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  1. It's hard to know what exactly is going on with your dog again without meeting you, him, seeing him work and watching his use of his body. That being said, I don't think bars on the ground or a break will fix what seems to be wrong, which is - in my opinion - at some point along the way, either your dog decided agility was not motivational or you weren't. No offense intended here, it happens all of the time to all kinds of people with all kinds of dogs. The trick in my experience is to change the dog's perspective of work. It must become play. I have found that starting a give and take kind of relationship with you dog and agility works best to fix this problem with any dog with toy drive. Does your dog play fetch with a Frisbee or a ball? If so, then every time he wants you to throw the toy, he needs to do a piece of equipment for you. Every time you play fetch with your dog it should involve equipment. You do this tunnel, I'll throw your Frisbee. Take this jump, I'll throw your Frisbee, etc. Eventually, you can easily withhold the reward for a knocked bar or a missed contact or any behavior that isn't the correct behavior, without added correction. The desire for the toy helps take the dog's focus off of thinking about being stressed, allows him to deal with the fact that he made a mistake and repeat the behavior and also helps to build drive for the equipment that he is doing in order to get the toy. I train all of my contacts, table, jump grids, tunnels, and eventually weavepoles throwing my dog's toys as a reward. Once I have really good equipment = toy reward skills I use the toy placed on the ground as a target to train a lot of my one jump work as well as all of my jump grids. I put it at the end of sequences, drop it after directional commands, place it in areas where I want to teach send behavior, etc. I think if you simply stop training at all and spend a month or two with one tunnel, one jump and maybe a training board for a contact, and teach your dog that he will get his toy thrown once he completes a piece of equipment and gradually build from there that you will see an entirely different dog. Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  2. Struggles how? Knocking jumps or motivation? What are the behaviors he is exhibiting that lets you know he is stressing out? How old is he? When did you start training? If he loves his tug toy, why are you using food targets? Is he food motivated? He is drivey when? In what circumstances, doing what activity? In my experience with my own dogs and some previous students/friends dogs I have worked with, drive for agility can always be built. The trick is to find the right motivator for the dog and to create a fun and positive experience in training for the dog. Often this means training out of the box, not following criteria from a specific trainer or not following a specific training plan but instead using each training session to determine where training goes next. A Border Collie is not forgetting where the target with food on it is placed. He is either not food motivated or has decided that the food target is stressful for some reason. It is hard to even have a clue what is going on without watching or meeting the dog or watching you train him. Can you video tape and post to the list? A break in training followed by a completely different approach might be in order. As for rear end power, I have a dysplastic dog who is now 11 who could literally jump over my head and pick a Frisbee out of the air when she was younger and who could clear a 4 foot aframe from a stand still. If your dog does not have structural issues, his rear end is not the issue here. I would recommend working through some of Susan Salo's early jumping exercises after the break. They are low height and very specifically engineered to teach jumping without pressure. They teach a dog to take a jump while in stride something the Linda's method does not do initially and something which I feel may help a less confident jumping dog gain confidence and learn without stress. I used a lot of Linda M.'s training approaches and a lot of what she does to introduce jumping, but I also work quite a bit of Susan's exercises as well. Send us video if you can of your dog in motion and some training. Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  3. My question, has anyone been able to find individual vaccines rather than the combo shot that is given? When it's time for future vaccinations, I would like to spread these shots out over the course of a year, one shot every three months. My vet can only get coronavirus and parvovirus individually. It's impossible to determine what he reacted to but I'm suspecting the combo shot was the culprit especially given at the same time as the rabies shot. Rhonda, If your dog had a poor reaction to a vaccination, it may not be worth the risk to vaccinate him again other then what is required by law. Titers are not necessarily accurate either. A titer will only show antibodies present IF the dog has been exposed to a particular disease. If there is no exposure for a time before a titer is performed, the titer will show low antibodies. This does not necessarily mean the dog does not have good antibody protection from the disease already present. It's a gray area. Personally, I vaccinate once at 16 weeks and then once more at about 12 months and that's it for the life of the dog other then the required rabies every three years. I do not vaccinate using a combo shot that includes Lepto or Coronavirus and I use a modified live vaccine. Best, Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  4. There is a really good Yahoo Group for people with dogs who have renal issues. http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9KidneyDiet/ Also the Dogaware site has some good info. http://dogaware.com/ Traditionally, veterinarians