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  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 link fence (their person should ensure the dog holds the down).  Then you start to walk the aggressive dog toward it.  As long as the dog is not behaving in an aggressive manor it is allowed to continue to approach.  As soon as any negative behaviour shows, give a leash correction and walk the other way.  As soon as you have control again turn and go back toward the other dog in the down.  Praise them quietly as long as they are calm and well behaved.  When your dog can approach without behaving badly you allow the submissive dog to stand and repeat the whole process.  Then you move on to more confident dogs and finally dogs of the same sex (begin again with the most submissive in a down).  It takes some planning but I've never known a dog that it didn't work with.  


  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 disobey the command this way and you don't have to be stern with him.

  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 she did, whatever nerve was being pinched to cause the problem isn't anymore. I had been praying and God totally answered. My little girl is 100% and off all medication! She's training and showing no signs of any problems.


    Doing the happy dance. :D

  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! :D

  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.


    So after she is healed up from her spaying I'll build her muscles up slowly and we can start having fun. :D

  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. :rolleyes: 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. :D


    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 first hand what's going on. They were very encouraging in that she does improve with rest. I used to have Dachsies, a back problem was horrific but the tech said not to worry in that direction. Hopefully this is just an injury. I don't mind doing a ton of therapy with her, I would just hate to lose such a beautiful young dog. Meanwhile she's a happy little thing and enjoying the cuddles of down time.

  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 vague on what the first signs are and whether or not they will seem to improve and then worsen again. I'm thinking that as a storage disease they wouldn't show much improvement if any. I had considered the possibility that she had two things going on; possibly hip dysplasia as well as what ever neurological mess this might be, but after last night I'm not so sure anymore.


    Still waiting for a call back from the vet. That might not happen until tonight though.

  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 affected at all although the other day when I stepped into the hallway she was there doing some weird nodding. Haven't seen that since though. When I called the people I got her from they said "Oh, you mean that wobble? Yah but it doesn't seem to hurt her." The problem with this is that she would growl when she had her sides touched anywhere from the shoulder back. I worked with her just stroking her sides gently until she was mostly okay and rarely said anything although there is one spot on her spine in the flank area that she will dodge having touched.


    I contacted the previous owner who is a cattle guy. He said she had parvo when she was a puppy but I doubt that has anything to do with anything. He sold her at 15 months because she was too timid with the cattle and would only hide behind his legs. He said she was sweet and friendly and very submissive. The dog I have is not so friendly and is quick to fight with other dogs, but it's possible that's a maturation thing. I'm leaning more to pain issues but I can't say for certain. He doesn't think she ever got kicked by a steer but said it was always possible.


    The new people bred her to a Bernese mountain dog right after they got her home and she had a litter of puppies at the end of November but any type of problem that may have come from that shouldn't come and go with exercise.


    At first I thought maybe she slipped on the ice (lots of ice everywhere) so I had her on strict rest and things were looking better, she even started jumping onto the bed. Last night I took her for a short walk with no signs of anything but after I got home she began to show weakness in her hind legs and was standing on her knuckles, first one foot then the other. Again hind end only.


    I had the vet check her out last Wednesday and she showed no sign of pain and nothing he could see. He too thought maybe just a sprain but said to video anything that looks odd. We were going to x-ray her hips when I got her spayed at the end of the month even though there was no sign of pain with manipulation.


    I put a call in this morning and am waiting to hear back.



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