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Michael Parkey

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  1. I raised bobwhites once. They were unbearably flaky and nervous. Are Coturnix more calm?
  2. Nylabones are far and away our dogs' favorite toys, and they help keep teeth clean. But all dogs are individuals, and you probably need to keep trying things until you find Monte's favorite.
  3. What a terrible decision you had to make! But you made it after careful thought and advice from experts who knew Darcy best. There are some genetic and neurological behavior problems that cannot be fixed. And you needed to protect your family. Don't grieve longer than you need to. There are so many wonderful dogs who need the kind of home you can give them.
  4. Yes to the crate suggested by D'Elle. Long ago my sister had a large touring motorcycle and a wonderful little dog. She attached a study solid-sided crate to the luggage rack on the back of the bike, and padded the inside with carpet remnants. The carpet was important because it gave a non-slip surface so that Nipper (the dog) could keep his footing. Nipper loved it, and would jump into the crate whenever it was time for a ride.
  5. Encourage your son to come here when he has questions or problems. He may get exactly the same advice you would give him, but it might be more effective if it doesn't come from his mother.
  6. I raise doves and they lay MANY more eggs than I could possibly keep. When I make the morning rounds, any unwanted eggs become one-bite treats for the dogs, shell and all.
  7. In Merle's Door, Ted Kerasote describes a similar use of an e-collar. He and Merle lived in rural Montana on the edge of BLM open range.land. Merle liked to chase cattle. If seen by a rancher, this could result in death by rifle shot! Though not a border collie, Merle was a sensitive and intelligent dog. If my memory is correct, it only took one use of the e-collar to stop the cattle chasing.
  8. I enjoy genetics too even though I loathe breeding for color. You might try a search on coat color in Australian Shepherds. Aussies have more "standard" colors than border collies, so that may interest you. Australian shepherd people had much the same power struggle with the AKC as border collie people did, but lost the fight to keep the breed out of AKC earlier than the border collie breeders did. As my working Aussie friends say, beware the hair dogs and barbie collies!
  9. Just to pour gasoline on the AKC fire, we watched a little of the National Dog Show on Thanksgiving day. It should be called the National Freak Show.
  10. Many new members have joined and posted wonderful photos of their dogs. I usually check the forum in the morning, and a new puppy picture gets the day off to a good start.
  11. We love puppy pictures! Levi is almost 3 years old and still gets the zoomies about 9 PM if he hasn't had enough mental and physical exercise during the day. A game of fetch in the house takes care of it.
  12. Levi will definitely chase and tree varmints, and hold them there long enough for me to investigate. Were I so inclined I could shoot them. Does that count? It is one of the desired characteristics of a farm collie.
  13. A 6 month old puppy isn't very coordinated. Excitement and speed bring this out. We got Levi when he was 8 months old. While he was always very accurate when grabbing a ball on the run, it took him over a year to catch a tossed treat reliably. There was nothing wrong with him, catching small objects just wasn't easy for him and he needed maturity and practice.
  14. This sounds like pretty typical 5 month old puppy behavior. The long line is good advice. His attitude toward balls and discs may change as he gets older. Our BC Levi loves balls but thinks discs are less interesting than the average rock. Our Aussie mix Buddy has no interest in toys unless they are stuffed with something tasty. The only exception is his Nylabone.
  15. This fall has given us a bummer crop of fantastic puppy photos. Thanks!
  16. Lots of cute puppy pictures lately, but we always love more!
  17. Totally cute! I can see the photo if I click on the link, but I think there is an easier way to attach photos.
  18. Is it possible that Gracie is guarding Bella from a perceived threat? Or that Gracie does not want Bella to interact with the other dog or human? I'm glad you are rescuing Coco, but in the short term you will have to keep the dogs separated until you figure this out. Try baby gates and different combinations: Gracie with Coco, Gracie with Bella, etc. And just generally, most Lab puppies are too big, clumsy, and goofy to play safely with a Chihuahua.
  19. This is a long shot, but sometimes if you can observe the whole litter together they will show some personality differences. Boldness or shyness can show up early. Activity level is harder to judge. Andas D'Elle says, all can change with age.
  20. Our dogs get Diamond Naturals, which is well rated on Dog Food Advisor and almost the same thing as 4 Health (same manufacturer). The kibble is always mixed with moderate amounts of healthy-for-dogs human food. This gives a variety of taste and nutrients.
  21. Cute puppy! Two suggestions: Do some nose work with him in the house. Hide a treat somewhere and tell him to find it. Start with something very simple and make it more complex as he figures it out. Mental activity can be as tiring as physical exercise, and a tired puppy is a good puppy. Get him a tug toy and play tug-o-war. Don't ever let him use his teeth on you or your clothing.
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