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  1. ---"What will happen when the AKC closes its stud books ... Hmmm... Jodi"--- If the ABCA wants to contest the AKC Border Collie name for the breed, as the Jack Russel people did as was mentioned in one post above, maybe it should do so before the books close? One other point on working border collies not being sound, as some misguided soul mentioned: I just had my working border collie dog spayed and hips x-rayed at the same time and the vet keep saying how they were some of the nicest and most functional he had seen in long time. My dog comes from old working lines and se
  2. Clorox is used and works very well on fungi, like rigworm. Are you sure the one that told you didn't speak about using it in that context? Never heard about using it on mites. Lost one doberman to generalized juvenile demodicosis many years ago, before Mitaban dips. The parents were imported dogs from Europe that came with an engineer that had been hired by a US firm. The mother was in whelp during transit so stress probably was a big factor. Seven puppies in the litter, five had it, two died from it, after several months of skin infections that didn't go away. Today such
  3. ---"P.S. -- Oh, and when I asked Cholla what she was doing here, I didn't mean she should leave. I just don't understand why she is surprised that being all rah-rah about the AKC isn't received well considering this is a board sponsored by, and mostly populated by, people who are opposed to the AKC. That's all. Personally, I wouldn't go hang out on a vegetarian board and post about how great I think meat is."--- Oh, and when I commented on being you who pointed that out, I didn't mean that I was surprised about the comment, only that it was you who made it. Somehow I thought that you were
  4. Zip is five months old today and doesn't tear toys, at least not yet. She chooses one toy herself at Pets Mart when we go there. She is particular on what she wants, is interesed in some but when the right one comes along, she really jumps for joy at it and carries it all the way to the counter, easy to do since she has been small enough to ride in the cart until this last time. The toy chosen this last time was one of those softer bigger balls with uneven surfaces and a squeaker. It has been a winner for all, soft for her to grab and for anything it hits. She is good about walkin
  5. ---"...this legislation won't deter breeding abuse at the hands of those who seek to profit from the misery of our beloved friends and companions."--- I know one way that the oversupply and puppy mill breeders would be hampered. Get all the possible money those humane associations get, millions a year in donations and start a catchy, nationally in scope well thought out compaign to SHAME those that breed many dogs, those that breed indiscriminately, those that buy from them and showcase the terrible killing that goes on in shelters. Not wanting to shock you, but to go to help in a
  6. ---"It's focus, inevitably, is on supporting and maintaining its bloated bureaucracy."--- Just a comment, not trying to get off thread, but that sentence could reflect our government, along with so many other organizations, small and large, I think. Part of the beast.
  7. Yes, you clarify much with your post. AS far as the AKC only being interesed in their members, AKC registered dogs, what is wrong with that? The ABCA is not interesed in any AKC or other dogs, only ABCA. That is the mandate of any association, not only dog ones, to take care of their own. The AKC has been battling puppy mills for long and, as I already mentioned, puppy mills now have their own registries. To use that allegation of AKC interest in puppy mills as money makers is not valid any more. As far as the bill and the amendments, I don't know enough and was waiting for Eil
  8. Thanks for your clarifying post. I am hard to understand and know it. Something about the way I say things, partly because English is not a language I learned in shool but later in life when I came here and had to, partly because I live fairly isolated so don't have much practice with discourse and forget people can't read my mind and leave much out. I am allergic to dogs so have had very few at once, the last years only one at the time. I have never bred or intend to but helped breeders raise litters and know that someone has to be the good breeders that keep the different breeds
  9. ---"I agree with Julie, Cholla. It also makes me wonder why you're here. I'm not trying to say that the working dog world does not need to clean house -- I think it does. But I'm totally puzzled by your heartfelt defense of the AKC. If you're really that interested in talking about how wonderful the AKC is, I'm afraid you're in the wrong place."--- "My heartfelt defense of the AKC" according to you, I guess and several here, it seems. Not in my mind. I was trying to show that there is more to the AKC than conformation, a true statement, even if you don't welcome it. I have been postin
  10. Try, not walking backwards but standing still until the dog will look at you and then praise and go on. After a few tries the dog will be looking at you before the leash tightens. Has worked with several border collies where that was a problem, if you are very, very consistent for a few days, as a new rule for walks.
  11. ---"With 915,668 registrations in 2003 at $15 per registration ($13,735,020) it dwarfs all other registries; that's almost 1 million new dogs a year. Mark"--- Any figures for other registries, like UKC or the one in Canada? How about non AKC (which many are now) puppy mill numbers? Figures on backyard breeders? Any others? We know that we are euthanizing, as far as we can count, over 3 million dogs a year in shelters. Hard to compare with only one number to go by. As John Adams said, more than two centuries ago: "Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wi
  12. You may want to take the time to read several of these articles, about the middle, on Loose Leash Walking. Some of it may work for you: http://www.clickersolutions.com/articles/index.htm#behaviors A good start is to stand and wait for the dog to look at you while she is pulling and then let's go!. Do it even if it takes you only ten feet forward the first day and in a few days your dog will be getting to the end of the leash and looking back at you before pulling, if you are consistent thru the learning phase and never walk if the leash is very tight.
