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    Hiking, dog training, horseback riding, reading.

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  1. aschlemm

    Small lump on paw

    Love the pics!!!! So glad to hear it wasn't anything bad!
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    Styles of training

    Hi, I would not put a prong on her. I had a trainer suggest that to me for my young female BC, years ago. I did switch training collars and found one that worked better. My current male BC I did use a prong on for years, but he is a different dog with an entirely different temperament. Perhaps try a head collar (Gentle Leader, Halti, etc.) I now use that on my puppies until I feel they understand the concept of walking on a leash without pulling, then I move on. Honestly, find a different trainer with a different outlook so your girl doesn't think all classes are horrible. Perhaps a pet agility class or nosework or something you can both enjoy. My dogs as puppies have all done what your girl is doing. You are right, she is a puppy, puppies aren't bad, they are just puppies.
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    Styles of training

    Hi, I'm late to this conversation but I also say go with your gut and leave this class. I would try to find another one altogether and ask the instructor questions beforehand and attend a class without your girl to see if it is a good fit. I've had four Border Collies. Three fit in anywhere but my current male does not. He does better in a small class with less chaos and noise and with a positive, upbeat atmosphere. He also doesn't do well in an hour long class. Shorter is always better for him. They are all different!
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    Recommended joint supplements

    My 12 year old Border has had clicky joints since 7 months of age. He has always been on Glycoflex and is now on Glycoflex III. A year ago I started him on a product called Movoflex. It has hyaluronic acid in it, egg shell membrane and boswellia. I did notice a definite improvement after 1-2 weeks. He also gets a fish oil supplement. I do think different dogs respond to different products so you may need to switch around until you find what works for him. Some really improve on Adequan injections.
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    Lyme Questions

    Idexx lab has a Lyme C6 test that differentiates active disease from on-going antibodies. My Border Collie, Logan, has been Lyme positive (on SNAP test) for years but his Lyme C6 test is low so it is simply that the antibodies are still present, no active disease. He has also tested positive for Anaplasma for years and been treated with doxycycline numerous times. He has been asymptomatic.
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    Piggy says no

    I personally find Piggy very frightening. I think I should buy a couple to induce good behavior in myself ( i.e. sit one by the junk food!!!) I keep coming back to this thread for a good laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Noise Phobia Question

    All four of my Borders have been somewhat noise phobic. None were spayed or neutered early. I'm curious at what age did it appear? Mine were all ok as puppies and young adults. It didn't show up until maybe age six. After that, each year it is a little worse although none of mine have been bad enough to medicate.
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    No uterus found during spay procedure

    Hi, I've worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years and I have never (yet) seen a female dog born without a uterus. I would guess she has been spayed. I've seen maybe three or four cats that were missing an ovary and that side of the uterus (they have a Y shaped uterus normally.) I imagine a dog could be the same way but I've yet to see it. If she has an ovary she should show signs of heat. If she was spayed and a piece of ovary was left behind she still should show signs of heat (no bleeding, just a swollen vulva.) I'd keep checking her vulva and if it never appears swollen, after a year I'd say she was spayed. If she ever appears swollen I'd get an ultrasound to check for the missing ovary. My house cat can from where I work. She came in as an almost six month old kitten. After her injuries healed she was opened up to be spayed- no uterus or ovaries were found! She was already spayed. She was not ear tipped, shaved, dyed nor was there a visible scar. I'm still flabbergasted about it. She must have been spayed tiny. I asked my vet if she was sure my cat wasn't a "freak of nature" and she said no, she felt the uterine stump. She had already been spayed. Like you I felt bad that she had to be opened up for this to be discovered. Another thought, if your dog has a small, tucked up vulva and infantile nipples she was spayed before she came in heat, perhaps as a puppy . If she was a hermaphrodite or pseudo male or anything odd like that the vet would have noticed something I would think.
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    Adequan injections?

    The Veterinary practice I work at gives adequan injections. We give the injection in the muscle every four days for eight injections. After that it is monthly. We recommend it for dogs who have torn cruciate ligaments and dogs with joint pain due to arthritis. Some dogs it really seems to help. I would say 75% show some improvement, sometimes the change is dramatic. Usually by injection #6 the owner will see an improvement in activity. The nice thing about it is that it has minimal side effects. Twice we had dogs that got diarrhea after the injections so they were stopped. We had an old Rottie that could only go three weeks between injections. By the fourth week she couldn't climb the steps she needed to, so her adequan was given every three weeks. We will also give it to cats. It is a different schedule but they seem to benefit also. Really, the only drawback is the price.
  10. I noticed the video was taken two years ago. I wonder what happened to the dog? And the owner? How does the owner feel about the video?
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    Opinions on tying a dog outside of a business?

    I agree 110%!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I take my dogs hiking I often have to pee. Lots of times I don't wish to leave them in the vehicle because of "well-meaning people" so I put them on a sit/stay in front of the porta-potty. So, sitting in the porta-potty I've heard the "best" conversations regarding my "abandoned" dogs (who are sitting side by side, leashes tied together loosely, in front of an "in use" toilet!) I've yelled from my seat in the toilet that they are my dogs and I'm peeing (I really think it should be self-explanatory!) I've also stepped out to find someone reaching for a leash, allowing their dog to blast up to mine, and I've been crashed into by other dogs. I was thinking about making a sign " I'm having a pee, my dogs are on a sit/stay, please don't pet them, annoy them or try to steal them." Now, I simply take a really good look for anyone before I decide I'm going to pee, then I put them on a sit/stay behind the porta-potty where I can see them through an air vent, and I make it really quick. The pathetic thing is, the problem is the people. My dogs are reliable on a sit/stay and will not willingly go with anyone they don't know.
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    Send good wishes for Gibbs

    There is a product called Movoflex with hyaluronic acid and boswellia that I have my Border Collie on and it works very well. I'm actually trying to find a human version of it to take myself! (I'm not kidding.) What brand is the EFA fish oil both you and Gibbs take? Does it have Krill oil? Do you get gross "fish burps" from it? I'd like to take fish oil (my Border takes it also) but I'm allergic to shellfish and so can't take Krill oil and "fish burps" gross me out. Adequan is a good idea, usually you see an improvement by the sixth injection.
  13. Happy Birthday Logan, you crazy bugger, hard to believe it's been 12 years. Here's to many more!!!!!!!!!!!!
  14. I wonder if there was a nest of ground bees. Do you have them where you live? You can hear them, a faint buzz,the nest is below the ground, when you walk over the nest they come out and sting. I stepped on a nest as a three year old child and I still remember the experience!
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    Clipping/grooming

    I keep the hair trimmed on the feet/footpads, this also helps reduce the dirt tracked into the house. I also trim tummies in the summer, thin out front leg and butt feathers and trim around the rectum. I've never done a full body clip.
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