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  1. Thanks for the explanation about practicing without the sheep, and it could be that practicing and using the basic commands are adversely affecting your dog. Usually, when beginning dogs are introduced to sheep, the dog is allowed to freely interact with the sheep without our commands. We want awaken the instinct in young dogs, not suppress it. Of course, we want to be able to call the dog off, but in the beginning, there are no other commands given. Journey has suggested finding another instructor, and that may be a good idea for you and Braden.
  2. To Braden's owner, You wrote, "We practiced in a pen without sheep" What do you do when practicing without sheep? nancy
  3. Hi Jim, This forum is for Stockdog Questions Only. I see that you have also posted in the General Border Collie Discussion forum, as well. That would be the correct forum for your post, and you should have many responses there. nancy
  4. Hello Charles, I believe that the current protocol for the Leptospirosis vaccine is to NOT include it in the first puppy vaccines (Distemper, Parvovirus, Andinovirus/Hepatitis, and Parainfluenza). Then, after that series of vaccines is finished (and the puppy is about four months old), the Leptospirosis vaccine is given. Perhaps your breeder's concern is regarding including Lepto in the initial vaccines for the puppies, which is not recommended. nancy
  5. There are many books about Border Collies (and their history) for sale on the B C Collectibles Facebook group. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399223183777906 nancy
  6. Broken Glass, if the reason that your dog is stepping on you is because he is not respecting your space, try this. The next time he steps on you, make a big deal out of how much it hurts. Fall down or hobble around, all the time vocalizing, as if you are really hurt....get dramatic! If he is like some of my boys that would carelessly bump into me, he will probably melt and do everything he can to apologize. I hope this helps. nancy
  7. Popularity has led to the demise of many breeds, and the Border Collie is facing the same fate. However, this is not a recent occurrence. Historically, Border Collies were bred for one reason, their work with livestock. A few decades ago, as their popularity grew, Border Collies started being bred for the show ring, for dog sports, for fancy colors, for pets, etc. Is this harming the breed? Absolutely.
  8. Thank you, Cheryl! This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Donald for his endless support of the Border Collie! nancy
  9. Thank you for posting the ABCA HEF statement on EAOD, Eileen, and we all hope that Dr. Lohi and Dr. Mickelson will be successful in identifying the exact mutation soon. Thank you, for the information about the currently available tests, as well. As someone who has a dog with a family history of EAOD (her dam and two littermates lost their hearing at an early age), I chose to have my dog DNA tested by Genoscoper. It was determined that she is "At Risk". After I received her DNA test results, I had her BAER tested, and she has been found to have Normal hearing at five years and 8 months of age. My dog, with her family history and DNA and BAER test results, is of great interest to Dr. Lohi for the ongoing research. I realize that the currently available DNA tests are not definitive tests for EAOD, but testing our dogs may serve to help provide beneficial information to be used toward discovering the causal mutation.
  10. Hello tamapup, Whenever I read about situations like your's, I always wonder about the pup's diet. Often a pup with an "over the top" energy level is being fed a commercial diet that has ingredients that ad fuel to their already rambunctious puppy energy level. Ingredients such as chemical preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors , poor quality proteins, grains (especially corn. soy .wheat) all can contribute to excess energy in our dogs. Also, many dogs foods have extremely high protein levels, and that extra energy needs to be burned off for the pup to be able to settle down. I suggest that you check to see what is in your dog's food, and perhaps change your pup's diet. You mentioned training treats, so check the ingredients in those, as well. I have raised dozens of Border Collie puppies over the years (raised to adulthood), and I have seen first hand that a pups behavior is impacted by what they eat. Best wishes for you and your pup, and I hope that this information is helpful. Regards, nancy
  11. When John Pilley had died last year, I wondered how Chaser dealt with his passing, as they were such a huge part of each other's lives. Now, Chaser has passed and will again be with the person she treasured most. God Speed, old girl. You and John are together again.
  12. If you are referring to stockdog training, Fernando Loiola may be the person you are trying to contact. He lives in Arlington, Washington . Sorry. but I do not have any contact information for him.
