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  1. Reading the ABCA news a bit ago I see someone named Tony McAlister has had privileges revoked - effective today.  Moral Turpitude. This is a pretty broad phrase..is it criminal behavior or just yucky ick behavior? Does this affect registrations of prior dogs or compromise the studbooks? 

  2. Ugh..coming from me I can't believe I am about to say this...have you desexed him yet? A 22 mo pup is still a pup, one you need to get a handle on. I don't like drugging a dog or desexing, however, it's not a perfect world. You may want to think about desexing him, if it's even allowed where you live. Based on how he was when you got him and where he is now, you've done well, you have a long way to go and quite a bit to learn about the breed in itself. Work the *mind*, if he needs anti anxiety in order to focus, use them. Everything, everything in his life from you needs to be slow and calm. I'm sure you're worried about what he will react to, your tension may be feeding his reactions. No reaction from you may go further than simply giving him a bone as a distraction for example..

  3. What do you mean you've taught him to "herd"? Have you taught him mind games? have you tried LAT - Look At That? The classes I was suggesting were obedience classes, full of dogs and a new environment, not that he needs the teachings, but the environment, to teach him to chill or disregard outside influences. As for rehoming, if *you* truly cannot deal with him, then it would be to his advantage to send him back to his breeder. Rehoming a problem dog is not helping anyone, especially if the problem is semi taught. He does not require 18 hours of play/work a day. You give him that he will will want more, a taught behavior. Rules, general rules, no that naughty behavior, whatever it is, is not allowed, crate time till you can behave, with a nice chew and time for him to decompress. Mind games, nose games, tracking, nose scent work classes? Something to work his brain in an organized fashion versus just being reactive.

  4. Boarding him to give you a break is cop out. From everything you've listed above it seems to me, mo, that you've created a monster and dog that doesn't know how to self entertain or chill on his own. He needs to learn inhibitions, bite inhibition, and to relax. There is nothing wrong with crating him for the 3 to 4 hours as you mentioned above. Far better to do that than have him injured. You've never said how old he is, not quite 2? Puppies are very apt to chase or lock onto moving targets, he's a Border Collie. Stick with your trainer, and the anti anxiety meds if you really think they are necessary.  It's not a matter of finding him a *quieter home* you've allowed him to become self absorbed, center of attention, for how many months now, 10? Rules, he needs rules and parameters so that he will know when and how to act accordingly.  Are there any classes you can take? Classes where he will need to use his mind and not just be reactive?

  5. Makes me wonder if it's residual from the recent collapse? Was it more severe or different than others? Has he been diagnosed as epileptic as well? I know, the unknown can be quite frightening..hang in there till you get him to the vet!

  6. Are his eyes moving quickly left to right? Has he an episode of collapse recently? And has he had any medication? HW, flea or tick treatment? Sorry you're dealing with this after hours..hopefully you can get him in and checked up tomorrow. 

  7. Another side thought..he could be going through a fear period right now. As with the above info keep this in mind. It too goes a long way with quiet calm praise and a more or less nonchalant attitude, like "that scary thing is no big deal", let's move on. Not exactly ignoring the behavior but not feeding either positively or negatively.

  8. 11 minutes ago, Mark Billadeau said:

    The cea test, as far as I know, has always been for the causative mutation.


    Go reread the statement the HEF put out on this test.

    I've read it, many times.


    My understanding is the CEA test is for CH, not colobomas, and dogs don't go blind from CH, only colobomas and not always.

  9. When the test was made available and Lohi and Mars have a monopoly and we have no choice due to no publication. However,  Wisdom/MDD has far exceeded Verizon and Comcast for worst customer service ever. There are also 2 more tested  "carriers" that are deaf, BAER tested...but there's been zero follow up,  for 2 years, with the owners of these "outliers". If the agreement hasn't been nullified then my apologies,  that's one agreement that maybe shouldn't have been made seeing the predicament folks are in.

  10. And 1 more caveat...I am not sure I can fault Tucker entirely for the bites. That said, yes, he should have called off, immediately. He didn't. I know the initial shock of the whole situation took you to dark places, however, the guy had free access to your land. Doesn't make him right or Tucker wrong.

  11. Fence. With drive through gate. Lock on Gate. Fence around the entire house with cross fence to divide front from rear. A gate on each fence line. Fence as much as you can actually..E-Collar training, with a pro. You yourself know you are beginning to (if not already) get out of your ability.

  12. 14 hours ago, Mevidones said:

    My 8-month pup has been diagnosed with OCD in the left shoulder and have contacted an orthopedic surgeon who performs the surgery arthroscopically.  It’s a four-hour drive one way and the cost for one shoulder is almost $5,000.  If the other is diseased, the cost will significantly increase.  It seems near impossible to restrict him to a crate for several weeks.  He is a very active pup and loves being outside.  How can I keep him happy and quiet?  I have read that osteoarthritis sets in at the time of disease onset.  He is not in any pain and runs without a limp.  He did limp for a short time six weeks ago.  

    What did others do to help the dog pass the time contently during rehab?  Did the breeder help in the cost of surgery?

    Thanks for any help.


    It's only impossible to restrict him if you fail do to so. Surgery is generally the best option for future non issues. Mind games and puzzles are a good way to pass some of the time while restricted. I'd not ask a breeder for any help as it's not 100% genetic. Environmental influences come into play and a breeder has no control over what you allow your pup to do once it leaves their care.

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