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  1. There are actually a lot of mixed reviews about feeding raw eggs to dogs. From WEBMD "There are two problems with giving your dogs raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria liek Salmonella or E. Coli. The second is that an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your dogs's coat if raw eggs are fed for a long time." I wouldn't necessarily trust WebMD 100%, but maybe look into the raw eggs some more.
  2. Thanks everyone for your input. I'm glad that my viewpoint isn't alone, even if the boundaries get a little blurred between everything. I understand how an expert whose livelihood depends on many dogs can't necessarily treat everyone like members of the family, but I was irritated with the idea that there was only one correct way to raise a working border collie.
  3. I've posted a few things lately, but I feel as though I should ask this because I've been thinking about it for awhile and couldn't find a previous post on it.... Can "pets" be successful working dogs? By pets I mean dogs who interact with the family, live in the house, go to the dog park and play fetch/socialize, are running partners, etc.... By successful working dogs I mean eventually get to the point where they can compete at a trial where the handler can expect the dog able to complete the run. It doesn't have to be open competition, just be able to show competency in herding.... Here's why I ask: I have two dogs: 1) 1.5 year old who I bought off Craigslist. He's papered and has a notable cattle dog champion in his background, but otherwise is made up of no-names, ranch dogs most likely. He is started in herding, but still very novice and we have some good, some less than good days. 2) 5 month old with an impressive champion pedigree (we weren't seeking him specifically, he just happened to be available). The puppy is from a successful breeder/ trialer who I keep in contact with. We don't have sheep, we live in the suburbs and train on the weekend with a local trainer. Looking for some advice/different viewpoints, we called up the successful breeder/trialer. Their advice was that a dog whose pedigree is unproven is essentially a waste of time so we shouldn't expect much of him. Also, if we wanted to go anywhere in herding we had to stop thinking of our dogs as pets and instead view them as tools. We were told to crate except when we were actively engaging with them. They don't get to do anything without us, basically. As for the puppy, he's expected to be great, but not if we continue our current setup. I would like to know how others feel about the line between pets and working dogs. I don't ever expect to be in the running for a national championship, I would be happy to compete on any level, but it's discouraging when an expert tells you your dogs not worth it just because of bloodlines. (Note: we worked with the expert at a young/puppy clinic a few months back when we were just starting to get serious. They haven't seen him since, just heard a few tidbits here and there). Sorry this is so long, any opinions are especially appreciated.
  4. Thanks for the words. I'm working on making my bubble bigger than his so I figure that's part of the problem. Herding is still new to me and I do work with a trainer, but it's always good to hear other viewpoints and methods.
  5. So is it an action that can be broken or just prevented? He's so young that I feel as though it can be fixed, I just want to make sure I'm doing it right
  6. Well my dog has a good down most of the time and doesn't creep. We've been trying to work on the get back because he has an insane amount of presence, even the heaviest sheep become light if he gets anywhere near them. I'm still learning myself so we are trying to find a sweet spot. He has a tendency to dive in if he gets too close, so I thought a get out command might help. Maybe it is too soon
  7. Hello, I am curious to see if anyone has advice on how to get a dog to backoff of stock. I have a 1 year old who is quite novice. On a good day, he will do an outrun and fetch of a short distance, walk-up, and flanks ok-well depending on direction and # of sheep. The one thing he doesn't understand/won't do is get out. Off stock, he knows what that means. If we play fetch, he will turn around and get back 5 feet or so. On stock, get out means dive right in with no regard to the pressure of the person or sheep. We've tried having one person guard the sheep and another closer to him, same thing. Would anyone try putting him on a long line and having someone lead him back when asked to get out? I plan on switching the word for the command to make a different association, but I'm just not sure how to make him understand. Any help is appreciated.
  8. Hello, I am wondering if anyone has experience with a dog that paces the backyard. I have a 5 month old puppy that loves to chase flys. So when he was younger he would chase bugs out in the yard and just play, so it was fine. Lately I've noticed him no longer chasing, but purely pacing the perimeter and a brisk walk-run. If I call out to him, he listens, but as soon as I change my focus he goes right back to it. He does have access to the yard when I'm not home, so I am trying to find a way to break it. I know I could just crate him, but that doesn't seem to fix the problem, just doesn't let him do it. I am distracting him from it while he's outside and I am home, but I wondering if there are other ways. Is it a boredom thing? I also have a 1 year old and they play together, but most of the time as soon as they go outside the puppy resumes his pacing. Any ideas would be great, thank you!
  9. Hello, I currently have a 14 month old BC(that we purchased as a puppy) and just purchased a 14 week old puppy. With my first puppy, we got especially lucky and only had two accidents in the house, both of which were directly our fault. He would always come to the door and bark/scratch to be let out. We do have a dog door, but our cat will go out through it and venture the neighborhood, so the door is only open when we are not home and the cat can't get to the door. With my new puppy, if the dog door is open he will go right outside to do his business. If it is closed, he won't do anything to let you know. No scratching, no barking. He will just stand there until he can't hold it and then use the house for a bathroom. This puppy is very quiet in general and I don't really want to encourage him to be boisterous, but he's not picking up on needing to let us know he needs to go out. Furthermore, when he is outside and wants to come in, he just sits there. My other dog will go out and play, come to the door, bark once and wait to be let in. I'm just not sure what to do with this. The puppy is technically potty trained and won't go in his crate and doesn't want to go in the house, but he won't give us any cue that he want to go outside. I understand that a puppy needs all eyes at all times which is why we haven't had many accidents, but the few he has had are because of this. Any advice? Thanks in advance.
  10. Hello, My 7 month old BC pulled/sprained/strained a muscle in his left hip a month of so at the dog park while playing fetch. Initially, he could not walk at all and did not want to be touched. When we took him to the vet, the physical examination showed pain on hip extension. They did an x-ray at that time and the vet said his hips and bone structure looked perfectly normal (no signs of HD), so she ruled it a soft tissue injury. With pain pills and NSAIDS, he was good to go after a couple weeks so we resumed fetch. Now, however, he seems to show a little bit of lameness in his right (opposite of injury) leg. Also, after a few sprints he starts bunny hopping, slightly dragging his right leg and not bringing it forward all the way. Does anyone have any experience with anything like this? Should I seek a second opinion from a vet? Resort to extended rest and see what happens?
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