  13. This video is of "fat tail" sheep. There are many breeds of of fat tail sheep in the world, and they are mostly found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Here is the link to the Wikipedia information about them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat-tailed_sheep
  14. Hello beachdogs, Here is a link to an article about white Border Collies that should help: http://www.bordercollie.org/health/kpwhite.html nancy
  15. Hi Aisha, You can probably find the answers to your questions here: Border Collie Museum Merle nancy
  16. Hi again, You are certainly welcome for my input...as I wrote, it's just my shovelful. Your girl is a beautiful dog, and she looks very much like many working Border Collies that I know. Also, it was obvious that she was truly trying to figure out "the game" in the first video. One thing to keep in mind is that lure coursing was created for sight hounds, dogs that readily do their job of chasing down prey on their own. Border Collies, on the other hand, do their work in partnership with their human counterpart. In the video, Molly was in the field alone, and she may have been waiting for you to be out there to give her some guidance (not to say that you should go help her learn to chase, just to explain the Border Collie mentality and her hesitance to do things on her own). If you would like to watch a sheepdog trial, there will be two not too far from you on June 22/23 and June 29/30 in Newport, VA. For more information, contact Laura Noll at info@glenrosefarms.com One word of warning, stock work is absolutely addictive, so if you want to get involved, be prepared to suffer the consequences (buy a farm, buy some sheep, buy a camper to go to trials, etc.). nancy
  17. Hi CptJack, In my opinion, as someone who uses Border Collies every day to manage my flock of sheep, Molly did pretty much with a Border Collie should do. Border Collies have been bred for centuries to control the movement of livestock, not to chase them. About 40 seconds into the first video, she got in front of the lure in an attempt to stop the movement. She did the same at about 1 min 40 seconds, as well. In the first video, she was very serious, as a working Border Collie should be. In the second video, she is simply being silly and just running around. I'm sure that she can be taught to chase the lure, if that's what you want her to do. However, if you want to pursue stock work with her, I would suggest that you don't encourage her to chase moving objects. Just my shovelful. nancy
  18. The video link didn't work when I clicked on it, but I imagine that it is the video of Secret playing Jenga with her owner, Mary. Secret is a remarkably talented Australian Shepherd, and there are numerous videos of her on YouTube. Check them out!
  19. Hello Sherry, IGS and Cobalamin Malabsorption are the same disorder, and like most heritable disorders, dogs are either normal, carrier, or affected. So, if your dog's sire "has" CM, it would mean that he is affected (and hopefully being treated). The chart below will show the approximate heritability of mating of dogs that are either normals, carriers, or affecteds. If your dog's dam is "clear" (normal), you pup could only be a carrier (not affected). However, if his dam is a carrier (and wouldn't be symptomatic), your pup could definitely be affected by IGS. There is a simple DNA test that will confirm if your pup is normal, a carrier, or affected through Paw Print Genetics (and a few other labs). If your pup is affected, he will need to be supplemented with vitamin B-12 monthly for life. I suggest that you submit your dog's DNA (via cheek swab) to be tested. It is well worth the peace of mind to know if he is or isn't affected, and if he is affected, he needs to receive B- 12 supplements before he becomes really ill. nancy
  20. Several of my "senior" friends (specifically those who have had knees and hips replaced have said that they tried a joint supplement for a while, but it didn't do anything for them, so they stopped. I think that many people believe that Cosequin, Dasuquin, and Cosamin are analgesics, so they expect to have an immediate response. I feel very strongly that the Nutramax supplements have greatly helped my dogs and me with our mobility in our senior years. That's just my shovelful.
  21. I have had several Border Collies without white on their faces, as I rather prefer "dark" Border Collies. Working Border Collies are not defined by their appearance, they are defined by their breeding and their work. Here are photos of a few of my dogs over the years.
  22. Ruth, I have given Cosequin (the predecessor to Dasuquin) to my dogs for over 25 years, and I take the human version of Cosequin (Cosamin) myself. Nutramax Labs originally produced Cosequin as a joint supplement for horses, and then formulated products for dogs and humans. Cosequin was one of the first joint supplements on the market, and extensive scientific research was done before marketing it. Nutramax later formulated other products (Dasuquin, etc.), and the Nutramax products are highly regarded by the orthopedic veterinarians I know. I highly recommend Nutramax products, and I'm certain that they have helped my dogs (and me) over the years. Regards, nancy PS: I agree with you about shopping online!
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