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  1. All I can say is wow to these replies. I have basically solved the problem by keeping her on a long leash whenever we are out in the yard. In retrospect it may sound like a foolish question but I was really taken aback by the sheer bluntness and basically rude and higher than thou attitude. It is very obvious from my post that I do not want a dead dog. Honestly.
  2. I have 2 bc. One is 4yr old and the puppy is 7 months. My older one learned to stay in my yard at a young age and NEVER leaves the yard, even when her favorite ball or frisbie goes out in the road. I live on a 3 way corner and the limit of 25 is NEVER observed. I am constantly yelling at people to slow it down. They are going at least 50 and it is dangerous. Naturally the first thing I taught my current 4 year old and my previous bc was NO STREET! My current puppy has dashed across the street at least 3 times luckily without incident. Each time I practically drag her by her collar and yell NO STREET and put in the house and that is the end of playtime. The main problem is that she is extremely social and knows all the dogs in the neighborhood and wants to dash over and see them if they are out. Once again it happened this evening even after I saw her dog friends outside. I told her again NO STREET. She sat for a moment and then in an instant she was across the street! She will get hit. I don't have an electric fence nor does my husband want to get one. He thinks it is my responsibility to train her. Besides keeping her on a long leash and having a fit when she does go into the street, what else can I do? I am at a loss.
  3. Hi All, I have a 4 yr old female BC who I have had since she was 9 weeks old. When I brought her home, I had a 12 year old BC living with us. My older dog put up with all the shananigins of the puppy well including the nipping and jumping and trying to take her food. Unfortunately, she became quite ill with a very large tumor and had renal failure. When we put her down, our younger pup was quite confused and would look endlessly for her. It was quite sad. I wanted to get another bc about a year later but hubby was not ready. We are, now, however, going to get another 10 week old BC on Sunday. I feel prepared in the aspect of knowing BC's temperment and exercise needs. But this will be our 3rd BC. Our first was smart and extremely loving to ALL people. My current bc is extremely intelligent but very nerotic and wary of people outside her family. I probably did not socialize her enough and I am in hopes of interacting the new pup with dogs and people to help with that. My biggest fear is that my current BC will not tolerate her and be jealous. I do intend to keep the exercise routine as much as possible. It just feels very overwhelming knowing that I am basically starting over with this new puppy. The housebreaking, the training, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to bring the two dogs together in a civilized manner. I know puppies are crazy, have a ton of energy in spurts and need a lot of guidance. My current BC runs trails with me and loves that time with me. I hope I am doing the right thing. I have the time to devote to this so that is not the issue. It is HOW I handle it. I want to do it RIGHT. Thanks in advance for any advise/help!
  4. I have come to hate the fireworks since my sweet Lexi is terrified by them. She is already noice phoebic and between fireworks and thunderstorms,she has really been on edge. I have her with me with the fan blasting louding so it muffles it some what but I know her hearing is much better than mine. I gave her Xanax two days ago since the doopy people start shooting them off during the day and several days ahead. Didn't do anything for her except make her somewhat uncordinated and we had to scale back play time since I was worried she would hurt herself. I had given her some sort of sedative last year but the vet won't prescribe it now - ugh. She was sleepy and quieter with that. I am just hoping she will out grow it. I played and played with her and took a realy long walk today in hopes that she would be tired and react less. I am keeping my fingers crossed for an uneventful evening.
  5. In all honesty, first border collie we had was in response to having had a horrible experience with a chow who bit me twice and my husband once. That was a bad situation. I thought I would never get another dog until my husband convinced me that border collies are smart and sweet and no where near the temperment of a chow. We had sweet Sparky for 13 years until July of 2009. We got Lexi the fall prior and we just adore her. I have read your sticky and I understand your philosophy on raising working dogs. I am guilty as charged for not doing her justice by not raising her as a working dog she was bred to be. I WISH I had the space/money to do so. Lexi is my sole mate in so many ways. I love her dearly. I wish I was able to provide acres and acres for her to run/herd etc. Maybe I should not have gotten her knowing all of this. But I did. Done is done. I didn't judge the breeder. Yes, she probably is what you all are saying. Yes, I fell in love with a beautiful puppy who looked up at me when I held her and talked to her. I knew I had to take her home. I could of bought any breed out there. I KNOW that. This is what I chose. I joined this forum for the advise and perhaps join in the love of border collies. I realize now that I am out of my league here and don't feel this forum can relate to how I feel about my dog. You all are doing wonderful things for the reputation of the breed. I am not condoning that. I just don't feel welcome as I am not owning/raising my border collie in the way you all see fit. I love her, and do more with my dog than most people I know. I can not afford agility/competition, etc. I apologize if I offended anyone on this forum for suggesting the breeder. Good luck to the original poster in finding a dog that fits your needs. I have no idea if you posted to get a reaction or if you actually needed advise. Maybe I am naive, but I try to believe people come on this forum with a need to be heard and if they have questions, they should get thoughtful advice from experienced border collie owners.
