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  1. That is Mer to a T. From the age of 7 weeks, everything was done seriously. "There are others that are happy go lucky and everything is fun, they never have a bad moment. " And that is Obs. I don't think spazzy is the right word. She's just always happy. She is never grumpy or snarky. Sometimes she gets scared, but it always passes like a summer rain shower, there and gone. Neither are busy or hyper dogs, although Obs used to be when younger. They don't even like to get up in the AM, they are so lazy. But either would run 100 miles if you asked, or work til they dropped. She
  2. Yep. After Mer, it was structure. To have a dog who handled the competition environment like she was born to it, and have to retire that dog at 8 because of bad hips AND bad kness,...that was heartbreaking. Obs is a 20" dog jumping 26" with ease. But we have had to work, and work, and work for 3 solid years to get to a point where she can quietly wait her turn to go in the ring (OK, we're still not there for first-runs-of-the-day). She used to lose her freaking mind just walking into a building or seeing dogs running, and was that way from 8 weeks of age on: screaming, flailing, utterly
  3. Have lived in Philadelphia proper for most of the past 8 years, and raised two BCs from herding breeders there. One, who spent the first six months of her life on a farm we temporarily lived on, is sound sensitive outside; she's also sensitive to rural noises like gunshots. But only very loud noises, and not to the point of being non-functional. The other (who I brought to the city at 7 weeks and 1 day) is unphased by trolleys, people, barking dogs, construction work, throngs of passersby, etc. The breeder selected that dog from the litter knowing she would go to live in the city, and she
  4. Hi all, Haven't been on here in a long time. Have been working with my younger dog, who is from very nice working lines. She turned out to be a very sweet, nice dog, although still kind of spazzy. I've trained my way around it: she has very solid operant behaviors in the agility ring, ringside (getting there), off lead. But she's never well, mentally matured or become more serious, the way many herding bred dogs seem to be (that's why I got a second after all, as I loved this quality in the first). She is intact. It's been really frustrating, and I've continued to entertain the thou
  5. Yes, liking = voting. Sadly, it appears to be via FB only :-( But thanks anyways!! :-)
  6. Hi all, Mer and Obs hope they will be the cutest and most creative dogs to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. They are entered in a photo contest through Chewy.com, and would love if you could go on Facebook and vote for them. They worked very hard to learn to "leave" their kibbles alone for this photo, and smile for the camera. Link to vote --> http://bit.ly/1CU1RtQ Feel free to share with friends. Thanks for your help!! :-) (Mods, please, please remove this if it is not allowed, with my sincere apologies. I looked but didn't find any rules prohibiting it, sorry).
  7. LOL, I asked a friend if I could tape her ears last night. We're going to be in CA for a week, so a 300 series kennel would be too small anyways, to have her sleep in for that long. Going to sell her old crate, and a spare wire one. And hopefully pick up a few more hours of work to pay for the difference.
  8. Yeah, I know. She is prick eared, which is why I'm nervous. I don't have the money to fly her if it costs more, so she'll have to stay home. That would be disappointing, although it may have to happen. I was just wondering if anyone has had experience with what size they generally have accepted (no guarantees I know), because I'm trying to decide between taking her and not.
  9. Planning on flying a dog domestically, from Philly to San Francisco. Dog weighs 29 lbs and is about 19.5" at the withers. Going to fly nonstop United, but I'm in a bit of a pickle. She's right at the height cutoff for a 32" crate (24" tall) versus a 36" crate (27" tall). However, the stinker is that the smaller crate weighs 18-19 lbs, and the bigger 23 lbs; these are Petmate Sky Kennels. If the combined weight of crate plus dog is over 50 lbs, I have to pay an extra 110 dollars round trip (628 versus 518). That's a heck of a lot of money, so I'd rather fly her in the smaller crate. But
  10. What a beautiful thread, and so resonant. I had shivers run up and down my spine. I can't really describe how I see my dogs, though I think about it now and then. They are mysteries to me; learning how to read their language and shape their behavior is something to which I could happily dedicate my life. I don't understand humans very well, to be honest; sometimes they surprise you with their compassion and insight, and sometimes they astound with their pettiness or spite or intentional obfuscation. But most dogs are honest as the day is long, and yet no less fascinating for that. I l
  11. :-( This happened to Mer. She was 5 1/2, and not 9, but still old for big changes in personality to manifest. We went through a million potential causes: the other dog in the house, her tooth (which needed a root canal), supplements that she was on, the house she lived in, blood work and eye exam. Finally, we figured out that part of the problem was a pheromone collar that was being used for her thunderstorm fears. It's like trying to be a detective: what in the dog's environment, your schedule, their medical status has changed? Medical-wise, there could be so many issues: blood work
  12. I have to agree; stubborn seems to carry a rather negative connotation in the English language. Although it may be synonymous with persistence, the emotional response that term creates in humans can be very different (and more likely to view the dog as an opponent). Maybe some people are better than that. I know I'm not, so I avoid it. Even though I have the most determinedly persistent Border Collie I have ever met (and others have said the same). My younger girl, like a foster I once had, loves to be praised. A harsh word can cause her to stop what she is doing completely, unless she i
  13. Hope you find something, truly. Very important to rule a medical issue out. Unfortunately, this is also the "age". Historically, it's been called social maturity. I'm more inclined to believe it's sensitization. But regardless, it is very, very common for fear-related aggression to manifest around 1-2 years of age. There is no data yet, but anecdotally many of those dogs have a history of either very high arousal or of fleeing/freezing behaviors as puppies.
  14. Have a dog that pulled right thru every device I tried: Halti, GL, Easy Walk. And yes, I know how to fit them. Eventually gave up and worked religiously on short training walks, asking for attention (dog is not food motivated due to anxiety, so less of that at first) and stopping when she pulled. Learned to not pull within a few days, albeit only in very low distraction environments. Gave exercise in other ways in meanwhile: fetch, agility, jogs where dog was attached to wait belt and encouraged to pull.
  15. This is not actually uncommon, and probably not due to a brain tumor. Although an underlying medical problem could contribute to the distress of the animal. But GentleLake is right: cortisol, which is one of the stress hormones secreted in response to HPA axis upregulation, can last for a long time, 24 hours plus, in a dog's bloodstream. After each incident, Rudder may have seemed "fine," but was likely nowhere near baseline in terms of his stress level. Actually, considering what you say about Max's concerns over other dogs, and Rudder's concerns over unfamiliar people, they are probably
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