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  1. Update: I took my dog to my regular vet, and she couldn't give me many answers. Basically I need to take him to an ophthalmologist, and the ophthalmologist only comes to our island every 6 months. The vet did a physical exam, and that was fine. Both his pupils react to light, and he sees out of both eyes. But she agrees that the right one is larger than the right. I'll probably do the double merle test just to rule that out.
  2. Thanks for your reply. I was looking at the Merle gene test UC Davis offers. You're right, I was thinking I could at least rule out the possibility of double merle if I do the test. If nothing else, it would be interesting to know. I've had my dog for 2 years, and I'm guessing he was about a year when I got him. So he's about 3. I'm honestly not sure when he developed the unequal pupils - or if he was even that way when I adopted him. I should have been more observant, but it isn't a huge difference in size. My sister told me she thought his pupils were unequal about 6 months ago, but I
  3. Does anyone know if unequal pupils are a known double merle eye defect? Ex. A dog with one normal sized pupil and one small pupil? I know that double merles can have a lot of eye problems (+deafness) including small eyes, no eyes, starburst pupils, etc... but I don't know about the unequal pupils specifically. I've been reading about double merles on various websites, but none mention unequal pupils. I did find out that there are plenty of non-merle related causes of unequal sized pupils, including cancer, head trauma, infection, old age, etc.. I have a red merle rescue dog (probably not
  4. This has been an interesting thread! For those who do brush teeth, any favorite toothpaste or toothbrush brands? Do you use an electric tooth brush? I'm curious because I want to start a regular brushing routine for my dogs, and there are a lot of products out there to choose from! Also, does anyone have a ballpark price estimate for a routine dental cleaning? I'm going to ask my vet next time I go in. Thanks!
  5. Have you tried trading the ball he is holding for another ball that he likes equally well? Ex. He brings the ball back to you, you praise him, then show him another ball and toss it for him to fetch. Hopefully he will drop ball #1 and chase after ball #2. Then you can trade back and forth between the 2 balls. I've seen this work......but I've also seen dogs try to hold both toys in their mouths at once!
  6. I adopted my Sheltie, Noel, when she was 7 years old and started agility shortly after that. By the time she was 8 we were competing. She wasn't super fast, but she loved agility and we had a great time. We qualified quite a bit and earned novice and open titles. She was over 16 inches at the shoulder, but I always jumped her at a lower jump height due to her age. 12" at first, then dropped it to 8" when she got older. I stopped competing when she was 12, and I mostly retired her from agility when she was 13 because she started going blind and I didn't want her to hurt herself. So my long answ
  7. Hi and Welcome! Your puppy is adorable! Others on this board have a lot more experience than me, and I'm sure they can give you a lot of good advice. I am not a puppy expert, but I have a couple thoughts about your situation. If your puppy is scared of other dogs, he needs slow, careful, socialization to help him gain confidence. There are lots of methods to do this, but this is what I do. Find a distance where he feels comfortable and safe from the other dogs, then slowly work from there. For example, if he is 20 feet away from 1 dog, is he acting happy, can he focus on you? If so,
  8. If you and your puppy enjoy trick training, check out Silvia Trkman on youtube. She is an agility trainer from Slovenia. Silvia teaches her puppies tons of fun tricks, and you can see some on youtube. She also has a DVD called "The Puppy Diary" which shows how to teach a lot of tricks. I'm enjoying teaching these tricks to my adult dogs. Wren is so cute, and I'm glad she is doing better.
  9. Welcome! Millie is beautiful. As far as the fear/aggression towards children, check out the books "Control Unleashed" by Leslie McDevitt, and "Behavioral Adjustment Training 2.0" by Grisha Stewart. I have found control unleashed to be extremely helpful for my fear aggressive dog. Agility is so much fun! I hope you and Millie enjoy it.
  10. Wheeler is adorable! It looks like he has grown a lot.
  11. My shepherd mix, Jessie, didn't like to cuddle as a young puppy. I was worried, but she grew out of it and is now the kind of dog that always wants to be touching me. I find that just playing with my dogs without a training agenda is important to our relationship. I incorporate lots of playing into all our training, so it is all a game, but at other times I just play with absolutely no other purpose than just having fun. (Actually this does serve a purpose because if my dogs think I'm fun, and that playing with me is great, I can use play as a reward . Another game you can try is h
  12. Thank you everyone for your advice and book recommendations! I'll order those books and look forward to reading them. I read Nop's Trials by Donald McCaig quite a few years ago, and I was saddened to read on these boards that he passed away recently. D'Elle, yes this is a great resource! I understand the importance of choosing a working Border Collie breeder. There is so much info on this site about Border Collies, its like a library! Having a trainer rather than trying to figure everything out myself would be very helpful. If you have any trainer recommendations that would be great
  13. Thanks for the replies! I'm glad you guys think that teaching self control around livestock from the start is good. Of course I don't want my livestock to be stressed, or the puppy to learn to harass them and generally be nuts around livestock. Our cows are milk cows, and if you stress them they won't let down their milk, and I expect that their production would go down if they were continually stressed. Plus, it just wouldn't be fair to the poor cows! Since I've never raised a working BC puppy, I've just been worrying that what I did with Jessie wouldn't be the right thing to do. But it
  14. Thanks for the advice @juliepoudrier! I'll be sure to keep the pup safe from the cows. I don't want the pup to get frightened by the livestock either. So before the puppy is old enough to work, if the puppy is on leash, and gets very excited when it sees livestock, pulling on the leash, barking, trying to chase, etc.. What should I do? I don't want to discourage the puppy from being interested in working livestock when its older, so should I be fairly neutral about it? Maybe let the puppy look at the stock a bit, then move on and distract the puppy? With my previous puppy, Jess
  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Kit looks like a beautiful dog.
  16. Hi everyone, I'm planning on getting a working bred Border Collie this year, hopefully in the next 6 months or so. While I wait (impatiently!) for the puppy, I'm trying to learn as much as I can. I live on a small (50 acres) diverse farm, and I would love to teach my BC to work our livestock when he/she is old enough. The livestock I'd like the dog to work with are our dairy cows and sheep. I would love my dog to become a useful farm dog who can bring the cows out of the pasture, bring in the sheep, and help with the occasional "cattle drive" (it is only 1 mile:). Herding trials lo
  17. My picky dog's current favorite high value treats are chicken or duck jerky, and Happy Howie's sausage rolls.
  18. Hi! I'm a new member, but I've been reading this forum for a long time and have found it extremely helpful. I don't have a Border Collie yet, but I'm planning on getting a puppy this year. The breeding hasn't taken place yet, and in the meantime I'm preparing as much as I can. This will be my first Border Collie. I currently have 2 dogs. Jessie is a 6 year old German Shepherd mix, and Geri is a 3 year old Catahoula mix. They are both rescues. I also had a Sheltie who passed away at the age of 15.5 last year. The BC pup will be the second puppy I've raised, because I got my Shelti
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