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  1. Hi. Hope it's okay if I jump on this thread as it came up when I did a search to ask if our (supposedly 5 month old) smooth border collie (male) should be as heavy as he is. He is currently 12.8kg (or 28.2lb) which seems to be off the charts I look at. He is fit and active, has a well defined waist and recently transitioned onto adult Skinners (mainly because I ordered the wrong version!) I weigh out his food but do sometimes add a bit of egg or sardine etc to his teatime meal as a treat. I seem to spend my life researching it on the internet and am getting no further so would love it if someone with experience could help!
  2. Hi. I'm technically a first time BC puppy owner (I guess having one as a family pet when I was 7 doesn't really count as I wasn't exactly involved in the upbringing). He's lovely when he's not tired and had plenty of exercise and fed well etc. My problem is knowing how to tell the difference between him being nuts because he's overtired or being nuts because he actually needs more activity/stimulation. He's about 14 weeks old and doesn't have his second set of jabs until this Friday as the farm we got him from didn't have him vaccinated and he was about 10/11 weeks when we got him, so garden play, training and deliberate stress (getting him to do a few stairs which he's terrified of etc) are how we try to wear him out. He often goes totally crazy (runs around like a lunatic, digs, chews, nips, barks) which in the end I put down to being overtired, but it does take some considerable time for him to get it out of his system and settle down. Does anyone know how much sleep he should have as "naps" during the day? I go out to work for 2 hours and he is allowed to sleep in the living room, which I am assuming he does as nothing appears out of place when I come home. Other than that, he just crashes later at night and we end up having to wake him up for his pre bedtime toilet. Sorry for the ramble. Any help appreciated. (This is exactly like having a toddler - I often lose the will to live )
  3. Hi. I'm technically a first time BC puppy owner (I guess having one as a family pet when I was 7 doesn't really count as I wasn't exactly involved in the upbringing). He's lovely when he's not tired and had plenty of exercise and fed well etc. My problem is knowing how to tell the difference between him being nuts because he's overtired or being nuts because he actually needs more activity/stimulation. He's about 14 weeks old and doesn't have his second set of jabs until this Friday as the farm we got him from didn't have him vaccinated and he was about 10/11 weeks when we got him, so garden play, training and deliberate stress (getting him to do a few stairs which he's terrified of etc) are how we try to wear him out. He often goes totally crazy (runs around like a lunatic, digs, chews, nips, barks) which in the end I put down to being overtired, but it does take some considerable time for him to get it out of his system and settle down. Does anyone know how much sleep he should have as "naps" during the day? I go out to work for 2 hours and he is allowed to sleep in the living room, which I am assuming he does as nothing appears out of place when I come home. Other than that, he just crashes later at night and we end up having to wake him up for his pre bedtime toilet. Sorry for the ramble. Any help appreciated. (This is exactly like having a toddler - I often lose the will to live )
  4. Hi. Hope it's okay to ask this as a new topic. We have an approx 11 week old border collie puppy. I hadn't done much research re foods when we got him so just went out and bought any old puppy food (pedigree puppy kibble). It was gradually mixed in with some pellets the previous owner gave us. I think it might be affecting dog's bowels as poos are quite sloppy (although he did just have his first injection too). Can anyone recommend a good quality dry kibble for sensitive stomach (I believe grain free is the way to go) that isn't horrendously expensive. Happy to spend money on him, but obviously don't want to spend £36 a bag if we can get similar quality for £10 less. I know every dog is different, just looking to see what others have tried that works well. Many thanks.
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