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  1. A collie in my family has just been diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia. At only 1 year old, we started to notice she had a difficult time getting up, somewhat pushing her hind legs up. She never seemed in pain and is otherwise a very healthy, happy, active and social border collie. But with a rescue with severe HD in the family, we recognized this is not how a 1-year old dog should move. We quickly made a trip to the vet. Unfortunately, she has severe hip dysplasia in both hips. The femoral head is barely in the hip socket. Knowing she is showing sign this early, we know it's not good. Ou
  2. Posting this for my parents whom I temporarily live with. We are a family with 3 border collies and one aussie sherpherd (1 collie and the shepherd are mine). All are best buds. My parents got their new border collie puppy a week ago, after attempting to adopt one for three years. Rehoming in my country is popular, and thus it is actually hard to be picked! Anyhow, got a lovely healthy pup. We picked her out from a big litter, 7 farm dogs, the mom had 12 puppies. So, busy nest. The pup has overall been great and we just started with her and everything I am asking questions for is in no mea
  3. I started to notice that my 7 year old dog has a small (maybe 1 or 2mm) hole in one of his upper canines, its tiny, but it is there. I've been wanting to take him to the vet to get his teeth cleaned as he has got a bit of tartar on both upper teeth. He hates being brushes or have his tooth touched, which makes dealing with it a bit more complex. Of course we have contacted a vet (currently abroad in a country where we dont speak the language for a long period), and will have it checked out as soon as they can see us. Posting here to see if anyone else has had experience with th
  4. Btw we also never let her travel with a full stomach. Before we did that, she puked. She had to have an empty stomach.
  5. Thank you for the extra comments. She hasn't drooled since November 1st and is happy as she can be. Even when travelling in the van. Its a bit funny though because it has become her favourite spot and sometimes she doesnt want to come out haha. She has made incredible progress. She is 11 months old, cuddly and gentle. She can not sit still during the day and frolicks around outside (on average they spent about 10+ hours outside, just hanging out and of course going on hikes at times). Her recall is great and she just stays around (our Aussie x Maremma needs to stay on a
  6. We just got over our pups anxiety. It took us 5 months. What worked for us is: not driving for 3 weeks. My dad took her with their 3 collies multiple times in his truck. She drooled a couple times but not buckets as before. After those 3 weeks we travelled again. We got rid of the crate she was travelling in as as soon as she saw that thing, she got anxious. We started with letting her choose her spot in the vehicle, she chooses to lay on the ground and not on a seat (she hates sitting on a seat for travelling). When she moved to her own spot she would be anxious for an hour, the next tim
  7. Just another update. We are back on the road in our campervan since 3 weeks and while we took the crate we haven't used it and actually donated it to a shelter a couple days ago (no space for it). The first day we left again her anxiety was through the roof. She didnt want to get in the van. She drooled buckets. I felt awful for her and seriously wondered if I should leave her at my parents. Though an hour in, she stopped drooling an her whole body language changed. She had her perky ears up and just curled up at my feet and slept. Since then, he association with the camper has
  8. We travelles for 8+ the other day aa we had to go back home for a couple weeks. I decided to not put her in the crate but she was allowed to sit with our other dog. She didn't drool at all... back home, she has now been in two different vehicles and also did not drool. So odd! We are seeing the vet next week.
  9. Oh and another reason I think it ia anxiety; she stargs drooling before we go. As soon as she realizes we will be travelling, drool comes out. Even if she is outside and not in the car yet...
  10. I think you are right: consistency is key. Also, for me, putting on a different harnass was important. As I allowed her to pull on her Ruffwear harness, it was associated with it somehow. I am also not allowing anyone else to walk her right now as that way she doesnt get to chance to pull with someone else. Different harness now and she is absolutely not allowed to pull ever, meaning we stop often. I think I have talked more to the dog then to my boyfriend the past couple days haha and while spending a lot of time we haven't covered much distance. After doing this for only 3 da
  11. Ok thank you. I will call my vet on Monday and discuss with them. When she heels she gets praise or a treat and every now and then we stop for a full cuddle. So it is a loooot of interaction during our hikes right now. She isn't much food motivated but really loves praise and cuddles, it is a higher reward for her then food.
  12. Hi D'Elle, this is so true and I know this too and after writing about it here as well I realised this even more. And thus I have told my partner that, until she walks properly on the leash, I do all the walks. This will allow me to enforce consistent loose leash walking (the dogs are kinda 'mine', by choice. He loves them, walks them, but I initiated them and am responsible for training). So, for the past 3 days, I have done multiple long hikes with both dogs but have not allowed her to pull at all. Pull = stop, this meant one of our hikes was 4,5 hours haha. I must have done this for about 8
  13. I do that during our training sessions, but we have another dog and he must walk 2 hours a day to get tired. And thus she has to come. We mainly walk through grazing fields and I won't let her off leash there so onleash is the only option. I know this is a problem, because I am allowing her to pull. She has a Ruffwear harness with a front clip, but it doesn't make a difference. I looked in at least 5 different stores here for an Easy Walk harness (this is what we used with our other dog and worked well, he now is perfect on the leash, no matter what he wears). I did find a head halter, though
  14. Hi D'elle, we are going to be in one location for about 2 weeks at my parents house. This would be an opportunity for the desensitisation. Do you have any tips on this? Her behaviour has improved. She gets excited about sheep but no more barking and she snaps out of it quickly. The pulling has not improved at all, though I train everyday. She seems to just pull like a sleddog as soon as we go on a real walk. She now loves the camper. She will go in and out of it all day, is happy and really, really likes it. Until, we start the engine though even then she still wants to jump i
  15. Correct that I don't know how to exactly name it and don't really know what is what. Also, English isn't my first language. But yes it happens in the penis area nog where the testicles used to be (I think, never saw them, never had a male dog before) His private area never developed much as he was neutered so young. Most people think he is a girl as you can't see much down there behind his long hair. The swelling comes and goes in a matter of minutes. It hasnt happend for a while even though we got a new female unspayed pup ;). Sorry for the weird description. Just thought
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