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  1. Not about my BC, but thought I would gather some advice. My Blue Heeler (3 yr old) gets cracked nails on his front paws frequently. I keep his nails trimmed as well as he runs so much that most of the time he wears his own nails down. Perhaps this is the problem? But... He runs on grass and dirt not concrete or asphalt... Could it be a sign of some vitamin deficiency? The nail also cracks up the side, usually just past where the quick area starts, and flakes off. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. I'd like to be brutally honest here. If you know your dog is aggressive towards others when playing why are you still walking him were other dogs run loose playing? I mean if you were walking him on a leash so other dogs did not bother him as much, fine, but letting him run loose when you know there is the option that your dog may bite another dog is just irresponsible in my opinion. If your dog bit my dog and caused any sort of injury you bet your bottom dollar I'd be upset with you and you would be footing the vet bill. You are just asking for a dangerous confrontation between your dog and a
  3. Question! My dog has been in training for the past month and a half now and will be coming home next weekend. ( Yay! I've missed him!!!) He is completing short outruns and is working on driving, flanks, etc. Where we train is about a 1.5 hour drive and I can't make it up every weekend. Perhaps once a month this winter if the weather stays calm. I don't want him to loose what he has learned, although I'm sure he won't being the smart cookie he is, but is there anything that we can actually practice at home without any livestock? Can we got to the park and practice whistles, such as the down
  4. A quick search on Google found these guys. But I'm not sure if they do the custom stuff like you might be wanting. http://www.sheepdogherding.com/sheepdog-whistles.html http://www.bordercollicsanonymous.com/whistles/corianwhistles.html
  5. "Beautiful female border collie. We do not have time for her she is full of a alot of energy." http://pullman.craigslist.org/grd/2691000108.html Unfortunately I don't know of any rescues in the Pullman/Moscow area to contact about her.
  6. I worked at one of those mall pet stores for 3 weeks... Needless to say I couldn't stomach it after 1 week but wanted to do the right thing and give 2 weeks notice... Anywhos. Any puppy that we did not sell, I was told in training, within 2 weeks of having them were shipped to another store in the country. In the 3 weeks I worked there, we had 3 "shipments" come in... I found it weird that these cute puppies they are trying to sell are almost always asleep... Well I found out that in addition to giving the puppies all kinds of vitamins each day to keep them from getting sick (we always had at
  7. I got mine from here. http://www.bordercollies.com/
  8. So I have some plastic whistles that I have been practicing with, and am looking to get something other than plastic now. I've noticed that there are a couple different shapes of the whistles. I currently have the rounded corner shaped one. Is the A or triangle shaped one better for different mouth types or different sounds? I find that the one I currently have fits weird in my mouth and I wanted to get opinions on the triangle/A shaped whistles. Thanks!
  9. My pup is out of working parents... He is 55 lbs and stands 23 to 23.5 inches. He kept moving...
  10. Thanks for the advice I was thinking along the lines that I would have some advice lined up in case he or my m.i.l. asked. But I'm not going to offer it unless asked. He knows I'm available for it. I'm working hard to get my boy trained, who has great breeding, to show the in laws how a little time, effort, sweat, and well planned breeding's can turn a dog with little training into a great dog with training. They are pretty set in the ways of yelling at the dog will only make it better too. Sigh. It's an uphill battle
  11. So here's the deal... My father in law will be picking a puppy from a ranch bred litter of BC's soon and I wanted to give him a few pointers on how to pick a great puppy. Now I know that you really can't tell how the pup will do at herding at such a young age, but what are somethings that I can tell him to look for? The litter has 4 males and 1 female. He is shying away from the female because he believes she will not be tough enough for working cattle... I'm in need of a good defense against this type of thinking as well, for she may turn out to be the best in the bunch... I just don't want h
  12. My BC has also master the Kong toys. I have found he loves frozen treats. If your dog can get typical kibble or treats from the Kong, try freezing peanut butter or a little cheese in the Kong along with some kibble. If your freezer allows, I have placed the treats in the Kong, then placed the entire thing in a bowl of water, so it comes out as a giant ice cube on one end. (WARNING!! Only do this if you can keep your dog on tile. It can be messy )My dog also enjoys ice cubes, sometimes I add a little peanut butter in the tray so it takes him awhile to get to the good stuff. One other thing I
  13. Jedismom, Thanks for the article! It's one I have not come across yet in my internet searches on this. I will definitely read it over!
