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  1. Glad to here we're not the only ones with this problem ...We've been trying to stop Rikki from chasing both cars and birds from the time we first got her. Since the streets are not so busy here (suburb) we were semi-successful with getting her to stop chasing cars. It's not perfect, and if she gets away she might still start to chase but has, on multiple occasions, actually stopped mid-chase and returned. (Most of these incidences happened when we let her off-leash on what we thought was an unused dirt road) However, after months of trying, I cannot get her to stop chasing birds. She won'
  2. Sadly, I just left Romania and am back home now. (Good to see my own healthy pup though Yes, the hair loss is localized- her neck is completely hairless and her back has a near-bald spot. She does itch (scratching her ears open for ex), but not continuously. The skin over her whole body is really thick and rough, I don't know if it's like that because of something or just genetics. I think the lack of fur on her neck is from being tethered all her life and pulling against chains (obviously replaced by a collar now). I don't know about her back...it never went away but it didn't get worse
  3. Another Update...in case anyone's curious what happened to the dog. It was the flies that were biting her ears, and it's gotten better after I found some fly-repelling ointment. My grandmother's not about to take the dog for walks, but she's agreed to keep putting the ointment on her ears and feeding her canned dog food.
  4. Update: For all the problems this dog has, it seems like her tail never stops wagging. Everytime I take her for a walk the tail just keeps going and going. So, I wasn`t able to find someone with ivermectin...and it doesnt help that eveybody here speaks Romanian or Hungarian (which I speak but cant read well) but I did bathe her with the other mange stuff a relative gave me. For all I know it could have ivermectin but just with a different name. I can`t see any visible change in her skin...Maybe the hair on her back is growing back some. Her ears arent getting much better, no matter wh
  5. Thanks for the suggestions. Whether the owners are willing or not, I'm living here for the next three weeks and I or my mother can pay for whatever she needs (if only we can find it here). Considering that the owner is my grandmother, she'll probably go along with it. I'll try to find ivermectin...maybe in a nearby town. A neighbor (also relative) says they may have something for mange, so I'll see if that works. For how long and how often should I treat the dog? I'm sure the mange stuff has instructions on it, but in case it doesn't some guidelines would be helpful. Whatever sh
  6. First of, this dog belongs to a relative who lives in rural Romania. We are visitng them from Texas, and had no idea the dog was like this, so do not blame me for this. Itś not a border collie, but the vet here doesn`t even deal with dogs (just livestock) so I`m hoping the forum can help give ideas for diagnosis/treatement. If it counts for anything, it IS a very smart dog. So, problems: Bleeding and raw ears with discharge. Can´t heal because the dog keeps scratching them. Discharge in eyes, looks light greenish or white Fur loss from back, no fur on neck Thick leathery skin on neck
  7. I'm surprised the vet said nothing about a vaccine when I asked about how to keep her safe from snakes. I had no idea it existed for dogs. Thanks!
  8. At first her problem was just constantly sitting down, and I'm so so very happy that this has gotten better. Now she alternates between pulling and sitting down...but at least we're able to keep moving. I have tried both harnesses, but I guess they produce no reaction in her. We had the trainer adjust the straps to make sure it wasn't too loose.
  9. So I'm being told simultaneously not to expect too much, to put off training and yet to immediately start training leave it and come and tell her to sit in the crate. That's two conflicting pieces of advice.
  10. Fun: Playing, wrestling, or burying things in the backyard for her to dig up, music at her bed-time(I swear she calms down in response to some classical and an Elton John song. I might be imagining it.) What she does right: She responds to learning by playing. I SO wish this were possible with the walking. I can tell her to "run" and she'll run expecting a chase or fetch game. She knows that a "whoosh" sound means lets play tug with this toy, not that shoe she's chewing. She responds to "drop it" knowing that it means I'll play fetch with the toy she dropped. It's great that this is worki
  11. There are a lot of very helpful people on here, but some you seem so quick to judge or blame. I am not PUNISHING or FRUSTRATED with HER. I'm frustrated with the fact that after reading and imitating all the things I THINK I'm supposed to do, it just doesn't work and I don't know where to go from there. Let's see if I can clarify some things. My reaction to submissive urination IS to ignore it and not be overly excited when I come home to greet her or un-crate her. That's all I meant by trying to stop it. That and doing little things I imagine will get her confidence up. I've neve
  12. @jdarling I don't feel there is a medical problem. I was told to go to the vet by the BC boards, and I disagreed with it but went. She was never as high-energy as I expected, and there is no longer anything (other than myself mistakenly expecting a hyper puppy sprinting around the house and trying to chew up everything) indicating a health problem. By "telling her off" I meant just an "Ah-ha." Once. At the moment she starts going to the bathroom and not after. Then she gets taken outside to finish going to the bathroom and gets a game of fetch when she does. That's it. I don't know w
  13. Just a little update on how it's been going with Rikki. Her vet visit was...not very useful to be honest. I described my concerns as clearly as I could, but the vet just looked at me and told me she was fine and there was no need for a fecal or other test. Then he told me a story about his black lab that was also surprisingly low energy all his life, which is not really what I wanted to hear. This is the most highly regarded vet clinic in the area, so I guess that's that. Somebody want to reassure me that lower energy BC's DO exist? Does it get any better as they grow up? She's ea
