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  1. Our Ruby, who we lost this June at the age of 18, had it. She was about 7 years old when she had her first incident. She didn't have them very often as we we stopped her from extreme exercise after that. She did still have collapses off and on for several years, and then they stopped. Perhaps she went into remission or perhaps she just calmed down with ages that she didn't induce them any more. We will never know, and I don't think the experts know either. She was active for her age until then end, but no longer as intense. I don't think it is the length of the exercise that mattered, but rather the intensity. From her photo (cute), I would guess that Wisk is pretty intense. The only thing you can do is not allow the type of behavior that precedes the episodes. Fortunately there were no long term effects with Ruby. She actually would recover from the episodes much more quickly than what we read is the usual time. Once she was alert, she would just get up and be normal right away. But because she was always conscious, she seemed fearful during the episode when she had no control of her body, but she would recover from that as well. You will just have to manage Wisk, and hopefully one day, as with us, you will suddenly realize that she hasn't had a collapse in a very long time. Ruby did develop seizure activity in the last two years of her life at one to four month intervals. While they appeared to be Grand Mal seizures, they were of very short duration, and again, she would recover immediately once she was conscious. I don't know if the two conditions are related in any way, but I mention them here because they both are neurological, at least in appearance. Kathy Robbins
  2. I second the Brenda Aloff recommendation. I attended a seminar she gave here many years ago, and her methods worked wonders with a dog I had then who was dog aggressive. I was never positive about it, until a year later two dogs in the neighborhood got out that we had never seen before and charged us. I instinctively did what Brenda had taught me and it worked! My dog walked calmly home with me, even after all that excitement. She was on a leash, but that wouldn't have helped if they'd attacked. Kathy Robbins
  3. Ruby, our Red Tri in the photo on the left, was almost 18 when she died this June. She only seriously slowed down during the last year of her life. Moderate slowing probably started around 14. I am concerned about Zara drinking more water. She is only seven, so have your vet check her for diabetes. That can slow them down. They are all different. Kathy Robbins
  4. We are so sorry for your great loss. Knowing it is coming doesn't make it any easier. You have given her the greatest gift you could by releasing her from her suffering. God Bless. Kathy Robbins
  5. Actually I would categorize them as the WORST training school. But check with them and see if it is true. Even Cesar Millan is starting to do some clicker training! Kathy Robbins
  6. I started by using Petrodex toothpaste, but I switched to Oratene after hearing about it on this forum and reading the Amazon reviews. I put the Oratene on the brush and brush the outside of the teeth. That seems to be where the tartar accumulates, and I think it would be too hard on the dog to try to open its mouth wide enough to do the inside.
  7. Our first step was Molly watching the other dogs getting brushed, then letting her lick the brush, brushing for just a second and then finally the whole mouth. We have never had to have a dog anesthetized for tooth cleaning. I also use Oratene.
  8. Do ask your vet what they think, but it is possible that Rylie is just running too fast to stop so suddenly. Does he stumble if he bends to pick something up when he is not going a mile a minute? I would say he has a problem if he stumbles at any speed, but if it only happens when he is running all out, he just hasn't learned coordination for this combination of moves. And it may not be his age. We had a DOG that ran too fast, and the choices she had were to stumble or overrun the object. She was very funny to watch at lure coursing! Kathy Robbins
  9. Not only does she not look her age, she doesn't act it either. Yes, she sleeps more than she used to, but when she is awake she is still a little pistol. Ben is 12 1/2 and he sits and watches her run around! She also walks around a mile a day and wants to go farther. Kathy Robbins
  10. I can only take this pressure for a few minutes before I have to give in.... BorderCentrics
  11. Another contributing factor, in my mind, are all the studies that list the Border Collie as the smartest dog. When I was in rescue, I can't tell you how many calls I got from people who had never had one. When I would ask them why they wanted a Border Collie, they almost always said it was because they read that Border Collies are the smartest breed. I then told them about living with a dog that is perhaps smarter than you are, and how hard you have to work to keep ahead of them. And how much you should be doing with them. Most people just want to "have" a dog but not work with it. They want bragging rights that their dog is smarter than everyone else's. I didn't hear back from most of those people, thank goodness. Kathy Robbins
  12. I agree with D'elle. When that happens in our house, the dog is invariably sick in some way. Get her to the vet. Kathy Robbins
  13. We once had a Bouvier who behaved this way, even when one of us simply went into the garage to take the trash out. You come in the door, she got excited and jumped! This is not fun when the dog weighs 85 pounds. She had been clicker trained, so we started clicking and treating for "four on the floor." We practiced in the house at first, then we would click as we opened the door when her feet were still on the floor. She stayed there for the treat, and then we were in already so there was no need to jump. It didn't take long for her to figure it out and the behavior stopped. Good luck. Kathy Robbins
  14. Ruby is 16 1/2 and still very active. Our house is a rancher, so no stairs. However, she now has trouble jumping in the van if it is in an enclosed space, such as in the garage next to the other car. She wears a Ruffwear harness on her walks, and we simply hang on to the harness as she jumps and just give her a little boost. We do the same when she jumps out. At the park, she doesn't need the help because the light is brighter and there is more space. I can see where going down stairs would be problematic however. You will have to really slow her down so that she stays at your side. Kathy Robbins
  15. I think he feels more secure in the kennel, and that is why he is behaving badly when loose. Put him back in the kennel for a while, and then you can test him. Maybe he will always prefer the kennel; some dogs do. Kathy Robbins
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