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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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 behavi
  4. 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...
  5. 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 matt
  6. 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?
  7. @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,
  8. 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..
  9. Thanks for rescuing! The head tilt, is the circling related to the direction of the tilt? What happens if you walk her on your other side? The vision, have you had her examined by a board certified ophthalmologist? What type of impairment does she have? And being that she's only 4 month old...we need pictures :)
  10. You might try the Tuff N Up from Farm Diggity. "Paw Protection / Grooming" https://farmdiggity.com/shop/dog-animal-supplies/health-grooming-beds/
  11. Mindless fetch is a game that is for the owners, not the dog. If you must, teach them to fetch but to also use their nose. A game of distinction. Toss a toy in a pile of others..they bring back the one you tossed. Or hide toys. inside or out, and they again, have to use their noses. Or an egg, the jolly pet egg, where they push it around, outside, and due to the shape it doesn't go straight. But mindless fetch is just a vicious circle, and one the dog doesn't win in. While you may think it's for physical exercise, it also creates repetitive motions, ocd, and a fit dog that wants, needs more, d
  12. The best one on the market is the invisible one...introducing and playing ball is about the worst thing you can teach a BC..get an egg and let them self entertain if you must!
  13. You've got a lot to choose from in Canada! Elvin Kopp, Scott & Jenny Glenn, Fiona Robertson, Chis Jobe, Jamie Gardner..check out the USBCHA website or visit the CBCA, I am sure they can put you in contact with many reputable breeders of working dogs.
  14. How much interaction is he allowed with other dogs just in general? Pups need play time, socialization and the being around other dogs.
  15. I love the Bissell proheat 2x lift off, we got, spots cleans, furniture cleans, and you can't tell the carpet was wet once you're done.
  16. No, he has had his bloodwork done and all was normal, correct? Have you reached out to the breeder to see if they have tested for it? That said, it generally is a good idea just to test, most are panels these days and are generally all inclusive of what is necessary for a Border Collie. Just on a thought but if you toss out his pedigree, folks here may know something.. Aside from the itching, eating everything is more the norm..is this the only reason he is on such a modified diet? Did he have fleas? How is his weight? How much does he eat a day? Does he have you ultra sensitive and you
  17. That's good the breeder has tested, most of the panels these days include the IGS test. Hopefully that is the case here!
  18. They gave him 3 doses of Revolution? I'd find another vet first off. Puppies like to eat, everything. His behavior doesn't sound abnormal. Very few actually have food allergies. What is he eating and how much? Eating grass, dirts, etc..is not always a sign of upset stomach. What was he eating prior that you think didn't agree with him? I would test for IGS, nothing your vet can do, it's a cheek swab DNA test. I would also seriously get a new vet.
  19. Ok, this is not herding behavior, it is simply miss guided prey drive and/or bratty puppy behavior. While you say you have tried various things, maybe you didn't follow thru? I wouldn't distract, I would simply correct him. The kids are old enough to know how to say no to him. If they are not respected then they need to have supervision while he is growing up. I have a feeling their higher pitched sounds are setting him off? If they yelp/squeal when he bites them it's a vicious circle. You want a correction to matter, start high, then go lower as he begins to understand the poor choice (in thi
  20. I was being serious, though, most wouldn't think of doing this, much less do it..gotta think outside the box and be proactive instead of stagnant in some situations!
  21. Eh, rearrange the room Injured feelings of that nature are a long time in recovering, don't beat yourself up, accidents happen.
  22. Yes, it would be a bit much for a 5 mo old. While the time isn't the issue, the distance traveled would be for me. It's very different then just going for a walk for 30 minutes and letting them go at their own pace.
  23. Oh, he is one handsome guy! Congrats to the both of you
  24. Congratulations Nancy! What a lovely girl she is...I think both of you hit the jackpot!
  25. Those types of fences are about useless..they may, for a bit, keep your dog in, they do not however keep others out. Also, once out, your dog will have no desire to get back in and get shocked again..
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