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  1. Thank you, I just need to be around him during the day. I will also need to re-train my husband who admittedly has given up. Charley tests the rules a lot, this needs to be one of the things that absolutely has no "give".
  2. Charley has been obsessing about one of my indoor cats. She is not the brightest and doesn't do anything to move him out of her personal space. When she is not around he will stare at her sister, as they look very much alike but she will correct him with her claws and he goes off to his crate or another safe space. We can say "wrong cat Charley" and he will leave the sister alone, it doesn't work for the other one. We spent a lot of time redirecting him when this started but it had no impact. I am retiring in a couple months and will have the time to invest in hopefully correcting this behavior. Thank you
  3. I am lucky, Charley rarely mats, but I tried the trick I use on my Great Pyr/GSD - I work coconut oil (food grade) into the hair and it de-tangles the not so bad stuff so that it will brush out without pulling as much. It smells good too, you just have to wipe as much as you can out of their fur or you will have slippery floors and sticky carpets.
  4. It took forever for Charley to learn to bring the ball to me and then let go. He would drop it 10 feet away and then grab for it if I walked over. I would sit down and tap the ground next to me, and wait. If it didn't come to within a reasonable distance to me it didn't get thrown. I didn't take it out of his mouth, he had to play the game nicely or we didn't play. He still has some quirky habits that I will never understand. We will play catch with a toy in the house and then he will drop it in my husband's lap across the couch and look at me to throw it for him. If my husband throws it, he will bring me a different toy to throw. I think it is like Calvinball, Charley has his own set of rules and he isn't sharing.
  5. Glen Highland Farm Border Collie rescue in Morris NY, I don't know what they currently have, but you can ask.
  6. I have a Great Pyr/GSD cross. When we first got her she smelled awful. Bathing didn't take care of the smell for more than a couple days. When the dogfood we were feeding got recalled, we switched brands a number of times because we apparently made bad choices as in more recalls. We switched to Canindae and along with a fabulous coat, the awful doggy odor was gone. Now that she is 14 she smells a little more than before, but that is because we don't bathe her as frequently due to issues with her being able to stand in the tub long enough to get washed. Just suggesting a possible cause of the odor.
  7. Buster, our first BC was a very gentle soul, even when he was afraid, he never bit. Charley is a rescue that came with extra baggage. He is reactive at the vet's office, we give him tramadol before he goes. We don't allow him near children after the first time he snapped, and we monitor him with the house cats, he becomes overly focused at times.
  8. Charley doesn't do anything but shake them and play catch with them. Our first Border Collie Buster, desqueakerd toys in under 5 minutes, then pulled out the stuffing so I would have never spent the money on nice toys either.
  9. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2086244108161482&id=913290282123543 and then there are the dog's owners https://fox56.com/news/local/dushore-dog-rescued-from-creek-after-going-missing-for-days
  10. GoDog Purple dinosaurs - he is on his 4th in 5 years. The green one in the same shape is not nearly as much fun.
  11. My Great Pyr/GSD had a high number, my vet told me that I could switch her to an Rx diet that was quite pricey, but the other option was to feed a high quality protein food. I was already feeding Canidae,which the vet said was a good choice, so I opted to stick with it. The only change was we started giving her a low dose of Dermaxx - she was getting UTIs frequently and the vet said she has some arthritis and was unable to "assume the position" long enough to empty her bladder. Her follow up tests have been normal.
  12. I use yoga mats to keep doggie toenails out of the upholstery and you don't have worry about muddy feet soaking through the towels.
  13. I am allergic to peanuts, so I use sunflower butter - not a lot since it is so high in calories
  14. I wanted to update you after our first vet's office flyby. We got to the vets and Charley was so wound up he wouldn't take a piece of hot dog. I decided it couldn't be any worse, so we got out, walked around and offered him another treat which he ignored. We walked in the front door, through the waiting room and out the exit and back into the car. Treats were offered and taken, it was a very positive outcome. We got home, had more treats and we played chuckit - Charley's favorite game. We are limited to Saturday mornings at this time due to my work schedule and the vet's hours, but this is going to be a Saturday morning activity for the foreseeable future. At some point we will sit in the office for a bit and continue from there. Thank you all for the good advice, I will update when we have more good news.
