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Posted by: flash_a-ah - 05-10-2017, 02:54 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (10)

At training today had a small chat with out trainer at the end and she had mentioned that he has put on a lot of weight. She is right. Taking a step back and feeling the features he is getting fat. He is well exercised for a pup(maybe too much) and fed on raw and kibble. turn out i forgot to reduce the amount of raw he has been getting as he has been getting bigger.. Now i have the task of reducing his food and his weight. I have over fed him! Can anyone advise how much to feed a 5month old complete raw 80/10/10 as we will be removing his kibble. He is cross huntaway so is larger than the average collie but at 17.9kg(39+lb) he is a little chubby. once he has lost some weight i can adjust to maintain.

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Posted by: only-borders - 05-10-2017, 01:31 PM - Forum: Off-Topic - Replies (6)

Does anyone have a tried and true (dog friendly) weed/grass killer they can share? 

I have tried a few home remedies this year but they haven't worked so well. Vinegar and salt was the best so far but only managed to make the grass/weeds wilt for a few days. Now they are laughing at me. I'll give them until Monday before I try something else. Maybe they will croak in the mean time.

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Posted by: Williewingnut - 05-10-2017, 12:03 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (11)

Fun in the sun = playtime

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Posted by: micaeladeee - 05-10-2017, 12:35 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (11)

Hey everybody! I just joined so I wanted to introduce you to my boy Zeke Smile He's half BC / half Great Pyrenees and he's so precious. He turned 1 on March 28th and I had a birthday pawty for him, made him a cake, and invited a bunch of my friends over with their dogs. He's hyper and verryyyy stubborn (that's the Pyrenees for ya) but I love him to death. He has mastered the puppy eyes and he loves tennis balls and getting muddy.

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  Suggestions on dog food??
Posted by: micaeladeee - 05-10-2017, 12:18 AM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (6)

Hi y'all!!! I have a 1 year old BC / Great Pyrenees mix named Zeke. We've had him since he was 6 weeks old and he has been a picky eater from the start. We were told that he was already started on purina pro plan, so we continued with that but he would barely touch it until he was absolutely starving. So we gradually switched him to Nutro Max. Same response. So my boyfriend decided we should switch him to Science Diet because his parents' Labs used to always eat that and were fine. So, Zeke has been eating Science Diet ever since. Well he turned 1 at the end of March so we switched him from puppy food to adult food and he has been having issues. He is EXTREMELY gassy and it smells absolutely awful. His poops are softer than usual and more frequent. Also, (not sure if this is related) but he has really bad breath. I know dogs don't have great breath in general but I feel like his is abnormally bad. Like a rotting animal or something, and dentasticks don't help at all. I googled it and read that bad breath can be caused by dietary issues, so maybe all of it IS related. 

Has anyone found a good food that worked for picky eaters?? I've heard good things about Blue but that's a little pricey. Maybe Diamond? Nutro Natural instead of Nutro Max? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!!  Smile

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  Moving is hard. Mentally.
Posted by: Ember - 05-09-2017, 07:49 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (12)

Ug guys, we move next weekend (not this one). a week and a half. I've gone from excited to terrified to a sense of excitement to mourning. And here is my dog acting like everything's normal and right with the world. Wow. For once I need to take a page out of Ember's book...

This is so... so... hard.

But I thought I'd start this thread to keep you guys up to date on what's going on.

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  New member, new Pup! Zygy's Diary
Posted by: Tamberav - 05-08-2017, 10:37 AM - Forum: Introduce Yourself - Replies (21)

Hello everyone, I have a new 14 week old shepherd/collie mix pup. The mother is Border Collie/Australian Shepherd and the father is Rough Collie/German Shepherd and they are working dogs on a cattle farm. 

I decided to join this forum because my pupper is growing and showing some personality traits from the Border Collie side in him. He likes to have a job and sometimes drops his head and gets the eye look to focus on a task. He takes every task seriously, whether it is fetch or practicing sit. He doesn't really have any bad behaviors though, just typical puppy stuff he is still learning like when he gets over excited and a bit mouthy, ect. He was very shy of other dogs/people but is getting better. He started puppy class last week which uses all positive training and his shyness melted away within 15 minutes. 

In the past I have had Golden Retrievers and a Siberian Husky. I am new to the herding breeds but not to training. I have competed in agility and obedience before but many years ago. The husky had endless energy when she was young and was extremely smart, could open the closet, open the zipper to the dog bag and then open the jar of treats. I used her for skijoring and we did obediance. Took us a bit to figure out what was going on, we thought we had forgot to put the treats away for awhile. The Goldens did a mix of agility, flyball, ski-joring, obediance, and hunting, great dogs from working lines that were very much ready to always go themselves.

My plan for the pup is agility, flyball, disc dog, and possibly dock diving IF the dog likes it. I may also do some herding but need to find a trainer with stock for it as I live in an apartment. I will do basic obedience and hopefully the dog will eventually have good recall/control off leash but don't plan to peruse this heavily in terms of competing or heeling, ect. Tricks will be fun to do though Smile

I'm not sure if I will ever compete, we'll see. Mostly just want to have fun together. I am excited to take him camping this summer!

