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  1. Generally the initial consult is the priciest, but it also will often last 3 hours or so. Each vet behaviorist is different, some will include bloodwork and other medical checks in the price, some don't. Same with follow up care. You'll want to ask what their fee includes. I've heard rates of between $250 and $400 for the initial appointment, but that was in the midwest and SE vs. east coast.
  2. I've always heard not to bathe more than twice/month unless absolutely necessary, but don't know why other than the risk of dry skin. Have you tried just letting the dirt dry and brushing her out instead of bathing? Most BC coats shed dirt easily once it dries. I also use some pet bathing wipes or rinsing with plain water if I don't want to do a whole bath and that generally does the trick for my crew.
  3. I just finished my first USDDN competition with my 18mo today! For me, the best way to get better at throwing was to throw the disc sans dog, especially in various wind conditions and aiming for specific targets. I played/play a lot with grips and angles of the disc in these sessions and it really helps. I also use the regulation discs, specifically Eurablend, SuperHero, and SuperSonic discs - they are a great weight and are much more durable than other cheap discs or dog discs.
  4. Honestly there's no way I'd use Ace with a phobic dog - it has no anxiety-relieving properties and I've heard a number of stories first hand from people who experienced worsening symptoms after using it with their phobic dogs. It appears that we have a contributing factor in my story: Maggie was diagnosed with a UTI today! She's on meds for 10 days and then a recheck to see if the infection and some crystals that could be related clear up or if we need to do some more investigative work.
  5. I've not used the medallions or S&C, but along the same lines as S&C is Honest Kitchen - I use their Preference when I want to mix in my own protein and other varieties if I just want to add water. I love the convenience and healthy food for the dogs, the dogs love how it tastes lol.
  6. I need to get one for working Kes and Maggie....hmmm.....
  7. Oh that Overall article is great to have access to! I've also reviewed a few threads from the past where SoloRiver gave some good info as well so that's helping. I need to schedule an appointment for Maggie to have a bump rechecked so perhaps I can also talk to my vet. She uses both conventional and holistic medicines so perhaps she'll have already heard of the Shen Calmer.
  8. I've heard of Clomicalm, but not Shen Calmer - what is it?
  9. Thanks for the input so far! Several "catches" I forgot to include above: - Maggie cannot be crated or otherwise confined to a small area due to other anxiety issues. - DH and I are out of the house for more than 4 hours at a time so I'm not sure Xanax is going to work - the storms around here really seem to pop up quickly and unpredictably. The Thundershirt seems to help, but only if it's on and I was originally not sure it was good to leave it on all day every day - we'll be trying that though. The worsening started this storm season (about 6 weeks ago?), the moving event was just this weekend, so it may explain this most recent bad reaction, but not the whole pattern of worsening.
  10. Am I remembering correctly that in some/many dogs thunderphobia worsens with age? Maggie is 11yo and has always been nervous during storms. She used to pant, pace, and try to hide, but as long as she had a small dark place to go she'd be ok. Unfortunately the last 3 or 4 storms have showed a disconcerting new behavior: peeing and pooping (combined with baby gate jumping). This most recent storm happened today while DH was at work and while Maggie was at our new house (she came up with me on Saturday, so this would be about 3 days in the new house). DH came home to a knocked down baby gate, poop and pee in the dining room, pee on our papasan chair cushion, and a set of blinds knocked down. She has a Thundershirt, so I'm having DH put that on her every time he leaves the house from now on, but I have a couple of questions for those who have been through this: - Should I be talking about meds with the vet or will it hurt to wait and see if the Thundershirt and acclimation to the house helps? If I should think about meds what should I ask the vet about? I know Ace is a big nono. - Anyone have any success with DAP/Comfort Zone for thunderphobia in a dog that it doesn't seem to help when it comes to confinement anxiety? I'm thinking it's not likely to help but figured I'd ask. - Any major help/solution that I'm not thinking of? Thanks!
  11. I don't think there are any other spot ons that cover heartworms, so if you use another product you'll need to add an oral heartworm prevention med (Interceptor is ivermectin-free). We use plain Frontline Top Spot and have had good results for both ticks and fleas on the dogs.
  12. 3 dogs and 6 crates. Two crates are in my home office (one for Maggie to hang out in without a door, one for Kes during the day) one crate in the hall outside of the master bedroom for Maggie to hide in if it storms during the day when I'm not home, 2 crates in the car for travel purposes, and one at work for a demo dog to hang out in. With our temp foster here, Maggie's office crate is in the hall off the living room or in DH's office for the foster girl.
