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  1. Many veterinarians require a yearly heartworm test before dispensing heartworm medications. My veterinarian will occasionally let it go out to two years if you swear on a bible that you never miss or are late with a dose. HW preventative is not 100% guaranteed. You are doing your dogs a huge disservice to continue administering preventative without testing regularly. If this company dispensed HW preventative without a prescription, they are, indeed, in violation of the law. No different than if I walked into a pharmacy and asked for Vicodin and they gave it to me. It's a controlled substance. I would be quite hesitant to order from such a company, as I would wonder what other unlawful things they do -- or if their products are expired, etc.
  2. If you want to get technical, they are changing the number of allowed breeding females from three to four. So it only affects you if you have five or more. It doesn't even address male dogs -- You could have 50 of those, apparently. I believe it protects the dogs. The reason that store front operations (or shall we say, breeders who only sell out of their home) are exempt from legislation is because they believe that having the public come in to view the living conditions of the dogs keeps breeders honest & reputable. I've heard very bad things about some of the commercial breeding operations that are selling puppies over the internet. It is because of those breeders that this is being proposed. It will affect others, yes, but I really don't feel that reputable small scale ethical breeders have anything to be concerned about.
  3. Actually, it is worth mentioning that the majority of our kennels do NOT comply with the dimensions set forth within Act 90. Our "double" kennel units are of the appropriate size, but the singles are considered too small. We do not have the space or ability to make all of our kennels into doubles at this time (it would cut the number of dogs we can house by half and force us to do space euthanasia) -- So they issued a variance that gives our kennel size a pass so long as we guarantee a minimum of two hours per day outside for each dog housed in a smaller unit. We came up with a plan to achieve that goal and they granted our facility a license. We continue to keep records showing that all dogs are getting the required time out of their kennels should the matter ever come up again in the future.
  4. How do you figure a breeder would not be allowed to raise a litter of puppies in their house? Where do you see that a kennel facility is required? The requirements are simply that animals are safely housed in a clean environment with adequate food, water, exercise and stimulation. This does not mean "kennel." Many breeders of the scale discussed in the bill do have kennel facilities because it is inconvenient to house so many dogs/litters in the house. It is doubtful that many home breeders will have to worry about being affected by such a thing. If you breed one litter per year and have four or fewer breeding bitches you can sell to someone in Timbucktoo if you please without having to be licensed. Again, this does not affect small scale breeders.
  5. Perhaps I am the odd one out here, but having read all 25 pages of the document posted above, I do not have a problem with the proposed legislation. Wisconsin enacted the Act-90 law over a year ago which states that any facility/breeder/shelter that sells more than 25 dogs per year must be licensed and inspected. The sky has not fallen and the world has not ended. It has not made small scale breeders go belly up. It has not made it more difficult to find dogs to adopt or purchase. Our shelter had to make a few minor changes (the biggest was to come up with a plan to insure that all dogs received their minimum exercise requirements each day), but we were mostly in line with everything already --- As MOST responsible breeders or facilities should be. We passed our inspection, got a license and won't be bothered for another two years (unless someone lodges a complaint). It's really not that big of a deal. These legislative acts are brought about to make sure animals are not being abused or neglected (as they tend to be in large commercial operations). Considering it is for the greater good, I don't think it's really that hard to comply. If you are breeding more than four bitches per year, that makes you a fairly commercial breeder and there should be regulations. The cost of the license is relative to the number of animals you sell, so it's not like it will put anyone under.
  6. Barrier aggression can be pretty common, hence why "fence fighting" is an often-used phrase. When I bring adult dogs home my preferred method of introduction is to take everyone for a walk on neutral ground, followed by letting them meet everyone individually in the yard off leash. With puppies I just plop them down in the yard and stand guard, letting everyone know that this is MY puppy and they are not allowed to be mean. If someone snarks they are sent away and not allowed to investigate the puppy. I try not to let the puppy be annoying and pester any of the older dogs, but I do expect everyone in my house to tolerate the others at the very least. Generally at least one of the dogs will absolutely love the puppy and claim it, not wanting the others to play with their new toy. Everything settles down after a few weeks.
