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  1. I am a novice trainer with 2 novice dogs. My young dog, 18 months (Sprite), has been on sheep about once a week, off and on for 7-8 months. Today was Sprite?s first lesson after her spay 10 days ago. In the past, she has had some trouble with pressure- she seems to bounce off and take a very wide path around the sheep instead of staying on balance. This problem was suddenly huge today. She would not take a ?Go By? for anything. She only wanted to go counterclockwise and even then she stayed way off the stock. Then when my trainer came in to help, Sprite quit & turned tail. My t
  2. As I said in the other thread, I have both the Ruff Rider and the Pet Buckle (From PetsMart). I found that the Ruff Rider was definately harder to put on but I recently bought a newer model for my younger dog...However they made some redesigns and it totally engulfed her! She was all covered up with straps...she is on the small side. I found the Pet Buckle seatbelt- the only other model tested and passed as I understand- so much easier to use that I now use it when a seatbelt is necessary. It is a redesign of a product used to hold child saftey seats in cars...so is very safe. The bu
  3. Hey Sue- check out this discussion on the genreal boards! Vehicle Restraints- General BC Discussion HTH,
  4. Yes, Cosamin, the human product, is cheaper & one can often find discounts, etc. Check out Costco.com. Personally, I use the liquid horse formulations but my dogs don't have CHD. You can play around & see wich works best for you. HTH,
  5. Some of my rescues have been bolters. I usually use a molecuball or some other treat dispenser type ball to slow eating. also, the cookie sheet is a good option- or even the floor of the crate if that's where she is fed. However, kibble is a really unnatural way too feed so you might follow the advice of adding water to it first. A dog would naturally get a meal of 70% water if eating fresh food. Kibble is what like 10%? So watered down kibble is probably better and canned is even better than that- less grains & preservatives. Of course the best is raw, IMO, but I won't go there
  6. The risk of bloat (GDV) greatly increases with age. Most dogs we see at the ER are older. Just Weds we did surgery on a 13 year old Chow for GDV. We see GSD, Retrievers, Weims, Setters and of course Danes. I have actually seen several Bassets & even Dachshund or two. Problem is no one can say for certain why it happens so prevention can be difficult. As my dogs age, I am a little more observant when it comes to feeding & activity times. But I have seen lots (50/50?) of bloated dogs with nothing but a stomach full of gas- no food or water. A big factor for many dogs is stre
  7. Barb! You are absolutely right! It is the sounds. Now that you mention it she can get amp'd up just at the sound of agility. That is why taking the visual away has not worked. She was the worst at one class with several especially needy dogs where handlers were cheering and yelling the whole way 'round the course. Herding is peacful & quiet (mostly) but if I give her a "shhh, shhh" she turns up the speed & overreacts there too. Thank you so much for helping to ID the problem. I think I may try recording a training session to try some nosie desensitization too! Forget f
  8. Thanks North, I'm glad you wasted the bandwith to sling arrows. I will not defend the use of a riding crop. I already said that it made me feel bad and then in a later post I mentioned my guilt at resorting to overt violence when more humane methods don't work. It just shows how naieve I have been in the past...listening to trainers who don't understand the relationship I have/want with my dogs. I've done a lot of reading (& soul searching) along with exposing myself here on these boards to ask for advice. Your comments are in no way helpful...and IMO, expose your cowardic
  9. Hi all, Like Melanie said there are many reasons for internal bleeding. However, by far the most common we see at the animal ER is Hemangiosarcoma (HSA) of the spleen or liver. The dogs suddenly collapse or get very weak and occasionally vomit or have a little diarrhea. A real observant owner may notice pale gums/tongue & distended abdomen but most don't. The dogs will often have an increased rate of breathing too. It is a horrible disease because it strikes silently- your dog seems perfectly healthy on the outside and there is no time to prepare for the inevitable. We do
  10. Hi HK, Not sure what you mean by "damage your relationship with the dog". I have used a pinch collar on a rare occasion- actually for ONE specific problem with my older dog. I do not give leash corrections using a pinch but I allow the dog to self correct. I don't see that as any worse than hitting or rapping the dog on the face or shoulder. In fact, I wondered if that is exactly what you meant with your suggestion. It seems like one might have trouble with the dogs becoming hand shy if the handler is actually hitting them with a hand?? ...especially on the face or head. My plan
  11. Thanks Guys! A couple of things I didn't mention....we have been on "hiatus" from training since the end of June. This year's hurricane season has wrought (wreeked???) havoc on most agility classes. Almost no one has indoor training so the equipment that was not repeatedly put up has been damaged and training areas have been destroyed by downed trees & flooding. I took this (and the heat earlier this summer) as an opportunity to take a break from agility. Also, I have tried a gentle leader (caused bloody sores on her nose), the sense-ation harness (no effect) as well as just
  12. Hi All, I don't post here much but I thought you guys might have some advice for me. I have a BC pup (well she's 16 mos old now so maybe a teenager now ) out of herding lines. She is awesome, very responsive, sharp as a tack and eager to learn & please me....EXCEPT when it comes to agility. At agility class, when it is not her turn, she is insane- screaming, yelling, flailing around like a fish out of water on the end of the leash. She acts as though she's never had a spit of obedience training. She is hard...I have tried increasing our distance & distracting her, rewar
  13. Thanks everyone! Looks like its a thumbs up on Scrimgeour. I already have Virgil Holland's book and wow! Did it help to read about what I was trying to do. Holland has said some things that were contradictory to what my trainer has said/done so I'd like to read some other opinions. Where can I get the video (Scrimgeour's)? I didn't see it on the BCIA site...maybe I missed it? Thanks again! BC Lover
  14. Thanks everyone! Looks like its a thumbs up on Scrimgeour. I already have Virgil Holland's book and wow! Did it help to read about what I was trying to do. Holland has said some things that were contradictory to what my trainer has said/done so I'd like to read some other opinions. Where can I get the video (Scrimgeour's)? I didn't see it on the BCIA site...maybe I missed it? Thanks again! BC Lover
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