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Francis Metcalf in The Lap Top Thief

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Francis Metcalf is a professional dog trainer with an extraordinary sense of humor. He lives in Oakland, CA and is good friend and training partner of Michael Ellis. When you have a minute take a look at Francis’ web site and some of the other Youtube videos he has produced. His skill as a dog trainer becomes very evident when you watch his Youtube videos.

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Question: My dog has a form of IBS that my vet things is because of his drive intensity. Have you heard of this or had any experience?

Hi Cindy,

Thanks for taking my email. I have a malinois that has a form of IBS. It started out as mucus like stools then eventually started showing blood in the stool. Upon test at my vet, we put him on tylan for 3 months. It cleared up perfectly. My vet seems to think that because of his intensity with his drives that sometimes this can cause bowel flair ups. I tried to stop the tylan for about 3 weeks. It was fine, then started seeing mucus on the stool and started back up again with tylan because I did not want it to get worse. Have you ever heard of this or had any experience? He is eating well no loss of appetite or energy. Or weight. Feed wellness core grain free. Did full stool panel $200 was okay. Three months later repeat test again everything normal.



What is the vaccine history of your dog? I believe that IBS can be a symptom of vaccinosis. Adding antibiotics for months at a time can then further suppress the dog's immune system.

Did you put him on probiotics when he was done with the tylan? Sometimes this will help too.

I recently was researching using L Glutamine for muscle wasting (my old dog has a degenerative condition) and I found research that L Glutamine has been proven to help some dogs with IBS. You may want to look into adding that to his diet. Do a google search on L Glutamine use in dogs, you'll find some good info.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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Question: Are there any long term health problems reported with using e-collars?

My name is Cote. I have two German Shepherds both of which have an e-collar (which we have purchased from your awesome site). Our boy, Hurst, has had one since he was a pup (8 months old or so) he is now 2. I was wondering if there are any long term health problems reported with using these collars. I've noticed a small callous like lump where the prongs go and his hair is much shorter there. We use these collars daily and they have worked wonders for us. I just want to make sure that it's ok to use for their entire life.

Thanks again,


I have not heard of any long term health problems associated with ecollar use. I use them daily with my own dogs as well.

If you are finding sores, lumps or raw areas where the collar prongs make contact you may have the collar a bit too loose. If it's properly fit, it shouldn't rub enough to wear the hair or make calluses. My dogs wear the ecollar every day for 10-12 hours and they do not have any lumps, calluses or hair thinning.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

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