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  1. Welcome. Aiden is a good looking boy! Where abouts in California are you?
  2. I'll second the Gun Dog Supply ones! I also have leather collars from HERE that I have been very happy with, they are durable as well, just far more pricey than the GDS ones.
  3. Thank you Eileen for making this clearly understandable to someone like me who does not understand a lot of legal lingo.
  4. Welcome! What a good looking dog! You can for sure see both breeds in there. Adorable!
  5. Welcome! Juno is so stinkin cute! She looks just like Chesney when he was a pup!
  6. No advice other than good vibes for a speedy recovery!
  7. I wonder if they forgot to list the kibble that has rabbit in it on that FAQs or if it comes from somewhere else. Thanks for the info though Maralynn
  8. Dang... We'll see how this bag goes then I'll decided if I'll continue or not. Is it just their rabbit? Or are all their meat sources?
  9. I have been having a hard time keeping weight on Chesney and being able to afford quality meat for feeding exclusively raw so I've gone to supplementing raw with kibble. I was supplementing with Acana but with the increased activity level he's experiencing with stockwork and just running and swimming with me, I've been having a hard time getting him to maintain weight without rediculously increasing the kibble I give him (1.5# meat with 1-1.5c of kibble). I looked for a kibble with more fat that I was happy to compare to Champion Pet Food products and I went with Natures Variety Instinct Rabbit. It's 35/22 with a good amount of calories/cup so we shall see if it helps him keep his weight without feeding him ALOT of food.
  10. Thanks everyone for your input. I will pass this along to his owner to hopefully help with Nick.
  11. Thanks for the ideas. Are there any games or activities someone could do to teach a dog where/what their body and feet are doing?
  12. I am perplexed by this dog on my Search and Rescue team who I'm watching this weekend. I know he has some, to a lot of Border Collie in him, but others have suspected (and reinforced by their comments, my suspicions) there is some ACD in him too. He is appox. 2.5 years old and was rescued about two months ago. He's a nice enough dog, just... weird compared to my dogs and most other Border Collies I know. With that background here is what bugs me, when walking him on a leash he drifts into you, then if you keep walking and bump him or step on his toes he leaps out of the way like he was surprised by your presence. Or if there is a dog on the opposite side of you he is walking he will dance around in front of you to get to the other side, then when he hits the end of the leash and gets yanked back, he acts surprised with that, but then tries again. I took him out on the bike today and road over a paw twice and bumped him with the tire twice (none on purpose) but I wasn't going to crash off my bike because he was being an idiot. He will stand on your feet and in everyday activities will trip over something on the ground or step in his food dish when going over to eat. So with that being said, I don't know if he needs to be taught some spatial awareness or if he needs to mature and grow up a little OR if it's just how he is. Advice please! Thanks guys
  13. Chesney's Girl

    Tex

    What a moving tribute! He sounded like an amazing dog. How lucky you were to have found him.
  14. Just remember with the chuck-it "wearing them out" idea... The more you run the dog the fitter the dog becomes and the more you have to run them to get them worn out, plus an increase of repetitive running stress on their bodies. I would use a crate or a leash and have the foster dog attached to me when they aren't in the crate. I relax on the couch, they relax on the floor/couch. I have teathered a dog to the foot of the couch too so I didn't have the leash attached to me but the dog didn't have freedom either. I would use a verbal correction as well. If the dog is pacing, get after them and ask them to lay down or relax (if they don't put them back on a leash or in their crate) They should get the idea that that kind of behaviour isn't acceptable. I know if I get to playing with Chesney in the house and he doesn't want to quit just yet but I'm done playing, I tell him to chill out, and he will usually lay down at my feet.
  15. Welcome Jenny, Both Hattrick (very unique name, I love it) and Luc are striking, I bet they would like to live in California I look forward to seeing more of them.
