can bring untold joy and fun to a family (as well as teaching kids many important life lessons). Good luck!

  • German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria

DNA Dog Breed Identification

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Aug
26
2009
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Old English Sheepdog – Viewer questions with Dr Lauren – Tracking

Notes for Episode 12, Season 2 – first aired Wednesday 26 August 2009, Channel 31 Melbourne

Season 2 Episode 12 screen grabs

Old English Sheepdog

Digital Spectrum for Community TV

Viewer Questions with Dr Lauren

Tracking

Dog DNA Tests

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Aug
05
2009
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Dogue de Bordeaux – Dogs & Kids – Cancer

Notes for Episode 9, Season 2 – first aired Wednesday 5 August 2009, Channel 31 Melbourne

Season 2 Episode 9 screen grabs

Dogue De Bordeaux

Greenville Online: Greenville library program uses dogs to help kids develop love of reading

Sidney Aarons: Dogs and Kids

State Government Victoria: Fleas

The Times of India: Who wants a man? Women rather prefer dogs!

Canine Cancer
Dr Peter Bennett – Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre
peteducation.com – Cancer in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Jul
29
2009
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Portugese Water Dog – Confidence – Canine Myofunctional Therapy

Notes for Episode 8, Season 2 – first aired Wednesday 29 July 2009, Channel 31 Melbourne

Season 2 Episode 8 screen grabs

Portugese Water Dog

Reuters India: Wanted: volunteer detectives, only dogs need apply

AP / Dallas News: Dog handler sued over 2 cases of scent misidentification

Sidney Aarons: Building Confidence in timid or traumatized dogs

Dr Lauren: ear infections – Dog ear infection info on lovetoknow.com

Canine Myofunctional Therapy
Monika Alston – Rehab4dogs
Dr Danny Jedwab – Hampton Veterinary Hospital

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