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  1. Hmmm. I might want to reconsider continuing to use that vet.

    I now try to document any ailments via video or photos (hallelujah for smart phones). I have used photos/videos to show my vet anything from lameness, seizures, poop quality .... you get the idea.  I sometimes feel that I am not communicating clearly when I am describing an ailment. Photographic proof removes communication errors, and, in your case, provides concrete evidence.


  2. Initial, random thoughts,  in no particular order --

    I am going to have to try and take some time to read some of the articles cited - particularly interested in the Cornell study.

    I don't trust anything from the EPA since IMPOTUS became president.

    These are good reasons to move to organic foods. I have always rolled my eyes when vegetarians say that not eating meat is more 'healthy', because IMHO, unless one is eating only organic veggies and fruits and grains, and preferably not from industrial agriculture sources, the chemicals involved in industrial crop production are definitely NOT healthy.


  3. Try putting some rolled up towels or blankets under the furniture. Use something to block the 'disappearing toys' so she doesn't have to dig for it - IF that is the cause of her chewing the furniture.

    As for bitter apple: it doesn't work for all dogs. One of my dogs started to chew on the stair banisters when younger. After spraying with bitter apple, he would lick it. He thought it was tasty.


  4. 15 hours ago, beachdogz said:

    Thank you all for your information.  I gave Interceptor years ago to my German Shepherd Dogs.  So is Interceptor considered safe for Collies since it is not Ivermectin? 

     

    Re the flea + heartworm - a friend of mine just recently gave Heartgard and Nexgard (flea preventative) together to her dog on her vet's advice, and her dog became very ill. 

    I am not surprised to hear that there could be an adverse reaction if both toxic chemicals are given at the same time (if I am understanding your post correctly). I try to give one treatment around the first of the month, and the other chemical treatment in the middle of the month to avoid overloading the dog's system. Works for me.

    I also use livestock ivermectin for heartworm, and use Vectra 3D for ticks/fleas.


  5. Agree with lawgirl. Possibly attention-seeking.

    If you don't want to use the crate, if you have a half-back or other small room nearby, use that for time-out. I do 1-2 minute time-outs. And be prepared to put him in the time-out space more than once, at least in the beginning.

    I have also tethered a misbehaving dog to me so I can always be watching them. After all, we are only human, and even though we think we are going to watch them, if the dog isn't tethered to me. I get distracted.


  6. To the OP:

    And your problem is?

    Seriously, nothing wrong with the behavior. Unless the dog routinely chooses to roll in wet, sloppy, fresh cow poo, as one of my previous dogs LOVED to do. She would come running back to me, so happy, wide, grinning mouth, but it looked like she had rolled in chocolate pudding,  but the smell was definitely NOT sweet. She did not enjoy the cold water baths at freezing temperatures. It did not deter her from repeating the offending behavior.

     


  7. Congrats on your new pups. Photos, please. :-))

    I don't have any magic solution,  except for what you may know already - the book Click to Calm, do you have a yard that is farther away from cars or not with direct sight of cars?, block view of cars from front yard (tarp or opaque plastic on fencing until chasing is resolved), minimal exposure to cars until you have his focus more consistently, etc. Basically a two-pronged approach: work on his focus staying on you (treats, toys, games) and minimal or distant exposure to cars while he is maturing and learning to focus on you.


  8. Last year, purchased female pup for $800 from Washington state. Both parents: ABCA registered, ran in Open USBCHA trials, hips checked, genetic testing.

    5 years ago, purchased male pup from Massachusetts. Both parents: hips checked, some genetic testing. Dam - Open ABCA trial dog. Sire: ISDS registered. International champion. Puppies were BAER tested.

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