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  1. I have the crate next to my bed. I have xpens in other rooms. My puppies have one more potty time are moved to the bedroom crate when I am ready to go to bed. My dogs like to sleep near each other so I just flow with that.
  2. For puppies this young, I have xpens set up in different rooms in my house. They can be in the same room with me while I am busy doing something else and only having access to approved toys. I can leave the room without worry about what they will get into. Sort of a play pen for puppies. More sides are added and the pens get bigger as the months go by. It is awkward to have half a room gated off but eventually the pen sides are used to block off low shelves and other places that I don’t want the puppies to get to with the rest of the room being open. The puppy gets play time out of the pens when I have time to play and watch and make sure they are safe. The pens are only 2 1/2 ft so I can walk over them. This teaches puppies not to jump/climb fences because I am consistent in not letting them do so. It teaches the puppy to be ok by himself with his toys.
  3. I had a barker. I taught him to bark on command. We would have barkfests. He loved it. I did that so I could, at the same time, teach him quiet on command. I would get him barking and then give the hush command and freeze. A few seconds of quiet earned a treat. When he understood that game, I gave the hush command but kept moving. There were no treats for barking as that was self rewarding. I stretched out the few seconds to minutes. After that if he started barking on his own, I had a hush command to get him to stop no matter what we were doing.
  4. I found out that my boy is so easily distracted that he will not concentrate on eating if there is anything else interesting going on. I have to put him in a crate and put a blanket over it to let him focus on his meal. I let him out 15 minutes later. If he has not eaten, I simply put the food up until the next meal. He eats just fine now.
  5. Stop trying different things. Seriously, if you have tried that many different methods in less than four months, how much time per type have you really tried. Puppies do not learn in one or two weeks. Pick one and give it six weeks before judging the results. You are establishing a communication with your dog and you keep changing the language. Be gentle with yourself, have fun and enjoy the time you spend with your puppy. Food does not keep the dog at your side, a relationship will. Build that with play and trick training. Then think of heeling as a trick.
  6. I had a barker. I taught him to bark on command. It was easy because excitement caused barking and barking was its own reward. Then after I got him barking on command, I would say quiet and I would stand still. When he stopped barking and looked at me, I gave him a treat. Rinse and repeat. He thought the game was great. After he learned reliably to speak on command, I lengthened the time he had to be quiet before he got his treat. When he started to bark at something, I had a command to get him to stop and look at me so I could redirect him to a better activity. The crazy part was it lessened his barking in general.
  7. SusieW. I use rough coat and long coat interchangeably. I am wondering now if others use the terms differently. I currently have one of each, a rough, medium and smooth. Coat wise, I prefer the medium coat. Just enough feathers without catching every burr.
  8. Yep, going on 3, turning into a mature dog. It is so weird that they just change so much. Everything you did as a puppy to socialize him - do it again. This is a phase and you can help him through it. They get their brain turned on around that age. If he is not neutered then his hormones are really messing with his emotions and thinking. I had to seek out a vet behaviorist because my sweet boy turned fear aggressive toward other dogs at that age. You can help him through this, but it might take professional help. My boy had six months on beef flavored chewable prozac as we worked through his emerging issues. I had to watch him, but we went to obedience and agility classes. He competed in herding and even got his started titled. Take care of this now and he can have a long and happy life. I also vote for the neutering as this temperament is probably not one to pass on and getting the hormones turned off will help him emotionally.
  9. I am going to get him tested for the MDR1 just to see if he has that. I just never thought about that. Bard’s litter mate was double cryptorchid and had no reaction like this. Bard is very lean while his brother is more like a line backer. I wonder if that made a difference, like his brother was able to better metabolize the drugs used. I know I will be asking many more questions before the any further surgery! He is fine now and out of the cone of shame. He really was pathetic wearing that.
  10. I am glad that that I insisted on better pain meds than just the rimadyl. The stumbling around for a full day after the surgery really had me concerned. The vet told me that some dogs do that.
  11. My 2 yr old bc Bard was neutered last Wednesday morning. He was cryptorchid and the surgery was extensive. When I got him home, he was whimpering and stumbling around the house. The vet had only sent me home with rymidol that I was to start the next morning as they had given him a shot for his pain. After watching him cry for the next three hours, I called the vet and brought him back in to be looked at. I was given tramadol and gabapentin. These, for the most part, seemed to help him. At least they made him sleep. All Thursday, in between the doses, in the time just before the next dosage time, he stood in a corner, looked into the corner and cried. It was not until Friday near afternoon that he finally stopped the whimpering. I have not had his hips x-rayed yet and I am now concerned about ever having surgery on him again. Does anyone else have experience with this kind of reaction to the anesthesia?
  12. I had an obedience/agility trained bc that was at first afraid of the sheep. Many lessons latter, he did get his AKC started title. It can be done.
