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  1. I watched a NatGeo program on Sunday evening about service dog breeding and training. I think much of the program was filmed in Britain. One of the tests done early on was to observe the dog to see which front paw it moved when it started to walk, suggesting that dogs are strongly left or right pawed. It was explained that a right pawed dog was the better choice for a service dog because they are thought to be more emotionally stable and more of a "people dog". It was added that dogs whose hair goes in counter-clockwise swirls are also chosen above dogs whose hair goes clockwise (I think
  2. Four years ago I thought I might want a few Shetlands because I thought they were cute. Somehow I ended up with 4 big sheep - Clun Forest Tunis X and two very cute Shetlands. We added two Shetlands last year and one Tunis ewe lamb this year. Nine sheep seem to be about at the tipping point. I think if we had even one more, "fun" would become "work." It has been a good experience, though more expensive than I thought it would be initially. We do not breed but I do have the fleeces of the Tunis X Clun made into yarn and this year, for the first time was able to sell all of my product to
  3. Adorable! Robin's ears did this at about the same age. I was positive he was going to be prick-eared at that point but he is are always sideways now.
  4. It depends a great deal on the dog's prey drive, I think. I had one who tolerated kittens to the point where my little orphan Tiger Lily would curl up in his tail and they'd both take a snooze. As an adult cat, Tiger Lily teased the pups when they came but as they grew she started to recognize them as potential pals. Imagine my Robin's surprise when she tried curling up in his tail while he was sleeping! He didn't hurt her but he about hit the ceiling in surprise. Brodie has been pretty tolerant as well. I think the boys would have left Tiger Lily completely alone if she had not taunted
  5. Lamb Chops 1, or maybe 2 or 3 - Robin Zero. When Robin goes into his head, Lamb Chops attempts to head butt or catch him in the side. He's made some hard contact a couple of times, the latest this morning. Robin's method of dealing with this is to run around behind him and boost him into the right direction by startling him and Lamb Chops moves when Robin comes up from behind but sometimes I don't want him to do that. Lamb Chops darn near flattened me the other day and it would be really helpful if the dog could get between me and Lamb Chops and really teach him a lesson about p
  6. I was referring to the military service dogs. It is heartbreaking to see what they and their handlers go through - then to be separated at the end of a tour - or worse, when one is injured. Back then, the most popular dog in our area were farm collies and hound dogs (beagles, hunting hounds). Times have sure changed.
  7. My aunt's boxer has been diagnosed with an allergy to some kinds of grasses -- his feet/legs break out in hives at its worst. The first symptoms were intensive leg/foot licking.
  8. :) Ladybug brings Ken toys when he's snoozing - thinking maybe he'll play with *this* one. I wish I knew more about Ladybug. She wasn't our first BC but she is the only one for whom we have no history. She was so well trained - it took us years to ruin her and still the only thing approaching misbehavior that she does is point her nose at the cat now and then. I'm still learning new things avout her - when I try something new with the boys, she says "Oh, I know that.." I did try to teach them how to fetch shoes and she got this wary look on her face. "We never touch shoes,
  9. In the years my mother worked for the state health department, the largest numbers of reported dog bites involved labs. That said, it could be possible to separate the working Labs from the every day ones you meet on the street. They really are victims of bad breeding and bad handling. http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/files/2011/12/bomb-dog.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blog.timesunion.com/dogs/category/military-dogs/&h=440&w=600&sz=60&tbnid=tAQ6kGkNFLvyIM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__SbkG7fySw1VGB8eRBAlzZDu4MkQ=&d
  10. Do you think the itch has evolved into a bad habit? The only other possibility I could think of is some kind of mite? Or, perhaps - have you deep cleaned your carpets/floors lately? Maybe a floor cleaner is triggering it. All that noise and the heat besides....entirely too much of a burden!
  11. This is the shampoo I used - though I paid 2x as much at the local pet store -- on the other hand, they were open when I needed it. More recently, I also switched out their food to Blue though Brodie refused to eat it and is on a food called Source from Tractor Supply. I will probably switch them all to it once the Blue bag is gone as anything that keeps Brodie happy foodwise, makes the rest of us happy. What is it about mosquoitos and people eating certain foods? Perhaps fleas are the same way . ETA - if nothing else is working, perhaps some allergy meds i.e. benedril to stop
  12. P.S. -- I boughta neem/oatmeal shampoo from our local pet store to see me through last month. I bathed them twice in it over the month. I'm sure they still had some Advantix residual even after wiping it off, but I think the shampoo helped to keep the fleas and ticks away and they sure smelled better.
