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  1. I was just averaging the feeding sizes... I have one dog that puts on weight just by looking at her so she gets 1 lb of food ... she's about 44 lbs .... and I have one that needs 3 lbs per day to maintain. Feeding amounts rise and fall depending on temperature and activity level. All my trialing money for entries and gas are going to feeding my dogs ... so it's like a Catch-22 ... I can feed them correctly but can''t afford to trial ..... OR ... I can feed a good quality kibble and trial !!!!! I just wish I were rich !!!! LOL
  2. The website says 2 1/3 cup for a 40 lb dog. My dogs are all in the low to mid 40's ... Do you have a smaller dog ... or is the dog food company trying to make my dogs fat ???
  3. I have been feeding RAW for 6 years now ..... It was great when I was feeding 2-3 dogs but now with 4 dogs and the price of everything going up I'm contemplating switching them to Taste of the Wild by Diamond - it is grain free and appears to be better than most others out there... still $41 for 30lbs ... giving 2 cups per dog that's approximately 70 cents per meal. When fed a RAW diet correctly you have to rotate meat sources and add organ meats. Chicken around here is .80/lb for whole chicken or .50/lb on leg quarters ( which have a high bone ratio ). Chicken is high in bone so you have to alternate with cheap beef which is still around $1.75 / lb or some cheap pork at $1.50/lb .... meat sales aren't what they used to be so in average each dog will cost me approximately $1.50 per meal ( feeding 1 1/4 lb per 45 lb Border Collie ) -- and that's if you REALLY look for deals and do a lot of work yourself. I butcher a lot of my own sheep, goats, and chickens. So the math for me is simple ... 4 dogs on RAW = $180 per month .... 4 dogs on Taste of the Wild = $84 .. If I do switch to kibble I will still feed leg quarters once or twice per week to keep their teeth clean and keep a good balance of good and bad bacteria in their gut. Dave Strickland www.outrunbc.com
  4. Ugly or not ... the AKC just wants your money and the power associated with doing whatever they want. The newest thing with the AKC is that you can register you designer dog regardless of what breed bred with what other breed - as long as they are both registered. So designer dogs will now be registered. Dave S www.outrunbc.com
  5. Beautiful pics ... thank you... Dave S www.outrunbc.com
  6. Well...... I never did make it all the way back to the breeder !!!! LOL I decided to give this boy one last chance. He must've heard me because OMG !!! He is now amazing me !!! After getting some help from a lot of people on this group and some hands-on help from a very good friend of mine, we were able to fix this dog's issues ( which were created by me for the most part ) ... YES ... he is slow at maturing but he will be a really nice dog when it's all said and done. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH TO EVERYONE HERE WHO ANSWERED MY CRIES FOR HELP !!!! For those of you who wanted to see videos of him ... I took a few clips on Sunday and they are on my website. The dog's name is KIPP. Go figure ... he's no longer doing what I was complaining about !!! Dave Strickland www.outrunbc.com
  7. Hi Joe, I have two Border Collies and 1 Aussie and when I'm not home to supervise they are in their kennels. Unsupervised "play" is an invitation for bites, tears, bad habits, poisoning, destruction of property, and possible theft. Rather safe than sorry... I built my inside kennels out of cinder blocks for the first 4 feet up .. then 2 more feet of 4 gauge wire to a roof. This inside part of the kennel is 8' x 6' with rubber horse stall mats on the ground. this is connected to the chain link panels you discussed for an outside kennel of 4'x 10'. Each dog has 48sq ft of inside space and 40sq ft of outside run. My dogs have a play yard that is 100' x 100' and they are allowed to play when me or my wife are outside. I learned the hard way years ago. I had one dog get poisoned and had two dogs get into a fight... we almost lost the looser of that fight but our vet came thru ( for $800 ). Dave S www.outrunbc.com
  8. Well...... I never did make it all the way back to the breeder !!!! LOL I decided to give this boy one last chance. He must've heard me because OMG !!! He is now amazing me !!! After getting some help from a lot of people on this group and some hands-on help from a very good friend of mine, we were able to fix this dog's issues ( which were created by me for the most part ) ... YES ... he is slow at maturing but he will be a really nice dog when it's all said and done. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH TO EVERYONE HERE WHO ANSWERED MY CRIES FOR HELP !!!! For those of you who wanted to see videos of him ... I took a few clips on Sunday and they are on my website. The dog's name is KIPP. Go figure ... he's no longer doing what I was complaining about !!! Dave Strickland www.outrunbc.com ******* No need to reply Vergil ***** Thanks Hi Vergil, I have a problem with my young 18 month old boy. My first BC ( now 3 1/2 yrs old ) was/is a natural. She had/has a wonderful sense of rate and great balance. Trouble is that when faced by wild sheep she doesn't back down and just keeps them in balance while keeping her distance ( about 10 feet ) .. but she won't move them - she'll let the sheep move her ... she won't grip either. So..... when I went looking for my second dog I decided to look for a dog out of cattle lines - which have more of a grip ( or more eye ). This new boy "turned-on" at about 10 months and I started training him on stock 4 months ago. All he wanted to do is go straight to the stock and grip. He is slowly widening and is not gripping nearly as much ... he will still chase, split the stock, and "body slam" sheep and goats. He still gets so excited when he sees me or when he gets ready to work stock that not only does his tail move side to side ... but his whole body moves. When he jumps up while wagging his tail he looks like a big fish out of water. I'm worried that I'm ruining him since I have to "Down" him so much. I have been doing a lot of "figure eight" in the field while not telling him anything and he'll kind of keep balance going counter clockwise ... but when going clockwise he just lays down and waits for me to tell him "Come By". The question I'm trying to answer is whether this boy has little natural balance, or if he's just a "Nut Case" !!!!??? Should I keep working with him or find him a pet home and get another dog ? Any thoughts ?? Thank you, Dave Strickland www.outrunbc.com
  9. Hi ... I switched to RAW feeding 6 years ago. My dogs thrive on it. I've paid for complete bloodwork and they came back better than perfect. Energy levels are excellent and we've had absolutely no problems ( ears, eyes, joints, or anything ) in the 6 years. My dogs have been on a Prey Diet ( big pieces of meat and bone ) for 3 years now. Just make sure you give them organs ( about 5% of total food ) ... which to me is only 2 or 3 times per week. Dave Strickland www.outrunbc.com
  10. Hi, I am new at this and I am training my second dog. One of the things I learned and have been told is to get away from small arenas or round pens. Small area training has it's place but should not be used too often. Young dogs can really feel pressure of the small fields, arenas, and round pens, and being young I think it is harder for them to take that pressure and still focus on what they are trying to learn. I did a lot of big field work with my first dog and my first trial was in a 15 acre field. Yes ... we had some awesome train wrecks !!!! My first BC ( now 3 1/2 yrs ) can now better handle the pressure of small arenas ( although I don't like it much - LOL ) My thought is .... use a big field and sheep that aren't too light. For this beginning stage you want some "velcro" sheep. Your trainer is correct in saying that you shouldn't train to trial ( ie. pattern train your dog to a specific course ). I have trialed in other venues ... and even though some are fun ... I still consider USBCHA trials as being the Border Collie standard ). Good luck and have fun !!!! Dave Strickland Oklahoma www.outrunbc.com
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