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  Hail Storm.
Posted by: Trifan - 09-24-2017, 03:38 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (13)

We have had an incredibly dry winter, absolutely no rain whatsoever for winter and most of the preceding autumn. Our water tanks are scarily low and the property is mostly dead grass and dust.

Yesterday we welcomed a massive storm and with it came huge hail stones that seemed to pelt down for ages. It piled up over 1 1/2ft high against the house and other objects and covered the ground, looking almost like snow. I was so very proud of the boys. Max has experienced one minor hail storm before but for Jasper it was a first. The noise was intense as our corrugated iron roof, particularly the surrounding verandah's echoed the noise of golf ball size hail crashing down.

Max just lay on the floor snoozing and Jasper watched with curiosity through a doorway for a minute before he too settled into a snooze. The thunder and lightening was not even acknowledged by either of them.

It highlighted for me the benefits of putting effort into desensitising our young pups to noise. With both my boys I did all manner of silly things to create noise deliberately during their early months and it really has paid off.

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  Bronwen
Posted by: Loyal Border - 09-23-2017, 10:09 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (5)

Smileys-birthday-661207 Happy Birthday! Smileys-birthday-661207

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  Prayers for Gideon
Posted by: Gideon's mom - 09-23-2017, 12:43 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (10)

I don't know yet what is going on, but something is.  Gideon didn't eat dinner last night, which sometimes he doesn't.  He regurgitated some water, which sometimes he does.  He vomited some evil smelling stuff, which happens when you eat poo.  It also had a bunch of hair in it.  He's acting a little off, but not enough that I can say anything specific about his behavior, other than he also wouldn't eat a treat, that NEVER happens.  He still wants to go on walks and run outside and play, but he didn't mug me for butt scratches.  I think he is having a hard time moving something through, but he isn't acting like he is blocked.  I'm worrying about my boy.

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  Hit by a car pray for Jura
Posted by: Williewingnut - 09-22-2017, 10:37 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (23)

On way to emergency vet

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  Muscle or skeletal problem, acute
Posted by: itchernoousko1 - 09-21-2017, 02:59 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (4)

Hello.  I did not have a need to consult here in the last 7 years...  My 7-yo BC, Misha, developed a condition.  He can barely stand, dragging his hind paws, cannot stand up on them.  Looks like he is in pain by the way he hunches up while standing.  The VCA vet tapped him all over and there is no tender reaction to touch anywhere on his body.  He has no temperature, normal appetite, normal stool.  No change in mood.  Normal all over except he can barely walk.  It all started and deteriorated in the last 3 days.

Does this sound familiar?  Is this skeletal?  Can it be viral? Any advice what to think of and which direction to take in fixing this?

Thank you.
Iouri, Monterey, CA

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  Jura's revenge
Posted by: Williewingnut - 09-21-2017, 10:55 AM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (11)

His Payback for getting him castrated ,1st time he's ever been destructive guess I won't be watching football this weekend I'll be too busy trying to fix this mess



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  When would you consider yourself a "trainer"?
Posted by: Ember - 09-20-2017, 07:12 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (3)

I am looking to put myself out in my neighborhood as a trainer to help some of the dogs I encounter on daily walks. However, most of you have probably figured out I have a hard time thinking of myself as even "decent". I have the knowledge, sure, but not the practice - and the practice is what I'm looking for. I'm seeing a lot of territorial aggression, fear reactivity, and dogs with very little basic manners - and humans that seem very frustrated on walks. I've even had people comment that my (clearly reacting) girl is SO WELL BEHAVED OMG HOW'D YOU DO THAT?!

I do not live near my behaviorist any more if I was to train under someone I trust, and finding anyone with even close to the same training standards isn't working as of yet, so I feel like my only option is to just get my feet wet and offer myself out as a very basic trainer.

My question is this: at what point can one call themselves a "trainer" with confidence? What "label" should I put out there? Consultant? Should I even be thinking to offer services just yet?

To clarify, I'm not even looking for extra cash, though I would charge simply because when people pay for something they are more likely to invest into it instead of just hearing words and expecting ME to do the work. I see a lot of scared dogs and perimeter barkers, and living in an apartment complex, that can get annoying for those around that home. And according to the comments I've had, I believe the interest is there to make it better.

So, what do you guys think? What would YOU look for if you were to hire me?

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  Strange Behaviour
Posted by: Finn - 09-20-2017, 06:08 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

So my dog Finn is a Border Collie cross German Shepherd, we got him when he was 18 months old -  so we obviously don't know what his previous home was like. He has many really strange things that he does but they are being dealt with. He is currently on antidepressants as he has been diagnosed with OCD from our vet. He has also had a cancerous lump removed from his neck and hasn't shown any signs of another. (We check regularly) Now for his really annoying habit, when we take him down the park and throw the ball the first 3-6 time he will run towards the ball and then lay down next to it and stare at us. When we get about half way towards him he will then get up and start running towards us without the ball. After the 3-6 times of him not bringing it back he will then run back with the ball. However, never actually directly to us, where ever we throw the ball he will ALWAYS return it to the right of us about 3 or so metres away. So we have to constantly walk to the right to get the ball. Does anyone know why he does this? Is it a common thing? Can or should we try to stop him from doing it?

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  Ringworm
Posted by: Tasha's&Mattie'sMom - 09-19-2017, 08:17 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (6)

I have a couple of rescues I follow on Facebook and when they get pets with ringworm it seems to be a huge issue getting rid of it. 

In case someone doesn't know ringworm is a fungus and not a worm.

So, does anyone have experience with this?  I got ringworm from a kitten when I was 14 and was horrified thinking I had a worm under my skin (just under my chin).  I didn't have anyone to tell me that it wasn't a worm and was horrified.  I grabbed a few things from the medicine cabinet and applied them to the ugly thing under my chin and it eventually it went away.

Does anyone know why ringworm is such a huge issue in pets?  It wasn't a huge issue with me.  I didn't even know what it was and was still successful in getting rid of it.

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  Site Maintenance Thursday 9/21/17 @ 10pm
Posted by: Ember - 09-19-2017, 06:07 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (8)

I will be upgrading our software on Thursday 9/21/17 at 10 PM Eastern time (-5 GMT).

This is a simple upgrade, however it is my first with this software, so I will be shutting the board down for the duration of the upgrade - just in case. You are welcome to check back as often as you like. During this time you can reach the site but will be met with a "Maintenance, please check back later" message. Just keep checking until it disappears and you can see the boards again Smile

I do not have an estimation for how long it could take, but I don't see it being long at all. I will have better estimates for future upgrades based on this one.

Thank you for your patience!

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