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  1. I have no words that can ease your loss, or articulate how it must feel to you better than your partner's moving tribute to the handsome Mr. Schnoz. So through my tears I'll just say dogspeed to this wonder who brought so much into your lives and will obviously continued to be loved as long as each of you has the breath to do so. roxanne
  2. I agree with D'Elle. Never allow him in the yard without someone who's prepared to intervene the instant he shows the slightest interest in a car. That means not just having someone in the yard with him, but someone having constant attention on him so doesn't get the chance for self-rewarding ever again. Not even once. Each time he gets to self reward significantly erodes any progress you might have made.
  3. Your second sentence is the reason you should consider having your EAOD dog tested. It's only by having more dogs tested that the true implications of this disease can be accurately calculated. Back before hip X-rays were routine I sent films a very obviously dysplastic dog in to OFA so that her info would be entered into the stats. How can you hope to ever see a true carrier/affected rate if you don't test and submit the data? Withholding positives on these things only skews our understanding of how widespread conditions like these are. And isn't there a chance that having the DNA of more affected carriers, as opposed to at risk but not actually affected, could eventually lead to discoveries about why penetrance is incomplete? IMO it's money well spent.
  4. Thanks, everyone. I was pretty incredulous when they told me that and was pretty sure I wasn't that out of touch. Thanks for confirming it for me.
  5. Some other book suggestions would be Emma Parson's Click to Calm and Fired Up, Frantic and Out of Control: Training Crazy Dogs from Over the Top to Out of Control by Laura VanArendonk Baugh.
  6. What kind of tasks is she doing for you as a service dog?
  7. I agree w/ SS Cressa. My first border collie wasn't into food at all. I'd have had to force feed him to get him to eat any more than he did. (I didn't; he was fine.) It's more important puppies eat regularly for good growth, but if he's growing, healthy and active and eating all he wants to, I don't think I'd worry about it. If he's not growing, is lethargic or showing any signs of illness then I'd be talking to my vet about it.
  8. Chickens don't flock like some animals and that puts some dogs off. My experience with backyard chickens varied. One dog was amazing with chickens, and he worked them much more gently than he did sheep. That made it easy to fine tune his work and teach him new things because he was very keen but could also be tough and if he'd get frustrated with the sheep would have a tendency to grip. We had 5 hens and 1 rooster, who was the devil incarnate. He'd attack anything and everything. Mirk didn't put up with much from the sheep but would allow the rooster to attack him exactly 4 times without disciplining him. The 5th time though he'd grab the rooster and gently mouth him, never causing the least harm except perhaps the the rooster's ego. Another dog, who was far easier to work on sheep, tried the chickens a time or 2. When they didn't react like the sheep did and just scattered rather than flocking she'd stand in the middle of them, turn and give me a very distinct WTF look and walk away. Couldn't convince her they were worth her time. I don't think it was simply a matter of power; although different, neither dog had any difficulty controlling sheep. But one was respected by the chickens and would move wherever the dog wanted them to go while they really didn't pay much attention to the other. I've only had Rhode Island reds so have no insight into whether there'd be a difference. Border collies are often used to herd ducks, geese and even turkeys, though I have no experience with these. Got either some ducklings or goslings (I think the latter) with the intention of using them for some backyard training but got rid of them after 3 days or so. Filthy things that I really didn't want to raise in my smallish back yard and they'd have been fox bait at the pasture.
