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  1. Almost two year old registered border collie, free to a good home. Not good with kids, for some reason he is scare of them. We got him at three months old, but he is scare of men. Good with women. He is crazy about water, ice cubes and tennis balls. He likes long walks. New owner needs to be patient, he is shy. Please respond with phone number to call. No phone number no response. Current on all his vaccines. Papers will be given to the right person Registered BC
  2. It's an ongoing problem. To expand the issue; Cerb doesn't cope well with novelty. Not much overt manifestation, but he'll just be hesitant, drool or be stressed if presented with something new. ...and it doesn't seem to be getting better with age and exposure. Six month of riding in the car to agility practice (which he LOVES) and he still drools, puts his head on my (towel covered) arm and looks up at me like I'm punishing him. He passes manhole covers on twice daily walks to the park, I've given him his favorite treats when he got close or touched one (only toe nails...) but he still is deathly afraid of them. If any dog larger than a yorkie growels at him, my 23" 52 lb dog rolls over and pees. He won't get into water deeper than ~1 ft. If another dog is chasing his ball, he'll ALWAYS defer. I'm not looking for a bad-ass dog, I just think his lack of confidence may be holding him back and I wonder if it was something I did.
  3. As posted elsewhere, Cerb got his first instinct test and he was afraid of the sheep. This was (somewhat) expected because he has a history of basically hiding behind me in almost all situations other than meeting new dogs or people. A week or so back I entered our house through the garage (I usually come in the front) and he didn't recognize me in the dark, looked genuinely frightened, barked and then ran into the back bedroom. I don't want an agressive dog and I'm really glad that Cerb has no real odd fear issues, but I just want him to be more confident. (Check that, Cerb is afraid of man-hole covers and HATES the teeter) Cerb is also SUPER subsissive to any dog of any age as long as they are at least 1/2 his size. He's 22 months old and was neutered at ~8 weeks by the rescue.
  4. At 22 months, Cerb's gotten to be a relatively big boy, but some issues that he's always had problems with don't seem to be getting that much better. He loves people and will sometimes ignore commands in order to solicit play from them. When I'm working with him off lead at the park, he's rock solid when no one's around. Add another dog owner and he'll pay attention if I keep eye contact, don't let his attention wander and If I shorten the distance down to less than 100 feet. If he gets an opening, he's over and pestering the other folks. Then he's so excited it's hard to get his attention. Don't get me wrong, the fact that he's so happy and absolutely LOVES everyone is a plus, but... I work with him a LOT with no one around. Perhaps I need to take advantage of the outdoor festival season here and work with him with more around people. Also, could it be the Lab in him? A guy here in the area has a Lab gun dog that regularly wins competitions who has the same issue. Just happy and loves everyone.
  5. I have found this to be true, also. How many times have you gotten home and Fido was slinking around looking extremely guilty? They often know when they've broken a rule. Who are you and why have you been watching Cerb?
  6. This was about as good as it got at Cerb's instinct test. The instructor said he was about middle of the road for first time on sheep but he really was a big scardy cat. I may try again but I don't think he'll do much better w/o a LOT of (expensive) exposure to sheep.
  7. OMG!!1eleventy 1 THE HORROR...the horror ...She's cute as a bug.
  8. This one has strong kung fu. (Nice links. thanks.)
  9. How "tight" is the kennel? Often people use kennels that are too big. This allows the pup to poop in one area and lie in another. We used boxes and pillows to tighten up Cerb's kennel when he was a shorty. Tighten the kennel up. The pup shouldn't want to pee/poop where it sleeps.
  10. I think there is probably a continuum. Cerb is a mix and he definitely exhibits both traits...but only once in a while when he's really into it.
  11. Cerb is my first Border Collie(ish) dog and he is definitely a mix. Most probably with some sort of Lab mixed with a hound(?) of some sort. I hit the jackpot. He's sharp as a tack and my training is the only thing that holds him back from learning new stuff. He even seems to know what I want even if I flub the command, and in new situations, to boot. He's sweet, happy, funny, athletic, runs like a race horse, doesn't chase any of the cats (or the bunnies!) is GREAT with kids, is driven w/o being hyper and is a very good boy. I've trained him since he was 10 weeks old and view almost any situation as a "teachable moment". I'm consistent and expect others to be so when around him. Cerb is a mutt. A really good mutt that I love to pieces, but a mutt none-the-less. He goes for his instinct test this Sunday. If he shows good instinct I think I'll call him a Border Collie.
  12. This is exactly correct. I think the goal of many companion animal breeders is to produce what I refer to as "suitcase animals". That is; animals small enough, docile enough and care free enough that the owner can basically disengage from any requirement for training once potty training has been achieved. My wife and I always talk about those dogs only needing a suitcase handle to make them easier to deal with. Border collies should and will never be suitcase dogs. You'll notice that a large part of this site (and many other BC sites) is dedicated to educating people about the requirements of owning an active, intelligent, athletic dog. We believe this is a feature, NOT a bug. No need to cross it with anything and breed it out. Yes this guy VVV is a mutt. Some might attach the boutique breed name "borador" to him. He is NOT a borador. He's a smart, active, neutered, rescue mutt in all his hybrid vigor glory....
  13. I had my tongue firmly placed in cheek when I posted this. It was more a commentary about the AKC's business model than anything. I'm certain someone is probably lobbying for this, though...
  14. I'm so sorry for your loss.
  15. So....what's the prediction on how soon the AKC will start registering the 'doodles?
  16. Heh...sounds like another thread down in "Politics".
  17. Once again, what is the point at which the term "Puppy Mill" is used?...or is this breeder just a "Doggie Squeezer"?
  18. I stand corrected...too many years looking at things at the scale of the landscape. ..but it's not just frank genetic defects that cause some pure bred dogs to be less useful/desirable than their ancestors.
  19. So...what line do you have to cross to be considered a puppy mill? So, the calculus is: Genetic nightmare + Genetic nightmare = Superpup? What little genetics I had in college says...um...no. Not unless you throw in many generations, large baskets of time and natural selection (or at least informed directed selection).
  20. Cerb got to play with Chip, one of the Texas 21 tonight down at our local dog run. What a sweet little boy. He's still pretty skittish around men (read: me) but he really looked like he was having fun with his new sister.
  21. This is Hestia, our first foster. Link to Hesti's adoption profile Her adopter was a research geneticist and she just couldn't resist running a cheek swab. Hesti turned out to be 70% Husky and the rest dalmation and other Heinze 57 breeds. Not a lick of BC. I also got the March 2011 Alaska Magazine and Lo and Behold, the cover shot was of a sprint sled dog that looked esactly like Hesti. YMMV
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