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  1. One of my border collie/jrt mixes seems to have a sensitivity to heartworm meds. He has become quite ill with at least 3 different ones. I did have some Sentinel leftover from when I was hoarding it and thankfully he is ok with it. When I run out I will have to decide what to try next. His great-grandfather almost died from heartworm meds (they believe he does have a ivermectin sensitivity). He no longer gets HW meds but he is also in a low risk area. VA is a higher risk area but will do what I have to do... it was also suggested splitting the dose into 2 different doses (am and pm). With any meds there is a possibility of a reaction. You just have to decide how to handle it and you may have to go through some trial and error to find a solution. Trip's reactions: fever, diarrhea, lethargy, etc... so yes he has a bad reaction but I will continue the trial and error when it is time. I will just keep an eye on him when he is given the meds.
  2. I have a border collie that the wiring just isn't quite right. She is beautiful, smart and overall a nice dog. We say she has beauty and brains and if only she had the temperament to go with it. She is neurotic, frantic, fearful of many things, sound sensitive, has border collie collapse, probably hip dysplasia, etc... I have had fearful dogs in the past and were able to help them get past many things. Tempe on the other hand is not able to get past many things. When she was young, she would pace for hours and never relax. Anything would freak her. She had to have a night light or she would pee in her crate at night. I know that a couple of her littermates have some issues as well but not as bad as her. We spent a lot of time socializing her properly, getting her used to things in general... a butterfly could send her into hiding (yes this did happen). We had her evaluated by a behaviorist and another vet who actually knew her parents. In her words the sire is mental, period. She believed that not much could help Tempe except possibly drugs which we tried and just letting her learn to deal. Drugs did not help much and I actually thought of putting her down because her life sucked. She was stressed 100% of the time. Melatonin did finally help some and she was able to learn and deal with stuff. She was even able to compete some in flyball when everything was just right. She got to play when she felt confident enough to do so. She had a backup so if she started shutting down or things just seemed off we could pull her easily. She still gets melatonin some times but she has at least learned to settle. She is a great dog at home when only one person is here. If there are 2 people that can cause the more neurotic behavior even though it is normally my husband and I. So yes some dogs are just not wired correctly. I have one and we have learned to deal with her and her issues and she has learned to deal with life. I have learned to read her and whether her "confidence" is up or not. For her, if she will play tug with me she is good to go. If she won't play with me, then she is not up for whatever task I plan to ask of her.
  3. The ear infections could be allergies to food or even possibly environmental. I would see about food allergy testing and/or depending on what is being fed to go to a high-end grain-free food and making sure the protein is something not currently given.
  4. I normally put a dog on leash when teaching to retrieve. That way I can reel them in if needed. I would also work on teaching your dog how to think and do things when food/treats are out. This could be a problem down the road because your dog could end up crashing equipment if the dog is too worried about the food.
  5. Our holistic vet said when giving human drugs you give half the recommended adult dose. Hope that helps.
  6. Congrats on adopting such a pretty dog. For car sickness, ginger snaps can help. I have some stuff that I bought from a holistic store just called Motion Sickness and it has helped my 9 month old pup tremendously. I can now feed him before we travel. He won't sleep in the crate and just sits there looking really pathetic but he no longer vomits. For him, I think the sound of the crate rattling upsets him more now than the travel itself so we have put duct tape on the handle and have tried to limit the rattling as much as possible and it has helped.
  7. You can also check out a new book by Lisa Pignetti called A Beginner's Guide to Flyball. You can get it from amazon. It is a easy read.
  8. When she is a little older (6 weeks is pretty young) you can do: 1. Recalls on the flat to a tug or food 2. Work on having the pup target (with feet to hand, lid, then wall) 3. Working a lot on name recognition 4. 2 treat game, 2 toy game then 2 toys that aren't alike (this will help them not to become obsessed by one toy) - I should have done this game with my puppy and didn't. That is just a couple things you can start with
  9. You can give dogs zyrtec once a day. The dosage depends on the weight of the dog. When all my dogs came down with some upper respiratory infection (not kennel cough), I was told to give them zyrtec. The smaller dogs received a 1/4 pill to 1/2 a pill once a day and the 30lb plus dogs received 1 pill a day. Dogs can also be prescribed hydroxyzine (atarax or something is the real name).
  10. Chronic ears problem can be a food allergy or even external allergy. If it happens a lot I would look into some kind of allergy.
  11. Thought I would check in and see how the ear(s) are doing?
  12. I am not an agility person but have taken some classes so take what I say with a grain of salt... I am a flyball person. Could you accidentally be pulling/pulled Ollie off the equipment with your body movements? And then it just spiraled out of control? Could you be stressed at trials which made Ollie more nervous? If you can find some places that have equipment but aren't your normal places, I would think about taking Ollie there so you can work him in different locations. As someone said, it could be the equipment is "different" compared to what he is used to practicing on at class. If there are local trials, I would think about going just for the socializing/environment but not actually trial except for possibly jumpers but if he messes up I would continue like nothing happened and take the NQ.
  13. Now that is looking much better. When you go to a real box, you need to have the exact same props, etc... still not triggered ball in the box - just a dead ball until she learns to get her mouth over the hole.
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