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  1. Not to minimize your concerns, but a lot of this sounds like typical teenage dog behavior. Dogs in the "teen months" often act distracted, stubborn, like they've forgotten all the training you've done, unable to stop sniffing, and fixated on social behaviors. As long as he is not aggressive, frightened, stressed, or obsessive, don't worry about it too much. Don't slack off on your training, and maybe even go back to simpler training tasks. Do the training in an environment with minimal distractions, but also allow him some time to sniff and meet other dogs when it isn't a problem. Our 21 month old Levi is just coming out of this distracted age. In the last month we see him acting more and more like a mature dog, not a teenager. Australian shepherd Brenden didn't grow up until he was 2 1/2 years old--suddenly the light came on, and he showed that he actually had absorbed all that training, he just couldn't control himself before.
  2. Are you referring to the tan marking on her right leg? That looks like a normal tricolor marking to me, and I don't see anything on your beautiful dog that looks like merle.
  3. Like GentleLake, I don't any merle markings on your dog. Please post some good whole-body photos and we might know more. Love the puppy pictures!
  4. Love the second picture! It reminds me of this:
  5. It doesn't have a squeaker, but otherwise sounds similar to her toy: https://www.chewy.com/chuckit-flying-squirrel-color-varies/dp/38358
  6. She is beautiful and these are great photos! Thank you for posting the link to her DNA analysis. Frankly, I've been skeptical of these services, but this analysis has useful and interesting information.
  7. My Australian shepherd had severe idiopathic (hereditary) epilepsy. Hereditary epilepsy usually shows up at a younger age, Brenden starting seizing at 15 months. His seizures occurred during all kinds of activities. He never had one during herding training, but we decided to stop training because it might be dangerous. It was always terrible to see him have a seizure, I really hope your dog never has another one. During a seizure, blood sugar levels crash. Giving the dog something sugary as they recover helps to restore blood sugar levels and shorten the recovery period. You described this perfectly--after involuntary movements stop, the dog seems dazed. Be on the look out for absence or partial focal seizures. These are less severe and don't cause the violent movements; the dog just seems out of it, distracted, perhaps with strange stereotyped movements or behaviors. Very mild partial focal seizures can go unnoticed, or mistaken for something else. I hope for the best for your dog!
  8. This doesn't help much in this situation, but border collies are border collies because of what they do, not how they look. Do the parents work stock? Dog sports? You need some information confirming that you are getting a dog that will act like a border collie.
  9. Levi came to us when he was 8 months old. His previous home was with a young family with several toddlers, two other dogs, and horses. His owners were responsible people and wanted to do the right thing, but they simply had too much on their plates. The other older dogs bullied Levi, and his owners could not juggle all the competing demands on their attention. Good people, good dog, bad fit. So they rehomed Levi to us. It was a very difficult decision for them, there were lots of tears. When we got Levi home, at first we treated him like a much younger puppy with no expectations about his behavior, good or bad. Our older dog, Buddy, is very tolerant, so Levi was not bullied and didn't have to compete for our attention. We had the time to train and exercise him, and involve him is all sorts of daily activities. We stay in touch with his previous owners and send them photos occasionally. We are very grateful to them. At 20 months, Levi is a great fit in our home. It isn't a failure to rehome a dog, it can be the best thing to do.
  10. Chaser and John Pilley helped to start a boom of new research into dog behavior, and by extension, animal behavior in general. This has refuted the reductionist approach that was dominant for so long. We hope it can improve the lives of animals everywhere.
  11. Our version of your problem is the terrible velco burs that grow here from late spring until fall. Long haired Buddy hates to be brushed! A tip: when dealing with a a big mat, cut it with scissors in the direction of hair growth. Really big mats may need two or more cuts. Then brush out the cut mats with an undercoat rake. This way you are not cutting out a big chunk of coat and the smaller cut mats are a lot easier to brush out. Of course, if this doesn't work or is too uncomfortable for Kevin, just cut the mats out the usual way. It won't look great, but we aren't taking about AKC hair dogs here, LOL.
  12. I am so sorry I said anything. I didn't mean to start a new battle in the dog food war.
  13. Very cute puppy! How old is she? I don't have a suggestion for your problem but knowing her age will help others to do so. We also have a blue merle border collie and an Aussie mix, and used to have a pure bred Aussie.
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