have put dogs on low protein diets and reduced sodium. This has been shown recently not to be the best approach. Low phosporous, high quality protein foods and a moderate protein level in the diet has been shown to work. There are also a few supplements that have actually been studied and have been shown to aid in kidney function. Epaktin and Azodyl. A phosphorous blocker may also be beneficial for your dog. Best, Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  5. Make sure you re-treat with Panacur for a minimum of 3 days in 3 weeks!!! Add some whole fat yogurt, cottage cheese or some cooked ground meat to his food. You could also consider some canned Evo or Wildnerness Blue Buffalo that has no grain and good fat content. Best, Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  6. Recently someone turned me on to a product called Level 5000. I have an 11 year old Border Collie with mild dyplasia and arthrits in her back and pelvis. I switched to Level 5000 and also started Flute on Zeel three times a day. I have seen obvious and signifcant improvement in my dog's usage of her body and in the reduction in soreness and stiffness after exercise. I now have all four of my dogs on various amounts of Level 5000. Regards, Jen Shipley Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  7. Hmm, maybe Leslie McDevitt would like a trip to Africa. It is a little out of range of where she usually holds seminars. You can work through the exercises on your own. Read the book first. Take your time. Move forward with the training in tiny, baby steps. If your dog reacts during training, back your training up a bit and go slowly in moving forward again. Be very aware of your environment and don't let your guard down when you have your dog out in public. Always be aware of what is going on, if a person or people appear while you are working with your dog that you feel may frighten him, remove him from the situation before he can react. Have anyone that will be someone who will be a regular fixture in your boy's life work with you with him. Never force interaction. If he looks or acts even remotely uncomfortable ask the person to back away or back your dog away yourself. Make sure you are in control of how others interact with your dog at all times. In that way you can protect both him from behavior (no matter how unintentional) and protect the person involved who he will react against. I personally corrected Fever for aggressive reactions although Control Unleashed does not include correction in it's program. I do feel that you have to be very careful about how and when correction is applied if you are going to use it with a fearful dog. A gruff and assertive verbal correction is a big deal to Fever and I used it carefully and sparingly. I also always then immediately worked with Fever using my favorite CU exercise, Look at That, until she was calm and reacting positively before removing her totally from the situation. However, it was several months into work with her, 5 + days a week for a couple of hours a day a day building up her comfort level and ability to choose a positive reaction before I ever put her anywhere near anything I felt might cause a reaction. Best of luck with your boy. Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  8. If you dog didn't used to knock bars, had an injury and now knocks bars, I would be suspicious that the injury is either not fully healed or has caused a weakness. I would be having my dog double and triple checked for injury. Border Collies are not "normal" when it comes to injuries. They often show far less signs then other dog breeds, the drive superceeds the discomfort. After he was double and triple checked, I would work on conditioning away from the equipment. Swimming, off lead hiking, hill work, etc.. Once I did that, I would be through a jump program, Susan Salo's possibly without trialing my dog for several months to rework the jumping skills. Don't trial while you are working it. Best, Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Ignited's Molten Rush, aka: Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  9. Did you take Raven from her owner or from a rescue? Are you able to send her back without worrying too much about what will happen to her? Personally, I have four bitches in my household and used to have five and have no issues with the dogs getting along. I am careful to correct any behavior I don't like when I bring a new dog in the house and I back up my 11 year old who is the alpha. That all being said, I would not keep a dog that did not get along with my resident dogs. Can you work through the issue and get to the point where the Raven does not challenge or go after your other dog. Absolutely, but it won't be an easy process or a quick fix. Sometimes a dog is just not a fit for a specific household or the resident dogs. In my mind, it is better to realize that sooner rather then later, let the dog find a different home where he or she is a better fit and continue to search for a new addition that will fit into your household. If you are committed to working with her and keeping her you'll have to work at it and get anyone else that interacts with the dogs on board so that the approach is consistent. Jen Flute AAD, AX, OAJ, OAC, OGC, NAJ - semi-retired ADCH Enna TM - Silver, SACH, GCH, SCH, JCH, RCH, MX, MXJ - rescued champion Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - aka: Fever - retired due to epilepsy Lava - BC puppy in training Kasi EAC,EGC,EJC, OA,OAJ - (1992-2007)
  10. Hi Kate, I did some research, gotta love Google to give yourself a good scare. Sometimes the availability of masses of information is a bad thing rather then a good thing. Anyway, a lot of what I found said an x-ray can show abnormalities in the pancreas. Also your veterinarian could perform a test to check enzyme levels. Pancreatic cancer is said to be reasonably rare.