  6. I am not sure what all the "comments" above really mean but they sound condescending. I absolutely love my bc. I am not fortunate enough to do competition/show since it is very costly and I do not have that kind of money. I play with my bc (since borders was laughted at), take her to the park, and teach her alot of differant tricks. It seems this thread is sticking their noses up at the breeder I have chosen twice for my companions. I love her, I believe she has outstanding dogs. I don't care about all the titles. If I did, perhaps I would have gone another route. If you are looking for extremely intelligent, loving border collies, she will provide. I am too much of a novice to concern myself with all the rest of this.
  7. Try [link deleted by moderator] Have purchased both borders from this wonderful caring woman. She has an huge 88 acre farm with 13 borders that are so well behaved. She also has horses and cats. Very, very clean and organized. I did not get the dogs for competition but both very loving and smart. She is near Gainsville, VA I believe. Good luck. I bought both at 9 weeks old. If I had my way, I would get another border but my husband says no since everything would be double in cost. I know this but it would be worth every penny!
  8. this strikes me as a great idea. Where did you get the meds and herbal mix? I know the vet has meds but not sure about the herbal mix. I do know that if I need the kennel to administer any meds or anything differant with food, they charge. They charged $1.00 for each pill at 2 pills a day. My neighbor saw Lexi yesterday and Lexi didn't bark at him and actually wanted him to pet her. That was a shocking surprise. They have been watching several dogs this summer for other neighbors in their home. I will try and get them to do a one night when I need to go down to visit my daughter at college. Hopefully a short first visit will work well. I just have to get past my husband who does not like "imposing" on people with Lexi. this is definitly a work in progress and I sincerely appreciate all the comments and suggestions on this board. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
  9. Came back last week from vacation with Lexi in kennel. 2nd day kennel called and said she was vomiting and had diarrhea. Of course they wanted to run a test for parasites. I let them knowing full well she had made herself sick from anxiety/stress. Test was negative and they gave her med for diarrhea. Third day I called kennel because the area was having a major thunderstorm with power out at many places! Of course that put Lexi further into anxiety mode. When I called I spoke with a girl there who said Lexi was hiding under her desk and that Lexi reminded her of her own dog. I felt relieved that she was taking her out of the kennel area and had her with her. During the rest of the week, I called every other day and checked up. They said she was slowly improving but still was not an active participant in day care. At an additional $17.00 a day, that made me a little nuts. But for peace of mind I signed her up in hopes that she would eventually engage with the staff. She did not eat well there either which I expected. She lost 2 pounds! A couple of days after I brought her home, I noticed she was sneezing alot and doing so sort of reverse sneezing. Back to the vet! Even though she has had all vacs incl bordetella and canine flu, she picked up some respitatory ailment which cleared up with Claremox. I have to take her back this coming Thursday for 1 night only (thank God) to take daughter to college. Since its one night, I am hoping things will be ok. Next time I leave her for 8 nights, I plan on taking her several times in advance for 1 day doggie day care to get her used to it. In hindsight, it wasn't fair to pluck her there for so long without having been there in a year. Live and learn I guess.
  10. Lexi is headed to kennel for 7 nights tonight. I am seriously dreading taking her. They offer day care which includes more walks and play time inside. I will pay. She will most likely not leave her area unless she goes for a walk. I worry about her eating (she only eats after active play). I told the kennel this and she acted this way last summer when I left her there. I wish my neighbor would take her since Lexi Loves her but my friend's husband doesn't like her enough to keep her at her home. I don't want her alone in the house for long periods of time either. My husband does not want a dog sitter to come in and dog sit either. So, the only solution is to take her and just PRAY that she handles it. I know it is only for a week, but I am still worried. Just needed a place to vent about it. I know people on this site will understand how I feel. It is almost like it is not worth taking a vacation if I have to leave her behind. Please do not respond to this post with any negative posts. I feel bad enough as it is.
