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  1. I had a screamer as well. I finally had to give in and let him sleep in the bedroom in a crate. I put the crate on a chair beside the bed and slept with my hand in the crate. One thing that really helped settle him faster was changing my routine at bed time. I would put him in the crate as I got ready for bed and that seemed to start things off badly. I changed up and let him stay out while I got ready (always in view of me) and only put him in the crate when it was really time for bed. All my moving around didn't help matters. In the mornings when your husband lets Brock out, is he giving him something like a frozen stuffed kong? Giving him something tasty to chew on in the morning may help instead of expecting him to go back to sleep.
  2. How much you feed her depends on the dog. I like to be able to easily feel ribs on my dogs. My border collie who stands about 21" gets almost 2 cups a day split into 2 feedings and is really thin My youngest acd who is taller than the bc gets the same amount split into 2 feedings My eldest acd only gets about 1 cup a day into 2 feedings - she is 18 1/2" at the withers My borderjack gets 1 cup split into 2 feedinds and stands 15" give or take Won't discuss the toy poodle On really active days I may give a little extra or if there are a couple days of not doing much I may cutback on the food some. As you can see I have dogs getting the same amounts for some but are not the same size. A dog's metabolism is their own so you have to figure out what is the right amount for your dog. If the dog is putting on weight then you need to cutback on the food amount or cut back on treats. In general if you are doing a lot of training with treats you need to cut back the food amount.
  3. That is a shame that you can't get definitive answers. Hopefully a vet will take you seriously soon and actually get to the bottom of things. The front end problems could be caused by compensating for the backend issues or vice versa. Basically when one end is hurting they use the other more often causing extra stress on those joints. At least the chiro has given you come information on what they see wrong that you can pass onto a vet. I know that sometimes at a vet visit the dogs don't show the same symptoms for whatever reason so maybe try and get some video when Dylan is really showing the problem. This way the vet can watch and even slow down the video to get a better understanding of what the dog is doing while walking, trotting, etc... Video can be a huge help. Get different views (front, both sides and rear). I am with the others though that I would think about a tick-borne disease or something autoimmune. Hope you will find answers soon.
  4. 1. Thanks for taking in a rescue that obviously needs a lot (of work and such) 2. Are you feeding her in the crate? If not, I would do so. I may even think about putting the food directly on the floor of the crate. I would do this for one meal a day, probably dinner. For the other (if you feed 2 times a day) I would think about handfeeding her and work on teaching commands at the same time. It will help with bonding. I would feed the eveniong meal as early as possible as well. 3. I would probably not put any bedding in the crate. 4. I would take water away from her around 7pm or so. I know some don't agree with doing that but sometimes you have to do it. 5. Putting the crate inside an x-pen and the piddle pads are an option to try. It just sounds like she needs to learn that pottying in the crate is a no-no and she doesn't know it yet. Good luck
  5. A teammate of mine, who happens to be a vet, has a border collie that has had 2 seizures since xmas. She researched his lines, spoke with the breeder in depth and as far as they could tell there were no epileptic dogs in the gene pool. The teammate researched it so strongly because epilepsy is common in the foxhound I believe which she also has. She really did not want another epileptic dog but she got one. I really think that many of these genetic faults can happen because breeding is a crapshoot. When science has not been able to find the gene(s) that cause the fault then you are basically taking a chance. Sire A to Dam A has no major faults does not mean that those same dogs being bred to another will be so lucky. Every breed has its faults. Some more severe than others. All you can do is research and hope for the best.
  6. I don't feed puppy food. I feed an all-stage food. I think puppy food causes hyperness and growing too fast. I wouldn't be so concerned about feeding a puppy food but a high quality kibble.
  7. Now this was pretty to watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUnjLPeU_2A&feature=player_embedded
  8. So I saw this episode (I rarely watch CM - don't like him). I guess I did not have a problem with the dog trying out herding but with the fact in many of the views of the dog throughout episode it seemed to have blood on its neck area. At one point it even looked like CM had blood on his hand from touching the rottweiler. I don't herd with my dogs. I tried but my dogs are herding dropouts. It is sad when I can say my toy poodle showed more instinct than my eldest acd, bc mix, bc and borderjack. The rescue ACD has not been to sheep yet. She has impulse control issues but a neighbor now has sheep nearby and offered to allow me and my dogs to try herding with her sheep once she has everything setup. I will be on guard once I take the rescue in with the sheep as I suspect she will be a jerk.
