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  1. A friend's sow ate chickens. She just had a taste for them. They had to re-do the fence to keep them out. I was always amazed by the (very few) people who wouldn't eat the eggs because they weren't from the store. If you're petrified of birds or chickens, fine. People can't help what they fear. And the parents who were convinced the cockerel would eat their children, because we would absolutely let him roam if that were the case. Having said that I'm not a country gal by any means, so I'm sure some of my mistakes would make for good stories!
  2. Why not go for "What do you think?" or some variation thereof ("Your opinion?"), instead of 'speak'? Edit: Or 'bark if you agree with me.' "What the fuck, dog?" means "get out of my seat" for my friend's dog. "I'mgonnagetcha!!" is the cue for playing the chasing game. "Out you go!" means "go through the door I'm gesturing at." "Well?" is a cue to the dog that I'm paying attention and she now has to indicate what she wants. And 'Atchoo!' for her to get me tissues. And I'm currently teaching 'Zoolander' as the cue to turn left. All pretty standard.
  3. Nose work- I used to put cinnamon on whatever I wanted her to find (usually a toy, later a scarf or something) and hide it. She had a command to search and another to search up high, since she generally overlooked the higher hiding places. If it was out of her reach she'd show me it. Something like that? It was years ago, I'm sure she's forgotten it. Love the ideas here. Urge to herd- she gets that look when she gets fed her dinner without having to play a game for it first. Like I'm being a totally uncool person. SoFreshSoClean- yeah, she will quite happily jump and run for the tennis ball. Not good. Thanks for that, Gideonsgirl- she's learning names of rooms, so I might start with the directions as well once she gets that down. Thank you everyone!
  4. I have an older dog who loves playing games, doing tricks etc. However she has arthritic hips, and a couple of old injuries, and she gets stiff easily when she overdoes it. I've cut out 'fetch' in the ordinary sense- we do 'find the toy' and 'keep-away' since she's good about stopping when she gets tired or sore. I also get her to find the object I've handled out of a group, or carry a glove when we're out on walks, or bring in a stick when I carry firewood. And that's where my ingenuity ran out. I'm not the best dog trainer, my timing is routinely off for everything, so I'm looking for stuff that would be easy to teach and wouldn't involve any very quick movements or putting excess weight on the hind legs (I worry about 'paw' for this reason). I just want something she'd find fun, to replace some of the things we used to do and keep her learning and thinking. She loves a game or something productive to do, but can get bored when there doesn't seem to be a 'point' or things are moving too slowly. She really loves toys. Sorry for this not being bc related but hopefully it can help other people who are in the same boat with collies. I keep meaning to just lurk but the advice is too good...
  5. I'm going mad, I could have sworn I'd replied to this ages ago. NSAIDs were the biggest thing I ever saw make a difference to my dog when her hips were bad. It got rid of the inflammation, reduced the pain, and she was bouncing around the place like a pup again. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it. I don't know if you can give them long-term though. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/the-top-ten-pet-supplements-do-they-work/ There's a good article here on some of the more common supplements for pets. What kind of hip problems has your dog? I'd agree with Mum24dog on this.
  6. We realised with a very bitey puppy that she hated it when you pushed your hand in her mouth, and she'd stop. We were given that advice by a few people. Fast-forward a decade and she's still convinced this is some weird polite human greeting. When she fawns, she chews, although only when she's really trying to suck up. So glad to see such good advice on here- wish I'd known this back then!
  7. I'd also take it as 'it wasn't just Lassie'- this has been happening to what would become the rough collie since the 1890s at least.
  8. Family legend tells of the time they told the vet that the sick dog was only 14 (I think), because the vet might think it was best to have the dog put to sleep if the dog was old. No prizes for guessing the breed. Kennel club breed results (I know, I know) have 12 as the median age of death, but the graphs show a fair number of dogs living to 15 or more. http://users.pullman.com/lostriver/breeddata.htm - that seems to have 12-13 as average as well, but then you don't know the higher range. http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/570
  9. I have a non-bc who does this, vet says it's allergies. Feeding a different food seemed to help, along with keeping her away from certain things which seemed to set it off.