  7. Thanks! Secret's favorite part of agility is posing for ribbon pictures. She's always been a ham in front of the camera. All of the Performance classes are fairly small around here. Even when they are both in P3 there aren't going to be a ton of dogs between the 12" and 22" classes. And no, Advanced won't be much better than Starters, which is why I'm hoping to bang Secret through P2 quickly. She may not be speedy, but at least she's consistent. Kaiser still needs one each in Standard, Gamblers and Snooker -- and with his quirks who knows how long that will take. lol
  8. Secret and I played in USDAA again on Saturday. Our goal for the day was to get out of P1 (Starters) and to do so she needed to get a Snooker Q and her final P1 Standard Q. In all she Q'd in 4/5 classes, finished her P1 Gamblers & Standard titles, got that Snooker Q to finish PD and got her first P2 Q in Jumpers! Her NQ of the day was her first time running Performance Grand Prix -- We got through without course faults, but ended up with 0.67 time faults. Unfortunately that was a common theme for the day -- slow & stressed. I left Kaiser at home this trial to avoid the madness of having two dogs in the tiny wee P1 classes (there were only two in some classes!!) and this was Secret's first time traveling alone. Had I known it would be such a stress point for her I would have schlepped the little dog along, as he is small and portable. Oh well, we got through the day and by the last run (Standard) she seemed to be doing a lot better. I'm looking forward to moving up to Advanced in everything (courses are getting more fun, yay!) and getting to bring Kaiser to finish up his P1 titles, too. Full write up with course maps, etc. on my blog: http://secretbc.blogspot.com/2012/06/great-day-of-usdaa.html
  9. Fantastic! Congrats on a super debut!
  10. I had big dreams of getting into this with Secret last summer! She LOVES to swim. If I shaved her down I think I'd find gills. We had lots and lots of fun playing at various dock locations near home. This was the first time she saw a dock, so I was pretty excited about how well she might do: We played at several other locations before going to our first dock diving competition at the state fair. All were natural water locations located outdoors. I guess that was our problem, as when she saw the dock diving pool located indoors she completely spazzed. Not one single jump the whole day: Honestly, I kind of abandoned it at that point. I know I could get her over it if we had access to a dock diving pool (that I could get into) or maybe if we found a natural water event --- But dock events are few and far between around here and all would require several hours of driving for us. I decided to stick with agility, at least for now. But I still think it would be loads of fun if I had a way to practice and compete on a regular basis.
  11. Nice job! Congratulations and good luck at Nationals!
  12. I agree that good pictures are key. Video is even better. I adopted/purchased both Secret and Kaiser from a photo (although I did get to meet Secret before committing). Add me to the list of people who can't stand bios written from the dog's perspective. I think they are stupid. If you are trying to attract sport homes I can tell you that we want to know one thing -- Does the dog play? What toys does the dog like? Does the dog retrieve? Does the dog tug? Is it food motivated? I always make videos for my fosters -- They include several cute still photos, shots of the dog playing and showing the skills it knows/has learned. They don't have to be long, as most people don't have an attention span longer than a couple of minutes when they are just "browsing."
  13. Their ears do a lot of wonky things during teething. Secret's would occasionally stand up and get me all excited, but they ultimately ended up down (although when she's high as a kite the left one will stand ). Kips ears are so high in the posted picture that I think you are guaranteed to have prick ears on this one.
  14. My thoughts lean towards a physical issue as well. Healthy young border collies who enjoy fetching don't just suddenly stop. If anything they just continue to get more OCD about it as they get older. It is suspect that she will not fetch balls anymore, either. Because of that, I'll assume that she won't go after frisbee rollers. There must be *some* part of the chase/fetch/retrieve game that is hurting her and making her not want to play. Does she want to play with anything? Tug? You started her on frisbee at a very young age. Too young to be jumping up and catching them out of the air, IMO. It's very possible that she could have a soft tissue injury, a chiropractic misalignment or worse. Hard to say without seeing a vet.
