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  1. He's getting plenty of training. This thread is as much about him as it is me being paranoid that the tiny piece of steel on the end of most leashes isn't as strong as promised by leash manufacturers, or that the emerging market steel company that forged it quietly used lower quality metal, and that it will snap when least expected. Similarly, at some point every dog product we've ever had with stitching (leather, webbing, parachute material, etc.) has eventually frayed and unwoven itself. As for Monte, his training is progressing just fine, but he's at 100%, herding instinct-wise, and he will still periodically lunge at cars, or bicycles that sneak up behind us, and I'm not interested in taking a risk that his lead will fail.
  2. Thanks all! I got a recommendation from a friend to try this Collar brand leash: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HX7ZVVQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_QGVDTH0QE453MCGQMNH3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Monte needs some new leashes. Lately, we've been walking him with a fairly substantial waist harness leash with a toughened bungee cord connecting the dog to me. It's fairly strong, but the rest of the family won't use it, preferring a fabric leash sourced from Target, which has a seat belt loop in the middle. The Target leash works passably well, but tends to fray after a few weeks, and a few days ago, the stitching of the middle loop came apart while in the car. What I'd really like is the heaviest duty leash possible, for which I don't need to be concerned that vigorous play and training won't weaken it. I also am concerned that the spring-loaded carabiners (the common clips, that look like question marks) might develop hairline cracks that I won't notice until it breaks. Short of crafting my own custom leash out of, say, mountain-climbing equipment, does anyone have a suggestion for a heavy-duty leash that goes above and beyond with respect to quality, durability, and security, while at the same time being easily usable by family members and our dog-walkers? I'm looking for a leash for which, short of my dropping it, will last forever. I don't care if it weighs an extra pound or so. If it has a three-quarter-inch thick steel connector rated for a thousand kilograms, that's fine too. Thank you!
  4. Here’s another picture of Montgomery staying warm...
  5. Good morning Border Collie world: Introducing myself, my family and I are very much enjoying our new puppy, Montgomery, who is now about six months old. He's our third Border Collie, and is a textbook perfect dog in every respect. He's the happiest dog we've ever had, and we're incredibly lucky to have him. However, one conundrum has come up which may, or may not, be worth worrying about. Our breeder was incredibly concerned about anecdotes that she had heard regarding the Lepto vaccine, and how border collies specifically have had very severe reactions to it in recent years. Our vet, on the other hand (who we have used for twenty five years) mentioned that his research, including a communication with the vaccine manufacturer, suggests that the risk of side effects is quite low, and that we shouldn't be particularly concerned. Certainly, Lepto is severe, and does occur in New Jersey, which is where we live. Is there any reason to be concerned about that vaccine specifically, as it relates to border collies? (This is not a request for anti-vax rhetoric in general, only a very specific question to help resolve the contrast between our breeder, and the vet. The vet has far more credibility, as far as I'm concerned, but upon checking the boards here, some of the older leapt threads seem to refer to an older injection.) Thanks !!!
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