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  1. I tried to watch the trailer, but got an error message saying the video was not available outside of Australia. Bummer!
  2. I've never purchased one of their leashes, but Lupine Pet's harnesses are indestructible. https://www.lupinepet.com/
  3. The medication might not need to be permanent. If it calms her enough for the other techniques to work and become well trained habits, your friend might be able to taper off the medication later. Good luck!
  4. Wonderful story, thank you! While not as extreme, we went through a similar process after we adopted our Australian shepherd mix Buddy. He was 15 months old, had been abused, and was withdrawn with many fear triggers. He is now nearly twelve, and still surprises us with positive changes in his behavior. It keeps getting better year after year--you can enjoy this for many years to come.
  5. It is a very vague term: "wicked, deviant behavior constituting an immoral, unethical, or unjust departure from ordinary social standards such that it would shock a community."
  6. My Australian shepherd went through a similar phase between 1.5 and 2 years old. All the training I'd done seemed to have disappeared. Then suddenly when he was a little over 2, it all came back. It was as if he knew what he learned along, but didn't have the impulse control to act like he knew it. Keep up the training, dropping back to a simpler level if there are too many problems. Good luck!
  7. When we introduced 8 month old Levi to 8 year old Buddy, it went pretty smoothly considering that at that time Buddy was unsocial with other dogs. Buddy did some growling and forbade Levi from getting in Buddy's favorite bed, but that was the worst of it. Over time, Levi insisted that Buddy play with him and eventually Buddy did! Following Levi's example, Buddy became more outgoing and willing to meet strange dogs and humans. Three years later, they are good friends. To clarify, Levi is an intact male border collie and Buddy is an early-neuter male Australian shepherd mix.
  8. The fetch boogeyman has returned. Levi loves fetch, and we often play "adventure fetch" with him. We are lucky to have a very natural greenbelt nearby, with woods, meadows, and a clean creek. Levi must negotiate varied terrain, sometimes swimming to find the ball. It is fascinating to watch him track the ball, first with sight and sound when the ball is moving. If the ball stops out of direct sight, he switches to nose work, sniffing out the ball in some very obscure places. One throw will sometimes occupy him for 10 or 15 minutes as he slowly and methodically searches a likely area. I have learned so much about how dogs perceive the world from watching him do this. This game engages all his abilities. We can use herding type commands to direct him if he if he needs a little help. The game also keeps his attention focused on us so that off-leash distractions are not so tempting. Levi is now 3 1/2, and this game developed slowly over several years starting when he was 8 months old. You might start Bernie with simple fetch without emphasizing the "chase and catch " part, instead focusing on the "find the toy" part.
  9. Levi has a lidless toy box, and sometimes he will return toys to it when he's finished.
  10. Thank you! How often did your vet check George's prostate? Our vet suggested a check up in three months.
  11. Levi went to the veterinarian earlier this week for annual vaccinations. Since he is intact, our vet did a digital rectal exam and found a "slightly" or "somewhat" enlarged prostate gland. Levi is asymptomatic and otherwise very healthy. We decided to do another exam in 3 months to determine if there is any change. Of course the normal treatment for intact dogs with enlarged prostate glands is castration. Levi is not registered and we never intend to breed him. We did not castrate him because of concerns about health effects of early neutering, but he is beyond that now. We have had many intact dogs, none of them ever developed the much exaggerated behavior problems predicted for intact males. On the other hand, some of our castrated dogs have had problems with obesity if their diet was not carefully controlled. So we have two courses of action. One, castrate him soon. Two, wait and see if the enlargement worsens and/or he develops any of the possible symptoms or secondary problems. I do not want to castrate him because I want to avoid the risk and pain of surgery if possible. But the big reason is, I really do not want his behavior and disposition to change. Levi's personality is a perfect match for us: friendly, confident, affectionate, curious, athletic, and smart. He is calm when he needs to be and full of energy when the situation calls for it. So, my questions are: 1. What medical experiences have you had with enlarged prostate in intact dogs? 2. If you have castrated a dog of this age, did you see any changes in behavior or disposition? We have some time to make the decision, and the second exam may make it for us. But I would like to have input from experienced BC people. Thank you!
  12. Wonderful! She looks like a different dog, much younger than in the first photo. We went through a similar experience with our Aussie mix Buddy. Now, 10 years later, it was so worth the effort. Congratulations to you both.
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