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  1. When we had a similar problem it ended up that we were over feeding Merlin. We cut back a little and problem was solved. We had been careful to ensure his active time was about an hour after eating breakfast. He still naps after dinner.
  2. Merlin is two now and we started trail biking five months back. We started slowly, short distances at first. He has a sidecar that he rides in going to, and between, the four to seven parks. He always rides in his sidecar on the roads. When on the park trails he sets the pace, the colder the faster it seems. I prefer him out in front where he can alert me to oncoming traffic and I can see what mischief (rare) he is getting into. By breaking the route into one km up to three km segments, Merlin runs up to 15 km on a ride that will cover 20-30 km. While he does slow down towards the end o
  3. Merlin's usual day starts with being let out to potty, breakfast, and chill time while I get a few details out of the way. Then we head out for a walk, hike or bicycle ride. Walks on low activity days. Hikes when time allows. Bicycle rides are the mainstay. He has a sidecar that he rides in to, and between, the four to seven parks he runs through. When on the park trails he sets the pace, the colder the faster it seems. I prefer him out in front where he can alert me to oncoming traffic and I can see what mischief (rare) he is getting into. By breaking the route into one to three
  4. He loves to swim and ride in his bicycle sidecar. Trail running and making friends along the way are close seconds. Video
  5. Merlin was born on a farm and experienced snow and cold (to -6C) prior to joining us at 8 weeks old. Summer weather slows him down. Cold merely amps him up - loves it. Mind you we live in Victoria (Canada's mediterranean). 20170206_085621.mp4
  6. I was browsing Kijiji - another of the red flag warnings. Actually the deciding factor was the farmer's personality, knowledge and commitment to her livestock. The sidecar is a Chariot Sidecarrier for children. No longer in production. You can find them used online. 20170131_142859.mp4
  7. I spent hours learning what I could prior to picking our pup. In the end we chose a pup from an unexpected working dog litter. The farmer raised sheep, horses and bred BC's (for 40+ years as needed). She thought her last bitch was dry, so purchased a male pup to continue working. In time a surprise litter. After meeting with her and seeing the parents we opted for a pup. Upon discovering one of the two red & whites were available we simply accepted the one that would be unchosen. All the preparation and research out the window. Merlin is almost two and is a wonderful pup.
  8. Your thoughts? Does the BCSPCA have an oversight body?Does the BCSPCA know anything about herding breeds? They are also working on training standards that folks are concerned about.
  9. Riding in his sidecar when I am out bicycling. When i am working in the shop he'll hop in and give me the let's go cycling look.
  10. Merlin has one bald spot (thumbnail size) on his elbow. No sign of irritation, infection or skin problem. Suggestions please.
  11. How much is too much crate time? Merlin sleeps in his crate from 9:00 pm to 7:00 am then naps at 10:00 and 4:00 for about three hours each time. When the time comes he heads to his crate . He rarely falls asleep outside those times. If he does he'll wake and head to the crate. Otherwise he he a healthy alert and active 11 month old puppy. His morning walk is probably double the five km I travel with him. We are careful to limit his free play in the yard and other exertion. Having puppy zoomies in the evening has diminished of late.
  12. Merlin has discovered and loves swimming. Yesterday was his first canoe ride. Now the question is; 'How cold is too cold to swim?'
  13. Merlin is 10 months old and his training for the most part is going very well. He has good food and toy drive. We have trained him with intent to keep him calm and as a pet not a working dog. Simple commands and lengthy requests are understood and followed through on. His morning walk is still about discovery with intermittent brief training sessions along the way. Afternoon and evening training sessions are also brief between playtime. Recently he has learned to swim and loves it. He can be difficult on recall when he really gets involved in activities; like swimming. Within our
  14. Thank you all for your replies. So far he only chews up the green ones and is leaving the riper darker ones alone. I am cautiously optimistic that when the ground is blanketed with ripe acorns he will give up on them.
  15. Acorns to be exact. Garry Oak acorns. Merlin is 9 1/2 months old and has been eating the odd acorn, green, for a few months now with no apparent ill effects. He is a dainty eater so all food gets chewed thoroughly. We are about to have acorns rain down from our cops of old trees. Should I be concerned
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