  13. My boy actually learned the command ‘No Hump’. After his first birthday, the best gift I gave both of us was to get him neutered. It slowed but did not stop that behavior. Every time he starts humping, I make him stop. Every. Time. I have learned to see the intent and give the command before he gets going. Good luck.
  14. If he likes the starfish shape, Tuffy is selling one. https://www.chewy.com/tuffys-ocean-creatures-general/dp/39280?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Tuffy's&utm_term=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7Z6aiJqf5AIVip-zCh0-Agc3EAQYASABEgLolvD_BwE
  15. I am a bit late to the conversation, but I also have a dog that loves to bring balls to strangers at the park. I resolved the recall by teaching a retrieve. I would have a toy myself and have him retrieve that to me. I also made sure to teach a solid recall at the park by having my dog come to me just for a petting and release. We do many practice recalls before the actual last one. Most of the people he brings the ball to think he is adorable. There was one lady who wore a mid length white skirt to the dog park. I will never understand what she was thinking. She sat down on a park bench and my very friendly dog not only brought her a ball, it was a filthy dirty ball. Since she was sitting, he helpfully dropped it on her lap. Quin is 10 now. I do not think he will out grow this.
  16. Please find a vet behaviorist. This is not normal for a young dog. My bc was fear aggressive toward other dogs. He was put on prozac and went through a process of training that raised his threshold to allow him to be more normal near other dogs. A behaviorist that is not a vet cannot proscribe the medication. I was able to have him around other dogs after that. He was not cured, but I learned his triggers and how to redirect him to stop the aggression.
  17. I had a border collie that liked to attack the vacuum cleaner. I mean hide behind furniture or around corners and pounce when he thought I was not paying enough attention. He taught the next puppy to do the same, they taught the next puppy to do the same. He passed from cancer and I was still dealing with having to put put dogs in down stays or put in crates to get vacuuming done. The next puppy was a bit afraid of the vacuum and would go off into another room. I ignored her and now she just jumps up on chair out of the way. So much better. I think I like having a dog a bit afraid of the vacuum.
  18. If only they could learn by watching. Quin loves watching the training videos with me.
  19. I had sessions with a Vet Behaviorist. My fearful reactive dog was put on beef flavored chewable prozac tablets for 6 months as we worked through his issues. It helped take the edge edge off his anxiety. He was never cured. I had to manage him for the rest of his life. However, we were able to take group obedience classes after that. We were also able to go take herding lessens and compete in AKC/ASCA/AHBA trials at the started levels.
  20. When each of my dogs were that young, I had x-pen gating that I could set up in what ever room I was in. As they got older, the x-pen space grew until it was nearly a quarter of the room. In the x-pen there were the safe toys and chews. They had quiet time in the x-pen that time of night so there was not much destruction going on. They also learned that evenings are a settle down time. It was a perfect time for the stuffed kong. They were with me in the room, but had to amuse themselves. I also made sure to get the smaller 2 ft ones so I could step over them. Since they were never used unsupervised, I easily taught my dogs to stay in and not jump out just cause they could.
  21. Definitely find a vet behaviorist. I had a bc who was fear aggressive toward other dogs. We followed a program that, 6 months later, allowed him to be ok near and around other dogs. He was never totally cured, never alone with nor ever unsupervised around other dogs. I managed his condition for the rest of his life. He learned to herd sheep and competed in AKC/AHBA herding trials. Due to his reactivity, that was an uphill battle, but, it was so much better for his mind than chasing a ball. There is help out there. I urge you to to find it. I also agree that the dog park is not a good idea for reactive dogs.
  22. I had one that got bored in his crate about that age and chewed the tip of his tail also. It took years to grow back correctly. He had toys and other chews in there with him, but who can tell what goes through a puppy’s brain.
  23. I have three at this time. My oldest boy, Quin, eats everything that is, or might be, food. I watch what I feed him as he has a tendency to be fat. My girl will eat when she is hungry and leaves the food when not. My young boy, Bard, is the one that leaves food. I have to police the bowls because I do not want Quin to ‘help’ by finishing what Bard leaves. All of bcs have been thin when young, but Bard is a bit thinner than the others had been.
  24. Thanks for the responses. Maybe my other bcs had a coats long enough that I did not notice exactly how thin they were. I will give him more time to mature. He cannot be starving because he leaves food in his bowl.
  25. What a difference a year makes. We needed to put the mileage in. I needed the repetition of watching the sheep to start to see the movement before it happens. Sometime around June, I could see her starting to actually maintain pressure on the sheep as she was driving them. This is still a work in progress, but it has gotten so much better. As she learned that, the line straightened as the sheep are now moving forward instead of being turned by her slipping to one side. On another good note, this year I learned to shut up and let her work. It is amazing how good she is doing her job without my interference.
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