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  1. I use Taste of the Wild. In the morning I put ~1 Tablespoon of yogurt in their food (regular vanilla, not low or non-fat to avoid artificial sweeteners) to help with some gassiness. I've found that REALLY helps and both dogs eat vanilla, whereas only one would eat the plain (can't blame them - I don't eat plain yogurt either!). We've also started adding some canned food - also TOTW or other brands that are mostly meat. Sometimes it is just leftover chicken or veggies from our dinner. Again, its only a small spoonful to give them some variety. I'd like to mix it up a bit but I've had a re
  2. We use the Herm Sprenger prong collars on our two 2-yr old border collies and they have been fantastic. For the most part, we used ours to get the boys to calm down while on their leashes, and it worked wonderfully. We went from no one being able to walk them (especially together yanking opposite directions) to them walking on a loose leash for the most part and getting super excited whenever we pull the collars down to put on them. To keep the collars from looking so intimidating, a woman in our obedience class weaves colored leather through the links, which also helps keep everything toge
  3. I'm so glad you posted this - I've been wondering about a lot of the same things. And everyone's responses have been so helpful! I've already found a rescue group about 3 hours from my house that I'd like to work with, but I haven't contacted them yet because I'm a little afraid of the rejection - what if we can't give them what they need in a foster parent?!?! I've got 2 BC's now and really feel like I have more to give towards helping other dogs. We've been considering adopting a rescue, but I really want to be able to help more than just one more dog, which is why I'm considering f
  4. Thanks for all your replies... I was sort of expecting the advice to get help, but was hoping it might be something I can handle on my own. I'm going to order those books on Amazon this morning and I need to go to the vet for their annual checkup, and there was a person there who described herself as a behaviorist. She talked with us once (after the staples in the leg incident) but nothing was focused on the toy portion - just having the dogs come around the corner and greet each other... I guess I was disappointed by her advice since they LOVE each other and are great together except when t
  5. My boys, Royce and Enzo, get along so well the majority of the time. The big problem comes when we give them bones/rawhides or one of them gets a chew toy out of their basket. Even if Enzo has the exact same item, he is so uninterested in his own, and only wants whatever Royce has. Usually he'll go over and steal it so that he could have a dozen rawhides and Royce has none. We used to take them from Enzo and give it back to Royce, but now I'm concerned I've confused them with who is the dominant dog. I wouldn't be so concerned if it were just stealing the toy... sometimes it turns into
  6. From the sounds of it I'm very lucky they don't lift their legs!! I'll stop showing them how to do it - the neighbors probably think I'm ridiculous when I stand out there on one leg showing them how to lift it haha
  7. Both my boys are neutered and at 2 years old, neither of them lift their leg. Is it something to be worried about or is it normal?
  8. Thank you for all of your suggestions! I'm still looking in other locations for agility/flyball but if I can't find anything, I think our trainer has a more advanced obedience session coming up. Definitely going to try and find some of these books, videos, etc and check out the website links so I'm at least prepared for what I am trying to get myself into
  9. We've missed both the beginner agility and flyball classes at my trainer (whom I love!). I'm in a fairly rural area and the only other places that do training in my area are the local SPCA's that do not offer those types of classes. I'm still hoping to do some work with my two 2-year old boys this summer and was thinking I could at least start learning some techniques from a book (maybe?!?! ). Between that and perhaps a more advanced obedience and working on their recall, I'm hoping to keep them busy this summer. I'm currently doing a "bootcamp" of Nothing In Life is Free because they we
  10. I guess I'm no good with this whole attachment thing... I'm only able to upload one at a time, but I'm not sure if that's normal or my computer.
  11. Hello Everyone! I wanted to take a second to introduce myself and my pups (pics to come once I read the pinned post above). I have 2-year old male border collies Royce and Enzo (named after fast cars with big engines, or something like that). They're both 65 pounds and I absolutely love them to pieces. They came from a Mennonite farm and both parents are working dogs herding sheep. When we went to look at them, the farmer had already chosen his next working dogs and they were the last two available. I should have known when they ran around and around the outside of the house that we were
  12. Oh I intend to neuter them. They actually don't have papers, which is OK with me since I never intended to use them for breeding. We want to wait until they're a little older just because it seems the verdict is still out on whether it can affect their growth, etc if you do it too early. Thanks!! And I do need to upload some new pics soon!
  13. I guess I should also add - if anyone has any suggestions for raising a SINGLE puppy, that would be appreciated as well Thanks! Brenna
  14. Hey everyone, I wanted to say HI. I recently found these boards and have been reading through the threads and thought I'd introduce myself. I recently brought two male BC puppies into my family and am absolutely smitten. I was always raised with herding dogs (my parents bred Bearded Collies) but have never raised a puppy 100% on my own. My boyfriend and I own a 3000sq ft house (they only have access to our family room on a regular basis though) on 1.5 acres and we crate them while we are at work and to sleep at night. We are gone most of the day for work, but my boyfriend's mother comes
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