  14. Oh dear... Wonder what the owner would say if their purdy fluffy pooch ended up like this after a good work day...
  15. My BC boy, intact btw, has decided that he needs to growl at every dog we see when we are out. I believe some of his hostility to other dogs has come from our former apartment, where we had access to a dog park, and some dogs liked to hump and be mean to him, so he has learned that a growl usually makes other dogs back off. (Or sends lazy owners into a frenzy that my dog is going to kill their dog... but that's a whole other issue... ) The only problem is when we are out for a walk, he is on a leash, and is not near the other dogs. And it only happens if the dogs are say on a long line in the
  16. I also would suggest finding a team in your area. Not only for the training aspect and all the great help that you will find in a team, but flyball equipment is extremely expensive! When I left my team they had just purchased a new hi-tech box and it cost well over $600! Plus the sets of jumps are close to $200... A team would really be an ideal place to start. I would check out the NAFA or U-FLI websites to find a team. http://www.flyball.org/ http://www.u-fli.com/
  17. On a personal note... I have had similar experiences with my Blue Heeler. I would let the two dogs out in the yard while I get ready in the morning, go to work or wherever we are headed, come back and find poop on the floor. I know it's my Heeler because my BC pup is kenneled while the Heeler is not. Most of the time it happens when we leave on the weekend for an hour or two of grocery shopping. I found out it was because he was used to being on a leash while we lived in an apartment, and switching to a yard and house must have thrown him off. (Weird right?) I had to sit outside while he did
  18. I use K9 Advantix and had no luck with the first application. Found 3 ticks on my pup within a week. The first was from walking in the fields, the other two I believe came from our apartment complex's dog park. Since, we have given up walks in the field, only go to the dog park on limited occasions, and take more walks. I also placed the dogs in a down stay per the suggestion of some board members here after reapplying recently and it seems to have done the trick. This way it had time to settle in a bit. I also picked up some Adam's flea and tick spray. I use this on the dogs underbellies and
  19. We live in the Pacific Northwest, rain, damp and humid. Perfect conditions for plenty of ticks. We are just starting tick season and I've already found 3 on my BC. I just put K9 Advantix on them about 2 to 2.5 weeks ago... Has anyone ever had this same problem, where the tick repellent doesn't seem to have worked? I'm wondering if I just got a bad batch or something. I bought it from Drs Foster and Smith online because they had the cheapest sale... Hopefully I can get them to refund me my money.
  20. Happy Day indeed! Buying a tag this weekend! Not to steer the boards away from the topic at hand about herding and livestock management, but it is important that people understand that wolves do not just kill for food. They are out for fun. A rancher in our area has both cattle and sheep. During the winter he keeps the sheep right behind his house. Probably 50 feet from his backdoor, has plenty of LGD's, and yet the wolves attacked 4 nights in a week. They were on a killing spree, taking no carcasses away to eat. They even attempted to kill the LGD's. After being shot at, you better believe t
  21. I used to live in Phoenix, and going on backpacking trips, I never put those freezer packs in the backpacks, but I did place a bandanna under the pack and had extra water to keep it wet and cool. Seemed to help quite a bit. Made for a heavier backpack with all the extra, but it was well worth it! =) Plus you can never have too much water when hiking in the desert!
  22. I used to "free feed" with my Shepherd mix and Heeler. When I got my BC pup, I decided to change them all to scheduled feedings so it would be easier to house train the pup. I started by only leaving the food out for short periods of time, maybe 15 minutes tops. I did this about 3 times during the day. (I was home all day at the time) That way they started to understand that when the food was out it was meant to be eaten and if they didn't eat, well then they had to wait until the next feeding time. Eventually I broke it down into two feedings. Now I only feed in the evenings as the mornings i
  23. I take a Super B complex vitamin and so far it has seemed to work well to ward off the ticks. Well it worked well last year and we were in some pretty heavy tick areas. I was wondering though if anyone knew of any natural essential oils that work as well? (Mainly for my mother in law, she had tick fever last year.)
  24. Hello All, Not sure if this is the correct place to post but... I am looking from some clinics to audit at and eventually take my dog to. Does anyone know of any clinics in North Idaho (Coeur D'Alene area) or Eastern Washington (Spokane area)? It doesn't necessarily have to be with a big name... My dog will mainly be doing ranch work with cattle, so even a smaller clinic put on by a successful rancher is fine. I also have a Blue Heeler that I would like to take to some clinics if anyone knows of some all breed clinics around here as well. Thanks!
  25. Silly question, but my friend and I were talking about goofy dog tricks. (Have to keep both our minds and the dogs minds busy over the winter that never ends... ) But she asked how I would train my BC to hike his leg up and act like he was peeing on something. I told her I had no idea. Anyone here train the "movie tricks" like hiking a leg up to appear as if they are going potty?
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