  9. she will start to use it. I would be more afraid the longer she stresses the other leg and her blowing the CCL (ACL). Does she play tug? Tug games are great for building the back legs. I am trying to figure out the other things we did for Foster TPLO rehabs (yes 2 - she blew both knees 2 years apart)
  10. I know FHO is different than TPLO but I would think many of the rehab exercises would work: 1. Swimming or get a life jacket and hold a stock tank 2. Walking uphill and sideways (FHO leg on the downhill) 3. Lifting legs you can lift 2 at a time (front opposite and the back leg opposite) 4. While dog standing shift the weight of the dog forward, sideways 5. Teaching backup exercises and teaching to walk sideways 6. Lifting the dogs front legs and making them walk forward and back a couple steps 7. Look at getting a dog exercise egg or one that is close to ground (name escapes me) 8. Walking on pillows (the fact that the surface is uneven could help force use of the leg) 9. If the dog has a solid heel (if not use a leash) walk up and down the stairs slowly. 10. Make a wobble board and move it around to get the dog wanting to put leg down for security You have to rebuild the muscle in order to get the dog wanting to use the leg. Once they are comfortable with the idea of using the leg during exercise it should help them start using it. Hope some of this helps.
  11. If the pup is not bringing the ball go back to basics. Start with the pup on leash and only throw the ball a couple feet. When the pup starts to bring the ball you use the leash to make them come back. From there, you can teach the drop/out command or teach the dog to hold it longer by playing tug with the in the mouth. You just need to teach a proper bring command. If once you know the dog knows how to bring you what you ask and the dog chooses not to do so, end the game and try later.
  12. All my dogs will throw tantrums when left behind if one or more are going to do something fun. You would think I was murdering my borderjack when he is left. It is embarrassing but funny at the same time. I just ignore him and keep on going. I figure he is one heck of a distraction during training. The other dogs bark/howl he make all kinds of LOUD noises.
  13. I also play flyball. My border collie has issues and with time and patience did compete some in flyball but it really is not her thing. She loves the game BUT not all the people. She does ok some days and not so well other days. We took a couple agility classes and she loved it. She overcame her fear of the teeter which was huge. She probably would make a pretty nice agility dog but I myself cannot afford and don't have the time for agility and flyball and flyball is my chosen sport. We tried dock diving with Tempe and I plan to pursue this area but we don't have anything close by. Tempe loves to swim. Water is her absolute number 1 preference. We now have a pool at home. She loves frisbee but with her collapsing problems we won't compete. So basically find what you both like to do and go from there. With anything a solid recall is a must.
  14. Foster's tumor was the same color as the pigment on that side which was black. I read some where that darker pigment is more prone to melanoma but can't remember for sure. It does not hurt to check. You can find a lot of pics of different oral cancers online. Many are pretty disgusting looking and can show up any where in the mouth.
  15. I try to limit the mouthing as much as possible but I also understand they are puppies. A little mouthing is ok as long as they aren't biting down hard (showing bite inhibition). You do need to be careful with allowing pants tugging since a puppy may do it at a bad time like going down down a set of stairs. My rescue ACD had almost no bite inhibition and if she gets ramped up she reverts back to it. She has drawn a few times on my husband and I. It is not aggression she just gets excited and forgets herself. I would say that if the pants pulling is not dangerous then mild corrections are ok but you don't need to stress about it. Dogs do learn where certain behaviors (good of bad) are allowed and not allowed.
  16. I am sorry to read this. I don't even know what to say.
  17. We read about the vaccine but it doesn't give you more than a few months extra, there are side effects and is quite expensive. I want Foster's remaining time to be happy and fun, not possibly not feeling well for a couple months. My thinking is that many times we do all these treatments for something that will not be cured for us not the dogs. I do thank everyone for not giving us a hard time about our decision. It is much appreciated. Also, thank you for the kind words. It is hard when the dogs get old. This is our second dog with cancer. Charlotte was only 4.5 yrs old when she was diagnosed with GI Tract Lymphoma. It was an aggressive form and we only had a couple months after diagnosis and let me say we wish we would have made the awful decision of euthanasia must sooner than we did.
