It's raining farm dogs

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11 years 6 months ago #25788 by sarileah
Hi there, our three farm bitches had their first litter of puppies recently. We moved to a new dairy farm job on June 1st and with it came the drystock managers' sneaky Male Huntaway dog.

Ruby our well-bred Huntaway had 13 pups, our heading dog Bowie had 9 Border Collie X Huntaway pups and our other heading dog Trixie had 8 pups. These pups are getting smarter by the day, always finding new ways to escape their wooden "fenced section" that we have to extend higher by the week. The smartest pups flip their water bucket to use as height to jump over the railing, all because they're so keen to go out and round up the cows with their mums.

If anyone is keen on a new farm dog let me know. I've already homed 10 pups, to lots of different families. A couple of lifestyle block owners, a young guy wanting a hunting dog. A family house trained their pup in within a week hamilton and now Roxy lives inside. Dairy farmers and drystock farmers too.

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11 years 6 months ago #359859 by sod
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HI and welcome all the best finding homes for them all we would love 1 but to far away and not allowed anymore dogs :(

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11 years 6 months ago #359880 by Jen - Featherston
make it the dry stock managers job to find homes for the other half! and get your bitches spayed if you dont want more pups

Sometimes its not only what you say, its the way you say it that counts.

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11 years 6 months ago #359886 by igor
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It's good to see a dairy farm where dogs are still used. A lot don't nowadays. Can't see their logic myself.

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11 years 6 months ago #359892 by gemini kiwi
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I would hate to be responsible for all these puppies.

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11 years 6 months ago #359908 by LongRidge
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I need a medium "strenght" female. Strong enough to be able to handle cattle, soft enough to not kill the sheep and goats with over-exuberance.
How strong are the parents?
What price?

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11 years 6 months ago #359927 by sod
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LR most of that comes from control you can send her in hard on ^&(**^%&^*() cattle :)that don't want to move and then tell her to be gentle on anything that moves easy

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11 years 6 months ago #359977 by sarileah
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We have our good days and we had bad days too. The kids learnt fast to bring their shoes inside, and the dogs are smart enough to do their business outside our section in the paddock.

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11 years 6 months ago #359981 by sarileah
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Both heading dog's the mum's Trixie and Bowie are great dogs, both prefer to give the cows the "eye" when rounding up and show a little teeth as if to tell the girl's they mean business. Dad's a good farm dog loud, deep bark. Pups make a good combination of parents. $75.00 in "other" section of livestock classified

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11 years 6 months ago #359982 by sarileah
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Yep, she's a pain when you don't have a dog and you have to climb hills to get the odd cow down. It's steep terrain here too.

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11 years 6 months ago #359985 by sarileah
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Yep got our girl's spayed now. Vet reckoned it was better to let the girls have a litter first so they know all about it. Some people say thier bitches get lazy after being spayed,but I'm yet to see the difference.

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11 years 6 months ago #359995 by sod
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sarileah We have two girls both done neather had pups, Megs a heading dog still slim and runs like the wind, Violets a rotty gone all fat but still likes to try to run so I think it maybe more the breed type

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11 years 6 months ago #360061 by LongRidge
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My dad was a vet for many years, and he too was told to let them have a litter first. But he found that it was hugely easier to do the operation before a litter had been conceived, and never had any complaints from clients who he had told to "Do it young, the younger the better".

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11 years 6 months ago #360141 by Lighthill
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For best health effects, young bitches should be allowed to have their first season, typically at around 6 months of age (between 4 - 8 months old is usual). Its a long 3 weeks for all concerned, keeping her under strict confinment and exercising only on lead but it lets all her hormones 'kick in'. She can then be speyed about 2 months later during anoestrus, the dormant phase between cycles.

Speying young reduces the chances of her getting breast cancer in later life. It also removes the chance of her getting pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus which they are prone to after having a false pregnancy.

She doesn't need to actually have a litter at all, just the one season and she definately shouldn't be bred at such a young age on her first season.

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11 years 6 months ago #360170 by Hawkspur
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Interesting. My research indicated that we should spay our pup before her first heat in order to maximise the reduction in risk of mammarial/breast cancer and other diseases. This is particularly recommended for bitches that will never have a litter.

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