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  1. Ooooh! Oooooh! Call on me, teacher; I have data! Several years ago I had a group of students approach me about doing a study on the effect of coat color on body temperature in dogs for their freshman biology lab project. Since I was the (crazy?) dog lady in the department, they enlisted my assistance in gathering together enough dogs for them to do their project. I knew a member of our dog training club who bred Lassie-type show collies, and between her and several other members of the local (foo foo) collie club we gathered together a bunch of rough coated and smooth coated tri-color
  2. I keep reading the title of this thread as "Training a border collie for birth control work", and think, well, just allow it to sleep on the bed with you, duh!
  3. A month in a puppy's life is roughly equivalent to a year (I'd say more like a year and a half) in a human's life. So when you say that Sutter is a different dog now than he was even 3 1/2 months ago, that's like saying a 6-9 year old child is very different than he was when he was 2 1/2 years old. He's approaching the same level of maturity as that at which human children begin to practice all sorts of new and often undesirable behavior. With some luck and guidance adolescents come out the other end of this phase as productive well-adjusted young adults. But they are never going to be lik
  4. You probably don't need to invest in a muzzle for Sutter if you use a piece of equipment you already own - a crate - appropriately. I appreciate that you want your dog to be your buddy who is gets to go on excursions with you, but first he has to be given a chance to grow up and develop confidence in a safe environment. Someone up thread stated that Sutter will bite your step-father, and my only disagreement with that is that it's a race to see whether he bites your step-father or your niece first. Either way, once that happens the only excursion Sutter will be going on with you is a one-wa
  5. A couple things: You've gotten some good advice about dealing with food guarding, but consider the possibility that food possessiveness may not be the only thing that's triggering the snapping. You didn't see the first incident, but you describe the second incident as a couple 3 year olds "hovering over" your pup. Lots of dogs don't feel comfortable with being hovered over. And lots of pups start to assert their likes and dislikes as they enter adolescence, which your pup is. On the one hand, I want my dogs to be pretty bomb proof around kids. On the other hand, I wouldn't be crazy abo
  6. I had a spayed bitch once that would develop UTI's about every 6 - 9 months. It got so I could tell a week or two before she showed any other visible symptoms because both my intact and my neutered male would suddenly be acting exactly the way you describe Tyrael acting around Kasha. Coupled with the fact that she is incontinent if not on medication makes me think that a trip to the vet for a urinalysis is in order. No guarantee that that's the problem, but if it is, Kasha shouldn't have to put up with being pestered, and Tyrael shouldn't have to deal with the frustration of being around wh
  7. How old is Effie, and has she been spayed? Demodex mainly occurs in young dogs. It is often precipitated by stress, which can be lots of things, but coming into season and spay surgery are two things that will commonly push a susceptible dog into having an outbreak. If she is less than a year old, and if the spots are small (like the size of a quarter or so) and if there is only a spot or two, I wouldn't do anything unless there is a sign that there is a secondary infection. It's annoying, but generally harmless as long as it stays localized to a couple small patches. As long as it is the
  8. The kennel where I normally board my dogs a couple times a year does not require the bordatella vaccination and I've never given it before boarding there. In over 20 years of boarding 2 or 3 dogs 2 or 3 times a year, I've never had a dog get kennel cough after being boarded there. On three occasions I had to use a different kennel that does require the bordatella vaccination, and in each case within a week I had a dog with kennel cough. It was the same dog all three times, and the other dogs that I boarded at the same time at the same place didn't get it. Co-inkydink??!! I think not. My
  9. The study wasn't really about short term memory and long term memory per se, but about a specific type of long term memory called episodic memory. I know nuthin' about memory science, but according to wikipedia, which we all know is an infallible source of information, episodic memory "is the memory of autobiographical events (times, places, associated emotions, and other contextual who, what, when, where, why knowledge) that can be explicitly stated....others named the important aspects of recollection which includes visual imagery, narrative structure, retrieval of semantic information and
  10. I agree with Julie about using electro-netting to make a small pen for the purpose of introducing your dogs to sheep. That could go very badly in a couple ways. But, if you already have a small free standing pen or can easily construct one out of real fencing panels, it might be worth a try. However, I have had two dogs that showed absolutely no interest in stock that were contained within a small pen similar to what was shown in the video, and both turned out to be extremely useful helping manage a flock of about 70 sheep. To be fair, both these dogs had already seen stock up close, an
  11. I have no advice for you, only sympathy. Many years ago my senior heart dog went from what I thought was amazingly fit for his age to barely able to walk in a matter of a couple days. We went through a few days of testing, and when I took him home from the vet's office after the last round of testing he was so weak he had to be carried to the car. Unlike others, I try not to wait until my dogs ask me to let them go; I prefer not to let them get to the point where they want to die, but that's just me. So, anyway, by the time I got half way home from the vet's office I was beating myself
  12. I'll throw systemic lupus into the mix of possibilities to consider. It's one of those autoimmune conditions with different symptoms in different individuals, all of which overlap with other conditions, so it is hard to diagnose definitively. But, it would be something to think about if your dog isn't improving after a couple courses of different antibiotics. I know you've already spent a lot on blood tests, but the ANA (anti nuclear antibody) test is used as one indication of lupus. I had a dog who was diagnosed with it when he was about 4 years old. He had always been a poor eater wit
  13. I absolutely agree with what everyone else has been saying about your pet-sitters being absolutely wrong to not respect your directions on what to feed your dogs, and on not allowing them to run loose, especially near a road. You sound like you have a very sensible attitude toward your dogs. But, I'm trying to figure out just what the above quote means. When you say you are "away" do you mean away overnight? I assume a few days is more than two days each week. So are these three (or more) days that you are away each week consecutive? Is this a long term situation or will your periods
  14. First of all, I think the graph is misleading. The x-axis is simply labeled "Percent", and shows 25 % of border collies as injured and about 16 % as uninjured. Since this doesn't add up to 100 %, it can't mean that 25 % of the border collies whose owners answered the survey were injured, and 16 % not, because that would leave nearly 60 % of the border collies in some other category besides injured or not injured. I think the graph means that of the total number of reported injured agility dogs 25 % of those were border collies. (If you add all the % of injured dogs for each breed together,
  15. I am ridiculously sentimental about my dogs while they are alive. But I've fairly unceremoniously buried the ones I could in the meadow behind my house, and for the ones that died when the ground was frozen solid, I opted for communal cremation and did not keep any ashes. I sort of like thinking that some of the molecules that were once part of my dogs are now part of the grass and flowers behind my house, but I can't say that I have any regrets about not keeping cremains from the dogs I couldn't bury. As the saying goes, the one best place to bury a dog is in your heart.
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