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  1. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    Please don't think of the crate (or xpen) in terms of "restricting Tuffy's freedom". Yes, it does that .. but is part of teaching Tuffy some boundaries, and giving him a safe place where he can't be pushing you for attention, or getting into trouble, and where he can learn to relax. Funny story … my pushy little 22 month old Border Collie girl has been crate trained from the start. She has always had her meals in a crate, whether at my house, or when we're staying in dog friendly accommodation in another city. Today at lunchtime, the dogs were getting some oil out of a can of tuna in their bowls, as a special treat. My Pippa puppy turned to run to her crate … but it wasn't there .. had it up to wash the floor. She was such a puzzled puppy, but accepted that it was OK when I put the bowl down in the position in the room where the rate would be. And reading what @persephone was saying about dealing with a pushy toddler …. it truly is not easy, especially when they do cute and adorable so well. I'm an experienced dog owner, trainer and instructor …. but this week I still needed someone watching a training video to point out that while I was busy training my older dog, I let my youngster get away with backchatting me, and pushing me to do what she wanted, when she wanted it ….. and I do know better . So just as you can't expect Tuffy to be perfect straight awy, be kind to yourself too, and don't expect too much of yourself. We all make mistakes, and learn as we go on. The important thing is to work out what the boundaries and rules are .. dogs like to know those, even if they rebel sometimes .. just like people, then teach them to the puppy .. good things happen to puppies who do the what we are teaching them, not if they don't. but we will patiently keep showing them and being consistent, and rewarding a darned good try. It's a lifelong journey, based on a caring and loving relationship.
  2. Border Collie collapse

    Hi Binz. Ness might not be on here today, so may not get back to you quickly. But I think this FB group might be the one .. or if not .. might have some useful stuff. I don't know as much about BCC as Ness, but I know a bit. At least in some dogs, it is not just heat that can trigger a collapse episode .. humidity plays a role, but part of the trigger stacking at least for some dogs may well be excitement/arousal/stress. You're right in that a lot of vets are not too knowledgeable about BCC, so the more you can find out, the better. In terms of management, you need to learn your dog's triggers, and try to avoid them. or at least avoid the stacking. .. so not running round too muh in the heat … short spells, then rest .,.. preferably with access to a warm paddling pool. Immediate first aid .. stop activity, and get the dog to somewhere where you can wet particularly the belly area with luke warm (not really cold) water, and have them relax in a cool shady place. You've probably discovered these sources, but I'll link them anyway https://www.vetmed.umn.edu/research/labs/canine-genetics-lab/genetic-research/border-collie-collapse https://dogcare.dailypuppy.com/causes-border-collie-collapse-syndrome-7210.html http://bordercolliesinaction.com/blog/border-collie-collapse-bcc/ http://www.usask.ca/vmc/small-animal/medicine/border-collie-collapse.php
  3. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    It won't hurt Tuffy to have boundaries established for his behaviour .. although he might try to convince you that he's being badly treated, and he will likely have temper tantrums .. he's a baby becoming a toddler. Puppies coming into my house do not have free run of the house the whole time. At night they sleep in crates beside my bed ..we have a bedtime routine .. outside on lead for toilet, inside to pick up treats, then off to the bedroom to get in the crate .. get treats, door shut, crate covered if it's not too hot, and goodnight. If puppy stirs in the night, I can just put my fingers in the crate, to settle pup down again .. or when they're very little, get them out of the rate, on lead, outside to toilet, thenthe bedtime routine again. For my pups, crate time is very special .. their meals are fed in the crate, their best treats come when they're in their crate for nap time , and they have to sit politely (as they do at doors, gates, car door etc., for permission to get out. It's just habit after a while. But you need to be consistent. I also use x pens to limit the pup's freedom to roam in the hose when they are young. Once they can be trusted, the x pen can go .. but it's handy if for instance you have visitors and want the pup to be safe and calm and not bugging, or being bugged by the visitors. Each puppy we get improves our skills as dog trainers and responsible owners .. but that doesn't mean we get it right all the time. Just today, I was laughing when I read a comment from a trainer in an online course I'm doing... this was reviewing a video of some work with my 22 month old Border Collie pup. .."Don't let her dictate to you when it's her turn..... She needs to learn to be patient. she is a really smart girl and i think will always try to push to see what she can get away with." And I've owned and been training dogs for over 30 years … so I really should know better. But each puppy challenges us to do better. You are doing a great jov of observing Tuffy's behaviour, and finding out information about what
  4. North Chihuahuas