  10. I don't know how safe and healthy they are, but we have dogs with allergies, and found that some of the more expensive foods (including the hypoallergenic ones, alternate protein ones etc) tended to make the dogs worse. When it comes to allergies you can't take 'organic' or 'holistic', the price, or even the ingredients list as any kind of guarantee (not that the first two would be any guarantee of safety or nutrition anyway), you just have to try different types. Of course the type they did well on had meat and animal derivatives- damn dogs, ruining my street cred. I'd agree with mum24dog on this.
  11. Maybe I'm being too skeptical, but it seemed to me like there was a 'bait and switch' very early on. "There are at least forty agents capable of initiating Bordetella so vaccination might appear to be prudent if it weren’t for the fact that only two of these agents are contained in the intranasal vaccine. This poor percentage truly makes the Bordetella vaccine a shot in the dark. The lack of efficacy is well summarized by noted immunologist Dr. Ronald Schultz: “Kennel Cough is not a vaccinatable disease”. Despite the lack of any real effectiveness, the Bordetella vaccine is routinely given and touted as safe, especially in the intranasal form." So where's the lack of effectiveness? It's just asserted. 'Only two strains are covered' does not mean 'the vaccine does not work.' You could make an argument that those two strains aren't the most common, or something, but no such argument is attempted. Protection against two strains is still better than protection against none, and how many of the forty strains are widespread? What's the prevalence in vaccinated vs unvaccinated dogs? Found the full sentence by Ronald Schultz, by the way- “These two viruses in combination with Bordetella bronchiseptica are the agents most often associated with kennel cough, however, other factors play an important role in disease (e.g. stress, dust, humidity, molds, mycoplasma, etc.), thus kennel cough is not a vaccine preventable disease because of the complex factors associated with this disease.” Schultz appears to be skeptical about vaccines in general, and does indeed believe that these vaccines are given too often, but what he's saying here is that cough can be caused by a number of factors, not just those viruses. He's clearly not definining 'kennel cough' as 'cough caused by those viruses' ("most often associated"), so it would be logically consistent for him to conclude that 'you can't prevent all kennel cough by vaccinating.' That would have been obvious if the original quote was included, but it wasn't. Then there's 'it makes little sense to vaccinate an animal against something it's already been exposed to', which makes no sense considering the argument in the very next sentence about the forty strains. If merely exposing an animal to one strain of the disease is enough, why is exposing them to two 'a shot in the dark'? Especially considering the weasel words 'exposed to.' 'Exposed to' does not equal immunity. We have all of us been exposed to staphylococcus aureus bacteria, but we can still get infections from them. Immunity fades even after you actually get the disease, and I'm sure we all know someone who had the same infection twice, or who had the vaccine and then the infection, because your immune system does not always respond properly and 'remember' what it's supposed to- and again, exposure's a hell of a lot less sure than that, because it could have only been a small immune reaction in the first place since the dog didn't actually get 'sick'. As for influenza- first of all there's the assumption that it spread from the horses because of the vaccine, rather than the actual wild virus. Presumably you would be able to compare the strains and actually find out whether this was true. But why is all of this (transmission to humans, gerbils etc) a big risk factor for vaccination, and not for the actual disease, considering that viral shedding is reduced in vaccinated dogs compared to dogs who got the disease? My link "All vaccination creates immune dysregulation" is a bit of a red-flag statement. Okay, it may be used legitimately, but the usual context for the words 'immune dysregulation' and 'vaccination' that I've heard is that it's connected to evidence-free ideas about electromagnetic sensitivity etc. If immune dysregulation is just used in the sense of 'an inappropriately high or low immune response' that depends on how you define appropriate- is it inappropriate in that person's eyes to stimulate the immune system with vaccines? Or if you get the vaccine, nothing happens, no immune response, wouldn't that be 'immune dysregulation'? "Perhaps [collapsing windpipe etc] are all complications of Bordatella and the Bordatella vaccine" Have they been reported? How often? What's the comparative risk- which one has them more? "elevates histamine" by how much? Histamine is involved in ridiculous numbers of things in the body, including the immune system (like the pain you'd get from an insect sting). So while it is possible it's linked to cancers, the wording used there could apply to anything from an insect sting to car sickness. I dunno, it just all seems kind of free of any solid evidence. They're saying that viruses can sometimes go into human dna and express later, and bacteria might do the same, and the bacteria in the virus might do that, and presumably that might happen more often than with the billions of ordinary bacteria your dog has on and in it at all times because- and then that bit's never explained. Too many gaps for me. And this is from someone who doesn't usually take ibuprofen or aspirin, because the potential side-effects outweigh the benefits for most pain to me.
