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  1. This was a topic brought up in a cattle dog group a while back. People noticing a lack of stamina and over heating more easily in recent years. I was wondering what your all thoughts are. There was some belief that this is being seen more often in trial dog lines. I have a 2 year old right now that is progressing nicely in her training. Talented young dog, very natural. But she overheats quickly limiting our training time. I do think part of her issue is she tends to be a bit intense. This is the first dog that I've really had this problem with. Just curious if others are noticing this.
  2. Oh, also while keeping him on a lead, (he's not ready to do this on his own) we've gone into a small pen to fetch the sheep and move them through a small breeze way into the larger pen for training. This has also seemed to help him relax and I have began to feed more lead out and let him 'work'. A small bit of chores. Now, even when the sheep make a break through the breeze way he stays calm, follows at a walk then will take a lie down while I shut the gate. Most of the time we would then go right to training but now I sometimes walk him around a bit first or will tie him by the gate and do so
  3. Thanks for all the input. It's helped. Having outside perspective (and I know it's very hard without seeing) has given me that nudge to back away and see what was really going on with him. I think you're right Gloria, he wasn't so much fighting me as not understanding and like Liz said, the harder I tried the more he blew in and tensed up. Most of the dogs I've trained I've raised and have always from the very start introduced the concept of giving to pressure so it's never been much of an issue. I didn't raise this guy and he didn't get those kinds of lessons so of course he doesn't understan
  4. Thank you and I agree with what's said. Not arguing here just trying to give a bit more info. I've yet to put any commands other than lie down on him, want the movements to be correct before naming them. He covers and balances nice with my movements, we do walk abouts in several different patterns, circle both directions and very small gathers. He flanks nicely on the walk abouts, the problem arises when I'm trying to get him out around in a gather. I've tried standing beside him and also between him and the sheep. I've tried 'pushing' with a stick and I've tried backing away. I have rewarded
  5. I have a male dog, about 15 months old, in training. Nice, keen dog. However I'm having a hard time getting him to bend to pressure. He has no respect (nor fear) for pressure and I've tried several different tools, rattle pattle, rolled dog food sack, plastic sack on end of stick, stock whip (snaping/flicking), walk abouts off stock swinging a rope or stick, etc. with very little results. He's at that point in training that if he'd bend out when asked we'd be moving forward by leaps and bounds.....nice natural balance and pace, sheep tend to like him. I would appreciate any suggestions .....
  6. Thanks everyone. And thanks Mickif for the recipe. I am certainly going to use it for myself and some of my other dogs that are aging! Jess was really struggling with balance this morning (falling to the side and tripping) so the vet (the one that practices Chinese medicine) suggested that I take her off the termeric for the next 4 days and use only the chinese supplement and see what happens. I do know that she seems happier and has more energy than I've seen in months just since starting the supplement. Before she didn't have any energy and always looked confused and unhappy. We'll see. Mayb
  7. Thank you for answering. Everything I've found about it is good. I am giving her 1/2 a teaspoon twice a day, starting last night. Jess will have more blood work done in 4-5 weeks and I will be interested to see if it shows anything. I am using it more for the brain tumor, hoping it will slow that down. But it will certainly benefit her stiffness. Gentle Lake I hadn't heard about using it with peperin. Can you give me any more info on that? Should I be adding some black pepper to her diet also?
  8. Does anyone on here use turmeric in their dog's diet? Can you give me any information such as why you use it, amount, results you see? The research I've done makes me feel good about using it, I'd just like to here from people I feel I know from reading these boards. I've just started my 12 1//2 yr. old on 1/2 teas. of termeric twice daily along with a Chinese herbal supplement recommended by a vet that I used to work for that has moved away from traditional medicine. I do feed mostly raw diet, giving a meal of TOTW once in awhile, maybe 3-4 times a month. Jessy has been my go to dog
  9. I've never posted here but have lurked for years. Thanks for wonderful topics. Brief intro: I have a small flock of mostly hair sheep that I raise for meat. I do have Border Collies 'cause I wouldn't want to do what I do without them. I have also trialed. I grew up with cattle but moved to sheep about 15 yrs. ago. Now I'd like to introduce a topic for discussion. I live in an area (central Oregon) where there are a lot of rattlesnakes. I've had several dogs bitten over the years. None have died but there has been lasting side effects. A friend's dog was totally deaf within 2 years of bein
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