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  1. I was playing with Jade last night in a big open parkinglot, playing a game of chase. We were having lots of fun, and Jade was enjoying being able to run around at light speed, but I didn't think to realize that the concrete/asphalt would be terribly hard on her poor feet. Now she is sore and her pads, though not bleeding, are pretty ripped/scuffed up. She is walking very tenderly, I know they're hurting her. What should I do?? Will she be alright if I just give her a little R&R? or do I need to wrap her feet in anything? So far she has been laying down a lot and licking her feet. She seems to be in good spirits but I know she's hurting... I feel awful about it. Any suggestions??
  2. Was just wondering what anybody could tell me about getting started with disc dog? I'm somewhat interested in participating in this event, but don't know anything about it. Can anybody fill me in?
  3. Congrats on your new puppy! I'm not sure if I did things right or not, but I'll tell you what I did, it worked for me. I got my Jade when she was 8 weeks old, and she received vaccinations before I got her, when I got her, a couple weeks after I got her, and then some more after that. Be sure and worm your puppy when you get it. Anywho, I figure that if your puppy has had some vaccinations, it's ok to socialize them because you're right, socialization at that age is very very important- be sure and expose your pup to as many new things as you can. Puppy classes are great and should help quite a bit, but you should still try to expose the pup to more than just the class. Keep an eye on her when you're out and about and you should be fine
  4. I don't mean to sound too terribly ignorant here, but what are some methods that people use to stop that sort of behavior? Jade loves to chase around my cat, and I haven't found a terribly effective method to get her to stop.
  5. I heard somewhere recently that adding flax seed oil or olive oil to your dog's food will give him/her a shinier coat. Is this true? What would be some guidelines for adding oil to their food? This may have been brought up in some earlier threads, but for some reason I can't seem to search for it right now.
  6. Found this on the internet a while back, thought I'd share... From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog", but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man or woman." So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog" just smile... because they "just don't understand." Written by an unknown Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
  7. If everyone poo-poos breeding, how does one ever become a responsible breeder if everyone is saying 'don't breed'?? I want to become a responsible BC breeder at some point in my life- I always do my homework before I commit to something- I've read many BC books and breeding books, and I wouldn't breed until the time was right and I had a dog that was outstanding (at herding, of course). My dogs have always come from a responsible, reputable breeder who breeds for working lines and working ability, and I wouldn't ever breed for any other purpose. To restate, How does anyone become a responsible breeder? Everyone has to start somewhere to become good at anything...
  8. What an interesting study... I was wondering though, do you have any resources to help an owner who has a dog with a noise phobia? My 7 month old BC is scared of lots of noises that she can hear outside of the house- usually I can't tell where they're coming from, what's making them, how to recreate them, or when I should anticipate that she will react to it. Oddly enough though, thunderstorms don't phase her (i guess I should count my lucky stars!) only strange noises from outside. So far I have not come across an effective way to deal with her phobia...
  9. Thanks for all the suggestions and comments- they're greatly appreciated. I think that for right now waiting until Jade is a little older would be best- looking back (not that it was that long ao) I loved having a puppy, but couldn't (and still can't) wait for her to grow out of 'puppy-ness'. I think I will be able to wait until she is about 2 to bring another dog into the family. Thanks again!!
  10. I don't have any stories to tell, but I've certainly enjoyed reading all of the stories everyone else has pointed out... I'm not sure which is more far-fetched, Yorkie or Dalmation!! My pup is only 7 months old, so I'm sure we'll have a lot of these sort of encounters down the road!!
  11. Jade- 7 month old female, 44 lbs Rocko- 6 year old male, 45 lbs Sasha (Rocko's littermate)- 6 year old female, 35 lbs I had another male before, Cody, that weighed about 50 lbs
  12. I have a 7 month old Border Collie right now, and my living arrangements will be changing (for the better) later this fall, and I've been contemplating getting another pup sometime next fall or winter. I have some questions for those of you that have added a second dog to your home: 1) How old should the first dog be before introducing another dog into the family? (I wouldn't get a second pup for another 4 to 6 months) 2) Did your first dog's behavior change? 3) At what point did you decide to get a second dog? (like what caused you to decide to do so?) 4) What suggestions would you give me (or someone in my situation) for weighing the pros and cons for bringing another dog into the family? Here's a little of my background. As I said, Jade is 7 months old. She loves people, and she loves other dogs. She's been well socialized. She has started some herding lessons, has been through puppy classes and I am currently working with her to sharpen her obedience skills and responses (basic obedience, sit, stay, come, heel, etc.) along with several tricks. I currently live in-town with her, my boyfriend, and a cat. She gets plenty of exercise going on walks, playing frisbee, catch/fetch, etc. I've had Borders my whole life, but Jade is the first that I've had inside with me (the rest have been out on the farm). Any suggestions/comments are great! Thanks!!
  13. I bought the book '101 Dog Tricks' by Kyra Sundance ( http://www.amazon.com/101-Dog-Tricks-Activ...4930&sr=1-1 ) and have had a lot of luck using it to teach my pup different tricks. They're easy to follow and easy to teach... a really great book
  14. My 5 month old pup has taken to growling/barking at people when they enter the house, and growling/barking at any noises she hears outside of the house as well, such as people walking around, people talking, people walking up our drive/porch, car doors shutting, etc. This has only been going on for a couple of weeks, but it seems to be getting worse. I correct her when she's doing this by saying a quick "Hey!" or "No!" to try and startle her. It generally works for low growls, but nothing else. This is really annoying and not at all how I would like her to behave. She doesn't seem to be aggressive about it, her tail wags when she greets people. Is this perhaps another fear phase? How do I stop this behavior? Is this just a phase? Any suggestions are appreciated...
  15. I have a 4-month old female Border Collie pup who is everything I could ask for. She's extremely smart, and knows quite a few tricks and commands already. However, like my subject says, she has recently discovered that she's a Border Collie and has become obsessed with following my cat around the house, and for the life of me I can't grab her attention away from the cat at a distance. Does anyone have any suggestions for breaking her focus from the feline?
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