Ring My Bell!

March 5, 2010

(Teddy,owned by Jan and Duane, Bred by Dunham Lake Aussies, pictured above at almost 1 year, was potty trained easily)

It would be nice to keep the guessing out of knowing when your 4-legged friend needs to go outside. Some dogs, like our Aussies, come up to us and stare at us, one has a certain bark he makes, yet another will sometimes jump up at us and when she does, you know it's time to run to the door. 

Every pet owner eventually figures it out and looks for the signs from their dog, but there is another way. If your Aussie is potty trained but it's hard to tell when he needs to go out, or your just starting to potty train your Aussie, we have a suggestion for you.

At 8-10 weeks old the puppies we raise are newspaper trained and almost outside potty trained. When our 12 week old puppies, have to go potty, sometimes they bark then start to circle and sniff, then look for newspaper and if they can't find any and if we're not paying attention, they will go by the door. They are doing great, but sometimes I miss their signs.

One of our puppies Teddy, from a prior litter has been trained to "ring a bell" when he wants to go outside.  According to Jan, "Teddy had only a few potty accidents when they brought him home, but it was not easy to know when he had to go out".  He didn't really know how to tell them. 

Jan had heard about hanging a bell on the door you use to let out your dog and eventually, your dog will ring the bell when he wants to go out. Teddy's mom tried it and it absolutely worked and very quickly too.

Here's what you do...

Hang a bell from the door handle of the door where he'll be going out to be a "good boy".  Use a piece of ribbon and a really nice sounding bell such as a Thai temple bell which has a nice mellow sound.  Make sure to put it at his nose level so that he can ring it and then make sure that you gently tap his nose with the bell to ring it each and every time that he exits that door so he can associate it with "outside". 

Go out with your puppy and watch him until he does what he wanted to do, bring him right back in where a treat and lots of cheers were waiting for him. Unlike normal potty training, no playing around or cheers after he goes potty outside, so he wouldn't forget why he went out.

The Australian Terrier is an extremely smart and fast learning breed.  If your puppy comes from Dunham Lake Australian Terriers, to finish his potty training will be a snap,  you will just need to continue where we left off and be consistent.

Thanks Jan for this helpful tip!

Hope others try it and find it as helpful to them as well.


What do you feed your Australian Terriers?

February 27, 2010

Recently, I was approached by a supplier of an all natural dog food line wondering if I would consider selling their products on our website. The sales woman was quite pleasant and educated in pet food in general and of course her product line, which was produced by a Veternarian so I agreed to sample it. 

The product was all natural didn't contain corn, high in protein and it was clearly fresh.  Our dogs really liked it. 

This product isn't available in stores and shipping fees I felt were ...

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Potty Training Your Puppy Revisited

February 5, 2010

This is the second article I have written on this topic.  Having a litter of 5 Australian Terrier puppies right now I am reminded why I receive so many inquiries about how to train a puppy.  It's a lot of work potty training a puppy!

I have potty trained numerous puppies over the past 30 years including a few litters of Australian Terrier puppies. I have tried many different techniques. Here is what has worked for us and is working for us now with this new litter.

From the time a puppy is a...

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Puppy Party!

February 1, 2010

February the month of love and what better way to show your dog that you love him or her but to throw a puppy party!  Well, not to mention it's the middle of winter, not much else to do at least here in the Midwest where we live :^)

Researching this topic, I found many puppy party planning ideas on-line. I was quite surprised at how elaborate some of these parties can be.  There are theme puppy parties, goodie doggy bags, party hats, doggie cakes and a multitude of p...

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Australian Terrier Breed Standard

January 27, 2010

The Australian Terrier is small and sturdy with a blue and tan, sandy or red coat that is harsh in texture. They have a keen and alert expression and confident spirit. They are versatile in their work and living situations, making suitable companions in most environments.

General Appearance
A small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, rather long in proportion to height with pricked ears and docked tail. Blue and tan, solid sandy or solid red in color, with harsh-textured outer coat, a...

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Australian Terrier International

January 15, 2010

I am so pleased to announce a new Australian Terrier organization has been formed, www.australianterrierinternational.org for everyone interested in this wonderful breed.

The Australian Terrier International (ATI) was formed by Aussie people from all across the globe. 

The mission of the ATI is to "Encourage and educate others about this grand little breed.  To foster co-operation Internationally. Whether you own an Aussie OR are considering one, are interested in showing or breeding an Aussie...

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January 11, 2010

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Than...

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January News

December 24, 2009

Happy New Year and Greetings Friends!

We’re looking forward to 2010! It’s already off to a great start here at Dunham Lake Aussies! 

A few plans for 2010…
Introducing several of our beautiful puppies to the show ring! Mentoring and assisting our wonderful new families adopting one of our puppies.
     Support and assist our club. Continue to volunteer and offer support to our local Humane Society and Aussie Rescue. Attend many dog shows including International shows. A...

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December News Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2009

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The Aussie Down Under-Book review!

November 30, 2009

As part of my youngest daughters 5th grade curriculum for history, she is studying the Eastern Hemisphere, which of course includes countries such as Asia, Antarctica, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, in addition to Australia, just to name a few.  It's been an interesting exploration for both of us. While we're not even mid-way through the year, we've had the pleasure of studying  many countries which included New Zealand and Australia. They are both wonderful and beautiful places which we pl...

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Breeder of Merit

Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa