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  1. Well, Lexi and Brewer are actually in the same apartment now (Brewer's, rather then Lexi's). They're doing ok, as in not killing each other, but boy is my Lexi snarky. She instantly took over all the toys around (we moved food and beds, but forgot about toys) and she wouldn't let Brewer play with any of his toys. If he went to the toy basket, she'd go over and intimidate him away with a stare and raised lip. A couple of times she nipped at him when he was trying to play. So I know I shouldn't correct growling, as it's a warning sign and I don't want her to think she should go right to the
  2. So I've been working with the task of teaching Lexi to retrieve her toys one by one, by name. We've been at it for a while, but she still doesn't have them down and I'm thinking it's probably due to my inexperience as a trainer. I'm wondering if anyone can share their technique for this? So far, I've been using the same consistent names for all the toys (we are working with about 10 different toys), and I tell her to "go find/go get your ____" and if she picks it up and brings it back, she gets a treat and praise (I usually help her if she's having trouble, i.e., point to the correct toy)
  3. Adorable! It looks like she has freckles on her legs like my Lexi
  4. Lexi does sound a lot like Mick. And she is SO frisbee driven! The second I even put a hand near my bag (where the frisbee is carried during the walk) she's in super focus mode, and won't even go after squirrels. Nothing but the frisbee matters - it's definitely a form of work for her! Hehe. I personally think it's awesome. Weirdly, her best canine friend ever was my cousin's pomeranian. He was a fraction of her size, and not neutered either, but was pretty submissive, and they would just run and play and play. But she's never liked any other small dogs that way. Strange. She is alre
  5. Oh, and by request, my dog's name is Lexi and here are some photos of her. She's extremely cute (I suppose I am biased, of course )
  6. Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I like the idea of positive reinforcement around the specific dogs I'd like her to get along with. I think we'll work on that. It's also good to know what to do when they are in the house together - how to feed separately, etc. I was worried about that. I've actually never owned more than one dog at a time, so the multiple dog dynamics are a challenge! I can accept her not ever being a social butterfly, I just don't want her to be the neighborhood bully
  7. Ok, here's the story. I have to a 3-4 year old border collie who I adopted from a rescue group two years ago. She's a great dog - smart, obedient, and extremely people friendly. However, she's not extremely dog friendly, and I'd really like to change this - at least get her to the point where she can be in an enclosed space with other dogs without causing trouble. She's not too aggressive, but she does display some subtler aggressive behaviors -- for example, she guards the water bowls at the dog park and her toys -- and she tends to be snarky when other dogs try to play (turns up her l
  8. The vet didn't think that it was ringworm or mange (he checked for mites), and we did a Lyme disease test, which came back negative. He did some other skin tests, but it will take a month to get the results. Short of a fungal sort of problem it appears that she's probably having an allergic reaction to something - so either Lake Michigan, the new brand of dog food, or a local plant that she's rubbed. I'm sooo relieved that it's not Lyme disease (I HATE ticks!!!), but sure hope we can pinpoint the allergy so I can avoid it. I'm also hoping that she'll stop losing so much hair (it's very sa
  9. Thanks for the reply. Regarding diet, as a matter of fact I just changed from Purina to Iams yesterday. Maybe that's what's caused the sudden changes!
  10. I have discovered a skin problem on my border collie. I'll get her into the vet ASAP, but I'm also wondering if anyone can offer any input on the problem. I'm not sure when it started, but it was probably a couple of weeks ago, at least. I recently moved (2 months ago) and some time between now and then I noticed that she was shedding a lot more than I thought was normal, but I thought that maybe I just noticed it more because my new place has hardwood floors (the old had carpet, so you didn't notice the shedded hair as much). But I should have trusted my gut instinct. Today I discove
  11. Hi everyone. I just moved to Wisconsin from Utah, where we really never had much experience or exposure to ticks. In fact, prior to my moving here, I had never actually seen a real live tick. A week ago, I took my dog on a long walk next to Lake Michigan (I'm just a few blocks away). Much later that evening (probably at least 9 hours later) I found a large engorged tick on her while petting her. Luckily I was able to remove it with tweezers (I'm pretty sure the head was intact too, as it came up with a patch of my dog's skin), but I'm not sure just how long it was there (if it was lo
  12. I got Lexi microchipped a few months ago. I think it was about $40. I prefer this over tattoos, it's just so easy and quick. Mine is also Avid. When I was a kid we had an Australian cattle dog who was given away to someone on a farm (we lived in the city and my parents didn't understand herding dogs). A few months later we got a call from animal control who'd found him (via his microchip, which the new owner hadn't updated) wandering along the interstate highway. It was a good thing we had that microchip - he made it back okay!
  13. One of Lexi's quirks is that she is an alerter for any type of physical domestic violence. If anyone in the room lightly smacks another (even just on the arm in an affectionate way) she runs up and barks. If there are long hugs with back-patting, same thing. Heaven forbid someone actually hits another in a violent way - she would go ballistic! Funny thing is, she doesn't get bothered at all by yelling or tension - it's just hitting that sets her off. Another thing she does (which I suppose is actually not uncommon among border collies) is to chase any flying insects. Anytime a fly gets in
  14. We spent a week house-sitting for a friend who has a cat. After a few hours of harsher-than-normal corrections (I really got in her face), she completely stopped any stalking behavior. She still watched the "cat channel", but seemed content to watch and not act (see photos!). The cat was also particularly a tease - she'd strut up to Lexi and lick her nose or swat at it. But after a week Lexi was pretty content to hang out near the cat. I still don't trust her in general around cats yet, but this has to be an improvement! Thanks for all your tips. They've been helpful. I'll keep working on
  15. Hi everyone, I have a training dilemma of sorts right now. I've had Lexi, my 4 year old border collie, for a little over a year. She came from a local rescue group and unfortunately I know very little about her prior life, socialization, etc. I don't have any other pets, and am not planning on having cats at all anytime soon, so I didn't really investigate her behavior around cats when I got her. Also, when she first came to live with me, she largely ignored neighborhood cats (at most, she would stare at them, but calling her name would break the stare). Recently (last 3-4 months) her
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