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  1. 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.

  2. I saw a table a couple of years ago that listed the breeds sensitive to ivermectin. IIRC, about 5% of border collies are sensitive (as compared to about 50% Australian Shepherds, and even higher percentage for Lassie-type collies).

    If you are really worried, you could have your pups tested for the mdr1 mutation.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I think you have received a lot of good advice here, and here are my 2 cents (and some questions):

    Is this your first dog? If so, owning a BC is an incredibly steep, and fast, learning curve for first-time owners. (even for people who have had previous dog experience)

    You don't have a puppy, you have a TEENAGER. A puppy on steroids. This is a phase that most, not all, dogs go through when they are testing their boundaries. And often forget everything they have previously learned so it has to be re-taught.

    It is not going to ruin your dog to crate him more. If you feel guilty about crating, get a very large crate that he can really spread out in - or use an X-pen. If you sit at a computer or are in one place for an extended period of time, you can enclose your space with an X-pen or two, and keep the dog inside of it with you. Several people I know will surround their desk with an X-pen to allow the pup more space when they have to sit at the computer for several hours. Much easier to keep an eye on him. You can also tether the dog to you to prevent him from wandering.

    NILIF - is a good philosophy, but the dog has to know what you are asking before he can offer the behavior. For example, my young dog has to sit before she gets her food dish. But if a dog doesn't know how to sit first, no matter how much you tell him to sit to get his food dish, it will just be an exercise in frustration.

    Which brings us to training - have you trained a dog before? Do you know how to break down the behavior for small successes? Do you understand how to time your rewards? Have you heard of the term jackpotting? Etc. It is not unusual to see someone trying to train their dog to perform a specific task, but they are going about it all wrong. (This bothered me a lot when I saw a Petsmart 'trainer' teaching someone how to train their dog to sit. So, so wrong.)

    As others have suggested, some lessons with a positive reinforcement trainer may be worthwhile because that person can see exactly how you and your dog are interacting (which we can not on the internet), and might be able to give you tips on how to better train your dog.

    For a start, look up Kikopup on Youtube. She has a lot of training vids.

    If you are too overwhelmed, think of the best for the dog and act accordingly. It would be an unselfish act to admit that this relationship may not work, and find a good rescue group to help you rehome the dog.


  8. Thank you for adopting a rescue dog. I am glad to hear that you read about Kelso which helps you understand how long it can take some dogs to come even partway back to normal. I have also fostered an extremely shut down, almost feral, female from a puppy mill.

    IMHO, if you are hoping that this dog will be an emotional support dog for your niece, I don't think it will happen. I may be wrong, but from how I understand the issues you have described, it will be a heck of a lot of work and take a very long time to help this dog approach normal. (I say this with the caveat that a truly accurate assessment can only be given in person,  not in an internet forum.) And an emotional support animal should have a very stable demeanor.

    Has anyone suggested psychotropic medications to help reduce his anxiety level? It might be worthwhile to consult a vet that specializes in behavioral issues (not a general vet). There are many other medications that he might tbe able to tolerate better.

    In the meantime, I  would be trying to not put him in situations that stress him. And bring him to his "happy place" when possible (those walks in the country).


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