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  3. You want the puppy edition, simply because it is written better. The material in both books is very similar but the original is written for professional dog trainers and is very specifically geared towards agility. The puppy edition despite its title is more broadly focused, it’s not a puppy primer.
  4. Quick question regarding the control unleashed books I have seen recommended on here. I have been looking for the book here in Canada and have been unable to find it to purchase. Found an American website I can order from and have it shipped. My question is which would be better, the original or the puppy edition? My puppy is just over 5 months old, but she is not really a “blank slate” at this point, not sure if the puppy one is more to do with first steps and bringing your puppy home sort of stuff or for all ages of puppyhood. She knows many commands very well, more looking to address s
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  6. So sorry for the huge paragraph breaks. Not sure how I can undo them, but please read to the end anyway. Thanks. This beautiful puppy was hit by a car last week in upstate NY, ending up with very serious but operable injuries that resulted in her owners opting to have her euthanized. Zest has been relinquished to New England Border Collie Rescue (NEBCR), who is holding an online auction to raise the funds needed for her surgeries and rehab care. As of this writing there have been 128 items or lots donated. There are border collie specific items, generic dog item
  7. Just to clarify, there are 2 different chemicals in the collar. One for ticks, one for fleas. The interesting - and to me scary - thing about all this is that my vet assured me that the chemicals in these collars are considered to be of least concern by the EPA. I'd been trying to control ticks (which are terrible in my area, though I haven't seen a flea on any of my dogs for many years) with more natural approaches. One of my dogs is a tick magnet and they weren't working for her and not very well for the others either. And she contracted anaplasmosis this past year, which, albeit my exp
  8. Our Australian shepherd puppy had a fear reaction to carports at about the same age. Carports are common here (we have one too) so this mostly happened on walks. We remained calm and let him get a good look at any threatening carport from what he considered a safe distance. After a few weeks it passed. Interestingly, he was not afraid of our carport when we left the house through a door under the carport. It was only when we came home from a walk and approached the house from the carport side that he didn't like it.
  9. Oh, I mean they're up for rough play 24hrs. They aren't together 24hrs and not much during the day. They also sleep in different parts of the house and still don't have free reign access to the house as they cannot be trusted yet. Thanks @beachdogz, that post really helps
  10. I’ve seen a few published studies on human genes that impact how fast drugs are absorbed from a transdermal patch. Perhaps, there are analogous canine mutations (with very low incident rates) that alter how fast drugs delivered to the skin of dog via spot-on or slow release collars are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. If the serum levels get high enough most drugs can become toxic.
  11. Hi I am guessing that he is unsupervised, otherwise he wouldn't get so far as to dig. At 6-8 months he should not be out in a yard unsupervised. I have 2 acres of 3-foot fence. My puppies are 20 months old and still not left out there without someone watching them, because they are young dogs. Height of fence doesn't much matter -- dogs need to learn to respect the fence. When he is out with you and goes toward the fence, he needs to be given a deterrent (with mine, they only need to hear "uh uh!" or "ack!") Then he needs to be brought away from the fence and praised for coming awa
  12. Hi Gonna put my two cents in on this one since I do have litter mates that have been raised together. I am in total agreement of what gcv-border has said above. Mine are boy and girl and yes, in the beginning, there was some rough play. We made sure that we monitored it and limited it. When it got too rough, I stopped it by intervening, leashing, and leading them away from it. We also spent time separately with the puppies (like in the evening, I had one in one part of the house and DH had the other.) We also leashed them while in the family room watching TV and made sure they staye
  13. THANK YOU, Eileen!!! That was AWESOME!!! I was totally mesmerized. I loved how Part 1 showed her training her beginner dog. So many times you see educational training films of dogs that are totally trained and seasoned, so you never get a real feel for the training aspect. This really gave great insight into the training process. Also, a lot of great history and information in Parts 2 and 3. I know I will go back and watch it again - something I rarely do. I thought it was just wonderful!