    Probably not the worst, but I would say not the best .. and although he talks about acquiring foundation stock from an ANKC breeder who was retiring, there is not mention of ANKC registration, and the Teacup thing would be a red flag for me. (Check the warning about Teacups on the DOL breeders page). Another red flag for me would be that the website is pretty much all marketing .. a little personal information, but no pictures/details about parents of the pups on offer. And in one of the testimonials, there is a mention of ' the building", and ""staff .. all sounds a bit commercial. @persephone … it does say they're in Darwin … but perhaps there has been a bit of copying and pasting in the construction of the website.
  5. I tend to weigh mine if we're going to the vet for anything .. or if we're going past and the waiting room is empty. I also use the scales in our local Petbarn .. which seem pretty accurate or at least comparable with the vets;. He's been 20.8 for a while now .. and up to 21.6 today .. not dreadful, and used to be a good weight for him, but he's that bit older now and it's our agility season break, so not as much exercise. I can always bulk the meal out with processed grated veggies.
  6. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Mine are picking and eating little green apples too .. so I'm getting pretty herbivore poos sometimes, but maybe not to Bindi's extent. I believe that's right about the phosphorus . and magnesium, in veg water. ANd the cooked sweet potato shouldn't hurt.
  7. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    My dogs don't think it's abnormal. And Sunday at Dog CLub, Pippa had a nice little on lead play with her good BC friend Molly .. then next minute, they were side by side happy eating grass … so maybe the grass is really good at this time of year. (Mine aren't doing it to induce vomiting either .. just coas they can.
  8. Naaww! So nice to see the lad again. Looking good. On Big Dog .. Out of interest I weighed Rory today .. so 3 weeks changeover to Big Dog raw. He's put on weight, even though I was feeding less than the reommendations. So I'll have to cut it down a bit more … poor lad. His coat's looking even nicer though
  9. Feeding / Food aggression

    Aargh .. typed reply, hit wrong button .. lost it. Anyhow .. I really don't know much about SM .. just read up on it a bit because of friends with Cavs and knowing a few breeders. I think it's pretty rare here, and AFAIK it requires MRI. Reading a bit more about it yesterday, it was probably a red herring, since an affected dog would likely be showing more symptoms. Being the worry wort that I am, if this were my dog, I would probably be requesting a neuro specialist consult, because of the OCD. I do feel sorry for the OP, seeing this behaviour in an otherwise sweet dog of a sweet breed. I would certainly be trying to bring the appointments forward, although in view of the workload, that could be difficult. It's very stressful all round, and anything that would reduce the time those stress hormones are circulating in the boy, would have to be a plus. Hence why I would be looking at a crate or at least a solid xpen.
  10. Feeding / Food aggression

    A few thoughts. This is a fairly unusual behaviour in a CKCS I would have thought. So it would be ringing alarm bells for me. Have you discussed it with his breeders .. they may have come across it somewhere in the breed before and may have some ideas. And because of his breed, I would be cheking whether the lines behind him were clear as far as possible to determine, of Syringomyelia. And as far as crate training goes..... I would be considering giving it a go. If he loves his food, then it would really be a matter of putting his food in his crate when he is not in the room, then opening the door and leaving him to it. Is your VB a trainer as well? Sometimes VBs who also train can have some really valuable suggestions. .
  11. Pennhip Cost and Procedure

    It's my understanding that Pennhip can be done at any age from about 16 weeks. It involves a different positioning for the dog from the AVA scoring, and gives a quantitative evaluation on the laxity of the hips, as opposed to the several specific areas that are scored in the AVA system. As I understand it, and I could be wrong, one of the reasons some vets prefer to do Pennhip early is that if the results indicate an actual incidence of of HD, or a likelihood of it developing in the future, there is a surgical procedure, referred to as JPS, which some vets recommend, which may limit the progression of HD. This procedure has a narrow window of 16 - 18 weeks during which it can be carried out. It's worth doing some research on the procedures, and at the same time researching the pros and cons of desexing before growth plates close. You will also be able to find some information on what puppy buyers can do when they get their puppy home, to limit the development of joint disease. Hopefully your breeder would, like TSD, be able to mentor puppy buyers through this.. it involves things like keeping puppies lean, and making sure they get adequate but appropriate exercise as they are growing rapidly. (And another Bernese fan .. they are great dogs.)
  12. Human Grade Glucosamine..

