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  1. Sorry, I wasn't clear. The empty poop bags, when unused and pristine, sometimes didn't get taken out of pockets before those pants went in the wash. Drippy but not disgusting. If I washed a full poop bag I'd have to throw out all those clothes AND get a new washer. ICK! Toys work really well for a lot of dogs. Great idea to carry the rags. I wonder if rope toys would serve the same purpose and be carried in the pocket, as well as stuffed into a boot every now and then to 'season'. They'd probably last a lot longer than the rags. Ruth & Gibbs
  2. Have to check out the Ikea leads now, I'm getting bored with the one I've got. As far as carrying poop bags, I bought a really inexpensive small purse, I think it was at Target, years ago. It's a small shoulder bag with a zip top and a couple Velcro closure compartments on the front. I realized I hate the treat bags that you clip onto your pants. I don't know if it's the design of the bag or 'operator malfunction', but they just are not easy for me. Anyway, this cheap purse has a string so that I can sling it over my head ~ the purse rests at my left hip and the string rests around the right side of my neck. It holds treats in the large compartment that zips closed and poop bags in the front compartments that are Velcro closures. So easy to grab a treat or a poop bag. I've had to stitch the sides of it a couple times, but I think I've had it at least 10 years and it sees at least 2x/daily use. The other reason I like this bag is the unused poop bags don't go through the wash because I forgot to empty my pockets. I do some thrift store shopping and from time to time see small purses that would be ideal for treats, etc. Ruth & Gibbs
  3. Agree w/D''Elle's post. Dog parks are not good places to take border collies. There's a lot of stimuli to take in ~ motion, scent, sound all at once and all around. For a dog who is sensitive to motion particularly it's highly stimulating and not in a good way. "Herding" is a trained in behavior, based on the border collie's innate sensitivity to motion. Until the behaviors are under your control, because the dog has been trained up, it's harassment. And likely to be taken as such by other dogs. Your impulse to leave was a good one. Please don't take her to dog parks unless you're sure there will be nobody else there. And be ready to leave if someone else shows up. What other kinds of training have you done with her? Scent work, agility, tracking, trick training, are all great ways to bond with your girl. Ruth & Gibbs
  4. I was told at least 2x that all border collies are b/w, therefore my red/white was an Australian Shepherd. Sigh. Ruth & Gibbs
  5. Maybe I just wanted to see that video myself. What a character. Ruth and Gibbs
  6. Flora, you're on the right path with your girl. I saw a video long ago featuring a dog whose favorite toy was an old baking pan. And if you do a search on Capt. Jack's posts, you'll come across one where she shows her boy going nuts for a can opener! Being open to whatever works for the dog is a Very Good Thing. Ruth & Gibbs
  7. I agree with what Capt. Jack said, and I'll be more blunt. This dog is not suitable for a home with young children. Please give serious consideration to finding a better home for Ned, one without young children and with someone who has dog experience. Did you sign an agreement with the rescue that you could/would return Ned if he didn't work out? Ruth & Gibbs
  8. Bold is my addition. I'm fascinated by the various ways all animals, (I include homo sapiens here) change behavior. Cpt. Jack's statement above is the distillation of all behavior change. With dogs it's fairly straightforward ~ what does the dog want that the human, and only that human in that moment, can realistically and consistently supply? Dogs like food, or a toy, or a good head scratch. Rewards for humans are much more varied. Stay as consistent as you can, get her expecting something good every time she responds correctly to your cue. You can fade a food reward after a while and replace with a simple, "Good girl." Ruth & Gibbs
  9. Did you offer her food that she will usually gobble down? If she didn't eat yummy stuff that she would usually,, (favorite treats, bits of cheese or meat) then I'd say she picked up a virus of some kind. Dud she returned to normal behavior and eating habits after the iv? Dogs can get dehydrated, and a couple times I've seen re-hydration make a big difference in at least 2 of my dogs. Once they felt better, it was back to normal slurping away at the water bowl. Ruth & Gibbs
  10. Yup. For high value treats you can use shreds of real meat, bits of cheese, (pre-grated makes it really easy, just don't forget it's in your pocket and put it through the wash. Not good.) or liverwurst. Make sure it's something your dog thinks is high value. My current dog LOVES apples, so I might mix in some pieces of apple into his regular training treats. Work on the recall everywhere. Different rooms in your home, different spots in your yard. Take different routes when you walk him. Take the 'mixing up' of locations slowly, you don't want to throw everything at him all at once. Once he's got the concept at home & close to home, then take it on the road. Since this is 4th of July, if he's sensitive to fireworks I'd give it a pass for a day or 2. PLEASE do not let him off leash especially today & tomorrow. I lost a dog temporarily over a 4th of July weekend years ago. Luckily for her and me, a policeman came across her and took her to the shelter. I was very grateful that she'd been someplace safe. Good luck, let us know how you get on. Ruth & Gibbs
  11. My Buzz had bone cancer and we went the chemo therapy route with him. I won't do that again unless I see lots of evidence that there's a really good chance for recovery. Each therapy appointment took a lot out of him, several days to recover. He was never himself again after the initial one. I know that chemo is different for different cancers. The treatment protocol you describe seems to be asking a lot of her and a lot of you, with not much 'good' time left over. I grew up in Houston and know that TX A&M vet hospital and school is a very good one, and if you decide to go the treatment route, she'll get as good a chance as possible with what has already happened. Please let us know how your girl gets on, and know we are here for you. Ruth & Gibbs
  12. Totally off any type of dog topic at all, but I accidentally right clicked on the video and up came a little window with several bits of information that mean nothing to me. However, the very last item read, "Stats for nerds". had to share that with you all. Ruth & Gibbs
  13. I've been using Simparica for at least 2 years. It works very nicely on both fleas and ticks. I am very careful about where I walk Gibbs and avoid tick-laden areas. Luckily for the both of us, ticks don't live here all summer long. After the greenery dies out or goes brown/yellow from lack of rain the ticks aren't active. Northern California has a rainy season and a dry season. We're about 2-3 weeks into the dry season, so in another couple weeks at most we'll be tick free. They won't be an issue for us until next spring. In other parts of the county they are active from spring through the first cold snap, usually in October. It's easy enough to avoid those areas. About tick plagues - I grew up in Houston, TX, where ticks thrive about 8 months of the year. Gross. I can remember one summer where it took my mom and my brother about an hour and a half to pull the ticks off our dog. Ruth & Gibbs
  14. Gentle Lake and I were posting at the same time. I keep forgetting about CBD, I would look into it if she were my dog. Ruth & Gibbs
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