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Pam Wolf

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  1. Much depends on how well your dog works. You could ask if they need help moving their stock (assuming your dog is competent) and offer 'farm sitting'
  2. And with the warm winter we had, there wasn't much of a parasite kill off plus the heavy rains lately-so the parasite population should be high this year
  3. While not every day, it is quite often a thing in summer afternoons. Depending on the duration of the med it could mean multiple doses/day. I am using clonidine now and it is cheap and effective.
  4. While not every day, it is quite often a thing in summer afternoons. Depending on the duration of the med it could mean multiple doses/day. I am using clonidine now and it is cheap and effective.
  5. Waffles, not cost effective IF you live in an area with daily thunderstorms
  6. Contact Liz P She has had one dog with EOD and has done some research into it.
  7. One of my 4 Her's did that with her smooth collie. Never had a problem with him jumping up. The nice thing about tricks like that it can put control on certain behaviours. If a dog jumps up on your back, make sure it is on command. Then if he does it unwanted, let him know it is not wanted. IOW you can put the behavior on cue then not allow it unless on cue
  8. since herding is selectively bred from dogs which likely hunted like the wolf-cooperative pack hunting, I would expect to see individuals within all breeds which display certain factions of 'herding'. Herding is at it's base, prey drive-and since dogs are predators, having prey drive, there are actions which are part of or at least similar to 'herding'. But Herding dogs have been selectively bred for a purpose and they tend to exhibit a high degree od trainability and tenacity for the job that is often lacking in dogs not selectively bred to help with the herding of livestock. If you want to preserve a breed that is dwindling in numbers, go ahead. But don't tout it as the 'best' for herding. Until there are sufficient numbers to show that they are consistently superior for stock management-even if it is the type for which they were originally used. There are breeders within certain breeds which do give more than lip service to breeding their dogs for work. However, they more often than not also want the show Ch. as well and no one can serve two masters and do well-so the doge are mediocre working dogs at best and mediocre show dogs-usually referred to as 'performance dogs'.
  9. Back to the old "Trial dogs are better", huh? While farm chores may be simple on some farms, trials can be simple. Flat fields, short outruns, sheep that run towards the handler, drives towards a draw-these trials don't really test the dog. Some people can help a dog learn to work better, others cannot. Some can train, others handle, and a few can do both well.
  10. While you think it unwanted, your dog does not!! LOL! In a pinch I've found dryer sheets rubbed can knock the smell so we can sleep til the next day. Vinegar mixed with water will cut the odor-they smell a bit like a rotten salad but it is more bearable than other smells!
  11. The only true way to test a dog's abilities is to see it work under a different variety of situations. Dogs bred for companionship and showing are NOT (in the general opinion of this group) Border Collies-as here it is defined as a dog selected for working attributes-where work is stock work. so it could be argued that those dogs called"Border Collies" but bred for different purposes are NOT Border Collies, but something else(imposters?)
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