  15. What is your relationship like outside of agility? Is she ready to play with you at any time or does she decide when you play? When you do play, do you end the game or does she? Agility is a game. If your dog doesn't know how to play with you outside of agility it makes sense that she wouldn't be all that receptive to playing with you around equipment. I do agree with Cressa that a lot of it sounds like it could be stress, although five years is an awful long time to still be experiencing such a thing even in training. You likely need to step way back to the beginning and start rewarding for very short sequences. Incorporate agility obstacles into your play time. Make sure you are absolutely clear with your handling cues, as this can turn off a dog like yours as well and give them an excuse to check out. What makes your dog go absolutely bonkers? You need to find a way to incorporate that into agility and transfer the value to the equipment and playing with you. Don't suppose you have video?
  16. I did get a look from the (older) woman at the check-out counter last night. She had never seen one before and was a bit surprised by its design. I felt the need to explain to her that the only reason I was buying it was because it was such a joke amongst the dog folks. Regarding durability, my dogs don't have free access to toys, they are only for training (or for being stolen out of the garage when I'm not looking, which is how many die....). Thankfully they seem to last quite a while this way. I examined the SafeStix last night and didn't really even find any tooth marks on it. Kind of like that scary Zogoflex material used in the WestPaw toys.
  17. For those who have dogs who are obsessed with sticks and you wish for a more "doesn't look like sex toy" kind of toy, check out Grriggles: http://www.baxterboo.com/dog/supplies.cfm/grriggles-rubber-stick-dog-toys Secret has a couple of those and she goes nuts over them, too. The SafeStix is longer (at least the model I purchased) and more bendy. It's very grippy and the knobs on each end make for an even better hold. I totally get the idea behind why the SafeStix is such a great toy, but they could have rethought the design JUST a bit.
  18. Full story with pictures at my blog: http://secretbc.blogspot.com/2012/06/naughty-dog-toys.html Or you can just watch the promotional video and giggle.
  19. Um, yeah. Totally stealing your puppy. Male, split face and prick ears. Check, check, check. You found my perfect puppy! What a doll.
  20. If you want to use a harness, use one of these: https://www.premier.com/store/Products.aspx?cid=1&pid=6 Or you can use a Gentle Leader (but most dogs tend to take to the harness better): https://www.premier.com/store/Products.aspx?cid=1&pid=2 If you want to work towards walking on a flat collar, get a martingale: https://www.premier.com/store/Products.aspx?cid=1&pid=11 What's nice is that you can turn one of those into a no-pull harness very quickly by wrapping the leash around the dog's barrel and running it up through the fabric ring in the martingale. All potty training problems fall back to the trainer, never the dog. If the dog continues to have accidents inside the house it is the HUMAN'S fault. The dog is having too much freedom in the house and not getting outside frequently enough. Potty training is a lot of work. I occasionally foster puppies for rescue and it is an exhausting (and rewarding!) time because we literally are outside hourly and I never, ever take my eyes off them in the house. Every puppy that comes through here leaves housebroken, though (at least in my house, I always tell the new adopters to start out as though they aren't trained). Regarding training -- Just lay off the formal training sessions you used to have, but training can still be incorporated into daily life in fun ways. My dogs all have to sit before I place their food dish in front of them. Puppies have to go into crates, sit and wait until released for meals. Randomly throughout the day you can ask a puppy to lay down, reward and then go on about your life. When you are playing fetch outside ask for a behavior before throwing the toy. It's very easy to incorporate training into daily life without overwhelming the dog. Regarding your original question of "are there low energy border collies out there." Well yes, of course. My bc was a total "dud" of a puppy -- it sounds like yours at least plays fetch, which is more than mine ever did. Secret was happy to clicker train and learn tricks all day long, but had no interest whatsoever in playing. She got there eventually, but it took a very long time. She's just a very "thoughtful" dog and isn't as intense as a lot of bc I know. I had to revamp my expectations of her, which was key to finally building a relationship.