  18. I took Tempe to a dock diving open practice/training. Considering her excessive fears of many things I didn't really expect that much considering once I got there and realized how disorganized this was going to be... Now Tempe does LOVE swimming and it is probably her favorite activity so I at least had hope. With the all the barking dogs in a smallish bldg, Tempe was stressed (yes she is afraid of barking) and dogs would not just bark but also lunge over the wall. I had to "push" her in a couple times but she finally at least jumped in on her own but not very far. I was still proud of her though because the place and all the crazy dogs could be very intimidating to even the stable temperament dogs. She was even starting to want to go to the dock location instead of trying to leave. I want to go back again but it is almost a 3 hr drive one way and they days they have done it I have had other plans. We are trying to get our new above ground pool up and running so may have to see about making a "dock" just to get her used to it.
  19. This is not BC related but regarding my 13 yr old acd. Background: 2 weeks ago we noticed a lump on her upper lip inside the mouth. We took her to the vets the next day (saturday) and they scheduled her for surgery and biopsy that week. Because Foster is 13 we asked that they not disfigure her for the sake of getting as clean of margins as they wanted. My husband and I already suspected it was cancerous and decided to go with Quality of life vs Quantity of life. Foster is from a working farm, high energy even at 13 and since she cannot play flyball any more she at least needs ball and frisbee time (and will now get swim time). She is going with us on vacation in a couple weeks so we can continue to spoil her some. They did remove a portion of the lip and did a great job on the reconstruction. The results came back as Oral Melanoma as suspected. The margins were clear but that really does not mean much in the scheme of things as Oral Melanoma is fast spreading. The treatments are expensive, can make them sick during treatment and might get you another 6 months. Like I mentioned we have chosen not to treat medically and just try to keep her happy and as physically active as she wants to be. We are content with our decision and our vets are in 100% agreement. From the research we read we can expect 5-8 months or possibly even longer or less. I guess I was just wanting to hear of any experiences the board has had with it.
  20. Mr Snappy - did you decide to keep Spring? Borderjacks aren't that bad to live with And yes I have footprints and noseprints above my eye level. They are closer to my husband's eye level and those are from the borderjack and youngest cattledog. BOING, BOING, BOING!!! I am not sure what having 1 dog is like any more. For that matter, I am not sure what 2 or 3 feels like. I do believe that many dogs are happier if they have a companion or 4... oh wait - if we go by board rules I only have 3 dogs and not 5 - toy poodle and 13 yr old acd don't count. If you are thinking of getting another dog and your current dog loves a certain temperament in a friend more than another temperament you could always try to find something similar but you won't really know the temperament if you get a puppy.
  21. I agree that it is partly stimulus which I have intimated but not really said. The weather is not a huge factor. It has never happened in the winter time but again we don't play as much then. She can go awhile playing in the snow but the stimulus and her getting hyped up is totally different. I even watch her in the pool. She loves water and gets very excited so I don't throw the ball for too long even though I think she would be ok. Again, the pool stimulus is different than straight out frisbee/ball on the ground. She has had 2 more episodes since this original post so I am definitely watching her more closely now... no episodes in probably 5 weeks now. I must be doing something right.
  22. I have pretty much retired my border collie from flyball. She loves the game but her fears overcome that love. Every once in awhile she comes out to play ay tourneys but not often. She loves practice and you can almost see the smile but a tourney is just too unpredictable for her. She would have good tourneys and bad tourneys but never error free. Some weekends she would drag us in the bldg even though she wasn't playing that weekend hence why we started running her again. Then after a few months she was back to the ho-hum attitude and wasn't really running more walking the course or just out right shutting down. I think she has played flyball at a tourney twice in the last year. If she shows that she wants to play again at a tourney she will play but I don't think she will ever be listed in advance again. So if your dog is not having fun and you can't lower your goals then it may be time to retire Troy. If there are trials he is on and you can tell he is truly enjoying it then maybe you can figure out what is so different at those trials compared to the ones he just can't focus or think. From there maybe you can just narrow down entering trials at the "places" he does well.
  23. My BC is afraid of the dark or was anyways. At about 6 months of age she started wetting her crate at night and freaking out some for no reason. We accidently left a light on over the sink and life was back to normal and no more accidents and she slept through the night.
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