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  1. Looking into the symptoms of IGS, it seems unlikely. He is neither runty nor does he have poor energy levels, in general (other than the two acute instances of lethargy). Moreover, websites stated the the dog would "display a number of abnormalities on physical exams including low red blood cell counts and abnormally slow heart rate." All of his exams and blood work have been normal. Is there any reason I should be concerned about IGS if he is not showing these typical signs?
  2. I am going to order the IGS test kit. I'm also trying to find the paperwork from the breeder, because she said she has tested for some things. His itching was definitely beyond the norm and was very much bothering him. It has reduced significantly on the elimination diet - now he gets itchy what I would say is a normal amount. The 3 doses of Revolution were to treat for possible mange, which our vet has seen spread by fox in our area. They wanted to rule out other possibilities before moving to an elimination diet. The itchiness continued for 6 months with no apparent cause before t
  3. Thank you for the advice about the B12 test! I had not heard about that, but I will ask our vet about having him tested. Diane, the vet put him on Cerenia and Famotidine for this week.
  4. Hi everyone! I am not sure what advice to even ask for here, but I am feeling overwhelmed and thought maybe people would have some suggestions. Our 8-month-old is currently on a 12-week elimination diet due to suspected food allergies. He has been itchy since we got him at 8 weeks, and his food also seemed to upset his stomach. We added pumpkin to his food, which helped, and also mixed multiple types of food to try to mitigate the issue. The original itchiness was in his ears. Vet took skin scrapings and didn't find anything, and gave him 3 treatments of Revolution in case it was man
  5. Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for trainers who are knowledgable about border collies and who would work with me over Zoom? My family met with a trainer local to us over Zoom, but she concerned me with some of the things she recommended (basically, exercise the puppy until he's too exhausted to get into trouble). Normally, I would develop a list of things I want to work on, do my research and develop a training plan. But life is a bit overwhelming here at the minute, so I could use someone else's help with this. Thanks!
  6. Yes, I forgot to add antlers to the list (our nylabone alternative)! Those have been incredibly helpful with teething, too, over the last 2 months! Also, I remembered this morning - vacuuming! He loves to play with the vacuum and after a short vacuuming session, I get at least a semi-vacuumed floor, at least a semi-tired puppy, and a workout for me (thanks to Monte) all in one! (Just adding that here in case it's helpful for anyone else.) Also, I am curious for those of you who have more than one dog - do they keep each other occupied? Or do they get into double the trouble? (
  7. Hi everyone! Our puppy, Monte, is 6 months old now. He is our third BC and he is the smartest, and most challenging, yet! He has developed into a routine where he often naps in the afternoons, but in the mornings he is awake and wants attention while we need to work. As is typical, if we don't keep him busy, he finds his own trouble. We often tug and throw toys for him, and take brief breaks for either a quick training session or a quick play session in the yard, but sometimes we need him to occupy himself. Some strategies we have used: * Feed him his breakfast in a Kong
  8. Thank you for the replies, everyone! I appreciate the suggestions and am glad to hear that we're on the right track! Obligatory puppy photos!
  9. Hi everyone! Our family's newest member is a 4-1/2 month old border collie named Monty. He is our third BC, second puppy. I am hoping for some tips about teaching him to settle at bedtime in his crate. If we put him in his crate at bedtime and close the door, he will not settle in the crate. He will just get himself worked up. On the other hand, if we let him settle outside of the crate, once he's settled we can move him to his crate and he'll go right inside, lay down and sleep through the night without a peep. This has been working fine for the last few weeks because I've had
  10. Has anyone tried having a designated spot where digging is allowed, essentially a doggie sand box? I was wondering if that is a good or bad idea.
  11. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules about how long it will take a puppy to adjust. It will certainly vary based upon exactly what issues the puppy has, the level of skill and experience of the handler, the techniques that are being used, as well as other factors in the environment. For example, it's possible that on your outings he is getting quickly pushed beyond his threshold, which is causing him to shut down and not allowing him to make progress. Or, sometimes it's hard to recognize small but incremental progress - either because we've forgotten what the behavior truly was li
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