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  1. Smalahundur

    Goodbye

    This is not the same forum I signed up for ten years ago. There are no discussions about stockwork anymore, an the influx of new people interested in training stockdogs has completely stopped. A few years ago I noticed this decrease in stockwork related content, and opened a topic about it. Since then it has just gotten worse.The only topics opened in the expert forum are offtopic, posted there by misstake. Anything related to stockwork is a request for information about trainers, or the announcement of a trial in a continent I am not likely to visit soon. It's mainly a pet/sports forum now, and I am not particularly interested in either. It's a pity, I really liked and enjoyed this place, lot of knowledgeable people, I learned a lot. Many people who were prepared to answer newbie questions in depth, I am grateful for the time and energy they put in it. So it is absolutely not with bitterness or resent I am leaving this place, rather with gratitude, not in the least for the people who kept this site running. A shame that people seem to look elsewhere ( I blame facebook) because I personally prefer this format over other social media. I will no doubt look into the archives now and again, but I wil sign out and stop posting after this topic has run its course. I feel at the moment time spend taking part here is rather wasted.
  2. Have fun! It would be cool to visit, but the travel distance is a bit prohibitive. Also still tied up in the last part of lambing season.
  3. The farm next to the one we used to rent was for sale, an opportunity not be missed. It meant we could move with our stock (strict rules about that here), and we graze them free range on amost the same area, ideal! Same roundup in autumn, with the same people. Proximity to trials did not play a role at all. I have working dogs for my sheep, not the other way round. The biggest transition was when I moved from my home country to Iceland (about 23 years ago), almost immediately bought a couple of horses, and it has been a slow but steady process to fullblown country life since.
  4. Good for you. And no, I am not a vet but next best thing (guess). Mileage may vary and all that, but if you as my vet would try to convince me to do expensive diagnostics on a symptomless dog (bad breath as indication for x-rays, come on) you would lose a customer instantly.
  5. Interesting, but I would never x-ray my dogs because their breath is a bit stinky. If the dog's teeth look fine, they eat well and don't show any discomfort I am not going to dig for problems. Dogs generally don't live long enough for dental problems to develop into a serious condition, given the conditions I stated in my second sentence.
  6. Funny video, but as you are not teaching her to catch a sheep, this is in the wrong section ( this is the stockwork part of the forums).
  7. Is that actually a thing in your country, returning a dog like this to the breeder? This would not be an option where I live, and nobody would think twice about putting down a dog with a bite history like this (drawing blood on several occasions).
  8. 1. Attack; "I didn't react" 2. Attack; "I kept on walking until my partner took him off me". 3. Attack "I stayed very quiet until he let go and then moved myself back a bit" 4. Attack "didn’t punish, we simply ignored him behaviour and put him on a shortleash " Get rid of this dog. This is NOT going to end well.
  9. Cute pup. Bet you won't change his name, sure looks like a Benny to me....
  10. No experience, but that is because there is no scientific research that supports the claimed effectiveness for these kind of supplements. A lot of money for something that is not much more than a placebo imo.
  11. I would prefer it, if I would care about looks in my dogs (I don't). Same for pricked ears, tricolor and a smooth coat. That said, my current dog-in-training ticks two of the boxes, a prickeared smooth coated dog
  12. "Most dogs in the US" lead lifestyles very different from mine ( and most likely yours). Most pet dogs for instance are also obese. This makes both our statements about the state of our dog's teeth just anecdotes. Most if not all the claims that raw feeding has beneficial effects compared to kibble (healther, longer lifespan better teeth etc) is just that, anecdotal. Nothing against raw feeding if you prefer it (and know what you are doing) but there is no single shred of evidence it has a significant effect on the health of dogs compared to normal good quality kibble.
  13. My dogs eat kibble, never had any problems with tartar buildup. I think generally the raw feeder's anecdotal narrative is "poppycock" (what a lovely word btw).
  14. Any dog of a certain size can kill a calf. Certainly if there are two of them. Hanging tree cowdogs are afaik strong aggressive cattledogs, so sure, they can potentially kill stock. A newborn calf, easily. I feel I am stating the obvious here, the question is of course did your dogs actually kill that calf? The state of the carcass should hold clues to that riddle, you don't say much about that. It has been stated before on this forum, NEVER leave stockdogs unattended with livestock, especially un- or only partially trained ones. Sorry for your loss.
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