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  1. I'm on my fifth BC. My first was a rescue, that I got when she was 3.5 yr old. She had played ball (and rocks....ugh) with her previous owner and all of his friends. By age 10, she had TERRIBLE arthritis in her front feet from stopping abruptly to grab balls. I haven't seriously played ball with any of my BCs since. YMMV..... diane
  2. I agree with the "start at a low threshold" level. I adopted a BC they told me chased cars. It's not a problem at home, but where we hike, sometimes 4WD/ATVs are around. It was hard for awhile: having to stop, get a LONG way off the road, reward, reward, reward. There wasn't anywhere I was comfortable being with him where it was busier and we could be far enough away. After a year or so of "avoiding" the cars, he's much much better. We still get a ways off a road if that's where we see vehicles, but don't have to go quite as far anymore. And agree with - no free time in the garde
  3. What Journey said. I don't think 5K is a problem at all - but it would be better to be a "stop and sniff" walk. It's hard on a young dog's joints to run (or trot) that far before growth plates are closed (usually around a year of age). Good on you for asking! My pup is just now 6 months old. He's done a lot of off-leash "hiking" - but it often takes us well over an hour to go two miles (3K). diane
  4. What gcv said. Foundation, foundation, foundation! (And yes, I failed to do that with two different dogs - and it came back to bite me in the butt. So - foundation!) diane
  5. I think one key phrase you used...."a few weeks ago." I don't know how old this dog is, but a few weeks to overcome whatever her lifetime on the farm was, isn't very long. Give her a chance. She may (or may not!) come around. And bless you for taking her in! diane
  6. I saw that news too, and my first thought was also, "how many were sold?" And the study seemed quite flawed - mice to dogs, and how many dogs who died or were harmed could they tie directly to the collar? I live where fleas and ticks are not a problem (thank doG!). But I put collars on my three BCs when we traveled a few years ago to CA. We hiked in some woods, and they all three came out with LOTS of ticks on them. So, I guessed that the ticks have to bite first to get "poisoned" then die and fall off. So much for preventing tick borne diseases! One of those three later had cancer
  7. All good advice given so far. One more thought: Even though your "come" cue may not be poisoned, consider what it sounds like. I have a ridiculous-sounding, high-pitched "pupper!" cue followed by the dogs' names (I have more than one). There's just NO way to sound mad or frustrated or anything but really happy when I say it. I *only* use it when I need them to turn tail and come to me, right now. It also takes the edge off if the dogs are approaching another person, especially one who may not be thrilled at being accosted by three rambunctious dogs (friendly, but still....). Soundin
  8. D'Elle: I don't think the Kongs in general do much for teeth, though at least they don't harm the teeth! I brush daily - yeah, it's a PITA, and it takes awhile for young dogs to adapt. I have a youngster now, who, for a week, just licked the dog toothpaste off the brush. He's now to the point of letting me swipe at his canines. By the time he gets his adult teeth, I think we'll have it down. I just see the "licking" Kongs as an attention diverter (from other things he shouldn't chew!), and brushing to take care of teeth. diane
  9. I too don't like most commercial chewie things. Kongs are my "go to" - various sizes, various "toughness." Fill with cream cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, cottage cheese, pieces of kibble mixed in and freeze. Hard chewers can actually chew pieces off - but it takes some serious chewing! diane
  10. Not that this will help in actual training...but perhaps in training you! I adopted a dog about two years ago, about two years old, who probably had never been allowed to run free. I hike a *lot* so a recall was important. Like yours, he was good when he was close. (BTW, he never had access to livestock, so no herding instinct there.) We did lots of "up close" work to start with. Now, after two years, if I call him and he comes back, he gets treats! (He *is* very food motivated!) I have two other dogs, one of whom does have an excellent recall, so I do think that helps. Ju
  11. What they said, definitely. But also - perhaps this puppy/dog never learned to play? If play gets him over-aroused, perhaps not a good idea. But just some "mental exercises" might help. Play tug, then learn "give." Play fetch, then learn "relax" (which might be just a "down"). Etc. There are lots of gadgets that are mental exercises too, but you can make up some - like balls in muffin tins, with treats underneath. and definitely, give each thing you try some time to work. He may be a "dog" by now, but given his history, treat him like a baby puppy. And bless you for taking him o
