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  1. From all that the OP has said, it sounds OK .. recommendation by another breeder who has quality pups, is a definite plus. As is no mention of deposits. My advice would be just to thank the breeder, explaining that you are new to the process of getting a purebred pup, and you are ot sure what's normal. It is possible for pups to be present on a scan, but then be resorbed by the bitch, so many breeders are very cautious until it;s clear that all s going well with the pregnancy. Then spend your time while you're waiting, reading up on the health and any other issues with the
  2. So lovely to see the updates, and how the little minx is settling in so nicely .. a tribute to your handling.
  3. Agree with what @DogsAndTheMob has said. Assuming no physical problems, I would work on the clockwise circles... separately .. around a bin or something like that, treating it as a game. At the early stages I would use accentuated footwork your feet turning towards the right, shoulder movement - left shoulder forward and head turning - head turning to the right to make it clear to the dog what is expected. I'd maybe start with a quarter turn, then grow it. Rather than using food as a lure, I'd throw a piece of food along the line of the circle ahead of you PROVIDED, that the dog
  4. A couple of thoughts. 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years .. is that nice little rubric about introducing rehomed dogs .. if what you have is working now, then see how it is after a little while. The other though that occurred was having an indoor enclosure ("Bobbin proof") for Bobbin to be in when Clive is enjoying his indoor time. THinking of this because my Norwegian, Bonnie has a lovely time when, as yesterday, visiting BCs come to play on my acre. She really enjoys tempting the dogs to come close, .. reaching out her paw all innocent .. come to me puppy. She actually knows how to
  5. Oh @Snook - I don't know what planet I've been on, to have missed this until today. What a wonderful tribute you have written for your beautiful boy. And what a wonderful, wonderful life you gave him. And what a lot he taught you, that you have been able to share with DOLers. We will all miss your special boy ... but hopefully we won't be missing you. Your dear Justice will always be one of the DOL special characters. to you.
  6. So sorry it's not good news. Like the others, I remember your boy as a pup. They're never with us for long enough, but he is lucky that he has a human who will make choices to keep him comfortable. As far as palliative care goes, assuming you have a good relationship with your vet, your vet will help you with your choices. Another possible avenue is a vet who also practises complementary and Traditional Chinese medicine. They can have a range of options for keeping animals comfortable which traditional vets may not have. IMO though, it's really important to have a good trusting
  7. A lot of good suggestions .. I would just put in another vote for a Havanese. The ones I've known sre owned and in one case, bred, by friends. They seem to vary a bit in the brain department .. one delightful, though rather goofy boy, and one super smart, but equally delightful female in one family. They are lovely friendly dogs, and really don't seem too much worried by other animals ..my cat was born and raised in a house with a Havanese, My impression is that they don't tend to be barky., and the ones I've met have been really pleased but not OTT to meet people of all sorts. I see th
  8. My 'pack' is only 2 ..but they do love to play .. stalking, pounccing, the young one doing ninjs somersaults and rolls to try to take Rory's feet out from under him, because she's smaller and can't take his feet out otherwise .. then she'll get wound up for big racing loops .. duty fallen leaves going every which way. I love that in the dog training philosophies I follow, the fun carries over into the training .. if dog and human aren't having mutual fun, they're not doing it right .. is the mantra. So it's nice to have my 12.5 year old nudging and pushing me ..wanting to do 'st
  9. Oh that's cool. Glad she's progressing well. Yes I'll sometimes go back to the platform or isolating front paws, if I feel I need to .. like if I'm in a different environment, or adding distractions. It's a slow process with my busy young BC girl who thinks being still is waste of energy.
  10. So very sorry that your lovely Berner has this diagnosis. It can come as such a shock, and particularly if they only have one or two symptoms. My 16 year old Border Collie was diagnosed with Lymphoma (peripheral glands only) .. At that age, and since she alsready had indications of early stage renal disease, chemo was not an option .. although of course I was tempted.) The prognosis was 1-2 months . My vet offered Pred as a one off ..it did reduce the nodal swelling for a week or so, and I got altogether 6 weeks of reasonable quality for her before I had to farewell her .. amid g
  11. Different breed, so as in the study linked by @sandgrubber, different possible scenarios, but for what it's worth, my BC girl was desexed a couple of months ago at nearly 4 .. after 5 seasons. The latest I've desexed a bitch, but she was showing, and I was persuaded by the more recent thinking about later desexing.- given that agility is in her future. My reasons for desexing now .. combination of excess of caution . I'd been terrified of missing a closed pyometra if she stayed entire, and convenience in terms of entering tracking trials .. no entire bitches - and she would have been due in
  12. @Loving my Oldies Yes, I'm sorry .. I have to disagree ... and so do my Border Collies. The younger one in particular., has an after dinner nap in her crate in the family room .. to ensure she stays calm for a while after dinner. At bedtime, after going out for on lead toilet (pademelons in the yard) , she can't wait to race through the house, dive into her nighttime crate, next to my bed, accept her couple of going to bed treats, and then is happy to sleep all night long ... usually a minimum of 8 hours. This has been her routine since she was a wee pup, and means that when we're away a
  13. You and she are going to have lots more fun together. She has certainly fallen on her 4 lucky feet. Yes ... going more slowly will give you time to have her think a bit more and feel a bit more what she;s doind, so then you can eventually fade the platforms ... though most trainers who use platforms will ping pong back and forth when it seems needed, just to remind the dog. I have a quick to learn young BC, who likes to live life in the fast lane, so we have to work hard on slow, calm and accurate (definitely a work in progress. The quick ones are great in a lot
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