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  1. The only advice I can give is to get him into the vet as soon as they open. In the meantime, keep a close eye on him so you can accurately describe his symptoms to the vet when you can get in. Maybe write them down, so you don't forget anything in the stress of the appointment.
  2. In the time it took me to register and confirm my vote, the count went from 3999 to 4132. Fingers crossed this goes well!
  3. So sorry for your loss Geonni. They are never with us for long enough.
  4. Also, out of the four dogs that we have castrated in our time, George was the only one who suffered any side effects of the procedure, but that was moderate to severe pyoderm, or razor burn. We were prescribed a steroid cream to apply twice a day, and some tablets for the itch/irritation. Normally they would prescribe oral steroids, but he was on a NSAID pain relief, and he could not have that and oral steroids. This was completely unexpected, and meant the cone stayed on until all the stitches came out and the rash had healed enough. I guess he is just a sensitive soul!
  5. To be honest, there was no suggested regime of checking up beyond whenever he had to come in yearly for vaccinations, and if he came in for any other reason they would just check as part of the examination. George has been having issues with his anal glands not expressing properly, so we have probably had him in maybe three times in the last 18 months, and his prostate was pretty much unchanged from "slightly enlarged" until the last time, but as he was getting older, the risks increase, as do the risks of anaesthesia, so we decided the time was right. I think they have probably been gently encouraging us to consider castration since 2018. But they also recommended keeping an eye on him when he pees, to see if he strained or has intermittent flow, which might be symptoms of a worsening prostate.
  6. I have just castrated my 9 year old dog George. The vets have been checking his prostate gland every checkup for several years, and suggesting that we may want to castrate him as his prostate was slightly enlarged, but as it was only a slight enlargement, and not painful we had not done anything. But recently George had infected anal glands, which had to be treated under anaesthetic due to the pain, and when they checked his prostate gland it was big enough that they more strongly recommended castration. Since we want him around for a lot longer, we agreed. His stitches came out a couple of days ago. Our other three dogs are all castrated, two of them while in our house, and I have never felt that they have significantly changed in behaviour. Our youngest dog was a rescue and was castrated well after his second birthday. He is pretty much the same in disposition and behaviour. It is possible that he has calmed down a little since being castrated, but he is still bouncy and full of energy. We do keep a fairly close eye on our dogs weight, and adjust food amounts accordingly.
  7. Four current BC boys, varying degrees of velcro-ness. The oldest is more velcro to my SO than to me, but they have such a bond it is amazing. I.E., if my SO is at his desk, the dog will be under the desk, but much of the time he just will go off and lie wherever he wants. Our house is not so large he does not know where we are. Second oldest is not a close velcro, but he will always know where you are, and is always watching. You move, he moves, but he may be watching from the doorway, or from the doorway down the passage. Exception is when we are exercising the dogs, and I have a treat bag. Then he spends a huge amount of time heeling nicely and doing puppy dog eyes for treats. On the other hand, he is the dog who is equally focussed on what the other dogs are doing. Third dog is a cuddle bug. You sit down, he wants to cuddle and get love, but if you get up and he is comfortable, he will wait for you to come back. He does love to hold your hand. Youngest dog is a velcro dog. I cannot go to the bathroom without him wanting to join me. If I move in the night, he jumps up and wants attention. He pesters for attention when I get home, sit at the table or desk etc. If I get up and move, he is with me.
  8. She is a very talented lady called Janet Bird, and she is the wife of someone I know through agility. She does a lot of portraits of dogs for her friends and contacts. I was only charged AU$150 (about 110USD or 80 pounds) for each portrait, which I think was super cheap for a handmade, personalised portrait. The framing actually cost more! I adore them, and they are hung either side of our bed head.
  9. My George is 9 years old now, and he is much the same. He has always been one to sleep most of the day, but take him out and he is puppy-like as ever, and still seems to have the same energy levels, although he is starting to go a little silver around the face. I doubt I need to repeat the vet test vote, but I join with all the others.
  10. It has now been two years since Oscar passed away, and it still catches me at times. I still sometimes have dreams that Oscar is bouncing up to the front door, with his goofy grin on his face. I commissioned a local artist to do some portraits of Oscar and his brother George, which she did in pastels. I think they turned out amazingly well, and I feel she really captured Oscar's spirit, considering she had never met him.
