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  1. GentleLake, I am very sorry to hear about your father. My dad passed from complications of biliary duct cancer over ten years ago, and it still hurts, although it is slowly getting less. My deepest condolences.
  2. Welcome to the Boards, and to your new addiction! I see you are from South Australia. I am not sure, but we may be the only South Aussies on here! Whereabouts are you in SA? I live in Mount Gambier, so am in the south east corner of the state.
  3. Your girl is gorgeous, and looks like a very happy pup!
  4. You have somewhat innocently provided an outlet for one of the more complicated topics on this forum - the conflict between working border collies and their owners, and the Kennel Club/Fashion Show breeders, aka those who breed BCs for working ability and those who breed for looks. This forum is solidly on the side of the working ability of this wonderful breed. We ended up stealing your thread. Sorry! So the TL;DR version is that merle is a coat pattern that dilutes sections of a dog's coat giving a mottled effect, but which can apply to any of the coat colours (black, tricolour, red/chocolate, ee red, etc). It can be "cryptic" or in very small patches. Some coat colours can make it very difficult to see the merle pattern, usually because the coat colour is very pale. So great care should be taken in breeding a merle dog to be ensure the other dog is not a cryptic merle, and dilute colours like lilac and blue, and pale colours like ee red and sable, should probably be avoided. And of course, never breed two merles! PS if you have not already done so, we love photos of your dogs here!
  5. Just some suggestions to try for really high value treats - have you tried something like liverwurst, or blood pudding? Smelly and messy but that may be attractive to her. Otherwise roasted chicken, crispy bacon, pieces of tuna or sardines (ideally baked into treats so less messy - there are several recipes on here and on the internet). My dogs go nuts for cinnamon donuts and homemade Anzac biscuits (Chewy oatmeal and coconut biscuits - an Australian and New Zealand tradition). Obviously sugary things are very much in moderation, and require tooth brushing! Maybe try several things until you find whatever is the highest value treat for your dog; they will all have their own tastes. And maybe she will not be terribly food motivated, but at least you can say you tried lots of things.
  6. Erect ears were definitely a fault, and I think blue eyes were too, although blue eyes are allowed in merles now. Technically floppy ears still are, and heterochromia is too. But that is the problem with a breed standard - when you have to decide what "looks right" you also have to decide what looks wrong, which is everything else...
  7. In Australia we have Bravecto and Nexgard. Bravecto is for three months, Nexgard is for one month. We also have issues with ticks, not for Lyme disease but we have paralysis ticks which can and do kill dogs within a day or two. My choice is to use Nexgard, which is a lower dose, when necessary. My boys cope with it well - it is actually the only medication they eat and come back looking for another, as if it was a treat. One of my dogs has a sensitive gut after suffering green potato poisoning as a puppy, and he may get some diarrhoea a day later, but it is minor and short in duration, and then is fine. I have never had any of mine suffer any neurologic symptoms. Obviously some dogs are sensitive to the drug, but that is the case with any medication - same as for humans. My mother will throw up for 48 hours straight after being under general anaesthetic. Most people have no such reaction. There will always be someone who is more sensitive or who will suffer a different side effect, but if it was common, it would have been obvious before now. Chances are your dog will be okay, but it is up to you as to whether you want to take that chance.
  8. Not since July last year. They finally updated the breed standard to allow "a variety of colours but white should never predominate". Up until then, you could have blue merle, but not red merle in a pedigree dog, so red merles were registered as chocolate and white, for example. Although I have never owned a pedigree dog, I think they also changed the standard to include short coat and erect ears at the same time.
  9. I think the term Aussie red came about because in Australia ee red dogs are just called red dogs by the ANKC crowd, while what you in America call red dogs, we call chocolate. But the ee red are also called wheaten by BYB and the uninformed, although I have also seen them called champagne, caramel or honey, essentially as descriptors for their colours, rather than as official coat colours. I recently got told off in a Facebook group in Australia for calling one of my dogs a red merle and not a chocolate merle...
  10. My understanding is that merle can be very difficult to spot in ee red dogs (aka wheaten or Aussie red dogs) and therefore it is considered dangerous to breed ee red dogs and merles, because of the risk that the ee red may be a cryptic merle, as Michael Parkey described.
  11. I am afraid I do not have answers for your questions about when her eyes will finish changing colour. Once the colour change happens, it will almost certainly stay that way. It is a subtle but distinguishable change in your puppy's eye, and she is very cute! But heterochromia to the best of my knowledge does not indicate a health problem. Heterochromia is a genetic trait, and it is common in merles, but not genetically linked only to merles. I have two dogs with heterochromia, but neither are merles. My merle has normal colour eyes. This response is really an excuse to post pictures. My boy Oscar, complete heterochromia My boy Shadow, complete AND partial heterochromia These two boys are related (uncle and nephew, in human terms) so heterochromia is obviously in that bloodline, but merle is not as far as I know. Hope this helps you. Best of luck with your gorgeous puppy!
