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  1. As the new owner of a GSD puppy, other factors also play into it. My breeder insists (per contract) that we give our puppy Vitamin C as he is growing along with MSM and Glucosamine. But most importantly keeping the puppy thin and on a RAW diet. His parents are working dogs with clear OFA ratings, but that alone is not enough. I am also a member of a couple working dog forums and that seems to be the consenses from everyone, including people who have older and still working GSDs. They also say that not over exercising or under exercising the puppy while its growing factors in. Once you
  2. Dremel!! Only way to go... gets the nails much shorter and smoother without the quick getting hit. As for noise I use a named brand, plug in type from home depot for my vaccume terrified border collie and he doesn't mind in the least. This is a dog that will bite groomers who clip his nails. Just takes some time to get them use to it... chicken or steak helps this processes move quicker...
  3. No its Bravo! frozen tripe, its nasty and not for humans!! lol I was thinking of adding it to every few meals. He eats once a day and right now is at 1.5 lbs per days plus 3 chicken wings, but seems to be loosing weight. He is a big dog, 24 in and around 47 lbs, and is very active. So because tripe has a lot of cals. I was thinking just add a half cup every two-three days would help him out. Thanks everyone!
  4. So I feed my cat and dog Bravo! raw food plus some other meats, etc. Its not too expensive and I am lazy, plus I can get really cool meats. Anyhow, I bought some green tripe and have no clue how to feed it, as a meal?? small amounts in a few meals?? Does anybody feed it and can help me out?
  5. First dog as a child: A border collie Missy First dog as an adult: I was 17 when I got MacIntosh, so I will say my beloved Jack.... both Border collies Why a BC?: I grew up with them and I like a working dog Did you do research? Yes I have reserched the breed since we got missy when I was 5 years old First BC: Missy. MT pound puppy was supposed to be a little lap dog, turned out to be 4 week old border collie. Great dog and great teacher. What made you want to get another? While I love many different breeds and will always own some different breeds, I enjoy border collies
  6. Eileen and Julie, I want to thank you for the effort in your responses. I hope my online posts were not viewed in a hostile manner, I meant them as more of a questioning tone. I also tried to make it clear I did understand a number of working bred dogs could be used for SAR with great success. I understand and thank you for expanding on my short prey drive answer for why dogs work in both aspects. I do think I took the word "bond" to be the main issue with reguards to the dogs work. I think relationship is a much better word, and leaves me in agreement with what everyone is saying. Your
  7. First I want to say that I in no way support breeding border collies for anything other than stock work. I have a rescue that I do take lessons with and would love to someday be able to compete. Then I have my working bred border that I do SAR with. I do train both my dogs in dog sports and they are pets. I have no issue with understanding that border collies were bred to herd, but what is herding if not the hunt without the kill. I just see search and rescue as the first part of the hunt and herding as the second. It stems from prey drive, and it is that drive that both things tap into
  8. So I wonder how different a sport dog person, or therapy dog, etc relationship is from someone who does not in fact make their living from livestock, as a growing number of sheepdog people don't. What makes their relationship that much different from an agility handler? Part time herding, the dog can win or loose and still be a loved pet. Is the difference solely in the fact that one is herding while the other is not. I mean the reliance on the dog is the same isn't it? No one will lose the house or food on the table if the dog fails on any venture. And as stated a dog can't miss what it
  9. Maybe its just me, but is anyone looking at it from the dogs point of view? I traveled back from the UK with my dog and maybe it is just that he is a tall border collie, but I wouldn't want to make him cram in some tiny space to save a buck or to "know" he was alright... I let him ride in the specail pet baggage hold, talked to the airline about the area he would be riding in, pestered flight attendants to make sure he was on the plane,etc. He got to ride in his large crate (which he is use to and loves to be in when he is stressed) with plenty of room, bones to chew, water, and a nice sof
  10. I would only own a working bred dog. Border collies (of course) Working German shepherds (NOT german or american show lines) Malinois (I lOVE them) Dutch shepherd I would love another sheltie one day (token little dog) or maybe a papillion or JRT. I would own a pit if the right rescue came about. Other than that I wouldn't really own any other breed....
  11. Just a guess from watching my dogs play with each other, but when they play fight, they bow and then one will go up and bite the scruff/face/neck area of the other and then either run off to be chased or just stay and wrestle. Could that be what she is doing?? Cause if I understand you right it isn't a case of outward aggression.
  12. Donna, here you go! The Voices in Blood He's only your pet collie, romping on a sunlit lawn, Or sleeping on a run before the fire. Though his role in life is just to be a friend beyond compare, He's a servant more than worthy of his hire. For if his fate should call him to a dozen different tasks, He could do each one incomparably well; Adapting to each changed demand, intelligent and keen, In all things he is destined to excel. You might see him in Obedience and watch him winning Crufts, Or in the Working Trails, achieving T.D.ex, Or racing through Agility, (and he could
  13. Eileen , maybe I am wrong, but on another Border collie board Brildwn has posted pictures of herself with all those dogs and puppies she says she has bred. I am not sure this is a made up kennel, but rather a poorly planned and run breeding program. I don't think she posts here because too many people will call her out on it, where as the other board people tend to be nicer and not start fights or point to the errors in her ways as much.
