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  1. I thought that a peer review was supposed to precede release of a test. Maybe they decided to release the test without a peer review? Will there be any information released about the mode of inheritance of EAOD and what genes might be involved? It would be nice to understand the test and genetics before we start testing. That said, it's great news to hear that there will soon be a test.
  2. The research group did make a push for submission of BAER tested known carrier and known affected over the past couple of years. I think they got some good response.
  3. I believe the study has hosted 3-4 BAER/DNA collection clinics since 2012. In April 2012, a A Ruhe and C Williams hosted one such clinic at McCormack Ranch SDT in CA. I attended and the clinic was well attended with many random dogs plus some dogs from known families. In Sept 2013 (?), M Neff, A Ruhe and Colette Wiliams offered another clinic at Meeker SDT (Mike and Laura Hanley can confirm…they were there as I remember them (and others) talking about it). I did not attend. I believe that the research group offered 1 or 2 more BAER/DNA clinics….but I can't recall the specif
  4. There are a number of recent updates to the Frequently Asked Questions page at projectDOG. Haystack, there will be an update shortly about the lab and research team that should answer your questions.
  5. Mark My understanding is that batch sizes will be processed at about 100 samples per batch. This doesn't seem extraordinarily large….certainly not in light of the enthusiastic response that is being expressed over the past several days. Haystack The limited time offer has to do with Mark B's concern about batch sizes as well as sustainable economics. If there is strong response, then batches will be filled and processed timely as committed on projectDOG's website. In order to keep costs to a minimum, chips need to be processed in economical batches. If demand tapers off, then batch
  6. The reason a DNA Test for EOD is being offered to the border collie community is that it will benefit most breeding decisions now, and many of us in the community really need this information now so as not to keep producing affected dogs (and suffering the heartbreak and perpetuation of this genetic disease). Border collie owners and breeders have pushed for this to happen. The researchers are willing to do this because it can benefit both breeding and research. Mark, you have commented that the EOD research may take years to be concluded because the dogs being tested are likely to be young
  7. I have two working dogs with early onset deafness. They can both hear….and are quite functional as pets. However, in work, they have trouble with whistles…..I believe that the high tones are much more difficult for them. They are pretty good with vocals (lower tones). They are confused and anxious when they are wrong….probably because I escalate and they hear the anger/urgency/escalation.
  8. Tea, I'm not sure who your question is directed to….maybe the OP. I'll answer anyway. "My %" is a mixture of dogs I've bred/produced and dogs I've bought from others. All of the dogs I've bred and kept (and maybe resold later) and dogs I've bought from others have worked good to excellent…..some have been stellar (for me), some have been stellar for someone else (sold on by me because they don't suit me…or I have others who suit me better), some have been good to average, some have been extremely talented but soft to train, some have been extremely talented but hard (for me) to train.
  9. I've let dogs go (sold them) in order to focus on dog that best suit me and my needs. Many of the dogs I've sold have been very good and have gone on to be great working dogs for their new owners (working ranch or Open trial). Just because I sell a dog does not mean it's not good….in fact, I am very proud of dogs I've sold on who are great partners to their owners. There are some that aren't going to work at a high level….but an average to fair working dog can still do good work for someone (novice handler, small/hobby farm work) or be a good pet. Please keep in mind that some rancher
  10. Love: amazing views, easy maintenance setup, dry land so no irrigation chores, easy commute to town/work, good neighbors (except one), small enough to manage myself, great outbuildings Hate: no irrigation/no grass/limited stocking, foxtails (lots of them), not large enough for the operation I'd like Advice: don't skimp on undersized/underpowered tools, for folks who work during the day don't skimp on outside lighting….most of my farm chores Fall-Winter are done in the dark. Control drainage aggressively…..clear drain ditches, rock areas around feeders and waterers and pass ways (g
  11. Julie, I'm trying to envision the scenario you describe. Are you working a single toward the group? Or are you working the single away from the group? I would suggest that you work a single away from the group…..this provides more pressure for Timber to balance and push into. If he flanks off, he will lose his single. Many dogs learn to like the "keep away" game (keeping a single from re-joining). If you are working the single toward the group he might be more likely to flank out to join the two groups. For now and until Timber gains experience…..push the single away from the group.
  12. I will use shade cloth over the front of these kennels in the summer.
  13. I am in the process of re-building a kennel building that was destroyed in a violent wind storm. My re-build isn't necessarily my dream kennel but needed to fit in my budget (and insurance claim) and my skinny space (8x30 ft) and my mild dry Southern OR climate. The former "kennel" contained two side by side kennels on a cement foundation in a 3 sided shed and an attached "wood shed" on dirt. The entire building was blasted to bits in a strong wild storm…..about 15 minutes after I woke in the early dark morning hours to an immense storm and rescued my dogs. Fifteen minutes later the ent
  14. It's generally a bad thing……onset 2-5/6 years
  15. The dog I knew that had the problem was an adult when it manifested
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