  12. I have four BC boys. One is quite wary of other dogs, and by and large will bark at them to try and keep them away unless he knows them quite well, but it is a "bark, bark, see I am big and scary, please stay away from me, pretty please" type of frightened bark. He has learned to tolerate other dogs being near to him if we are with him while he is on lead, but he is uncomfortable, and we do not push him to greet or play with other dogs. Another dog can be quite reactive to certain dogs, i.e. big black dogs (even labs!), boxers and a range of other dogs, especially when he is on lead. Other dogs he will go up and greet, but then we need to take him away or things will escalate. Off lead, he reacts better and is more inclined to play, but his idea of play is to chase, which is not every dog's idea of fun, and so we need to be watchful then too. Overall, he is best with other working dog breeds. One dog (our entire male) is entirely too fascinated with sniffing the private parts of other dogs. He will sniff them far past what is polite, and to the point of angering the other dogs, so we tend not to have him off lead with other dogs. Also, his recall is not the best, so we only let him off lead in enclosed areas. Our last dog, the youngest, is by far the most even tempered and outgoing of our dogs. I have not yet met a human or dog he does not get on with. He has played with a giant breed dog who was climbing all over him, and he was perfectly calm and happy. He is interested in all dogs, does not react when barked or snapped at, and would, I think, be a wonderful therapy dog for nursing home visits etc, if I had the time for it. I do not believe in overly correcting warning behaviour such as growls, so long as they are warnings, not aggression. I do not want to teach my dog not to react until it bites. Familiarising my dogs with others? Yes, this is good. Teaching not to warn, not good. You can desensitise without correcting the warning behaviour. I do not think BCs are more prone to display this behaviour than other breeds necessarily. There are some breeds which are less likely to display it, but most breeds are equally likely to display it, and some, particularly those bred for guarding (either livestock or property), which may well display it more. So what do I do with my dogs? I take them to dog club (obedience training) where they may or may not meet other dogs and have either a brief "meet and greet" or a more extended play on lead before class, before working through training alongside other dogs. But mostly, they have us and each other, and we go to a local sports park, where they get to run around a baseball diamond, chase each other, and, if other dogs approach, they meet through a chain link fence, which minimises risk of injury. Or we take them to a local beach, where they run around off lead because there is no one else around. I am a very big believer in avoiding and managing risk rather unless you can be absolutely sure of what will happen.
  13. Oh, and although I live in another part of Australia entirely, we have these spiders too. Here is a photo of one we came across on a fence during an early morning walk, although it is a smaller version. I have come across much larger versions in my bedroom in the past. I do not have photos of those. I did not stop to take photos of those; I was too busy screaming and running away. I did not take this photo. I would not get that close.
  14. You know about our snakes, our crocodiles, our sharks, our drop bears. Have you REALLY heard about our spiders? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/18/epic-photo-huntsman-spider-eats-pygmy-possum-in-tasmania?CMP=soc_567
  15. I am by no means an expert on Kelpies, and there is considerable quiet rivalry here in Australia as to which is the better herding dog, BCs or kelpies. Yards are are just that, yards where stock are gathered in, either for shearing, drenching, or in preparation for transport etc. Paddocks are what we call fields or ranges. So a yard dog is good at close in enclosed work, a paddock dog is good at the open field work. And, of course, we also have droving, which is rare nowadays, but still happens, although it is more common with cattle. Many outback roads, especially in New South Wales and Queensland, have VERY wide verges, which are called the long paddock, and are open pasture for flocks of livestock to be moved around when drought hits and water and feed fail. It used to be to move large flocks of livestock to railheads for shipping, but now is used more to access better feed when a property is exhausted. In Australia, Kelpies tend to be either used in the yards as a yard dog, or in the paddocks as a field dog. A dog which is good in both yard and field is VERY highly prized, and I often see advertisements for pups boasting how one parent is a strong yard dog and the other good in the paddock. Kelpies are renowned for 'backing', or jumping up on top of sheep when they are in a yard or race and running along the top of a flock to drop down into them to get them moving in a confined space. At least, that is what I understand they do. Livestock truck drivers often have Kelpies who do nothing other than work loading and unloading sheep at stockyards and abattoirs, and travel with the truckies between. The Muster is fantastic, and is credited with saving Casterton, as the town was starting to fade away, as many country towns do. It is now starting to thrive, has a Kelpie Centre and tourism is way up. Sorry for hijacking your post aprilandjax!