  11. Hi everyone! I thought there may be a few people interested in a competition that is held in Australia (and this year including New Zealand for the first time). Working dogs are nominated, and then the selected competitors wear a GPS tracker for the period from 16 August to 5 September and leader board points are awarded for a combination of distance, working duration and speed. There are New Zealand Heading Dogs, Kelpies and Border Collies in the running this year, and currently the number three dog as I write is an ee red (aka Aussie Red, Gold or Wheaten) Border Collie from Queensland. The competition is held each year, and is called the Cobber Challenge (with Cobber being a dog food brand). You can find the competition, for anyone interested, at www.cobberchallenge.com.au
  12. That is my boy Buddy. He was a rescue at just under two years old; his previous owners had been about to put him down because they could not control him before the rescue got him. I got the impression he had been shut up in a yard all day every day. He is an attention seeker, and still has remnants of his habit of jumping and air snapping (enough that one of his nicknames is Budzilla) and he barks at cars, but he is just an energetic BC who needed a pack to play and wrestle with and a family to make him part of their everyday lives. And he does happy expectant puppy dog eyes like no one's business.
  13. I am in an office with another practitioner, so no doggies at work, unfortunately. However, I have had to work from home a little, and found that no dogs at work may be a good thing when you have a dog doing this.
  14. I have managed to get fully vaccinated with Pfizer in Australia, which has a chronic shortage of vaccines due to our government betting on A-Z and then having to limit its use to over 60s due to rare blood clots, but we are apparently due to have Moderna approved any day now, and have a supply coming, which is really happily anticipated. There is a big problem here with vaccine supply in a country which traditionally has 95%+ vaccination rates as a nation. Lots of emphasis in the news about vaccine hesitancy, but we would be more vaccinated if there was a supply... I have heard a lot about hesitancy in the USA; I am hoping things resolve for you.
  15. Hello fellow lawyer Border Collie owner! Finn is maturing into an amazing looking dog.
  16. My Oscar tended to get distracted by other dogs around and in the ring. My response was to ask him to do tricks to get his focus on me, rewarding with high value treats. This would be things like spin, sit, drop, paw, sit pretty, roll, etc. Things he knew very well, and I would often ask him to chain several together for a reward. This had an effect of moving his focus onto his own behaviour and me. I have also seen other people who have little squares of snuffle mats that they use to distract and calm their dogs around the ring. .
  17. So sorry for your loss, but so happy you had so many wonderful years with her.
  18. I am absolutely unable to judge a working dog's skill, but figured he must be good if the video was enough to get that sort of a price. One thing that struck me is that in videos I have seen from the UK, a flock of sheep that size would have at least two or more dogs working it, and he was working it alone, and the guy on horseback did not seem to be doing anything much to help him move them.
  19. https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-06-14/hoover-the-kelpie-working-dog-sael-record/100213124 Not far from where I live is the town considered the birthplace of the Australian Kelpie, and each year they have the Casterton Kelpie Festival, which includes a kelpie working dog auction. It would have taken place this weekend, but due to COVID and lockdowns in Victoria, they had to cancel the festival, and move the auction online, with videos of the trained dogs working rather than being able to watch them live. Still, they reached a new record for the top dog at the auction, a 2 year, 4 month old trained kelpie called Hoover who sold for AU$35,200 (USD$27, 147, GBP19,233). He can work sheep and cattle, and in paddocks or yards. There is a longish video of him working sheep in a paddock in the above news article, and a couple more videos on YouTube of him in yards and working cattle. The previous record was AU$25,000 or so. I know it is not a BC but it is a working dog, so I thought people might be interested.
  20. I have never actually used a Kong, as I have multiple dogs who generally have no problems settling, and either play with each other or chew on antlers, so I cannot give good advice on how full, but my guess would be completely full. The Kong may even end up being one meal for your Sadie. In my experience, so long as the dog's mind is engaged, that becomes their "job", no matter what it is. You don't have to tell them, just do something that engages them and makes them think. Ideally it is something you both enjoy. Formal training in whatever you choose may be once or twice a week, but there will be lots of little exercises you can do, even inside, on a daily basis. You can even have multiple jobs, like learning loose lead walking outside, and learning nosework inside. My understanding of clicker training is that you have to "charge" the clicker before you start to use it for training. So in a quiet location without distractions, you ask for a simple action that your dog already knows, and then click and immediately treat with the highest value treat around. Click/treat, click/treat, click/treat until your dog immediately associates the clicker sound with a GOOD THING/REWARD. Only then are you ready to start adding in distractions. With the stop, you must be completely consistent. If you allow any sort of pulling/going to the end of the leash, you undo all the progress you have made. You may or may not be able to use these methods now, as Sadie knows if she waits long enough, you will give up. You may need to try the turn and go in the other direction whenever she pulls method, if you have not used that yet. You may end up travelling over the same four metres of pavement over and over and over. She is smart, she will work out what causes the change in direction and what she has to do to get where she wants to go. But be aware of an "extinction burst" - it is mentioned multiple times on these boards. Search and you will see it described. Things may get worse before they improve, especially with a teenage dog.