  12. You've gotten good advice (and have a very cute puppy!). One thing to remember - she's just a puppy! I know that by this age, we think they should begin to act like an adult. Ha!! It'll happen. It sounds like you are making a lot of effort to train her, and that is great. As far as calmness: I had one who was VERY food motivated, to the point of losing focus on anything else. One thing I did, with reasonable success, is to sit on the floor with him, hold food in my closed hand, and just wait until he backed off and was quiet. Then, voila! The food appeared quietly with a simple "
  13. Again, just my experience - and yours may vary. I had a 14 yr old BC, who had been VERY active and VERY fit her entire life. Her liver enzymes came back as elevated. After an ultrasound, my internal medicine vet (an absolutely wonderful guy) suggested surgery. I said to myself, "Self, do you really want to do this??" We had many and lengthy conversations about the risks, the possibilities pro and con, the eventual outcomes, the possibility of increased life span. Because (and only because) I really really really trust this guy - I said, "Let's do it." So they did. Turns out she
  14. I admit - I haven't read every one of your posts. But: I have a 3.5 yr old BC (rescue, so who knows really) that was losing weight, though he had a good appetite. No vomiting, no diarrhea - but he has just been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We started with an ultrasound, read by an expert (not my very good local vet), with no results. Endoscopy was recommended and done, with a number of biopsies. His is, hopefully, controllable, but will never be cured. It's worth at least looking into this. I hope it's NOT what your dog is going through. My dog had NO symptoms except wei
  15. Agree with everything that's been said, especially the 12 yr old walker. There's a boy in my neighborhood who got a lab puppy about a year ago. The dog now weighs more than the boy, though he is adamant about walking him twice a day (just down the street and back, and in a Halti - but at least the dog gets out!). One day, another person (not from the neighborhood) had a smaller dog out in the same area. The dogs "just wanted to say hi" (actually I don't think there was any aggression involved...thankfully), and BOTH dogs pulled out of their walker's hands. As said, thankfully, it was all f
  16. Just for the record: mirtazapine is also used as an appetite stimulant (though he can also be used for vomiting, diarrhea and anxiety). If your dog continues to not be interested in eating, it would be worth looking into. diane
  17. One thing my oldest did: she had always been a good eater. But as she aged, before she had any real healthy issues, she didn't want her morning meal. Something about being too "empty" to put much in her mouth. But by noontime, she was ready and would eat as much as she normally would have in the morning. So - while it's inconvenient if you're working, if there's any way to try a mid-day meal, that just might work. Good luck. diane
  18. I know nothing of the subject. But if you're worried - I'd sure be looking for another vet! Perhaps one more versed in reproduction? Good luck. diane
  19. Mental games: Hiding treats, hiding toys. Silly "useless" tricks like "give me your paw", put your front feet on a book/box/platform, put your back feet on same, crawl under my legs while I'm sitting with my knees up, walk by my side (up and down hallway or just across room), back up (gentle on a youngster with this one). Not sure what your "treat puzzle" is but maybe use that several times a day. I'll second the recommendation to look up Kikopup - but remember your pup is just a BABY! Attention span is that of a gnat. And growing bones, joints, etc. Have fun! diane
  20. Nomad: I'm late to see this post. But please clarify: (not that it matters a lot! Fast = emergency! Got that.) Was it her mammary gland that was infected? Hope she is back to normal and doesn't scare you like that again! diane
  21. It took a Very Long Time....but I finally got to the point with my two BCs (I think first success was when one was 9 and the other was 3) - one in a down/stay while I work with the other one. At first, it was just living room conditioning exercises, but finally got to the point of being able to practice agility that way. That said....my youngest (rescue) may never get there! But we're working on it. Everyone knows they'll get their turn. I don't think the exact same amount of time is critical - one might need more than another. Good luck with the pup! And pics are necessary, here, ya
  22. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this, or maybe I just missed it. I would recommend finding some competitive herding folks, perhaps attend a trial or a clinic. You may not be interested in, or able to do any, herding. But if you seriously want a working-bred dog - go where they are! I think (and stand to be corrected if I'm wrong), that if you are upfront about what you want, what you can offer, and what you are looking for - those folks would listen. They may not have any pups at the moment; they may not have any "herding washouts" at the moment. But you can at least make a connec
  23. One of mine is going to break his teeth on the hose nozzle doing this! Except....I try to prevent that. He has "nipped" it a few times, so toothmarks are proof! But he does love his water!! Hose, stream, puddle, lake - all good! diane
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