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  1. Don't let the kids run, the dog is doing what it was bred to do, herd. You need to go out with her EVERY time. If you re-read your post I think you already know that. She is far too young to be doing agility, however, it is not too early to be teaching her focus and touch games. Which are very interactive and will keep her little mind BUSY!
  2. With create training you must outlast the noise! Don't give in and let him out when he is being loud. Also, ignore him when he is in there and in time he will realize he won't get his own way by being loud. Try putting the crate in a room where there are people, whether sleeping people or awake people! They like being with their pack members and sometimes the isolation of being alone in a room in a crate is too much. Try starting a routine at night when you go to bed. Stuff a kong the night before with some peanut butter, yogurt and cottage cheese with a treat stuck in the middle and freeze it. Give that to him when he goes in the crate at night. Before long he should be looking forward to going to bed at night! Works for all 4 of mine. Candice, Jamaica, Rex, Luke & Tucky(The BC Brats)
  3. Might be worth checking into this. I have heard reports that it has shown up in the suburban areas in Minnesota, but nothing first hand. The FVMA is sending the following link to an emergency alert that the State Veterinarian, Dr. Thomas J. Holt, has asked us to forward to our members attention. Please use the following link >> http://www.fvma.com/associations/3040/file...otice%20Web.pdf The link is also available on our home page at www.fvma.com The State Veterinarian's advisory alerts you to a canine respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus, as reported by the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinical Sciences. The same virus has apparently been involved in several outbreaks of severe respiratory disease in racing greyhounds in Florida and other states in the past year. Awareness of this highly contagious virus, which is different from, and can be more severe than the normal "kennel cough" complex, is important for practitioners and kennel operators, especially since there is no rapid test or vaccination currently available. Early clinical identification and isolation of suspected cases, as well as preventive measures in screening boarders with unknown history or early clinical signs, is recommended. The use of flu vaccines approved for other species is contraindicated because of the potential for adverse and possibly fatal reactions in dogs. For support in submitting samples for testing for canine influenza, you may contact Dr. Cynda Crawford at UF/CVM Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, at (352) 392-4700, ext. 5731; fax(352) 392-6215; or e-mail at [email protected] Additional information about this virus will be presented during the FVMA's upcoming conference in Orlando. A presentation will be made on Sunday, September 11th from 8:00am to 8:50am in the Diamond Room, by Dr. Cynda Crawford. She is the lead researcher at the Collge of Veterinary Medicine work on this emerging disease.
  4. Luke is petrified of thunderstorms and will run upstairs and hide under the bed. If there is a prediction of thunderstorms I give him four drops in a small bit of water. He likes it and it does seem to take the edge off when it starts to thunder. It has been suggested to me to rub a small bit on the top of their nose and/or the pads of their feet if they won't drink it. Also, it should be given a short time before the thunder begins. Usually with a pressure change you can see by observing when it might be time to give it.
  5. In early May I lost my beloved Buddy after 17 years. He, too, had cataracts but could still see a treat headed for the floor!! His hearing was better than he let on!! Of course, he couldn't hear me call his name from 2 feet away but touch the dog food bag, 4 rooms away with closed doors and he would start to bark!! He, too would watch me so closely, looking for a subtle signal or head nod to know what to do next. He had bad hips and suffered a lot of pain until some veterinarian friends from overseas told me about a medication, which he was on for the last 3 years of his life. It was like a miracle drug. Within a week of beginning the medication, he wagged his tail again, he was able to use his hind legs to scratch himself, it was much easier for him to climb stairs. He was even able to play fetch, but the key was you had to roll the ball towards him, not away from him!!! It has just become available here in the US. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory called Metacam. If your dog has any hip discomfort I would highly recommend talking it over with your vet. I currently have three young BC's, 1 year, 2 year and 3 year and there are those days that I wish they were all old and mellow, especially at 4:30 in the morning!!!
  6. Hi All; I've been reading this site for a long time but this is my first post. Prompted by the "words to describe"! I have 3 BC's, Jamaica who is 2, Rex who is 3 and Luke who is 1 year. They were all rescue dogs from shelters. My neighbors "fondly" refer to Rex as "Tweak", since he always seems to be tweaked when he is running around!!! Too much fun and always entertaining!!!
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