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  2. Saw this mentioned in a recent post, and I had to Google it because I had never heard of it. I did a search on this site, but because of the nature of the search engine, I got too many results for "sheep" "ball" and "game." So I am asking this in a new post. I am wondering if anyone who has been in the breed for years has any thoughts on this game and whether it is (or would be) beneficial, detrimental, or neutral for a dog to participate in this type of game.
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  4. Whomever tipped off ABCA about this, thank you.
  5. What's to stop this person from simply registering under a different name? If registration of all dogs wasn't revoked, the wheels keep turning..
  6. It is a very vague term: "wicked, deviant behavior constituting an immoral, unethical, or unjust departure from ordinary social standards such that it would shock a community."
  7. I am interested in the answer to this question and hope someone knows.
  8. personally I wouldnt do it. I wouldnt stress or expect a dog like a border collie with a propensity to chase to sit still for it. It can be done I suppose but I wouldnt do it with mine.
  9. If you go to YouTube and look at the channel called KIKOPUP, there are probably a hundred different "tricks" you can teach your dog. More importantly, they have excellent training videos on how to teach the dog Go To The Mat, Settle, and learn impulse control. these would be very good methods for you to use with your dog.
  10. I can't speak for others but my BC who is now 2 years old had effectively two periods of "rebellious behaviour" similar to what you describe, at the 4-6 months and just before her 1st birthday (which coincided with her first heat). At the time I felt like she was just testing the boundaries, it was up to me set the appropriate restrictions and provide the right incentives and environment for her to succeed. Although, chewing stopped being an issue after about 6 months, I spent a lot of time using positive reinforcement and redirection and over time we got there. From my own experience there were plenty of days were it seemed like she regressed, but do not worry. Stick to your training, be consistent and you will get there. With my dog even to this day there are just light bulb moments where suddenly all that training clicks. You can never really predict it but if you stick to it you can get there with every problem behaviour you try to solve.
  11. Reading the ABCA news a bit ago I see someone named Tony McAlister has had privileges revoked - effective today. Moral Turpitude. This is a pretty broad phrase..is it criminal behavior or just yucky ick behavior? Does this affect registrations of prior dogs or compromise the studbooks?
  12. I think a lot of the points here are excellent, especially those highlighting the fact you have in influenced this behaviour by giving your dog too much activity in a day. In my opinion they have become accustomed to a high intensity schedule so now expect it. Adult dogs sleep about 17 hours a day. If your dog does not get sufficient rest they will become overtired, agitated and restless. I believe it's not impossible to modify your dogs behaviour but the approach is all wrong. You effectively need to teach your dog how to relax, properly settle. It needs to become part of your routine so the dog can get used to it and over time adapt. Sometimes its things as little as giving them their own space, away from noise and disturbances so they can properly rest. My BC is very active and a very high energy dog, but because I work from home Infront of a laptop I've made it a priority to teach her how to act at home Vs when we are outside playing. She sleeps for most of the day and when awake is happy to just chill around the house knowing when we go outside she can go nuts. I couldn't ask for a more calm BC indoors and she's only 2. I honestly think it's down to tempering their behaviour so they can acquire the skill of calm relaxation. It makes for a happier dog who is calm and confident. My dog is not reactive because of this training. If you put the time and effort into patiently training the behaviour you want, you will get there.
  13. For mind games, stupid pet tricks are excellent they are inconsequential so if he doesn’t learn it doesn’t matter. Break out the clicker and start shaping silly behaviours there is an endless supply can he cuddle toy put the rings back on a kids toy ride a skateboard pick up toys and put them in a box climb in a box. One of our border collies had not been taught to think as a puppy and 10 minutes of learning a new trick would exhaust him. He was also prone to nipping and it was about mangement, keeping strangers away from him. Muzzle training is an excellent suggestion a friend with a border collie with a bite history was heart broken when she had to start using one, but it was a positive experience as she relaxed on walks as her dog could do no damage, and her dog relaxed. you have invested so much time and energy and you have clearly made progress, if you really have reached the end of the road then re-homing is the right choice but reading your comments it really doesn’t sound like you are ready to give up.
  14. From out of left field ~ try singing an upbeat song. Singing is great for the human body, you breathe more deeply and (IMO, I have no science to back this part up) I think the vibrations that singing creates everywhere in your body are wonderful. You don't need to sing at top volume, possibly humming might be enough. I submit this idea because singing makes me feel calmer and more alert all at the same time. I'll hum or sing when I'm anxious and it frequently calms me down. My Gibbs is fairly chill, so I can't experiment on him. If you try it, I'd love to hear the results. Ruth & Gibbs
  15. Yes, she definitely is very sensitive to my moods. So, back to basics and try to stay positive. Thanks everyone!
  16. He was already neutered when we got him. What kind of mind exercises do you do with your dog? I feel like I've listed everything you can do in this post. I agree on the slow and clam it's one of the reasons to re-home him. We live by an estate, near a main road, near three train lines. It can get busy outside. I agree, we don't react when there is a sudden noise. I do breathing exercises to avoid tension by walking and I've been observed and told I don't react.
