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  1. I read that organ meats and sardines can be used to supplement for taurine deficiency.
  2. Cutie! No, I think the white leg is fine. Probably a visual 'distortion' due to color. If you are worried, just keep an eye on it.
  3. Congratulations on your new pup! I don't know about the smell. Something is definitely off. Puppies should have a 'puppy smell' which many people crave. In addition, border collies often have self-cleaning coats when they are adults and generally don't need many baths. But puppy coats are very different, generally not as sleek as adult coats. So I can see it being a little more dirty, but not to the point of smelling bad. With regard to the exercise you are giving your pup: it is too much. Please try and break it into smaller segments throughout the day. A pup's bones and joints are
  4. Oh no! I hope she doesn't have a repeat episode. Sounds like a seizure to me also. What you describe is very close to the grand mal seizures that Natt used to have. Natt's seizures were a bit stronger, and she didn't come out of them as rapidly as Megan. It can be very difficult to determine an exact cause for seizures. Based on Megan's history, it could be related to her age or her kidney issues. Did you check to see if the pupils of her eyes were flicking back and forth? If so, it could be a seizure related to a vestibular incident. Although my understanding is that th
  5. So cute. The general rule I have heard is to double the 4 month weight to estimate the adult weight. Having said that, there are so many exceptions to that 'rule', you must take it with a grain of salt.
  6. Maja- great video. Wonderful music that fits with the scenes. Bader.... LOL on the video. I have seen a few other videos made by this guy. He is funny. Easily offended because everything is about you = narcicisstic personality
  7. Good catch. Yes, tunnel bags are very important for safety reasons. Not sure what the OP means by free-standing weaves. I have channel weaves since that is how I like to train weaves, but they are more expensive.
  8. Most of my jumps are homemade, with the exception of the double. I would have bought a triple, but had a friend getting rid of her homemade one so grabbed it. Weave poles: can use stick-in-the-ground or 2 X 2s, to begin training, but will eventually need to get regulation weaves. Agree with CptJack on purchasing contact equipment. Tunnels - buy the sturdy regulation tunnels (although it seems that tunnels are no longer being made to be as sturdy and long-lasting as they once were - according to the complaints I have been hearing from my agility friends). Once a BC pup is more t
  9. Thank you. I would definitely like to compare strengths of each.
  10. THIS^^^ This year, I am a member of a group ( of 5) who own pups from a female that is running in the Finals. The pups were born in February, so this female is competing 7 months after whelping her pups.
  11. Very happy to hear this pupdate! Please remind me of the product, is it OTC, and do you think it could be used in a general sense for senior dogs?
  12. This. ^^^^ But, guys, we occasionally get through to an obstinate thinker. :-) I remember one thread (IIRC), a couple of years ago, in which someone was complaining about their puppy destroying their belongings and even parts of their house. The collective wisdom advised appropriate use of a crate. The OP said she had owned dogs for over 25 years (although this was her first border collie) and had never had to use a crate, and wasn't going to start now. A few months later, the OP showed up again with genuine thanks for our advice. Apparently, she finally did take our advice. She had t
  13. Have you put a good foundation on your pup before you allow him freedom and expose him to distractions? That is one of the secrets to a good recall. Start inside with no distractions until you have a high recall success. Then gradually increase distractions during training. If he is not returning when called, you will have to keep him on a long line until his recall is better. AND, you may have progressed too fast in his training (ie. added too many distractions for his level of training), so I would return to the basics. It never hurts to go back to the basics. And don't forget, to get
  14. So sorry for your loss of your good dog, Hershey. Paws on your heart.
  15. This sounds like Treiball - which I have only read about and seen a couple of video so I could be wrong. Maybe check out Youtube videos or do a Google search to learn more?
  16. I had a dog with epilepsy, and one of the vets I consulted was a Certified Chinese Medicine vet (in addition to being a traditionally trained vet). The general treatment she prescribes is to put her epilepsy clients on a raw diet (not sure how different that is from a keto diet), and supplement with certain Chinese herbs. She has had very good results with many other epileptic dogs - but it didn't work for my dog unfortunately. Since epilepsy can have different causes, the raw diet wouldn't work for all affected dogs, but from my reading, a raw diet (and maybe a keto diet) is a good first step
  17. Agree with waiting on neutering until at least one year of age. Microchip now for safety reasons. IME (I have personally microchipped over 100 livestock animals, and have been present when my cats and dogs are chipped), the big needle may sting when penetrating the skin, but once in, they tend to relax. My vet has her tech apply a thin layer of peanut butter on the examining table to distract the dog during insertion of microchip. Note: YMMV depending on the skill of the vet.
  18. Sounds like you are on the right track since you are seeing improvement. Don't expect to solve a problem behavior in one day, one week, or even one month. Just be patient. If there was no improvement, you should consider altering your training strategy.
  19. Since most of us seem to be in agreement that it is rude, puppy behavior (and not some sort of specific, mis-placed adolescent herding behavior), just treat it as such. For me, the only BC-specific advice is that often BCs can be soft dogs (but some are very hard-headed). So I prefer to start with a less confrontational approach (softer voice, positive reinforcement, treats) to see if it has any effect, before I ramp up (loud voice, body pressure).
  20. That is a really hard question to answer because I don't think anyone tracks it. My guess is that there may be regional concentrations of larger boder collies - due to either genetics or the demands of work.
  21. Agree with above posts. Stop all movement. If he doesn't want to behave once you have started up again, try a timeout in a small room (bath?) by himself or a covered crate. Do you think he nips more when he is overtired? If so, like a toddler, it may be time for a nap in the crate.
  22. Cute puppy. Kudos to you and your wife for adopting from the shelter. I would give it a high probability that she is a BC mix. If you want her to be part BC, then she is! Nipping at the heels is not uniquely herding dog behavior (as Gentle Lake explained above). I find little dogs often do it too. Having said that, it is rude and not to be tolerated - regardless of breed. If you need help training her to stop, start another post, and you will get some good advice. (You can also try to search the archives. )
  23. Very nice. Good switch command to pull off the decoy jump before the tunnel.
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