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  1. My current 14 yr old has very little grey - just a few individual hairs across his shoulders. My current nearly-8 yr old starting getting a grey muzzle at age 5! So, I don't think there's any "rule" or standard. Thank you for such a great rescue! diane
  2. Mental games. Tires 'em out easily as much as physical. Teach simple tricks. A new one every three days. You'll be amazed!! diane
  3. He may or may not outgrow it. My experience (which is considerable!) is that it can be nutritional - or it can just as easily be behavioral. 1) Don't let him outside if there's ANY chance there's poop on the ground. Or leash him when you do. 2) If it is truly a problem on hikes. you might consider the Outfox mask. (www.outfoxfordogs.com) I had one dog who wore it on every hike and it worked great. Doesn't limit vision, can still actually pick things up (in his case, it was usually sticks!), fastens to collar so very hard to get off (though it can slip....). 3) People may suggest all sorts of things to put on your dogs' food, or on the poop itself. Believe me, I tried EVERYTHING an nothing worked. My guy even really liked siracha! Product called ForBid (and another one I've forgotten the name of) did nothing. Meat tenderizer did nothing. Really, in our case at least, NOTHING worked. 4) People will also give you lots of reasons dogs do it. I'm convinced for many (but perhaps not all) it is just something they do. No logical explanation, no solution except as mentioned above. Good luck! diane
  4. What GL said. You can't teach him to NOT do something; you can only teach him to DO something. Like sit. Down. Heel. etc. And as she said, do it BEFORE he begins to jump, when you can. Good luck! diane
  5. I agree with a day to "rest" his gut. If you said what the surgery was for, I missed it - but in any case, anesthesia can play havoc with guts. My vet recently started one of my dogs who had diarrhea (cause not identified) on Tylan powder (tylosin). It is like a miracle drug in my opinion! It is an antibiotic, and hyou only need a very small amount; it's also very inexpensive. I've had dogs for years and never had a vet recommend this before. I'm never without it now. Maybe ask about it? (while, of course, you take in the nasty sample....) Best of luck! diane
  6. Look up recipes for salmon (or tuna) fudge. I like the little pyramid-shaped mats to bake them on (sorry, don't recall the correct name for them!). They pop right out and are just the right size for my BCs. I've used tapioca flour that seems to work the best. Yummers! diane
  7. Absolutely eggs are good for dogs! Mine don't get them regularly, as I have no good source for "good" eggs. But on occasion, I'll toss them a whole raw one, and they love 'em! I've also been known to give them a scrambled or mashed up hard boiled egg. I don't know duck eggs, but suspect given their size, a whole one daily might be a bit much. Lucky dogs! diane
  8. Smalahundur: As stated, to each our own! But I'll relate a story of one purebred BC who was, overall, a very healthy dog. She had incontinence from a fairly early age, managed by low dose medications. (Side note: I adopted her when she was 3.5 yr old; she had pretty worn down teeth at that point, but nothing that looked "bad.") She was on a raw homemade diet (in her later years, as formulated by a vet nutritionist), though never ate bones due to her bad teeth. When she was about 8 yr old, her incontinence became worse. Vet adjusted the med, tried a different one, to little avail. We were managing (though it was not pretty!), and I just figured she and I would deal with it for the rest of her life. Quite unconnected, I decided to have her teeth checked by a vet dentist - knowing they needed cleaning (that genetics thing, likely). He found TWO abscessed teeth, and a canine that needed a root canal (or extraction, which at the time, didn't seem like a good idea). Dental vet was amazed that she was doing as well as she was, considering. I would NEVER have suspected a dental problem, other than some plaque accumulating. After the dental work, her incontinence seemed to improve. Over more than a few months, we reduced her medications, and for the next EIGHT years (she lived to be 16!), she got one measly hormone tablet a month. I don't even know if she needed that one, but I wasn't willing to find out if she wasn't! Conclusion: low grade infection, circulating in her bloodstream, causing mild infection (never caught on a urinalysis), solved by dental work! Realizing all dogs are different...there's my two cents' worth. I brush my dogs' teeth now, and get them checked regularly (which might be only every few years). diane
  9. You've gotten some great advice, and it sounds like it's working! (AND he's getting older by the minute...LOL!) Another thought: sometimes mental stimulus is as tiring as physical work. There are tons of games and tricks you can do, though I realize sometimes the "overactive" pup isn't going to do these for very long. You might look at some of the physical games - even a muffin tin, upside down, with treats under each cup; or a treat under a ball in each cup. Little things that will keep him busy, give him some satisfaction, AND keep him out of your hair/legs/arms for a bit. I prefer teaching things that are interactive with me - but then, I'm retired and have time. Hang in there - this too will pass! diane
  10. It may take awhile. There are Kongs made for puppies - they're a bit softer and smaller. Or try some other stuffing! But yeah, attention span at that age....about the length of a gnat's whisker! LOL! diane
  11. You've gotten some good advice here, and also that temptation to get addicted! (It's pretty easy to do....) Suggestion: to go to a trial to observe, you might want to leave your dog at home. I know it's hard! But you will get so much more out of attending, if you don't have to think about/worry about/pay attention to your dog. And that last thing? Yeah, you would have to be doing that!! I'll also second the idea that it takes a LOT of foundation to get proficient. Did I always do that? Nope! Two dogs started with very little - and it showed! By #3, I was a little better myself, but even with that one, I could (later) see bits and pieces of things I should've worked on before trialing. Last dog, adopted/rescued at six months of age with essentially no training, took a good two years to get ready. She was a little nervous for several years (never wanted to be wrong), but now is doing amazingly well. I just adopted another one who is 1-2 yr old, also with little training. I think he'll be a work in progress for awhile, so it'll likely be a year before he even sees agility equipment. But he may prove me wrong! Good luck - and remember it's the JOURNEY that counts, not the DESTINATION!
