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Everything posted by gcv-border

  1. I liked James Rebanks. Donald McCaig used to be an active member of these boards before passing.
  2. I agree that a different opinion is required. I don't think you vet is taking your seriously. I am surprised that, at a minimum, s/he didn't take X-rays. I would consult with an specialist (orthopedic vet/ certified rehab vet).
  3. What was said above. A lot of great suggestions. Re: agility. I now try to use a game training approach to teaching agility. All (or as much as possible) of the 'teaching' is done through games. A lot less pressure on the dog to PERFORM since he thinks he is just playing with you. And with regards to trick training, sometimes one has to just ask for the tiniest bit of incremental performance toward a completed trick. Many people try to achieve too much of the final behavior. For example: give a paw. Usually people will expect the dog to pick up the paw or will grab the paw before treating. I have sometimes grabbed the paw to show the dog what to do. It may or may not work. Try to think outside the box. Perhaps just a weight shift from one paw to the other is enough in the beginning. One dog I taught to wave (similar to giving a paw but higher) by holding the treat next to his nose so he tried to bat at it to get it. Worked fabulously for him. Not so much for a couple of other dogs.
  4. I don't do flyball, but a search for national flyball organizations should have a list of clubs by state. Or just search for (your city) flyball club.
  5. Just seeing this. Lovely short film. Thanks for posting.
  6. Good Luck with Cressa. Like others, I have more experience with felines that have kidney disease. I never used Rx diets for them (against the vet's advice), but did pay attention to posphorus levels in the kibble, added water to their daily 2X feedings (which I do now for all my pets regardless of age) and gave subQ fluids. Both cats lived another 3 - 3.5 years of quality life until close to the end. One hint for subQ fluids if you ever go in that direction - warm the fluids in body temperature water. It is so much more comfortable for the animal. One cat would visibly relax, then go to sleep in my lap, when I started his alternate day subQ fluid administration. This cat had very high blood chemistry values for kidney disease when initially diagnosed, and was tested every 6 months. Each time, the vet would shake his head in disbelief that his values remained fairly stable for about 3 years. He thought that he would have been gone within the first 6 months after initial diagnosis. I have one 13 year old border collie with values indicating beginning kidney disease. I will have to begin educating myself about the canine version.
  7. That was very sweet, and definitely one of the better ones I have seen. (although I am not an expert) Thanks, D'Elle for the explanation of Freestyle.
  8. D'Elle has given great advice. I will just add a couple of my thoughts: If you get a puppy, check out online training options. I have seen a couple of options that specifically address the topic - "puppy training during social isolation period" (or similar title). I am guessing that the instructor has modified their training regime to offer creative suggestions for our current situation. I am sorry, but I can not remember who is offering an online class like this, but perhaps a Google search will help. Finding a rescue dog is definitely my suggestion, considering the fact that you want a dog that is not reactive, preferable friendly with everyone. With an adult, or even a teenager, you would have a pretty good idea of mature personality. Puppies are a black box. BUT, as your past trainer pointed out, people are adopting dogs and cats at an unprecedented rate now. In this country (USA), I have read of several animal shelters that have been cleared out because all the animals were adopted. While I think that is great, what happens when the adopters go back to work (8 hours a day away from the house plus other extracurricular activities)? I agree that many of those dogs will show up again in the pound when lives get too busy. I volunteer for a foster-based BC rescue, and we have definitely had an increase in adoption applications and have tried to be careful to screen out people who seem to be looking for a companion right now, but haven't thought about what happens to the dog when they return to work away from home.
  9. Happy Birthday beautiful Cressa. You sound like a very special dog.
  10. Hmmm. I might want to reconsider continuing to use that vet. I now try to document any ailments via video or photos (hallelujah for smart phones). I have used photos/videos to show my vet anything from lameness, seizures, poop quality .... you get the idea. I sometimes feel that I am not communicating clearly when I am describing an ailment. Photographic proof removes communication errors, and, in your case, provides concrete evidence.
  11. Initial, random thoughts, in no particular order -- I am going to have to try and take some time to read some of the articles cited - particularly interested in the Cornell study. I don't trust anything from the EPA since IMPOTUS became president. These are good reasons to move to organic foods. I have always rolled my eyes when vegetarians say that not eating meat is more 'healthy', because IMHO, unless one is eating only organic veggies and fruits and grains, and preferably not from industrial agriculture sources, the chemicals involved in industrial crop production are definitely NOT healthy.
  12. If she pushes the toy under another piece of furniture, then block that off too. Another option: get toy(s) too big to fit underneath furniture. In my household, toys are not left out. I only allow them to play with toys under direct supervision - i.e. I am personally interacting with the dog and the toy.
  13. Try putting some rolled up towels or blankets under the furniture. Use something to block the 'disappearing toys' so she doesn't have to dig for it - IF that is the cause of her chewing the furniture. As for bitter apple: it doesn't work for all dogs. One of my dogs started to chew on the stair banisters when younger. After spraying with bitter apple, he would lick it. He thought it was tasty.
  14. I am not surprised to hear that there could be an adverse reaction if both toxic chemicals are given at the same time (if I am understanding your post correctly). I try to give one treatment around the first of the month, and the other chemical treatment in the middle of the month to avoid overloading the dog's system. Works for me. I also use livestock ivermectin for heartworm, and use Vectra 3D for ticks/fleas.
  15. I saw a table a couple of years ago that listed the breeds sensitive to ivermectin. IIRC, about 5% of border collies are sensitive (as compared to about 50% Australian Shepherds, and even higher percentage for Lassie-type collies). If you are really worried, you could have your pups tested for the mdr1 mutation.
  16. Agree with 'it depends on your dogs'. How does your current dog interact with each gender? But this may be a moot point because you will be bringing in a puppy, and the two should become well acquainted before gender issues would develop (if they ever do). Future Neutering may also change the dynamics. Post puppy pics when you get the little rugrat!
  17. Sue, I am just seeing this. Through your writings, I appreciate how special Celt is. I am glad that he graced your life.
  18. So sorry. Glad she is getting better. What was the flea and tick medication? I'll bet you won't be using that again.
  19. Lots to say on this topic, but no time. I hope to come back later to post. But one thing to remember -- don't expect consistency with a puppy. So she likes a dog one day and not the next? No problem. At this age, don't push her to have to engage with other dogs.
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