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  2. Great photo! Probably not a border collie in the modern meaning. But very likely to be a "farm collie" of the type that was common in rural America in the 19th century. All these collies share a common ancestor. English shepherds in the US are probably the closest modern breed to the farm collies. Thankfully, English shepherds have not yet been co-opted by the AKC.
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  4. Well, of course I'm not sure he's a Border Collie, but it's a safe bet he's the smartest person pictured. "Washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota. Old timers, Spriggs, Lamb and Dillon at work. The Black Hills Gold Rush began in 1874. The first arrivals were a force of one thousand men led by George Armstrong Custer to investigate reports that the area contained gold, even though the land was owned by the Sioux. They found small amounts of gold in present day Custer, South Dakota, and looked for better paying locations. They moved north, establishing the towns of Hill City,
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  6. I have added a powdered calcium supplement to my dogs' food whenever I have fed homemade or raw instead of purchased dog food, which I do on occasion. It is such a tiny amount that you put in, there's a very low chance that the dog even knows it's there. I did some research to try to find the best one and got Animal Essentials Seaweed Calcium. Just in case that helps. When my cat had renal failure I gave him a special canned food I got at the vet that is formulated for weight gain, or to keep weight on an animal. Sometimes I gave him that when he'd lost weight from not having an appetite.
  7. Of course, I wouldn't ever correct a dog for that either. Basically I have a policy with my animals that I don't interfere unless someone is being bullied or is going to get hurt. My current dogs have never had an issue with one another. More often I interfere with the cat, who always thinks it is appropriate to take his frustrations out on the dogs. I keep his claws trimmed so they won't get scratched badly, but I still keep him in check. I have found that the best assistant for training a dog of any age, but especially a puppy, is my older dog(s). Especially effective on daily thing
  8. My older dog had been an only dog for 3 years when we got a puppy. Our initial introductions were not technically ideal as we drove from Mallorca, Spain to Scotland to get the pup and then visited family, spent two weeks with my mum before driving home, but at least they were on neutral territory. The older one was 7 and was definitely a spoilt child who had all my attention, there was never any animosity Fenway was to little for him to bother with! I made a point of spending time with him, agility was his quality time and so he got plenty of time with me without the pup. He basically tried to
  9. Thanks everyone! Super helpful, it will be a while before we get the puppy since I am being patient and getting from a good breeder, so in the meantime here is a pic of our current spoiled child who will be learning to share the attention.
  10. Me, too. Except that I would never punish the older dog for an appropriate puppy correction! Sometimes puppies need to be told by the older dog when to knock it off, and as long as the adult isn't being too harsh (and they rarely are but you do have to keep an eye on their interactions) then it's perfectly acceptable IMO and a necessary and usually very effective part of a puppy's education.
  11. Happy to hear the ear is better, no help in the fits though, hopeful he never has another.
  12. GL...I love the cartoon. (and my dogs get After-Walk Biscuit, too) (and Bedtime Biscuit, and Biscuit Because You Got Brushed, and.....)
  13. It took a Very Long Time....but I finally got to the point with my two BCs (I think first success was when one was 9 and the other was 3) - one in a down/stay while I work with the other one. At first, it was just living room conditioning exercises, but finally got to the point of being able to practice agility that way. That said....my youngest (rescue) may never get there! But we're working on it. Everyone knows they'll get their turn. I don't think the exact same amount of time is critical - one might need more than another. Good luck with the pup! And pics are necessary, here, ya
  14. Sorry, duplicate post that I can't seem to delete.
  15. GL....so sorry to hear about your Mom. Not to be able to see her must have been excruciating. 2020 is surely one of the worst years in modern times. Amy -- very glad to hear that you are doing Ok in spite of everything. I have a friend who lives on land east of Salem, OR and he has been evacuated from his home, gone back now and is starting to clean up. House spared but much else destroyed, no power to the whole area. I talked to a friend in Portland who is wearing a mask 24 hours a day and was still coughing a great deal while on the phone with me. I am amazed that the sm
  16. It'll help to have reasonable expectations for what your current dog should have to tolerate from the puppy, too. Some of the most important lessons puppies can learn are taught by adult dogs . . . within reason, of course. This just popped up on my FB feed and I had to share.
