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  1. Or in a position to get a new puppy.
  2. Maja, you make some good points, but I'd say those things can be explained by biddability as well- a biddable dog with high prey drive will protect their flock and ignore tempting lambs if they're taught to. I've known pet dogs ignore squawking and flapping hens and their chicks, but kill other small animals quite happily. Aren't border collies good ratters? Or so I've heard.
  3. The family dog has allergies, does very well on a grain-based food. We had to try a load of them before we got the right one, but she's miles better on 2 or 3 particular types (which are usually cheaper than some of the ones she was worse on, as well). It just depends on the dog and what they're allergic to.
  4. I don't think most people would disagree with that. Changing a popular recipe when the company changes happens with human food too, and there are big differences between different foods. But the point he's making isn't that dog food companies are saintly or all of them are working towards shiny coats etc, but that they have to not cause nutritional deficiencies or excesses- they have to be reliably adequate. That's mostly why rickets isn't such a big problem any more in dogs, for example. You don't have that with raw food diets, because of the nature of the beast, and some of them are undoubtedly deficient. On a side note- I'd love to see some large-scale research on different raw food diets, see what the outcomes are, just so that there is some reliable information out there.Some of them are undoubtedly better, others have been shown to be deficient or dangerous- again, they're diverse, so you'd expect to see that. I'm a bit wary of anectdotal evidence or 'in my experience' from experts, since I've been given lots of anectdotal evidence that English bulldogs usually live for 15 years ('in my experience'), border collies routinely eat children for breakfast, mange can be cured with motor-oil etc. My vet is very strongly against grocery-store kibble.
  5. Vets tend to be a bit cagey about raw diets because of the lack of sound evidence. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/raw-meat-and-bone-diets-for-dogs-its-enough-to-make-you-barf/ A good vegan diet isn't the worst thing in the world to feed your dog, although obviously it takes effort and knowledge to do, and it definitely isn't something I'd do. One of the contenders for the world's oldest dog was vegan (a lean and well-exercised collie mix, surprise surprise). Weird to say that dogs aren't meant to eat meat, though. I have heard that dogs aren't meant to eat solely lean meat, that they need organ meats and fibrous bits.
  6. So you're telling me my middle-aged terrier has more "herding instinct" than half of the border collies at this event? What did the other dogs do that they failed the test?
  7. Definitely agree. Thanks Barefoot, that's a good clarification. She has done this as well when she's done the damage a bit earlier- when for example she's had an accident inside the house a short while before (the reaction didn't happen when another dog did it, only this once when she was the cause). She has a quick mind and absolutely no motivation.
  8. I always believed the bit about how the dog only looks guilty because the owner's mad, until about a week ago. I walked into the room, said 'hello dog' to my labrador in a big happy voice, and the dog leapt away from the table with the cake on it and slunk to me with her tail between her legs. I hadn't even noticed the cake myself, or what she was doing. But she did the whole 'submissive' thing, which is not a normal greeting for her.
  9. What I can't figure out is how the dog knows the difference between 'no play now' when I'm going to change my mind in five minutes (when I'm not doing anything particularly important), and 'no play now' when I have to work. One means that the dog either sits and tries to entice me, or waits just out of sight. The other means that the dog flops over and goes to sleep.
  10. "Teelo is a border collie cross. He is a fun-loving, affectionate, well bahaved little dog. He is 5 months old, fully vacc., lead trained, house trained, can sit, lie down and give paw, and is great with children/other animals. He needs a fun home with lots of activity and space to run around. Heartbreakingly, we cannot give him the space he needs here with us as he is getting to big for our garden. Must go to loving home." http://www.donedeal.ie/for-sale/dogs/2291063
  11. My dogs aren't particularly obedient, but they do know what I mean and try to do it, with varying levels of enthusiasm. They get to know pretty quickly the two different tones of voice- the 'talking aloud to myself to sort out ideas, and addressing it to the dog' one and the 'hey, pay attention' one. I can give a command in a conversational tone of voice so long as I precede it with 'dog' or her name- "Dog, go up the stairs and wait for me".
  12. I have a lab who was 78lbs, is now (still very obese at) 65 lbs. She was down to 61 for a while, but gained weight while I was away. The best thing to do is just cut down the food. Start off by cutting it by 20%, and if she doesn't lose weight then cut it down further. No more than 2% weight loss per week, though. As it turned out the labrador was being fed four times what she needed for weight maintenance. No health problems according to the vet, and plenty of exercise, just a slow metabolism and humans with mistaken ideas of what was appropriate. It does look like a really tiny amount, but then so does the amount she starts to gain weight on. I still get in trouble for feeding her the right amount because "she'll starve" Damn labs, they always look hungry. Came in once after she'd got an entire big big pie off the table, and fed her (before I saw the remains) because she acted famished.
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