  9. I'm really not even sure why people use those awful rigid cones anymore for most* situations where a dog would need to wear one.They're so cumbersome it's no mystery why dogs don't like to wear them. Though they're not perfect for all uses -- *they do allow access for dogs to reach some areas that cones will prevent -- for the times they work as needed inflatable "donut" type collars are so much more comfortable and so much less restrictive than hard plastic cones. The dog's vision isn't restricted in the same way and they don't bump into things so much, so in my (limited) experience they don't object to them or get that hangdog attitude the do with cones There are now a lot of companies making them so something to consider is that it should be deep and wide enough to restrict as much access as possible. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JKSDVSL/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExT0xZQzJQQTVXV1pXJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzM4NTk1MVA3Q1pQRlBHNkdYJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA0OTkwMTgyWE1JSU8xT1ZOTkJXJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfaHFwX3NoYXJlZCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU= It's also possible that Kevin might not object to a soft cone quite so much. I'm not sure how different ones are constructed, but this one seems to have some very useful adaptations. https://www.chewy.com/comfy-cone-e-collar-dogs-cats-black/dp/134221 A completely different alternative might be a body suit. There are some made with legs too. https://www.chewy.com/suitical-recovery-suit-dogs-black/dp/140879?utm_source=google-prospecting&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=819794590&utm_content=40295094901&utm_term=345771857492&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrf31v6Cy5AIVhxaHCh1cPgANEAEYASAFEgJzevD_BwE
  10. There's a god chance at this age that he's going through a fear period, quite normal at this age. The best thing for you to do is remain as calm and upbeat as possible and to do your best to calm him without going over the line to reinforcing his fears. IOW don't baby him. Be matter of fact, do what you need to do to calm him down then continue on your way like nothing's happened. If you can anticipate whatever will set him off start before he reacts by being upbeat and happy and just moving along like it's no big deal. His reaction is a bit extreme, but with some help on your part he should grow out of it.
  11. It's been a very long time since I've bought a border collie. For the past 16 years my dogs have been rescues. Not having a lot of success finding a rescue I've started to investigate other avenues for finding a dog who can continue to do pet therapy work with me. I called some folks who a couple days ago advertised border collie puppies in the local newspaper. It turns out they're not terribly local, an hour away. They have 2 pups from an April 23rd whelping and 7 from an accidental litter whelped on May 17th. They directed me to the FB page where there are pics of at least 6 adult Labs, 6 adult border collies, 2 adult goldens and an adult JRT along with a couple photos of a stall (they also train horses) full of both border collie and Lab puppies. ABCA registered but none of the border collies in 4 generations have worked more than to go out in the pasture and bring the horses in. A couple pups have gone to dairy farmers whose dogs bring the cows back to the barn for milking (we all know how hard that is ). The BC great grandfather was imported from Wales and had "DNA testing he needed to be imported." (Is there any such requirement?) Otherwise there've been no health checks of any kind, though they state that there haven't been any health problems in any of their dogs. They're asking $1000 for these 18 and 15 week old pups that they haven't been able to sell. Is this what people are getting for border collie puppies these days? And before anyone asks, no, I'm not going to buy one of them.
  12. You might also want to look into Emma Parsons' book Click to Calm: Healing the Reactive/Aggressive Dog. Don't be put off by the subtitle; it's just as valuable for overstimulated dogs as it is for aggressive ones. There are also some Youtube videos on the technique. It's actually very much like what D'Elle describes except that it's even more basic than asking for the dog's attention on you; it's reinforcing the dog for even the smallest moments when s/he's not actively looking for something to focus on and react to. I once fostered a reactive, overstimulated dog. I did a private session with a local trainer who's well versed in the technique. After the initial lesson we were talking and he just kept tossing treats around the room for the dog. It was a while before I realized that even though he didn't seem to be paying attention on the dog he was, and was just constantly reinforcing her for just wandering around the room not looking for anything to react to and that it actually did have a calming effect on her. There's no getting around it; it takes time and patience. But it works. ETA: We were writing at the same time and I see you're thinking in terms of rewarding Tama for paying attention to you. I'd suggest rewarding him for even a millisecond of not reacting, the instant he breaks his concentration on looking for something to react to. You'll often miss it at first, but you'll get better with practice too. Good luck.
  13. To the great insights you've already received I'm going to add one thing: it sounds to me like you may have an anxious pup. If so, it might be worth considering taking him to a vet familiar with using CBD oil. Some are having great results with microdosing for anxiety. Another possibility might be fluoxetine or something similar. Though she still has a way to go it, helped my anxious lurcher, so I'll be starting her on CBD oil as soon as I can make an app't w/ the holistic vet.
  14. I also notice in the photo that the merle is also mostly white. Be prepared for a lot of people questioning whether it's a double merle and whether it'll have vision and/or hearing impairment. Between that one and the white headed one, the entire litter's at risk for pigment related hearing issues. Could warrant BAER testing of the litter.
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