  12. Yeah, we've an indoor-outdoor cat who's been injured twice in over a decade. One of them was a scratch from an animal that got into the house. We have had bats, mice, rats, shrews, some kind of vole-thing, and some unidentified animals get into the house. The bat flew straight in through an open window and crashed. Add to that the weird behaviour associated with rabies... The secret of no kill shelters- I'm wondering how or why that shelter could be classed as 'no-kill'. Sounds like plain and simple lying to me. Love the comments about 'food is not love' and 'your dog does not need vitamins.' I'd love to check some of those vitamin supplements and see how many of them actually have the amount they're supposed to, especially considering they're 'just for dogs.'
  13. Or people will rewrite the memory to make it seem like they suspected that person all along, or will emphasise different parts, without intending to or knowing they're doing/have done it. Hence part of why witness testimony is notoriously unreliable. I know very few people who I know to be awful people, but they were all people I liked at first, because I like almost everyone at first. Having said that, the terrier has a much better track record at this than I do, because she suspects lots of innocent people, and occasionally catches guilty ones. They remember actions, though, more so than we do in some ways- maybe they rewrite them less or something? Again, the household dogs all hate one particular person because they saw her behaving very threateningly to someone else, so they do not let those two people stay in a room together without sitting between them. Rightly so, too. I do think they respond to sights, smells, and movements that we're not even aware of, and probably couldn't be if we tried. Witness the dogs who just jumped up because I'm about to finish this post, and settled down again when I decided to edit. It's easier to say 'energy' to summarise those, because we probably will never know in most instances which cue the dog picked up.
  14. My link Never used this site before, don't know how good or bad it is, but it might be worth checking out?
  15. Do they do that thing where they hit every second banister/baluster with the tail on the way up the stairs?
  16. Has anyone heard of those 'doggy handbag' slings, where the dog's supposed to look like a handbag rather than fit inside one? There are holes for the legs, and handles to carry the dog by. My first thought when looking at those wasn't 'Oh my god, what a stupid idea', but, shamefully, 'Hey, those could be useful for small dogs with arthritis!" So if you see someone walking with an embarrassed-looking dog under their arm... Sam'smom- that is absolutely amazing. Even the epic faces you're both making, and the mid-air pose. You should do one of you both staring off meaningfully into the middle distance.
  17. Sorry for posting and bringing this into 'active threads' again, but I was just thinking from reading over old threads on this board that plenty of people are willing to complain about tone, or 'rude' replies or whatever, but I find people on these boards overwhelmingly helpful, considerate, and very willing to spend time and effort giving advice to help strangers. And you don't see so many posts mentioning that, probably because it's usual. So thank you to everyone for giving me such good advice, and taking the time to reply. It really helped reassure me. It's also comforting to know that had I been doing something as stupid as I feared, people would have had the consideration to tell me so forthrightly. Thanks!