  13. We have a Webmaster - it's wonderful and oh so handy!
  14. Geonni that's ingenious! For safety release collars the two major producers are Premier (their KeepSafe collar has a plastic reusable fuse) and Tazlab (the Tazlab collars have an elastic section). As I mentioned above, I'm currently using custom sized "cat collars" with breakaway buckles for my dogs' ID collars.
  15. My three all wear collars 24/7 (unless crated) but they are all safety collars made by RescuePaws (and one other seller) on etsy. I actually had her make larger versions of the cat collars she has listed for the girls - they arrived today. Kes is still waiting on his.
  16. The wobbliness could be ataxia from the pheno - it often takes a few weeks for the levels to stabilize. Oreo was always a bit wobbly for the first 3 weeks or so after a med change. You may want to look into giving him milk thistle to protect his liver since he's on such high doses of pheno.
  17. ((hugs)) When my parents' dog developed epilepsy she had a few seizures (she had cluster gran mal seizures) that left her blind, but each time she recovered her sight after a few days; I hope Zipper bounces back like Oreo did. Oreo had epilepsy from 3 years old until her death from unrelated causes at 14 years old. She had one round of status epilepticus (continuous seizures) that we had to use IV phenobarb to stop, but she came out ok. The canine epilepsy site linked above was incredibly helpful for us and allowed my family to tweak enough things that she no loner needed one of her meds and went seizure free for 4 years! Do you suppose you could get a second opinion? Most vets are general practitioners so a specialist might be more likely to know of alternative options for the scary diagnosis.
  18. What type of mange? There are two types and one is common but not contagious generally (Demodex) and the other is rarer but more contagious (Sarcoptic) from what I understand. If it's demodex I'd check with your vet and see if you can just wait and see if anything develops. If it's sarcops you might want to ask about treatment with Revolution or Promeris as I've heard that that is now an option.
  19. I use a Mendota martingale combo lead for Ziva and I just ordered Kes a martingale combo lead (with a side clip on the collar part) from one of my favorite suppliers: Bebop USA. When Maggie was competing she wore either a regular flat collar with side clip or a martingale and a regular leash - you really don't *need* any special type of leash unless you want one. I've seen some competitors using the Easy Walk harnesses to help with pulling and they have the added bonus of going on and off easily, too.
  20. That would be fabulous Julie! Thanks!
  21. My two ACD mixes (one with BC most likely and the other I have no idea) are both learning to herd sheep currently. My BC/ACD is more controlled than my other ACD mix but they both show talent on stock and our trainer thinks they should do pretty well with additional work. My two are both loose-eyed and not as stylish as the BCs I've seen working.
  22. Oh good to hear! How do I go about finding those NC people who do AHBA? USBCHA is likely alot more accessible I'm guessing, but I'd love to at least see some AHBA, too. A friend of mine really dislikes ASCA because a severe lack of respect for the animals being herded is common in her area - do you know anything about the ASCA events around NC (she's in IN)?
  23. UPDATE! Maggie and Kestrel had a herding lesson with our ACD experienced instructor, Ellen, this afternoon since I was in town. No pics because she had me working too, but it was a great time for everyone. Maggie went first since she has a bit more self control. After a few "wheee" moments, she settled down and gave us some nice work. Since Maggie is 11yo we'll dabble in herding informally - it's mostly something fun for her to do with me and a chance for me to learn handling skills on a more controlled dog before getting more serious with Kes. Kes went second and given his last experience on stock, we worked a lot on just controlling him as we walked up to the pen, teaching him to respect the stock stick's movements, and getting/maintaining calm set ups to the stock. He did get released to stock a few times for nice calm approaches and is already looking much nicer. He actually went around the stock when I was in the right place at the right time and he *will* stop (if the conditions are right). Ellen and I were both very happy with his improvement over the session and it was so cool to see him get a bit more serious! I learned just as much as the dogs - and have bruises to remind me not to lose track of my sheep! Hopefully we'll be able to make it down there about once a month or more, especially after we move. A new question for you all: what's a good venue for a non-BC? USBCHA seems designed for dogs with eye vs the looser eyed breeds (and rightly so since it's a BC org), and AHBA seems interesting but there are very few local trials (i.e. none listed within less than 6 hours between now and October and only one less than 10 hours!). Ellen is very familiar with AKC and thinks both dogs could be PAL'd as ACDs but I'm not sure I'm ready to give money to the AKC...
  24. My vet says that 6mo intervals are completely unnecessary - we had to do it for a boarding place here and she actually was giving me suggestions on how to possibly get around the requirement!
  25. LOL my Z always get confused for a JRT, but at least she appears to have some in her!
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