  13. You mentioned obedience class. What does your teacher recommend you do? Anyone mentioning a pinch collar? They are milder than choke collars but need to be used after they have been adjusted properly and you taught to keep the leash loose. They are called power steering for a reason. At this point, I would ask your teacher about it and give it a try. Keep training without distractions if you can, not when you are so close to something she wants so bad you lose her attention right away. Ask for only a few steps heeling at first, not too far so she has room to start pulling a
  14. The AKC is not without controversy and herding people are not either. They happen to be part of the problem, around here at least, by the breeding and selling that goes on in a market saturated with dogs that end at the shelter, plus other issues that come from handling stock dogs more like livestock. Do you know how so many people on ranches and trialers generally handle dogs? Some are my friends and I know it is their right to conduct their business as they see proper, even if I don't agree with some of it, just as I do with the AKC. The world is not black and white but shaded.
  15. Several people in our dog club have gone to feeding a different brand every bag or two and say they are happy with the way their dogs look and work. They assume that if one food is not quite balanced for their dog, the next one will take up the slack. Doing that some also found that their dogs don't do as well with some ingredients, like one mentioned chicken. So she now feeds any but feeds with chicken.
  16. Had that problem with a doberman a few years ago that had beautiful coat but a little "dandruff" and adding Linatone, a commercial preparation that can be bought at any pet store and added to the food, solved the problem. Don't know why your dog has that problem. It could be a "walking dandruff" mite or something else, so if it get's worse and a change in food or supplements don't help, ask your vet. Your vet should be used to any problems that may be common in your area and have a solution for you.
  17. I am told that one way the AKC keeps check of the breeding going on is what tells them who may be a puppy mill type breeder, when they register from very young stock or very often from the same mother. They are going to require even more DNA for registration and eventuallly that will curb much of any overboard breeding any one may be tempted to do, at least with them. Let's remember that they are not the only registry around, only the one that most like to pick on. And yes, several herding trialers around here keep more than three intact animals around, some in training, etc. a
  18. AKC (as the NRA does for arms and so many other lobbying associations do for their particular interests) fight anything that will curtail reasonable use of dogs, on principle. Those sentences you presented, if nothing else, leave the real culprit of so much of the dog oversupply, the backyard breeders, free to continue, if I am reading it right. For your information, many AKC people are not breeders and from those that are, they have only one or two dogs they show or put out with a handler, most times a female. The turnover rate of people interesed in conformation shows averages five
  19. I did a quick Google search and found much, all about like this: ---"VOTE NO ON HR 3484 because This bill is unfair it punishes the responsible hobby breeder and does nothing but give puppy mills irresponsible breeders and pet stores the the ability to avoid being prosecuted for a problem that is partially their fault the rest of the fault lies on the irresponsible pet owners not breeders. Hello, my name is Sonja and I am a hobby dog breeder of Australian Shepherds registered American Kennel Club, Australian Shepherd Club of America, and United Kennel Club. I am also involved in activitie
  20. First, any dog that has a sudden change in temperament should be examined by a vet and at least a thyroid panel run. Also, your dog, at two years old, is not a puppy anymore but getting to be a serious adult and expecting to be treated like that and evidently demanding it. Are you sure that she knows her place in the pack and there have not been signs lately that she was asserting herself more and more? As many people find out, once their dog is grown, the dog may change and become a different dog than the happy-go-lucky one so many are as puppies. That is when all the previous work
  21. My understanding of puppy mills and the AKC is that the AKC has been tightening their qualifications and inspections so much with the aid of DNA testing that the puppy mills have started their own registry and so don't depend on the AKC any more for their "papers". They even sponsor (that they really run) "shows" so their dogs can be "champions". If I remember correctly, since it has been a few years now that this came to be, the puppy mills registries are National Kennel Club and Continental Kennel Club, a name that the Canadian Kennel Club resents mightily as those are their same letter
  22. ---"If you want to jump on me for my disdain of the AKC and their contribution to dog overpopulation and the irrepairable harm they have done to many once proud breeds, be my guest. If I can get 1 person to get the death row or rescue dog and forgo the AKC as a source, I consider it an even trade."--- Gary, you don't like the AKC period. That is your right. I don't like "no kill" shelters, like the one you seem to be so proud of, period. I consider them illogical warehouses for dogs. That money could be better spent on trying to rehome adoptable dogs as soon as possible, as our ci
  23. ---"What I meant was that the only qualification for a dog / handler to be a USDAA or NADAC member is that the dog is a dog, is over 18 months and is not aggresive to other dogs. As far as ability, I could take any of my dogs and train and compete in these group's events. We may never make it out of novice, but we can still go and have fun. Groups based on inclusion, not exclusion."--- That paragraph lacks logic when you mean to say that the AKC agility shows are not fun and you can't show forever at the lower levels if you don't qualify for the upper ones and that because they are AKC peo
  24. I don't know anything about "AKC herding" but I can imagine what it is like. Have never heard that any one dog is not permitted to participate in international events, if they qualify, regardless of their breed or paper status. I don't know who determines what dogs can make the US team, how they are qualifying. Good question. Will ask around.
  25. When our club members, that some have MACH's on their dogs and qualify for the AKC finals, go to any other than AKC shows, USDAA too, they come back saying it was easier and bring home the blues to prove it. Some of those people you saw in the AKC finals are in the international team and do very well in the really tougher/higher european courses. It always looks easier when sitting down and watching it than running the course. Same with herding trials.
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