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Everything posted by choklitbean

  1. Get a new trainer. If part of your dogs aggression problem is fear the shock collar will only make it worse. Of course having never seen your dog in action I have no idea what's driving his behaviour, I just know that I would only use a shock collar as a last resort and after training many, many dogs, I have never come to that point yet. There is a really good way of teaching a dog not to be dog aggressive. It's a bit involved and uses a few volunteers and their dogs but it's highly effective. You put the most submissive dog of the opposite sex in a down on the other side of a chain l
  2. When your dog doesn't come when called go get him and take him back to the place that you called him from, use your command word "COME" put him in a sit then praise him quietly. The ONLY thing you say to him on the way back is a stern sounding "COME". He will soon learn that not coming is not an option. But... like everyone else has said, don't take him off leash unless he has a solid recall in the first place. I use a long line, about 20 feet, that way he feels he has freedom but all you have to do is step on the end of the rope and reel him in if he's not listening. No option to d
  3. This is awesome! Grace has been on pain meds and anti-inflammatories fairly steady just to have a semi-normal life. Almost three weeks ago I took her out to my mom and dad's. She loves to be out with the mini horses and it had never been a problem to let her run around with them but a few weeks ago her herding instinct suddenly woke up. I had her out with the horses and, long story short, she decided to take three of them on when a fight broke out and got seriously rolled twice before I could get her out of there. She came out grinning like she'd just won the lottery and in a way I guess
  4. Update: After her surgery Grace seemed better but I thought it was just that she was being more careful. She was also spending a lot of time in her crate so I wasn't getting to see her move about as much. Now she is out and about in full force, we have taken some decent length walks and the whole thing has disappeared! Nothing, not a wobble, not a stumble, nothing! It would seem that anesthetizing her and giving her a good stretching out has released whatever was ailing her. We'll see how things go as we increase her exercise but I'm ecstatic! Doing the happy dance!
  5. Had Grace in to the vet yesterday for spaying and x-rays. My old vet looked at her this time, he isn't always available or I'd just ask for him every time. In short what they found was that her hips are good and they can't find any signs of any degenerative problem. He said that what she is displaying is something she was either born with or caused by an injury that isn't showing up. In either case it's permanent. While it won't get any better, it isn't likely to ever get any worse. He said I can keep some Metacam on hand for really bad days otherwise she should have a good long life.
  6. My last border collie was murder on toys but never did manage to destroy the Holee Roller football. Now Grace is loving it. The toy is a survivor! Don't get a regular Holee Roller for power chewers though, they have thinner rubber webbing and Darcy managed to chew through hers. It cost just over $1000 to get a piece of it out of her stomach when it caused a blockage and that was about 7 years ago. I'm sure the cost would be a great deal higher today.
  7. I've had her on glucosamine and recently switched her to Recovery and have seen some improvement. I guess that's a good sign in that it's not genetic deterioration. We're back to the vet on Wednesday and then I'll know more. She got out and ran with my dad's dog one day last week and by night she was in a lot of pain. Poor little thing didn't even want to pee, but by morning she was back to pestering to try and get me to take her out. If only you could explain things to them.
  8. Thank you, that article suggests that there would be mental decline first; if I'm reading it right. She's pretty bright and is learning all the names of her toys well enough so I guess that's a good sign. My vet said to keep her on rest and they'll reassess when I bring her in in two weeks for spaying and x-rays unless something comes up that's really worrying me; then bring her in right away. I enlisted my daughter's help and we got some good video of the wobbling and some brief knuckling etc. The vet also said that we'd exercise her a bit this next time so he is more likely to see
  9. No you're right knuckling under isn't the weakness, that's part of the reason I was leaning toward spinal injury. The weakness was when her hind quarters tilted sideways so that her hind legs were more out than under- in the same direction. There was also a lot of crossing over and wobbling. This morning she was much better again. I've read so many articles. The problem is that they say NCL presents differently and at different ages in different breeds. I found one article that says border collies present similarly to English setters but the only article specific to that breed was vag
  10. Can anyone tell me the early onset signs of NCL? I have been all over the internet but can't find what early onset might look like. I was also questioning possible ivermectin poisoning but as of last night I'm wondering more if she wasn't injured in an accident and I've been lied to. I have a 20 month old girl that I only just brought home 2 1/5 weeks ago. I never saw any signs of problems when I went to see her but she was moving constantly. After I got her home and she had some exercise running with my dad's dog she was all wobbly on the hind end. The front end doesn't seem to be
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