  17. I'll ask about that, thank you. Here you have to get a behaviourist to recommend the medication for the vet to prescribe but I'll see.
  18. When you said, "I find myself getting somewhat frustrated with her as well, though I try not to" I think that's worth dwelling on. Dogs will pick up on your mood, so try to stay positive. (I know, it's hard sometimes!). When they're doing something they shouldn't, correct the behavior, but then the moment they stop, go back to being happy and enthusiastic. Your positive attitude will rub off, and soon they'll go back to being the happy and enthusiastic dog they were a month ago . . . but first you'll have to live through this rough patch. It'll pass soon enough. Your dog is gorgeous, by the way.
  19. Ugh..coming from me I can't believe I am about to say this...have you desexed him yet? A 22 mo pup is still a pup, one you need to get a handle on. I don't like drugging a dog or desexing, however, it's not a perfect world. You may want to think about desexing him, if it's even allowed where you live. Based on how he was when you got him and where he is now, you've done well, you have a long way to go and quite a bit to learn about the breed in itself. Work the *mind*, if he needs anti anxiety in order to focus, use them. Everything, everything in his life from you needs to be slow and calm. I'm sure you're worried about what he will react to, your tension may be feeding his reactions. No reaction from you may go further than simply giving him a bone as a distraction for example..
  20. Ask your vet if he will prescribe Clomicalm for your boy. It's an anti-anxiety drug rather than an anti-depressant. Clomicalm worked very well for one of my dogs. Ruth & Gibbs
  21. We completely didn't do the research when we started. We'd never had a dog, let alone a collie. I look more into the impulse control. Our rehoming idea was to work with the centre, try and go home to home and continue to help the new owners. I'll continue to work with him though.
  22. I think I'm not very good at describing everything, its not that we have to give him attention (play/petting/treating) its that we have to manage him. We did a lot of work on relaxing. When he first arrived he had been really sheltered, he would pace for hours unless made to stop and reacted to every noise (draws opening, cups dragging on a surface, planes in the distance, cars outside). We spent hours for months doing relax on the mat and crate training. We used positive reinforcement on every sound to get him used it it (pepper grinder, cracking eggs, opening each draw, opening every cupboard, moving things in the draw, opening the fridge, trains outside, planes outside, cars outside, people outside, sneezing, coughing, sighing, humming, the list goes on, people jumping, rising an arm, showing him a flat hand, showing him a fist). We also play doggy music, use a thunder shirt sometimes, hidden all the mirrors, yucalm. Now he'll rest. But he still needs to be managed because he might react to something, then stay reactive and work himself up. He might hear an unfamiliar sound (skateboards, counting, people in different rooms, stretching, blowing air between your lips) and react and needs to be calmed down. If he's crated to relax him, he'll bark up to an hour. The vet gave him Trazadone, which was initially more effective, but has continued to calm him in the house and on the street. He is still noticeably more anxious without the medication.
  23. That makes sense the classes might help with his reactions outside. I'll have another look at that.
  24. This is not uncommon and it's not permanent as long as you handle it right. What I do with a dog like that is I just go right back to the vary basic things I was doing when I first trained the dog, as if the dog had never learned it at all. This is the best approach because it shows the dog all over again that it is better for the dog to behave in the way he or she is trained to behave because then good things happen for the dog. It's not only a reminder of that, but a reminder that bad behavior is not going to be tolerated or rewarded. Almost always when a person just goes back to treating the dog like a puppy, these "testing the limits" behaviors will subside.
  25. No side effects at all. I would not actually recommend something that had side effects. :-)
  26. People who get a border collie without researching how to manage one often think they need to occupy the dog all the time, and that is what you did. The result is you have trained this dog to need to be occupied all the time, and now you have to re-train him, but that can be done. He needs to learn impulse control, as above. You have had some good advice. I will add one thing: Rehoming this dog is a huge cop-out in my opinion. You created this monster (inadvertently of course, but still) and now if you rehome him you are fobbing off the problem you created onto someone else. A dog like that can end up being passed along to others, and could end up in a place where he is mistreated. On top of that, if the dog bites someone else after being rehomed, you could be held liable for that bite and all kinds of unpleasant things could rain down on you. Work with the dog. And foremost, teach him to settle down and not be demanding.
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  28. What Flora said ^^^^ It doesn't seem like you've taught him to relax. If you're doing things with him every single minute, which is the impression I get from your post then the next step is to teach him to chill. Send him into his crate while you're there. A lot of adult dogs sleep 10-12 hrs a day. He may be a little young for that, but he can learn to chill while you're there as well as while you're out. What anti-anxiety med did your vet put him on? Would you say it's helped or not? Ruth & Gibbs
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