  14. My Jack is big for a border at 23 1/2 inches and we have to work to keep him at 40 lbs. He is a smooth coat and you can see his ribs a bit, but also his muscles. I have had the RSPCA called on me after my well intentioned neighbors called thinking I didn't feed him. They came and agreed with my vet he is a nice example of a fit and healthy border collie. He runs five-ten miles a day with me, does SAR training for about 30 min at least a day, along with at least an hour of ball,agility and basic training. If he was straving I would think his legs would fail him and he would lay down and qui
  15. Miztiki, thanks for the suggestion! I will give it a try this weekend and report back. I will do more looking on the cod liver oil, although if I can get fish into his diet I would more than likely scrape the whole extra oil thing altogether. I hope you have a wondeerful time in NC, sounds like you all will have a blast! My opinion on the veggies is that Jack hasn't had anything except meat, organs, and bones for four months. He has been to the vet twice both times getting two paws up (he has had his blood work done in that time as well). I haven't seen him eating my backyard plants f
  16. Hey thanks for doing this. I just have a quick question about feeding fish. My Jack is much like your Boy in his allergy issues, I have been doing the raw thing for four or so months. Jack now eats, duck, chicken, beef, turkey, rabbit, some pork, but I am having a hard time with fish. I have only been able to get canned salmon and mackral, but the problem is he has really really loose stools when he eats it. I only feed at night so he has the whole night to rest and digest, but if fish was on the menu he will need to wake me up to go out and it isn't pretty. All his other stools are the
  17. I only lurk on this board, but Steve's posts often brought a smile to my face. He sounded like quite a character and a fighter as well. I hope he is happy and pain free where ever he is. Send my love, thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
  18. Borderco1


    Looks like they just switched to the CKC, but still running what looks like a puppy mill.
  19. My Jack is right about 23.5 inches and 40 pounds. He is not a light boned dog, but is very thin. We fight to keep any weight on him, he is a smooth coat and you can see some of his ribs. Our vet says he is in fine health and his coat is wonderful. The vet thinks he will gain a few pounds in muscle mass as he matures (he is 15 months) , but we don't expect him to get over 45 lbs.
  20. Just wanted to say good luck to you!! My Jack has allergies to a lot of things, at first I switched him to a food the vet recommended but didn't get the results I wanted. I switched to barf a few months ago and he is wonderful now, no scratching, no bald spots, and is coat his so shinny he gets stopped on the street!! I feed only chicken wings, beef, cod liver oil, livers, and a powder vitamin my vet gave me. Hope Boy is feeling better soon!!
  21. I would add that breeding for looks does the opposite of making a breed healthier. The english bulldog comes to mind, bred so much for looks they can't breath or give birth by themselves. There are many other exampls but that was just one.
  22. None of you were wasting your time, I did learn a lot from this thread. Although I am still months off my first lessons and years away from ever thinking about getting sheep. I am researching like crazy and enjoy any new things I learn. I admire the fact that time after time you respond to people's questions however silly. I have seen this on this thread and other threads. People coming on the board and not taking very good advice. I am not sure I would have the patience to keep trying to get others to understand, but am happy to know some people. do. Anyhow keep up the good work!!
  23. www.littlehats.net is a great place for you to go and read about the basics. They also have trainers listed. They have two listed in PA. Listen to everything the wise border collie people say, I am just as new as you to sheepherding though I have no breeding plans at all. I have learned more on this board about working border collies and I have had the breed my whole life. And as someone that wishes I could do more time wise for rescue, but does give a lot of money, really consider your choice on breeding. Best of luck to you and your dogs.
  24. I, myself, would not support anything put out by Koehler , I find his training way out of line, and yes there are parts that work but there is a lot that is just straight abuse. But some good training books I actually liked. Barbara Sykes "Understanding Border collies". Not too much of a training book although it does have a lot of training advice. Suzanne Clothier and Patricia B. McConnell I have read and enjoyed, both I consider far better trainers than anything Koehler puts out.
  25. I know at least with FEMA here is the states the dog must have a bark alert as it is the only one which can be understood when the handler is out of sight and so that the handler can then mark the source. Most disater dogs I know work with out any collars on as a fall on the rumble it could get caught so I couldn't see using a bringse for disaster work. Does anyone know if for diaster other countries use this? I was taugt that on a site you don't want your dog running back to you over the pile as it could get hurt. With wilderness the bringse seems to be a better idea as having a large dog
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