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Hi, I have a border collie lab mix and he's about one now he has suspected epilepsy and he's a very hyper dog. He doesn't seem to have full vision or hearing. I've been told my vet he has "collie eye" but anytime I being it up to dog specialists they say they're never heard of it. I've searched all over the Internet on how to deal with his behaviour but nothing works. For instance, he is way too wild in the house and very destructive. I've looked everywhere on how to deal with it and mostly it says at least 2 hours of walks each day... But here's my problem, he will not walk. I also have tried everything to try and get him comfortable with walking but it seems to work and suddenly stop and I end up carrying my medium dog over my shoulder home. He seems to have a constant need to walk around the house and the yard and barely will we catch him laying down and resting. He is my very first dog and I have no clue on what to do. He is nothing like other dogs so a lot of the internees advice doesn't seem to work on him. Please help.

"Collie eye" is PRA: the dog may be blind.

You need a veterinary specialist.  I don't know too much about Canada except that it's a very beautiful country and I wish I lived there.  You need to find a large veterinary teaching hospital and then start with a veterinary ophthalmologist who might refer you to a neurologist.  The dog is suffering from extremely high anxiety.  "Suspected" epilepsy: no such thing.  If a dog has seizures, you will know it.  Most seizures are without ability to diagnose cause (idiopathic) but there is medication to control them (phenobarbital) under the care of a veterinary neurologist.   Two hours of walks a day for a dog that is blind or going blind is "flooding" the dog with sensory input (smells, sounds) that is scaring him to death.  

Find a specialist ASAP.  Meanwhile: put a house tab on this dog (lightweight leash).  When he becomes "wild", simply pick up the leash and keep him with you calmly for a few minutes.  The dog has some serious problem and is suffering greatly.  Whether or not his quality of life will substantially improve with expert veterinary care is not something I can predict.  You have no choice: you have to find a specialist.

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I have spent my entire professional life rehabilitating the behavior of the domestic dog and I can answer any question regarding any behavior problem in any breed dog. I have answered more than 5,000 QUESTIONS on this site in the past (almost) eight years. If you are a caring, committed owner and need advice, I'm here for you. I am personally acquainted with my colleagues (Turid Rugaas, Ian Dunbar, etc.) who were members of an elite group in EGroups that I founded: K9Shrinks. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES for serious behavioral issues; not only is it unprofessional to offer same, it is also unethical. IF I ASK YOU SUBSEQUENT QUESTIONS, I NEED YOU TO INTERACT WITH ME. More information equals more credible answers and a more successful outcome. If you want ANSWERS THAT WORK, participate in any way I request. I'm quite committed to working on this site for YOUR benefit and the benefit of YOUR DOG. Help me in any way you can.


30 years of solving serious behavior problems in domestic dogs; expert in dog to human aggression; Internet columnist for for 5 years; former radio talk show host, WHPC.FM, Garden City, NY "Bite Back" (1995 through 2000). List owner, international animal behavior experts, Seminar leader: "Operant Conditioning and Learning"; "Aggression in The Domestic Dog"; "Solving Problem Behaviors" -- conducted for various training facilities on Long Island from 1993 through 2000. Former clinical director of "Behavioral Abnormalities" in conjunction with Mark Beckerman, DVM, Hempstead, New York.

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