    My two have Blackmore's Paw Osteocare .. biggish circular treat .. you could break it into smaller bits to hide in other treats I guess. Mine just gobble them, but then they are not fussy at all about what goes in their mouths. Originally recommended to us by a rehab vet. Other people have had Dasuquin treats recommended. They do come in large dog and small dog versions.
  13. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Good luck with your appointment today, and yes, you are fortunate being in Melbourne with lots of great specialists in various fields. Down here in Tassie, for the really specialist stuff, we're reliant on visits from mainland specialists who come down every 6 weeks or so.
  14. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    If your vet hasn't already suggested it, if the puppy were mine, I think I'd be raising the question of maybe a referral to a vet cardiologist.
  15. @Snook FWIW, I started my new BC pup on Big Dog Barf frozen patties last year when I got her at 10 weeks, sine she had been raw fed by her breeder .. and I'm totally not comfortable with a DIY. She had Sensitive Skin variety at first, since she was a bit itchy, but once that settled down, she's had mostly the Combo. I've been really happy with it (though I don't give her anywhere near the amount recommended .. she does get quite a lot of training treats etc. I had kept my boy on the kibble he seems to do well on, along with occasional bones .. and they both have quite a bit of veg and fruit. Big Dog put out Turdukken patties at Christmas time, so I thought that was a good chance to see how the lad (now 10) went on raw. It's only bee 2 weeks, but so far I'm really liking what I'm seeing. I think his coat is looking a bit better (not that it was bad before) and he seems pretty happy with it. Again, he's not getting anywhere near the amount recommended .. but he needs to be kept lean for agility. So I'm leaning towards keeping him on it as well and just using the Blackhawk I have left for training treats.
  16. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    @Sunny1979, you and Tuffy are doing a good job of learning together. There are some great resources out there on relationship based and reward based training. Have a look on YouTube for Kikopup and Donna Hill, just as a start. Remember that you are actually training Tuffy all the time, .. or he's training you. So it's really important to be mindful, as you are being. And if you reach the end of your patience, or Tuffy is showing you he's either too excited or too tired to learn, then a little timeout in his crate or x pen is a great idea. I using a toy or a substitute chew toy to redirect the chewing activity you don't want, the idea is to teach him that it's OK to chew and play with the substitute you're offering .. toy, cardboard roll or whatever, so you use the little interrupt noise, then tease him a bit with the toy to get him interested and let him play with that. It can take quite a lot of repetitions .. took 3 weeks to persuade my Border Collie pup when he was young that pants tugging was not OK, but playing tug with other things or chewing them was.. In terms of general obedience type training, the general rule is to teach the behaviour first .. as you're doing with having him follow your food lure, mark and reward what you like, and only when the pup is doing the behaviour pretty well, do you start to put a word on it. (Thinks if someone gave you an order in a language you did not understand, and expected you to obey it. This is why modern dog training tends to use the word "cue" rather than "command" .. words like sit are cues to prompt the dog to give you a behaviour he already knows. As far as the grooming goes, it can be really helpful to use something like a frozen food puzzle toy, or even a mug with something like peanut butter smeared around the inside of it and then frozen. This occupies the pup, and leaves you with hands free for the grooming. If you are consistent with using this one particular thing, I would bet Tuffy will be begging you to groom him.
  17. Puppy vs raw chicken wings

    @persephone You know me too well, .
  18. A strange puppy Tale. (Not tail)

    All of the above. And .. did the vet check for a microchip? The place he came from (much!! too young ) should have given you his vaccination and worming history, and the papers to transfer the microchip details to your name. If not, when he's settled down, please get the vet to microchip him, and then make sure you put your details on the microchip record.
  19. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    Good that her distressing symptoms seem to be diminishing, sheena. I'd be considering the holistic consult too. The one I see gave Kirra a (Chinese) herbal arthritis pain relief powder which would be gentle on her kidneys. It seemed to be effective (although my regular vet - who tolerates my eccentricities in using some alternative therapies - did point out that there were some kidney sparing pain meds available now). Kirra seemed to do well on the herbal stuff, so I kept going with that.
  20. Puppy vs raw chicken wings

    Thia! And another techniques you can try to teach her to eat them more thoughtfully, is to hold part of the wing in your hand while the dog chews on the rest. This can also help to make them more careful when taking treats generally. But at this time of year, frozen is the go.
  21. The Kelpie - Tony Parsons

    Penguin Books is showing as available too .. but yikes .. you'd really have to want one .. $150 - Penguin and ebay.
  22. Stage 3 Renal Failure

    @sheena so very sorry to read this. That's a pretty sudden onset. Does it indicate maybe something more sinister going on? Not that it would necessarily change management. I'm sorry I don't have anything useful - my Kirra was still in early stages of slowly progressing kidney decline when she developed peripheral gland lymphoma, so the kidneys became irrelevant. Saw this article which might have some useful information. And I thought one of the other companies (RC maybe) had a kidney diet range. How old is BIndi now?
  23. Corded poodle

    Disclaimer .. I know nothing about poodles or showing them. I'd be asking Dogs NSW when they open again probably in January. Maybe chasing up a Poodle Club and asking. And if thye can be shown, then maybe choosing shows with European judges, who presumably will be more used to seeing corded poodles in the ring.
  24. That was a lovely update to read on Christmas Day. Well done the two of you .. and keep hanging in there vibes definitely on their way across Bass Strait to you and your super girl!
  25. @DogsAndTheMob loved the Lab Anatomy . Don't know about in other states, but down here there is quite a divergence between the build of the show labs and the working line ones, at least the ones I see. The WL ones seem to be a bit finer overall, and certainly more lean and shapely .. and that's build, not just condition. @CharbearsMa I was thinking about the age of your puppy, and the fact that puppies will tend to change a lot at times, both in their body, and in their food and activity requirements, depending on growth spurts. Sometimes you'd swear you can see your puppy growing as you watch him/her .. their bones will lengthen, and they look quite leggy, then their muscles and ligaments catch up .. hence the need for care in forced puppy exercise. So again .. another reason for not stressing too much. I like to see a bit of shape (tuck in, tuck up) in pups right through their growth phase but I'm not really firm about it until they are older puppies.