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  1. Hi there, So sorry about your problems, very upsetting. My holistic veterinarian of 20 years moved to New Zealand last year. ( I hate her for that) She is in the Tauranga area ( Bay of Plenty) They have conventional medicine as well as holistic. Her name is Dr. Karen Fox, she is AMAZING to say the least. She won't make fun of your "gut feeling'. No one can really help you here, I would get to a vet soon. I wish you the best of luck and let us know how you make out. Here's the website- http://www.holisticvets.co.nz/ also, are you near Hastings at all, there is a vet there by the name of Dr. Deva Khasla who is wonderful too. Best wishes, Kate
  2. You also can go to the PBS website and watch there
  3. I've had several border collies since the early 80's. most of them were noise sensitive to some degree. Some of them it didn't start till they were 8 or so. I have a 7 year old that's extremely afraid of fireworks, thunder to a lesser degree. We have week long community celebration with fireworks every night for a week. I keep the house closed with the air on, take early morning walks when its quiet. He likes the bathroom, sometimes the shower, I allow him to go where he feels safe. He will play with me a little, but is very distracted. Never had a dog desensitized to thunder/fireworks - I tried that many years ago when that was "the thing to do". It's hard to understand, as one of my dogs had no reaction to fireworks/thunder for 9 years, would go out and play in a storm, then suddenly completely change to being ready to go through a gate to get away....now that's hard to understand? Dr. Deva Khasla just had this in her newsletter, if someone wants to try this; Melatonin at the dose of 3 mg per 10 kg can help with fear of thunderstorms. The homeopathic remedy Borax 6c has a pretty good success rate for fear of thunder and fireworks. Give this remedy three times a day for a few weeks and see how your dog does with it. Happy 4th!!
  4. I competed way back in the 80's early 90's and I had a border collie jump just like the video. She didn't have a health or genetic problem, she was just a poor jumper. She was always thinking what was coming next, not focusing on what she was doing, was a deep thinker. I'm relieved to know she had ETS! She earned her OTCH by the way, jumping just like the video and we had a blast!
  5. Each of my dogs have been different with feeding raw, you will have to experiment on your own, what works best for your situation. Each dogs digestive track is different, whats good some may not work for others. I feed raw turkey/chicken neck bones twice a week, outside. I like the added vitamins and minerals they get. My one dog can spend 1/2 hour on a neck while another 5 minutes, each dog is different. I feed a homemade diet of cooked very rare proteins, ( chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, different organ meat ) mixed with veggies, fruit and sometimes grain. I make a batch once a month and freeze. Also feed canned mackerel or salmon every other week. I grow a lot of my own veggies, so I know they're getting pesticide free. ( spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens, sweet potatoes, green beans) I feed about 20% kibble mixed in. Why do I do this, I want them healthy and live a long disease free life. My first border collie in 1983 I fed this diet, she lived to 18 and lived very well till the end. So, I've been doing this ever since with each dog, with some tweaks for each dogs needs.
  6. I've been using garlic for years, along with homemade diet, and Rose Germanium Oil on the coat. If you put your nose to my dogs coat, they do smell of garlic! Here's a garlic secret; Garlic increases general immune activity along with the activity of special Killer Cells that seek out invading bacteria. But there's a secret to releasing the full healing power of garlic. Finely chop the clove or cloves of garlic and then let them sit for 10 to 20 minutes. During this time a chemical reaction will take place that releases the allicin in the garlic. This is the most powerful medicinal compound within the garlic. Helping the immune system handle and clear out bacteria before they take hold is the best way to prevent tick borne diseases. Garlic also helps to repel fleas and ticks and does so even more effectively if you chop it first and allow it to sit. But don't wait more than 20 minutes to serve it on your dog's meal. A medium to large dog can get 2 to 3 finely diced cloves a day, a small dog 1-2 cloves and dogs weighing less than 20 pounds can get one clove a day.
  7. "Is there anything I can do besides the expensive medicine?" Yes, there's many options besides just medicating. I see a holistic veterinarian that helped my dog without meds. She likes to find the REASON for the seizures, if possible. In my dogs case it was heavy metals causing seizures, he's now on supplements and no more vaccines for the rest of his life. Each animal is treated differently, no animal responds to treatments the same. There's chiropractic, acupuncture, herbs, supplements and many other treatments available. If you just want to put him on meds, that's fine. I'm just telling you there's other options. I always want to explore all options and take the least invasive. Now, my supplements and follow-ups are probably more expensive then meds, not sure, but I was looking for a reason and a gentler approach. So far, my dog went from having 2 grand mals a month, to one a year. And that was because I "had" to vaccinate rabies by law, he seizured the next day. Not sure where in Pa. you're located, if you're interested, pm me and I can send some names.
  8. I still take off ticks the old fashion way as I've been for 30 years. Each dog gets a brushing and a tick check each night and I pull them off. I've never used any flea or tick preventatives, I'm more afraid of the toxic chemicals then getting Lyme disease, or other tick borne diseases. I used a tick collar once and my dog lost all hair around her neck and was agitated. They do get grated garlic in their homemade food and diatomaceous earth. I apply a little rose of geranium on their coats when out in the fields, greatly lessened the amount of ticks.