  11. That's interesting. How old was the dog?
  12. Thanks so much for the reply!! ( I was posting at the same time) Honey is a great idea- Never thought of that. He gets salmon twice a week in his diet, maybe I'll add extra omega 3's. Both of his seizures happened right before dinner. I do see a holistic veterinarian, she uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and a bag of tricks! She is wonderful. We will have a follow up in a few weeks if there's no more seizures or changes in the mean time. All your suggestions are wonderful I will email them off to her............Thank-you!!! Someone also told me about blackstrap molassas in place of the honey, but I haven't talked about that yet with my own vet or tried it myself. Blackstrap molassas has potassium and vitamin c and some other nutrients in it. I am looking into it and it is on my list of things to talk about at the next holistic vet visit. Best of luck with your dog, it is a very hard thing to watch and go through. Fortunately, the dogs are not conscious during a seizure, although mine knows one is coming and is very upset about 15 mintues beforehand and is very upset and fearful afterwards for awhile. You can spend a lot of money very quickly testing for causes of seizures. It might be less expensive and perhaps useful, I would check with your vet, to take an x-ray. Maybe anything abnormal would show up on an x-ray and save you the cost $350 - $400 of an ultrasound. Best, Jen
  13. That's a scary thought, but were the seizures months apart?
  14. A seizure can actually and often does lower blood sugar levels in dogs and people for that matter. Epileptics of both species often have low blood sugar levels before and after a seizure that are normal otherwise. I have a dog who has had four seizures all right before breakfast. We believe that she is epileptic as it is in her lines, although a big, hairy secret that it is there, however, one of the things I do is give her natural, organic honey right before I go to sleep and first thing in the morning right when I get up to try to head off any blood sugar drop. Honey raises blood sugar levels very quickly and also has some healthy amino acids and other nutrients in it. You might try giving him a half a teaspoon or so of honey a few times a day. Your vet's suggestion to try feeding smaller meals, more often with the sweet potato and carrots or canned pumpkin added that will add sugar naturally is excellent too. Some good supplements to add are Taurine, vitamin E, fish oil or omega 3's and unflavored, unsweetened gelatin powder, all of which can help prevent seizures. Personally, I seriously doubt you are dealing with a tumor or cancer since the seizures were five months apart. If there was a tumor on the Pancreas it most likely wasn't hanging around for five months not causing any symptoms in between the seizures. There are also some very good Chinese and Western herbs that are helpful in preventing seizures. If you have a holistic veterinarian in your area, a consult with that person might not be a bad idea. If you google holistic veterinarian you can find a list of certified practitioners. Best, Jen Flute Enna Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - Fever Soon to be Ignite's Molten Rush - Lava
  15. It could be possible, but hard to say. Giardia is definitely cyclical. The good news is that the Panacur will take care of giardia as long as you make sure to repeat after three weeks if that is what it is and it won't harm your dog in the process. My dog, Fever, was sent to me by the breeder with giardia. She had diarrhea from the day I got her at 10 weeks. My vet tested her for giardia, she was positive and was treated with Flagyl. However, we now believe (my vet's office and myself) that the giardia was never actually removed completely from her system. Although she did test negative in between she had a horrible flare up this past November, her protein levels dropped very low, she was losing fluid from her intestines into her abdomen and ended have very bad diarrhea. It turned out that she had a very heavy load of giardia. She may or may not have inflammatory bowel disease, giardia and IBD can look very similar on an ultrasound and I have not spent the $$$ to have another ultrasound done now she seems to be stable. She has not have a flare up of severe diarrhea (knock on wood) or low protein since March when we finally treated for five days and repeated in for five days three weeks later with Panacur. Since none of my other dogs have ever shown symptoms or been positive for giardia and they are all tested now every time they have a check up, we believe Fever never got rid of her original infestation. Giardia can be tricky. There is something else, similar that I can't remember the name of offhand that is also an intestinal parasite that also sometimes is hard to get an accurate test for. Maybe someone else knows the name of what I am talking about. I would not give my dog Flagyl long term or even at all if not needed. It can cause damage and put pressure on the liver and it has been shown to be only about 40% effective against giardia. I have kept Fever on an enzyme supplement and a probiotic supplement on a permanent basis and she gets L-glutamine daily. I am in the process of switching her back to a fully raw diet, she also, unfortunately has epilepsy and is on an anti-seizure medication. My homeopathic vet is hoping a raw diet may help reduce the incidence of seizures and allow us to keep her on a low level of medication since she has a weak immune and digestive system and the medication can cause digestive upset. So far she is handing the switch well despite her very sensitive intestinal system. For a long time, I used a grain free, high quality protein kibble (Orijen) and added some cooked or raw pulped veggies, ground meat, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. to her diet. Keep us posted! Jen Flute Enna Rising Sun's Hot to the Touch - Fever Soon to be Ignited's Molten Rush - Lava
