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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 15 hours ago, beachdogz said:

    Thank you all for your information.  I gave Interceptor years ago to my German Shepherd Dogs.  So is Interceptor considered safe for Collies since it is not Ivermectin? 


    Re the flea + heartworm - a friend of mine just recently gave Heartgard and Nexgard (flea preventative) together to her dog on her vet's advice, and her dog became very ill. 

    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.

  8. Agree with lawgirl. Possibly attention-seeking.

    If you don't want to use the crate, if you have a half-back or other small room nearby, use that for time-out. I do 1-2 minute time-outs. And be prepared to put him in the time-out space more than once, at least in the beginning.

    I have also tethered a misbehaving dog to me so I can always be watching them. After all, we are only human, and even though we think we are going to watch them, if the dog isn't tethered to me. I get distracted.

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