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  1. My border collie is 3yrs old and has started to get very easily tired during exercise. He used to run a lot and run for his ball over and over in the field but he has stopped even wanting his ball throwing for him at all. This happened after he went running for his ball and smacked his foot, since then has not run for his ball or wanted it throwing for him. He is not limping and is not in pain. He is just getting quite tired after running a little bit when in the field and carries the ball around instead. He is not acting different when playing in the garden and is jumping for his ball and fin
  2. Hi Guys, I need some help please I have a 7 month old Border Collie Named Misty. She’s always had an appetite and got excited at meal times however the last few days she has been leaving her food. Right from the moment we brought her home she has had the same food. Her food is a custom blend from tails.com which is formulated for her breed, age and weight. She has 2 meals a day, 1 in a morning of just dry food and 1 in the evening of dry and wet food mixed. She has always eaten both meals happily. But the last few days she has started to leave food. Her morning feed she tend
  3. Hey everyone, I need advice, I am going through a very hard time with my beloved 1y 6m old BC. We live in a 55 sqm flat, we play in the morning 10-11am, then in the afternoon 5-6pm then she gets a poddy walk at 11pm. She has been really good until recently -the past month we did flat renovations, fixed the bathroom. She was good most days, certain days she would be very attention demanding, she would steal tools just to get attention. Now that the works are finished, she still continues to be very not settled, she wants attention every 10minutes, even after being exercised.
  4. Hello, Our 6 year old border collie was just diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma cancer (skin cancer; nodules all over face/mouth/body). Her only symptoms were an increase in sneezing and sounding nasally, and then we started to notice lumps on her nose/cheeks, etc. Otherwise she is acting herself - is eating, going to the bathroom, wanting to play, etc. We have started her on a steroid to try to "slow down" the cancer, but we know there is unfortunately no cure. My question is...does anyone have a similar story to share? How long did your little friend live for after diagnosis? I know ever
  5. I have had my female border collie since she was 6 weeks old. As far as training goes, she does very well learning tricks and we work on them in short spirts multiple times a day. She knows how to shake, lay down, kiss, and sit. Getting her to listen to me during this is very easy. Although in other situations as to come or stopping her bad behavior. she listens to no one. She jumps up on the stove frequently and now that has resulted in a small paw burn. When she does something bad and we scold her, it is almost like she thinks it is a game and keeps doing it. I am afraid that this is going t
  6. I have a 7month old female border collie. When i take her for a walk and JUST a walk it goes well. Shes at the point where she walks well enough, meaning, she still sometimes pulls and tries to lead but thats about it. Walking on leash has improved but still more area to improve. I take her to this large public park everyday to play frisbee. Shes getting REALLY GOOD! I have her on a 30ft lead just because i dont completely trust her in a public park yet with people, children, and other dogs. She does very well on the long leash and if she gets to nosy and starts to wander i can stop and let he
  7. I have a 5, almost 6 month old border collie female named Brooklyn. My boyfriend and I got her when she was 9 weeks old. Recently she's started having some behaviour issues such as, refusing to go on walks unless both my boyfriend and I go. Also, unless both my boyfriend and I are home she tends to not want to do anything but sleep but as soon as he/I gets home, she'll be back to her normal playful self. Today we figured out that it's not just walks that she will not go on unless it's us both, it's pretty much anything. I tried to take her to our local disc golf course which she loves; I threw
  8. Our 5 and half month is soo hyper he comes put of his crates after naps and is non stop even with adequate mental and physical stimulation he just ends up over tired and has to be enforced for a nap. He never stops moving and has too much energy I read in Barbara Sykes book 90% percent of border collies receive too much protein in their diet and need 24% or less. Our boys food is 27% however when I look round for kibble with lower protein its soo hard to find it. Anyone have success stories or any recommendations?
  9. I am training my one year old border collie and I am having trouble with him running through and splitting the sheep. This is my first dog and I don’t have any experience of training dogs. Thank you
  10. I am training my 1 year old border collie and I am having trouble with him as he is running through the middle of the sheep and caring them more than he needs to he is also gripping at them how can I stops this. I am a newbie and this is my first dog so I don’t know much about training them. Thank you.
  11. Hi everyone, I've been reading some of these boards, and there seem to be some very knowledgeable people on here. I have not seen very much on Bud Williams or his method and wanted to see if anyone knew about it or has had any experience with it. I have two border collie puppies that I wanted to train in this way to work cattle instead of for something like trials. Below are a couple of links. First one to an article I found about Bud Williams and the second to his website. http://managingwholes.com/stock-dogs-1.htm http://stockmanship.com/ Thanks in advance.
  12. Hi there! I'm new to the forums so please excuse me if I say something that is incorrect. I have an 8 month old male entire Border Collie. I purchased him from proven champion working stock with lines behind them of the same. The dogs have lure coursing, herding, disk, dive, agility and obedience titles. I sought after a BC as a performance dog and of course, a companion for myself and my other dog. Despite his heratige my border collie has almost no drive at all, for toys, balls or prey. He is fairly driven for food but just seems lazy in general. He is a very fit boy, has bee
  13. Hello everyone, We have a bit of a beginner question. Hope you guys have some useful insights! We adopted a lovely border collie puppy two weeks ago. We've been planning this for ages and she's from a very reputable breeder. She is from two parents active in sports, with calm temperaments at home. Both of the parents are great dogs. Let me start off by saying this: our little lady is lovely as well! We fell in love with her. she is very affectionate. After 10 days she was pretty much potty trained, she loves her crate, sleeps all night and responds so well to training. All in all
  14. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum! And new to getting a border collie. I'm on the list for a pup in 4 months, from a very reputable breeder. I'm so excited, but I've also been doubting a lot about my choice and I would love to get some input from experienced border collie owners. It would mean a lot! For years , it's clear to me that I will get a dog. My family always had Border Collies and I love, love, love the energy of these dogs. The problem is: I live right in the center of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and I'm in doubt if this is the right environment to make my dog happy.
