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  1. LOL... it will be interesting to see if anyone else "finds" the connection
  2. OK this will sound very, very odd but have the anal glands expressed and see if that helps. Amazingly enough there is some kind of correlation that I have never been able to figure out but a couple vets I know suggested that a few backs for constant head shaking and it worked. I know strange. Has the mouth been checked?
  3. That is better than my poodle lifting his leg on my 12 yr old cattledog as she is peeing
  4. I called regular poison control when one of my dogs ate ant bait containers. Luckily, the ones I had aren't considered poisonous to dogs but I had to keep an eye on her for a few days.
  5. If you can find a hill and throw the ball up the hill it will help with the quick stops and turns that burn the pads. It will still happen but the hills seem to slow them down a little. Plus running uphill is a great work out for the dog. My backyard is a hill so I only play with the ball by throwing it up hill. I agree with Laura though that using supports could cause more sliding and the time you forget or whatever Cerb will slide like he is not wearing them and well more damage can be caused. And yes, toe injuries are common in dogs that stop on a dime and make quick turns going after balls. Yep I have a slider as well. In flyball I wrap his legs since he will burn numerous pads. Playing in the backyard I don't wrap him. He has come in a few times with ripped carpal pads. It heals pretty quick and he is off and playing a couple days later.
  6. Here is one of the articles I was talking about http://www.caninesports.com/DewClawExplanation.pdf
  7. I did post a response the other day and don't see it. My rescue ACD had double dew claws on the rear feet. One if totally useless and the other does have an actual bone attachment. The useless, white one does have a blood supply and the normal, black nails are like regular nails. I did discuss removal of the rears but was told it would be considered a toe amputation for her. We have to keep an eye on them because she had already caused mild damage from catching them on stuff while running around being an idiot. I think the rears are more useless than the fronts. I prefer front dew claws on my dogs. I believe they are used for stability will making turns and cuts, etc... I believe there is an article (maybe a Chris Zink article) on the usefulness of front dew claws. My only non-dew claw dog is my toy poodle and they were removed. It was not done correctly and he does actually get a toe nail that grows out of the foot and needs to be cut periodically.
  8. My borderjack chatters. It is usually when I have taken a toy away from him and he knows he will get it back. For him I would say it is expectation. And yes he will also do this around certain smells, etc... but mainly he does over toys.
  9. The one thing I would NOT do is run the dog - back to back to back to back... This can be great to teach a dog to rerun if needed BUT it can also backfire and you could get a dog that reruns itself without being told including following another dog down the lane. Yes I know a dog who does this but I don't believe that was how he was trained he just loves to run for that ball and if you don't catch him he will rerun himself. You just need to build drive back to you which may mean taking a couple steps back in training.
  10. I have been playing flyball for 11 yrs and well I just don't see the point in making a dog tug if they don't want. I have 1 dog that tugs, 1 who runs for another ball, 1 that may run for a tug or food or a ball and 2 for straight food. I am working on one of them tugging because my hand to getting bit with food. She may never get it though. Anyways, in practice you can do whatever you want with a second toy as long as it does not adversely effect the other dogs running. When I teach classes, I will allow a handler to roll a second ball into the runback area or even throw a ball into the runback area. I see nothing wrong with a dog running flyball for another ball. We have a couple club dogs that do so. Tennis balls are not the only ball allowed in flyball. We have semi squishy balls that are practice balls in tennis, we have the stress balls, etc... sometimes using a less high value ball and coming back to a tennis ball will work but not always. My ball obsessed loves to tug as well BUT a ball is his first love. A ball is more important than food and he will choose a ball over food and has been known to spit food for a ball. I would also do a lot of recalls back to the motivator whether a ball or tug so he learns you have something special as well. I would also do up close work - sending from 1 or 2 jumps and you take off running to build the drive back to you.
  11. First, I would suggest NOT running. When you run you will make the dog want to chase you Second, a big stick is more likely to be helpful than pepper spray. Go buy a walking stick and take with you on all walks. Third, I have no clue what a small stun baton is but will now have to do research. I also don't take my dogs for many walks as we don't have sidewalks or street lights and cars fly up and down the streets. It is just not safe. I am lucky that even when we do have some loose dogs around they pretty much stay away.
  12. Put him on a leash so you can control him or have your husband crate him if you use a crate. You could also try filling a kong with something yummy and freeze overnight. When you husband is about to leave he gives the kong to your dog and see if that sidetracks him enough.