  13. Interesting question - I wouldn't disbelieve that subpopulations of fleas, like other critters can become localized in the same way that they can become resistant to a pesticide but I have no idea of what the literature would say... The breeder from whom we got the boys swears that only Advantix works - and she lives only 10 miles from me. It drove my boys absolutely wild to the point where they were rolling on the hard kitchen floor to get it off their backs - not even waiting to go outside on the grass, or better yet, the living room carpet. Ladybug was unaffected (she got treated fr
  14. FYI - I like this product. We've had no fleas, no ticks, and no itching. It seemed to disseminate into their coats more quickly than Advantix as well. Liz
  15. Our pharmacy is stocking VetGaurd Plus for dogs. Has anyone tried or researched it? Liz
  16. I suspect that if a working dog tends toward a heavier coat, how heavy the undercoat actually gets depends on the weather - I just spent a productive hour combing out the downy undercoat from my Red Dog and now he is nearly as flat-coated as Brodie. The poor BC I've been watching along the road to the farm (yes, she's still there in spite of my best efforts) who is out in every kind of weather has a coat that would rival that of any show dog. In the winter, Robin can tolerate much more cold than Brodie who is flat coated (but not slick). The photo that Geonni posted is quite likely a sho
  17. Until I started looking at photos on these boards, I had never seen a smooth coat - and all the BCs I've known throughout my life were hard working dogs with heavy coats. My Robin comes close to that heavy of a coat in the winter - when the photo you posted was obviously taken. Here is one of Robin in summer (gazing at his sheep). The sheep can assure you he is not a "barbie" collie ETA: (I took the photo out because it is linking directly to my photobucket account - something I can't quite fathom). The same photo is on my signature line.
  18. Thanks - we'll start to work again. I've another nagging problem to deal with as well. When he gets the entire flock, he's putting them up against a fence corner and keeping them there with his strong eye. He's not relaxed enough to lie down and get stuck; he waits on his feet just in case one or more of them pops loose so I am easily able to call him off and redirect him in a flank between the sheep and the fence, which gets him out of the spot, but he shouldn't be creating the problem in the first place - though I am grateful that he can hold them because Lamb Chops (a whether) has turne
  19. When you buy a dog out of working lines you get a whole dog - one with stock sense and the ability to do sports. Buying a dog not bred for work means that you are missing half the dog. If you love the breed and apparently prefer dogs from working lines, why condone diluting it? The argument has no basis in reason.
  20. I would also add that my personal experience is that fences are just a suggestion to Border Collies. If there is something they really want on the other side, they'll sail right over it. In a busy neighborhood, there might be someone who enjoys tormenting a dog as well. Never leave the dog unsupervised even in a fenced in yard.
  21. This is a fruitful conversation for me. Robin is a very strong eyed dog but I've seen him, in tousles with one particular sheep, turn his head away and sometimes even circle around to come at the sheep from a different angle - I won't call it a full out retreat but I did consider it a fault as I thought the sheep deserved a nip on the nose. Brodie would have done that (and has) and he's a much looser eyed dog. Now I understand why Robin does it. I still want him to go at the sheep - but maybe he does know best as the sheep does fall in line for him when he does this. Thanks for the f
  22. We have nine sheep now, four shetlands and five Tunis cross - all independent thinkers. We've extended our pasture out onto the hillside using Electronet fencing. (Just as an aside, putting up the electronet and the solar charger had to be the easiest thing we've done since we 've gotten sheep. Zip, zip and it's done.) The sheep have an entire hillside of grass and absolutely refuse to go in there because each time they do some darn fool puts her nose on the fence and they all go skittering back to the barn at full speed I'm using Robin to push the sheep into the new grazing area, s
  23. I think you've already been kicked around about this one, but really???? I like my dogs better than I like 99% of the people I meet. Still, I would not ever keep a dog that I couldn't trust around my child or his friends when he was growing up. We're older now, rarely do little ones come to our home and when they do, they don't get to play with our dogs, especially the one we got through rescue because she nipped a toddler that was pulling her hair. It's a hard choice for you to make but it sounds like it just isn't going to work at home. This might help - We are so grateful
  24. Merles and reds are also considered "candy coated" if they are bred for their color first. If your primary criteria for choosing a pup is for color then you may be overlooking more important factors, including health, personality, and aptitude for what you want the dog to do. It's what is inside the dog that counts first - the breeding and the dog's personality and aptitude. I don't think physical appearance is irrelevent - you have to like the dog after all, and the way it looks is part of the package. It just isn't the whole package. We chose a red tri puppy from a litter out of w
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