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  1. OK, from the description, it sounds like you're suckered. Join the club. My most recent was officially scheduled for euthanasia more than once and the Fates swept in at the last possible minute and somehow I got caught up in their schemes and here we are; best dog I have ever had.
  2. The day starts at 03:40-ish with Cash waking me up. He's taken over the job from Senneca, who is pushing 14 and considers herself retired. After a brief bathroom break for everyone, we go out for our morning walk -- about 45 mins. Back home, the dogs wait for me to shower and fix breakfast. Weekends they may get a little extra (scrambled/boiled egg) on their kibble. Weekdays, I'm off to the office, so the dogs get crated until my wife gets up. They have managed to train her to serve freshly made chapattis for lunch; or sometimes watermelon. When I get home from the office, I quickly change clothes and drive them to the park where we play ball for 20 - 40 mins or so (dependent on the temperature). Then it's back home and they wait for me to fix dinner and after dinner we go out the back where I give them their "after-dinner" treats (small pieces of cheese/stale bread/meat/fish as available). Then it's off to bed.
  3. My guys think 4 in the morning is the perfect time to go out for a walk. Freezing rain? Not so much where we live (Arizona), but I have no doubt that that wouldn't stop them (in fact, quite the opposite -- cold rain makes thing so much more fun). Especially when they come in and shake off and then roll in the carpet and have zoomies in the bedroom.
  4. Donald's spirit will be with us, long after his passing. Everyone associated with border collies owes a debt to him. RIP.
  5. Yes, simultaneously -- grabbing only one will most certainly end badly. Yes, I have read the article, and yes I have done this more than once. It is quite certainly a risky maneuver and not something to be done except as a last resort.
  6. Terrierman is, of course, experienced with the wee ones and, no doubt, his advice is good for them. Trying to scruff one dog (and now I am thinking BC/German Shepard size) exposes you to a nasty bite from the other dog. Putting your hands near furious teeth is very risky, but when you -- quite literally -- have a dog in the fight, instinct takes over. In such a case, the best tactic is to scruff both dogs simultaneously. This is, admittedly, a risk maneuver, but done with sufficient speed and force, allows you to separate the dogs. Again, I don't advise doing this if you can possibly avoid it, but when desperation hits the limit and adrenaline surges, it is safer than trying to grab one dog.
  7. Intelligence is a tricky thing. Yes, we all know what it means, but when we try to define it, it turns out to be a slippery thing,indeed. We can measure IQ, but it is merely a a proxy to the thing we mean by intelligence. When it comes to our companions, dogs, I'm not even sure we have a "doggy" IQ defined. Certainly, they are sentient; smart; "intelligent:, even, but how do we measure it? Some recent work (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160289616301076) suggests that there is a "general" intelligence for dogs (working border collies were the subjects, as a matter of fact). We are far from understanding what that means. Frankly we don't even understand exactly what intelligence means in humans; IQ tests measure pattern matching, for the most part. How are the measured values skewed by culture? Motivation? Who knows? Yes, we are dumb about figuring out smartness. Not just about the creatures we share our lives with.
  8. Pain teaches that the act or thing associated with it is something to avoid or react against. The danger is that we don't know what a dog associates with the pain. Aversion therapy is valuable when positively associates the "pain" with the intended stimulus, but what will the dog associate with being struck with a plastic bat? The colour pink? A baseball bat? The person who is striking her? Women in general? Someone wearing the same clothes as the so-called "trainer"? I don't know. This is not a practice I could condone in any form. I base all my interaction with dogs on two fundamental pillars; trust and respect. What I see in the video violates both.
  9. Of course, the dog is learning something from the process, but I'm sure that it is entirely the wrong (i.e. unintended) thing. I have a dog who clearly learned something from his last adopter; an intense distrust of women. I can only speculate what happened. He is safe with me but totally un-adoptable by anyone else.
  10. From the article at http://truthaboutpetfood.com:
  11. There's an extraneous character at the end of the URL This should work Edit: Oh and I liked the poem and photos too.
  12. I do understand. All I was trying to say is that we have no control over how people use words.
  13. Donald I sympathize with you, but herding has meant "working with livestock" for as long as I have been alive (and probably a lot longer) See : herding. Language is not ours; it belongs to the community who use it. I also cringe when people talk about "the sport of herding" and the like, but neither you nor I control the English language.
  14. Actually, we have known this for a long time. Their primary tool is us.
  15. Sunday morning, poor Senneca got a crack (cut?) in her pad and limped the last stretch of our morning walk. It didn't seem so bad, so I didn't do anything about it after lunch when I saw she was bleeding and leaving pools of blood where she walked. By then she had licked/gnawed the slight cut into a nasty sore. Out came the first aid kit and quickly her paw was neatly dressed. Some hour later I discovered she had ripped off the vet wrap (she has a long history of hating anything on her paw). Out with the first aid kit again and on with a cone to prevent her messing with it. Then I come back home to see her without the dressing again. She has used the cone as a tool to rip off her dressing: [ Added: her wound is healing -- without the dressing -- and, of course she is grounded until it is healed up enough. ]
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