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  1. Kristine, It’s good to see you back! I’ve missed seeing your posts here, as well as on your blog. Thanks for sharing your experience with Tessa. To all that responded: thanks. I did decide to try it with my puppy, and it didn’t go over well. We will not be using that method. After a few minutes of just being around the person, with them ignoring him and playing tug with my other dog, he stops barking and becomes comfortable around them, and will evdn run up and play tug. He won’t allow petting(which is acceptable in my mind) but after his initial outburst will mingle in a crowd, just ignoring everyone-these are mainly well behaved kids, not adults. He is actually pretty good with adults, even sprawling on their feet and wanting a belly rub. I think the best thing is going to be just letting him do what he wants, and watching the kids to make sure they don’t push on him. They have been extremely good about just continuing their thing, and not trying to approach the puppy, so that’s been nice.
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    double hind dewclaws

    Rear dewclaws have nothing to do with herding lines. I had one with double rear dewclaws that I had removed because they were so floppy. I've heard of several other BCs with double rear dewclaws on various FB groups.
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    Styles of training

    Being unfocused on the handler does not make a dominant/alpha dog. I would find another trainer.
  4. Having strangers feed a dog treats is a widely recommended route of helping a dog through fear of strangers. I've read a few articles about how it isn't always the best route to take as it teaches the dog to pay more attention to strangers than to you(which is up for debate). However, I thought I'd also read someplace that it can create a CER, opposite of what we are looking for-teaches the dog that strangers are always going to interact with him and try to coax him to eat treats, etc. which for some dogs can make them worse. Can anyone point me to the article supporting this, or tell me your experience with having strangers feed your dog? Did it help? Did it hurt?
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    Can we talk testicles

    From that email, it doesn’t sound like she’s interested at all in helping you with this, if indeed his testicles are retained, and don’t come down. Unfortunately, I don’t know what you can do about it, if she is unwilling to compensate you, if you have to spend extra for the more invasive surgery. As far as her slowness to get the ABCA papers to you, her explanation is very logical, and is what I dealt with when getting my dog’s papers-she was 7 months old before I got them.
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    Lead training

    I use the method that D'Elle described-the crazy man method. Sometimes I have to put the dog on the other side of me so that I can turn in the other direction and unwind.
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    What else could I do

    My dog always acted completely normal and was super high energy. She was a voracious eater, inhaled all her meals, was hungry to the point of being food agressive, and ate A TON. Often her cow pie/diarrhea contained undigested bits of food, grass, hoof clippings, etc. that our dogs often eat and always digest well. Since the issues have resolved, all of these issues, except for slight food agression, are gone-she’s even to the point of being picky about food now. Have those above issues, that my dog was tested for, been ruled out in yours?
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    What else could I do

    My current dog went through something similar when she was 4-7 months old. She had multiple food sensitivities as well, but when we cut her down to raw meat only, we still couldn’t fix it-certain, known foods gave her explosive, sometimes bloody diarrhea, vomiting, etc., but no diet we tried made her stool better than loose cow pies, ranging to diarrhea. We ruled out IGS, EPI, Addison’s, Coccidia and worms, a fecal culture for bacterial causes was clear, and though she did test postitive for giardia on the snap test, there was some doubt as to whether or not she actually had it, as it can test positive just from them having it in the past-she had already been treated for it-and the symptoms weren’t quite matching. Regardless, after a round of metronidazole she cleared up.
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    Abca lookup?

    If you look up the science of stress and how it relates to learning, stress is not necessarily a bad thing at all when training. Also, you have to take into consideration what the dog was like before, and determine if the slight stress signals it’s showing now are better than the reactions it was having before. (I haven’t watched those specific vidoes, so am just basing my comments off of what was said.) I am not opposed to positive reinforcement training, but am opposed to purely positive-I personally have not seen that type of training result in the dog behaving how I would want it to. I would actually rather go to someone who does use e collars(correctly, coupled with clear communication and positive reinforcement) than positive only trainers when dealing with any type of issues with my dogs. I’ve seen fantastic results of good trainers using e collars on fearful dogs, as partially explained by the OP.
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    Blood from paws

    Yes, my dogs sometimes do that during the winter/when it’s really cold. There are a few products like Musher’s Secret and TuffNUp that are supposed to help their pads. I’ve never tried them, but they might be worth looking into.
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    Battle at mealtimes

    Almost all of my puppies have gone through this stage where they refuse to eat. I don’t know why, or if it’s common, but usually around 8 months old they eat extremely little for a week and then get over it. Sometimes they eat good for a week, and then go back to refusing to eat again. One of them did it three times before giving up. They’ve all gone back to normal and never missed more than one meal in a row after that.
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    What else could I do

    Is he getting anything else to eat? And I mean, ANYTHING that might be going in mouth-supplements, etc.? How long has he been on TOW?
  13. I’d find a good trainer, that uses “both sides of the aisle” correctly and has had a lot of success with reactive dogs. Nothing wrong with positive trainers, and nothing wrong with prong/shock collars as long as they are used correctly. A good trainer will use both. The biggest thing I would look for is not what methods/tools a trainer uses, but his success with dogs that have had the same issues as yours. I agree with denice-a lot of it sounds like he just knows he can get away with acting like this.
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    14month old girl getting snappy

    First off, chasing things is not herding instinct-don’t let her do it.
  15. Yep, Leerburg says to grab by the hind legs as well. I recently had to break up a fight between two hormonal females at my boss's place, and neither was about to let go. I finally grabbed a leash, caught the rear leg of one dog in the loop and tied her to a fence, then grabbed the other dog by the hind legs and pulled them apart-when they went to regrip, as I was pulling against them, they came apart. I was afraid of the dog I was holding turning on me, even with me holding her hind legs, but it turned out okay. I quickly got her put in the garage just as the tied one chewed that leash and came looking for her enemy.