Eight Acres - the blog — dog

How to compost dog poo

Nov 27 2017 0 Comments Tags: biome, compost, dog, dogs

The unfortunate reality of owning a giant breed dog is that they 1) eat a lot and 2) poop a lot.  Gus is no exception.  We have a small yard for the dogs to keep them confined while we are away from home during the day, and they are free to run around while we are home, with a couple of acres of house yard, however they do tend to poo in the small dog yard and that can get a bit smelly.  

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Giant Gus turns one

Feb 15 2017 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, puppy

Gus arrived here last April, only 6 weeks old and taken from his mother and litter and everything he knew in the world. Poor wee fella. He was much younger than Taz when she first arrived, and we noticed the difference, he cried at night and when we left for work. The first week he was here, Pete had to go to a course in Brisbane, so I was home alone with the dogs and had my first week at my new...

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Raising a big dog vs raising a working pup

Aug 24 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, puppy

Just so you know, this post is mostly an excuse to show off some photos of my big Gussy, but I did want to also share some observations about Gus' puppyhood compared to Taz, because so far they have been very different puppies. I have been asked if Taz is helping to get all of Gus' wiggles out, but really I think Taz is still more wiggly than Gus, even though she is 2.5 years old now.

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More about our big Gus the Great Dane pup

May 23 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, puppy

Little Gussy puppy is nearly four months old and he's already 15 kg and growing quickly.  I had some great responses to my last post about training Gus, so I wanted to update and explain some of the things we do with our dogs to encourage obedience.

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Puppy Gus - training a big dog

Apr 26 2016 0 Comments Tags: dog, puppy

Little Gus is only 10 weeks old, and he's growing quickly (by 2.5 kg/week lately).  He's a Great Dane crossed with a Ball Arab. So we really don't know how big he's going to get, but possibly close to Great Dane size, which is giant compared to any other dogs we've owned. Gus is our future security system, and with his likely large size, its really important that he is obedient and responsive to commands.

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What do you feed your dogs?

Jun 22 2015 0 Comments Tags: dog, dogs, real food

As I've lately been thinking about what I eat and about real food for humans, naturally the next question was how to feed real food to Taz, and what is real food for dogs?
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