  21. I gave up on Benadryl -- From what I've read, it only tends to work for about 30% of dogs. I was giving my 75 pound dog eight to ten a day with no relief. If it actually works for your dog, great, but it doesn't work for mine. Luke's seasonal allergies tend to run from August to October -- I'm guessing his is mostly a ragweed allergy as that's when that particular weed is at its peak in this area. Last year my method of attack was to hose him off three times a day. I'd hose him off in the morning, when I got home from work and once again in the evening. This at least seemed to provide him with some relief. We've done the Aveno oatmeal bath mixtures as well, but cold hosing seems to work just as well. Luke has Addison's Disease and is already on a daily steroid for treatment of that -- Because finding the right dose is so critical, my vet and I have decided NOT to pursue steroids for his allergies because we don't want to throw his whole system off and ruin our "happy point" with his Addison's meds. If it weren't for that, though, honestly I'd probably shoot him up during those months because he gets so miserable. He seemed to lose a lot less hair with the daily hosing last year. The year before that he was nearly bald in several areas.
  22. I'd look into investing in a few of the FitPaws products -- The physio-balls (peanuts), balance discs, pods, etc. all provide great conditioning exercises that strengthen the muscle groups that will help to stabilize the hips.
  23. Situation 1: Go outside with him. If he doesn't eliminate, put him in a crate. He is fine to stay there overnight and while you are gone -- Or put him in the crate for a short period, then go outside and try to get him to go to the bathroom again. They tend to learn pretty quickly that, "I must go now or I will get to sleep in the crate tonight." If you do not witness him going in the house, do not punish him or otherwise say anything negative towards him about it. Regardless of the fact that you may think he looks "guilty" and that he "knows what he did was wrong," dogs don't live in the past. Bottom line, if he doesn't relieve himself outside he goes in a crate. Situation 2: This is pretty common. Puppies want to stay close to us. Almost every dog reaches a stage where they start to test the waters of their independence and realize that there is a big awesome world out there. Consider yourself lucky (and a good trainer!) that he recalls on the first command. It sounds like you just want him to stay within a certain distance of you -- This can be achieved by using a long line or simply teaching him to "check in" with you regularly. When he reaches the perimeter of where you'd like him to be, call his name and reward him when he comes back to you. Eventually he'll figure out the bubble and stay there the majority of the time. If you are walking in town, please use a leash. Situation 3: Do what you feel you would both enjoy the most! Or do it all, whatever appeals to you. I compete in agility and play frisbee for recreation. We don't have flyball in this area or else I'd probably do that, too! lol Maybe find a good training school that offers several things and just go watch -- see what interests you. If you have an active, young, energetic border collie I'm guessing he'll be game for about anything. Situation 4: Sorry, I live in Wisconsin. But you are in a good area, so I'm sure there will be lots of great suggestions.
  24. I felt a little bad since it was 6:45 a.m., but considering my dad is usually up by 5:00 I figured it was okay. I could tell it was early, though, when I told him my predicament and he asked if I wanted him to come help me. I was like, "Uh, Dad, I'm 2 1/2 hours away from home...." Considering they were watching one of my dogs, I know he knows I was out of town. lol So for all I know, maybe he was still in bed. Ha!
  25. Secret finally got her very first USDAA title this weekend!! Well okay, I shouldn't say "finally" -- It was her fourth day of trialing in USDAA, so she's doing pretty well. I'm excited to finally move out of P1 in Jumpers and hope that the rest will follow soon (she's got 2 Q's in all but Snooker). We managed a perfect day on Saturday with 5/5 Q's and Secret even got her first Tournament Q (in PSJ). I am finally feeling brave enough to give Grand Prix a shot, so she is entered in that for the next trial. We had a pretty epic adventure on our drive over to the trial.... Involving a blown tire on the freeway, a tow-truck ride and sitting in the tire store for an hour. The whole (really long) story is on my blog: http://secretbc.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-day.html No video, which I am super, super sad about. We are loving our jump over to USDAA.
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