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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?



  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 another by constantly setting your dog in that situation. Seems to me you are just setting your dog up for failure.

  3. Question! :) My dog has been in training for the past month and a half now and will be coming home next weekend. ( Yay! :D 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 and stop just to continue to reinforce those? I've tried to find people in my area with pasture to rent or even livestock to rent out for some training but no luck. :(




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  4. 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... :unsure: 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 least 2 in the sick zone with kennel cough or some unknown disease...) they gave them something, which I can't remember the name to keep them from hurting themselves in the small cages... In other words they were giving drugs to keep them sleeping and calm all day long. The pet store I worked at gave the dogs this 2 times a day... :angry:

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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 <_<

  7. 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 him choosing a male bc of the idea that he will be a tougher dog. You just can't tell. The dam is an average, not great, cow dog and the stud, well lets just say he is no more then a pup himself and hasn't really proven himself on anything. I've tried to talk him into looking into some good breedings and pups through some great breeders in the area, but he is getting this pup free and has pick of the litter.



  8. What are good stimulation toys? Ive had given him high thinking kongs with treats in it and either he gets bored with it or he gets the treat out in a few minutes. I have never really given him stimulation toys. Hes had ropes and untied them or millions of squeek toys that my mom wound up buying them. I really had no problems with him until i had moved back home due to my job. Id love for him to do agility training because he loves to jump and run and play fetch.


    So do yall think that adding more structure and some training would help?



    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 do, is Nitro loves to tear up boxes. He will play with a soda box forever! If you don't mind picking up pieces of cardboard, a box I have found is great entertainment for him.


    P.S. I keep Nitro in a x-pen during the day rather then a kennel, so he does have more room allowing him to play with his box. :)

  9. 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 front yard, loose in the front yard, or out for a walk as well. It never bothers him if they are behind a fence, even if he can see them. We don't even go to the dog park where we live currently, he does not play well with others and I'd rather avoid that whole situation. I'm not sure how to correct this behavior other then tell him leave it, which he knows, and keep walking. Any suggestions?

  10. 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.





  11. 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?) :blink: I had to sit outside while he did his business for awhile to make sure he did his business. Now it is all hunky dory. Not sure if you have switched from a yard to apartment life or the other way around, but it could be something like what happened with my Heeler.


    Good Luck! :)

  12. 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 tails once every two weeks. We get a ton of rain and they are always getting baths since a muddy dog and one bedroom apartment does not mix. I also, against the bottle warnings, spray the Adam's spray on my boots and pant legs... I've never had a tick on me even after walking through the same spots as the dogs where they got a tick.

    You might also want to look into shaving your dog. Especially the underbelly, and I even shaved down a little at his tail. I then ran it over his neck and shaved quite close there as thats where all the ticks have been found. The rest of him I just cleaned up with the clippers.

  13. 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. <_<

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  14. Happy Day.


    As of today the Wolves in the Northwest states have been taken off the Endangered Species List. The wolf issue is a huge concern to those of us who depend on livestock for our livelihoods. It took an act of Congress to cut through all the environmentalist lawsuits. The wolf was suppose to be delisted long ago when they reached the targeted number of animals. We now have to see what happens with the state of Oregon's wolf plan.


    Eric JT Harlow



    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 they were back again undeterred... Canadian gray wolves are much larger and much stronger then the native wolves were. Allowing them to take down larger prey, faster and easier. Perhaps this is why they are killing for fun. If they are anything like Border Collies, they get bored and look for anything to keep them occupied, including taking down a persons livelihood...


    If anyone is interested I found a site that is very helpful as far as hunting regulations and also has facts about wolves and livestock.



  15. Has anyone thought of putting some of the gel packs you keep in the freezers for first aid and whatnot in the dog packs for longer hikes? Being that Phoenix is a lot hotter than Utah was, my dog gets real hot and I had thought about doing this. I know to avoid keeping really cold things from skin to skin contact on people, but don't know how this would translate to dogs.


    PS My dog LOVES frosty paws haha


    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! :P

  16. Alright, both of my dogs have actually gotten along very nicely with the "Food Guarding" neither of them gets angry with the other. My older dog likes to jump in and take the puppy food, so we control that by separation of the bowls, I also notice that Marvel (BC), doesn't eat constantly, which I consider to be a plus to the open feeding plan, neither of them eat more food than I would consider necessary. The biggest issue I am having with this is Frankie (The terrier) has always eaten whenever, food has always been in his bowl, and he is having a hard adjustment to the scheduled feeding. I am more at a loss of what to do. I want them to both be on the same feeding plan, be it food always available or scheduled. I guess I will just have to continue on the schedule and see how this turns out.


    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 is too full with walks and getting ready for work. It took my Heeler the longest of all to learn the schedule as he is always distracted by a ball, cows, or just wants to be outside. Now that I only feed at night I do try to mix something in. Like pumpkin or the occasional wet food or raw ground beef. Good luck with the feeding schedule! It takes work sometimes but is well worth it in the end. =)

  17. 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.) :(

  18. 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!

  19. 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... :P ) 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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