  16. I live about 70 kilometres from the birthplace of the Australian Kelpie - Casterton in Victoria, and just last weekend was the Casterton Kelpie Muster. They have all sorts of activities and competitions, a hill climb for dogs, high jump, as well as a herding displays etc, culminating in an auction for Kelpie dogs. This year the top price was $15,000, but the record was set last year at $27,000 (this is in Australian dollars, so about half that in pounds, and one AUD is about 70 cents US). Here are some photos of the recent Muster https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/6208628/crowd-drawn-to-casterton-kelpie-muster/?cs=4793#slide=1 As for the prey drive, I suspect the safest thing is to retrain from the start, even if it is not completely necessary.
  17. Jax is soooo cute! I am Australian, so BC x Kelpie is a mix I see fairly often, and yours is an especially cute version. To be honest, he looks a lot like what we call a Coolie/Koolie, another working breed from Australia. A friend of mine has two Coolies and a Kelpie. The Kelpie is lying down I am not an expert with crate training, but I think you started the crate training well, but then jumped a few steps. Familiarity with the crate is good, but you need to also gradually increase the amount of time in the crate until he is comfortable being in there for decent periods of time, not just with going in and being in there. He needs to learn that the crate is for quiet time. Letting him have short times in the crate has possibly taught him that the crate is only a short term thing, not for longer periods of time. You may need to continue with further crate training of increasing periods of time in the crate. Have you tried covering his crate at night? This might be a way to signal that this is bedtime now, or at least that it is time to settle down for a sleep. It will also make the crate more den-like. As you have said, if you can fix the crate training, the over-excitement can be fixed by time outs (very matter of fact - "time for a nap") in the crate until he has calmed down. I do not think you need to worry about limiting exercise if he is able to run around and rest at his own will. It is more about long runs and walks on lead that are a concern, or repetitive stuff like fetch, jumping, etc that are a big concern. The prey drive is more of a concern to me. On the one hand, his recall so far appears to be excellent, but he is heading into adolescence, where dog's test boundaries and will forget what you think they have learned 100%. Hormones will surge and instincts can gain the upper hand. If you see signs of reluctance, put him on a long lead, before he refuses to come back, would be my suggestion. As for barking, I have no suggestions to make. Maybe someone else here can help there.
  18. Joni is beautiful - I love the long BC look! I second what Rigby says above. Try to capture behaviour you want with a reward, rather than forcing or luring it, and then it is her decision. This will make her far more confident in the long run. And of course positive associations are going to be the best possible way for her to learn. Breaking things down into tiny steps, rewarding even looks, may seem like the slow way but will yield lasting results. I think Kikopup has some excellent Youtube videos about this sort of training. Someone posted one about overcoming fear of a slippery kitchen floor in a thread a while back, last year I think. I you do a search for Kikopup I am sure you will find it.
  19. Wow, he is really growing up and hitting the leggy adolescent stage! He may or may not be full BC, but I am sure it is in there. He is still cute, and I am sure you love him to pieces. I can't help with the fetch issue, but I believe some others on this forum have had this issue. Can you try a search through the general forum? I seem to remember a thread about that exact question with lots of advice.
  20. That is pretty amazing! Gotta love the tricolours!
  21. The article I read suggested that stressed people who actually sought comfort by hugging their dogs etc resulted in dogs that had lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and this was theorised to be because hugging made both human and dog feel good. I really like that idea. I have a mug that reads "Wake up. Hug dog. Have a good day". For both of you!
  22. I have four boys, three of whom are neutered. The entire male is the most laid back dog out of all of them. I will always be happy to have neutered males together. I have found them to be cuddly and affectionate. I may consider getting a bitch at some point, but I am not fussed if I only ever have males. I do think that it really depends on the individual dogs, so a slightly older dog from a rescue is a great idea. If your heart is set on a puppy, go with the one whose personality matches what you want from a dog. He or she will have a puppy license for the first few months while your dog gets used to him or her, and then things should go okay. They may or may not be best friends, but hopefully will get along.
  23. Your cute puppy has grown into a very distinguished dog! It is interesting how you can look back and see the dog he has become in the puppy face though. And yes, they grow up WAAAAAYYY too fast!
  24. I have not yet seen this movie, but am looking forward to it. This makes me look forward to it more. Thanks for sharing!
  25. Boxer is a possibility, but I am not convinced. Maybe some sort of a hound? I do not know what breeds are common around your parts, so anything would be the wildest guess on my part! Whatever, she is 100% cute!
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