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  1. I tried the Certifect last fall on my BC and was generally happy with it. It does have more odor than the Frontline, and is a larger volume to apply. What I like about it vs the other Amitraz products is that it's a low dose not meant to kill. The Amitraz is supposed to "excite" the ticks and make them move around more so that the fipronil will kill them more quickly. I've not had any trouble with Frontline Plus not working, but we hike a lot and have a ton of Lyme in this area, so I tried it. I've never had flea issues, just the ticks. I'd really prefer to not use anything, but that doesn't seem a wise option.
  2. That's fantastic! Many congratulations to you!
  3. The Karen Overall article linked is an excellent one. Patricia McConnell had some good stuff about thunderstorm phobia on her blog awhile ago, too. We do Xanax here. My first thunderphobic dog, an old pit bull, took Clomipramine twice a day during storm season with Xanax on top for storms. Thankfully my BC doesn't need that much (yet?). The Xanax does it. He's also much more comfortable if he can sit in my car in my attached garage during storms. I'm not quite sure why, but as long as he knows he feels better there, I don't care why. Bathtub is his second choice.
  4. The reason to practice with props all the time (including warm ups at tournaments) is so that it becomes routine- the dog doesn't have to think about it. Whether it's muscle memory or simply habit, the theory is that the dog then runs in a safe, correct way without the props simply because he's done it so many times. I'm curious to see how my dog runs this weekend at our tournament after the recent work we've done with a speedbump before the box. He has a nice turn, but he hits the box harder than I'd like. He's probably "ok" as it is, but I'd feel better with a little bit softer, gentler turn.
  5. You have to remember, too, that Frontline doesn't repel ticks. I think Advantix claims to, not sure how effective it is. And once ticks get on your dog, it can take 24 hours for the stuff to kill 'em because it has to get through all that tough armor. So you will find ticks even if the Frontline is working. Hopefully they'll be on their way to dying, or be dead (not uncommon at all for people to find dead, attached ticks), but they'll still be there. Ticks are tough buggers. Vetri-science (people who make Glycoflex) have an herbal spray out now that is supposed to repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. I haven't tried it but I'd be very interested to. My BC swims so much, though, so I don't know how effective it would be, even if we apply it every time we go out hiking/swimming.
  6. Congratulations! A good performance in the obedience ring is so exhilarating! I do obedience with my pit bull (er, AmStaff in AKC) but not brilliantly. I am apparently very skilled at teaching my dogs to forge. She has her CD-H in CDSP obedience, and we have two AKC CD legs with scores in the mid-180s. I'll take 'em Good luck in the Open ring!
  7. I saw Dr. Northington with an old seizuring (not BC) dog several years ago and my experience with him was very positive. I'd also recommend him. I've been to Metropolitan a number of times for a number of reasons. They're kind of expensive, but I've been very happy with their services and with their staff. Best wishes to you and to Rocket.
  8. It's always so much better when you have a solid answer, even if it is a bummer. We did the iliopsoas rehab thing last summer. 3 months of crate rest and gradually building leash-walking, then a slow return to normal activity. He got muscle relaxants and laser, plus lots of range of motion exercises and stretching. It wasn't fun, and it was super frustrating at times- his rehab vet said she thinks it is one of the most frustrating injuries to deal with- but he got better in the end. Best of luck to you guys!
  9. It's a hard question. We do chemo at the vet clinic where I work and it is the vet's recommendation that these dogs never receive further vaccines. She writes letters explaining that vaccinating would not be in their best interest and that they are not healthy enough to receive them. But if push came to shove, those letters probably wouldn't be enough to halt the seizure of a dog in a rabies case. Personally, I wouldn't vaccinate, but my dogs are town dogs and not really at risk of exposure. They've also been well vaccinated for rabies in the past. I understand the reason for rabies laws and the concern for public safety, but I wish that the law were flexible enough to allow for the well-being of dogs in this situation.
  10. Which are you interested in doing? AKC or APDT? (or both?) This is the website for APDT and there is a calendar of events on it that tells where all the trials are. http://www.apdt.com/rally/default.aspx You have to register your dog with APDT. I think turnaround time is 3 weeks-ish. AKC event search is on this page http://www.akc.org/events/index.cfm?nav_area=events The rally signs and rules for both organizations are on their websites. Search around a little bit- they're not too hard to locate.
  11. see, this would make me EXTREMELY uncomfortable. imo, your dog's behavior outside of the ring is as important as your dog's behavior INSIDE of the ring. a dog who is aggressing and "acting like an a-hole" outside of the ring doesn't sound like a happy dog anyway. (and for clarification purposes, it has nothing to do with whether a dog is or is not aggressive, it has to do with the dog's behavior.) i don't know you. i don't know your dog. i don't have any reason to really trust that you are completely physically in control of that dog, that she's not going to have any way to slip her collar, that she's not going to lunge and you're not going to slip and lose her. and really i don't have any reason to trust that she's not going to lose her focus in the ring. maybe i've just been in too many bad situations and seen too many bad situations that i don't trust anybody.
  12. And it's still the owner's responsibility to keep their dogs safely. I don't care how aggressive a dog is, and I don't really even care why. Nor do I care what breed the dog is. They are still just dogs, and it is always always the responsibility of the owner. Mick might benefit from the LAT game from Control Unleashed or from the exercises in Click to Calm. My dog who was attacked is still leash-reactive to some extent, but LAT definitely helped him. He's sadly a very soft, insecure dog to start with, so being attacked was a huge deal to him.
  13. That just seems so freaking wrong to me. Breed shouldn't matter. What matters is that Mick was attacked and injured because of the negligence of the attacking dog's owner. Period. The end. Nothing else matters. I'm glad the authorities were contacted, but I hope that this does not become a breed thing. I was very glad that when my dog was attacked (by an OES of all things) that the cops were willing to get involved immediately. The owners of the dog were breaking the law and endangering my dog and that was the bottom line. Then again, we don't have BSL here. Dangerous dogs are labeled dangerous because of their behavior, not the shape of their heads. Good thoughts to Mick. I hope he doesn't have any longlasting effects from his terrible experience.
  14. *shrug* I had my non-fetching dog blow both cruciates just running and doing her thing in the yard (neither were acute tears). It happens. I could not have ever said to her no you may not run around in the yard, it's too dangerous. I've curtailed her activities a little bit since her surgeries, but not much. She's still a dog and I still want her to be a dog as much as I possibly can. Yeah, it was heartbreaking that she got hurt and that she has long-lasting effects from that and can't participate in the dog sports that I'd hoped to participate in, but life happens. Fetchy dog doesn't worry me very much when we play. Mostly we play in the house or in a clear open lawn, and I've never had him hit a wall or tree or anything crazy like that (I had him land on his head once in agility and I still don't even know how that happened since the jump was all of 12" high). Sometimes we play mindlessly, sometimes I require things of him in exchange for a ball toss. I use a ball a lot in training because he loves it. Maybe he will get hurt someday while playing ball. I minimize the risks as much as possible, but there will always be risks. I'm ok with that.
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