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    Just a few shovelfuls short of a full load

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    Mt. Airy, Maryland
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    Border Collies, Sheepdog Trials, and Bluefaced Leicester sheep

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  1. Hi again, You are certainly welcome for my input...as I wrote, it's just my shovelful. Your girl is a beautiful dog, and she looks very much like many working Border Collies that I know. Also, it was obvious that she was truly trying to figure out "the game" in the first video. One thing to keep in mind is that lure coursing was created for sight hounds, dogs that readily do their job of chasing down prey on their own. Border Collies, on the other hand, do their work in partnership with their human counterpart. In the video, Molly was in the field alone, and she may have been waiting for you to be out there to give her some guidance (not to say that you should go help her learn to chase, just to explain the Border Collie mentality and her hesitance to do things on her own). If you would like to watch a sheepdog trial, there will be two not too far from you on June 22/23 and June 29/30 in Newport, VA. For more information, contact Laura Noll at [email protected] One word of warning, stock work is absolutely addictive, so if you want to get involved, be prepared to suffer the consequences (buy a farm, buy some sheep, buy a camper to go to trials, etc.). nancy
  2. Hi CptJack, In my opinion, as someone who uses Border Collies every day to manage my flock of sheep, Molly did pretty much with a Border Collie should do. Border Collies have been bred for centuries to control the movement of livestock, not to chase them. About 40 seconds into the first video, she got in front of the lure in an attempt to stop the movement. She did the same at about 1 min 40 seconds, as well. In the first video, she was very serious, as a working Border Collie should be. In the second video, she is simply being silly and just running around. I'm sure that she can be taught to chase the lure, if that's what you want her to do. However, if you want to pursue stock work with her, I would suggest that you don't encourage her to chase moving objects. Just my shovelful. nancy
  3. The video link didn't work when I clicked on it, but I imagine that it is the video of Secret playing Jenga with her owner, Mary. Secret is a remarkably talented Australian Shepherd, and there are numerous videos of her on YouTube. Check them out!
  4. Hello Sherry, IGS and Cobalamin Malabsorption are the same disorder, and like most heritable disorders, dogs are either normal, carrier, or affected. So, if your dog's sire "has" CM, it would mean that he is affected (and hopefully being treated). The chart below will show the approximate heritability of mating of dogs that are either normals, carriers, or affecteds. If your dog's dam is "clear" (normal), you pup could only be a carrier (not affected). However, if his dam is a carrier (and wouldn't be symptomatic), your pup could definitely be affected by IGS. There is a simple DNA test that will confirm if your pup is normal, a carrier, or affected through Paw Print Genetics (and a few other labs). If your pup is affected, he will need to be supplemented with vitamin B-12 monthly for life. I suggest that you submit your dog's DNA (via cheek swab) to be tested. It is well worth the peace of mind to know if he is or isn't affected, and if he is affected, he needs to receive B- 12 supplements before he becomes really ill. nancy
  5. Several of my "senior" friends (specifically those who have had knees and hips replaced have said that they tried a joint supplement for a while, but it didn't do anything for them, so they stopped. I think that many people believe that Cosequin, Dasuquin, and Cosamin are analgesics, so they expect to have an immediate response. I feel very strongly that the Nutramax supplements have greatly helped my dogs and me with our mobility in our senior years. That's just my shovelful.
  6. I have had several Border Collies without white on their faces, as I rather prefer "dark" Border Collies. Working Border Collies are not defined by their appearance, they are defined by their breeding and their work. Here are photos of a few of my dogs over the years.
  7. Ruth, I have given Cosequin (the predecessor to Dasuquin) to my dogs for over 25 years, and I take the human version of Cosequin (Cosamin) myself. Nutramax Labs originally produced Cosequin as a joint supplement for horses, and then formulated products for dogs and humans. Cosequin was one of the first joint supplements on the market, and extensive scientific research was done before marketing it. Nutramax later formulated other products (Dasuquin, etc.), and the Nutramax products are highly regarded by the orthopedic veterinarians I know. I highly recommend Nutramax products, and I'm certain that they have helped my dogs (and me) over the years. Regards, nancy PS: I agree with you about shopping online!
  8. BorderYoga, you may want to consider changing your dog's diet. Some dogs can be sensitive to certain ingredients in their diet, and that can cause them to become overstimulated. Perhaps the treats you give him are adding to his energy level, as well. Just a thought.
  9. Here's what I use to collect a urine specimen. It's obviously home-made, but it is the best thing that I have found to do this job.
  10. Awww...so sorry to hear of Peg's passing.
  11. Thanks for your report of today's session, Flora, and it's great that both you and Molly are enjoying training more. Keep up the good work! nancy
  12. Thanks for your input Amy ("heresy"? not at all!). As you mentioned, when a dog is lying down, that takes away their power. In Molly's case, it sounds like it is also taking her off contact with the sheep, as well.. I'm sure that Molly would be far happier if she is allowed to remain on her feet more. nancy
  13. Hi Flora, I suggest that you work on Molly's "lie down" away from sheep. Here's something that you can try....make it a bit of a game. Your goal will be to get an immediate response from Molly the first time you say "lie down". Walk around your yard with Molly, and have a toy that she likes (and one that you can easily throw to her) to reward her when she responds. Quietly say "lie down" (once). If she complies, toss the toy and praise her. If she doesn't respond, keep walking, but show her that you have her favorite toy. Say "lie down" again (once), and if she makes any attempt to lie down, immediately reward her. Take the toy back and start the game again. Try to get her to lie down when asked at good distance away from you. but don't let her come to you before lying down (ignore her if she does and keep walking). Also, when you ask her to lie down, stand up tall and don't give hand signals. She needs to comply immediately and happily, and this should transfer to her compliance when working sheep. Also, if I am interpreting your description of your training sessions correctly, it sounds as if your trainer is using the "stop and go" method (repeated lie downs) when Molly is wearing the sheep ("wearing" the sheep is when you are walking backwards with the sheep between you and your dog). Why is your trainer telling you to stop her so often? Is Molly too close to the sheep? or is she moving too quickly? If so, she needs to be mildly corrected/scolded for being too close or too fast, instead of taking her off her feet. This method is basically "obedience on sheep" rather than having Molly understand that she is too close or too fast. The corrections do not need to be harsh, you simply want to convey to Molly that she shouldn't be too close or too fast. Molly will probably be a lot happier when working, if she isn't asked to lie down so often . Best wishes to you and Molly, nancy
  14. I have heard good things about Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue: http://www.prbcr.org/index.html
  15. Harry, I'm sorry that the mass has reappeared, and it does look like a histiocytoma (it will probably get uglier, too). However, as you wrote, they are almost always benign, and they usually resolve themselves without treatment. I opted to have the mass removed from my dog's leg, as I truly didn't want her to have an ugly, oozing lump in a spot that would be aggravated by her activity. The surgery went well, and she was back to normal activity in about two weeks (photo of her right after surgery with a shamrock on her bandage for St Patrick's Day). Best wishes to you and Jack. nancy
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