  11. ooh this pic makes me so sad. It reminds me of how my Lexi just loves the water and streams. She would play in streams for hours fetching sticks and checking out all the rocks/fish etc. But that ended last April when we were at one of her favorite spots and she cut her paw deep in something in the water. She came out of the water with her paw up and blood streaming down. It was truly frightning. I wish I could say what it was, but the vet did had to do 6 stiches. It took a month of wearing a bootie which could not get wet to heal. Probably someone thru glass in the stream. Believe me, if I ever catch anyone doing that, they will have hell to pay. I just don't know if I could let her go back in the water again knowing what she went thru. It is a shame.
  12. Well aside from last years 4th of July fiasco with some idiot lighting off firecrackers in the adjacent soccer field..... Lexi goes to the dog park to work, work with me and the balls. Does not like the "greeting committee" at all, in other words all the dogs come running to the gate to see the latest arrival. I have to stay with her to make sure she does not go into instant attack mode upon arrival. Most dogs get the hint that she is NOT interested in them. I do not like to see her go after other dogs and try to herd them but it happens routinely. She does not even want to drink when other dogs are at the water bowls. Maybe she knows something we don't, haha. I find it much nicer to go when it is not crowded with dogs who are basically there to run around and hump each other and pooping with the owners mindlessly chatting with others and they are NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION or they sit down to read or get on their phones. I am not thier day care provider, I am not their dog's playmate. If only there was lots of land for my bc to run, I wouldn't have to put up with such sillyness. Most dog owners of other breeds just do not understand how intelligent bc's are and it makes me crazy with their silly comments. I get comments like "oh, I see your dog isn't very friendly", or its a shame your dog doesn't want to play. Her ball retrieval IS her PLAY..... grrrrr
  13. [size="6"]I think this whole firework fear came into play last 4th at the dog park. During the DAY, some idiot lit off those fireworks that just sound like guns shooting rapidly out in the soccer field across the way. Lexi ran to the other side of the park and it took me 20 minutes to coax her back and then the $%#%$%^ people did it again! Well, back Lexi ran and then by the time I got her back to the middle of the park, she bolted for the gate to go home. I took her back to the dog park several times after and she would go in but just sit there and not play. Then I took her to the puppy side adjacent to the big dog run and she played in there. So she associated the noise with that large run. It was about a month later before she would play in the larger run again. I like the idea of driving around during the fireworks instead of medicating her but they seem to go on for several hours around here. Given that it took 45 minutes to work last night, I will have to reschedule play and potty time so that I can give her the medicine and know she doesn't need food, excercise or a potty break then. It is quite the hassle but after watching her fear last night, I know it is worth it.[/size]
  14. Yes this is a huge problem for my Lexi. She has been progressively become more frightened of alot of things. Won't play frisbee outside or play in her pool either. This is such a huge dissapointment for me. Vet says nothing physical and recommended dog behavorist. Well at 75.00 an hour, I did not have that as an option. So, we just play in the house...She will take walks willingly as long as there is nothing out of the norm that will set her off and believe me the list is pretty long. Balloons, large or unusual trucks or workman ladders, etc. She is the most loving and sensitive dog I have ever owned. My previous bc was not nearly as sensitive but she was not near as smart as Lexi either. Last night we went to my mothers birthday dinner and came home to find Lexi shaking in a corner of the house. Apparently fireworks had been going on nearby and she was freaking OUT!! After much work, I got her to go out to pee and tried to get her to eat but she was just too scared. Visably shaking and wouldn't leave my side. Followed me everywhere. I have some medicine that the vet gave me. Don't know the name but she said she should sleep about 6-8 hours with it so I wrapped it in cheese and gave it to her. It took about 45 minutes before I saw that she calmed down and fell asleep at my feet. Today she was lively and went out and ate her breakfast but still overly clingy. I know I will have to give her that pill again tonight. Needless to say I used to love July 4th, but now it is just a nuisance and a sorce of anxiety and worry. I really don't know what is making her afraid of doing her games outside. It makes me sad. My husband is no help and says silly stuff like its just a phase or she will grow out of it. She will be 2 years old in August. Besides paying that dog behaviorist, I am out of ideas. I really want another dog for her as a companion but my husband is dead set against it. Says that would be double the bills for everything. I say that is true but I know it would be so great for Lexi.
  15. She sometimes hears people walking around upstairs and gets a little nervous but not enough to stop playing all together. We have been playing in the basement almost every night for close to a year. So I would rule that out. We went to the dog park today for the first time in 6 weeks and she was fine there. I will try and play again tonight to see how it goes. Wish me luck!!
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