  14. Our Rikki wouldn't even put a paw into water at first, but bribing her with treats and toys worked to some extent. We finally got her to swim by crossing creeks while on walks and waiting for her to follow us. She freaked out a bit at first, but now she seems to have no problem with it. Yesterday she even got into water and swam on her own for the first time. Since we live in Texas and it can be over 100 for a whole month in the summer, she's not going to have much choice about getting into water Since we just got our puppy a little while ago, I'm still new to all this and not really qualif
  15. What you describe is EXACTLY what Rikki does on a leash. We've started driving to forests where there is plenty of space and we can take her off leash. Still, there are leash laws everywhere here, and we only get away with it because nobody can see us in the forest. She never flat-out stops and refuses to move on an off-leash walk. Maybe your dogs just have a hatred of the leash? We didn't receive a clicker in the mail. Honestly, I couldn't see that she was familiar with any commands yet. However, I got a surprise the first time I blew a whistle and she came right to me. While we st
  16. I asked for clarification, not rudeness or criticism. I’m on here asking this because my vet said she was healthy and did not offer other tests. The trainers also have a good idea of what she acts like at home and in class and have not mentioned illness. THIS is clarification. This actually helps me make the best decision: "Anniko, I've had puppies need additional de-worming, even when on a hw preventative. I know interceptor gets intestinal worms, but often at the puppy stage you just wind up needing more umph than that. Just a thought." "Timely vet work is more important PARTICULARL
  17. No, but we are still considering it. Now that Rikki is showing more energy with the changes made to her diet, I am doubtful she has a non-nutrition related health issue. I have looked up the tests recommended by people (blood work, fecal test)and what they can show and whether they are usually done for puppies that are not obviously ill. I'm still open to the idea if someone can clarify exactly what the benefits are. From my understanding, fecal test would show parasites (she is on heart work preventative) and Sonya (from Little Foxx Farms) would have already had her tested before sending her
  18. Although I haven't been replying to everybody, I am considering the suggestions. Thanks for the different perspectives on training and the stories about your dogs- those really give me an idea of what I can expect. We are still trying different things out to see if Rikki responds but I am letting up my expectations for her and I'm not going to bother with commands that aren't vital. Ok, at least I'm doing that right- Rikki looooves to play with us. Playing was actually the first thing we worked on getting her understand. However, I have to disagree with not needing manners. She can't
  19. I guess this is directed at me. I was not looking for a candy-colored dog. My fault was more that I was not willing to request a puppy from an unborn litter from some of the closer breeders to be held in my name because that would take a very long time. I have the most time at the end of the school year and during the summer, so I wanted to be sure I received the puppy when I could spend as long as needed interacting with it. Either way, I received a wonderful, lovable puppy that’s just not the hyperactive puppy I was expecting (maybe the new diet will change this).
  20. I’m not going to comment on anything to do with what color the dogs should/shouldn’t be. I was a little afraid of getting one that needed more stimulation that I could give it, so I thought a dog bred for speed/agility would be a good match. When I originally posted this, my main aim was to get her more enthusiastic about training/learning simple obedience commands. I did not believe she had a health problem because she has been to the vet and she is not lethargic (as I've said before in my posts). I simply believed that I wasn’t training her correctly. To make it clearer, these are th
  21. Ok, fair enough. I just saw "We’re sorry, this product is not allowed to be sold in New Mexico or South Dakota" on some of the products, so I thought that was a little strange. Apparently it's because they contain herbs not approved for animals in those states. There's not any clinical proof that it does harm either.
  22. Ok. In that case I may feed her Primal Raw supplemented with different raw foods (chicken, turkey, other meats, 10% beef liver, 10% meaty bones, etc.). I'm looking through reviews of different premade raw foods right now. I only glanced at Honest Kitchen but it's a bit disconcerting to read that one of the supplements had been mislabeled and banned from two states and that all the dog foods have bizarre names like "love." Or maybe I'm just being a bit overcritical now.
  23. I make sure to get all-natural organic meat.
  24. I did look at the resources people gave me, and read that raw diet should be started with chicken and then turkey necks or wings should be added in. I have been cutting out the bone from the chicken thighs as I know it is too much and plan to do the same thing with the turkey. Hopefully I won't have too much trouble de-boning it. I am counting the beef liver as her organ meat, but read that I should introduce it gradually so depending on how her stools look, I may or may not give 10% initially. I am going to be feeding a variety eventually but I will only introduce one new meat a week.
  25. I think switching over to kibble after she has been fed raw all her life would be a bit drastic. She has stopped being constipated for a while now and she has no physical manifestations of illness that the vet saw. I will be taking her to the vet again to get a blood sample and any other tests that the vet says may show that her nutrition is poor. Also, I did not say that she was lethargic. She does have energy, but not as much as she should. Some days (yesterday and this morning for example) she has much more energy than others. Maybe the liver helped? I am still researching h
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