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  2. ^^ Me. too! Unfortunately, mine all think I'm trying to kill them when I spray them with the hose.
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  4. In my experience dogs that work cattle have lower natural bite inhibition. That's not at all to say they're all going to bite someone, and that bite inhibition cannot be taught and learned. But, I would be more cautious turning a dog from working cattles lines into a pet than a dog that works ducks successfully for example. I recently heard Australian Cattle Dogs described as Redneck Malinois and while it's definitely a joke, it's not without a little truth. While BC and ACD are different dogs for sure, what they have in common is that it takes a very confident dog to move stock, especially range cattle. Any dog from working lines will of course benefit from having a job that teaches him his human family are teammates in that work.
  5. We get questions so often from frustrated owners when suddenly things fall apart when their smart, obedient pups hit adolescence. Our advice to stick with it and be patient until the phase passes is now supported by science. The study would have been better if it had included pups of both sexes and probably more varied breeds, but it's a start in confirming what we already knew. It also confirms the importance of developing a good relationship with our pups from at early age. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2020/07/08/dog-adolescence.aspx?cid_source=facebook&cid_medium=social&cid_content=facebookpets&cid=lead_20200708 https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2020.0097
  6. Yes, there are lots of border collies that work cattle, some exclusively. Several "lines" of collies bred for that work are in existence here in the US, mostly in the West and South. In some cases other breeds have been crossed onto border collies to emphasize certain traits such as a heel bite, bravery and so on. It takes a courageous dog to brush up rank cattle weighing 1000-2000 pounds. Probably the best-known examples are Hangin' Tree Border Collies (not to be confused with Hangin' Tree Australian Shepherds!) and Cattlemasters. Having said that, there are also ABCA-registered border collies bred and used by cow dog folk who select their own breeding stock within the breed for the characteristics they need and like, and those pups/dogs are usually marketed as cow dogs, or 'cow dog bred', or from cow dog lines. These are likely the dogs you are coming across in your searches. Breeding for purpose is what the border collie has been about since its earliest development. I think it's fascinating. Amy
  7. Our summer competition for the K9 Toss and Fetch Disc dog was complete as of July 5th. In our club we finished 3rd place with a total of 72 points. He was amazing. We only got like 16 points the last two weekend. Here is a video of one of our throws. I’m still so stoked we finally have a disc dog club here. While I love border collie I also love watching the other breeds play. There are a ton of impressive breeds out there competing. Will upload our “winning” picture. IMG_8329.mov
  8. Hoping for many more fun loving years for both doggos
  9. Hi there, Due to the current pandemic, I am stuck on the Canada side of the closed border and my plans for a border collie pup for this summer have fizzled. So I have a bit of time on my hands and came across ranchworldads.com. Most of the dogs available through their site are listed as cow dogs. I'm curious as to what this means. Is it simply that border collies are so versatile that they can work cows just as easily as sheep? Or are they a subset that require a different skill set? I would imagine that dogs working cows would need to be more willing to physically move the animals. Would that translate into a more physical or dominant personality off stock as well? I am really only interested theoretically. I am quite committed to getting a puppy from a rescue or a shelter once the borders reopen. Cheers, Iva
  10. Anniversaries can be hard, Lawgirl. <Hugs> to you, and I suggest you use a dose of D'Elles good medicine and show some extra love to the dogs in your life today. Take care, Amy
  11. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Oscar suddenly to sepsis on 9/11 last year. He would have turned 8 today. I am struggling today.
  12. Hoping for the very best outcomes for both Digger and Ziva.
  13. ashlemm, thanks for this reply and info. However much more time we get with those we are bonded to, we will be glad to have. I want many years more with Diggs, but know that it will probably only be a few more, and I am grateful for what I get. I am so sorry to hear that yours is at the beginning of the end. I know, of course, all too well what that feels like. I had to let my beautiful female border collie, Kit, go a year and a half ago. It is heartening to hear from you about the study on Vetmedin. Thanks for that, and best of luck to you and to Ziva.
  14. Many thanks for replies. Will look into it.
  15. Hi , To DE , YES !,,,,,,it is getting better , still room for improvement , but i feel as if we are winning , even managed to get her off her lead for short recall training sessions , and that is going well too. So a bit of progress. To GL , Thanks for that link , I can relate to all of it . I do agree with the stress /anxiety angle , as looking back at her behaviour when we first got her , that's what it was all about . She has stopped humping now , and is getting a lot more relaxed around us , she even sleeps now in the same room as us in the evening . Initially she would not sleep unless we put her in an empty room ........and sadly it took us a few weeks to realise that . As others have said on here , it is a learning curve for us ad her. So we are getting there with her , she is more gentle now , and "asks" if she can sit beside me on the sofa for a cuddle , that behaviour has changed from charging across the room at us , at full pelt ,and launching herself at us from 5 feet away , with her front paws landing squarely on my chest , and end up with not so play mouthing. Things are getting better , and this site has been a God send.....so TY to you all .
  16. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/behavior/how-to-stop-your-dogs-annoying-humping-behavior/?utm_content=buffer257d2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
  17. Hi, I'm glad to hear Digger needs Vetmedin only. Ziva the border collie, was diagnosed with a heart murmur when she was 7 years old. The cardiologist did an echo and since there wasn't any heart chamber enlargement just recommended a recheck in a year. A year later, there was some heart chamber enlargement and he recommended Vetmedin. He quoted a study that said that dogs on Vetmedin will live an average of two years longer than ones that do not. She was on just Vetmedin for over two years with no problems. She routinely sees the cardiologist and has been fine. February she had an episode of gagging and weakness. She was x-rayed and has fluid around her heart. Now she is in congestive heart failure. Lasix was added along with Benazepril. When we got to see the cardiologist he added spironalactone. Her diet has also been changed (low sodium) and her exercise restricted. So far she is doing well on the medications but sadly, I know this is the beginning of the end. I'm praying to have her until she is 12 (with good quality of life.)
  18. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts. I've lost the first two Borders I owned and my second pair are 10 and 13 years so I dread what I know is coming.
  19. Digger is now on a medication called Vetmedin, recommended by both my vet and the cardiologist. Fortunately, they are chewable tablets, so he just thinks he is getting a treat. :-) My vet said that, while of course there's never any knowing how it will go, she has had several dogs do well on this medication, even living for years. So, crossing my fingers that I have more years with this scruffy and beloved little terrier.
  20. Do you brush his teeth? It could be tooth decay if not. Definitely have a vet check him out, in any case. He is a beautiful dog. Love that split face with a bit of tricolor in it.
  21. I would bring this up with a vet. Halitosis can be symptomatic of some medical issues. For example, my old guy's breath has been pretty wonderful most of his life until very recently. But he has early kidney failure and bad breath is one of the symptoms. Perhaps it's a side effect from Jess' medication. The vet should know if it is.
  22. My Jess is about 5 years old. Seems healthy and fit and eats well. He breath of late is on par with her back-side, absolutely stinks. She has been on the same food for a few years, but this problem has just developed recently. She is on Desmopressin for her water works.
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  24. I am so very sorry for your loss of such a beloved companion. I know how it feels for me when I lose one I love so much, and it is terrible. You don't ever really get over it, but it is true as you say that you learn to love again. My experience is that a good medicine for the grief is to love another dog. I cannot be without a dog in my life, so that's what I do. I have heard that grief is love with no place to go and I think that's true. Loving another dog doesn't take away from the love I still have for the ones I loved in the past, but it gives today's love a place to go.
  25. Very glad to hear the leash training is going well.
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