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  1. Urge to herd Thanks for your reply. He sticks nose out of the window sometimes and seems to enjoy it but after awhile I close it just leaving 3" gap. Special treats? Don't do treats, perhaps it would have made this palaver a lot easier if he did! He's pretty good at being left at homes for short periods, never cried, and usually asleep when I return )or chewing something he shouldn't). We are now experiencing very hot weather for May, 24-24C. Unless I know that I can park in deep shade where I'm going, I leave him behind in the cool at home. But we go in the car for daily wal
  2. Thank you for this,,it sounds about right for him, his attitude. Doesn't like it but tolerates for as long as it takes. Poor little boy, feel so sorry for him. I think you are right in that he isn't frightened but just not happy. I have seen a vet about this problem, who says 'Oh he'll grow out of it", but I think it will always be with him.. A friend gives his lab a ginger biscuit before travel and then she's fine, but Bodi refuses. Perhaps the vet is right. I just wondered if anyone else has had this problem. Have had collies for 50 years or so, they've always just loved the car, so
  3. Ears held sideways, not upright as usual. But not folded. If 'cabin pressure' is an issue, swallowing reduces the pressure in the ears.If he had a bone to chump on, he would swallow and ease the pressure.It does for me. This is why in the good old days, a barley surger sweet was dished out to children on long coach journeys, and often now, to air passengers during take off and landing. Swallowing relieves the ear pressure. Also, he is not a treat dog, I think I mentioned this. Not interested. Adaptil and several 'calming' tablets and sprays have had no affect. He is not sick, nor does
  4. Bodi, border collie x Sheltie finds travelling unpleasant. He is 14 months old, and an absolute sweetheart. He used to drool badly, and resist getting into the car, though these problems have ceased thankfully. However, I have the impression that the cabin pressure of the car is affecting his ears, as his normally erect ears are held at half-mast. I always keep the windows open all the time, but he is still unhappy. He is not a 'treat' dog, otherwise I'd leave a meaty marrow bone to keep his ears unblocked. Does anyone have a solution to this problem? I do a lot of driving and like hi
  5. You're having a bad time of it by the sound of it, but the good old saying says, 'This too shall pass'. I have an 8 month old Border Collie x Sheltie who can drive me to utter obscenities under my breath sometimes. He tends to be nervy, but wriggly, loves everyone, and other dogs too, and kids. This poses problem number 1 - how to stop him pulling so hard I can't hold him. Problem number two, how do I get him used to going in the car without drooling? This last is so bad, none of the 'calming' tablets work and it distresses us both when he has to go to the vet which is far too far to walk
  6. My BC pup is 23 weeks old, fit, lively and healthy in every way, about 14k. I started him on raw chicken and beef chunks, some lamb bones too. Some mornings (like this morning) he'll eat for England. This evening, although he tells me he's peckish, he takes a piece of meat and hides it for later. Yesterday there was a lovely chicken wing hiding under my pillow! Along with the raw meals, he'll have a handful of good quality organic 'chicken & veg, herb" kibble that he likes. So this evening he has nothing to eat as I lifted it up after 10 minutes and it's back in the fridge until t
  7. Previously, I have posted that 6 month old puppy Jack, 18k, is unwilling to eat his meals in the kitchen, would rather take everything into the sitting room or the hallway. This is still going on. Refused to eat anything yesterday - fresh meat that he has enjoyed before. Knowing he'll refuse it if it gets more than a few hours old, even if kept in the fridge, in a fit of peak, I threw it out for the birds. He ate every bit of it. Can anyone tell me what all this is about please? He gives the impression of being hungry, may condescend to taste a bit, but generally refuses anythi
  8. Update: It's early evening here in UK. Jack had lunch in the porch. I put the dish down and left him to it. The dining room door was left ajar to avoid captivity and freak out to refuse everything. However he took only one piece of meat onto the rug. Tattered, threadbare, covered with bags of coal, few logs, mud and all things grimy - utility area. Tonight, last snack in the porch, no problem. Only a few mouthfulls but all eaten in situ. I know him very well now, so one step at a time. Environment of course. When he shows no further signs of grabbing and running for cover, then we
  9. Yeah, he's a strapping lad is our Jack. Just changed to 2 meals a day and has been off pup food for awhile now. I weaned him onto raw very gradually, chopping tiny bits, just a tablespoons worth and mixing it into his normal food, perhaps with a tiny amount of warm water. Don't think he noticed the gradual increase daily. Took about a week. A raw bone was always received with great joy so that helped, and once a week, a raw chicken wing or thigh. He doesn't mind tinned food but I find one tin goes in, six tins come out, breath smells and often a lot of wind. Keep to raw mostly except when t
  10. He is, as I write, eating hiis breakfast in the outside porch. We've walked down to the shop for the paper (pulling some of the way, harness required methinks) and have now without fuss, put his dish down and left the porch. Lumps of meat still being taken into the adjoining dining room, but we can cope with this. Very old rug, ready to be ditched anyway. Yes Urge to Herd, it looks as though I have one of the super sensitive ones, but this we can cope with too. On our walk, we met joggers running 3 abreast towards up the lane, two blokes on bikes riding along the narrow bit, ladies
  11. Highway61, Yes he's getting tiny morsels during our roadwork, leash walking, wait, keep in etc. Perhaps he's getting too many hmmm! I can certainly wait 10 hours before representing the dish, anything's worth a try so we'll give it a go. Thanks for the suggestion.
  12. D'Elle, yes, done this! Gentle Lake, Dogs starving themselves? I don't think so. Common knowledge. And quite frankly, I don't care a hoot if he eats indoors or outside. If outside, the weather is often inclement, (it has been pouring for a fortnight here in Devon) and we have large flocks of Jackdaws and seagulls from the fields, always sitting on the garden fence waiting. The outdoor porch is ideal if he will take to it. Pups refusing to eat is unnerving, t'aint right. Urge to Herd Yes, you're right, I think this is quite likely the environment was the beginning of the probl
  13. Previously, I have posted that 6 month old puppy Jack, 18k, is unwilling to eat his meals in the kitchen, would rather take everything into the sitting room or the hallway. This is still going on. Refused to eat anything yesterday - fresh meat that he has enjoyed before. Knowing he'll refuse it if it gets more than a few hours old, even if kept in the fridge, in a fit of peak, I threw it out for the birds. He ate every bit of it. Can anyone tell me what all this is about please? He gives the impression of being hungry, may condescend to taste a bit, but generally refuses anythi
  14. Jack is now half a year old, born 15 June this year. He is tall, very leggy, and weighs 18 k, or 39.50lbs, and pretty solid, much muscle. His dad was a tall slim BC, mum a Bearded collie.. Can we guess how big he will be when he is, say 18 months and finished growing? He currently measures about 21inches at the shoulder, though measuring is a little tricky as the little blighter refuses to stand straight and still for more than a few seconds. He loves to play with other dogs when we're out in the fields, and seems to choose dogs of his own size and weight but I worry a little about
  15. Jack is now half a year old, born 15 June this year. He is tall, very leggy, and weighs 18 k, or 39.50lbs, and pretty solid, much muscle. His dad was a tall slim BC, mum a Bearded collie.. Can we guess how big he will be when he is, say 18 months and finished growing? He currently measures about 21inches at the shoulder, though measuring is a little tricky as the little blighter refuses to stand straight and still for more than a few seconds. He loves to play with other dogs when we're out in the fields, and seems to choose dogs of his own size and weight but I worry a little about
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