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  1. Too soon imo would be ever. ..that said your best option would be to wait until they're both at least 24 months. Once you remove something you cannot put it back. Also, there are far better options for surgery these days as well. Ovarian spay for your female and maybe leave your male intact? Lots to think about..and with that surgery you shouldn't even need a cone of shame.
  2. Wonderful news! You neutered him that wasn't mentioned before yes, this will change matters immensely in some cases! Either way, congrats to you for the perseverance and accomplishments!
  3. Agree with D'Elle wrt to the vet, however, unless Spike pays all the bills I completely disagree with him being able to call the shots, muzzle or no muzzle. Unless there is an *extreme* cause for this, I'd have some consequences for that type of behavior.
  4. Late to the party..I don't understand though, you mean to say that you cannot touch, look at or fiddle with anything attached to your dog? Do you have a tick remover tool? Looks like a flattened fish hook, works wonders for me! tick puller then there's really no worry as to whether you got the entire bug off.
  5. You may want to check out the Blue Ridge products, if you can get them. I use a variety of them except the chicken (it's gross!). You can also get some bones if you join a local raw fed coop. Check your area to see if you have one! I feed according to the dog, no one dog will eat the same as another. It's trial and error as to quantity. I may feed beef for 2 days then switch to fish, i mix in some tripe, some eggs, some squash..it just depends on the season and what is available. Fruits are my treat go to! As for the diarrhea..have you tried slippery elm/marshmallow root/honey - a tablespoon of each mixed with 1 cup of boiling water. This coats and helps the GI and helps with the diarrhea as well. Another recommendation would be the Visbiome Probiotic, pricey but worth it to get his gut healthy and happy again.
  6. Yep, running or exhausting a pup via fetch is a sure fire way to damage growth plates. Exercise the mind.
  7. There's a list on this site as well - http://www.bordercollie.org/culture/literature/books/
  8. And if you still are having issues..look at getting a pup from Joyce H, 5H Farms, Alzada MT. Working dogs, reputable breeder, stands behind her dogs!
  9. That's unfortunate..have you reached out to Elvin Kopp? My Canadian geography is lacking..but I think he may be on the west coast. Also, Alta Pete stockdogs, Jenny & Scott Glenn may be a good resource. I know Jaline Knoll is expecting a litter here in the next few weeks. You should be able to find her, and all of them, on FB.
  10. Ah, it is a tricky situation..I am glad you have the E Collar, yes, this could potentially be a l/d situation. At 14 mo they should and do know better but the juvenile mind just holds them back on occasion. Some of this is just training, all the time, and keeping in mind he is young. You have to be consistent, whether or not you have time. Start at home, setting him up, not to fail, but to learn. Make the proofing even more difficult than what you are now. I find that walking them down with the chase behavior, throwing penny cans in their direction, to make them snap out of the mindless behavior has worked for me. Once you have the mind back you can generally move to a more positive approach for correcting the "chase". I assume you have a fence line he runs while someone is walking down the road? If so, either a penny can or a down command, stop the behavior. Since he won't call off 95% of the time you have to go a different route. Physically walk out there get him, be it by cans raining from the sky or a down command (do not allow him to blow it off). Break it up so that the self reinforcement is not longer fun. I would start the counter conditioning for the E collar, you know you have a problem, and this tool can be useful when you are getting no where with others. You won't break the trust bond, the collar corrects, not you. Take your time conditioning and be honest with yourself and him as to putting in the time and effort. Good luck!
  11. I suppose it doesn't matter when it's your dog at the vet. You're right, fetch is a fabulous game, time to exit the mud...
  12. Yep, I've never had any of those issues though, so trying to attribute it to stock is simply deflection of the conversation to fit your expectations. Nothing is guaranteed safe, these dogs we're bred to work though, and a by product of their breeding, biddability and athleticism, makes them a pretty good jack of all trades, many do have a self awareness radar, a lot don't... That doesn't mean irresponsible behavior due to lack of knowledge or proper oversight is acceptable. Be responsible, know what you're getting into and setting your dog up for.. Go have fun with your dog, that's what matters.
  13. More than should be. Just because you've not had an issue doesn't mean it doesn't exist. As drharps said in the OP, she researched it and came away with more than "it's not a issue". By the time it becomes a health problem you've crossed that line far to far to go back. How many people would talk about the problem they caused..do to lack of info or lack of knowledge? How many dogs have virtually no teeth at 12 from due to 11.5 years of fetch? How many soft palets were damaged by sticks due to fetch? How many arthritic issues are there due to fetch? How many dog fights were caused due to fetch? How many other injuries to the body were due to fetch? They don't even necessarily need to be "obsessed" to do damage.
  14. @drharps I want to say kudos to you for not only asking but researching this as well! Plain simple fetch , I think people know my take on it..so I agree - it is as dog like as Spot and good bones! You've found some answers in your research, look at the soft palate trouble that a stick can cause as well. My dogs know how to fetch an object, they also know they are not allowed to retrieve said object until I say their name or direct them to which one. They happily carry hollee rollers in the yard, better that in ones mouth than another dog! I live on a farm, with stock, so I can understand, to an extent, issues folks have living in a city or neighborhood. The game is *your rules* not theirs. Mine pretty well know that if they ask me to toss something it is going over at least 2 pasture fences and won't be seen again till I happen to pick it up while out there, they've discovered they'd rather keep it in their mouth..Fetch has the "potential" to turn on you and the dog if you're not vigilante about "your" rules. Even then, once obsessed it's a hard nasty road to undo, if it's even possible. Know your dog, know the line that can't be crossed and have fun!
  15. Wow, who called you and your dog mindless? Of course dogs love to fetch, that's what they've been taught..but straight out simple fetch is mindless. Spice it up, make them use their senses, and not just be into an ocd jacked up behavior over an inanimate object..
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