  15. There are only 2 awful things that can happen to Charley, you can touch his feet or his mouth. He is not crazy about people who sound old either,but he just pees when they talk to him. He was a rescue, so there is no one to ask. When we went to get him from the rescue we were first told don't look at him, don't try to touch him. We really haven't had an issue if we let him meet people on his own terms rather than letting people approach him. Talked to the folks at the vet's office and he would not be the first to be brought by to desensitize him to the office. I am glad they are willing to work with us.
  16. The vet gave him Ace - I had used it before to trim him, but my old vet gave me a bigger dose. I didn't like to use it because it made me uneasy to drug him so seriously for something that should not have been such a big deal. As for a behaviorist, I am not really sold. I took the last Border Collie who had really severe separation anxiety and he was great with the doc, I got him home and he just shut down when I asked him to do the training. Another issue is that the closest is 50+ miles away. With Charley everything is situational, he doesn't get that the same command means the same thing under different circumstances. I don't think he is stupid, if he was a person I would say learning disabled, he didn't know how to learn, that was the big challenge when we got him. The vet and I discussed medication, we will probably revisit that if the trips to the office don't make an appreciable positive impact.
  17. Geonni, no flaming from me. I don't fear my dog, I am not anxious, Charley just has a switch that flips. I do believe that there is something not quite right with him. When he gets stressed or tired he moves his legs laterally rather than diagonally. We have been very firm with him, but it came down to either letting him have his way or possibly injuring the dog, we gave in and let him go with his nails untrimmed. The same goes for opening his mouth, he becomes frantic if you try. My other dog, a Great Pyr/GSD hates to have her nails done, but she gets held down and her nails get clipped. She gives up after she realizes we aren't going to stop. At our second vet visit, they took Charley without me to give him his shots, he was so upset he peed, pooped and puked. This last was the third visit. I got bitten because I didn't think he would bite me no matter how upset he got. Overall he is a very obedient dog, he knows the house rules. If he was a dog I raised from a puppy, I would be questioning myself more, but who knows what was done to him in the past. The other night I went to put a soup ladle in the dishwasher and he hit the ground and then bolted for his crate.
  18. We moved here about a year ago and it is a rural area. I like this vet, she is my third vet since moving. The first sends the young inexperienced vets to the local practice, and they didn't do a good job when I took my old cat in for his final visit. The second is never open. This vet has been a godsend since she has had mercy on my checkbook when momcat and her 4 kittens showed up, three of them girls. I won't tell you what most of the locals do with their kittens since very few spay an neuter. I see the vet tomorrow when the male kitten goes in for his surgery, I can discuss the plan you have all suggested for Charley. I don't anticipate anything but a positive reaction from her since she has a Border Collie mix and the receptionist has one that is a challenge also. The fact that Charley is a rescue and that we are willing to work through any issues gives us more chances to fix the problem.
  19. Unfortunately the grinder is not an option. The second time I took him he freaked out badly enough to express his anal glands. Interesting website. How do you do the dew claws? That is what drove me to ask the vet in the first place. I know the rescue I got him from trimmed his nails at least once before I got him. My husband and I both had a healthy respect for the person who ran the rescue, we wouldn't have wanted to cross her. She put perfect recall on Charley, but admitted she couldn't keep him from jumping on her. I might give it a go with and emery board and lots of treats.