  9. This method will take a lot of time and patience, but this worked for me, and its now 7 years later...... I have my first border collie that fought me since a puppy when doing nails, he doesn't like his feet touched, and would pull away and then later tried to bite . He reacted the same way to a dremel and clippers. I thought about a muzzle, but he also fought me and I'd be worn out. There was no way I going to put up with this the rest of his life so I started completely over. First, I got out "the nail stuff" and just gave him treats ( his favorite liverwurst or cheese and then went and played Frisbee his favorite activity) Next day same thing, following day, had him come near the "nail stuff" and he got treats, every day, for a week. Then just touching his nails, but not clipping or filing them. After about a week I started doing just one nail, followed by treats and frisbee. I didn't rush to do all nails, setting a positive pattern was more important to me. In time, was able to do 3-4 nails followed by his reward. Calm voice, gentle stroking. Within 2 weeks he was coming to the place when I clip and laying down on his own. One nail - treat another nail,- treat, always calm, always followed by play. Within a few weeks I was doing all nails calmly and quietly, with NO struggle! Seven years later, still able to do all nails, but still give treats and play. He knows the routine and loves it! Set a different tone, and use different words then you did before..............good luck!!
  10. Thanks for the replies, I'm thinking it's too soon for other dogs, maybe in time. It was a very traumatic experience for both of us. This was his best buddy, thought it would be ok. - Olivia, we walked the two dogs first before coming back to my house for them to romp, they played and ran for 15 minutes before my dog started snapping. Nothing I saw provoked it. My dog humped the other dog a lot, something he never does. Thats why I was thinking he's trying to be dominate. Just a complete change in his behavior. So, for now, I'm not going to push it. He would rather be with me hiking and playing frisbee anyway. Just have to get use to this and take it slow. D'Elle- my dog hates clickers, but I could use a marker with voice & reward...in the future. Thank-you all
  11. Behavior change: Background; I have a 7 year old male neutered border collie. Very sweet, likes most other dogs, people, very submissive. About 5 weeks ago he was attacked by another dog while on a walk. Very terrifying time, a chocolate lab escaped from his fenced yard and took us both down and went to town biting my dog. My dog didn't fight back at all, had no chance. He needed stitches to both front legs, one rear and inner ear, numerous staples. He healed very well and now were out and about again. My dog is showing signs of aggression towards other dogs, ( hair raised, lunging, showing teeth) Today his best buddy came in the yard to play (a rough collie) that he knew since a puppy and he showed some aggression towards him. Lunged at him and snapped several times. The rough collie did nothing to provoke anything, he's sweet as pie. Now these two spent many years playing together and staying overnight together when one of us is away. They adore each other. I have no experience with this, I've owned dogs for almost 30 years and this was dog attack I experienced. I don't know if he's experiencing trauma, trying to show he's dominate? He never has before, so I'm stumped. Anyone experience a dog attack and have issues afterwords? Thanks in advance kate
  12. Hey thanks for that, I've been giving my dog collards now for the last year, knew the nutritional benefits, but not the others. I'm planting my veggie garden next week, I'll add a few more collards, so easy to grow!
  13. Maybe I can help, years ago I used to train for competition obedience, and attention heeling was taught for the obedience ring. In the ring I used the word "heel". I wanted 100% attention. I also wanted my dog to be able walk on a relaxed leash without looking at me, for walks, for walking around the grounds etc. I used the word "walk" for just going for relaxed non attentive walking. This took a little training too, my dogs were allowed to be at the end of the leash while walking, if they pulled I stopped and said "walk". Soon as they were in the right position, praise and keep walking. Just as heeling with attention took time and practice, so did non-attentive walking take time and practice. I would put a different word on it, if the word heel means to look at you for treats? Spend a few minutes each day practicing, it shouldn't take long. Happy walking...
  14. Thanks for the webcast link, where do I find the running order for tomorrow? Or could someone copy and paste it here? THANKS! Kate
  15. I'm a "pre-clicker"! I'm an "old timer trainer" - last OTCH was attained in 1994 and last in the obedience ring was 1997. I started in obedience in 1983 with my first border collie. Believe it or not there were positive training back than, much more then you would think. Yes, there were the old school pop and jerk and forced retrieve methods as well. Probably still around today, I would assume. I think the key is finding the right balance between positive and correction and being comfortable with your training. I was never comfortable with ear pinching and never did it even though it was taught in a class I took, I just refused, just as I refused other nonsense training methods. My first dog was a non retriever too. But also, all positive was not in the picture either. Because it's called "Correction training" it does not have to be negative. It's all in the way you train correction training. I've never abused my dogs physically. Clickers came on the scene in the 80's, I attended a seminar about it and videos started being available. I just didn't care, or "need them" maybe a better word for them. I used my voice, YES! WONDERFUL! YEAH! - For me a clicker just got in the way and it was clumsy to use. Some of my training partners did use them and liked them. Could they of gotten the same results with the use of their voice and good timing, I would bet yes. I drop in training classes from time to time just to see what's going on, and I see a big decline in training with all positive training. I attended an obedience trial recently and it was really sad to see.
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