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  1. I have to disagree that a dog's personality is set by 6-8 months. I've seen too many who develop completely different personality traits at 10-15 months that can make them unsuitable for certain situations. For example, I adopted a 6 month older border collie mix who I hoped would become another therapy dog. I spent a lot of time socializing and she even came along to some of our group's visits where she did very well. At around 14 months old she started exhibiting increasing anxiety in unfamiliar situations and developed a fear of unknown dogs that manifested itself as fear aggression. 7 years later we still struggle with these issues and I can't envision her living comfortably -- for either her and me or especially neighbors -- with her barking at sounds outside and her reactivity to unfamiliar dogs, especially if they appear suddenly. I later adopted a 13 week old border collie puppy. Again, lots and lots of socialization and he was doing really well until about 9 months old when he began to develop unpredictable aggression. By 10 months it was so bad I returned him to the rescue, where despite medical and behavioral intervention he became worse and was eventually euthanized. I really don't mean to be an alarmist and both of these situations are the exception to the rule. But I'm looking for another dog now and because I need to be sure of its temperament I'll be looking for a dog a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 years old.
  2. Working on "leave it" and "look at that" are the ways to go. The key to countering all obsessive behaviors is keeping her under threshold. Do a search here for explanations of what that means. Without understanding and working with that you're not going to get anywhere.
  3. Welcome to the Boards. That will depend entirely on the rescue but I think many, if not most, would be receptive for an appropriate dog as long as you're prepared to meet the dog's needs and can provide your landlord's approval. A lot of the rescues are thrilled to have someone interested in doing serious agility. Wishing you the best.
  4. Welcome to the Boards. I second Annakat's recommendation for a new thread, especially because your questions aren't really about trazadone per se as they are about behavioral issues.
  5. I apologize, but I entered the wrong link for the article. Have corrected it now. https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/update-on-grain-free-diets-and-dcm-cases-in-dogs/?MailingID=88&utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Update+on+New+FDA+Report+About+DCM+Cases+in+Dogs&utm_campaign=WIR20190714-CompleteHealthyDog
  6. You keep referring to "she" without specifying which dog you're talking about, @Saydrin44. Can't answer your queries unless you identify which of the pictures -- your dog, one of the others? -- you're talking about.
  7. A dog with black nose leather is never a red or turn red, and a dog with brown nose leather is never black or can turn black. Pretty straightforward and no debate about it AFAIK.
  8. Whose nose? If the nose leather's brown, then it's a red dog. I assume, though am not positive, a lilac's nose would be a lighter shade of brown. Any pink mark on the nose is just an area where the pigment hasn't developed.
  9. Welcome to the Boards. The pup in the OP looks to me to be a red merle -- or what in Australia is called a chocolate merle. If the pup's nose leather is brown, then it's a red dog. A blue merle would have a black nose. It's unclear from the photo in the second post if that's a lilac merle or just a solid color lilac dog. I can't see any darker spotting that would indicate it's a merle. It's more obvious in this photo I took from an internet search of "lilac merle border collie." Any merle can be a tri-color. If there are bits of tan in certain locations, such as under the tail, eyebrows, cheeks and on the legs where the white and colored areas meet. The tan will develop further as the pup grows. Often at birth the only visible trace of tan is underneath the tail. From the photos your pup is a tri. Red Merle is correct that the dark areas of base color, whether it be black or red, color often intensify as the pup gets older too. I assume that would be the case for blue (i.e. slate merle) and lilac as well.
  10. I think that may be the camera or lighting playing tricks.
  11. Thanks for the condolences, folks (and thanks for the link). I didn't mean to hijack the thread but to use it as an example. Yes, to me that would be critically essential information to have when considering the options. It's inconceivable to me that they wouldn't have offered that information without having to be asked. Wishing you and your dog the best.
  12. Welcome to the Boards, @medavidcook. Can't stress this enough. If he's not reliable recalling then you've probably "poisoned the cue" and should stop using whatever your recall word and begin over with a new word. As for treats, I don't understand why you wouldn't take treats along with you on walks to use for reinforcement. Avail yourself of any tools at your disposal that'll make things easier, quicker and will cement the response from your dog. You don't have to use them forever, but it will make things much better for you during the training stage. If your dog responds positively to treats then you should be using whatever tools you have available to provide rewards and make returning to you a more positive experience that whatever else he would be doing if he blows you off. If he's not taking treats, then he's either over threshold and/or the treats aren't high value enough. As others have said, you may need to provide higher value treats. In addition to the suggestions above, both spray cheese in a can or one of those refillable camping tubes (https://www.amazon.com/Coghlans-Squeeze-Tubes/dp/B001V9IOKC/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_468_img_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CHMZ8C9E21890NJNEWQ5) filled with thinned liverwurst or ricotta cheese are doggy crack.
  13. The title of the article is He Just Wants to Say Hi: https://suzanneclothier.com/article/just-wants-say-hi/ It should be required reading for every dog owner, no matter which type of behavior your dog exhibits. p.s. Welcome to the Boards.
  14. I'm so very sorry you're finding yourself in this position, @iLLt3cK The part I don't see in your options above is the prognosis with each of the treatment plans. I think you need to have a frank discussion with the vets asking what, if any, real quality of life your dog will have during the treatment period and, again if any, what extension of life it may (or may not) afford. Many years ago one of my dogs had a rare and unidentified bone marrow cancer. The oncology vets at U Penn vet hospital wanted to do more tests that would have been painful and invasive and then move on to a course of treatment. But they said the most I could expect from it would be another 2 or possibly 3 months of life and even that wasn't guaranteed. There was no way I was going to make his final days any less peaceful and pain free than they could possibly be. We (the dog and I) had a sit down and I asked him to let me know when it was time. He did, and we made one last trip to a vet who was also our friend when he was still in good spirits and not in a lot of pain. I've never regretted that decision and wouldn't hesitate to make exactly that same choice again. My father was presented with a similar choice only a week ago, only in his case the doctors told him he'd be completely miserable during treatment and it would only extend his life by perhaps a week or 2. He also opted to go the no treatment route and died on Tuesday, spending his last days made as comfortable as hospice could possibly make him. To my mind, quality of remaining life far outweighs being able to spend a few more days alive. Everyone must make their own choices though, for themselves and the people (and in that I include dogs) involved. Wishing you and your dog well. I hope you're able to appreciate the time he has remaining to the fullest.
  15. Any Scottish shepherd will tell you that the worst dog for worrying sheep is a border collie left to its own devices.
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