  16. She's pretty darn cute. Might be a possibility of ACD in there too. What are you going to name her?
  17. Gloria, Nothing new to really offer other than a hopeful ending based on an experience that sounds similar to what happened to Chesney. Only difference is I saw what caused Chesney to hurt his back, and part of me is glad and the other part wants to forget the image of my dog not being able to walk. Chesney on Easter Sunday 2009 was at search and rescue training with me. The dogs get some run/play time before and after training. Chesney was running after the other dogs (full tilt, as is typical Border Collie fashion) and went to run through a patch of pretty tall grass. Well the grass was taller than the rest because there was a very large rock keeping the grass long around it. Chesney hit it square in the chest, flipped head over tail and landed screaming. All he wanted to do was come to me for security but his back end lay limp on the ground with him only able to prop himself up on the front legs. I think I lost about 10 years on my life that moment since I'm sure I didn't breath for like 5 minutes. I ran over to him telling him to lie down, when I got to him he still couldn't use his back end. I carried him to the truck and laid him in the back seat while I got numbers and directions to an emergency vet (because it's Easter Sunday of course) and I wasn't familiar with the area. The whole time I'm driving to the vet, all I can think about is my just turned 4 year old dog is going to be crippled for the rest of his life and I am a fresh out of college student with $0 to my name. Once at the vet we did x-rays and a full body check with no sign of a fracture or damage other than a little bit of fluid on the front of his chest (from the impact causing a bruise). It took him about 2-3 hours to actually be able to stand and "walking" by the time I got home 3 more hours later. I rested him for almost a month of nothing but potty walks or slow walks on leash. He was sore for a long time. 3 years later I have seen him come up sore a handful of times mostly from jumping after boucing balls thrown by other people who think its cool to see my dog jump And if I see him a little sore I just keep him low key for a few days and he seems alright. I take him to the Chiro which seems to notably help him and it's something I would recommend (as others have) once the soreness is lessened. With all that rambling, I wanted to offer you a bit of hope, Nick is still young and dogs (if rested properly) have an amazing ability to heal. I won't say that he won't have any residual effects from whatever happened to him, but he should still be able to do what you plan to do with him... *sending good vibes from California*
  18. I have never been a fan of puppy food. I think if you find a good food you can feed a puppy the adult version. From what I have experienced from friends is that puppies grow pretty fast on puppy food, but that's just me. Both those foods seem about the same. I think oatmeal is a better grain than rice, but between your two foods you narrowed it down to, I'm sure either will be fine
  19. What Dry food is best in my opinion and the only one I would feed my dogs... Orijen or Acana. What does you're dog do best on, try a few of the listed above. There are so many dry kibbles out there that it really depends on what you can afford, how easy it is to find it, and ultimately how does your dog do on it. But that's the opinion of a raw feeder If you want to do some more reading and research I find this site interesting Dog Food Project
  20. Sounds like Chesney until he hit like 3, which is probably the reason he was crated until he was almost 4 when I left... Have hope Gloria, he did grow up and is so much more mellow now. Or maybe its mature, I don't know, but its better I think finding the right energy level for your lifestyle is important and also not having the stereotype or misconception that Border Collies have to constantly be engaged with something or they will drive me crazy attitude. If you teach them to be mellow in the house and stick to it, but in return reward them by taking them out and interacting with them, they are fine. Now that's not to say that you need to take them out and run them miles and miles everyday, because the more you run them the farther you will have to go each time to wear them out, before you know it, you're a marathoner. Teaching them things is the best workout for this breed. They love learning new things!
  21. I think this whole post should be a sticky... I couldn't agree more with this as far as a response to agility/sport people's views of trying to compare play and work.
  22. Chesney is certified for Wilderness SAR (we call it Area or non-scent specific). I'm convinced that whatever task is set for a Border Collie they will do well at it, if trained properly. Chesney's desire to workout problems, his persistance, and willingness to do whatever I ask, makes us a very solid team. Chesney and I are waiting for a test date to get our Basic Urban Disaster certificate, and he has one more sign off for cadaver work. Chesney LOVES working a rubble pile and working out the problem. He is very task oriented and very focused on his job. I've also incoorporated scent specific work with him so that when we get called out for a search he can be utilized in a populated area for locating a person without alerting on every person he comes across. It worked beautifully last Sunday when we were called out to look for a lost elderly person in an urban situation. Chesney will be a huge asset to our team when the trailing dogs loose scent or we come across a large area that needs clearing. I can scent him, turn him loose, and move the team on in the right direction. I like what Maralynn said about Labs being user friendly. Training a Border Collie in a line of work that is new to both the handler and dog can be a big challenge, especially if it's a first time Border Collie owner. I personally don't mind that there are more labs and GR or GSD/Mals in SAR. I kind of like having the only "other" breed dog on my team. I will say though, the "traditional" SAR breeds are not like the pet variation you find on the street everyday, at least the ones on my team aren't. These dogs are very drivey/toy obsessed dogs. I will not get any other kind of breed at this point. I'm a Border Collier (new phrase I just thought of ) for life Search Dog by Danielle Shank Photography, on Flickr What I would look for in a SAR dog would be everything a working Border Collie has to offer. Intelligence, biddability, agility, stamina, drive, problem solving abilities... I like the size of Border Collies too. I can easily lift Chesney if needed and he can fit into places (holes, tunnels, on rocks) easier than the bigger breeds.
  23. Her ear never went straight. It stayed airplained out like that. Cals ears were pricked at 12 or 13 weeks I think.
  24. Nick. I just give Chesney one pill they come in 50mg pills. As far as causing other effects, I haven't noticed anything. But like I said, the loading dose I did was only for one week, then I cut back and cut back until now I give him it when I remember. Zinc helps the immune system as well.
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