  16. The problem with testing a dog for giardia after they have diarrhea, from what I have learned in dealing with my own dog's problem with the parasite, is that the active giardia is gone from the body after the diarrhea occurs and only dormant cysts which can be missed on a giardia test remain until they become active again. If this were my dog, I would be suspicious, expecially with the bloody diarrhea that this was a parasite that was being missed on testing. I'd do a five day course of Panacur or Safeguard and repeat another five day course after three weeks. Some parasites are hard to detect on tests and the medication will not harm your dog. It also just may clear up whatever is going on. My own dog who had tested positive for giardia, had a reoccurence of the very serious symptoms she had been having when she tested positive a few months later. We retested and she tested negative, however we decided to treat her again, this time went for a five day course of the medication I mentioned and repeated for five days three weeks later. She has not had any of the previous symptoms or problems since. Best, Jen Flute, Enna, Fever and Lava
  17. Has he been tested for giardia? This sounds like either giardia or maybe inflammatory bowel disease which some lines of Border Collies definitely have and not a food issue. I don't think the food is causing the problem since you have tried different foods and he continues to have diarrhea. I would switch to a single source protein food for at least awhile and use a protein that he has not had before - Fromm has some good choices and so does Natural Balance. Duck and potato might be a good thing to try. You might eventually be able to switch back to a different food, but this might help while you are trying to get him regular. I would add a probiotic supplement (Total Biotic or Primal Defense) and an enzyme supplement (Bert's Zyme is good and inexpensive) in each meal. I would add L-Glutamine to each meal (you can order online) and put a scoop, not more then a scoop, of organic canned pumpkin in his food. When he has diarrhea I would add slippery elm to his meals. Make sure your vet has tested for giardia and you may need to test more then one stool sample a week or two apart to get an accurate result. Feeding straight kibble is like you living on cereal for the rest of your life never having anything fresh to eat. Even if all the necessary nutrients are there, it is a very artificial and unnatural way to eat. If the supplements and the pumpkin help and his bouts of diarrhea stop, and you are uncomfortable with raw food for your dog, it would be a very good idea to add some cooked ground meat, keifer or organic yogurt, pulped or cooked veggies (table scraps) and a raw or cooked egg to his kibble at least a few times a week. Best, Jen Flute, Enna, Fever and Lava
  18. Sounds like a hip flexor injury to me which can take a long time to heal and can become chronic due to scar tissue if you aren't careful, two weeks is definitely not enough time. I have a BC with a chronic injury to her hip flexor exacerbated by mild dysplasia. I would see a canine physical therapist if you have one in your area to check this. It does not show up on x-ray. My dog was mis-diagnosed and treated for mild arthritis for over a year, which of course did not help since it was her hip flexor. Jen Flute, Enna, Fever and Lava
  19. Tommy, The dog is a year old, she'll be fine on the Doxy. I would add milk thistle, dandelion daily once you get her back to support her liver while she is on Doxy. You can order them online, I use Vitacost or The Vitamin Shoppe. There is also a combination liver support mix that is sold online. I can look up the information and post if you are interested. Keep us posted. Jen Flute, Enna, Fever and Lava
  20. Doxycycline is a type of antibiotic that is very effective against the bacteria associated with tick born diseases.
  21. [ They are putting her on IV and that should at least make her feel a little better. The x-ray of the leg that is swollen it didn't show anything unusual. I've never heard of a border collie with an autoimmune problem but anything is possible I suppose. I would have your vet put her on Doxy immediately while they are trying to figure out what is going on and not after they figure it out. If it is a tick born disease you want her on Doxy now and it won't hurt her to be on it while they figure it out. You should send blood to the ProtaTek lab verses having it tested at your vet for a definitive answer. They can test for you based on what tick diseases are common in your area. Dr. Cynthia J. Holland ProtaTek Reference Laboratory 574 East Alamo Street, Suite 90 Chandler, AZ 85225 Tel: (602) 545-8499 Fax: (602) 545-8409 Also, there are a ton of Border Collies with auto-immune problems, mine included. If you know where the puppy came from and the breeder is reputable and you are knowledgable about previously bred dogs from the same lines, then you can be a little more certain that it isn't a genetic issue, like autoimmune disorder. If not, that is something you want to look into as well.
  22. [quote name= Whatever, like I said before, they can breed fluffbutts until the cows come home, I could care less -- just call a spade a spade. They aren't Border Collies. If they are, then the name "Border Collie" is basically meaningless. Unfortunately anyone who wants to breed can go right ahead and do so and they are going to do just that. What is a shame is that the AKC is allowed to adopt the name of any breed it chooses to accept when it is going to end up completely altering the build, purpose, look and abilities of the breed. Didn't the Jack Russell terrier people end up renaming their own dogs when the AKC adopted their breed? Something is wrong with this picture.... Let the AKC accept any breed they want. Just make them change the name of the existing breed when they do so. Jen Flute, Enna, Fever and Lava
  23. Certainly! PS. I sent a few people the link to the red merle you helped get into rescue.
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