  17. Oh, I see. Well, my Jester was a flying disc fanatic. If I even made the sound "frr" (the first part of the word "frisbee") he would get excited. When he came to me he'd been a yard dog, no attention, no toys. Didn't know what a toy was, had zero interest. I taught him to fetch by starting out tossing something a few feet away and if he brought it to me he'd get a treat. I trained it as if it were a trick. I kept that up and after a couple of months I was throwing the frisbee far out and he'd bring it to me for the treat. Then one day the light bulb went on in his head and he realized how
  18. Although I am intrigues by GVC's suggestion of group training (and might try it sometime), I always have more than one dog, and even when the household is long-established, I never try to train more than one dog at a time, while the other(s) are shut in another room. I do short training sessions, 5 to 10 minutes at a time, switching them out, so they are not shut away from the action for very long. And especially when you are leash training, never bring the other dog along with you. Do separate walks if you are planning on training the puppy. Where are you planning to get your puppy?
  19. I've been bringing in new dogs, both puppies and adults, when I've had one or more established dogs in the home for over 40 years. Controlled introductions are important, as is having a plan in place to be sure the resident dog doesn't feel left out. Puppies do require a lot of time and attention, but be sure to make time to spend with the other dog so she doesn't feel abandoned. Be prepared to monitor their interactions for signs on jealousy from the older dog. Personally, I wouldn't permit the older dog to act out in jealousy. If she horns in, acknowledge her with a pet and then require
  20. SS Cressa, I think that you will often find that one skill leads into another. Keep trying by mixing in toy play with something he really, really loves. And don't worry about being judged when acting silly with your dogs. Do it when you are alone. One of the better agility instructors I know is constantly playing and acting silly with her dogs, but it is done with a plan in mind. Her dogs are awesome.
  21. Congrats on your future puppy! Just responding to your training question in the last paragraph: Consider shutting one dog in another room while training the other. You can also train both at the same time by working on stays with one and commands with the other, then swap them out. (This is a very advanced exercise and will take quite a while, but it is a goal to work towards. I know of someone with 4 dogs: 3 stay while she works the 4th. Then she swaps out.) Keep training sessions SHORT - 15-30 seconds in the beginning. Even now, with a 2 and 6 year old, I like to keep training session
  22. Looking for advice and experience, I'm planning to get a male Border Collie puppy, and while I understand and accept all the pros and cons of the breed, I am unclear how my older dog will handle a BC puppy. She is a 7 year old corgi mix (taller) and shares a lot of the personality traits of Border Collies in that she is super smart, needs a lot of stimulation and attention, and is a one person dog who hates when I leave her alone. She is still active but not terribly fast and obviously won't have the same endurance as a BC puppy. Has anyone brought home a puppy to an older BC that i
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  24. My heart sings when you regale us with Gibbs tales. I am so, so happy you found each other! <3 Amy
  25. @D’Elle I was hoping to get him interested in disc so I could do competition with him. He is a ton of fun to interact with. I was hoping/dreaming of playing disc with the terrier when Val gets too old to play and prior to growing out another border collie. I know he doesn’t HAVE to. I got the terrier to be a companion and he excels at that. Just curious how to get him to have interest if possible. @gcv-border you are right. When it’s something the terrier has to think about and repetitive he loses interest really quick. I’m planning on getting him into a nose work class since he would
  26. Amy Coapman he's gonna be 13 in a few weeks! Not as spry as he used to be, particularly with the left rear knee, but he's happy to go rambling with me 3 times a day. Or go visit friends. Ruth & Gibbs
  27. Thank you so much, Ruth. AAARROOO back to Gibbs too!
  28. 14 ewes, 5/6 years old Selling as a group. Please email Debbiecollison@Verizon.net for more details. Located in Davidsonville, MD.
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