  20. We did touch and treat to get him used to us touching his feet. It wasn't really well received if I went past 2 touches. The only advancement we made was that I can wipe his feet a little. He just has to see the clippers to run into his crate. The vet trimmed one back foot and when the tech reached for the front foot he got out of the muzzle and went for the vet. She sedated him and he had an opposite reaction and flipped out completely. This was totally a surprise the first time it happened since when I got him I took him to get his nails trimmed and they used a grinder and it went very well. That was the last time he got trimmed that he wasn't heavily drugged. The other times he went for the person with the clippers and it never got completely done.
  21. Gentlelake, thanks, this sounds very doable. I hate to admit that I think the vet was anxious after the last interaction and that probably didn't help. I don't blame her at all. She was a shelter vet and has been very supportive especially since Charley came from a rescue. I don't want anyone to get hurt, or for that matter Charley since he stresses out so much. When we got home from the last trip he was in the car looking at me in a way that made me uneasy - he usually jumps right out when I tell him okay. I had to call him out and I offered to make a big fuss over him which made him relax and go back to his normal happy dog self. Laura, Charley doesn't like you to touch his feet and freaks if you restrain him to do his nails. I asked the vet to help and it didn't go well.
  22. After our much less than successful attempt to clip Charley's nails, he now has a major vet phobia. Actually beyond phobia, he ended up biting me to avoid letting the vet near him. We had to return to get a follow up vaccine and he was having no part of letting anyone but me near him. When the tech came up to us to get the crate of kittens for shots, he gave a quiet growl. I was shocked into inaction. When the vet came out she handed me the muzzle, but he was not having any part of that, so she asked me to hold him and he flipped out. In the past we always put a muzzle on him at the vet's since he would snap when he was stressed. We took him to a quieter space and when I asked him to settle and tried to turn him so he could get his shot, he lashed out and bit me - it was a tiny puncture, but not anything that I would ever expect from him. I am not sure how to get him over this since he has to return in 6 months for blood work, and hopefully not before we fix this. For this visit the vet sent me home with the lyme vaccine and it was a total non-event at home to give him the shot. He doesn't like to be restrained, but his reaction is extreme. The vet suggested a behaviorist, but with Charley everything is situational. We learned to walk nicely on a leash in doggy school, but it didn't translate to walks at home even with a lot of work. He has a sit and stay in the house at the door (each door had to be taught separately) but outside is another story. The first step I guess it to retrain him to allow a muzzle and find a way to keep him from getting it off, but I don't know where to go from there.
  23. Thanks for all the tips, so far (2 doses) liverwurst is working. I will try a few Just Treats to fool him. We do wipe feet, and he takes things very nicely from my hands, but when there is any element of restraint, it gets a little dicey especially when I I have my face near him and he gets stressed. He over reacts to the word No, and hits the deck even if it is just said calmly. He has come a long way in the past 3 years and we do still have positive changes happening in his daily behavior. We think of him as a work in progress, but he just doesn't respond well to training sessions. Everything for him is relatively situational and things don't always translate into real life, so we don't take a positive action indoors as a guarantee it will happen elsewhere. We were mortified when visiting family and he pooped in their basement. They live in a wide open area and he won't poop if you can see him.
  24. Charley is 5, we have had him about 3 years. The first time I got him trimmed he was fine - they ground down his nails. That was the last time we were able to trim him unmedicated. There were several attempts that failed by experienced groomers. We used to give him a big dose of Ace (we started with increasing doses under supervision by my vet.) and then calmly trim him. It has been awhile, so I asked my new vet and he flipped out, got the muzzle off and went for her. Mercifully he isn't a mean dog, as soon as she let go, he backed off. She gave him a shot of Ace and it caused an opposite reaction and he flipped out when the vet approached him, he backed off when she stepped back. He has an unusual learning style. He knows to sit and stay or back up from the door, but when we moved, we had to retrain him at just one of the doors. We literally had to pick him up and move him away from the door to get him to back off. The mouth thing has always worried me, but the severity of his overreaction makes us avoid pushing him.
  25. Can I pre-mix the doses if I keep them refrigerated and just hope he doesn't get tired of his new "treats"?
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