  14. A few days in. I think we can tell its a fear period, but maybe interwoven with some legitimate spooked behavior, as the men on the roof is odd, she never sees anyone out there. She is very alert in the area, but the men have come back, she was freaked and ran and hid, but we're letting her self comfort and not deviating too much. Today after a period of 'watching' out the window alertly from the couch, she fell asleep on said couch so there is moderate improvement. We'll refrain from covering windows for now as shes not getting worse, in fact shes trying to self calm, so we'll let it run its
  15. Go compare the dose per kg for ivermectin for oral, IM, and pour on for treatment of the same parasite. The route of introducing a drug impacts the resulting serum levels. Working backwards from this information one learns that how one is exposed to an active ingredient alters the amount one can tolerate before it becomes toxic. Also the magnitude of the dose/time impacts the resulting serum levels; slow release from a collar vs spray coated with a liquid. This publication describes how the slow release collars work. The discussion section has a good overview. The synergistic act
  16. What is the dose/exposure while spraying? And what is the dose/exposure to a dog actually *wearing* this collar, in contact with their skin, for a 90 day period?
  17. While the active ingredient in these collars may be causing reactions at the dose being provided by the collars; the example above has a flaw. The dose/exposure obtained while spraying will be higher and the possibly routes of body entry (inhalation, eyes, absorption through the skin, etc) will be more than from a collar. If one were to exclude active ingredients based upon the required protection during agricultural spraying one would also need to exclude soap; agricultural spraying “insecticidal soap” also requires hazmat gear.
  18. Yes, I am familiar with Ehrlici..I have had 2 dogs diagnosed with it. Doxy, for about 16 weeks did the trick though. Of all of the TBD's out there this one seems to be the least damaging, if that's a good thing..
  19. Those ticks sound horrible. Australia has ALL the scary pests. But you're right. One has to weigh the pros and cons to see how their pets or farm animals will be affected.
  20. I live in Australia, where we have paralysis ticks. These ticks affect 10,000 dogs a year, fatally in 5% (500 a year), and painfully (and expensively) in many. I am very lucky not to live in an area where these ticks are, but they are extremely dangerous, and my brother had a dog who was killed by such a tick. This is a slightly older article setting out the details of paralysis ticks and how they kill, the treatment required etc. https://theconversation.com/ticked-off-lets-stop-our-dogs-and-cats-dying-of-tick-paralysis-this-year-63383 Is anyone familiar with canine ehrlichio
  21. These two statements contradict each other. If it's *inside, outside, night, day, dawn* then they are together way too much. Littermate syndrome...they don't care and can't tell the difference in 2 separate owners..they, the pups, live together.
  22. A friend of mine runs a tree farm nursery..he said the chemical in the collar is one they use on sight. They put on full hazmat gear when they use it. Nope, not going on my dog.
  23. Male and Female Thanks and will give this a go. Thanks D'Elle as always Yes, but two seperate owners - we were aware of the issues that siblings can cause but they do everything separately (besides rough) play.
  24. Of course any single dog that dies is bad. But there are so many things at the pet store and the vets than can also cause serious issues or worse. 1700 dogs is a lot, but if that's out of 10 million collars sold, it's infinitesimal as far as odds go. As for ticks, they are a nuisance. My dog Hazel picks a few when we go on hikes, but they don't stick around. Like you said, it kills them after they latch on and take a nibble. Which is better than seeing them hidden and completely engorged.
  25. I saw that news too, and my first thought was also, "how many were sold?" And the study seemed quite flawed - mice to dogs, and how many dogs who died or were harmed could they tie directly to the collar? I live where fleas and ticks are not a problem (thank doG!). But I put collars on my three BCs when we traveled a few years ago to CA. We hiked in some woods, and they all three came out with LOTS of ticks on them. So, I guessed that the ticks have to bite first to get "poisoned" then die and fall off. So much for preventing tick borne diseases! One of those three later had cancer
  26. Kluane and her surroundings are both beautiful.
  27. I saw this news today about the Seresto collar. It's fairly alarming. I was wondering who on this board uses it? I've been using it on my BC Hazel for over a year with no issues, nor with my previous dog and cats for a few years prior top that. Simply put, I know of no better flea preventative. I just never see any fleas. But as instructed, I don't put the collar on too tight, allowing for a few fingers to fit between the collar and the pet's neck. As I was searching this forum for previous posts about fleas, I saw a common issue. That the tired and true preventatives of the past (Frontline, e
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