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  1. yes Sounds like she is training you to participate in her game: “if I push my toy under furniture she will interact with me and get my toy”. Got to love smart dogs
  2. The cost of an open dog early in its open career can be high; this is not the open dog Amy and I are describing. We’re talking about a 9+ year old open dog that is being retired because the open corses are too large for the aging dog.
  3. The best teacher for you would be an open dog that is being retired because it was no longer competitive in open. I don’t view this as cheating any more than having an instructor/mentor is cheating. In this situation you are providing work to a dog that would not get much with the open handler and more one on one time with this dog than in a household with many dogs being trained/schooled. The dog will teach you stock work and handling faster than if you have to also be training a green dog. These situations are not always available but I highly recommend you look for one. We have been on both sides of these situations; learning a lot from open dogs (thank you June) and placing retiring open dogs into homes where they continued to thrive and were teachers.
  4. Just got the annual email from Amazon Smile on how much they donated to ABCA HEF based upon my purchases. This is such an easy way to support the organization working to maintain and improve the health of our breed: BAER clinics, sample collection, EAOD research, etc. A lot of small donations via Amazon Smile go a long way for our breed https://bordercolliefoundation.org/donate/amazon-smile/ These numbers were provided in the email; just imagine how large the donation would be if everyone on this forum used AmazonSmile To date, AmazonSmile has donated a total of: $1,682.51 to ABCA Health & Education Foundation $156,109,909.51 to all charities
  5. Try this resource http://afs.okstate.edu/breeds/
  6. For what it’s worth we have been using livestock dewormer (ivermectin) for heartworm preventative on for over 15years (over 15 different dogs) without adverse reactions. We ensure the doses are 2x-3x the effective minimum dose.
  7. All heartworm meds are in the same class of drugs, macrocyclic lactones (https://www.merckvetmanual.com/pharmacology/anthelmintics/macrocyclic-lactones), and can cause the same adverse reactions when given at too high a dose. All heartworm meds are safe when given at the recommended dose for heartworm prevention (even for dogs with two copies of the Mdr1 mutation).
  8. Were these cases where the dogs were given ivermectin in heartgard pills or livestock dewormer (liquid ivermectin)? Heartgard has safe doses of ivermectin for each weight range; livestock dewormer requires the owner to administer the correct dose for the dog’s weight. Overdosing ivermectin can cause seizures in any dog.
  9. This is from https://vcpl.vetmed.wsu.edu/faqs Q: What heartworm prevention products can I use if my dog has the MDR1 mutation? A: All heartworm products labeled for dogs in the U.S. have been tested in dogs with the MDR1 mutation as required by the FDA and have been found to be safe. However, some of the combination flea+heartworm preventive products (those containing spinosad) should be used cautiously in dogs that are MDR1 mutant/normal because of a risk of serious drug-drug interactions.
  10. Here is an up-to-date request for consultation form from Cornell. The form has the current fees. This form must be submitted by a Vet with the radiographs. The word form can be edited to add the necessary information for the submission; it may be easier to provide this form electronically to your Vet than a printed copy. Request Form Consults 2019.docx
  11. Location of where the litter is housed is not the key for determining socialization of the litter. We looked at 2 litters (both bred for livestock work) when getting our first Border Collie; both litters were kept in buildings outside of the house. When we approached one litter, the entire litter and the dam backed up away from the pen door. When we approached the other litter the dam and all the pups came to us. It was immediately obvious which litter was being socialized.
  12. The argument stated (by others) for having an known affected dog tested was to help minimize sampling bias in the reported rates of the genotypes in the population. The breed distribution of genotypes for a causative mutation are useful; I don’t see the utility in accurately knowing the distribution of genotypes for non-causative genetic markers (like the current EAOD tests). How individuals and breed organizations use tests for causative mutations will/should be different than how marker tests are used. A more detailed discussion of the EAOD MARKER tests will be posted soon.
  13. I agree with this statement when the test is for the causative mutation of a disease. Marker tests are not for the causative mutation.
  14. Let’s be very clear about what these marker tell us. These markers are correlated with those dogs that did develop EAOD; we knew the EAOD status of the dogs and then measured the markers. Correlation does not equal causation; therefore, the genetic results of these these markers indicate risk of developing EAOD. The location of the mutation (region on a specific chromosome identified by several SNPs) has not moved. Additional studies have eliminated one or more proposed exact locations (or identities of genetic code) on the chromosome of the mutation. Reading about SNPs, where they are located along the full genetic sequence, and how they are used in genetic studies may help you better understand the ongoing EAOD research.
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