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  1. Sharing a message from Bob Stephens, President of the Canadian Border Collie Association: Fellow sheep dog enthusiasts; The Canadian Border Collie Association is pleased to announce the release of the documentary film Amanda Milliken In Conversation. The film is an intimate portrait which offers a rare glimpse into Amanda’s thinking on breeding, training and handling sheep dogs. Amanda tells us how she got started in her career and we join her on the field as she trains her current young dog and talks about her approach to building the partnership that has made her a winner over
  2. Sharing a message from Bob Stephens, President of the Canadian Border Collie Association: Fellow sheep dog enthusiasts; The Canadian Border Collie Association is pleased to announce the release of the documentary film Amanda Milliken In Conversation. The film is an intimate portrait which offers a rare glimpse into Amanda’s thinking on breeding, training and handling sheep dogs. Amanda tells us how she got started in her career and we join her on the field as she trains her current young dog and talks about her approach to building the partnership that has made her a winner over
  3. Yes, that’s the 2008 French study I was referring to.
  4. It is good to catch up, and also good to hear about your employer's fine work, Mark. We all owe a lot to the researchers who are pushing on all fronts to get an effective vaccine for all of us who need it.
  5. I contacted Dr. Pearce-Kelling about this project when I first heard about it. She said she would get in touch with Greg Acland (whom she knows from her OptiGen days) to discuss this with him and ascertain his current opinion on the existence or prevalence of PRA in border collies. He is retired now but I'm sure he keeps up with this subject, and I myself know of no published research later than a French study in 2008, which Greg was aware of at the time and which did not change his opinion. Dr. PK's study could be a useful one, but I would expect there would be difficulty in finding bo
  6. I'm on the east coast, but we had a high level haze that is hiding the sun for most of the day, and the weather reporter said it was caused by smoke from out west being carried here by the jet stream. Said it was at too high a level to be a breathing problem. But talk about traveling a long distance! Sure glad to hear your nephew tested negative, Mark.
  7. The reason you haven't gotten any replies is that "ASK AN EXPERT is a forum for questions about training dogs to herd livestock ONLY. So I'm going to move your posts to the GENERAL BORDER COLLIE DISCUSSION forum. In the meantime, I assume your dog has chewed your couch when you were not present, or gone to the bathroom in the basement when you were not present. If so, the most likely explanation is that your dog does not yet know that he is not supposed to do these things EVER, even when you are not there. Dogs often associate learning with particular places -- just because he knows not
  8. The reason you haven't gotten any replies is that "ASK AN EXPERT is a forum for questions about training dogs to herd livestock ONLY. So I'm going to move your posts to the GENERAL BORDER COLLIE DISCUSSION forum. In the meantime, I want to give you some reassurance. Puppies will usually follow a moving person, until they get distracted by something else interesting, and an insecure pup will be hesitant to leave its person's side (not really a good thing). But the kind of "attachment" you're talking about rarely comes in the first year or two of puppyhood. It comes (in varying degrees,
  9. I sure hope so — the researchers are working intensively on this from several different directions and are optimistic — but I’ve learned that you never know with science. If so, it will have been well worth waiting. But in any case, we will be issuing another statement within a year, reporting where we are at that point, and reassessing the best ways to proceed in light of that.
  10. Here's the full paragraph, from which you quote one sentence: The ABCA HEF does not endorse this marker test, nor do we encourage people to test at this time, before the causative mutation is found. But at the same time, we are not telling people not to test. The test does have some significant benefits, especially for someone whose dogs have deafness somewhere in their pedigree and who must make a breeding decision in the immediate future or who is considering buying or beginning the training of a young dog with deafness in its pedigree. The presence of deafness in a pedigree greatly i
  11. When you say "shot this test down," it sounds as if you think that we somehow prevented it from being offered, or prevented people from using it. That is certainly not not the case. The test is still there and anyone can choose to use it. Our statement is intended to make sure that people recognize the limitations of the test -- that they do not drift into assuming that the results mean more than they do. It seems to me that this is an example of someone putting more faith in the test than it merits. You are assuming that the carrier results are definitive -- that they really mean
  12. I should have mentioned that I'd be happy to answer (or try to) any questions that anyone may have about the test or the statement.
  13. The ABCA Health & Education Foundation has published its statement assessing the current state of testing for EAOD on its website here. Also I have attached copy of it here on this thread. ABCA HEF statement on EAOD testing Sept 2019.pdf
  14. I see what you're saying, Mark, but I'm not sure I fully agree. You would take a causative mutation test to get reliable information about your dog. Miss M knows that her dog is deaf, so she is not seeking information about her dog. If she took the test, it would be mainly for research purposes, to add to the number of dogs testing the predictive value of the markers, and the accuracy of the prevalence data they purport to show. But I fully understand the financial decision she made.
  15. Journey, if backtoblack did indeed mean the 3 markers cited in the Yokoyama article when she said "the original 3," then what she wrote is incorrect. The four markers being used in the Genoscoper test are not the three cited in the Yokoyama article plus one more.
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