  13. Here is to hoping it is just an infection. I would also suggest testing for tick borne disease. Just because you haven't seen a tick doesn't mean there wasn't one or that if you came from a place with them that the disease hasn't laid dormant until recently. With regards to Lymphoma - if that is the case chemo can give you more than a couple months BUT it depends on the type, stage, health of dog, etc... Chemo is very expensive but dogs do better on it than most humans normally. I had a dog with an aggressive form of GI Tract Lymphoma. Her prognosis was very poor and we chose to NOT do chemo since it would not give us any significant amount of time with her. She was not even 5 yrs old when she died. Now I know dogs that have had different types of canine cancer and some of those dogs are still alive 2 yrs later and one lasted almost 4 yrs before she died of old age related ailments. Don't stress out until you know more. I believe pedilyte (I can't remember) can also be given to dogs to avoid dehydration. We were told to freeze it and make more slushy or ice cubes so they don't drink too much at a time which can cause more vomiting. Hopefully you will have answers soon.
  14. The food could be part of the problem but so could the different supplements you are adding. Between grain allergies, gluten allergies, certain meat allergies, etc... you have to review the supplement ingredients just like you would for food. 1. You could also look at trying an elimination diet with your dog. You should be able to get info from your vet or even online. 2. Change foods to a food with just a couple ingredients 3. Try a raw diet
  15. My 2 eldest dogs (an acd and a toy poodle) sleep in the bed with us. We have a king size bed. The borderjack sleeps outside the crate downstairs in the family room where we tuck him in at night (literally we cover him with a blankey - he can't survive without one), the border collie decided in July after the fireworks that downstairs was scary so now she is upstairs. She may jump on the bed for a quick cuddle but then off she goes to her doggie bed on my side or recently to the guest room where she takes up that bed and sometimes you will find her sleeping in the bathroom on the rug - basically there is no telling where you will find her in the morning. The youngest acd sleeps in a crate downstairs. She is not trustworthy outside the crate because she gets into everything and has no respect for a baby gate.
  16. A friend and a flyball teammate has been looking at rescue as she wants another border collie that she can do flyball with and maybe some other things. She's been looking up and down the East Coast for a young dog as she prefers under 6 months of age. The problem with rescues around here is the fact that 1. there are not that many available under 6 months that are purebred 2. if there are litters available the list for a puppy seems quite long even for rescue or 3. she always seems late for the draw. She has also been in contact with rescues in a few different states. So yeah rescue would be nice but is not always available. She has been looking for 6 plus months. She wants a purebred. I have been trying to steer her towards working bred dogs but there are not that many within driving distance. She really wants to meet the pups and parents but not necessarily a must. She also does not want to pat outrageous fees and I don't blame her. I do think she would be more likely to pay outrageous fees for Show Lines so I am still praying she sticks with working lines but it is a fight as we have another teammate who shows border collies and is pressuring her to go that route. Basically, all I am trying to say is that you can try to get folks to rescue a dog but if they do have age requirements that does seem to limit things which may cause said person to go to a breeder. Then you have the whole finding a breeder that has a litter planned in the near future that is willing to sell to a pet/sport home... and after awhile patience runs thin and then said person ends up spendig more money for a pup because they went to show breeders or sport breeders instead of working breeders. I have been trying to help but it really has not been easy and we are still trying to find her a new border collie.
  17. Before agreeing to attempt to transport this dog to you, make sure the dog is tested around kids. This dog seems a little timid but obviously wants a real home. The problem is, if the dog freaks out around kids then he won't do well in your home and they may need to try and find a more suitable home. They should try to find a rescue that would be willing to take him or help with transport.
  18. I think it really depends on what you do with your dog. My acd had TPLO at 7 yrs and 9yrs. She is pretty darn active and needs to be active so we chose to do the surgery. If the dog is less active and doesn't compete in things, I would probably think about conservative mgmt or a less expensive surgery.
  19. For anyone that needs to use an E-Collar of some sort you should check into a BiteNot Collar. I recently purchased one for my eldest ACD for a leg wound and it has worked out great and she doesn't have to worry about running into things. It is a little expensive but I think it has been worth it.
  20. That is good to hear even though sometimes breaks are easier to heal.
  21. I know folks who have purchased the Ruff Tuff kennels. They are very sturdy and if you watch the video stand up to a lot of damage. They also stack nicely if needed. I have heard really good things about these crates.
  22. My concern about Canada is the fact that any things in Canada cost more than in the US at least considering where I live.
  23. I enjoyed meeting Gil. There is rumor of Can Am being in Canada but really hope that is not the case. I doubt I would attend it.
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