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  Took Jolie to the vet to get broke
Posted by: Cappy - 05-07-2017, 03:31 PM - Forum: General Border Collie Discussion - Replies (5)

As some of yall know Jolie' has been wearing the dredded cone for a week tomorrow here are the pictures and story.


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  Camping Trip - Follow up
Posted by: Bronwen - 05-07-2017, 10:37 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (15)

What a weekend! Bronwen was an absolute star! Every fear I had (barking, bored behaviour, generally being a pain!) none were realised and she was a great dog (wish she was more like it at home - its like living in a tent, running, and lieing around whilst mummy has a beer Wink  is her natural environment LOL)
Location for camping was fab!

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Arrived Friday after a 3hr drive.  Things didn't start well when we arrived in 30mph winds - interesting conditions to put a large tent up in.  So we left her in the car, strapped in.  I opened the door to have her launch a licky leap at me - she'd chewed through her seatbelt harness  Dodgy So I used a long line and attached her to the car, she was fine, nice and quiet.... I know, I know, quiet when awake is not good! She'd chewed through 2 guy lines  Angry This trip was not starting well! Our camping tradition is once the tent is up, a bottle gets opened. And I felt we'd earned it! We took her a new toy, bed & bone (as well as stuff she was familiar with), and she settled! She lay on the floor, ignored the wind howling around (relatively warm and no rain thank goodness!), and dozed, had a munch, player with her toy and actually settled - something she never does at home!

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We took a wander over to the 'athletes village' to pick up my race numbers for Saturday and she made friends with dogs and people alike, including a little lad who she was absolutely taken with and he her once I explained she hugs which is why she was trying to ump at him (she was on a short lead!).  He then spent the weekend tapping his chest to encourage her to jump up and hug LOL I should have been irritated as am trying to teach her not to jump up but they were so cute together haha

So Saturday - race day! My plan for race 1 was 2 laps (so about 13.5miles) as had another night time 10k on the same trails & woodland.  I'm in my themed kit (Mexico/ Day of the Dead), Bronwen's harnessed for her first race and we're ready for the off! (Or at least I am!)

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She's jumping at the lead and me much to people's amusement but then settles into it but easily distracted and the first half mile demonstrated it when she stopped then took off side ways when I was off balance - and I went over on my ankle  Cry ow ow ow - seriously 0.5miles into a weekend that was supposed to be over 30miles in total.  I could have cried! I wasn't giving up but going was slow, but scenery was fabulous
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Well when we finished my ankle wasn't great and the quad of the other leg was complaining too.  The night time 'Dark Ox' was in doubt at was today's Half Marathon.  The theme for the Dark Ox is light - running through hilly woods at night!  No dogs allowed for this one so it was just me (feel free to laugh!)

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Awesome experience though! Seeing the lights of other runners, hearing owls in the woods, it was a real life affirming experience!  But I knew today's race would need a minor miracle for me to make the starting line up  Sad So was resigned to a DNS (Did Not Start).

Got up this morning still sore so took my timing chip back to hand in and saw the Race Director so reckoned it was worth a chance to ask if I could swap from the Half Marathon to the Light Ox and run with Bron again - and he said yes! That gave us less than 20mins to get changed and race ready but we did it!:

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No photos from the Light Ox (same route as the Dark Ox last night but in the light and still 10k (6.2 miles)) but we did it.  And she was brilliant for most of it.  On Day 1 she was distracted, wanted a drink every few minutes (it was cold so not the heat) and wanted to stop and sniff everything.  To put it into perspective I ran in the dark, with a twisted ankle & quad strain 3mins per mile quicker.  Not this morning! She pulled, seemed to know when to go steady, picked routes that suited me and knew left & right on most turns.  Yes, she had her moments when I wouldn't let her play with another dog and also when she got tired (0.5 miles from the finish) where she attacked the lead but she pulled and paced brilliantly - we ran 3mins a mile quicker than I did in the dark and over 6mins quicker a mile than the day before! 

She's a sleepy happy dog, and I'm a slightly battered but happy mum.  Can't believe she's 1 next Saturday! She's still my big puppy but turning into a fab dog! Thanks for all your help, suggestions and support over the last 10 months since I've had her.  This weekend confirmed the dog I have developing and I love it and her!  Heart

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Photo Homemade Dog Food
Posted by: Olivia Whitaker - 05-06-2017, 07:17 PM - Forum: Health and Nutrition - Replies (11)

I know I haven't been on here in a long time (life's been crazy!) but I had a quick question about diet needs...

I mixed up a batch of dog food this week with some leftovers I had hanging around and the dogs are really loving it so I think I'm going to try and work this into their diet rotation. I'm currently feeding them kibble (meat based) and raw (prey model) so I wasn't really worried about making sure this batch was nutritionally balanced but in the future I'd like for the homemade food to be as complete as possible.

The recipe I used was:
5 lbs. cooked meat (used rabbit this time)
2.5 lbs raw vegetable/fruit pulp (apple, kale, carrot, celery, cucumber, lime, beet, ginger & lemon)
3 whole ground eggs (raw)
5 Tbs. bovine gelatin
Broth (I didn't measure but I'm guessing it was about 2 quarts of the liquid I cooked the meat in)
I usually top it with a raw egg (no shell), raw yogurt or coconut oil...sometimes all three.

So my question is, what would I need to add in next time to make this recipe more complete?

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