  18. There's also the question of how well the animal manages to compensate for their faults (think world-class runners with really weird gaits). Or the actual movement- you could have a dog that looks picture-perfect structure-wise but it has limited motion at some joints, or it has some normal variation in the joint itself which could potentially limit its function (something as simple as a shallow socket or a nub of bone, or something fused which shouldn't be.) I wonder what kind of physical exam is usually done on these dogs, and what the findings are. Stuff like that's quite common in humans, but we can tell someone what the problem is, and we're not usually expected to do that kind of athletic stuff. You do see these problems in athletes- sometimes they start off fine because they're compensating enough for a flaw. After a while they're tired or get a little injured, or lose a bit of muscle mass, or they're affected by normal wear and tear, and they don't compensate so well any more. Because ETS is a collection of symptoms, and it's pretty much a diagnosis of exclusion, it's more than possible that it's not necessarily caused by any one thing. Having said all that I'm not sure why genetic research would be all that useful, as opposed to research on treatment, common factors physically and mentally in the dogs etc. I suppose if it happened to be wonderfully simply inherited you could come up with a test to avoid getting or breeding dogs predisposed to ETS,or could establish some commonality between affected dogs, but it seems of limited use otherwise. Not saying it shouldn't be done, but it's not the first thing I'd research.
  19. I tend to be paranoid about it because so many dogs go missing near us, and no-one seems to check microchips. I've heard horror stories about dogs who ran when the house was burgled. I suppose it's an example of the effect anectdotes and personal experience has on our estimations of probability- I've never seen a dog strangling itself with its collar or had it happen to people I know, but I've heard of/seen lots of lost dogs, so while I want to avoid both I assume the latter's more likely. Possibly wrongly, I don't know. Now my big problem is how to reassure my friend and persuade her not to re-adjust the collar. Ah, the joys of looking young and stupid...
  20. She's never slipped her lead adjusted the way I was doing it before, but she does when it's re-adjusted. I'd prefer to have her unable to slip her collar on the ordinary lead, not because I don't like slip leads (I have one and she walks well on it), but because all the family walk her, and they're used to the ordinary one. I know, G.Festerling, everyone makes mistakes, but if (god forbid) her collar injured or hurt her because I fit it wrong...
  21. I was afraid I was going to come on here and everyone would say 'You're using that method? Everyone knows that's much too tight, and causes horrible problems.' Which is why I asked, really. You don't want to be doing the wrong thing and not know about it. Of course, there's still time.
  22. Full disclosure- a friend of mine, who loves dogs and who dogs love, has been giving out to me recently about my dog's collar, and re-adjusting it. I always thought that if a collar was loose it was more likely to get caught on something: it's the law here to have a collar and tag, and I'm paranoid about having identification on the dog all the time. But she says that, adjusted to the method I described (except 3 fingers wide and 4 under the collar), it's choking the dog. I think it's just the appearance of the loose skin, and that it's more dangerous to have it so loose it can slip over the dog's head (since the dog has a habit of backing out of collars). But then this person's been a dog owner a lot longer than I have, and they're getting quite upset over it, so I'm second-guessing myself. I looked it up in a few places and all I could find was the method I was using, that's why I asked- I'll go try yours tonight. Thank you for the advice. Maybe it'll give me more slack.
  23. How do you fit a collar? I always thought it was two fingers fit snugly side-by-side under the collar, or three fingers flat against the dog's neck. Does that depend on the size of your hands- would someone with small hands have to measure an extra finger's worth or something? And how do you account for loose skin or fat rolls on a dog that's overweight or who has lost weight? Or for lots of fur? What can happen with a collar that's too tight or too loose? Aside from the obvious, that a dog can slip a collar and get loose when on lead.
  24. Why do some dogs like to sleep up high? I think if I had a crate the terrier would sleep on top of it. She climbs up as high as she can get, on anything, and goes to sleep. I knew a rescue terrier/lurcher who did the same thing.
  25. Cowpats. I do not know why it brings the dog such ecstasy to roll in them. I regularly bring a white dog out for a walk and return with an entirely green one. If it's brown I'm lucky.
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