  21. Firstly, Sadie is absolutely cute! For chewing, you can either get a kong and freeze treats/kibble inside with something to stick them together like natural yoghurt or peanut butter. That will keep her occupied while she tries to lick the goodies out. Alternatively you could look at getting a deer antler for her to chew on, or a goat horn. Antler is harder, does not smell and will last longer, but has some risk of tooth damage (as does bones). I recommend getting pieces of whole antler, not split antler. Goat horn is softer and a bit smelly but probably less risk of tooth damage. A quick Google translate says a bully stick is called ein Tyrannenstock in German. Essentially it is dried bull penis, often braided, used as a chew. A job can be as simple as Sadie being your shadow. What is meant by giving a BC a job, in my mind, is that they need some mental activity. If you do not work their mind, they can become bored and destructive. Sometimes just being with you and anticipating what you are doing is enough stimulation. Other dogs need more active work, like nosework (smelling things out) or trick training, or agility, or sheep herding. Some will pick their own job, like guarding the house from everything going past, including planes and birds. This last one is not a good thing. Every dog is different in what level of job they need. As for the cuddle bug thing, one of my boys will seek attention from every guest, but does not come up and cuddle with me very often. It may just be that Sadie feels secure in her connection with you, and does not need a physical touch to be reassured, while she does seek assurance of physical attention from strangers that the two of them are on good terms. If Sadie follows you around, and keeps her attention on you when you move, you have a bond even without cuddling. And that may come back when she gets out of her teenager phase, which it sounds like she may be in. I am afraid I have no real advice about the calming down when out and about. I have not really had a lot of luck with my boys with that; the great outdoors is just too exciting. I was told that rubbing circles on cheeks and rubbing down on the chest was calming, but it never made a huge difference for my boys. As for loose lead walking, the advice from Rosalee above is good.
  22. Braden, my boy Oscar was somewhat similar. He was reasonably leash reactive to other dogs, especially larger, black dogs, or dogs he thought were giving him too much eye contact. When I started training him in obedience school, I was working him 30 feet away from the other dogs to try and keep him from lunging and barking. This gradually improved. I am in Australia, where agility is outdoors, and I train in the country, where I was able to train in very small groups of one or two dogs, who Oscar all knew and got along with. Also Oscar was in the tallest height group, (600mm jumps) where there was never more than five dogs in the group, and we were often either the very first or the very last dog to run in our grade. I managed by keeping him in his crate until it was time to warm him up, warming him up away from other dogs, taking him to the ring just before his run, keeping his focus on me with tricks before the run, keeping a distance from other dogs, and taking him straight back to the crate after his run (and after his treats). But once we reached the entry to the ring, I never had any problems, because Oscar absolutely LOVED to be in the ring. Nothing was going to distract him from his run because it was the BEST THING EVER. I also second what gcv-border says above. While at agility trials, you will see dogs interacting, these are generally dogs that are not competing, perhaps puppies that are there to socialise, or retired dogs. Dogs that are there to compete will be on leash outside the ring, and will be expected to be focussed on their owners, and their owners will be trying to maintain that. That may be relaxed a little in the owners' personal areas, but around the ring, everyone should be exercising control and focus. This is not playtime. Generally agility seminars/lessons I have attended have expected dogs to be inside crates when not being worked individually, or on lead if waiting to go next. Agility dogs often tend to be high drive, and space is appreciated by everyone.
  23. I have also found that BCs are very sensitive to the person on the end of the leash, even when that person is one and the same. If I had my boys at dog club, and I was tense, or expecting things to go bad, then they did. If I went out there head up, shoulders back, confident that it was all going to go well, it did. Or at least, it did more often then not, and the dogs responded a lot better. Confidence is transmitted through the leash, and in tone of voice and posture and other body language, which BCs are very sensitive to. Training the person is perhaps important here? It is hard to tell without seeing the situation, and we may be being harsh on your partner. But as always in puppy/dog training, consistency is key.
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