  15. Hello, I have a BC who rather unusually has a grey cracked nose and loss of pigment in lower lips. It's real extreme when looking at the comparative photos. Have been to the vets twice but they don't know what it is. They believe it is one of three things a reaction to the sun, auto immune problem or a tumour. They have given us a prescription of tablets treating a reaction to the sun and we are regularly applying Vaseline to her nose to prevent cracks. We are due to go back to the vets later this week. We are half way through the course of tablets and there is currently no improvement.
  16. Hi guys, Just thought I could share this long but great interview of Tammie Rogers, owner and dog breeder at DarnFar Ranch. It is published on Breeding Business, the dog breeding online magazine. She talks about the creation of a new line/breed, using border collies as service dogs, and more. Check it out..
  17. Yesterday's work day shed a whole new light on my 1.5 y/o BC. She has been working sheep periodically since she was about 9 months old. She's shown quite a bit of talent, a nice easy demeanor with the sheep and the ability to pick up commands. Things were going quite well. Yesterday, however was a mess. She would go from complete disengaged sniffing the ground with her back turned to the sheep to exploding in after the sheep, especially when I would give a "that'll do" command. Often she would do a nice small "fetch" and as soon as I would say "down" she'd lay down, but then turn her
  18. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum and had a few questions. I'm going to pick up my puppy Friday and was wondering what you all thought about his looks as a puppy. I'm more or less just looking to see if people can tell is he is mixed with Aussie and collie? Does he look more like a collie or a aussie puppy? whether he is going to be a smooth coat or rough or medium? He is 8 weeks old Thank you!
  19. Hello, I know there have been many posts about breeders on here and I have gotten useful information but still need a breeder! We have been looking for about 2 years and have gone to 3 trials (Rochester NY) but can't find anyone actively breeding. I have a few names but no one returns my calls. We have been fostering dogs and next spring would really like to add a purebred puppy to our family. We know there are great rescue dogs (we've helped many BC find homes) and have fostered many puppies as well. We will continue to foster but want to add a working bred border collie puppy to the fa
  20. I am certain I am not the first to post on this topic, but it is something of concern. I recently moved in with my partner and she has a 7-year old, poorly behaved cat. I am trying to find the best solution toward getting them to live together peacefully. Some advice would be very helpful. I will describe the two animals: My BC: very well behaved and listens to commands. Was socialized at a very young age around cats and since has had numerous inconsequential interactions with cats. She always listens to me around them and has yet to show any aggression toward cats. Cat from he
  21. Well I haven't been on much so I just thought I'd post an update about Jinx, he's almost eleven months now. His birthday is coming up(July 14). He is becoming a wonderful companion and I can't wait to see him in the coming years when he really matures and becomes a dog, not a puppy. He's a great dog in and out of the house with only a few very minor "issues." - barking at strangers at night(this I actually really don't mind so much, it's not incessant and he stops, but stays cautious, if I tell him to quit) - slight pulling on the leash, I do have a command to stay behind me(not a
  22. Skye is my almost 8 month old purebred Border Collie female. She was the runt of her litter, and at 8 months old I would guess she weighs 25 lbs at the most if that! Her mom is around 40 lbs and her dad is around 50+ lbs I would guess. At 8 months old, how big should she be by now? She's still super tiny, and everyone thinks she's a mini Border Collie. She also had coccidia when i got her, and the vet who treated her overdosed her on antibiotics and severely damaged her gut wall. now her gut wall is healed and she's on two probiotic suppements. Could this health issue earlier in life possibly
  23. Skylar is my six month old female purebred Border Collie, and is also my potential service dog prospect. I got her at almost eight weeks old and she weighed 4.2 lbs and was half the size of her siblings! The vet also discovered that she had coccidia. he put her on 2cc of albon suspension for 20 days. When we went back 20 days later, the coccidia was still there so he put her on 2cc of albon for another 20 days. then we went back and the coccidia was gone, but she now had giardia, so he put her on metronydazole for two weeks. then we went back and giardia was gone, but the coccidia was back, so
  24. Greetings all ~ A friend just posted this link from the Caldwell, ID craigslist. I know nothing except what's in the ad, but for goodness sake, can anyone help? Is there a BC/Aussie rescue in Idaho? Is there anyone who can foster these kids? The ad is for a 6 year old intact male, tri-color border collie who "makes pretty babies" and plays ball, plus a very obese but sweet looking blue merle female Aussie. http://boise.craigslist.org/pet/4243600154.html Please contact the person posting the ad, if you can help, as I have no connection to these people. These little faces simply break my hea
  25. Hi all! I had a sheltie that I did agility with just for fun 5 years ago. Since then he has passed, and I've gotten a BC/Kelpie cross. She is 12 weeks old. When can she start jumping? What can we work on now at this age? Also I want to compete with her, and that means she needs to be registered. Correct? Where do I register a mixed dog for agility? I am in the Bowling Green Kentucky area. How do I find out about upcoming agility events? Thank you for your time!!
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