  12. What D'Elle said: Kongs. Kongs. and more Kongs!! They can be filled with any number of items: peanut butter (be sure it has no xylitol in it!), cream cheese, ground meat, ground kibble, whole kibble (with something like PB to hold it in), chunks of cheese, etc. and frozen. They last quite awhile, and Kong makes a variety of sizes and hardnesses (e.g., softer ones for puppy teeth or older dogs). It's handy to have at least several (don't ask how many I have!), so a few can be frozen, one being worked on and one drying after washing. I've been known to resort to bully sticks, but actually prefer Kongs (for my dogs!). diane
  13. Agreeing to respectfully disagree with Smalahunder....I brush all three dogs' teeth every day. Every. Single. Day. It is a total PITA. Don't use human toothpaste (though I have used children's toothbrushes....). The idea that kibble is crunchy and will automatically clean dogs' teeth is bunk. Plaque can still form. Much depends on genetics. I've had dogs who rarely needed any professional teeth cleaning, and some who needed it almost every other year - and that's with brushing. Some people use raw meaty bones as part of dog's diet, and swear that keeps their teeth clean. I can't get good bones, and have one who swallows any huge chunks he can break off - so I just don't do that (though they do eat raw homemade - basically mush!). I am a FIRM believer that healthy teeth = healthy dogs. I had one who came to be (age 4) with pretty bad teeth. I brushed, but she continued to develop calculus. Had them cleaned. Then at age 8, her incontinence was getting bad. I had her teeth x-rayed and cleaned by a vet who does ONLY dental work. After a couple of incisor extractions, her incontinence went away! (My assessment: low grade infection circulating in her body all the time affected her bladder.) My two cents' worth.... diane
  14. Univ. of Washington does the gene test. Do it! As far as "separation anxiety" - he is young! He just left his "family," so now you are it. I would just work on extremely quick trips away from him - like 5 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 7 seconds. Then minutes. Then hours. And of course, things to occupy him when you're gone - Kongs, bully sticks, etc. I must have 10 different Kongs! Stuff with peanut butter (no xylitol, of course), cream cheese, interspersed with kibble or other treats, and frozen. Those tend to keep them occupied for quite awhile! I just adopted a 1+ yr old who hasn't had a lot of human contact. He wants to be EVERYWHERE I am. I tried covering a crate and it just made him crazy. So - I think you'll just have to figure out what works for your cutie pie. diane
  15. What they said about jumping. There is sooooo much more to agility than just learning to jump! And stairs - just don't let him do it. You can do lots of foundation work without worrying about his joints. (Look online for any number of foundation courses!) Teach him to learn - that is the most important thing pups can learn. Let him balance on soft items (like a pillow). Teach him to get up on a low stool (I use the Rubbermaid ones that are about 10" off the ground). Teach him to back up. Teach him to touch your hand with his nose. Teach him to give you a paw. Lots of these are "silly tricks" with application for agility later on. And mostly - have FUN!! They don't stay puppies long enough (or too long for some - LOL!). Also, he seems pretty fearless, but it's a good idea to expose youngsters to as many different things SAFELY as you can - walking on different surfaces, eating from different bowls (metal, ceramic, paper, etc.), riding in elevators, and any number of other things that will help make a balanced and eager agility dog. Good luck! diane
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